Seriously psychoactive beats from Sweden, made in 1976.
We’re off for a while. We’ll come back later.
The Wallace Collection is a prestigious art museum in England. That fact obviously compelled the Belgian makers of this 1981 album to really think about the cover. The music itself is fittingly regal, with grand movements composed according to the sonata principle.
Progressive/kraut rock track with seriously funky elements (due to it being a Billy Boy Arnold cover), made by some of the top studio musicians of Germany at the time. This one could go down equally well with both discofreaks and bikers. Or maybe I just wish it would.
The forgettable 1977 movie Joyride, starring Robert Carradine, has a pretty horrible main soundtrack by ELO. However, it also contains one high octane gem that can drive the dance floor crazy with a bit of timing. Trust me, I’ve tried it.
Playing for petrol heads, rock freaks and disco hipsters? If you dare to try and have the timing spot on, you can get them all riding high with this one and nobody bothers to point out that they hated it long before it was passé.
First time I heard this I felt unreal warmth and consolation. A tune so amazingly good it feels like you could program your dreams into desired directions. It’s impossible to think that I could ever loose that connection with this tune, even though I’ve heard it about 3214 times (Yugoslavia, 1978).
This year’s Camp Cosmic will take place on a mysterious island, somewhere off the coast of Sweden, and who knows what treasures we may find there? Anything from precious metals, left behind by viking raiders and other sea-faring folk of history, to millenia-old stone monuments, left behind by…god knows who, exactly.
One Swedish musician, who started his search for lost secrets, some time at the end of the disco period, was Stockholm electronics wiz, Ragnar Grippe. In fact, he made a whole album dedicated to these, in the form of various synthesized music structures – many of them quite danceable. It is now time to continue the search for answers, and channel the ancient forces of nature into Camp Cosmic 2014. Focus, and who knows what we might achieve.
See you there!
P.S. Thanks to Sergio Rizzolo for the initiation – not quite so long ago.
1969. A Beatles tune gets receptive with light forms of loungey sonorities, resulting in an interesting protodisco hybrid. Later on John Tartaglia went on to make actual full throttle disco, too.
Lust-feeding, violent and exotic life of the African slave trade, heroes with abnormally large penises, gay sidekicks into heavy sadomasochism, whips, knives, murderous mulatto harem girls – yes, we’re having a heatwave and there’s no time better for another pulp fiction masterpiece by the one and only Lance Horner. “The Mahound” tells the story of Baron Roderick Mahound, “fighter, womanizer, slaver, adopted brother of a Sultan, victim of magic who lived as most men would want to live if they had enough of the Devil in them”. After being knocked senseless by a blond Adonis in a brothel in Glasgow, he wakes up on board a ship sailing for the Dark Continent. To provide perverse entertainment for the captain, the two troublemakers are forced to strip totally naked and to fight each other using whips: ”Slowly, his hands a-tremble, Tim reached up into the cupboard and took down two long braided lashes which were coiled and tied into thick circles. Handling them as gingerly as red-hot pieces of iron, he carried them to the table and laid them down on the green baize top. Captain Spark’s finger pointed to the strands of rawhide which tied each one and Tim untied them, whereupon Sparks uncoiled one of the whips and snapped it out full length. It was about six feet long, tapering from a handle-grip half as round as a man’s wrist to a thin end, little more than a cord in diameter. He snapped it again, this time with more force, making it crack like a pistol, and then threw it on the floor where it coiled itself like a snake”.
Who will win, Roderick Mahound or Tim the Adonis? What will happen later when Roderick, “sweating in his nakedness”, reaches the kingdom of Sa’ags where “adder-slim boys with bee-sting lips” compete for his attention with curvaceous harem girls? Will Tim get murdered or merely tortured? How will it all end?
The music is produced by the always reliable Roland Kluger in Germany.
If you wish to impress your partner with your ZL-1 big block, remember to cool it for optimal performance. Ysanne got everything right with Cool It, except it could have been longer. There’s a skillfully extended edit available, but I’m doomed to play the short version – ’cause one must only play the original vinyls in order to impress…