Jun
10
2014
0

Moved Earth

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Jonathan – Moved Earth

Germany 1978. The intro section of a long dark rhythm track.

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Jun
08
2014
0

Daydream

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Studio Orchestra – Daydream

HAKUJITSUMU aka Daydream from 1964 is one of the defining masterpieces of Pinku Eiga, the Pink Cinema, meaning Japanese films with adult content. A wide variety of subgenres fall under the pink umbrella, from softcore sex films (roman poruno), girl gang epics (sukeban films) or violent exploitation in general (a.k.a. pinky violence). From enraged nuns on rampage to homicidal schoolgirls to yakuzas hellbent on revenge, any exploitable element got used during the 60s and 70s heyday of the genre, often spiced with strong S/M sex.

There are several versions of Hakujitsumu but the original directed By Tetsuji Takechi remains the best and the most elegantly perverse. The story focuses on the increasingly lurid experiences of a woman patient under sedation in a dentist’s office. But is she really dreaming?

Above, the original poster. The image below has nothing to do with the film itself. Check it out.

The music contains snatches of The Swan Lake over a sleazy grinding rhythm.

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Jun
06
2014
4

Jezebel

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Beware of Jezebel, for she will lead you away from the path of righteousness. Except, of course, if that is exactly what you want. Yet another great disco interpretation of a classic and much covered song. Italy, 1976

Priscilla Scott – Jezebel

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Jun
06
2014
0

Turkish Butterflies

Ajda Pekkan - Baksana Talihe

Kai Warner’s ‘Fly Butterfly’ got a huge revival a few years back, with cover versions of the song being discovered from many different countries. It must have been a really big hit in Turkey too, ’cause i have found several interpretations without even looking particularly hard for it. The most well-known is of course Ajda Pekkan’s ‘Baksana Talihe’, but she also did a French version of it that isn’t entirely without qualities. Neither of the versions’ lyrics seem to have much in common with the original, but this is quite typical of Turkish cover songs from the 70’s.

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Jun
05
2014
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Jun
05
2014
0

N’Sel Fik

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Chab Sahraoui Et Fadela – N’Sel Fik

Classic of the month. Chaba Fadela is the premier Algerian actress and all around Diva. She’s married to Cheb Sahraoui with whom she recorded N’Sel Fik (You Are Mine) in 1983. The track became an international cult hit and sparked a worldwide interest in raï music.

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Jun
04
2014
2

Sevemedim Karagözlum

1988 SEHRAZAT

Many Turkish people will instantly recognize the 1970 song ‘Sevemedim Kara gözlum’ by Türkan Şoray, from the movie “Kara Gözlum” which she herself starred in. But fewer know about the disco version made a decade later, by the otherwise popular singer Şehrazat. Besides being highly enjoyable, this version also has the distinction of being the first Maxi-single released in Turkey (in 1980). This was a period of great unrest in the country, with the music industry being put almost to a halt the following years. But you wouldn’t guess that from listening to this song.

Şehrazat – Sevemedim Karagözlüm

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Jun
04
2014
2

Jungle Beat Special

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Ricchi e Poveri isn’t exactly the Italian outfit that gives true disco freaks the merriest associations, but a more thorough look into their catalogue will reveal some very nice surprises. Like this one:

Ricchi e Poveri – Jungle Beat Special

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Jun
03
2014
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Attila

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Relaxing, clarinet-driven slowdancer by “The Other Horst”, Horst Hornung. Perhaps The Hun himself might have used this for downtime between battles and pillages. Germany, 1975

Henry Arland – Attila

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Jun
03
2014
2

24 Hours in Turkey

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Psychedelic-disco tune from 1976, according to Discogs. My copy has no year stated though, but in any case there is also a later, more electronic version of this song on a Riza Silahi Poda solo album. But this one is for me the kicker.

Riza Silahli Poda & Ritm-68 Orkestrasi – 24 Saat

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Jun
03
2014
0

Disco Dragon

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Enter The Dragon

An uncredited cover version from a Hong Kong album of kung fu film themes. This one has an almost totally same sounding intro fanfare and string section than the rest of the covers but after that the track takes an offbeat turn. Also, the requisite screams are extra fierce.

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Jun
03
2014
0

Superstar

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East Wind – Superstar

Funky Jazz zum Tanzen, 1977 style.

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Jun
02
2014
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More From The Express

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Kung Fu Express – China Girl

Hong Kong, we have a problem!

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Jun
01
2014
1

Disco “Too Many To Go”

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Tonto & Original Stealers – Disco “Too Many To Go”

A Dan Records/Harvest/Bourbon realese. No year of release printed on the sticker.

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May
31
2014
0

Freedom’s Coming

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My anthem for the summer of love.

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May
31
2014
0

The Unknown Hero

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Unknown

The clerk was able to speak a few words of English and translated the title as “hero” – or something like that. This is all I know of this spaghetti westernish record with credits in Japanese only. Anyone know more?

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May
31
2014
0

Left Turn

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Andre Gagnon – Left Turn

Lush and luxuriously orchestrated Haute Couture sounds from the expert, less known than the rest of his output?

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May
31
2014
3

California Gold

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Marc Seaberg – California Gold

Kicking off with jazzy vibes this then turns into an euro banger. Originally an Ariola realese in 1979, arranged and conducted by Ralf Nowy.

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May
29
2014
0

Dragon Lord

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Kung Fu Express – Dragon Lord

Theme from an early Jackie Chan classic, made in 1982.

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May
29
2014
0

Super Man

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Magical Space Ship – Super Man

Another somewhat American-style item from the Japanese band specializing in hommages to male figures in popular culture.

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