France 1978, found it lurking on the a-side of Just A Tease. – Is that you Mr Moroder with the cigarette and the glasses, on the right side of Al Pacino?
1977 Canadian version of the 1973 Titanic rock funk track.
Don’t expect a refined selection, nor any sharp mixing skills. It just goes bang! and that’s what matters for about one hour.
Spain 1977. By Georgie Dann, the man behind “Soul Dracula” and “Big Bamboo”, the man every woman wants and every man wants to be.
Note the boiling liquid effect – this one could mix nicely with Celso Valli’s “Pasta Fagioli” or what?
Originally this impossibly lush Technicolour fantasy was the middle section of a medley of discofied latin standards on Ritchie Family’s first album, placed between “Peanut Vendor” and “Brazil” in 1975. Dj Jerry Bonham spinned it at the White Party in San Francisco this year. Here we have a new extended edition with added breaks. Bring on the showgirls.
Pure Italian disco perfection in its 1979 highest form of insanity coming from the ultra tiny ASA label. There’s a moment – you’ll hear that – when male and female voices melt perfectly together, and the drums, the bassline and the “incredibile”, “eccitante”, “ohh what ecstasy” moanings will directly teleport you to a 70s club, full of smoke, sleaze and sex. Be aware: this has never been an easy catch and when around has always been very pricey.
The Spaghetti Head version of the 1938 jazz track is from 1975, Bette’s cabaret disco interpretation from 1979.
In the picture: Laurie Dann, a serial killer from Winnetka, Illinois.
Germany 1978. The image is from “The Day The Fish Came Out” by Michael Cacoyannis, released a decade earlier. The film has a team of nuclear experts searching for a radioactive bomb on an isolated Creek island, all the while stripped to tight white briefs. This sight triggers a chain reaction in hipsters seeking new playgrounds and soon the place is swarming with minimally and outlandishly costumed tourists, madly doing a dance called The Sonic Boom on the beaches by day and on the town square by night. The music is okay as such but something like “Surprise Surprise” would have been better.
In any case the film has the best fashions and hairdos since “The Tenth Victim/La Decima Vittima” and the dancing is great. Learn the groovy moves, dress accordingly, and surprise everyone during the next party:
Checking out the musicians on the recent Madame post by Jussi, I noticed Joël Fajerman, a French musician, born in 1948 in Paris was involved. Joël started out in the sixties and seventies as a backing musician with various French bands before a fateful introduction to the god like power of the polyphonic synthesizer changed his life forever.
In 1978 he composed his first instrumental piece for Nippon Japan and in France, he opened Phonorgan, one of the first stores selling organs and synthesizers in Paris with Korg synth importer Dominique Alas. His career took off at the turn of the 80s, after he composed the end credits of the French game show ‘Treasure Hunt’. He is perhaps most famous for the soundtrack he did for the seventies French nature documentary series L’Aventure Des Plantes by the botanist Jean-Marie Pelt and journalist Jean-Pierre Cuny, especially the title track, the ambient classic Flowers Love released in 1982.
Drumrolls, please: With the kind permission of Mr LaRue Himself, we are proud to present an excusive mix of the new recording Crash And Burn. The whole track! Let the party begin.
It’s a kind of strange story about our first official remix. We already thought that it wouldn’t never be released anymore – but like a little miracle it’s finally done yet after more than a 14 months waiting.
The J.P. Massiera & Bernard Torelli freaky deaky French madness continues with a 1982 Italian remix of the 1981 single by the duo called Misa Criolla. The original track is an an adaption of the ‘Gloria’ hymn section of Misa Criolla, written in 1964 by Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez as a non-Latin catholic mass combining Spanish text with indigenous Argentinean instruments and rhythms.
It was first released in 1981 as a 7 inch single on the Général Music France record label under the artist name Usted Del Fuego (see separate post for the other single release by Massiera & Torelli under this name) and then subsequently released in both 7 inch & 12 inch form by Montage Records in Canada and America (for this release the Usted Del part of the name was dropped). (more…)
Cote D’Azur c. 1978 – wash you hair with Evian, apply half a bottle of Brut, hit the Voom Voom club and dance with the girls of Madame Claude to this Aznavour disco track (!), followed by a great drama queen version of his “La Mamma”. The girls will love it.
In 1981 our two favourite French sonic cosmonauts J.P. Massiera & his half-brother Bernard Torelli released two singles on the label Général Music France using the artist name Usted Del Fuego. Perhaps the more well known of the two releases is Misa Criolla, an adaption of the ‘gloria’ hymn by Ariel Ramírez. The other single is Cancion Del Fuego and though credited to Massiera and Torelli on the record label, it seems to be an adaption of the twelth movement from the ballet El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla written in 1915.
According to the sleeve notes, the track appeared on the soundtrack to the 1982 French film Espion, lève-toi directed by Yves Boisset. The film itself, a political thriller has been described as a cross between the Alan J Pakula 1974 conspiracy-noir The Parallax View and the John Frankenheimer original The Manchurian Candidate. As these are two of my all time favourite films, I have wanted to see Espion, lève-toi for quite a while. (more…)
You missed our Friday session? Here is it again and we hope it’s worth again to listen to. Enjoy!!