Nov
14
2011
0

Soley Soley

Paul Mauriat Orchestra – Soley Soley

After the nasty Balla Balla track isn’t it time for some sunshine? There were lyrics in the original Soley Soley by The Middle Of The Road but this superior, insanely cheerful, bouncy-as-hell version is all instrumental, awash with strings that’ll sweep you away.
“We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden. ” (?) Joni Mitchell

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Nov
13
2011
0

Balla Balla

Baden Baden – Balla Balla

This 1978 German track by the team Keith Forsey-Jurgen Korduletsch-Thor Baldursson does not sound like it has anything to do with the quaint Schwarzwald spa town Baden Baden, more like something Ulrike Meinhof of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group could have danced to, had she ever invaded a disco club. Check the Japanese artwork – fits the sounds or what.

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Nov
13
2011
0

Disco J.J.S.

Disco J.J.S.- V.S.O.P. American

The 1978 edit of a tune used to promote VSOP cognac in Japan. Every year, a slightly different version came out. This is the poshest sounding one.

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Nov
13
2011
0

Wanted

Cosmic Gal – Wanted

Every now and then someone asks about this one so here it is. A few copies are available in the net.

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Nov
13
2011
0

Richard Sanderson

Richard Sanderson – Never Let You Go

1979 French track by a British singer.

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Nov
11
2011
0

Give me the night

Georges Benson – Give Me The Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One lovely disco track from 1980.

The best George Benson’s song for my taste.

You can find more info here.

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Nov
11
2011
1
Nov
11
2011
0

Obsession

Ringo – Obsession

This imo pretty outré 1975 cut should have been there in the Ringo mix posted a few weeks back but I only found it a couple of days ago at Lucky Records in Reykjavik.

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Nov
11
2011
0

Bon Bon

J.D.V & Friends – Bon Bon

Shuffling Canadian hi-hat track from 1976. According to Vince Aletti’s book it was big at Circus Maximus club of Los Angeles early in 1977. In the image, Miss Candy Darling with Andy Warhol.

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Nov
06
2011
0

Disco Lady

Lokice/Lokica – Disco Lady (1980)

Yugoslavian/Serbian disco. Yep.

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Nov
06
2011
1

Love Infection

Sphinx – Love Infection (1978)

Thanks to Discotruper

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Nov
03
2011
0

Dancin’ Fool

Frank Zappa – Dancin’ Fool (Soulwax Edit) (1979)

It’s a very gentle but dancefloor-friendly edit by 2 Many DJ’s, the proper sections are extended and looped, and the bitcrusher works. Unfortunately, they never released the full edit to my knowledge. Stay away from any other edit of this track, it’s the only one that respects the original material.

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Nov
02
2011
4

Ringo Comic Mix

Jussi Kantonen – Ringo Comic Mix

 

The cutting edge Barcelona comic book artist Anselm Solsona asked me for a musical impression of an upcoming work of his. The hero of the surreal story is two real life characters combined into an imaginary one: the French singer Ringo and Evel Knievel, an American stuntman and motorcycle racer. It’s 1974. Ringo will be seen taking two women into his trailer immediately after winning a race, doing coke with Dean Martin (playboy movie star and the singer of the 60’s cha cha hit “Sway”), becoming a recording artist and falling for the gorgeous Sheila Sensation. After a terrible accident that castrates him, he is transported to the Soviet Union to be subjected to weird experiments, including a bionic penis transplant. He then emerges as a demented cyborg cycle fiend in motor mania overdrive. And there is more.

The 47 minute vinyl mix is there only to provide semi-abstract mood-setting background music for the comic so a tracklist is not a good idea. You can however detect titles like Dragster by The Amazing Bingo Band, the disco version of Sway by Bobby Rydell, Go Away Charly by The Carla Sound Orchestra, Dance On by Costa Tournas, Midnight Game by Midnight Gang, So Excited by Mandy B Jones, Petrol Pop by Michel Magne, the grandiose Amoco by Alain Barriere plus Latin Lover by Calderon to highlight the bionic dick sequence.

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Oct
31
2011
0

Out Of Limits

New Marketts – Out Of Limits
African lightning

Two titles from the 1977 American album Step On It.

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Oct
31
2011
0

Norrie Paramor

Norrie Paramor – Egyptian Reggae

Norrie Paramor was a cool character from London who composed soundtracks for films like “Espresso Bongo” during the sixties. In 1979 he realesed this version of the Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers hit, the aim obviously being to make the catchy but freaky tune acceptable to the sensibilities of his MOR audience. The results were strangely fascinating.

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Oct
30
2011
2

So Excited

Mandy B Jones – So Excited

One of the best sounds of the year in my opinion – 1977 of course. The track has it all. The beat is moody and the vocalist is about to give in to demonic pleasures of the flesh. – I’ll put the whole tune into a mix, asap.

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Oct
28
2011
1

Iron Far

Luna – Iron Far (1978)

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Oct
28
2011
0

Wrestler

Naoto Takenaka – Wrestler (1984)

Don’t diss it that much, the chorus is pretty good (seek at +/- 1 minute)

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Oct
24
2011
0

Dancing

Spooky & Sue – Dancing

Some may remember (while most choose to forget) an early 70s pop tune called “Sugar Baby Love” by the British band The Rubettes. There were also those who wished the band had made a disco record at some later phase of their career. This is what such a record could have sounded like. A saccharine melody over floating midtempo rhythm, strings and sighs and then, the Rubettes speciality: the ear-shattering castrato howl!

“Dancing” is the semi-instrumental version of the Dutch duo Spooky & Sue’s 1976 hit “Do You Dig It”.

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Oct
24
2011
0

City Phobia

Brian Wade – City Phobia

Jerky zombie sounds from GB while we wait for Halloween.

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