Sep
08
2014
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Flangin’T

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The Danish group Rainbow has been mentioned once before here on the blog, in connection with their disco version of Ghost Riders In The Sky. I’m not sure who originally told me that they released a full LP (maybe i saw it on Discogs). In any case, I found it a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised that it contained yet another, even better, song than Ghost Riders….Flangin’T (yes, that is how it is spelled) is a nice guitar-equlibristic disco-inspired piece, with fusion jazz elements – overall a great mix of ideas.

Rainbow – Flangin’T

Not that much info is available about Rainbow on the internet, and they are strangely omitted from any of the more popular Danish music biographies, but this site refers to them as a kind of “party band” that doubled as studio musicians. It also reveals that more than one pressing exists of “At Last” (my copy is on yellow vinyl, but sound quality is pretty good).

The site also mentions that the group disbanded after the release of the LP, but if you flip to the back cover of “Disco Tango”, you will see that Seebach essentially lists the group as his studio band for the album. It should also not come as a surprise that Seebach had a hand in “At Last”, being credited both as co-producer and percussionist (but not as songwriter).

According to living library of music knowledge, Michael Denner (of Mercyful Fate fame, and in whose shop i found the LP), Rainbow’s guitarist Torben Johansen went on to have a big international carreer in the 1980’s, but exactly how and where is a bit unclear. What is sure is that he was very active on the Danish music scene for many years, and could have used his guitar skills for other interesting projects. We shall see what might eventually appear.

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Sep
07
2014
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Jet Flight Number 3

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Jon Petersen & Skyliner – Jet Flight Number 3

Jon Petersen & Skyliner – Funky Fever

Before settling for an airline, check that the films are satisfying and the pampering bag up to scratch. As they are bound to disappoint, fly with our sounds from Overfitting Disco instead as we definitely provide first class in-flight entertainment, more effectively than the latest Marvel superhero flick or Peppermint breath fresheners from Aveda.

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Sep
07
2014
0

Energy

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Poncho Pueblo – Energy

The biggest, the priciest and the brashest don’t necessarily equal the best, as this inexpensive little number from Editions Makossa label (1975) effectively proves.

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Sep
07
2014
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Caprice

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Jon Lord – Caprice

Another prog rocker gets seduced by a steady 4/4 groove, ending up on the dancefloor.

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Sep
07
2014
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Γιορτή Αγάπης (Greek Sandstorm)

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I’m sure that many Greek versions of Sandstorm will come to light in the future, but the classic and most well-known interpretation for the disco age is this one, by the flamboyant entertainer Giannis Floriniotis. I don’t know too much about Giannis, but the first thing that springs to mind is Adriano Celentano meets Elvis, with a touch of Jon Voigt. He seems to be still going strong these days, aided by a few plastic operations.

The recording is from 1979, and is even faster than La Bionda’s version. Lyrics are different too. It is also less heavy on the production side, but still a nice tune for those warm summer nights that are already extinct by now.

Γιάννης Φλωρινιώτης – Γιορτή Αγάπης

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Sep
05
2014
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El Smurfo

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There are Spanish, German, Japanese, Turkish and even Afghani versions of El Bimbo, so of course there exists a Smurf version too. The big surprise here is that it’s actually good, even playable outside your living room! I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the best Bimbo covers I’ve heard yet.

The song was apparenty featured in a banned and long since deleted Smurf episode, “Polis smurfan”, where it is played during a scene inside the Blue Oyster Bar. Or maybe I just made that last part up.

Klasse Möllberg & Smurfarna – El Smurfo

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Sep
04
2014
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I Am A Star

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Uh-oh, looks like somebody’s been playing with their synths again! Check out this Yello-inspired tune, featured in the cheesy Swedish 80’s movie “Gräsänklingar”: Experimental slow-burner, with synths flying back and forth, up and down – even going into acid reflux at times. Listen to this on a pair of good headphones, and you are in for a real treat.

From looking at the sleeve of this one, you really wouldn’t expect such a hardcore track. But something inside of me was urging myself to pick it up anyways…and boy am I glad that I did.

John J. Olson – I Am A Star

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Sep
04
2014
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Leroy Vohn and his stars

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So, before today you thought you had Leroy Vohn and Money, and Puppet, Gang and Orchestra. How could you therefore miss Leroy Vohn and his stars? One of the many incarnations-monikers of Renato Ulvioni (Ulvioni’s show and Babysitter), from 1979. A mystery why two versions: A side features Kiki Smith (not that Kiki Smith I guess) and is sung in english, flipside is sung in spanish by Sandy B. Once again, if anyone had any doubt, is a concentrate of most stylistic elements of disco: campish off-key singing is on the cheese side, but the track shows enough variety in its elements all through: female moans, drum solos and synths mainly, but (male) moanings and more can be heard in the full length on the radio.

Leroy Vohn and his stars featuring Kiki Smith – Carolina (english version)

Leroy Vohn and his stars featuring Sandy B – Carolina (spanish version)

Sep
04
2014
0

Superhero

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Superhero

The exact title of this tune is unknown due to a language problem but it is a theme from a 70s Japanese superhero tv show.

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Sep
03
2014
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Midnight Music

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Stevie B. – Midnight Music

This one has season tickets to my recordbag. I’ve played it a lot and still love it. Hypnotising and dreamy groove by the German Klinkhammer crew. If you’ve seen me dj’ing you will probably have danced to it. Look for it in the cheap crates

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Sep
03
2014
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Nag Nag

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Black Jack – Nag Nag

Have you done the dishes? Are you going to play records all night? Why don’t you play Madonna? We’ve all heard this annoying nagging and so have the German group Black Jack. This is from their second album “Neon Lover” from 1980.

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Sep
03
2014
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Roller Skate Dancer

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Silver Shoes – Roller Skate Dancer

While preparing records for a roller skate disco in Copenhagen, this one came up. France ’79

 

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Sep
03
2014
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Temptation

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Tullio de Piscopo – Temptation

There’s plenty of temptations in this world. This blog is actually filled with them. Here’s one from the Italian movie “L’arma” featuring the beautiful Claudia Cardinale. Produced by Tullio de Piscopo

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Aug
31
2014
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Guajira

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El Cadiz – Guajira

El Cadiz is an alias for the legendary Siegfried Schwab of the “Vampyros Lesbos” fame.

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Aug
31
2014
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Disco Invader

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Silver Spectre – Disco Invader

Curious title for a twanging, surf-styled, spaghetti western-ish record from GB.

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Aug
31
2014
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Captagony Nights

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Red Face featuring Claudia Fields – Captagony Nights

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Captagon is a middle eastern recreational drug. The track seems to have been made during the recording sessions of Claudia Field’s version of Pastime Paradise – the Stevie Wonder hit – as it’s practically an instrumental of the tune. Red Face Rides Again was made earlier, in 1976.

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Aug
29
2014
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We Love America, We Love China

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How naive can disco lyrics get? These almost take the cake within any genre. The good news is that you are spared for most of them, if you choose to listen to the instrumental version, which is quite nice with its driving bassline, synth, and drum arrangement. But really what it deserves is an edit, to take those last vocals out of the mix and make it even better. I might do it myself when/if i get a better copy, if someone doesn’t get to it before me. Until then, here you go.

Tutti Frutti – We Love America, We Love China (Instrumental)

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Aug
27
2014
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Disco Dick (The Elder)

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Disco Dick (AKA Christian D’Or) has become a household name around these parts by now, mostly because of his catchy nu-disco hit Hot Pants, which Jussi reviewed here. But did you know that he is but the latest in a long line of Dicks, and that there was even a Disco Dick before him? Well, now that particular X-file can finally be opened. The original Disco Dick operated in the LA underworld during the late 1970’s, and while there is no evidence that he actually wore hotpants, he was rumored to be a bit of a nasty character.

Now we are just waiting for the current Disco Dick to hook up with the former, so they can release some new dirt together. In the meantime, you can sample this obscure 1979 detective-disco tune with horror elements, below.

Disco Dick – Disco Dick

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Aug
26
2014
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Aug
25
2014
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Kai Warner’s Oriental Express

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Kai Warner has had most exposure among disco fans with his “Fly Butterfly”, and rightfully so. But many are not aware that he released a complete album a few years later, focusing strictly on turkish and middle-eastern themes. Oriental clichés abound here, but that shouldn’t deter you from picking it up – if you can find it – as it includes several good disco tunes.

Kai Warner – Shish-Kebab
Kai Warner – The Belly Dancer

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