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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Come and Make me High Hysterical Fits

Another melodic pretty italo disco number.  This one from 1985 on Sensation Records Italy.

Nothing special to say about it.  It's just light on the ears and has that feel of mid 80's Italo.  Surely obscure and collectible but not so memorable that after 2 listens you can't forget it.  What is a hysterical fit anyway?

You need to know about it in any case.  One needs to be an italo disco completist.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

COMPUTERIZED LOVED by TANGO and you don't pronounce the ED at the end of words that way...O.K.!!!!

Refreshed Zip

One of my pet peeves as an ESL teacher in Rome is to get students out of the habit of mispronouncing words that end in ED.  Clearly TANGO was not one of my students.  But then again part of the charm to Italo Disco for me is the way many of the artists mangle the English language.  That's probably one of the main reasons why so many of these highly danceable and fun songs remained incredibly obscure in the states.


This release from 1985 has a lot of the qualities that I enjoy in an italo disco tune.  From vocoders and sound effects to a super catchy melody and fun off kilter lyrics.  Stargo is a great italo label.  They don't have many releases but the few I know I enjoy  a lot like Live is Life by Stargo but they are after all just a subsidiary of the italo disco giant Disco Magic records.  The vocalist Roberto Zanetti also sang my beloved Capsicum (another Stargo release) and he wrote the fabulous Don't Cry Tonight by Savage, and in fact most of the other Savage hits as he was a member of that band in addition to using several other aliases.

For Your Love by Klaudia (another Dora Carofiglio alias)

A one off Italo Disco project from 1982.  For Your Love was a super early project before the greater influx to Italo projects and space disco from 1982.

Dora Carofiglio went on to become one of the most prevalent voices of Italo Disco in the 80's.  Most well known as Valerie Dore and Novecento scoring huge crossover pop hits.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

State of the Nation Industry


Formed in 1978 in New York as the Industrial Complex this band released a few obscure records.  Then somehow in 1984 the super catchy single State of the Nation became a massive hit in Europe hitting #1 in Italy and #10 in Sweden.  In fact in Italy it was the 10th best selling single of the year.

By this point they dropped the name down to Industry, not to be confused with the house act that had a huge dance record with "Release Me" in the early 90's.

They were unable to follow it up but State of the Nation is one perfect slice of Synth Pop that will always remain close to my heart.  Apparently it was a morning music classic at The Saint.  Kudos to one of my favorite Instagram accounts, Dance of the Clones for reminding me how much I love this record and making me think this fits right in with the theme of Disco Vinyl.  We don't only do Italo Disco here, but we do like to give you an Italian perspective in any case.