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Saturday, December 31, 2016

On the Beat B,B & Q Band

Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens band were one of the many incarnations of italo disco master Jacque Fred Petrus.  

It was huge on the New York City disco radio in 1981.  The only hit using this moniker.  It's a classic.

Though originally from Guadalope.  Jacques Fred made his mark as a D.J. in Milan and collaborating with another italo disco genius Marco Malavisi.  His work with the Peter Jacques Band, Change and Revanche were some of the best early italo disco classics coming towards the end of the disco era.


ENDGAMES were formed in 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland and put out a few synth pop records.  Several of these have become quite collectible and sound great even today.  In my zip I'm going to give you a couple of my favorites both from 1983, Love Cares and Ecstasy.  I can't stop listening to Ecstasy.  It has just about all the elements I love in a dance song.

Waiting for Another Chance from their 1983 l.p. Building Beauty was a big hit in Germany breaking the Top 30 while Miracle in my Heart the b side of the delicious Ecstasy was later sampled by Heavy D.

If you haven't heard them I suggest you get their two album Building Beauty and Natural.  You should find plenty to enjoy.
First, Last for Everything from 1982 is probably their biggest classic and a real seminal electronic dance song that went on to be a WBMX classic spun by greats like Frankie Knuckles.

What I would give to be there tonight!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Our Darkness and Heaven by Anne Clark gets under your skin

Anne Clark came up out of the new wave scene.  She had a very particular way of singing.  You could almost call it talking.  In fact she was a poetess who transitioned into music.  From 1982 up until even recently she has quite an extensive amount of releases.

I have refreshed this blog post from a few years back because I've added some mixes and a few live performances of my favorite Anne Clark songs inclined Our Darkness and Sleeper in Metropolis.  The older links below still work too.

Anne Live and More

The razormaid mix of Our Darkness is astonishing.  It was a huge WBMX alterna dance smash.  A truly influential record with the synth pop sound on steroids.  A personal favorite of mine.  It has long been one of the most played tunes in my home.  HEAVEN RAZORMAID REMIX
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