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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Spacer Woman by CHARLIE is the perfect italo disco song

I’m a Spacer Woman Don’t you worry 'bout me? I don’t want to hurt you, I just want to love you! We can start it over Come on be my lover You will be my danger (?) Let me be your stranger! I want to know I need your love I can’t go on I must be sure I come from Space I want to know If I can do My love is true

Charlie is composed of Gino De Stefani and Maurice Cavalieri.  Charlie

There is very little I can say about Spacer Woman other then it is one of the absolute best of one of my favorite genre's. It also just happens to be from the 1983 the absolute best year for Italo Disco music. enjoy the rip cause it's very rare

When Germanys ZYX picked up the record in 1984 they changed the title to Space Woman or it's a misprint.
There was also a 2005 bootleg release. So be careful collector's. Don't risk paying alot unless you're absolutely sure.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Tom Hooker Speaks about Den Harrow

Here's part of an interview he did with another blog.

Tom, I have one information, which came from one famous Italian female singer. I don’t know is it true or just a rumor but I heard that Den Harrow actually doesn’t exist as singer. Den Harrow is you! Please can you tell me what is the truth? 
Saying that Den Harrow doesn't exist as a singer is incorrect. He was very popular amongst the very young girls. From 12 to 15. Den Harrow became a brand name like Coca Cola. This is was the music business. There was a small problem. He couldn't sing. So the solution was to never let him sing, or to put his voice so low in the mix that it was non existant. He started as an image. He would work on his costumes and clothes and someone else would sing on the records. The truth is, vision is a more developed sense in humans than hearing. People tend to buy and listen what they like to see. I have never officially told this to anyone but this is the exact truth in chronological order:
To Meet Me and a Taste Of Love was Chuck Rolando's voice. He had a contract with Durium and had to stop. Then came Silvio Pozzuoli from Dream. He sang Mad Desire the single's version. Although a very talented singer, his English wasn't very good. I remember in Mad Desire. He sang "Ear I Ham" instead of "Here I am". Freddy bought my contract from Merak at the time and bought the whole Den Harrow project with his money, and I sang Future Brain. I don't think Den (his real name is Stefano Zandri) ever came to the studio. Future Brain was a huge hit in 1985. We had to do the album. I re-sang Mad Desire for the album. It wasn't any better than Silvio's but we wanted some continuity. It couldn't go from fluent English to an Italian accent. Too many people in Germany and Scandinavia can speak English. Then came Bad Boy and all the rest of the hits.
After two Albums of good hits, and making money, I wanted Don't Break My Heart to be a Tom Hooker song because I felt close to it. I also felt, Freddy was not pushing me because of the money machine of Den Harrow in Germany and France. We got another singer from England who had a much higher voice than mine. I can't remember his name. I still co-wrote the songs. The Album was Lies. I think, this was the end of Den Harrow's run. It was not at all what it used to be. Maybe it was the songs, maybe it was the different voice. Who really knows...
After Den Harrow left Baby Records, the records sales were small numbers. I think he sang on Ocean. He continues to make records that don't really sell to do his live shows because it's easy money. Basically, he still has a name. It's human, he wants a nice car and all that stuff. It's a shame he can't really sing, because he makes a good star. Everybody wants to make money. When I had the success of Looking For Love, my old record company called Full Time, released an unauthorised album with demos and tried to pass it as the new Tom Hooker album. This album was called Only One. This really ruined my career at that time. The distributors who bought it after the success of Looking For Love were taken aback with this crappy album that came out way before Bad Reputation. It sold crap but was easy money and ruined it for the real one, of course. But hey, you see it as music Zeljko. As a professional, I saw it as a business.

DEN HARROW italo disco's pretty boy

Refreshed with more music.
Does it really matter that Den Harrow didn't really sing the songs he is attributed to have sung?  His image and his dancing were also a part of the magic weren't they?  I'm not gonna defend him.  This marketing tool has been used in Italy often and in other countries too.  So in a way it's not really his fault is it?   Fat Den Zip
There is no doubting that he had a long string of hits from 1983 right up to the end of the 80's.  In fact there was enough interest in him that in Germany he even had some releases into the 90's and he received the Bravo Golden Otto award in 1987.  This signified that he was Germany's favorite male vocalist, even ahead of Michael Jackson!
The first release To Meet Me in 1983 was one of many greatly produced Turatti and Chieregato tracks that propelled Italo Disco so much in the 80's.
In the 2000's he was once again in the public eye in Italy.  As a contestant on Isola dei Famosi, a strange mixture of Survivor and Celebrity Big Brother.  He often cried on air and definitely had a hard time on the island.
The zip contains most of the hits and even a few of the lesser hits.
They are a perfect mirror of the italo disco genre because he had songs representing all of the types of  the genre.  Some better then others but in any case still a great peek into the sound.



Saturday, October 15, 2016

The La Bionda Brothers

Sicilian brothers Carmelo and Michelangelo La Bionda are known as the inventors of Italian Disco.  They began recording in 1973 but debuted even earlier as songwriters.  Their 1978 hit One for You, One for Me (a #9 pop hit in Italy) even managed to become a big pop hit in the U.K. among other countries.  That in addition to Deserts of Mars and Sandstorm are my favorite La Bionda tunes.

They went on to produce for other artists too.  Their seminal La Bionda album featured the influential disco hit Sandstorm.  It was covered by Darude in the 90's in a house version.  They also recorded as D.D. Sound and had other major disco hits including Cafe'.

In the 80's they worked on some soundtracks and with the Italian group Ricchi e Poveri.  Their collaboration with the dance duo Righeira in 1983 brought them their most famous hit Vamos a La Playa.  The La Bionda Zip  The Bandido album

I think that one of the main reasons I love La Bionda is that they seem to have a real sense of humor.  You could call it tongue in cheek disco.

Some of my favorite D.D. Sound (Disco Delivery Sound) songs are 1,2,3,4 Gimme Some More! Cafe and Hootchie Coochie. Their first album came out in 1977 and were quite active for two years.  The amazing single Disco Bass was a #6 hit in Italy in 1977 and 1,2,3,4 got to #6 in 1978.  4 DD Sound Albums

In 1985 they opened the music studio Logic in Milan and have had many huge stars such as Depeche Mode, Robert Palmer and Rihanna have recorded there.