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Friday, July 3, 2015

THE BEST ITALO DISCO RECORD OF ALL TIME THE PINEAPPLES

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O.K. I hate when people speak in absolutes.  It's so fourth grade.  But damn if Come on Closer by the Pineapples featuring Douglas Roop isn't the most sublime slab o' Italo Disco Vinyl ever pressed.
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It has absolutely every element necessary to perfect Italo Disco.  The difference is that Douglas Roop, who was an American soldier stationed in Gaeta near Naples, Italy has a great manly voice.  No cheesy poorly pronounced vocals on this disk.
And what is that persistent instrument throughout? Is it a xylophone?  It sounds like one of those plastic piano's that infants bang on.  Probably a synthesizer, in any case, but it's so hot and infectious it's chilling.  It's like a bag of hot buttery popcorn!

Roberto Ferrante went on to have a career in Italo Disco but he made this record at the ripe age of 18.  The seminal but now defunkt Cybernetic Broadcasting System listed Come on Closer in it's Top 10 italo disco tunes of all time.
1983 will go down in history as the ultimate peak of Italo Disco.  There were so many gems released that year and I'm happy to say that I was one major punter of the Roman scene that year and many of these songs make me ripple with joy.  They bring me back to cheerful dance-floors with great music.
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1 comment:

tek! said...

I discovered this wonderful track on CBS webradio!