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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Why is E.G. Daily trying to be The Voice in 2013 when she has already had a full career behind her?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Have a Scotch an italo disco group that charted much better outside of Italy in the 80's

What I love about Scotch is that they are so damn campy!  They seem to get a real kick out themselves and I in turn do too in a big way.  I mean what does that even mean "baby you're my really disco band?"  ENJOY MY ZIP WITH SCOTCH IN IT

The group was created by Manlio Cangelli (composer, keyboard and drum machine programming), then were added Vince Lancini (vocals) and Fabio Margutti keyboards, joined by Franz Rome (keyboards, programming) for the second album Pictures Of Old Days.
Scotch are actually an Italian group but they seem like a duo who had a string of hits through the 80's including Disco Band and Penguin's Invasion.

Their 1984 hit Mirage was particular in that the chorus is actually sung in Italian. Quite rare for an Italo Disco record. A few years ago it was featured in a cell phone ad in Italy and got major airplay all over again. It's definitely one of those happy-go-lucky sip a pina colada while getting a sun tan on the sea shore kinda songs. 

Here in the zip I've included possibly their most famous song Disco Band which start with that campy Cough, two versions of Delirio Mind and a cut from 1987 called Loving is Easy.

Pop Success of Scotch in Europe:
  • Disco Band [#28 Italy, #3 Germany, #20 Sweden, #4 Switzerland, #4 Portugal]
  • Delirio Mind [#6 Germany, #5 Sweden, #19 Switzerland]
  • Take Me Up [#19 Germany; # 11 Portugal]
  • Mirage [#19 Italy, #56 Germany, #2 Sweden]
  • Money Runner [#12 Sweden]
  • Pictures' [#16 Sweden]
Clearly they were appreciated more in Scandinavia then in Italy.

TitleAlbumCountryPeak position Weeks on chart
"Mirage"Best OfSweden2 5
"Disco Band"EvolutionSwitzerland4 15
"Delirio Mind"Best OfSweden5 5
"Take Me Up"EvolutionFrance10 19
"Money Runner"Best OfNorway10 1

Kylie Minogue's international hit "Got to be Certain" was largely influenced by "Take Me Up".

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Are Sugarmen really shy? Who in the hell are Jack's Project? Can a German record be Italo Disco?

Jack's Project had three maxi single efforts in the mid 80's.  The last of which was called Shy Shy Sugarman.  Released in 1986 this German Ariola Records twelve inch is not particularly well known but undoubtably has the kind of sound that fits in very well with the Disco Vinyl blog feeling.
versions of Sugarman here

I thank my dear Scottish friend Brian for calling it to my attention or it would have remained in that abyss of unknown Synth Pop, Italo style songs which have passed me by.  I'd be the first to admit there were many because during the height of the italo disco era I was at university and listening to a lot of alternative music.  I developed my passion for italo disco during my visits to Italy in those years and in my nights at the Roman discos.  Most of those were in 1983 but there were more visits in 1984, 1985 and 1986 until I had a pretty long break and then moved to Rome.  The D.C. clubs I went to in my university years played more Hi NRG then I would have liked, but a few Euro sounding records to break through.

Jack's Project also did a cover of the Hi NRG classic Wake up by Stop which had been released the year before.  An insanely infectious ditty in any version!

 But clearly by the time I moved to Rome it had been taken over by house music and the more Euro sounding dance sounds which owed nothing to Italo Disco and never hit me with the same passion.  Hence I have dedicated my blog to earlier dance music which tickles my fancy more then what I was dancing to during my peak of clubbing in the early 90's.

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Friday, September 13, 2013


Sometimes it's just fun to reminisce.  It was a great transitional time for dance music.  Lots of new wave, more traditional style disco and then a nice chunk of Hi NRG.  1983 sure was a great year.  One thing this chart doesn't reflect is the great amount of fantastic italo disco that came out that year.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I hear Talk and I'm lovin' it Bucks Fizz morning music classic

Bucks Fizz was formed in the U.K. to win the Eurovision contest. That's exactly what they did in the 1981 contest in Dublin with Making Your Mind Up which went on to become a huge pop hit everywhere but the United States. Apparently their gimmick was they were two blond couples, not too Abba!  Their campy performance at the contest included a section midway through where the guys ripped off the girls skirts.

They went on to have three #1 singles in the U.K. and to sell over 15 million records.  Their single Land of Make Believe was so huge it actually pushed Human League's Don't You Want Me out of the #1 position in the U.K.   It's widely considered to be their best release.  I HEAR TALK (disconet edit)

This Bucks Fizz zip contains extended version of I hear talk, New Beginning and When we were Young

They had a few other hits, but the one which really sent me over the rainbow was I Hear Talk from their fourth l.p. It was huge in clubs like The Saint and out on Fire Island which is where I first heard it. In fact on the 12" sleeve it looks like they are sitting in the area just behind the beach and forest between Cherry Grove and The Pines. But it's highly unlikely that they are.

Since again I Hear Talk made no murmurs on the pop charts in the states it's not like I could have heard it on Top 40 radio. Nor was it one of their bigger international singles.  But in December 1984 when it was released soon enough it made it's way around.  But who judges validity by pop success?


Unfortunately the group got into an accident in their tour bus coming back from a show in Newcastle and so they were not available to give promotion for the release.  So it only peaked at #34 in the U.K. and #29 in Ireland even though it was a perfect pop record and could have gone much farther.

What a brilliant idea anyway a song about gossip. Whoever Pete Sinfield or Andy Filed is my hats off to to them for writing a camp classic.

I hear talk is deeply cheerful and chirpy so if you don't feel like being happy don't bother to download.  But if you're like me then this song sends you reeling with joy!

It’s never been easy living with you
Dish of the season fishing for truth
But we got it rolling right on the track
Here’s to the future with no turning back
We’re taking half and half in mystery
We’re making love to love so easily
And still I can’t believe what’s going round
I don’t believe you’d ever let me down

I hear talk, I hear the writings on the wall
Too many private eyes and party lines
Secret signs friends who seem to know it all
I hear talk, I hear talk

I look in your eyes and what do I see
Everything I needed looking at me
Beyond all suspicion dreams on the side
Hold that position ticket to ride
So when it’s all wrapped up 
Like it’s meant to be
The only trap that’s left is jealousy
And still I can’t believe what’s going round
I don’t believe you’d ever let me down

I hear talk, I hear the writings on the wall
Too many private eyes and party lines
Secret signs friends who seem to know it all
I hear talk, I hear talk

Chinese whispers circulate
There’s a news man leaning on the garden gate
If you don’t wanna headline better use your head
‘Cause I heard someone say something you said

I hear talk, I hear the writings on the wall
Too many private eyes and party lines
Secret signs friends who seem to know it all
I hear talk, I hear talk

Talk talk talk

New Beginning, which was not one of their hit singles, is really quite fantastic too but I was just not up to writing an entire Bucks Fizz discography but here's the Mamba Seyra extended version. Check out the choral work. It's rather over the top.  This use of world music vocals was also essential to the Hazel Dean classic They Say it's Gonna Rain.

When We Were Young

Crying softly on to a clean white pillow
Watch the clock as it slowly crawls around
Rolls around
Is she sleeping? no
Is she dreaming?
Time, it passes without that familiar touch
Familiar touch

Love has gone, tears are here, nothing left
Life has changed, remember when we were young

Were young
When we were young
When we were young
When we were young

She pours a coffee and looks in the mirror
Suddenly she's glad he can't see her face
Can't see her face
Youth, it passes while age is collected
Disappears from behind the wires without trace
Without trace

Love has gone, tears are here, nothing left
Life has changed, remember when we were young

Were young
When we were young
When we were young
When we were young

Love has gone, tears are here
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing
Life has changed, remember when we were young

Were young
When we were young
When we were young
When we were young...

Another of their big pop hits, this one from 1983.

In 2010 a jazzy reworking of I hear Talk was released.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Phil Hurtt BOOGIE CITY (rock and boogie down) a disco throwdown from the mighty year of 1979

Phil Hurtt was an important part of the 70's soul scene collaborating with people like Jackie Moore and Bunny Sigler in The Young Professionals and later providing background vocals on the classic Eddie Kendricks l.p. Goin' up in Smoke. His songwriting skills were also prevalent as he wrote the #1 hit for The Spinners I'll Be Around.

He was also a featured vocalist in The Salsoul Orchestra. Undoubtedly the most important disco band in history. His two solo l.p.'s were not particularly successful, but this Fantasy 12" Boogie City (Rock and Boogie Down) released on Fantasy in 1979 is pure magic. Marty Blecman's mixing is ace, Blecman later went on to major high energy success with his Megatone label. The hoots and hollers are pure soulful disco throwdown minus any of the cheese and the beat doesn't spare in it's amount of funk in the disco boogie. Not a minimum of time was wasted on the production of this number. It rocks from the first second to the last and never lags.

I sold all three copies I had on ebay. But I will pay tribute to the boogie by posting it here for you now.


Phil Hurtt also has a new effort collaborating with many of his old cronies. It's called A Soulful Tale of Two Cities and may very well be worth checking out if you are into old school R and B with a new twist.


Claudja Barry was one of the few artists who had a very successful transition from the disco era right up into the 80's.  Born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto her first release in 1975 Reggae Bump didn't make much of a stir. But the next year and signing to Salsoul brought out the classics Sweet Dynamite and Love for the sake of Love.

  These Tom Moulton mixes are about as classic disco as classic disco goes.

In this post I've chose to highlight a later work.  One even later then her most well known disco classic from 1978, Boogie Woogie Dancin' Shoes.  Another production by Jurgen S. Korduletsch, dancin' shoes really had that Euro sound that had burst wide open a little while before with Donna Summer's I Feel Love.
1982's Work Me Over bridged the next gap from Euro to out and out High Energy.  And what would you expect with the production being trusted to the legendary Bobby O?

The clubs I was going to in Washington, D.C. were pumping Work me Over in a big way, in 1982 and 1983.  I remember dancing to it fondly.  It left it's mark.  The B side a Hi Energy version of the 60's hit I Will Follow Him also got play but not nearly as much.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


When Prince's I Wanna Be Your Lover became a smash in 1979 most people thought it was his debut single. But actually his debut l.p. was released the year before, 1978's For You.
Studio 54 d.j. Jim Burgess, who later went on to become a staple at The Saint did a tasty remix of the song Just as Long as We're Together. It has since become one of Prince's most coveted 12" singles to collector types. Likely because it was a PROMO only release.
JUST AS LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER and as an extra treat the Greg Womack re-edit of the B side Soft and Wet just here below.

Here's the Near Mint copy in my EBAY store.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Do you know how much I worship this song?  A LOT.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Now I know the readers of this blog are not used to this kind of post.  But my tastes vary in a big way.  Believe it or not One More Shot is one of my absolute favorite songs of the 80's.  I'm a big fan of John Robie's work and find that if he's associated to a project 9 times out of 10 I love it.
The incomparable Jenny Burton
Jenny Burton's voice is fantastic.  She is perfectly accompanied by those frantic beats.
ONE MORE ZIP But for the completist why not include the hip hop version by MC Connection which also features the electro magic instrumental on Side B.
Matthew Drudge turned me on to John Robie.  Robie was his idol back in the 80's when we were in our early 20's on the scene around Dupont Circle in D.C. and well before Matthew became such a Libertarian wing-nut.  
Would you believe I hadn't even seen this before I wrote this blog....A DRUDGE TWEET 

Monday, September 2, 2013

STEFANO PULGA was one of the masterminds behind Gaucho's Dance Forever

This song makes me think of the Caribbean or at least people on a limbo line.  It's got an infectious happy time feeling that borders on hokey.  
But since italo disco puts a smile on my face this one never fails to please.The b side version of Dance Forever called the DJ version is a bit more of a serious groove.  If Side A is too hokey for you then Side B should satisfy.
Gaucho is yet another Italo Disco project featuring Bruno BergonziLuciano Ninzatti, and Stefano Pulga who have quite a prolific output in the genre.  I think Stefano Pulga's Love Taker had more then a few spins at The SaintDESIDERI PENSIERI ZIP