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Sunday, December 27, 2015

LIME gets a bad rap, classic HI NRG from Canada


  
SO MUCH LIME
Vocals on helium and a full-stop embrace of HI NRG.  Lime really gets a bad rap.  Do they really deserve it?  If you were going to judge them on success alone you wouldn't.  In fact on the Billboard Dance Charts they had a string of hits including their debut single Your Love/You're my Magician which hit #1 in January 1981 right on up to Unexpected Lovers which peaked at #6 in 1985.  At the bottom of the post is a very recent effort to download.


They worked hard and had a lot of releases.  A married couple from Montreal, Denis and Denyse Le Page generally never toured or performed in public choosing to send Joy Winter and Chris Marsh who lip-synched the tracks.  They figured that they were younger and more attractive so why the hell not?



One of the distinctive features of Lime was their record cover art work.  It was real bright and neon influenced, usually with yellows and greens.  A lot of it looks real cheesy in retrospect, but that could be said about a lot of disco era photography as well.  Which was often sexy just for the sake of being sexy.  Some would say tacky for the sake of trying to be sexy.



What they were able to do was to provide a distinct sound and look.  Lime was lime and a soundalike would only sound like a rip-off.  But then again for some people listening to Lime was like nails on a chalk board.  I was not one of the haters.  To me Lime is simply the soundtrack to those years for me.  A time when I felt young and free and hadn't a care in the world.  The Lime sound always brings back favorable memories.

Some of their releases were under the name of Lepage rather then Lime, Kat Manudu and even one was listed as Mother (F) Hot Wax and a couple others using that moniker.  Joe La Greca was part of this act as well as the writer and producer of all the Lime stuff.


Some of the Almighty remixes updated Lime to a House sound
One of the Almighty Records remixes

In 2002 they released a CD called Love Fury.  They have modernized their sound but I don't think they got any new fans in the process.  The label Almighty however has had some success updating the sound on a lot of their classics.



Tracklist :
01. Guilty (07:34)
02. Angel Eyes (08:36) 
03. Come & Get Your Love (07:34) 
04. Your Love (05:15) 
05. On The Grid (04:28) 
06. Babe We're Gonna Love Tonight (Instrumental) (06:46) 
07. Guilty (Instrumental) (07:32) 
08. Angel Eyes (Instrumental) (08:36) 
09. Come & Get Your Love (Instrumental) (07:35) 
10. On The Grid (Instrumental) (04:24) 

On and On (FEAR KEEPS ON) Deca Dance Italo Disco Holy Grail

Deca Dance was my favorite record store in Downtown N.Y.C.  It was small but Dennis always catered to my needs.  He always made me feel special and listened to.  And I loved that walk down Christopher Street.

But did he name his store after one of my favorite Italo Disco Songs of all time?  I never had a chance to ask him that.  Maybe because my obsession with Italo Disco hadn't even started yet.



You see I spent a lot of time back and forth to Italy in the 80's and I got to dance to a lot of great Italo Disco and I heard other great Italo on the radio, on mix shows and even on the RAI in live performances.

But when I was in Europe I wasn't collecting vinyl.  I sort of would put that hobby on hold.  It just didn't make sense carrying records around while I was dragging all that luggage and staying in super cheap places just to make my money hold out.  And you really could back then, Ibiza, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, Vienna, etc. all on a couple hundred dollars and a dream.

I mean granted I do remember buying I want You by Gary Low at El Corte Ingles in Barcelona but that song was under my skin.  It wasn't just coming at me at 4 AM on some dance floor but it had permeated my whole being.
DON'T FEAR MY DOWNLOAD
So in the past 20 years through other friends who were actually spinning in those years before I started to in the early 90's I have been introduced to so much incredible music that I regularly lose my mind over some song or another.

And well On and On (Fear Keeps On) is simply on of those tunes.  To me it's full-on Italo Disco perfection.  It has it all.  It isn't so super spacey but the lyrics might as well be out of 1984 (the book).  That delivery which is so much more new wave then disco, that instrumentation that is as if Joy Division were meant to be a dance band.  All put together to me it's both ominous and infectious and a pure Italo Disco joy.  1983 as I've mentioned before in other posts is the peak of this sound.  One after another of the best all time Italo Disco records came out that year.  Which also happened to coincide with the longest period of time in the 80's that I spent out dancing in the Roman clubs.  So the music and the sound and the feeling are my everything even now.


I'd have to assume that the period means a lot to the guys of Italo Connection because their interpretation of On and On is both futuristic and respectful at the same time.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A super early Italo Disco masterpiece....ADOLF STERN

Now this is an out and out Italo Disco beauty.  And so early in the game.  This double sided single came out in 1979 on Ciao records.  It features all of the best qualities of my favorite Italo Disco tunes from years later.Here in my zip you will be able to enjoy a more recent edit by the master Alkalino.  It's hard to believe that Britney Spear's producers ripped this record off but just think of her Gimme More  and tell me it doesn't at least remind you of this song.

LISTEN FOR YOURSELF 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Don't Stop, Don't Stop the Music Oh No, Don't Stop the Music!!!!! BAY CITY ROLLERS DISCO DISCO DANCE GEM

Refreshed links
Yes I was Bay City Rollers smitten but come on guys I was not even a teenager yet!


OH NO DON'T STOP THE MUSIC!

MASSIVE DISCO REMIX of the the Bay City Rollers compliments of the Canadian Record Pool in 1977.

Those guys must have had a hot thing going. They actually were responsible for several mixes which were big crowd-pleasers in the states. I don't think I ever saw mixes in the states credited to a record pool though clearly most of the guys doing the mixes back in the day were in the pool that David Mancuso put together in mid 1975. From whose ashes later rose Judy Weinstein's For the Record. A pool which has featured all the big New York star d.j.' over the years and up until it folded, not that long ago. This batch featured the Superstar New York City DJ Kings like Junior Vasquez, David Morales and Frankie Knuckles.


In this vintage photo we have Judy, RCA's Tony King, T.O. Featherstonshaw, Jane Brinton and a young and dashing David Steele from Polydor.  It was taken at The Paradise Garage for the 1 1/2 year anniversary of For the Record.



I mean hell the Bay City Rollers! The boys 'o tartan from Scotland making the boogier's get their grooves on in serious disco's in places like New York City and London and L.A.  Peaking at #24 on the Billboard Dance Charts in 1976 on import.


Well they did just that. Had it been picked up in the States it probably would have been even more massive. It only got a 45" 7" release there.


At the time I didn't know a thing about this 12". If I had I would have gone to great efforts to get my allowance together to buy a copy. I was definitely a rollers fan and not just for their only #1 pop hit in the states, Saturday Night (S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT). I think I had about five of their l.p.'s and I could sing along to a lot of their songs. Oh the innocence of youth!
YOU MADE ME BELIEVE IN MAGIC
Here is a more recent edit by Glenn Rivera of one of the band's U.S. Top Ten hits You Made Me Believe in Magic a hit from 1977.




Saturday, December 5, 2015

STOP and LIVIN' IT UP not your ordinary italo disco tunes

As I've been writing this blog for almost 8 years now occasionally I go back and re-fresh old links that don't work anymore.  Below are new ones for one of the best double sided Italo classics of all time.
B.W.H. was an alias for Stefano Zito and Carlo Favili.

Stop and Livin' it Up by B.W.H. were released on House of Music Italy in 1983 and are truly the top of the genre.  Makes me wanna dance!  



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fotonovela by Ivan sweet, dreamy, Italo disco

Fotonovela is one of the few italo disco tracks sung in Spanish.  It was also a morning music classic at The Saint.  Mark Thomas told me it was a fave of his in morning music sets.



I'm actually quite astonished that I haven't posted it before considering how it makes me feel.  It's simple beauty and sheer joy get me a little choked up every time I hear it.

CHAPTER 2 THE LONG VERSION




Saturday, November 21, 2015

CAN'T BE SERIOUS JINNY'S SEMINAL ITALO DISCO CLASSIC

You can't be serious, you don't know this track by Jinny?  It's an electro, italo disco, new wave classic!

It's the only solo release by this British rock singer who also in a band called The Dear Janes who had a few releases.

Electra did Italo Disco right






The first from 1982 the second from 1983 when italo disco was fresh and young and in the best.

I'd Like To by Feel is another one of those lesser known Paradise Garage classics

Not gonna say much other then it's from 1982.  Gail freeman does both lead vocals and she later had two more dance releases as a solo artist.  Feel is a great name for a band.  Too bad they didn't release more (4 singles actually).  They consisted of The Players Association producers and arrangers.

I'D LIKE TO HAVE YOU DOWNLOAD THIS TRACK AND ENJOY IT

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Do Piano Again, an italo disco gem that synth popped it's way into my heart

Daphné Hendrickx recorded as Do Piano.  There were two classic Italo Disco releases one in 1985 and the other in 1986.  Again was the first one and the one which I'm sharing with you here.  What can i say more than it's Italo Disco Magic!




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Moody, ominous and utterly danceable.  You'll want to play this one Again, Again and Again.



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Physical Fascination by Mod-it is an Italo Disco holy grail

The least they could do was pronounce the title correctly!  In Italian the C is pronounced "CHEE",  you gotta love it though.  The pronunciation is a lot of what makes italo disco so fun.  Physical Fascination is truly a synthy gem.

 A physically fascinating download link

This fun ditty was released in 1986 on the Italian label Media Records and has become ultra collectible.  A copy will set you back a minimum of $300.00 so enjoy this mp3 it's probably the closest you'll get to owning this track, LOL

Gianfranco Bortolloti has had his hands in a ton of italo disco numbers including Gino Latino, Venice, Funny Twins, Capella and even Gigo D'agostino. 

DON'T STOP LOVING ME HUMPHREY ROBERTSON 1987 AN ITALO DISCO JOY

Humphrey Robertson has recorded as a few aliases including Ciber People and Hypnosis.  They recorded a few Italo Disco classics.
Today I've chosen to bring you a later release.  This one on the seminal Swiss Italo Disco label StreetHeart.  1987's Don't Stop Loving Me is a cheerful number.  Sure to please any Italo Disco fan.

DON'T STOP LOVING MY DOWNLOAD LINK




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Memories of Karen Finley and Mark Kamins

Mark Kamins was my biggest ally on the N.Y. club scene.  For us it was like love at first sight (not the sexual kind).  He instantly had me hanging out in the booths wherever he spun.  He always encouraged me with my looks and we adored each others energy.

Project X magazine loved to trash people

Mark Kamins spinning at Club Gold in Tokyo

When Mark took me to Tokyo for the opening of Club Gold as a representative of New York Nightlife I was overjoyed.  But as you can see from the Project X magazine above there were haters.



I totally associate Mark Kamins with Karen Finley.  Not only did he produce her controversial records but he co-wrote them.  And did he ever promote them!  Mark's dj sets for years always featured a bit of the nasty Karen Finley accapella's.

Then she was featured in the film Mondo New York and got famous for the huge court case with the NEA.  


I used to love singing along to Tales of Taboo, "let me tell you how I take the yams...."  OMG what joy did I get out of that record!  What memories.  EXTENSIVE KAREN FINLEY ZIP




Mark was the official d.j. for one of my best friends fashion shows Manolo Ready Couture.  Here he is at one of the shows.  


And here he is at the tree trimming party in my loft in Tribeca circa 1992.  Note the top of the tree.  It's my crown from the year I won the King of Manhattan competition at The Limelight in 1991.  I love this picture of Mark becomes it so captures his energy.  Even though he was spinning at my party he always found the time to be part of the party too.



Don't let anyone ever tell you that I have never suffered from delusions of grandeur!