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Monday, September 17, 2018

A Little bit of Jazz


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Once over 10 years ago I told Jimmy Michaels that A Little bit of Jazz was my favorite disco song.  So for my birthday he made me a mix.  I used to love dancing to this record at The Loft it was definitely a favorite of David Mancuso's.
 
So when I saw the Disco File Top 40 for the week it was #1 it made me think of the song.


While I was about to zip it up for you guys I realized I had a Greg Womack mix too.  Since we are honoring him four years after his passing I only felt appropriate to share it with you all.

A ZIP OF LITTLE BIT TONIGHT MAKES YOU FEEL ALRIGHT

Monday, September 10, 2018

Everybody wants to be Bourgié Bourgié Gladys Knight, John Davis, Ashford & Simpson and crew

Moving this one back up to the top.

Ashford and Simpson's Bourgié Bourgié is disco legendary. It was originally a cut on their 1977 l.p. Send It.  In the U.S. their version was never released on 12" so the U.K. press of it has become a coveted collector's item.  There is even a mis-pressed version of the U.K. 12" in which in one part the song gets sped up and then goes back to normal.

In 1979 John Davis and the Monster Orchestra covered it and it was released on a white label Promo, for which I wrote the discogs entry HERE.  The next year it was covered by Gladys Knight and the Pips as the b side to their soulful disco classic Taste of bitter Love.  The Gladys Knight version of Bourgié Bourgié was produced by Ashford and SimpsonGLADYS VERSION SINGLE EDIT POUND BOYS EDIT

A highly coveted edit of the Ashford and Simpson version was done by Joe Clausell.  It's not to be missed!  THE BEST VERSION

All three versions are outstanding though perhaps the John Davis version is the most campy in that over-the-top kinda way disco can be.  This version features Nickloas Ashford and Valerie Simpson on vocals according to the credits listed on the John Davis l.p. The Monster Orchestra Strikes Again.  JOHN DAVIS IS DISCO LEGENDARY
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BOTH SIDES OF THE JOHN DAVIS 7 INCH





Here I'll provide a link to download the Gladys Knight and the Pips version, in the Pound Boys bootleg form.
Pound Boys Bootleg

And finally even a house version.  The Watergates featuring Janette Sewell came out in 1991.  The vocals are not unlike Gladys Knights.  WATERGATES




If anyone would like to post an opinion about this track or a comparison of the three versions I'd love to hear what you have to say.

From the Urban dictionary:
Stemming from the French word bourgeoisie. Pronounced "boo-zhee"

Someone who is class-conscious, with educated and discerning tastes, and interested in enjoying the finer things in life. It is definitely not high-class, aristocratic, snooty, or snobbish. “Bourgie'” is as much an idea, and a state of mind, as it is an attitude towards enjoying good food, good friends, and good conversation, everyday.  It evokes a mood of simple elegance, casual yet sophisticated—modern.
"Check out old girl in the Mercedes.  Isn't she from 82nd and International (Oakland)? Oh I guess she's bourgie now!"










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Sunday, September 9, 2018

MARK THOMAS MIXES, THE SAINT & MORE, MAJOR DOWNLOADS HERE

Here's a fun one to bring back to the front after three years.
Another mix has been added to this post.  So I'm moving it back to the top again.  Happy downloading!  By the way the Mark Thomas memorial is on May 31st.


I mentioned a few weeks ago that I would get some more Mark Thomas mixes out to you.  Here's a start.

SUNDANCE AUCTION 2009

SUNDANCE 2006 REHOBOTH BEACH


THE RED PARTY MAY 1986

PRIDE '94
AFTER DARK
THE SAINT LAST PARTY PART 5


THE SAINT LAST PARTY PART 4
THE SAINT LAST PARTY PART 3
THE SAINT LAST PARTY PART 2
THE SAINT LAST PARTY PART 1

GAY PRIDE PIER DANCE 1997 PART 2

GAY PRIDE PIER DANCE 1997 PART 1

TONIGHT THE SAINT 1984


THE SAINT HEARTS ON FIRE 1985 
ON FIRE MAY 26, 1985
HEARTS 2 40 85

THE SAINT JUNE 3rd 1984, THE ENTIRE NIGHT

Saturday March 16, 1985
The Black Party | Rites VI
Music: Chuck Parsons
Lights: Richard Tucker


Sunday March 17, 1985
Sunday Tea
Music: Mark Thomas



Savin' Myself Eria Fachin


Canadian Hi Nrg artist Eria Fachin' only had a couple of dance hits.
SAVIN' MYSELF FOR YOU

But the first one Savin' Myself from 1986 is the one which I have the most affection for.



I actually had a weird relationship towards Hi Nrg at the time.  I felt like it was forced upon me because a lot of the clubs I went to at the time were playing it.  I much preferred alternative/new wave or traditional disco.  Later realizing that it was the Italo Disco that I really loved.  But now I have to admit that some Hi Nrg songs are cute to me.  Savin' Myself is a perfect example of cheerful NRG that puts a smile on my face.