Mark Vallese has to say about the subject. Maybe you've had the pleasure of hearing him spin at The Dunes resort in Douglas, Michigan.
What's the difference between "morning music"
and "sleaze"? If you ask 100 people this question, you'll get
100 different answers. The term "sleaze" has been around since the 70's
and is most commonly used to describe the down tempo music that was
played toward the end of the night (or the end of the party). It's
usually very melodic and pretty. Most of the songs were vocal pieces
with a few notable exceptions. The lyrics tended to be very
emotional in one way or another, often describing the joys of love,
or the pain of losing it. Here's some examples of classic "sleaze"
music, first the joyful, happy songs...
Under The Influence Of Love - Love Unlimited lary sanders edit
La Vie En Rose - Grace Jones Tom Moulton mix
Be Thankful For What You Got - William DeVaughn get it now
Take Off Your Makeup - Lamont Dozier larry sanders edit
Dance Little Dreamer/Hot Butterfly - Bionic Boogie chanson
Darling, That's Me - Judy Cheeks/Loose Change JUDY
Just Us - Two Tons Of Fun enjoy Just Us and for added fun I GOT THE FEELING Disconet Mix
Rock Your Baby - George McCrae an edit
Somebody's Eyes - Viola Wills 2 versions of a Viola beauty
Wrap Your Arms Around Me - Agnetha Faltskog an Abba beauty
Take Me Down/Hang On In There Baby - Johnny Bristol
Music, Harmony and Rhythm - Brooklyn Dreams featuring Donna Summer's husband
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning - Thelma Houston Enjoy it
Most Of All - Gloria Gaynor/Saint Tropez
Here's some classic "rip yer heart out" sleaze (termed by some as
razorblade/slit your wrist music)...
Throwing It All Away - Rhetta Hughs
Stop (Your Tearing Out My Heart) - Bob-A-Rella stop and download this
Loving You, Losing You - Phyllis Hyman gorgeous songbird
Don't Pity Me - Faith, Hope and Charity THE JIMMY M. EDIT
Changin' - Sharon Ridley this one was huge at The Paradise Garage HOT TRACKS MIX
Guardian Angel - Masquerade a zip with 6 versions including newer edits
Pull Yourself Together - Buddy Miles a zip of it
Why Can't We Live Together - Timmy Thomas download it
Walk Away From Love - David Ruffin a ROBBIE LESLIE classic
You'll Never Know - Hi Gloss define's the genre Hi-Gloss
It's A Shame - Spinners TOM MOULTON MIX
And, here's some of those notable instrumentals. ..
Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra (there's a fairly rare
vocal version of this too) rare vocal version
Rise/Manhattan Melody - Herb Alpert check out G's hypnotizing groove edit
African Symphony - Henry Mancini African
Anambra - Ozo (the vocal version of this song is called "Anambra
River") ANAMBRA DOWNLOAD
Tubular Bells - Champs Boy Orchestra Listen
Livin' In The Jungle - John Tropea A .wav of Jungle
There's even some "sassy" sleaze classics...
I Ain't Been Licked - Diana Ross diana
Don't Give It Up/Runaway Love - Linda Clifford sassy Linda
check out some Linda Clifford sassy
I Hear Talk - Bucks Fizz listen DISCONET EDIT
Like An Eagle - Dennis Parker a zip of versions
You Got The Stuff - Bill Withers download it sleazy instrumental version
Somebody asked about "Walk The Night" by the Skatt Brothers, wanting
to know if that's sleaze. Well, technically, it's not. It could, and
is, played in morning sets, but it's an example of "sleazy" music,
not "sleaze". Sexual overtones in the lyrics don't automatically
classify a song as sleaze. Sleaze lyrics tended more toward love and
emotion rather than blatant sexuality. There are some exceptions to
that rule, let's not forget Donna Summer's nearly 14 minute long
orgasm in "Love To Love You Baby"! There were a few creative DJ 's
who would take a song that wasn't sleaze and turn it into one by
playing a 45rpm pressing at 33 1/3. Two songs that come to mind,
that worked perfectly when played that way, were "Souvenirs" by
Voyage and "Magic Bird Of Fire" by The Salsoul Orchestra.
Unfortunately, true "sleaze" music is mostly a thing of the past.
The few new, or recent songs that could fit in that category are now
usually classified under the much broader term "morning music".
In the early to mid 80's the term "sleaze" started to fade out, to
be replaced with the much broader term of "morning music". While
this was still the music played toward the end of a club night or
party, "morning music" did not describe a specific genre of songs
like "sleaze" did. The term started describing the "type" of
music that was played at a certain time or part of the night, rather than
describing the actual "sound" or "feeling" of an individual piece of
music. One way to put it is that all "sleaze" music can be
classified as "morning", but not all "morning" music can be
classified as "sleaze". While the term became much broader, it
started encompassing music with a faster beat and also music with a
darker, more electronic sound to it. This also coincided with the
demise of "live" instruments being used in making most dance music.
One thing that didn't change a whole lot was the use of vocals in a
majority of the music, but the lyrics often became lighter, with
less of an emotional punch to them. Here's a few examples of
classic songs that were among the first to be classified with the brand
spanking new term of "morning music" ...
Close To Perfection - Miquel Brown 12 inch mix single
Some People - Cliff Richard they called him Britain's Elvis
Survivor - Mike Francis unfortunately he died in 2009 at the age of 48
American Love - Rose Laurens many versions
You're My Rainbow - Hazel Dean enjoy
Lessons In Love - Level 42 download
When Your Heart Is Weak/The Promise You Made - Cock Robin LISTEN
No Promises - Icehouse Dream Time Mix
One interesting thing that started happening when "morning music"
became more and more popular was that older songs which were
originally classified as plain old "disco" when they came out, were
now being relabeled and refiled in people's "morning music"
sections. Songs like Foxy's "Party Boys", Lipps Inc. "How
Long"and "Dancing In Paradise" by El Coco are all examples of this
Unfortunately, the quantity and quality of "morning music" has faded
drastically over the past few years. That's not to say there isn't
any current "morning" out there, but you really have to search to
find it and search even harder to find somewhere to dance to it...
outside of your own living room. I'll close this with a list of some
of my "morning music" favorites from then and now...
We Can Fall In Love - Aderna it's here
Love In Your Eyes - Dan Hartman the hot tracks mix
Walkin' - Dhuo download
This Time - Chante' Moore a classic
Beat Of Love - Chris Thompson
Age Of Reason - John Farnham here's Peech's Balearic Bondi edit
Keep On Rocking - Hemyl listen to it
Masterpiece - Gazebo Gazebo Beta is on Facebook
High - Lighthouse Family I play the sh out of this one!
Look Me In The Heart - Tina Turner in .wav
Love, Thy Will Be Done - Martika LOVE
Into The Blue - Moby (Junior Vasquez Remix) classic moby
Shine A Light (Soul Inspiration) - Simon Climie
I'm Specialized In You/Endless Road - Time Bandits a recent edit by Francesco Guerra of Endless Road
Typical - Frazier Chorus download it
Heaven - Eurogliders this is heaven
Wishful Thinking - China Crisis enjoy it
Waves - Blancmange WAVES zip
What About This Love - Mr. Fingers Mr. Fingers
I'm Not At Home To Heartache - Perfect Alibi download it
Soldier/Love Of My Own - Thomas Anders give it a listen
Love Is Energy - Joe Roberts energy
Your Eyes - Groove Corporation download
Living Inside Me - Data new wave morning music
Love Is The Groove - Betsy Cook/Cher Jimmy M. Mix of Cher BETSY COOK VERSION in .WAV
One And One - Robert Miles did I ever play this one to death!
Let Us Dance Just A Little Bit More - Secret Service
Life Dance - Sonia Belolo listen to this beauty
Sailing Away - Chris DeBurgh download it here
Sweet, Soft and Lazy - Viktor Lazslo download
Spiritual High/Rainsong/ Wombtones - Moodswings
Make Your Own Kind Of Music - Mama Cass now we're going way back
Never Can Say Goodbye - Yazz motorcity mix
Unbreak My Heart/I Don't Want To (Frankie Knuckles Mixes) - Toni
Braxton listen to Toni FRANKIE'S MIX
Tomorrow Is Too Late - Primitive Fire a primitive zip
Search For The Hero - M People hear it
Why - Jackie Moore hear
You Are Not Alone (Frankie Knuckles Mix) - Michael Jackson Frankie Knuckles Mix
Lastly, here's a few recent "morning" songs for ya...
Baby Of The Year/I Can't Believe It's Over - Bent get bent
Sing It To Your Heart - Jimmy Sommerville STAY listen to Sing it
Home (David Harness Taboo Vocal) - Simply Red
Still (Kelly G Club Mix) - Tamia
Looks Like Heaven - Peas
Lotta Love 2005 - Nicolette Larson a whole lotta Nicolette
Midnight At The Oasis 2005 - Maria Muldauar lovely
In going through this blog you will find many from the list. In the future I might even post some more. Happy Downloading! Don't forget to click on the ads. They are a way of showing your appreciation and as you can tell I spent a long time and used up a lot of effort making this the comprehensive post that it's become.