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Sunday, December 27, 2015

LIME gets a bad rap, classic HI NRG from Canada

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) 

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.


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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

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


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!
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.

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.


Saturday, November 21, 2015


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.

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.


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!


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. 


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.


Saturday, October 3, 2015


Not much to say about this one.  Just a good solid Italo Disco release from later in the era.  A 1987 release on Power Records Italy.  YOU ARE THE ONE!  
Mixed by Carlo Oliva who was an Italo Disco star in his own rite recording as Karl Olivas with one of my all time favorite Italo Disco numbers Follow Me.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Ibiza Amnesia New Beat Dance Classic

1988 was a huge year for dance music.  Acid House was particularly hot in the U.K. and Chicago House was starting to really take a  hold on the whole club scene of the states.

But there was more going on freestyle was big in the cities with high latino populations like New York, Miami and L.A. and other types of experimental dance music were making the clubs churn.  One of those genre's was called New Beat.  It was short-lived but fun.  One of the classics was called Ibiza by Amnesia and I'm providing you with a zip of four versions.

I just heard that it's still getting play now on the island!

FEEL THE AMNESIA  Originally the act was only Steve Novak plus 2 D.J.'s he knew but then it went through various roster changes. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NEW DREAM by CLAY PEDRINI an Italo Disco Sensation

Sensation was one of the less famous italo disco labels but nonetheless they had quite a few sensational records.  New Dream by Clay Pedrini from 1984 is certainly one of them.



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fires in the Night K-A-T-A an Italo Disco holy grail and deservedly so

If you can get a copy of Fires in the Night you'd be awfully lucky and it will set you back several hundred dollars.  It remains one of those Italo disco holy grails and truly obscure.

A one off by a couple of guys calling themselves K-A-T-A it was released on Sound of Italy records in 1985.  Damn I love it I think I'll listen to it again, and again!

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Love's Harmony Gianantonio Pezzoli Paciscopi Italo Disco Gold

Gianantonio Pezzoli Paciscopi's tender vocals in this italo disco love song are perfect.  He's lack of command of the English language one of my favorite traits of Italo Disco.  Love's Harmony was a one-off on Capriccio records from 1984.

Mixed by Gianpaolo Bresciani he was at least a name that's a bit more familiar having worked with Gazebo, Rubix and Ryan Paris among others.  Co-producer Lorenzo Suraci also worked with Wish Key.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bobby O A Man Like Me

A man like Bobby Orlando is the king of 80's dance music.  Bobby "O" that is, the alias he used.  Bobby worked with so many artists including Roni Griffith, Claudja Barry, The Flirts, Divine, The Pet Shop Boys, and others that were really just aliases for him and some vocalists he brought in for one-off's or even two-off's (is that a word) like Barbie & the Kens, Waterfront Home, O Romeo, Eric, Teen Rock and more.

I hate to make sweeping generalizations but in this case I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Bobby O is the most prolific dance artist that ever was.   I think I personally had about 50 singles of his.

Bobby O also became synonymous with one specific sound, High Energy, which was sort of ghettoized as gay music.  Many of his songs were embraced at The Saint and on Fire Island.  Ironically Bobby Orlando was a bit homophobic as legend goes.

Certainly his biggest mark was made with the original version of Pet Shop Boys West End Girls.  They apparently idolized Bobby O and specifically wanted to work with him.  But they quickly got too big for him and were signed away.  I think it may have been an ugly parting and Bobby got paid off kindly in the deal.

Bobby O never really had that pop crossover success that so many dance artists are able to have now. But his classic She Has a Way did crack the dance Top 10 in the states and remains one of the songs most associated with his legacy.