Um guys.. get a load of this. Not only does the album cover qualify for the 80s cheeze Hall of Fame (please tell me those aren’t chaps!!).. but this instrumental italo disco track itself is WILD. The chord change about 50 seconds is GENIUS. Great mix of slap bass, clean guitar pickin’ and a danceworthy beat if I ever heard one.
You guys were probably worried that I’d lost interest in Japanese disco, right? Well… never fear. I would never let you down…
Meiko Nakahara grew up in the Tokyo suburbs, learning piano and dreaming of becoming an idol singer. That dream came true in 1982 with her Latin-influenced track ‘Tonight only: Dance Dance Dance,’ from the album Coconuts House.
She followed that up with Friday Magic, a set of disco-ish J-pop numbers like this. ‘Gigolo’ is another great track. (“I want your love for only me…”) Good luck, Meiko…
I heard this track on the terrific ‘Daijoubu’ mixtape by Jiro over at Ying/Yangs… one of my favorite blogs. ‘Daijoubu’ (大丈夫) means ‘ok’ in Japanese.
The Sponsors, formerly known as the Handgrenades, were a Long Island group that hit the CBGB’s circuit in the late 70s and early 80s alongside bands like the Heartbreakers. They cut this LP in 1982 at Skyline Studios, on 31st St. in Manhattan, with Andy Shernoff ofthe Dictators producing.
The vocals, my friends, are delicious. “In in in out in in and out of love…”
This is Italy at its funky best—when the ol’ boot starts tapping on the disco floor. These are the DJs of Milan’s Radio Studio 105 aka Rete 105 singing a cover of the 1982hit ‘Vacances j’oublie tout,’ by French group Elegance. Doesn’t this kinda make you wish you were chilling with Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer in the VIP room… doing what VIPs do? Too cool.
I’m posting this track also to showcase the TERRIFIC blog YING/YANGS, where you should head tout de suite. It’s home to so many alluring posts you’re sure to waste lots of time there discovering tracks like this. Also check out his sexy Japanese comps…what led me there in the first place. Thank you YING/YANGS!
Ready, set, dance. Very catchy synth-driven Italo-disco from Bologna in the early 80s. The trio is Englishman Paul Griffiths on guitar and vocals, backed by his Italian buddies Rudy Trevisi and Serse Mai, who play everything else, mostly stuff requiring a plug.
Cameroonian synth music with yodeling, to tell the story of a failed pygmy marriage. Rarely does a song marry so thoroughly the politics of elephant tusk trading for a wife, with sentiments of regret. “Just now I be sorry, sorry plenty, sorry that I marry you. Because you make me cry all time. Why you make me cry and feel sad like that?”
The genius behind this strange brew is African renaissance man Francis Bebey, not only an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician (he played all the instruments on this album) but also a poet, writer, journalist and reporter for Radio France Internationale.
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