The synths on this are totally nuts…and that’s before the beat even drops. Richard Anthony Hewson, an English producer and arranger, is the disco synth genius behind RAH Band (get it?). He’s worked with a huge roster of top stars: Fleetwood Mac, the BeeGees, the Beatles, Herbie Hancock, the list goes on.
Guy goes to disco. Can’t dance like John Travolta. “I wish there was an easier way to meet the girls of today,” he thinks. “And if I had a chance, this is what I’d say… I wanna be with a rock’n’roll girl!”
And so goes this glorious track by The Beat, the LA power pop group fronted by Paul Collins (drummer for The Nerves). Backup vocals will punch you in the face.
Not sure how credible this is in our post-Gangnam-Style world, but Wikipedia says this Pakistani disco track is the best-selling Asian pop record TO DATE. Nazia Hassan performs the blockbuster here with the help of her brother Zoheb. Wiki:
It changed trends in music across South Asia, where it broke sales records, such as selling 100,000 records within a day of its release in Bombay alone. In South Asia, where the music industry was previously dominated by filmi soundtracks, Disco Deewaane was the first non-soundtrack album to become a major success across the region, paving the way for the emergence of independent Pakistani and Indian pop music scenes.
Oh, and did I mention she was only 16 when this came out??
Amazing synth beats from Bappi Lahiri, the self-proclaimed “Disco King”… the composer who brought disco to Bollywood. There’s so much going on here rhythmically (latin, disco, electro, pop) that there’s really something for everyone. In fact Dent May does a lot of cheap electronic beats like this on his latest album!
This track appeared in the 1989 Bollywood film Guru. Quality on this cassette rip kinda sucks, but it also brings you right back to the 80s. Grab the whole soundtrack at Madrotter Treasure Hunt.
Awesome Italo-disco track from the brothers who invented the genre—Carmelo and Michelangelo La Bionda. These guys:
These Sicilian boys grew up in Milan and started their musical careers there. But things really took off when they moved to Munich, Europe’s disco capital at the time, and started pumping out tracks like ‘Disco Bass’ and ‘Burning Love,’ both released in ‘77 under the moniker D.D. Sound, aka Disco Delivery Sound.
A few years later they released this more understated (and better) track in a synth-heavy, Italo-disco style… uncluttered by the fluffy disco horns and strings. And they collaborated with Righeira in 1983 on ‘Vamos alla playa’ and ‘No Tengo Dinero‘… two insanely catchy tracks that Italians still scream and shout to at the disco today.
It’s perfect weather for a run in NYC right now—cool, windy, sunny mornings. My favorite route is over the Williamsburg Bridge and back… best views in town. And there’s no better soundtrack than Suzanne Kraft’s nouveau disco beats, the perfect tempo for a trot. (and dancing, obviously) This new track is on the A-side of a Young Adults compilation.
Suzy also has a solo EP, Horoscope, coming out on Young Adults next month.. check a preview of that at soundcloud.
For all the synth-heads out there—a new track (and album) from Brooklyn-based synthesist Jonas Reinhardt. So many weird sounds fluttering through this quasi-disco jam you can imagine him twisting knobs and spinning dials, nodding feverishly to the beat.
Bumping breakbeat on this track from the Golden Flamingo Orchestra, with Margo Williams’ honeyed vocals on top. Coupled with the subway service announcements in the background, this is a classic. (yeah, Patrick Adams had a hand in it)
“May I have your attention please. There is no uptown A service today. You are advised to take the uptown D train to 125th Street and take the downtown local to your stop… Clear the doors.. we will not move this train until you clear the doors.”
The subway announcements aren’t just there for fun. This dancefloor hymn is dedicated to the Guardian Angels, the red-bereted youth who took crime fighting into their own hands, patrolling the NYC subways in the late 70s and early 80s in an attempt to keep riders safe.
I’ve been hearing the Grateful Dead all over the place lately. Heard this 1978 disco-Dead tune in a bar last week. Then on Saturday I heard Touch of Grey at another spot. And now this. Are we witnessing a revival, or did the Dead never die?
At any rate, Dent May picked the perfect cover tune to match his cheesy sensibilities. Give it a listen… and then compare it to the sparkling glory of the original.