someone on another thread mentioned "the devil went down to georgia," but to me that's just a good beat.
― grandfathered in (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:11 (6 years ago) Permalink
COUNTRY-DISCOBased on country music from the American South, this style of disco is an unusual and rare blend. Did Americans really need to make such an abrupt change from "Saturday Night Fever" to "Urban Cowboy"? Maybe they could have mixed the two some more!---- Examples:"Baby I'm Burnin'" by Dolly Parton (1978)"Double S" by Bill Anderson (1979)"I Can't Wait Any Longer" by Bill Anderson (1978)"Yippy-i-aye Yippy-i-yo (Ghostriders in the Sky)" by Boots Clements (1981)
― timmy tannin (pompous), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:22 (6 years ago) Permalink
― grandfathered in (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:24 (6 years ago) Permalink
― John Fredland (jfredland), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:31 (6 years ago) Permalink
― flëétwøöd måçk (jaxon), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:32 (6 years ago) Permalink
― grandfathered in (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:34 (6 years ago) Permalink
― xhuxk (xheddy), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:38 (6 years ago) Permalink
that could work -- country, disco, and a little glam rock.
― grandfathered in (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:39 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:48 (6 years ago) Permalink
― grandfathered in (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:50 (6 years ago) Permalink
― xhuxk (xheddy), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 01:57 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:09 (6 years ago) Permalink
As written by barry Gibb of the Bee Gees...
she got the goldmine roxors!
― Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:10 (6 years ago) Permalink
― xhuxk (xheddy), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:20 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:23 (6 years ago) Permalink
― grandfathered in (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:30 (6 years ago) Permalink
I could YSI that and a few others, I guess. Not like I'm getting anything done tonight as it is!
― Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:32 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:38 (6 years ago) Permalink
Not sure if Dr. Hook really counts, but their 1977 track Sexy Eyes is soooo Disco it hurts.
― Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:41 (6 years ago) Permalink
― jim wentworth (wench), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:49 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Bill E (bill_e), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:54 (6 years ago) Permalink
― grandfathered in (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:55 (6 years ago) Permalink
If teh disco is a barn
― Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:56 (6 years ago) Permalink
― timmy tannin (pompous), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:07 (6 years ago) Permalink
― timmy tannin (pompous), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:10 (6 years ago) Permalink
― jim wentworth (wench), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:15 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Paul Edward Wagemann (PaulEdwardWagemann), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:16 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:17 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Paul Edward Wagemann (PaulEdwardWagemann), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:19 (6 years ago) Permalink
you think? (you mean the version with ann-margret, right? was there a disco version that i haven't heard?)
― grandfathered in (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:28 (6 years ago) Permalink
― j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:29 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:32 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:33 (6 years ago) Permalink
― grandfathered in (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 03:47 (6 years ago) Permalink
BECK, EAT YOUR DIANETICS HEART OUT
― flëétwøöd måçk (jaxon), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 05:28 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Eric H. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 05:39 (6 years ago) Permalink
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/Linda Ronstadt "American Dream" qualifies.
― Maltodextrin (Maltodextrin), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 07:20 (6 years ago) Permalink
― mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 09:55 (6 years ago) Permalink
Lee Hazlewood - "Your Thunder And Your Lightnin"
― hank (hank s), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 12:06 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Michael B (Michael B), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 12:20 (6 years ago) Permalink
― xhuxk (xheddy), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 13:27 (6 years ago) Permalink
― xhuxk (xheddy), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 13:32 (6 years ago) Permalink
― hank (hank s), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 13:42 (6 years ago) Permalink
― caek (caek), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 13:52 (6 years ago) Permalink
>i'm going to use your suggestions to make a CDRGO. it'd be nice to have >a definitive tracklist. it could take a while to find all these... does >anyone feel generous enough to YSI a few things?
Please send this to me.
― c.t.mummey (consigliere), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 15:57 (6 years ago) Permalink
Yacht R & B. (by the by those tracks always sound like a direct influence on R Kelly's "Fiesta" and "Ignition"!)
Are there any early loft type songs that might pass?
― folkart (consigliere), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 16:06 (6 years ago) Permalink
There's an MP3 here http://www.mushrumps.com/shrumps/dailyshrump.php?idayno=7
― Ashley Kennerley (ForrestShrump), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 16:40 (6 years ago) Permalink
― xhuxk (xheddy), Tuesday, 8 August 2006 13:08 (6 years ago) Permalink
but further.. I have no idea.
― Robert Brouwer (brugwachter), Monday, 28 August 2006 00:20 (6 years ago) Permalink
Wait, so is that the same Diesel who did "Sausalito Summernight"? I never thought of that as country:
But this is: Barbara Mandell, "Is It Love Yet"
Related, somehow or other, and usually really weird:
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 00:24 (5 years ago) Permalink
The shotgun marriage of country and disco has been a past obsession on mine that was recently reawakened/refueled by this very thread. First, I've got a few things to add to the list:
"A Country Party" -- Jerline & Friends"Tennessee Waltz" -- Silver Blue"Nashville Soul" -- The Syndicate (a group that billed themselves as "Nashville's disco band")"Hot in the Saddle" – Meco"Big West" – Bionic Boogie
I've also done two podcasts that feature several of the tracks on this thread. You can find them at:
― mottdeterre, Friday, 13 November 2009 19:57 (3 years ago) Permalink
So...anybody ever heard Carole Chase??? (See here):
Rolling Country 2009 Thread
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 17:18 (3 years ago) Permalink
I'm not sure, but maybe this is what you're looking for:
The sound isn't good, b/c I gather the sound comes from the record being played onto the video, not a direct rip. But it was on Casablanca West, a subsidiary of the familiar disco label. You can read a bit about the intention for this label here.
― Euler, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 18:14 (3 years ago) Permalink
It doesn't sound very disco there, I admit. And this is the first I've heard of it; I'm no expert. But the bass comes in loud enough to hear a few times, and its pulse has a disco throb.
― Euler, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 18:16 (3 years ago) Permalink
She's been singing back-up for Lynryd Skynryd for about 20 years, and writing these songs:
Do You Know Where Your Man Is Tonight - Recorded by Pam Tillis
True Blue Fool - Recorded By Martina McBride
Civil War - Recorded by Ronnie Milsap
Baby, Take a Picture - Rickey Van Shelton
― President Keyes, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 18:18 (3 years ago) Permalink
seconding Dolly's "Potential New Boyfriend"
― Euler, Friday, 29 January 2010 08:31 (3 years ago) Permalink
had a feeling that track would be mentioned when I clicked this :)
― Roger Sánchez Broto (vain_bowers), Friday, 29 January 2010 13:29 (3 years ago) Permalink
haha yeah the new box is amazing, up until the last five or so songs and I'll warm to them too eventually
― Euler, Friday, 29 January 2010 13:36 (3 years ago) Permalink
I think Joe Ely's Hi-Res album from 1984 deserves a mention on this thread. Not really disco at all, but definitely extremely synthesizer-based, not to mention very influenced by '80s AOR songs (in the vicinity of Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" and Aldo Nova's "Fantasy" maybe) that had in turn been inspired by disco. Got horrible reviews as a sell-out at the time, maybe deservedly in the sense that it's not nearly as good as most of Ely's earlier albums. But I found a $1 copy last month, and I'm finding it pretty interesting regardless -- seems the most compelling cuts aren't so much technobilly things like "Cool Rockin' Loretta" as the slower, spacier, more stretched-out ones near the ends of both sides (murder mystery or whatever "Letter To Laredo," for instance, and "Locked In a Boxcar With the Queen Of Spain"), where Ely's using electronics not so much for beats as for spooky spaghetti-western atmosphere. Plus, the move was gutsy, and as far as I know unique, whether it totally worked or not. (On some other thread, though, I compared it to Neil Young's Trans, which is an exagerration; possibly closer to Warren Zevon's Transverse City from 1989, though I admittedly haven't heard that in over 20 years.)
― xhuxk, Sunday, 31 January 2010 18:54 (3 years ago) Permalink
Theme from The Electric Horseman -- sounds like if the Allman Brothers went full disco.
― rogue whizzing (Eazy), Sunday, 31 January 2010 19:01 (3 years ago) Permalink
was listening to the bill andersonn disco tracks recently.
― lukevalentine, Sunday, 31 January 2010 20:14 (3 years ago) Permalink
i can't go through this whole thread, but did anyone mention Kathy Barnes on this thread? Made pretty bad country records on Gene Autry's Republic Records label and then made the Body Talkin' album in 1979 which is actually good. the songs are either country, country soul, or flat-out disco. title tune is the best of the bunch. plus, she's naked on the cover.
so, as far as a country singer taking a successful stab at disco, it gets my vote:
― scott seward, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 21:31 (3 years ago) Permalink
really digging this record. true southern fried disco. on TK's Alston label. Janie Fricke on backing vocals.
― scott seward, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:20 (3 years ago) Permalink
So turns out the most unabashedly disco track -- okay, maybe slightly abashed, but not much -- on Sylvia's 1981 Just Sylvia LP (called, uh, just Sylvia on the front cover -- it's the album with her lone and great pop hit "Nobody") is "Not Tonight" (guy's leaving tomorrow but still all hers tonight, sound has a definite Donna Summer influence), but at least three other songs (probably my three favorites on the album outside of "Nobody") show a pretty pronounced and often synthy sense of dark Europop/dancey-AOR/flashdance-style space at least (rererence points: ONJ, Abba, Sheena Easton, Stevie Nicks, Laura Branigan, Terri Gibbs, though some of those obviously came later) -- "Mirage" (about a guy disappearing into nowhere, a popular sad disco theme, and built around a familiar looped semisymphonic Rhodes hook I can't place, though I swear there's some connection to the proto-synth-pop break in Del Shannon's "Runaway"); "You're A Legend (In Your Own Mind)" ("ode to t.c.," whoever that was, though he was apparently quite full of himself); and "The Mill Song (Somebody's Got A Dream)" (second of two side closers where Sylvia discusses returning to her home town and everything has changed since she left.) None of those were actually country hits, though two other tracks ("Sweet Yesterday" and "Like Nothing Ever Happened," both okay but more generic and not very memorable) were. Album was produced by Tom Collins (a ha -- bet he's "t.c."!); Joel Whitburn says Sylvia was inititally his secretary. Cover credits also include two synth players, two pianists, and a Rhodes guy -- not to menton "The Nashville String Machine" (who were fairly ubiquitous, I think?). (I also had a best-of CD by her once, though I'm not seeing it on my shelf; I either got rid of it or it's in storage. If the latter, I'll try to put it on someday, though given that no other songs I love here were singles -- and this was her highest charting of five early '80s albums -- I'm not that optimistic.)
― xhuxk, Saturday, 1 May 2010 17:02 (3 years ago) Permalink
Thanks in part to this thread I recently posted another country disco outing on my podcast; it includes some stuff that's been kicked around here (as well as plenty that hasn't). I was especially happy to learn about Carol Chase and Bill Purcell. You can hear it at:
― mottdeterre, Monday, 3 May 2010 14:27 (3 years ago) Permalink
picked up this 12 inch yesterday. so great.
― scott seward, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 16:51 (3 years ago) Permalink
got a great record yesterday. KOUNTRY KILOWATTS by TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY.
i think its the album to beat for this thread. serious steel guitar/fiddle/mandolin disco instrumentals. titles like HIGH VOLTAGE, DOWN HOME DISCO, BANDIDO, BOOGIE YOUR BUTT OFF, HONKIN'. on Ovation Records. 1976.
― scott seward, Saturday, 22 May 2010 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink
apologies if its been mentioned. thread is kinda long.
― scott seward, Saturday, 22 May 2010 17:47 (2 years ago) Permalink
i need to hear a lot more of this stuff.
― ian, Saturday, 22 May 2010 23:35 (2 years ago) Permalink
So, Bill Anderson's Ladies Choice -- MCA, 1979. Probably the most country-disco album I've ever heard, so far; takes unashamed disco throb and orchestration (used on maybe 75 percent of the album --"I Can't Wait Any Longer," mentioned by Timmy Tannin at the top of this thread, is only one of the most blatant examples) as a natural extension of '70s schlock-ballad countrypolitan; includes covers of future country act Exile's Chinn/Chapmann-penned pop-chart-topping glam-disco-popper "Kiss You All Over" and future country one-hit-wonder Lionel Richie's r&b schmaltz classic "Three Times A Lady." Album title telegraphs the concept -- almost every song is a seduction number for the ladies, usually about one night stands, frequently set in singles bars for the presumably midlife-crisis impaired. Most ridiculous song: "Double S," where Bill picks up a babe in a bar whose nametag says "S.S." on it, and he tries to guess what those intitals stand for to no avail, and she orders a Scotch and Soda, and he drives her back to her hotel (the Surf And Sand, or something like that) because she's flying out tomorrow on a Seven Oh Seven (which he guesses because he's Super Smart.) (Only disapppointment is that they don't watch Sesame Street together after Sloppy Sex, since that show's where the alliterative cadence seems to come from, and she doesn't wind up revealing herself as a She Wolf of the S.S.) Next song is about making love to a "Married Lady," which sounds totally sleazy, but then at song's end, surprise, it turns out she's married to the singer, awww. Anyway, what really puts it all over the top is that Anderson recites most of the songs in a kind of hushed, talked tone that, as far as I can think of, might be unique in the country music realm -- with the disco embellishments, he winds up seeming like a country equivalent of Barry White, or maybe early '70s Isaac Hayes. Turns out, though, that that vocal style is not something Anderson concocted specifically for this album. AMG: "One of the most successful songwriters in country music history, Bill Anderson was also a hugely popular singer in his own right, earning the nickname 'Whispering Bill' for his gentle, airy vocal style and occasional spoken narrations." I don't know his other stuff at all, though he'd apparently been charting with country albums -- including lots of top 10s -- since 1964. But, according to the Whitburn country chart book I have, Ladies Choice, which peaked at #44, was his last regular issue LP to chart. (A Best Of hit #64 in '91, but that's it.) Not sure if that means the disco effectively killed his career; fwiw, his two previous albums in '77 and '78 (which may or may not have had country-disco on them) barely reached the lower 30s, so his era was clearly already on the wane.
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
.."On the wane" in chart terms, anyway; he's apparently still around, though, since he does a (mostly talked) duet with Jamey Johnson on the title track of JJ's forthcoming The Guitar Song album.
Closely related to this thread, there was some scattered talk earlier this year on the Rolling Country thread about Barbara Mandrell's r&b influences; here for instance (but search her name for more):
Rolling Country 2010
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
"Potential New Boyfriend" is cool. Parton also released a synthed-up covers album (produced by Motels and Kim Carnes fave Val Garay) the following year called The Great Pretender.
Check out "Save the Last Dance For Me" – and its opening chord!
― Would love to hear Bam babble about this (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink
Frank Kogan suggests that Dottie West recorded some disco/adult-contemporary/country tracks, sometimes (if I'm understanding him right) as duets with Kenny Rogers. Not familiar with those off-hand myself, though I wouldn't doubt that I've heard some of them:
― xhuxk, Saturday, 11 September 2010 17:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
Think I mentioned upthread the Rolling Stone Record Guide review of the Addrisi Brothers' Nashville-recorded 1977 LP on Buddah, which the book referred to as "cracker disco." Well, I found a copy for a dollar last week, and had my hopes up a little, but it's not very good -- and also, even if those are Nashville studio pros playing on it ("strings and horns arranged by Sanchez Harley," if that helps anybody), there's nothing I'd identify as "country" on it, at all. Actually more calypso or reggae tinges (in two or three songs), and salsa-type Latin (in "Emergency," probably the best track), but mostly it seems like aging white pop guys trying to make a blue-eyed-falsetto-soul disco-era comeback, a la the Bee Gees obviously, or even the Four Seasons (circa "Who Loves You" in 1975 say, though "Emergency" actually sort of quotes "Let's Hang On!" from a decade earlier.) Turns out the Addrissi Bros were Massachusetts boys born 1938 and 1941, so they'd have been in their late 30s; they had a #62 hit in 1959 with something called "Cherrystone," then a #25 called "We've Got To Get It On Again" in 1972. Their biggest hit, "Slow Dancin' Don't Turn Me On," where they ask the DJ to play some disco or rock'n'roll not a ballad, is on this LP and got to #20, and two other tracks went Hot 100. But they also cover "Never My Love," which had hit #2 for the Association in 1967, and which it turns out the Addrissis wrote, so I guess those are the royalties that bought them that pool and those stomach-turning organgey fake tans on the LP cover. (Association's version is a lot prettier; so is Cobra Verde's actually.) They also say what's good for the goose is good for the gander on the last song on the first side and monkey see monkey do on the second song on the second side, so they apparently like sayings that compare people to animals. Latter also has Tarzan & Jane references, and attempts at jungle rhythms, sort of. Second side in general is slightly rougher and funkier and lower-registered than the first; some passably brassy early '70s style minstrel-pop in "Baguio," and the version of "Does She Do It Like She Dances" that ends the album seems a little meatier than the one that starts the album. So, not a horrible disco record, but not one I ever figure I'll want to play again, either. Mostly, they just come off as real sleazy singles-bar hacks, and look it, too:
― xhuxk, Sunday, 3 October 2010 22:44 (2 years ago) Permalink
Kinda figures that Jerry Reed would've done this once or twice, given his whole funky white boy Dixieland minstrel talk-country ethos (hired great drummers too), but I never knew where 'til now: Answer is "I Get Off On It," on 1982's The Bird, a blatant disco-country track about people's quirks and kinks: woman who eats chocolate bars during sex, guy who loves chewing snuff, and most significantly a "pretty thing out in Los Angeles" who's actually a man dressed like a woman, which Jerry does not criticize except to the extent that fools like him get fooled. The crossdresser tells him "it ain't no skin off your nose/I just dig them ladies' clothes," upon which Jerry laughs and compliments his hose, which might or might not be a double entendre. (This was two years before Moe & Joe's Boy George-inspired trannie-country hit "Where's The Dress," 27 years before Phil Vassar's "Bobbi With An I".) Rest of the album's not disco, but still probably one of the funkiest county albums I've ever heard. Two top-two country novelty singles, both talked -- "The Bird," about a parrot who can perfectly imitate Willie Nelson and George Jones (and does, though I think Jerry figures out he's being scammed), and the divorce classic "She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)" ("they split it right down the middle/and she got the better half"), which in retrospect mixes county, funk, hard rock powerchords, and rapped words in ways that predate the first Big N Rich LP by decades. Other two singles were apparently the cover of CCR's "Down On The Corner" (again, talked to the funky rhythm more than Fogerty did it) and "I'm A Slave," about addictions to smoking (I keep thinking it'll turn into "Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette" but it doesn't), loose women, etc. Other great song -- again, talked, not sung -- is "Good Time Saturday Night," about being poor during the Depression and then being poor again during the early '80s recession, and how the WPA then (which Reed says got his dad a job) and food stamps and unemployment benefits now (which he also doesn't badmouth) are continued proof that hard times are always with us. And there's another track called "Hard Times" itself that I could've sworn had Hank Jr. on it; might need to go back and check.
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
Nah, no Bocephus on that song; just Reed sounding like Bocephus -- like "A Country Boy Can Survive", which had gone #2 country the year before, to be exact. Except this isn't some proto-Tea Party small-town chauvinism thing; just Reed talking again, though angrier this time, about growing up poor, eating beans every night.
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:18 (2 years ago) Permalink
"The Bird," fwiw, actually samples the choruses of Willie's "Whiskey River" and "On The Road Again" and George's "He Stopped Loving Her Today" (decades before Shooter Jennings did the same thing with that same George Jones song, in "4th Of July.")
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
Is Millie Jackson's A Little Bit of Country album actually a little bit of country? I just picked it up for two bucks.
― bamcquern, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:50 (2 years ago) Permalink
― bamcquern, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink
Chuck is a star.
― bamcquern, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:52 (2 years ago) Permalink
love this one
― scott seward, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 01:17 (2 years ago) Permalink
chuck, are you a johnny d fan? you probably are.
― scott seward, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 01:23 (2 years ago) Permalink
chuck, the most disco sylvia song is actually "the matador". wonder if she was a Babe Ruth fan?
― scott seward, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 01:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
I think I actually might've linked to that Johnny D video somewhere upthread. (Had the CD it was on too, but pretty sure I don't anymore -- It was lame, despite the promising concept.) And Millie Jackson for sure did country songs (she covers Merle Haggard and Kenny Rogers songs on LPs I've got), so presumably that album bamcquern mentions is (one of) her country one(s), which I've definitely heard that she made.
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 01:56 (2 years ago) Permalink
Was thinking Disco Four were the pre-Fat Boys Fat Boys, but nope, that was the Disco Three. Do remember "Country Rock And Rap" existing before, though. (Don't think I ever owned it, unlike at least one Disco Three 12-inch I bizarrely got rid of.) And yeah, somebody else (Michael Freedberg maybe?) mentioned that Sylvia "Matador" song to me before. (Maybe even on this thread.)
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 02:18 (2 years ago) Permalink
"You Get High In N.Y.C.," first of four songs on Italodisco originators Mauro Malavasi and Jacques Fred Petrus's (seemingly partially Village People-inspired) pre-Change project Revanche's 1979 (and maybe only) album Music Man, goes into what sounds like an extended country hoedown part (within the Eurodisco rhythm) about a third of the way in; liner notes credit The Goody Music String Ensemble for "strings", but they sure seem more like fiddles than violins there. (Then, two thirds of the way in, there's an extended Latin conga break. Next song, "Revenge," should've been mentioned in the disco-metal appendix of my metal book due to its repeated hard rock guitar parts and tough guy vocals; like the 1982 Rose Tattoo song of the same name, which I was just listening to a couple days ago and couldn't figure out whether it was right-to-work or pro-union, Revanche's "Revenge" is a kind of blue-collar working man's anthem -- "we don't want to work for nothing.")
― xhuxk, Thursday, 3 March 2011 17:53 (2 years ago) Permalink
here's an amazing AMG review of mac davis's forty 82 LP:
You have to wonder if Mac Davis knew that when he signed to Casablanca Records there was a subliminal message in every contract that somehow every record on the label except for Kiss albums had to have disco elements -- even after disco was dead. After all, if they did it to T. Rex with Light of Love, why wouldn't they do it to the "I Believe in Music" man. This record is so bad it's almost surreal. Rick Hall should have had his producer's license taken away just for the opening cut, "Lying Here Lying," with its swirling strings, synthesizers, and funky drum machines popping off those ping sounds in the background. Even on the "country" songs such as "Late at Night," the guitars are so compressed they sound like thin spaghetti played through a Fender amplifier, and the keyboards can't make up their minds whether to sound like pianos or synths. Ugh. "The Beer Drinkin' Song," a self-penned, hedonistic racist anthem, is embarrassing in its blatant rip-off of Ray Wylie Hubbard and Jimmy Buffett. OK, that's just side one, and side two is worse. Enough said; hopefully all the remaining copies of this record in the warehouse -- and surely there were plenty -- were melted down and used for something constructive.
ok, now i want to hear this. anyone know this record?
― by another name (amateurist), Sunday, 3 April 2011 22:52 (2 years ago) Permalink
Wow, had no idea about that Mac Davis LP. I definitely passed up some Mac Davis LPs in a 25-cent rack a couple weeks ago, too; now I wonder if that one was in there.
Carlene Carter's Blue Nun from 1981 (produced by hubbie Nick Lowe, my copy is a U.K. import on F-Beat) has what sounds to me like two fairly blatant disco attempts on it, both of which at least halfway seem to comment on the move in their lyrics/titles: "I Need A Hit" and "Born To Move," also two of the few tracks on the album not at least partially writing-credited to Lowe. (The latter's credited to "Fogerty" -- uh, apparently a Creedence cover from Pendulum? Interesting.) Neither seems all that great to me, though, or even really all that country.
― xhuxk, Thursday, 4 August 2011 02:14 (1 year ago) Permalink
There's a bunch of so-so, ok, and pretty great Travis Wammack disco cuts on two albums that were simultaneously released in 1982, "Follow Me," and "A Man... And A Guitar." This extended version of Hold On To Your Hiney is the best of 'em.
― barry leavitt, Saturday, 6 August 2011 18:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Sean Carruthers, Saturday, 6 August 2011 18:14 (1 year ago) Permalink
Probably Tony Joe White got mentioned upthread, but has anyone heard his 'Real Thang" LP? Didn't look too hard, but "Get Off On It" is pretty nasty!
― barry leavitt, Saturday, 20 August 2011 16:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
^ I mean, I haven't heard anything else off the album but this one song... would be interested to know what the rest of the album sounds like. There's a track called "disco blues" also.
― barry leavitt, Saturday, 20 August 2011 16:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
― I gave your mom morgellons (buzza), Saturday, 19 November 2011 00:33 (1 year ago) Permalink
That was awesome. Thanks for posting.
― bamcquern, Saturday, 19 November 2011 00:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
really dig steve young but had not heard that one until today
― I gave your mom morgellons (buzza), Saturday, 19 November 2011 01:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
Fabulous Poodles weigh in:
― xhuxk, Monday, 23 April 2012 00:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
Just remembered this existed today, after at least 25 years - Presumably the only Eddie Rabbit cover ever produced by Was (Not Was).
― xhuxk, Thursday, 9 August 2012 20:43 (9 months ago) Permalink
Lacy J. Dalton - "Imagine That" (on #23-country-charting album 16th Avenue, 1982)
― xhuxk, Monday, 10 September 2012 02:47 (8 months ago) Permalink
Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker - 'Why Don't We Just Sleep on It Tonight' is a lost country-disco classic. Just incredible.
― Cheeba McEntire, Monday, 10 September 2012 03:08 (8 months ago) Permalink
Sheila B. Devotion "Seven Lonely Days" (1979) sounds to me a like a pop-country song from that era given an over-the-top Eurodisco-synth rhythm.
― xhuxk, Friday, 1 February 2013 16:01 (3 months ago) Permalink