La musica si muove appena: The ILM ITALO Poll (Results Thread)

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The results thread is finally here!

This took forever. Sorry for the delays and thank you for your patience. Thanks to all of you who voted. But most importantly, big thanks to gr8080 for the incredible artwork. I can't wait for everyone to see it!

We got 30 ballots and a total of 231 songs got at least one vote. We used total no of votes and/or total no. of first place votes to break some ties. This will be a top 50 list.

And now, without further ado...

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 14:22 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/0PYgvez.jpg

50 DHUO "Walkin'" [96 points, 3 votes]

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 14:23 (six years ago) link

didn't vote in this but i will be following.

oi listen mate, shut up (dog latin), Monday, 9 February 2015 14:24 (six years ago) link

I didn't vote either, but I'm happy that Walkin' made it. My work is done!

Johnny Fever, Monday, 9 February 2015 14:25 (six years ago) link

I'll be back in an hour or so.

FYI, I still don't know how the rollout is going to happen but if I have enough time I'll to 20 today, 20 tomorrow, and 10 on Wednesday… otherwise it'll be 10 per day. Suggestions welcome.

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 14:28 (six years ago) link

Excited!

undergraduate dance (a passing spacecadet), Monday, 9 February 2015 14:34 (six years ago) link

YES

example (crüt), Monday, 9 February 2015 14:34 (six years ago) link

i also didn't vote, because i didn't want my boring set of references to borify the results. reaaaaaaally looking forward to the results and a kickass playlist at the end.

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 February 2015 14:36 (six years ago) link

i was very happy to see this slip in at #50

gr8080, Monday, 9 February 2015 14:41 (six years ago) link

Yay! Anyone able to provide Youtube links?

⊤ℝolliℵg M∃th H∑a∂ (seandalai), Monday, 9 February 2015 14:45 (six years ago) link

DHUO "Walkin'": http://youtu.be/qZXj38K2iFg

gr8080, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:05 (six years ago) link

this song is my own personal john hughes montage soundtrack

gr8080, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:06 (six years ago) link

I can post youtube links but I'm at work and cannot check the audio quality, so it'll be the first result that comes up. I can make sure tomorrow's entries work though.

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:08 (six years ago) link

BTW, can someone remind me how do I post youtube links without embedding?

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:09 (six years ago) link

Let's see if this works…

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:17 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/EazYrYD.jpg

49 INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SYSTEM "Dancing Therapy" [97 points, 3 votes]
http://youtu.be/wzK5asq0Dz4

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:17 (six years ago) link

Click "Share" beneath the video and copy the youtu.be link it provides.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:17 (six years ago) link

Ah, you got it.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:18 (six years ago) link

It does! :)

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:18 (six years ago) link

thanks JF

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:22 (six years ago) link

Yay results! Yay Dancing Therapy!

emil.y, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:32 (six years ago) link

I haven't heard either of these before, but they're good!

⊤ℝolliℵg M∃th H∑a∂ (seandalai), Monday, 9 February 2015 15:33 (six years ago) link

this is going to be the most jamming week ever!

skip, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:34 (six years ago) link

On to our first tie...

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:02 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/v8DlPdE.jpg

47 (TIE) GAZEBO "I Like Chopin" [98 points, 3 votes]
http://youtu.be/nGJ-FMfXgyQ

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:03 (six years ago) link

these pics are gorgeous :)

nxd, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:06 (six years ago) link

Yes, gr80 for president!

Johnny Fever, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:12 (six years ago) link

YES!

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:13 (six years ago) link

I've always felt "I Like Chopin" is a little corny but the synth riff in the intro is one of my favorite things ever! In fact, the whole intro on the extended version is kind of amazing.

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:13 (six years ago) link

"Walkin'" is sublime

example (crüt), Monday, 9 February 2015 16:21 (six years ago) link

hadn't heard this before
dude sounds like andy bell
i dig

nxd, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:22 (six years ago) link

oh wow this IMS is fantastic too!

best poll ever

example (crüt), Monday, 9 February 2015 16:24 (six years ago) link

a little corny? ha...

skip, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:27 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/GnaBWQv.jpg

47 (TIE) CLIO "Eyes" [98 points, 3 votes]
http://youtu.be/IzBx52Btx_E

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:33 (six years ago) link

<3

example (crüt), Monday, 9 February 2015 16:35 (six years ago) link

was about to let loose the biggest TOO LOW of all time there before i realised it was Eyes. good track regardless, this is all so aesthetically and aurally pleasing so fr as expected.

ewar woowar (or something), Monday, 9 February 2015 16:39 (six years ago) link

yeah this isn't the Clio I voted for but tbh it's probably the better track

example (crüt), Monday, 9 February 2015 16:40 (six years ago) link

I voted 'Faces', both are good but the whole is better than the part.

emil.y, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:42 (six years ago) link

nah crut, you were right first time.

ewar woowar (or something), Monday, 9 February 2015 16:43 (six years ago) link

Eyes is an awesome track and only just missed out on my ballot.

I'm not a big fan of Dhuo - Walkin' tbh it's a bit plodding and feels more like bad synthpop than exciting Italo.

Siegbran, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:49 (six years ago) link

Up next is my favorite track so far…

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:59 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/1NRPFyC.jpg

46 KEN LASZLO "Hey Hey Guy" [101 points, 3 votes]
http://youtu.be/Mz6EijdvyFw

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 17:00 (six years ago) link

I'm off to a meeting now. See you in a couple of hours.

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 17:00 (six years ago) link

Love for hire...is dangerouse.

Siegbran, Monday, 9 February 2015 17:14 (six years ago) link

Nothing I voted for has turned up yet but still <3 everything so far. Never really heard the much vaunted new order italo influence but they must have heard Dancing Therapy before making Bizarre Love Triangle.

ewar woowar (or something), Monday, 9 February 2015 17:28 (six years ago) link

'Eyes' is great but yeah I voted for 'Faces' instead.

I remember seeking 'I Like Chopin' out after reading the Pet Shop Boys saying it inspired the sound of 'Rent'.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 9 February 2015 17:38 (six years ago) link

excited for this poll!

never heard this dhuo track before, 'snice - i'm a fan of lower-bpm italo (under the ice, comanchero, etc)

<3 dancing therapy but i didn't vote for it

donna rouge, Monday, 9 February 2015 18:09 (six years ago) link

Spotify playlist (compiled in the UK, so maybe some "territory" issues to contend with): http://open.spotify.com/user/miketd/playlist/05H7bAFsbEJdhz6Uc0tVNu - inevitably, this will be far from complete!

mike t-diva, Monday, 9 February 2015 18:18 (six years ago) link

this is my favorite song title in the poll

gr8080, Monday, 9 February 2015 18:25 (six years ago) link

Thank you, mike t-diva!

daavid, Monday, 9 February 2015 18:33 (six years ago) link

because I'm in a Modern Talking state of mind:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm12K2IVow4
Modern Talking • Do You Wanna

a lot can be (and has been) said about their ESL lyrics, but I think
I hear your heartbeat, heartbeat, heartbeat
Begging me for more
Oh, I need to hear that question
Like a dancer needs the floor

is pretty great

A new favorite for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeVCFdcNFw4

skip, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 16:40 (ten months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6SZQOeJVYw

skip, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 16:49 (ten months ago) link

have lately been loving this my mine track that's not 'hypnotic tango':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqM2VFvMlWw

donna rouge, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 17:48 (ten months ago) link

love the susanne

new to me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6T25SrEXXA

dan selzer, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 17:51 (ten months ago) link

whoah my mine track is great

dan selzer, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 17:52 (ten months ago) link

cool song and creepy cover art!

My Mine Zorro is a good one.

skip, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 18:10 (ten months ago) link

also digging this later valerie dore single (the last one under that name i think?) - could see it working in a balearic set

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po-EyG26nTU

donna rouge, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 18:40 (ten months ago) link

A little nonplussed at first but what an awesome guitar at the end.

skip, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 19:00 (ten months ago) link

is this the only Italo Christmas song?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpNWkKSA-GU

timber euros (seandalai), Sunday, 20 December 2020 01:38 (ten months ago) link

I DJ’d a few italo favourites among some other sonically related tracks recently on a video stream, here’s the watch again if people fancy a listen: https://www.timeline-music.co.uk/matthew-balaam-interleave-it-028-dec-2020/

Raggio Di Luna - Commanchero
The Real Deal - Salesman (Over-dub)
Riccardo Cioni and DJ Full Time Band - Fog (Extended Mix)
Azoto - Exalt Exalt
Talko - Psyko Flash
Salta and Roma - Doing It
Dario Dell‘Aere - Eagles in the Night
“Q” - The Voice of “Q”
Gaz Nevada - I.C. Love Affair (Chinese Version)
Fockewulf 190 - Body Heat
Evelyn Barry - Take It As A Game (Instrumental)
Kash in the East - Kamaleio
Sandwizz - Hey Chicas! Hey Chicos! (Do You Wanna Sandwich) (Sandwich Flip)
Tommy Walker III - Weak Neck
De-De-Mo - 'Cause I Need You 'Cause I Love You (Midnight Version)
Ghibli - I’m Looking For You (Instrumental)
Spellbound - ABCDEFGHIJLK.O.V.E., I Love You Baby
Trans-X - Living on Video
Mario Moretti - Danger In Deep Space
Monarchy - The Phoenix Alive (Disco Bloodbath's Dalston Dub)
Expansives - Life With You
Cristina - Things Fall Apart

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 2 January 2021 15:00 (nine months ago) link

Nice. Some all-time faves in there.

emil.y, Saturday, 2 January 2021 15:03 (nine months ago) link

Thanks Emily, hope things are good with you.

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 2 January 2021 15:45 (nine months ago) link

Awesome

brimstead, Saturday, 2 January 2021 17:55 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

awesome rare track (by a german producer, apparently?): Pat - Back to My Boy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSq8Qs6bhqk

donna rouge, Saturday, 6 February 2021 00:24 (eight months ago) link

Perfect

Joses Chrust (map), Saturday, 6 February 2021 01:04 (eight months ago) link

Apologies if this has already been posted in the thread but this mix is still up and downloadable. I honestly can't remember how I found this but I've been listening to it for years. Nostalgia for sunny mid 80s summers, even though I never (knowingly) heard any of these tracks at the time.
https://soundcloud.com/neonjohnmusic/neon-vol-3-intermezzo-tranquilo

Alternative Ulsterbus, Saturday, 6 February 2021 02:43 (eight months ago) link

Pat - nice cheesy cut there.

Made a new mix, enjoy for the time being - Soundcloud doesn't have much storage space so it will probably disappear at some point. https://soundcloud.com/user-429906735/midnight-italo-madness-vol-3-underground

This was a new one to me, cool ~100 BPM track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsjhpOmvTUc

skip, Sunday, 7 February 2021 01:57 (eight months ago) link

Yeah I love that cover.. first heard it on this groovy bootleg : https://www.discogs.com/Various-Cosmic-Dancer-Voyage-One/release/480755

brimstead, Sunday, 7 February 2021 04:52 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZds6oz8C54

skip, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 02:43 (six months ago) link

repressed on Dark Entries.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 03:04 (six months ago) link

Recently went digging through a friends discogs and bought some holy grails to me but in the process discovered a bunch of other tracks that were new to me, and in most cases too expensive to actually buy but found a few on itunes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG8L4omZSUI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJGI4IYrqYw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx5LUnpl9UQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzcYG4yasKE

dan selzer, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 03:07 (six months ago) link

nice! that sahara band one is ace

this one's been on heavy rotation lately - evidently getting a reissue some time this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBWgC5e7dS4

donna rouge, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 18:40 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

some real choice cuts on this mix. also now i want limoncello

https://soundcloud.com/welcometorimini/lymoon17-suonodilimone

donna rouge, Thursday, 6 May 2021 19:14 (five months ago) link

Diving into what could be the most amazingly uncool genre ever created https://t.co/Fn7MFnW6DT

— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) May 7, 2021

groovypanda, Friday, 7 May 2021 07:32 (five months ago) link

I was bummed he only hit me up for the top tracks at the end and I wasn’t interviewed for the article! Same thing happened a few years later when FIAT sponsored a boiler room Italo night. I was added at the end to a panel that included Josh from Dark Entries, Justin Strauss and Charlie Grappone from Vinylmania records. They had already booked the DJ lineup, I had to “offer” my services and Boiler room said “well we could put you on in the hour after the doors open but before the broadcast starts, from 9 to 10 and we can only pay you $300 but I assume you wouldn’t want that”. I was like uh, that sounds ok.

I started DJing to a huge empty room as people started filing in and by 9:45 had a full room of people dancing. At 10 I handed it over to Cheon and his Honey Soundsystem pals and the broadcast started. The other DJ’s that night were Jacques Renault, Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang and Disclosure. While talking to Josh and Jacques they both said something like “we’re gonna play Italo mixed with other stuff, who wants to hear just Italo?” And I was like if there’s ever a night to just play Italo this is it!

dan selzer, Friday, 7 May 2021 10:24 (five months ago) link

Sorry Classixx, not Disclosure. The panel is online if you want to watch it. Jacques also made an Italo mix for it that was great.

dan selzer, Friday, 7 May 2021 10:26 (five months ago) link

Oh dear! I dearly love mixing italo with all sorts of stuff and love the change of energy you can get juxtaposing with other stuff, but you are right there is a time and a place and there’s real pleasure in hearing a 100% set. The cynic in me might see it as an easy cop-out, because purely playing a set of pure italo with the sometimes difficult non-standard intros and infinite possibilities of clashing notes can take a lot of knowledge or planning.

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 8 May 2021 14:07 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

It's 3 AM on a Saturday night, and I have stumbled upon this sleek Greek Italo-ish track, which begins with the lines "I feel a burger inside me me me me / I feel a jazzburger in my brain brain brain " and it's earnest, beautiful, even sexy, and the LP cover is ridiculous and hints it's a soundtrack to something called Jazzburger so what am I going to do? I had to tell someone about it.

Loukas Thanos - Jazzburger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn1uawSuUec

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 15 August 2021 07:12 (two months ago) link

What‘s not to love.

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 15 August 2021 15:35 (two months ago) link

that cover art is amazing

donna rouge, Sunday, 15 August 2021 15:59 (two months ago) link

incredible

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Sunday, 15 August 2021 16:13 (two months ago) link

Hell yes

skip, Sunday, 15 August 2021 17:00 (two months ago) link

sick song! 1984, i guess! https://www.discogs.com/Loukas-Thanos-Jazzburger/release/2195376

I feel a burger inside me
I feel a jazzburger in my brain
I feel my skin erupting
something's running (?) in my head
something is collapsing down me
i feel like i'm coming (?) again

we're searching
we're moving
we're flying
through the ecstasy

Karl Malone, Sunday, 15 August 2021 18:00 (two months ago) link

It sounds timeless, because Jazzburgers are evergreen. Can’t imagine what it was supposed to soundtrack. There are a number of italo style records, that, perhaps because of the English translation, have strange sexual imagery, and this may be one of them.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 15 August 2021 18:28 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

beautiful chorus on this one:

colors - lonely night (technicolor version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcKOHcFDx7U

donna rouge, Saturday, 9 October 2021 20:49 (two weeks ago) link

^^ always been my favorite mix of that track

I'm super into "Fire Lady" by Christal lately. Vocal is very nice, but might prefer the instrumental because I want that extra-groovy/deep chorus riff to just repeat forever.

Instrumental
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMaFS41wjz0

Vocal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz-J3zJVqZ8

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 10 October 2021 02:24 (two weeks ago) link

Definitely the instrumental. The vocals on the chorus aren’t nearly as good as on the verses, it’s crying out for a dub mix. (But then I almost always prefer instrumental italo unless it’s something like Righeira.)

Thanks for the thread bump tho, I was recently searching for the most active italo threads but missed this one. Seems like it’s basically the default rolling italo thread. And now I have an excuse to devote my day to italo.

I’m currently smitten with the Donato Dozzy edit of Space Operator that I linked in the italo POX thread but maybe it’s too cosmic for some dance floors.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, 10 October 2021 17:10 (two weeks ago) link

The deeper I go into Italo, the more I appreciate the vocals and the questionable/ridiculous lyrics. Sometimes I listen to to the instrumental side of a record first and try to guess what will be sung over the backing track, and when the vocals end up being super weird or high-pitched it’s very satisfying. Take “Hold Me” by Squires or “Golden Queen” by A.Avenue, for instance. The vocals totally disrupt any of the hipster cool of the backing track, like an obnoxious party crasher.

I would totally do an italo listening thread if we had enough people and interest in it. Could also include ‘80s eurodisco (from Spain, Sweden, French, Belgium, and Germany etc) as there is a lot of overlap in sound and style there.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 10 October 2021 20:17 (two weeks ago) link

Personally I’d rapidly lose interest if the subject was broadened to all eurodisco. It seems like from other recent activity around here, there might be more interest in the overlap between italo, US boogie disco and possibly some post-disco (although that could be more my own pet subgenre).

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:02 (two weeks ago) link

I actually like those vocals on Hold Me. I see what you mean tho, they are a bit ridiculously kitschy.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:03 (two weeks ago) link

I mean, one could just open things up to all ‘80s dance music then.

Hi-NRG and eurodisco aren’t too far from italo (See “Love Spy” or “Right by the moon”) yet seem to have always been less in vogue. Kind of feel they are both still ripe for some rediscovery beyond Patrick Cowley and Bobby Orlando. Whereas Boogie is usually more classy so it brings in plenty of people who like R&B, funk, soul, and disco, as well your regular record nerds/cratediggers. It’s almost too well-done most of the time to sit alongside Italo’s cheese, but they are definitely some records that blur the line. A lot of Full Time records stuff comes to mind.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

no please give me more eurodisco!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d7SJPWzuDw

brimstead, Sunday, 10 October 2021 22:06 (two weeks ago) link

Love it

(That’s “Nathalie Letertre - Reveur” in case the video becomes lost to time)

Michael F Gill, Monday, 11 October 2021 14:24 (two weeks ago) link

Squires Hold Me vox are awesome!

dan selzer, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 15:10 (one week ago) link

Beautiful track!

I’ve long ago went passed the wormhole of preferring instrumental, tracky, italo into almost always preferring vocal versions, and exapanding out into hi-nrg, eurodisco and almost anything else not considered “tasteful” among 80s dance music.

Not in the same league perhaps, but the Nathalie Letertre track reminded me of this tucked away French synth-pop track I dig.

Bibi Flash - Voyage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=243g89oTatY

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 17:59 (one week ago) link

i definitely have a high tolerance for cheesy/weird italo vocal styles, although i guess i can see on a dance floor how they might be off-putting

another great bibi flash track is “vie privée” - i mixed it into “the pleasure principle” at a DJ night once and it worked beautifully imho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQEHPAJn-Xo

donna rouge, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 18:09 (one week ago) link

<3 chews and donna

I feel I have heard "Voyage" before somewhere, digging it.

Also liking Logo's swift-and-spacey "Bossa Nova 'till the end" right now, although I was pretty sold on the title alone. I don't know if it was because of P-Lion, but I enjoy how much saxophone shows up in italo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tJY4-7RThs

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:12 (one week ago) link

nice French posts! Reminds me of Jennifer Planisphere:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd1k5DCYemA

which is a good outro for Patrizia Pellegrino's Automaticamore...

skip, Thursday, 14 October 2021 23:01 (one week ago) link

I like the vocal for Jennifer planisphere, and the mid tempo instrumental version (posted up thread) is one of my ALL TIME favorites. Sort of like an italo take on “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” (aside from the actual italo take on MCMR by Clock on Five).

Michael F Gill, Friday, 15 October 2021 01:21 (one week ago) link


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