The post-disco pre-house clubbing scene

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What was it? Most clubbing literature passes over this era, but what were the pretty people dancing to in the early 80s? I'm sure there were many short-lived scenes going on, does anyone know what they were? Any photos? How was it different in the UK to the US? I like to imagine everyone was shimmying to Bobby O, Patrick Cowley, the acts from Made-Up Records, and other such deliberately shallow 80s disco-fluff but were they?

Affectian (Affectian), Monday, 24 January 2005 14:02 (sixteen years ago) link

They were all dancing to this stuff:

fever-standing in the shadows
rofo-flashlight on a disco night
electric funk-shanghaied
original mass-disco kicks
bobby davenport-time
ann joy-love now, hurt later
two man sound-que tal america
psychic interface-tribal stomp
purple flash-we can make it
samantha gilles-feel it
tapps-my forbidden lover
colleen-soft cafe
mo'boss-tequila
tyrants in therapy-too tuff to cry
angie gold-eat you up
sabby-friday night
people like us-deliverance
j.d. hall-call me up
q-boys-beyond the clouds
venus-hot sun on video
arpeggio-love and desire
ferrara-love attack
jessica williams-queen of fools
phaeax-talk about
french kiss-panic

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 24 January 2005 15:04 (sixteen years ago) link

ian, have you got that 3cd hacienda thing? theres a mid 80s one there, i cant remember how good, or representative it is thuogh

charltonlido (gareth), Monday, 24 January 2005 15:09 (sixteen years ago) link

My memory of Soho clubs of the early 80s was that the music was actually pretty mainstream, ie the danceable end of the top 40, Blue Monday, White Lines and stuff like that.

Jonathan Z. (Joanthan Z.), Monday, 24 January 2005 15:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd imagine heaping helpings of New Order, early Madonna, Shannon, Donna Summer, Italian or Continental disco acts like Lime...

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Monday, 24 January 2005 15:26 (sixteen years ago) link

They were dancing to:

Boogie (Leroy Burgess, Young & Co., Slave/Steve Arrington)
Electro-Funk (Afrika Bambaataa, Cybotron, Jellybean)
Italo (Alexander Robotnick, Kano, Klein & MBO)
Hi-Nrg (Bobby O, Patrick Cowley, Roni Griffith, Divine)

West End records had a number of early '80s hits too.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 24 January 2005 15:35 (sixteen years ago) link

23 Skidoo, Shriekback, Front242, Yello, ESG, Pil, Human League, John Foxx, David Bowie, Gary Numan, Cabaret Voltaire

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 24 January 2005 15:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Most clubbing literature passes over this era

There's reams of stuff about the UK side of things (I don't know where you are). Blitz kids and new romantics, soul weekenders, mod revival. I can't think of any books or articles off the top of my head, but if you're interested I can find out pretty quickly.

Anna (Anna), Monday, 24 January 2005 15:55 (sixteen years ago) link

I think DJ Martian gets it about right, as I remember. The reason why clubbing literature might pass over this era is that the club scene then was not so apart from other youth scenes - there wasn't such a distinctive club-style music.

Jonathan Z. (Joanthan Z.), Monday, 24 January 2005 16:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Northern soul as well, surely?

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 24 January 2005 16:33 (sixteen years ago) link

I think what I'm looking for here is a cute little label to stick on the whole fluffy-post-disco clubbers.

Gareth, yeah that Viva Hacienda boxset is fantastic, the tracklisting of the 1st cd (82-86) is precisely the type of music I'm thinking of here. How successful was this? Were many other clubs (UK and US) playing this?
http://www.discogs.com/release/48471

When did the Hacienda really take off? I had the impression that the early days were all dingy post-punk, when did the Shannons and Peech Boys move on in? What did these people wear? What was this 'tribe' called?

Alfred & Michael, that's exactly the type of music I'm thinking of here but it seems that these days it's not really regarded as 'dancing' music, apart from breakdancers in tracksuits. I want to know what it was like back then, would love to see photos.

The idea of a club full of people dancing to 'My forbidden lover' by Tapps fills me with joy. I'll d/l each and every track that Scott listed.

Anna, I'm from Manchester. Not really too interested in the New Romantics or Soul kids but there seems to be a real dearth of writing about the clubbing/dancing side of electro-funk, hi-nrg and italo, so if you can point me towards articles/books about that I'd be v grateful. I did read a good article online about the club that Jellybean DJd at in the early 80s but haven't a clue where that is now.

Affectian (Affectian), Monday, 24 January 2005 16:33 (sixteen years ago) link

i know what i was dancing to in the early 80's. ebn ozn and freez. i was all about the vowels.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 24 January 2005 16:34 (sixteen years ago) link

this is what you need:

Electro-Funk Roots
http://www.electrofunkroots.co.uk/

Before the British Hip-Hop, House and Techno scenes emerged, Electro-Funk, the catalyst for all three, held sway. Pioneering DJ, Greg Wilson, looks back at the impact and influence of this pivotal '80s underground movement which would sow the seeds of the subsequent UK dance revolution.

John Peel supported this music, playing Streetsounds label records.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 24 January 2005 16:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh I forgot Miami Bass! Although when it came around House music was just starting up too.

Anyway, here's a good article on Electro-Funk:
http://www.electroempire.com/whatdiditmean.htm

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 24 January 2005 16:39 (sixteen years ago) link

everyone was actually listening to my blizzard mix. in a time-machine!

Skot's Blizzard Mix

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 24 January 2005 16:44 (sixteen years ago) link

affectian, download these too if you haven't heard them:

Island Scott's Morning Megamix

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 24 January 2005 16:49 (sixteen years ago) link

In no particular order, here's what I was jiggling around to in my favourite period for dance music EVER: Summer 82 to Summer 84. Many of the Hi-NRG tunes were played on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings at the Metropol in Berlin, where one of the DJs was a young Westbam.

loopzilla – george clinton
nipple to the bottle – grace jones
play at your own risk – planet patrol
planet rock – afrika bambaata & the soul sonic force
looking for the perfect beat – afrika bambaata & the soul sonic force
the message – grandmaster flash & the furious five
walking on sunshine – rockers revenge
soul makossa – nairobi
go deh yaka – monyaka
weekend – class action featuring chris wiltshire
body work – hot streak
heavy vibes – montana sextet
you can’t hide your love – david joseph
you’re the one for me – d-train
don’t make me wait – peech boys
pack jam – jonzun crew
space is the place – jonzun crew
space cowboy – jonzun crew
the razor’s edge – defunkt
work that sucker to death – xavier
double dutch bus – frankie smith
in the name of love – sharon redd
beat the street – sharon redd
we are the jonzun crew – jonzun crew
one more shot – c-bank
the smurf – tyrone brunson
jazzy rhythm – michelle wallace
this beat is mine – vicky "d"
buffalo gals – malcolm mclaren
situation (francois kevorkian mix) – yazoo
hip hop be bop (don’t stop) – man parrish
let the music play – shannon
give me tonight – shannon
atomic dog – george clinton
al-naafiysh (the soul) – hashim
the best part of breaking up – roni griffith
on the upside – xena
passion – the flirts
i’m so hot for you – bobby “o”
babe we’re gonna love tonight – lime
iou – freeez
love pains – yvonne elliman
do you wanna funk – sylvester & patrick cowley
megatron man – patrick cowley
menergy – patrick cowley
party – julius brown
i don’t wanna talk about it – pamela stanley
you – boytronic
rocket to your heart – lisa
so many men, so little time – miquel brown
rockin’ radio – tom browne
living on video – trans-x
zarah (ich weiss, es wird ein wunder gescheh'n) – nina hagen
hip hop bommi bop – the incredible t.h. scratchers starring freddie love
lesson one (the payoff mix) – double dee & steinski
beat box – art of noise
the dominatrix sleeps tonight – dominatrix
self control – laura branigan
all night long (all night) – lionel richie
who’s your boyfriend? – eric
flashdance (what a feeling) – irene cara
why me? – irene cara
danger – the flirts
not the loving kind – twins
candy girl – new edition
rockit – herbie hancock
crazy cuts – grandmixer dst
two, three, break – beat boys
b-boys beware – two sisters
rock the boat (high dynamic remix) – forrest
all night long – mary jane girls
sugar free – juicy
last night a dj saved my life – indeep
native love – divine
shoot your shot – divine
in the bottle – c.o.d.
(hey you) rocksteady crew – rocksteady crew
just be good to me – s.o.s. band
guilty – lime
angel eyes – lime
lies – thompson twins
feel me – blancmange
let’s go to bed – the cure
blue monday – new order
primitive desire – eastbound expressway
earthquake – the flirtations
searchin’ – hazell dean
holiday – madonna
i am what i am – gloria gaynor
it’s raining men – weather girls
the safety dance – men without hats
big in japan – alphaville
where is my man – eartha kitt
burn it up mr dj – risque
don’t stop – sylvester
the sound of music – dayton
i’m out of your life – arnie’s love
love reaction – divine
who needs enemies (with friends like you) – montana sextet
one for the treble – davy dmx
jam on revenge (the wikki wikki song) – newcleus
jam on it – newcleus
borderline – madonna
i want it to be real – john rocca
confusion – new order
e.t. boogie – extra t’s
dirty talk- klein & mbo
white lines (don’t do it) – grandmaster & melle mel
she has a way – bobby “o”
the beat goes on – orbit
it’s a shame (mt. airy groove) – grandmaster flash
scorpio – grandmaster flash
heatstroke – man parrish
giving up – bobby “o”
relax – frankie goes to hollywood
love lies fierce – thompson twins
emergency – laura pallas
street dance – break machine
minefield – i-level
high energy – evelyn thomas
heartbeat (new york remix) – psychedelic furs
blind vision – blancmange
somebody else’s guy – jocelyn brown
thinking of you – sister sledge
the boys come to town – earlene bentley
drums of fire – gazuzu
keep on – d-train
light years away – warp 9
it’s nasty (genius of love) – grandmaster flash
rock box – run dmc
wanna be startin' something - michael jackson
automatic - pointer sisters
it's my life - talk talk
you are in my system - the system
hey dj - world's famous supreme team
no sell out - malcolm x
colour my love - fun fun
happy station - fun fun
all night passion - alisha
beat it - michael jackson
double dutch - malcolm mclaren
1999 - prince
cheap thrills - planet patrol
yashar - cabaret voltaire
break dancin' - electric boogie - west st. mob
slippery people - staple singers
you think you're a man - divine
1984 - praxis
she's strange - cameo
ain't nobody - rufus & chaka khan
breaker's revenge - arthur baker
magic's wand - whodini
there it is - shalamar
i feel love (patrick cowley mega-mix) - donna summer
no g.d.m. - gina x
mirda rock - reggie griffin & technofunk
der kommissar - falco
let's dance - david bowie
temptation - heaven 17
din daa daa - george kranz

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Monday, 24 January 2005 17:22 (sixteen years ago) link

That's an incredible list, Flirts, SOS Band, Rocksteady Crew, Alisha, D-Train, Mary Jane Girls. Mike-t, do you have photos of this club?

Affectian (Affectian), Monday, 24 January 2005 17:27 (sixteen years ago) link

scott seward's list is fantastic.

cathy berberian (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 24 January 2005 17:46 (sixteen years ago) link

You'll find good info about this period in 'History of House', ed. Chris Kempster

Edmundo (Edmundo), Monday, 24 January 2005 18:29 (sixteen years ago) link

do people posting these lists have them on cd or are they just compiling from memory, because i'd LOVE LOVE LOVE a copy of them if possible.

Hella Fitzgerald (JasonD), Monday, 24 January 2005 19:00 (sixteen years ago) link

My list was copy/pasted from an old post on my blog, which was done from memory just over three years ago. I've got some on vinyl, some on cassette, some on CD, some on MP3, and some just in memory.

The Berlin Metropol in 83-84, though... awesome. Dancing till dawn to repetitive electronic beats, we were...

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Monday, 24 January 2005 20:30 (sixteen years ago) link

i have a lot of these songs scattered around in various formats.

amanda lear (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 24 January 2005 20:47 (sixteen years ago) link

someone make a cdr700 pleasepleaseplease.

bulbs (bulbs), Monday, 24 January 2005 22:03 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
boy this was a good idea.

updates!

piscesboy, Tuesday, 15 March 2005 17:54 (sixteen years ago) link

six months pass...

Confounded (Confounded), Thursday, 6 October 2005 18:16 (fifteen years ago) link

What's on that cd, Confounded? Like the cover A LOT.

Affectian (Affectian), Thursday, 6 October 2005 21:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Volume 1 is:

1 Raw Silk Do It To The Music (Original 12'' Mix) (6:36)
2 Howard Johnson So Fine (Original 12'' Mix) (5:32)
3 Krystol After The Dance Is Through (Original 12'' Mix) (5:15)
4 Royalle Delite (I'll Be A) Freak For You (Original 12'' Mix) (6:15)
5 Shot Main Thing (Original 12'' Mix) (5:45)
6 Thelma Houston You Used To Hold Me So Tight (Original 12'' Mix) (5:37)
7 Meli'sa Morgan Fool's Paradise (Original 12'' Mix) (5:13)
8 Bernard Wright Who Do You Love (Original 12'' Mix) (5:20)
9 Loose Ends Hangin' On A String (Original 12'' Mix) (6:00)
10 Change Change Of Heart (Original 12'' Mix) (7:02)
11 Lillo Thomas Settle Down (Original 12'' Mix) (5:26)
12 Cheryl Lynn Encore (Original 12'' Mix) (8:18)

Volume 2 is:

1. I Am Somebody - Jones, Glenn
2. Serious - Serious Intention
3. She's Strange - Cameo
4. You Aint' Really Down - Status IV
5. I'm In Love - Thomas, Lillo
6. Twilight - Maze
7. Let's Groove - Earth Wind & Fire
8. I Wonder If I Take You Home - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam/Full Force
9. Thinking About Your Love - Skipworth & Turner
10. Stomp - Brothers Johnson
11. Breakin' Down - Julia & Co.
12. Act Like You Know - Fat Larry's Band

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Thursday, 6 October 2005 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

The CD being Classic 80's Groove Mastercuts.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Thursday, 6 October 2005 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

They're good representations of that post-disco soul mafia weekender 80s boogie scene - I remember most of the tracks from when they first came out.

There's also "Classic Mix Mastercuts", which I love:
http://www.discogs.com/release/243077

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 6 October 2005 21:23 (fifteen years ago) link

???

House and Disco greatly overlap.

Not sure if my limited experience is relevant, but I began going to black roller-rinks outside of Detroit roughly around 1980. I remember tons of Zapp, Pre-1999 Prince, Paradise Garage, 80's Boogie ala Luther Vandross, and a handful of Hip-Hop tracks ala Kurtis Blow. Then Electro broke in 82 and shit changed dramatically overnight in my area.

X-postage

PappaWheelie B.C., Thursday, 6 October 2005 21:25 (fifteen years ago) link

mastercuts was the best...the Electro one, along w. the Streetsounds comp is what got me into this mess...liners by Greg Wilson no less...

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 6 October 2005 21:35 (fifteen years ago) link

i think after the 'death' of disco there was something called "freestyle" in the US, right?
and it kept some clubs packed, and it also disturbed the pop charts, and radio stations...

nique (nique), Thursday, 6 October 2005 22:46 (fifteen years ago) link

man, that volume 1 looks great. i would fucking ate that stuff up 6months ago

Bobby Count (jaxon), Thursday, 6 October 2005 23:39 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
boy this was a good idea.
updates!

-- piscesboy (piscesxx...), March 15th, 2005

yes! let's!

pisces (piscesx), Thursday, 8 February 2007 16:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Garage to Boogie to Freestyle

D-Train - You're the One For Me
Evelyne Champagne King - Love Come Down
Luter Vandross - Never Too Much
Shannon - Let the Music Play
Lisa Lisa - If I take You Home
Will to Power - Dreaming

PappaWheelie MMCMXL (PappaWheelie 2), Thursday, 8 February 2007 17:43 (fourteen years ago) link

^^PappaWheelie is legendary on ss.^^

Valoss (valoss), Thursday, 8 February 2007 22:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh Papa

Right ON! Heard *Never Too Much* on one of Theo Parrish's mixes and had to quiz him to find out what it was. Fortunately I found a 12" of it.

I used to sing it to my girl... I shall do so again.

factcheckr (factcheckr), Friday, 9 February 2007 04:47 (fourteen years ago) link

i love that evelyn champagne king track. gosh.

the table is the table (treesessplode), Friday, 9 February 2007 05:08 (fourteen years ago) link

that ALISHA artwork rocks in a fantastic pre-bling way. there should be more of that real-ness in artwork these days.

pisces (piscesx), Friday, 9 February 2007 11:16 (fourteen years ago) link

I guess they were largely into a lot of the stuff recently put on "80s Soul Weekender" compilations, i.e. Shalamar, Imagination, D-Train etc.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 9 February 2007 12:20 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...

What, if any, UK clubs played acts from Made-Up Records in the 80s? I was a child during this time but listening to it now sounds like perfect nightclubbing music.

http://www.discogs.com/label/Made+Up+Records

NI, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 00:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Annoyingly my copy of Electro Mastercuts went missing - £40 to replace is accoring to Amaxon UK :-(

The first volume of Club Connection on Warners / Atlantic is good for this stuff. Second volume is more patchy tho

Robin G, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 06:06 (thirteen years ago) link

great lists, all.

Seeing Skipworth & Turner mentioned was like being young again!

I should really divide these up by club (Garage, Loft, Area, Funhouse, Studio 54, Roxy, Saint, Limelight, Danceteria, Medusa/Chi) but the big records round my way were:

Circuit "Release The Tension"
Visual "The Music Got Me" and "Somehow, Someway"
Anything and everything by Gwen Guthrie (but esp "Padlock")
Jocelyn Brown "Somebody Else's Guy"
Colonel Abrams "Music Is The Answer"
Loleatta Holloway "Crash Goes Love"
John Rocca "I Want It To Be Real"
Pamela Joy "Think Fast"
Anything by Gary's Gang esp "Making Music"
Status IV "You Ain't Really Down"
RIS "Love N Music" (Proto)
Ministry (!) "Everyday Is Halloween" (Medusa!!)
Lime "Angel Eyes"
52nd Street "Can't Afford"
Doctor Derelict "Undercover"

tired, (damn wet chiffon!!) loads more...

Saxby D. Elder, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 07:08 (thirteen years ago) link

More lists please!

Saxby (or anyone), do you have any photos of how clubland looked around this time?

No one else have love for Made Up Records? Search Sheila Stewart 'It's You' and 'Tonight' and Sunbelt 'Spin It' for starters.

NI, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 12:50 (thirteen years ago) link

more lists please

1981: "I Hear Music In The Streets"

this is one of my very favorite periods of music and not just for sentimental reasons

m coleman, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 12:55 (thirteen years ago) link

More lists please! Saxby (or anyone), do you have any photos of how clubland looked around this time? No one else have love for Made Up Records?

I looked up that label to see what's up and I'm sorry but I don't really know anything about it. Will ask some friends... No photos really but maybe go on ebay and see if anyone is selling any Details or Interview magazines of the era and you will see loads (and many good DJ lists too!).
HTH...

Saxby D. Elder, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 14:47 (thirteen years ago) link

I used to go out, back in the day

paradise garage -- went once or twice. fascinated by the sounds but I didn't really fit the demographic (500 gay guys on acid)

loft -- more of a private party? anyway I'd never even heard of it.

funhouse -- young latino crowd, electro sounds, lotsa kids in my neighborhood (chelsea) wore these t-shirts "jellybean rocks the house"

saint -- members only and tres gay, famous for light show and DJs. went to some record company thing there once off-hours. I always loved the fact it was on the same site as the fillmore east. sign o the times.

limelight -- ugh, the slime, poseur city. meet me in the vip room.

studio 54 -- missed the heyday, it reopened in the early 80s as more of a multi-purpose club. I went to a couple live gigs there.

roxy -- friday night hip hop partys w/kool lady blue bambaataa & co. ZULU NATION - COME IN PEACE. unprecedented mix of uptown kids and downtown bohos. just the best.

area -- famous for its monthly "theme" decorations and art installations. to me this place was kinda fucked, maybe the turning point in NY clubs where the emphasis went from watching a performance and/or dancing to JUST STANDING AROUND AND STARING AT PEOPLE BUT NOT TALKING TO ANYBODY. the 1 cool thing that ever happened to me there was seeing Andy Warhol one night but he looked pretty bored too.

danceteria -- three floors of dancing drinking n drugz. lots of cool bands played here though they weren't what the crowd mostly came for.

m coleman, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 15:04 (thirteen years ago) link

If I recall, Tim Lawrence's excellent Love Saves the Day book covers post-disco for a couple of chapters at the end.

Bill in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 17:25 (thirteen years ago) link

I used to go out, back in the day

OTM mainly, except I don't think the Saint was private. I used to hang out there and I wasn't a member. I'm not even gay but I had some great times there. I also loved the fact that it was the old Fillmore.

I thought Area was a lot of fun. If you came with friends, it was fun to look at the installations. On the C or D scale, classic! (I still more or less somehow agree with your assessment of it though).

I think Limelight gets a bad rap because of how quickly it went downhill into a "B&T" slimepit (that's "Bridge and Tunnel" folks...) That was mainly on weekends, Sunday was the night to go there. But the early days were great I think. Very glamourous really. I once saw the Weather Girls there, which was awesome, and then like a million years later I saw Sonic Boom (Spectrum actually) play there.

I used to LIVE at Danceteria. There is a great site that has loads of great old club flyers from there.

Roxy was indeed the best club in Manhattan back then. I rarely missed a Friday there.

Great times!

Saxby D. Elder, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 18:25 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm about the equivalent of 500 gay guys on acid.

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 19:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I interviewed Brian Chin around the time Rhino's Give Your Body Up series came out. He told me that he honestly felt as if the entire disco subculture would disappear c. 1981 in America. And it wasn't just him - he used the word "we," after all. Apparently, many clubbers and dance music professionals felt disco's commercial death as a genre (and hence cultural) death. But two 12" singles released around the same time (maybe even the same week?) reversed that downward direction - The Strikers' "Body Music" (on Prelude) and Taana Gardner's "Heartbeat" (West End). So I'm surprised to see neither here on this thread.

Of course, Chin could be overly dramatic here. And we should wonder exactly how many subculturers he's speaking for. But it's an intriguing idea nonetheless, one that solidifies this era as my favorite too.

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 19:49 (thirteen years ago) link

btw, people at the garage didn't take acid, that shit is crazy.

Saxby D. Elder, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 21:25 (thirteen years ago) link

I get ticklish thinking of both "Body Music" and "Heartbeat" coming out right on top of each other.

Eric H., Wednesday, 4 July 2007 23:27 (thirteen years ago) link

is there a good comp of west end records?

creme1, Thursday, 5 July 2007 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Ooh, "Serious, Sirius, Space Party."

Eric H., Thursday, 5 July 2007 04:04 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

It's all just disco but it doesn't all sound the same to me. Discuss and/or define a cannon so it doesn't slip through the cracks and record stores can add a new label to push product. See the end of this thread for starters:

Taking Sides: Patrick Cowley vs Arthur Russell

dan selzer, Saturday, 18 July 2009 16:53 (eleven years ago) link

I can't tell if you're being facetious here but "proto-house" or "early 1980s disco" have always worked fine for me.

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 18 July 2009 17:12 (eleven years ago) link

You have to read the linked thread. I'm not suggesting another new name, those names work fine for me. Just helping define them for those that are new to them.

dan selzer, Saturday, 18 July 2009 17:36 (eleven years ago) link

this was a great thread. thanks for reviving.

artdamages, Sunday, 19 July 2009 15:37 (eleven years ago) link

btw, people at the garage didn't take acid, that shit is crazy.

the punch was spiked

m coleman, Sunday, 19 July 2009 20:12 (eleven years ago) link

sometimes

❊❁❄❆❇❃✴❈plaxico❈✴❃❇❆❄❁❊ (I know, right?), Sunday, 19 July 2009 20:52 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

In no particular order, here's what I was jiggling around to in my favourite period for dance music EVER: Summer 82 to Summer 84. Many of the Hi-NRG tunes were played on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings at the Metropol in Berlin, where one of the DJs was a young Westbam.loopzilla – george clinton
nipple to the bottle – grace jones
play at your own risk – planet patrol
planet rock – afrika bambaata & the soul sonic force
looking for the perfect beat – afrika bambaata & the soul sonic force
the message – grandmaster flash & the furious five
walking on sunshine – rockers revenge
soul makossa – nairobi
go deh yaka – monyaka
weekend – class action featuring chris wiltshire
body work – hot streak
heavy vibes – montana sextet
you can’t hide your love – david joseph
you’re the one for me – d-train
don’t make me wait – peech boys
pack jam – jonzun crew
space is the place – jonzun crew
space cowboy – jonzun crew
the razor’s edge – defunkt
work that sucker to death – xavier
double dutch bus – frankie smith
in the name of love – sharon redd
beat the street – sharon redd
we are the jonzun crew – jonzun crew
one more shot – c-bank
the smurf – tyrone brunson
jazzy rhythm – michelle wallace
this beat is mine – vicky "d"
buffalo gals – malcolm mclaren
situation (francois kevorkian mix) – yazoo
hip hop be bop (don’t stop) – man parrish
let the music play – shannon
give me tonight – shannon
atomic dog – george clinton
al-naafiysh (the soul) – hashim
the best part of breaking up – roni griffith
on the upside – xena
passion – the flirts
i’m so hot for you – bobby “o”
babe we’re gonna love tonight – lime
iou – freeez
love pains – yvonne elliman
do you wanna funk – sylvester & patrick cowley
megatron man – patrick cowley
menergy – patrick cowley
party – julius brown
i don’t wanna talk about it – pamela stanley
you – boytronic
rocket to your heart – lisa
so many men, so little time – miquel brown
rockin’ radio – tom browne
living on video – trans-x
zarah (ich weiss, es wird ein wunder gescheh'n) – nina hagen
hip hop bommi bop – the incredible t.h. scratchers starring freddie love
lesson one (the payoff mix) – double dee & steinski
beat box – art of noise
the dominatrix sleeps tonight – dominatrix
self control – laura branigan
all night long (all night) – lionel richie
who’s your boyfriend? – eric
flashdance (what a feeling) – irene cara
why me? – irene cara
danger – the flirts
not the loving kind – twins
candy girl – new edition
rockit – herbie hancock
crazy cuts – grandmixer dst
two, three, break – beat boys
b-boys beware – two sisters
rock the boat (high dynamic remix) – forrest
all night long – mary jane girls
sugar free – juicy
last night a dj saved my life – indeep
native love – divine
shoot your shot – divine
in the bottle – c.o.d.
(hey you) rocksteady crew – rocksteady crew
just be good to me – s.o.s. band
guilty – lime
angel eyes – lime
lies – thompson twins
feel me – blancmange
let’s go to bed – the cure
blue monday – new order
primitive desire – eastbound expressway
earthquake – the flirtations
searchin’ – hazell dean
holiday – madonna
i am what i am – gloria gaynor
it’s raining men – weather girls
the safety dance – men without hats
big in japan – alphaville
where is my man – eartha kitt
burn it up mr dj – risque
don’t stop – sylvester
the sound of music – dayton
i’m out of your life – arnie’s love
love reaction – divine
who needs enemies (with friends like you) – montana sextet
one for the treble – davy dmx
jam on revenge (the wikki wikki song) – newcleus
jam on it – newcleus
borderline – madonna
i want it to be real – john rocca
confusion – new order
e.t. boogie – extra t’s
dirty talk- klein & mbo
white lines (don’t do it) – grandmaster & melle mel
she has a way – bobby “o”
the beat goes on – orbit
it’s a shame (mt. airy groove) – grandmaster flash
scorpio – grandmaster flash
heatstroke – man parrish
giving up – bobby “o”
relax – frankie goes to hollywood
love lies fierce – thompson twins
emergency – laura pallas
street dance – break machine
minefield – i-level
high energy – evelyn thomas
heartbeat (new york remix) – psychedelic furs
blind vision – blancmange
somebody else’s guy – jocelyn brown
thinking of you – sister sledge
the boys come to town – earlene bentley
drums of fire – gazuzu
keep on – d-train
light years away – warp 9
it’s nasty (genius of love) – grandmaster flash
rock box – run dmc
wanna be startin' something - michael jackson
automatic - pointer sisters
it's my life - talk talk
you are in my system - the system
hey dj - world's famous supreme team
no sell out - malcolm x
colour my love - fun fun
happy station - fun fun
all night passion - alisha
beat it - michael jackson
double dutch - malcolm mclaren
1999 - prince
cheap thrills - planet patrol
yashar - cabaret voltaire
break dancin' - electric boogie - west st. mob
slippery people - staple singers
you think you're a man - divine
1984 - praxis
she's strange - cameo
ain't nobody - rufus & chaka khan
breaker's revenge - arthur baker
magic's wand - whodini
there it is - shalamar
i feel love (patrick cowley mega-mix) - donna summer
no g.d.m. - gina x
mirda rock - reggie griffin & technofunk
der kommissar - falco
let's dance - david bowie
temptation - heaven 17
din daa daa - george kranz

just came across this list while searching for mentions of Defunkt and there it is: I’m elated, in awe & love, inspired to make that playlist, right now. what a time capsule.
mike t-diva, you hero, what a selection, keeping the quality control up high effortlessly all the way through and even having the insight to put the only two duds at the very, very end, where I can cut them off and pretend they’re not there. never could stand “Temptation” and always hated “Din Daa Daa”

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 26 April 2021 18:56 (two weeks ago) link

FP'd

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 26 April 2021 19:41 (two weeks ago) link

Oh, nice to see this list again, glad you like. It’s a very honest snapshot of what I enjoyed most at the time.

mike t-diva, Monday, 26 April 2021 22:47 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, I started making a spotify playlist of it last night. It's a really cool blend of music I'm familiar with, music that I know is in my blindspots, and then music that I've never heard of but when I turn it on I love it. Thanks to mike for making the list and to breastcrawl for the threadbump!

peace, man, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:26 (two weeks ago) link

link to playlists plz?!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:31 (two weeks ago) link

why do people hate din daa daa so much?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:33 (two weeks ago) link

Really into this track by a young Sven Vath:

OFF - Electrica Salsa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK6wglhklKg

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:34 (two weeks ago) link

link to playlists plz?!

― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, April 27, 2021 8:31 AM (thirteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I'm only like 20% through mine.

peace, man, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:48 (two weeks ago) link

I’m about two thirds myself here!

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:54 (two weeks ago) link

Also, in some cases, I'm not entirely sure that I've been getting the right versions. When in doubt, I've been opting for 12" edits or whatever, but sometimes Spotify has many versions and I haven't been carefully vetting them.

peace, man, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:54 (two weeks ago) link

why do people hate din daa daa so much?

wasn’t aware they did, all I remember is lots of people going apeshit over it back in the day, but I wasn’t among them - I’m assuming this is why sic (lol) “FP’d” (Flirts Passion’ed?) me

(playing it right now, and time does indeed heal many wounds)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

i thought everybody loved din daa daa. i heard it too many times when it first came out but love it again now.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 14:23 (two weeks ago) link

"Din Daa Daa" has no low end whatsoever. That could be one thing people hate about it. (I admit to preferring The Roots' cover of it.)

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

The Beastie Boys mention Din Daa Daa in their recent book as a track that would get played in their early days on the NY scene that they didn't like.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 15:18 (two weeks ago) link

i do find din daa daa annoying

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 16:55 (two weeks ago) link

really like this list tho!

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 17:13 (two weeks ago) link

A few years ago, I compiled a playlist from my original list (which is now nearly 20 years old in its own right), and I've just updated it (13 tracks missing, 147 present).

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 17:48 (two weeks ago) link

ah cool, thanx!

I did find two of the missing ones on your list during my compiling frenzy yesterday:

The Flirtations • Earthquake:
https://open.spotify.com/track/0GpJcBZRIZNw5vdoFUHM6a?si=B52naAyURZ-cBHvJ2oL8Xg

Beat Boys • 2,3 Break:
https://open.spotify.com/track/3waG6X4ohigm48mX63GFhy?si=DFGM1JuMQaagtLxGSay5oA

(differently labelled in the second case, and of course it could be a regional availability issue - I’m in NL)

there’s also a remix of Gazuzu’s “Drums Of Fire” - Spotify says it’s from 2008, but looking at Discogs, it appears to date back to at least 1988:
https://open.spotify.com/track/5FUZHiZxkPm83JE7jH0Oxg?si=u-mcMQMYQSCV_3DiHJ0V8A

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 18:21 (two weeks ago) link

Ah, thanks for those. The Beat Boys and Gazuzu tracks are right (Drums On, not Of,Fire!), but the Flirtations is a remake - I found various versions, but none of them sounded like the 1983 original.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 18:59 (two weeks ago) link

(playing it right now, and time does indeed heal many wounds)

CP’d you

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 19:03 (two weeks ago) link

don’t you mean C-Bank’ed?

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 19:48 (two weeks ago) link

two out of three ain’t bad!

(wrong decade, wrong genre, but RIP Jim Steinman)

xp to m t-d

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 20:19 (two weeks ago) link

As mentioned upthread, Life & Death On The New York Dance Floor 1980-1983 is a 2-disc listening companion to Tim Lawrence's excellent book of the same name, and it's all streaming here:https://reappearingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/life-death-on-a-new-york-dance-floor-1980-1983
Also, Soul Jazz Records released double-disc The World of Keith Haring to synch with an exhibit, and it's prob still on YouTube. Both of these comps are pretty heady, I think.

dow, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 21:03 (two weeks ago) link

(As I said at some length on prev. years' Rolling Reissues.)

dow, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 21:05 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_tlhmcTZc4

Bongo Jongus, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 21:12 (two weeks ago) link

(xps: meant Commend Post, but now enjoying listening to this C-Bank song that I may have never heard before)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 21:14 (two weeks ago) link

just wanna say I'm listening to mike t-diva's Spotify mix and it it just non-stop bangers

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 2 May 2021 01:07 (one week ago) link

same

flopson, Sunday, 2 May 2021 01:57 (one week ago) link

Din daa daa is awesome. When it kicks in, it’s just fun on the dance floor. Have the haters danced to it enough?

dan selzer, Sunday, 2 May 2021 02:54 (one week ago) link


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