80s Italo Disco POX

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1. Ken Laszlo: Tonight
2. Ryan Paris: Dolce Vita
3. Silver Pozolli: Around My Dream
4. K.O.T.O: The Visitors
5. Scotch: Take Me Up
6. Baby's Gang: Happy Song
7. Righeira: Vamos a La Playa
8. Savage: Don't Cry Tonight
9. K.O.T.O: Jabdah
10.Valerie Dore: The Night

And, then next 10:

11.Miko Mission: How Old Are You
12.My Mine: Hypnotic Tango
13.Ken Laszlo: Hey Hey Guy
14.K.O.T.O: Chinese Revenge
15.Fun Fun: Colour My Love
16.Miko Mission: Two For Love
17.Gazebo: I Like Chopin
18.Brian Ice: Talking To The Night
19.Mike Mareen: Voices In The Dark
20.Den Harrow: Future Brain

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:05 (sixteen years ago) link

im rather pleased and surprised that this thread was started by Geir. some good choices and loads i don't know but, c'mon, how could Ryan Paris be so high? I'll have a think about mine and post later.

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:11 (sixteen years ago) link

That Ryan Paris track is beautiful; why *shouldn't* it be so high? (Though I have no idea where it would end up on my list, if I had the energy to try to make one, which I don't.)

chuck, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:14 (sixteen years ago) link

wot no kay franzes? "take me and you'll win" pwns this thread.

lychee mello (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:16 (sixteen years ago) link

arrrgh i want to contribute to this so badly, but i swear i'm going to be posting my list in my blog when my computer gets nursed back to health. i will say that my top ten does not consist of any of the songs in geir's top twenty, though i'm a fan of many of the songs he did list.

joseph (joseph), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:16 (sixteen years ago) link

off the top of my head though, here's #11-20:

11)brand image - love in a summer night
12)answering service - call me mr. telephone
13)scotch - mirage (la luna)
14)fun fun - give me your love
15)valerie dore - the night
16)gazebo - i like chopin
17)brian martin - sex tonight
18)italian boys - forever lovers
19)katy gray - hold me tight
20)lectric workers - robot is systematic

joseph (joseph), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Not all of these are Italian but whaterver:

1. Ken Laszlo - Hey Hey Guy
2. Finzy Kontini - Cha Cha Cha
3. Righeira - Vamos a la playa
4. Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
5. Lucia - Marinero
6. Muriel Dacq - Tropique
7. Silent Circle - Moonlight affair
8. Patty Ryan - I Don't Wanna Lose You Tonight
9. Sabrina - Boys (Summertime love)
10. Valerie Dore: The Night

daavid (daavid), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:32 (sixteen years ago) link

1. The Immortals - "The Ultimate Warlord"
2. Gaz Nevada - "Special Agent Man"
3. My Mine - "Hypnotic Tango"
4. Q - "The Voice of Q"
5. Rockets - "On the Road Again"
6. Witch Queen - "All Right Now"
7. Bregan Cekic and tee scott
8. Decadence - "On and On (Fear Keeps On)"
9. Automat - "Droid"
10. Giorgio Moroder -"The Chase"

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:42 (sixteen years ago) link

How dare you all forget:

TAFFY - I LOVE MY RADIO (MIDNIGHT RADIO)

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:44 (sixteen years ago) link

And wasn't most prime Italo from the '80s anyway? I don't recall that there were many seminal releases pre-1980, and the movement had pretty much dried up by 1986.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:47 (sixteen years ago) link

"The Ultimate Warlord" is one of the greatest songs of all time of any genre! sooo crazy.

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 20:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Maybe someone on this thread could help ID this track I've been having trouble with (I suspect it's Italo).

http://www.rotovibe.com/files/mysteryx.mp3

(I did that in FL Studio from memory - the song itself is acoustic instrumentation, but sounds sequenced - think Balearic but more Carnivale-esque maybe?). Anyone?

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 21:02 (sixteen years ago) link

how could Ryan Paris be so high?

No idea.. LSD maybe?

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 21:50 (sixteen years ago) link

1. Off - Electrica Salsa
2. Moses - We Just
3. My Mine - Hypnotic Tango
4. Ryan Paris - La Dolce Vita
5. Scotch - Penguins Invasion
6. Righeira - Vamos A La Playa
7. Gazebo - I Like Chopin
8. Immortals - The Ultimate Warlord
9. Tapps - My Forbidden Lover (instrumental)
10. Ken Lazlo - Hey Hey Guy

Sandeman, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 21:52 (sixteen years ago) link

oops i forgot the title of track 7

7. Bregan Cekic and tee scott - "Change"

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 21:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Ok, so Electrica Salsa is from '87 and maybe more new beat than italo. I'll switch that with Lectric workers - Robot Is Systematic. I just found out Sven Vath was in Off, ha!

Sandeman, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:08 (sixteen years ago) link

More on Sven Vath's great great great '80s career here, Sandeman:

sven vath - hessentag in lich

chuck, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:15 (sixteen years ago) link

nothing by alexander robotnick?!?!?!

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, I was thinking that - no Naif Orchestra, either! There is a sad lack of Fuzzdance in general on this thread. Though as Geir maybe suggested, it now occurs to me that there was more than one kind of Italodisco out there (early '80s Italo house does not count, though.) (But does Spagna? Or Nocera?? I defer to the jury on that matter.)

chuck, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Vivien Vee's "Blue Disease", "Higher", "Alright" or "World of Time" are pretty amazing, though some of those are maybe more pop than disco. I think Capricorn's "Pow Pow Pow" rules, too. I love Automat's "Droid" that jed mentioned. That whole album is very nice, though not disco. Alexander Robotnick is really interesting.

And wasn't most prime Italo from the '80s anyway? I don't recall that there were many seminal releases pre-1980, and the movement had pretty much dried up by 1986.

-- Michael F Gill (rain19...), March 9th, 2005.

"Baby I Love You" by Easy Going was 1978, "Fear" was 1979, and I think "Give Me A Break" by Vivien Vee was also 1979 - I don't know whether those count, but they might.

Pangolino again, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, how necessary is it that Italo disco come from Italy? Does Italo disco from Germany or Canada count? There are important questions!

And yeah, wow, "Heartbeat" by Vivien Vee is one of the best singles of the '80s in any genre on the face of the earth!

chuck, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:26 (sixteen years ago) link

oops, I meant early ****'90s**** Italo house doesn't count. (Early '80s would have been a neat trick, though.)

chuck, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:27 (sixteen years ago) link

they're german and they just miss the '80s by a nosehair, but ganymed was a precursor to a lot of this stuff.

lychee mello (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:28 (sixteen years ago) link

And Fun Fun's funnest songs are "Baila Bolero" and "Happy Station", by the way. Though others might come close.

chuck, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:28 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't recall that there were many seminal releases pre-1980

http://www.rephlex.com/2001releases/cat146/146cd-150dpi.jpg

lychee mello (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:32 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd add:

Queen Of Witches - Kano
Happy Station - Fun Fun (especially the Scratch Mix)
Happy Children - P.Lion
I Want You - Gary Low
Lunatic - Gazebo
Masterpiece - Gazebo
Extremix - Novo

Hypnosis - Pulstar was also huge, but I never took to it.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:33 (sixteen years ago) link

there should be at least one tapps song here, but i dunno which one i like best: "don't pretend to know" or "my forbidden lover."

lychee mello (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:36 (sixteen years ago) link

and how 'bout a little alphaville "big in japan" action?

lychee mello (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Is that Black Devil thing geniune or is it a fake?

hmmm (hmmm), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Black Devil were French, though, right? I only know from the reissued thing - I don't know if it was recorded in 1978 (or whenever) or not.

Pangolino again, Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:46 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't feel like "Big In Japan" was Italo Disco. It was more like synthpop. Fancy, who was also a German act, might count as Italo Disco though.

Btw. never been that keen on "Happy Station", even though the sample from Donna Summer's "Sunset People" is at least a sign that the Italo disco producers knew their roots.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Black Devil were French, though, right?

"The record is credited to Joachim Sherylee and Junior Claristidge, , pseudonyms of two library writers Bernard Fevre and Jackie Giordiano."

(sez the rephlex site)

lychee mello (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:53 (sixteen years ago) link

"big in japan" sounds pretty italo to me!

lychee mello (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 23:55 (sixteen years ago) link

To me, "Big In Japan" has a lot in common with acts such as Howard Jones, Blancmange or Tears For Fears.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 10 March 2005 00:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, Black Devil might be a lost classic now, but was anyone really blasting that in 1979?

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Thursday, 10 March 2005 00:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Btw, if you discount Giorgio Moroder, what would be the first Italo Disco song ever? Anything older than Isadora Juice's "Musica Magica" from 1981?

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 10 March 2005 00:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Som interesting stuff on the Global Darkness website: These guys (italo/electro website from The Hague) quote La Bionda's 'One For Me' from '78 as early italo influenced song.

"Let’s start with the prehistory of Italo Disco: In the summer of 1978 LA BIONDA had a smash hit all over the world; "One For You, One For Me". LA BIONDA produced several Italo Disco songs in the eighties. RIGHEIRA is the most successful example. But also AIDA COOPER (‘Stand Back’) and ROBERT BRAVO (‘Love Me Like I Do’) were produced by LA BIONDA. Even in a song like ‘One For You, One For Me’ you can already hear the Italian melodies. 1979 One year later JACQUES FRED PETRUS recorded his first disco hits; ‘Walking On Music’, ‘Fire Night Dance’ by the PETER JACQUES BAND, ‘I’m A Man’ by MACHO and ‘Music Man’ by REVANCHE. MAURO MALAVASI was always involved.

http://www.globaldarkness.com/articles/history_of_italo_disco.htm

Sandeman, Thursday, 10 March 2005 01:26 (sixteen years ago) link

A bit weird that they are trying to write a prehistory about Italo Disco, and not even mentioning Giorgio Moroder. Sure, I am aware that they have an article on him elsewhere on the site, but still, Moroder certainly predated the Italo Disco sound with some of his stuff.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 10 March 2005 01:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Check out 24/7 vintage Italo radio from the eighties online at

http://www.radiostaddenhaag.nl


Sandeman, Thursday, 10 March 2005 01:53 (sixteen years ago) link

1. BWH - Stop
2. Klapto - Mr. Game
3. Casco - Cybernetic Love
4. Alexander Robotnick - I Remember Kamchaka
5. Doctor's Cat - First track on their "Gee Whiz" album ("Genius Man"?)
6. Moses - We Just
7. ? - Anxiety Outro Dub
8. ? - Angel Eyes
9. ? - Music Colors
10. Sun La Shan - Catch (12"Dub Version)

Don't know who did 7-9 but they're faves at the moment.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Thursday, 10 March 2005 02:20 (sixteen years ago) link

"big in japan" sounds NOTHING like tears for fears!!

lychee mello (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 10 March 2005 03:05 (sixteen years ago) link

1. Alexander Robotnick - "Problemes d'amour"
2. My Mine - "hypnotic tango"
3. Kano - "Another lover"
4. Ken Laszlo - "Hey hey guy"
5. Koto - "Visitors" (remix)
6. Doctor's Cat - "Feel the drive"
7. Klein and MBO - "Dirty talk"
8. Cyber People - "Void vision"
9. Radiorama - "Desire"
10. Scotch - "Delirio mind"

Jacob (Jacob), Thursday, 10 March 2005 04:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Charlie - "Spacer Woman"
Mr. Flagio - "Take a Chance"
Doctor's Cat - "Feel the Drive"
La Bionda - "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
Sun La Shan - "Catch"
Kano - "I'm Ready"
Easy Going - "Fear"
Fun Fun - "Happy Station"
Klein & MBO - "Dirty Talk"
Alexander Robotnick - "Problemes D'Amour"

kinda basic, but I haven't really gotten into the post-'83 pop stuff too much

Mike O. (Mike Ouderkirk), Thursday, 10 March 2005 05:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Do Change count?

chuck, Thursday, 10 March 2005 16:33 (sixteen years ago) link

What, the Jam/Lewis produced act? I would say not.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 10 March 2005 16:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Nobody has any clue about my what my little demo is? :(

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 10 March 2005 18:13 (sixteen years ago) link

What Change stuff was produced by Jam/Lewis?? Their two great albums were their first two, both of which I believe were produced by Jacques Petrus and arranged by David Romani and Paolo Gionolio, with plenty of Gianolio/Malavasi/Romani song credits. Seems pretty durn eye-talian to me. (Their later stuff, inasmuch as I've heard it, greatly downplayed Eurodisco elements and upblayed r&b elements, to nobody's benefit.)

chuck, Thursday, 10 March 2005 18:23 (sixteen years ago) link

a current fave pox pix, no order

amin peck-anxiety
bb and band-all night long
brand image-all your loving
naif orchestra-check out five
charlie-spacer woman
mr flagio-take a chance
pineapples-come on closer
giorgio farina-disco cross
lama-love is on the rock
x-ray connection-get ready (special freak mix)

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 10 March 2005 20:54 (sixteen years ago) link

charlie-spacer woman is incredible.

Vitalic is really really heavily influenced by it, I feel, and the better for this.

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 10 March 2005 21:01 (sixteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3vTmHqXEMo

Unisom beeitchs. (Matt P), Thursday, 24 September 2009 20:05 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9nAL-vIq5I&feature=related

Unisom beeitchs. (Matt P), Thursday, 24 September 2009 20:06 (twelve years ago) link

not italian but wayy hot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG91dV9NZDM

Unisom beeitchs. (Matt P), Thursday, 24 September 2009 20:12 (twelve years ago) link

italo act names were some of the best names imo

Unisom beeitchs. (Matt P), Thursday, 24 September 2009 20:13 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_688XsfAniw

xcixxorx, Thursday, 24 September 2009 20:14 (twelve years ago) link

Yukihiro Takanawa - Dragon Lady
Roni Griffith and Bobby O - Desire
Bobby Orlando - These Lies
Kano - She's a Star
Savage - A Love Again
The Immortals - The Ultimate Warlord (Not 80's but it's still Italo gold)
Debbie Harry - Rush Rush
Bobby Orlando - German Girl
Digital Emotion- Go Go Yellow Screen
Calling All Boys - The Flirts

Spinspin Sugah, Thursday, 24 September 2009 20:56 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN8_m9349uo

biiiiiiiiiiiiiig

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Thursday, 24 September 2009 21:03 (twelve years ago) link

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Reminds me of Heroes in Manchester-a proper nightclub,and a proper dance record!

PROPER

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Thursday, 24 September 2009 21:07 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Geir in Playlist form:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=D7B022705C74D8EE

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 12 October 2009 11:53 (twelve years ago) link

And I did that so I could hear some of this stuff in a row...

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 12 October 2009 11:53 (twelve years ago) link

And daavid's:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=74C9865C696E43F7

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 12 October 2009 12:05 (twelve years ago) link

And while we're at it, big ups to K.O.T.O's "The Visitors"...

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 12 October 2009 12:09 (twelve years ago) link

Hey thx Naive!

one boob is free with one (daavid), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 05:11 (twelve years ago) link

eleven months pass...

<3

camphor jars (c sharp major), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 08:13 (eleven years ago) link

i could listen to :53-1:08 over & over *goes to make rmx*

if you can put a ceiling fan in your van (deej), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 12:03 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

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

dsb, Thursday, 3 March 2011 18:33 (ten years ago) link

My Mine - Hypnotic Tango
Kano - Super Extra Sexy Sign
Tulio de Piscopo - Stop Bajon
Charlie - Spacer Woman
Fun Fun - Happy Station
Silver Pozzoli - Around My Dream
Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita
Ivan - Fotonovela
Alexander Robotnick - Dance Boy Dance
Doctor's Cat - Feel the Drive

corey, Thursday, 3 March 2011 18:47 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19X-g5jHRzI

I just got this one... I think it's from Canada and not Italy, but it certainly sounds like Italo. And holy shit, what a tune! This is probably the best sci-fi disco tune I've ever heard, alongside Cerrone's "Supernature".

Tuomas, Thursday, 3 March 2011 20:38 (ten years ago) link

In fact it seems there were several Canadian disco artists in the late 70s/early 80s with an Italo-like sound: Kebekelektrik, Gino Soccio, Kat Mandu, Lime, The Immortals, etc. Does anyone know if there was some kind of a Italo-influenced scene in Canada back then?

Tuomas, Thursday, 3 March 2011 20:41 (ten years ago) link

The mid-to-late 80s Canadian synthpop scene was kind of Italo influenced too, no? I mean, Men Without Hats, Kon Kan, Trans-X etc.

You're Twistin' My Melody Man! (Geir Hongro), Friday, 4 March 2011 03:16 (ten years ago) link

http://magicwavesradio.blogspot.com/2008/08/disco-canada.html

jaxon, Friday, 4 March 2011 03:52 (ten years ago) link

i didn't realize claudja barry was from canada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JajtJ3KuuQ

jaxon, Friday, 4 March 2011 03:54 (ten years ago) link

Thanks for the blog link, Jaxon, I'd been wondering about the Canadian disco scene, so that was interesting read.

Tuomas, Friday, 4 March 2011 10:45 (ten years ago) link

That Plustwo track above is definitely my jam of the week.

farieling thosder chout a bagh an i ballme crantuman (dog latin), Friday, 11 March 2011 12:04 (ten years ago) link

six months pass...

where can a man download shit tons of this stuff?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 07:47 (ten years ago) link

download the CBS top 100 - it's easy to find

jabba hands, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 07:50 (ten years ago) link

thank you! will get on that

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:17 (ten years ago) link

me too!

also found this while clicking around on youtube, a great track and apparently produced by Daniel Bangalter father of one Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk Fame. (french not italian obviouisly)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9lq_sZnsGM

dsb, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:32 (ten years ago) link

wow is that a bra made out of rollerskates?

man the 1970s had so much to offer

geeta, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 16:32 (ten years ago) link

amateurist i saw drive and i think these are relevant to your interests:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0v_jTHHFKU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=010pIwbjjPI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9nAL-vIq5I

, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 09:37 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

still waiting for output from the crutis/max neo-italo duo

1986 Olive Garden (Z S), Sunday, 11 March 2012 21:21 (nine years ago) link

five years pass...

this monster jam is so perfect for a saturday night... (nemesy - 24 hours)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KvaRnX5tg0

brimstead, Sunday, 5 November 2017 02:14 (three years ago) link

is Italo one of those things that just didn't happen in the U.S.? Or did it happen and I just missed it?

I've never heard any of these songs. I've never even heard of any of the performers (except Moroder)

Lee626, Sunday, 5 November 2017 18:05 (three years ago) link

exactly one italo song happened in the us - "tarzan boy". (and italo wasn't really ever about the performers, so it's not terribly meaningful that you wouldn't have heard of them - i think it was mr. master where the producer just found some random guy on a beach and got him to sing the song.)

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 5 November 2017 19:49 (three years ago) link

Den Harrow's "Broken Radio" has amazing lyrics and incessant hooks throughout:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqxXcWVnztA

Spencer Chow, Sunday, 5 November 2017 22:07 (three years ago) link

"self control" by laura branigan is an 'italo' cover:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3zP3ziq738

brimstead, Monday, 6 November 2017 00:47 (three years ago) link

xpost to lee

brimstead, Monday, 6 November 2017 00:47 (three years ago) link

The early Madonna singles like Holiday and Intro the Groove are essentially Italo too.

Italo artists were never really promoted abroad, the main driver for Italo success was through holidaymakers bringing the occasional Italian summer hit home, but the vast majority of ‘real’ Italo hits were a local thing only.

At the time, you mostly had local artists in each market emulating the style (Modern Talking in Germany, Pet Shop Boys in UK, the Sabadell Sound in Spain, Madonna in the US, etc) rather than the actual Italo artists being successful. The Italo rediscovery post-2000 did more for Italian artists than the original wave ever did, really.

Siegbran, Monday, 6 November 2017 09:22 (three years ago) link

Italo artists were never really promoted abroad, the main driver for Italo success was through holidaymakers bringing the occasional Italian summer hit home, but the vast majority of ‘real’ Italo hits were a local thing only.

Yeah this has been my understanding too. Along with 'Tarzan Boy' I think the only other one that made any impact on the UK charts was 'Dolce Vita' - I wonder why these crossed over and so many others didn't (I guess timing must be part of it).

I was thinking about this recently after watching some of those 'Top of the Pops 198x' programmes - on one episode Kid Jensen talked about how they'd occasionally make these half-hearted attempts at covering international charts which never really took off.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 6 November 2017 11:52 (three years ago) link

xp Funny how that worked out. I mean, it would be weird if there was suddenly a big global interest in French language 80s zouk music and er... whatever you call this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2IScq44jts

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Monday, 6 November 2017 12:09 (three years ago) link

@siegbran - yes I was also thinking to my ears alot of this sounds like the first Madonna album, the Hi-NRG and other alt-dance music on the sidelines in early to mid-'80s America, though rarely on the pop charts. By 1981 the term "disco" had become poison in the US and was considered hopelessly passe, even though disco was all over the charts just two years earlier and elements of the music itself were occasionally still present in new releases. But there was still a market for danceable music, though it was around this time that mainstream pop hits and dance/club tracks seemed to completely diverge; before that the disco hits you heard on pop radio are what you heard at dances (and I don't mean exclusive, trendy big-city venues but rather the real clubs young suburbanites could go to). By the mid-'80s even low-rent college dorm dance parties were relying on 12" DJ mixes of club hits rather than dance-pop radio hits.

There was a big change in the overall sound too. Gone were the elaborate orchestral production from late-'70s disco, replaced with the new drum machines, synths, and sequencers. This further increased starting in 1983 when MIDI quickly became ubiquitous and enabled easy programming of sequenced, synchronized electronic sounds from an array of different sources. But also missing from most of the Italo tracks i've been listening to are the strong melodies (and sometimes lyrics) that typified '70s disco. What they really remind me of is going to music stores as a teen and playing with all the new Fairlights and DX7s and LinnDrums and the early digital synths and samplers i couldn't come close to affording. Many of them were pre-programmed with Italo-esque rhythm tracks that could be used as is or modified as desired.

Lee626, Monday, 6 November 2017 16:31 (three years ago) link

Italo artists were never really promoted abroad, the main driver for Italo success was through holidaymakers bringing the occasional Italian summer hit home, but the vast majority of ‘real’ Italo hits were a local thing only.

I'm not sure I entirely agree with this. While it's true that not many people cared about the artists themselves, italo records were definitely being played abroad. I remember this was at least true in Mexico (where I grew up) and some parts of South America. I also read somewhere that Italo records were big in some parts of Asia.

Honestly, I think it just skipped the US.

daavid, Monday, 6 November 2017 21:27 (three years ago) link

i mean, there was synthesized disco music in other european countries too, it all folds into EURODANCE or DISCOFOX

brimstead, Monday, 6 November 2017 23:30 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Hmm there are a lot of italo threads to choose from, idk if one is preferred. Since this one was mentioned recently…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZhOkYj_F0o

4 M International - Space Operator (Donato Dozzy Cadillac rhythms reshape)

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Friday, 8 October 2021 11:51 (two weeks ago) link

My bad, it’s still Bandcamp Friday isn’t it.

https://goodymusicproduction.bandcamp.com/album/space-operator

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Friday, 8 October 2021 11:56 (two weeks ago) link

There's a ton of awesome retro/pastiche italo around, like this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twbw2JvvIWg

Siegbran, Friday, 8 October 2021 12:50 (two weeks ago) link

Sure I don’t doubt there are multiple threads dedicated solely to Italians Do It Better. Donato Dozzy tho, it’s like we’ve come full circle. I just noticed the YouTube link I posted is only a preview but the full track is in the Bandcamp link sorry.

Giulia Tess is an interesting Italian DJ who I’ve heard mix some italo with other styles. The most recent mix I heard from her was headed in a trancey breaks direction tho, hopefully that was just some exploration.

Sadly it does seem like the (‘nu’) disco edit movement is slowly merging with prog house.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:40 (two weeks ago) link

Guess it’s like my OG DJ friend told me when I asked her about when trance started to infiltrate house music dance floors, how she could tell what was trance and she said she knew it was trance when she heard the whooshy sounds (they were pretty similar initially).

cosmic disco - whooshy sounds - trance - prog house

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:46 (two weeks ago) link

a pure slice of disco faboulosity! Yes, I want to funk with you, Sylvester, thought you'd never ask!!

Sylvester - Do you want to funk with me (video mix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ9lXRy7ys0

Swanswans, Saturday, 9 October 2021 12:40 (two weeks ago) link


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