Talk to me about Patrick Cowley's 'Menergy'

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I saw the CD of this EP/album in a shop today, cheap and also something I've never seen before - in fact before today I think Cowley albums only had a theoretical existence for me.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna buy this, so it's not a case of convincing me to, but I'm interested to know what I can expect... I have never heard "Menergy" the song but the idea of it alone makes me want to love it.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Thursday, 10 November 2005 13:38 (fourteen years ago) link

megatron man EP is very good but a really bad pressing.

danny boy, Thursday, 10 November 2005 13:43 (fourteen years ago) link

energy! menergy! they're shooting out menergy!

etc, Thursday, 10 November 2005 13:44 (fourteen years ago) link

This is a brilliant work of Hi-NRG. If you like Sylvester, you'll like this.

JoB (JoB), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Who could resist a song with lyrics like these?

Menergy...Menergy...Menergy...

The boys in the barroom
Living it up,
Shootin' off energy.

The guys on the sidewalk
Workin' it out,
Talkin' 'bout Menergy.

Menergy...Menergy...Menergy...

 The boys in the back room 
Laughin' it up,
Shootin' off  energy,
The guys in the street talk checkin' you out,
Talkin' 'bout Menergy.

Menergy...Menergy...Menergy..

The boys in the bedroom
Lovin' it up,
Shootin' off energy,
We all know the feelin'
It's no mistery,
Talkin' 'bout Menergy.

Menergy...Menergy...Menergy...

Gogi Ormsby-Gore (Arthur), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Sylvester's cover version once cleared my dancefloor, to my horrified disbelief...

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:26 (fourteen years ago) link

I am so looking forward to the 2007 Hi-Nrg revival. Since electroclash and post-punk have just about ran their course, nu-pop will probably peak with the Girls Aloud album and electro is hopefully going to be exhumed next year it's hopefully inevitable that muscular white boys will be growing unfeasibly large moustaches and wearing lots of leather the following year.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:43 (fourteen years ago) link

hey Billy - you can find this now in pretty much any leather bar in pretty much any city in the US (world?). Just look for places called things like The Eagle, The Toolbox, The Manhole, The Ramrod, etc

rentboy (rentboy), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:48 (fourteen years ago) link

also, for a short while in Atlanta (when I lived there a few years ago), there was a bar that opened called "Menergy"

rentboy (rentboy), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks for the tip rentboy, sadly nothing like that in my town. There is a 'Tickle Toby Inn', but never saw any gay biker types in it.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:57 (fourteen years ago) link

hmmm, the version of Menergy on my new used Patrick Cowley CD has Sylvester singing on it.

tokyo nursery school: afternoon session (rosemary), Thursday, 10 November 2005 14:58 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah i guess i should've said "any major metropolitan city"

i sometimes forget that places less liberated than South Florida exist
probably just wishful thinking

rentboy (rentboy), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:00 (fourteen years ago) link

patrick cowley is fucking awesome. less shit to trawl through a la bobby orlando.

simon 803 (simon 803), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I once saw a male stripper troupe called Menergy at a disco in Nottingham. My "friend" insisted on referring to them as "Mengay", which was quite funny at the time.

I did not know it was an album.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:15 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't think I ever heard this at The Manhole, but how can I remember? Certain I danced to this at The White Swallow a coupla times.

gold buck teef (mookie wilson), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:18 (fourteen years ago) link

The White Swallow? ROFFLE!

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Uh, it does go on for a bit, though (the 12" version, which is the best known I think, is about 9 mins when it could bear to be shorter).

brittle-lemon (brittle-lemon), Thursday, 10 November 2005 15:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Cowley's good but Bobby O has more, and better songs. Is Menergy a genre? Can someone define it? (I've heard DJs say they play Menergy and claim tracks like 'There but for the grace of god' are part of it but I'm dubious)

Affectian (Affectian), Thursday, 10 November 2005 16:15 (fourteen years ago) link

"Menergy" (the non-Sylvester version) is my favorite Cowley production. The three (four?) times it build and builds and builds and then LITERALLY shoots off only to sink back into that stripped-down arpeggiated bass line and beat combo are just as exhilarating EVERY FUCKING TIME.

The song COMES ON YOU. Sleaziest shit ever.

Richj (Rich), Thursday, 10 November 2005 16:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't know if you have to pay for this:

http://patrick-cowley.elitemusic.mine.nu/

I was looking for the strippers.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Thursday, 10 November 2005 16:45 (fourteen years ago) link

It looks like it is a dodgy Russian site.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Thursday, 10 November 2005 16:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Objectively speaking - and although my Bobby "O" love burns brighter - Cowley is clearly the superior artist. As Richj implies, it's the episodic build-ups and breakdowns, which never sink into dull repetition; there's always something equally thrilling just around the corner. I've been playing "Megatron Man" a lot recently, as well as two of his 1983 productions for Sylvester ("Don't Stop" and "Be With You") - and they just floor me, every time.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 10 November 2005 17:00 (fourteen years ago) link

I've been working on the hi-nrg revival here in nyc for the last 2 or so years...rich can attest to that. And I've even dj'd at a club called the Eagle in Detroit, but it was sunday and only 12 people were there. One however told me I played "with an old soul" and tipped me 5 bucks.

All of Cowley's stuff sounds amazing but it isn't all great. My favorite song, and the song that has the biggest crossover potential is Try a Little, an amazing electronic club track with female vocals that always blows people away when I play it.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 10 November 2005 17:33 (fourteen years ago) link

By rule, if I see anything with the Megatone label on it, I always give it a preview. It's hit or miss, but the ratio is at least 50/50..

iDonut B4 x86 (donut), Thursday, 10 November 2005 18:30 (fourteen years ago) link

That's "Get a Little", not "Try a Little".

Megatone is definately home to things I wanted to be better then they are, like early san fran hi-nrg covers of Pushin' To Hard and Lightning Strikes.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 10 November 2005 18:53 (fourteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
THIS SONG IS AMAZING

H2-H4 (H2-H4), Monday, 16 October 2006 23:17 (thirteen years ago) link

LOL

I.M. From Hollywood (i_m_from_hollywood), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 01:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm still working on the hi-nrg revival over here...

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 03:19 (thirteen years ago) link

dan, you are doing the lord's work.

your daughter is one (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 03:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I did get this album BTW - luvvit!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 10:50 (thirteen years ago) link

the song is fucking magnificent!!!!!!

veronica moser (veronica moser), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 12:38 (thirteen years ago) link

I picked up a copy of this the other day, it's pretty good. Get A Little is like a million times better tho.

I am still undecided about his remixes of I Feel Love. Good sections but it isn't consistent overall.

Disco Nihilist (mjt), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 15:02 (thirteen years ago) link

what do people think of the Mind Warp album?

mizzzell (mizzzell), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 17:55 (thirteen years ago) link

D.A. Powell cites "Menergy" (and a bunch of other tunes) in his last collection, Cocktails

W i l l (common_person), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 18:15 (thirteen years ago) link

my copy has arrived. with TWO versions of 'megatron man'!

H2-H4 (H2-H4), Thursday, 26 October 2006 06:06 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

my gay anthem of the month is man parrish's out of the ordinary techno mix of man to man's male stripper. ahhhhhhh, i love it. i've been playing it at least once a day. on zyx. can't find it on youtube. although youtube does have a wealth of man 2 man/the fast stuff.

scott seward, Thursday, 11 June 2009 18:28 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

All nine minutes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHk0vd0RGOg

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 August 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

if any of you are in the bay area for this, it should be an amazing event:

http://www.deejaypeeplay.com/megatronman/index2.html

my bach penises and their contrapuntal technique (the table is the table), Monday, 28 September 2009 21:52 (eleven years ago) link

oh goodness! that looks like a must-attend!

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Monday, 28 September 2009 21:58 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I don't know Menergy, but pulled down Megatron Man earlier this week. Was listening to "Get a Little" about five minutes before I read Dan's comment about not all Cowley being great, but that song being amazing.

I can't speak to the rest of his catalog -- but most of that record (LP, right? There's certainly 40 minutes of material on there) is outstanding and feels very italo. I particularly love his deplyment of female vocals -- on "Get a Little" but also the wordless cooing doubling the synthesizer lead on "Sea Hunt."

Also, the retro-50's sci-fi song about teens is cute.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 15 October 2009 16:10 (ten years ago) link

just saw today in Other Music's email update that there's a new CD of pre-Indoor Life music called Catholic. by Cowley and Jorge Socarras (Indoor Life's vocalist). review makes it sound pretty no-wavey (and good)

dmr, Friday, 16 October 2009 04:19 (ten years ago) link

haha there is a myspace for it. sounds good!

http://www.myspace.com/cowleysocarras

dmr, Friday, 16 October 2009 04:20 (ten years ago) link

Yeah I reviewed it this week, it's really fuckin great. A lot of Devo influence.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 16 October 2009 04:21 (ten years ago) link

I reviewed it here

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 16 October 2009 04:22 (ten years ago) link

really the shorter version of 'menergy' with sylvester on vocals is the crucial one, though i have a feeling i might be in the minority on that opinion - the long version seems a bit directionless after about 6-7 minutes and the vocals are a bit dorky.

racist of the falling leaves (haitch), Friday, 16 October 2009 04:33 (ten years ago) link

You can stream the whole of the new album here: http://www.deejaypeeplay.com/megatronman/catholic.html

mike t-diva, Friday, 16 October 2009 18:50 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

trevor jackson dropped this on saturday night - still rules.

well-hung parliament (haitch), Sunday, 24 January 2010 23:39 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/116895

A soundtrack of Cowley's gay porn tracks is coming out in October. Holy shit, talk about psychedelic synth wash heaven.

Sampler up on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/darkentriesrecords/sets/patrick-cowley-school-daze/

octobeard, Tuesday, 10 September 2013 18:52 (seven years ago) link

epochal mix, that kaos & sal p. one

the late great, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 06:23 (five years ago) link

Adore that mix but the version of the tune on there is the ordinary instrumental (still amazing mind).

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 08:50 (five years ago) link

You're right, I should've listened to the whole track. Fantastic. Love School Daze, will definitely get Muscle Up.

willem, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:30 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Working my way thru Muscle Up this morning and it is incredible. "Deep Inside You" has a heavy Göttsching vibe. "Somebody to Love Tonight" is such a slinky, throbbing head-bobber of a track. So fucking good.

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Monday, 26 October 2015 18:16 (four years ago) link

yes this new reissue collection Muscle Up kills

also amazing- the spoken word b-side of the "Kickin' In" EP- I didn't write about that in my ranting review for the WIRE but I should have

the tune was space, Monday, 26 October 2015 19:15 (four years ago) link

Can't wait for my copy to get here. PSYCHED.

si monvmentvm reqvires, pvmpkin spice (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 26 October 2015 19:34 (four years ago) link

Apparently it's been delayed by a month... will ship sometime in November. Kind of PO'ed actually as I made a big order direct through the label with a bunch of other stuff in late September but none of it has shipped yet.

skip, Monday, 26 October 2015 21:51 (four years ago) link

Oh wow, I heard Kickin' In on a mix other day, and I never thought I'd be able to ID it. Thanks ILM.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 26 October 2015 23:27 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Muscle Up is amazing! You all already knew that but anyway.

a hastily-observed cruet (seandalai), Sunday, 29 November 2015 17:40 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Both these compilations are so... amazing.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:31 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

They're really good.

The Candida Cosmica thing is less exciting but still worth hearing if you like old school bleeps n bloops.

School Daze was awesome, but with Muscle Up it felt like they were already scraping the bottom of the barrel, a couple of the tunes were very obvious demos, with a crappy sound and/or the vocals not yet recorded. I guess it's nice to have an instrumental version of "Somebody To Love Tonight", but it pales compared to the finished Sylvester version.

Tuomas, Thursday, 12 January 2017 12:32 (three years ago) link

I dunno, I think of both of those albums as a single piece for some reason. Of course, I bought them within weeks of each other and listened to little else for the next few months. You didn't like "Deep Inside You??"

I really disliked the Candida Cosmica EP. Not because it was bad, but because it wasn't good, and, perhaps unfairly, I was expecting a lot more. I guess, for me, Muscle Up and School Daze set the bar pretty high

Wimmels, Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:40 (three years ago) link

I can't remember the names of instrumental tracks, but I guess I worded that post a bit badly: I did like several of the tunes on Muscle Up, just not the ones that felt like they weren't completed. School Daze was such an amazing record, everything on it was so sublime and felt polished, so MU was a bit of disappointment compared to that. Also, SD had some amazing proto-trance tunes with hypnotic synth work, so particularly that one track on MU which sounds like a standard disco rhythm track with a missing lead voice/instrument felt too generic in comparison.

I'd still recommend both comps to everyone, it just that felt that they got all the diamonds for SD, and on MU they had to include lesser material too.

Tuomas, Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:31 (three years ago) link

But yeah, I get it that might be different if you bought and listened to them as one work instead of waiting 2 years in between.

Tuomas, Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:36 (three years ago) link

I'm listening again now to MU thanks to this thread, and I hear what you mean about some of these sounding unfinished. I'm coming at Cowley from a decidedly non-disco background, so I tend to gravitate less toward the bangers and more toward the stranger things on here, which may explain my unreserved embrace of it as a whole, including the things that sound like sketches.

I wonder how much is left in the archive, if anything? At this point I'd buy p much anything with his name on it

Wimmels, Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:57 (three years ago) link

I'm sure I read there are a couple more volumes due.

The clunky 'demo' of STLT is charming. And there's nothing really like Deep Inside You, The Jungle Dream or Don't Ask on the first one. If anything overall I thought MU was a bit stronger, or I prefer the slightly more space music / kosmische tilt.

Noel Emits, Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:15 (three years ago) link

ditto

Wimmels, Thursday, 12 January 2017 18:28 (three years ago) link

I've listened to the STLT demo approx. 10 times this week! It reminds me of some of the best Not Not Fun stuff.

Vote! In the 2016 EOY Poll! (seandalai), Thursday, 12 January 2017 18:31 (three years ago) link

"Kickin' In" still gets stuck in my head. Awesome awesome tune.

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 12 January 2017 18:55 (three years ago) link

I adore the instrumental version of "Somebody To Love Tonight", but I suspect that's in part because I first experienced it in its original context rather than as a track on a compilation. The arrangement seems woozy and debauched rather than clunky when received through that lens.

In some ways I might even allow that to over-determine my experience of this music given it's not necessarily the case that these tracks were composed with a film soundtracking role in mind, but it makes everything feel much vibier to me.

Muscle Up can't really surprise in the way School Daze did if you'd already heard the latter, but otherwise I'm not sure I'd be able to say which is the stronger release.

Tim F, Friday, 13 January 2017 01:05 (three years ago) link

I'm not sure who claimed the Muscle Up version of "Somebody To Love Tonight" is "clunky"? It's not one of the more rough-sounding tracks on MU, but since I heard and fell in love with the Sylvester version years before this one, it just feels like something is missing. TBH I have the same feeling with most instrumental versions of disco tunes, unless they're proper dub versions with some extra tricks and gimmicks.

But I can imagine that hearing it on the soundtrack of the porn movie where Cowley intended it to be used is different. A lot of soundtracks leave me similarly cold if I haven't seen the movie, feels like part of the narrative isn't there.

Tuomas, Friday, 13 January 2017 06:56 (three years ago) link

i find most songs sound better if i'm watching porn while i'm listening to them

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Friday, 13 January 2017 11:06 (three years ago) link

Note how carefully worded my last post was = I was on the office.

Tim F, Friday, 13 January 2017 11:43 (three years ago) link

lol narrative

Wimmels, Friday, 13 January 2017 13:18 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

Kickin in, kickin in
Doo doo do-do doooooo

the evening redness at the injection site (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 28 May 2017 07:48 (three years ago) link

-oooh

the evening redness at the injection site (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 28 May 2017 07:48 (three years ago) link

OTM

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 28 May 2017 13:40 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

DARK ENTRIES & HONEY SOUNDSYSTEM PRESENT AFTERNOONERS
THE FINAL PATRICK COWLEY ARCHIVAL GAY PORN SOUNDTRACK WORK
OUT OCTOBER 19 (LP / CD / DIGITAL)
LISTEN TO "HOT BEACH" HERE
https://soundcloud.com/darkentriesrecords/hot-beach?mc_cid=2ba5bf13d0&mc_eid=32e64a6326

Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem Records have teamed up once more to release the final volume of gay porn soundtracks by San Francisco-based musician and producer, Patrick Cowley. One of the most revolutionary and influential figures in the canon of disco, Cowley created his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music, “The San Francisco Sound.” Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco in 1971 to study at the City College of San Francisco. He founded the Electronic Music Lab at the school, where he would make experimental soundtracks by blending various types of music and adapting them to the synthesizer.

By the mid-70’s, Patrick’s synthesis techniques landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco superstar Sylvester, including hits like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, “Dance Disco Heat” and “Stars.” This helped Patrick obtain more work as a remixer and producer. His 18-minute long remix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” and his production work with edgy New Wave band Indoor Life were both of particular note. By 1981, Patrick had released a string of dance 12″ singles, like “Menergy” and “Megatron Man”. He also had founded Megatone Records, the label upon which he released his debut album, “Menergy”. Around this time Patrick was hospitalized and diagnosed with an unknown illness: that which would later be called AIDS. Throughout 1982, he recorded two more Hi-NRG hits, “Do You Wanna Funk” for Sylvester, and “Right On Target” for Paul Parker, as well as a second solo album “Mind Warp”. On November 12, 1982, he passed away.

In 1979 Patrick was contacted by John Coletti, owner of famed gay porn company Fox Studio in Los Angeles. Patrick jumped on this offer and sent reels of his college compositions from the 70s to John in LA. Coletti then used a variable speed oscillator to adjust the pitch and speed of Patrick’s songs in-sync with the film scenes. The result was the VHS collections “Muscle Up” and “School Daze” released in 1979 and 1980. “Afternooners” is the third collection of Cowley’s instrumental songs, recorded in May 1982. These recordings were culled from two 23-minute reels in the Fox Studio vaults. This compilation also includes three bonus tracks found in the archives of fellow Megatone Records recording artist Paul Parker and the attic of teenage friend Lily Bartels. Influenced by Tomita, Wendy Carlos, and Giorgio Moroder, Patrick crafted a singular sound from his collection of synthesizers, percussion, modified guitars, and hand-built equipment. The listener enters a world of forbidden vices, evocative of Patrick’s time spent in the bathhouses of San Francisco. The songs on “Afternooners” reflect the advances of the equipment available at the onset of the 1980s. Cowley's unadulterated electronic forms are stripped down and dubbed up. Lush electronic percussion, soaring synthesizer riffs and low slung funk grooves comingle on these magnificent soundscapes.

Featuring 70 minutes of music never before released on vinyl. All songs have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl is housed in a gatefold jacket designed by Berlin-based artist Gwenael Rattke, featuring black and white photos of Patrick in his studio that opens to a full color array of x-rated scenes from the Fox Studio vaults. Included is a fold-out poster featuring a handmade collage using photography and xeroxed graphics of classic gay porn imagery and an essay from Drew Daniel of Matmos. For Patrick’s 67th birthday, Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem Records present a glimpse into the futuristic world of a young genius. These recordings shed a new light on the experimental side of a disco legend who was taken too soon.

There will be a celebration of Cowley's life and work on November 9th at CounterPulse in San Francisco with performances by Group Rhoda and Jorge Socarras, and talks from John Coletti (Fox Studio), Theresa McGinley (Angels of Light), & Chris Njirich (Remember the Party) as well as screenings of original 16mm films from the Fox Studio Archives.

https://patrickcowley.bandcamp.com/album/afternooners

Patrick Cowley
Afternooners
Dark Entries + Honey Soundsystem
10/19/17
LP / CD / Digital

1. Big Shot
2. Surfside Sex
3. Hot Beach
4. The Runner
5. Furlough
6. One Hot Afternoon
7. Leather Bound
8. Bore & Stroke
9. Cycle Tuff
10. Jungle Orchids
11. Take A Little Trip
12. Love Come Set Me Free

for all the above + images & contact info:
http://mailchi.mp/d4fb010a5270/85myiiza98-2808093?e=32e64a6326

dow, Friday, 25 August 2017 20:30 (three years ago) link

That SF show in November sounds like a treat. And this news was also the prompt for me to finally get Muscle Up.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 26 August 2017 13:09 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Sounds good!

Eazy, Monday, 18 September 2017 19:43 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

'New' EP released tonight out of nowhere:

https://patrickcowley.bandcamp.com/album/kickin-in-3

During the 70s, Patrick was the lighting technician at The City disco in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. This was SF’s largest Gay entertainment complex, where everyone from Grace Jones to Sylvester would perform. Frank Loverde was performing there with his band Loverde when Patrick asked if the band would like to do backups on some songs he’d been working on. Frank, Linda Imperial and Timmy went to Patrick’s studio and laid down vocals for songs, most of which were never released and remained buried in the Megatone vaults.
In 2007 Honey Soundsystem was contacted by the former owner of Megatone Records John Hedges. Hedges’ was moving to Palm Springs and invited us over to his basement to collect over 2,000 records from his collection. Among the archives we noticed three moldy boxes of quarter inch reel to reel tapes. Included was the final mixed down reel for “Kickin’ In”, an epic 9-minute journey through disco, that Patrick recorded with Loverde in 1978. From the introduction of a bouncing arpeggiated Prophet IV to the harmonized vocals that transport the listener to another realm, the song encapsulates the Hi-NRG dance music that Patrick became known for. It was an “up” sound for the gay disco scene, music that would compliment and sometimes enhance all night dancing. On the flip are two earlier songs produced between 1975-77 featuring bass lines by college classmate and studio mate Maurice Tani. Both songs feature Patrick narrating erotic gay sex fantasies inspired by San Francisco’s leather bars, back rooms and bathhouses. These songs show the sleazy side of Cowley’s slow burning, oozing electronic creations with layers and layers of synthesizer, guitar, drum machine and vocoder.
All songs have been mastered by George Horn, who originally mastered all of the Megatone Records releases at Fantasy Studios. “Patrick parted the veil and entered a dark world of forbidden vices, wondrous musical panoramas and bold, strident, hopeful possibilities. Patrick brought the future to us and laid it at our feet.”

Also in a couple of weeks is a new collection of unreleased work in general:

https://patrickcowley.bandcamp.com/album/mechanical-fantasy-box

Which itself is paired with a reproduction of Cowley's sex diary. Details and some screenshots at the link as well.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 6 October 2019 02:02 (eleven months ago) link

Pretty cool! Seems like Kickin' In originally surfaced a few years back (https://www.factmag.com/2015/10/21/stream-patrick-cowley-kickin-in-ep/) but it passed me by at the time.

britain's secret sauce (seandalai), Sunday, 6 October 2019 16:33 (eleven months ago) link

I'm in for the 2xLP + softcover book. I missed Afternooners somehow but Muscle Up and School Daze are all time favorites

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 6 October 2019 17:40 (eleven months ago) link

By the timing on the Bandcamp download, the "Kickin In" track is 3 minutes shorter than the 2015 release.

skip, Sunday, 6 October 2019 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

Holy shit, I haven't listened to this in ages but I was listening to my music on shuffle and this popped up right after some Soul Jazz reggae compilation. Timely revive!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 6 October 2019 19:34 (eleven months ago) link

Decided to just get the LP without the book. Might pick it later if I love this album as much as Muscle Up and School Daze but money is tight atm and I'm not sure how many times I'll actually read Cowley's cruising journals

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 7 October 2019 20:13 (eleven months ago) link

This is sounding really excellent so far. The two songs I listened to have some of the seasick wooziness of Muscle Up and School Daze but with the energy and textural variety of Megatron Man and Menergy. "Lumberjacks in Heat" almost sounds like something that could have been released on Innovative Communication in 1985. Really eager to hear the rest.

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 18 October 2019 15:55 (eleven months ago) link

Anybody get their copy yet? First impressions?

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:47 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

More archival material!

https://patrickcowley.bandcamp.com/album/some-funkettes

Per the PR mailout:

Some Funkettes, the latest addition to this series, is a collection of previously unreleased cover songs recorded from 1975-1977. These raw, unembellished tributes both showcase Cowley’s early musical interests and chart the development of his production techniques.
Some Funkettes opens with Cowley’s sauntering instrumental rendition of “Do It Anyway You Wanna”, the disco classic by People’s Choice. Next is a psychedelic reworking of the Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, here hazily retitled “Papa Wuzza Rollinston”. Over its 7 minute runtime, the track’s metronomic, minimal groove builds to a frantic synth solo - this is pure Bay Area motorik. “Spiked Punch”, a curious riff on Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” follows. Cowley’s lurching, minimalist reimagining of Hancock’s opus prefigures the work he would later do on Sylvester’s masterpiece “I Need Somebody to Love Tonight”. Side B opens with a truly important historical document: Cowley’s cover of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”. The Moroder-produced disco anthem was a critical influence on Cowley - he would later resculpt the original song into arguably its highest form with his 15-minute-long remix. The instrumental cover version here is sparse and euphoric, brimming with classic Cowley synth signatures alongside the infectious Moroder bassline. A relatively faithful take on Bazuka’s 1975 funk classic “Dynomite” follows. The record closes with the dub version of “Spiked Punch”, which highlights developments in Cowley’s recording and synthesis techniques by way of its resonant burbles and spring reverb-laden passages.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 September 2020 16:07 (two weeks ago) link

Came here to post that - sounds like a good time.

mise róna (seandalai), Thursday, 10 September 2020 17:09 (two weeks ago) link

Great clips sandwich on Soundcloud, linked from his bandcamp---thanks so much!

dow, Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:40 (two weeks ago) link

damn this sounds great

rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

https://soundcloud.com/darkentriesrecords/do-it-any-way-you-wanna

here are the clips

rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:56 (two weeks ago) link

I will buy this even though the Cowley reissue campaign has been mostly diminishing returns for me since Muscle Up

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:11 (two weeks ago) link

yeah i'm .. not sold on that tbr

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:19 (two weeks ago) link

'menergy' on the other hand. has it been remarked upon in this thread that the uh 12" version comes 3 times in 8 minutes? the orgasm is the rising chord sequence with the boom at the end obv.

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:21 (two weeks ago) link

agreed, every one of these archival issues seems to get worse and the clips are not that interesting.

skip, Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:55 (two weeks ago) link

I wouldn't say worse necessarily, but I think I listened to that Mechanical Fantasy Box thing twice, which is one more time than I listened to both Afternooners and the "Candida Cosmica" 12". tbf the bar was set pretty high by School Daze imo

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 11 September 2020 00:16 (two weeks ago) link


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