Disco didn’t produce many great bands because that’s not what it was all about, but Chic must be one of the greatest in any genre — certainly one of the best rhythm sections ever — and they produced some marvelous records for other people too. Not that I give a shit about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but the fact that they’ve been nominated 10 times and failed to get in is a sad indictment of those rockist wankers.
Producer Arthur Baker made quite the splash in 1982. First he unleashed the revolutionary “Planet Rock” on the world and changed dance music forever — I still remember the first time I heard it — and had his first big popular hit with this classic cover of an Eddy Grant song which took over dance floors all over the land that year.
After that double whammy Baker became one of the hottest knob-twiddlers around, in demand as a remixer, and producing other megahits like Freeez’s “I.O.U”. Even those gloomy buggers New Order flew over to New York to touch the hem of his garment and work with him on “Confusion” — which, to be frank, was a bit of a let-down and nowhere near as good as this track.
I’ve always thought of this as a perfect 12″ single, even though it lasts an epic 9.5 minutes it never feels too long (unlike some extended mixes). In fact, I think I’d be happy if this went on forever.
Download: Walking On Sunshine (12″ mix) – Rockers Revenge (mp3)
Two new designs for your wearing pleasure down the Funky Disco. Get them while they’re only $14.
Download: Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On – The Temptations (mp3)
The SOS Band were one of the acts (along with Alexander O’Neal) that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis honed their production chops on before hitting the really big time with Janet Jackson. This was their first hit and you can already hear that signature drum machine sound (a Roland TR-808) which pretty much defined 80s dance music.
An absolute classic record, and extra marks for the guy playing a Keytar. Don’t see enough of those these days.
Bit busy this week so it’s random 12″ single time.
As much as I like Talking Heads’ original I think this version meets it outside after school and gives it’s nerdy white-boy-funk ass a good beating.
And David Byrne must have given it the thumbs-up because he’s playing guitar on it.
Download: Slippery People (Club Mix) – The Staple Singers (mp3)
Though this was a medium-sized hit in the UK in 1979 it became better known 10 years later when that great brass riff was sampled by S-Express which got to #1. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that the original is the best.
I love how the guy is playing bongos for what is obviously a synth-drum sound.
How great were Lady Miss Kier and Deee-Lite? Really bloody great, that’s what.
A collaboration between Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue is one of those which sounds like a dream on paper but in reality could have been a big let down. Glad to say that this is pretty great.