February 24, 2015


Theme from Big Time - Smokey Robinson ’77 & Lost in Your Love - John Paul Young ’78 & I’ve Got the Next Dance - Denise Williams ’79 & Out on Fire Island - the Terrell Company ’79 & Blue Moon - the Originals ’78 & Sweet, Sweet City Rhythm/Summer in the City - Fantasia ’78 & Rock It - Deborah Washington ’79 & You Got Those Lips - Rick Dees ’78 & Don’t Hold Back - Chanson ’78 & Dance - the Impressions ’77 & I’m in Wonderland - Carol Woods ’77 & No Way Out - Doris Jones ’78 & My Cherie Amour - Triple S Connection ’79 & His Name Is Charlie - Laser ’79 & Undercover Lover - Debbie Jacobs ’79 & (Don’t Want to Dance Tonight) I Got Love on My Mind - Marilyn McLeod ’79

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February 14, 2015


Shake Your Shaker - Garland Green ’77 % Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle - Cream de Coco ’76 % You Make  Me Feel Brand New - Salsoul Orchestra ’82 % Club Underworld - Cerrone ’84 % Miss Fine Lover - Flakes ’79 % Paradise Garage - Tim Curry ’79 % Billie Jean in Jeopardy - Pink Project ’83 % By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Vast Majority ’76 % Old Time Melody - Teresa ’79 % Morning Music - Siren ’79 % I Don’t Know What I’d Do - Sweet Cream ’78 % Disco Sissy - Redd Holt ’77 % Give Me Your Love - Soccer ’79 % Nina Does It the French Way - Pierre Bohé ’79

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January 11, 2015

The Mysterious Flying Orchestra is an amazing free jazz disco fusion group led by Bob Thiele and featuring session greats Lonnie Liston Smith,Wilbur “Bad” Bascomb  and others, plus vocals on one cut from Teresa Brewer (a/k/a Mrs. Bob Thiele).  N.C.C.U. stands for the New Central Connection Unlimited which was a school project of the music department of North Carolina Central College assisted by Donald Byrd. The Joe Simon cut is from an album produced by none other than C&W legend Porter Wagoner who, I am learning, knew is way around disco. (Tip of the hat to Edd Hurt for hipping me to the Simon-Wagoner fusion and to the MFO.)

Come Dance With Me – Eddie Drennon ’77; Car Wash – Henry Mancini ’77; Improvisational Rondo for Soprano Saxophone and Guitar – Mysterious Flying Orchestra ’77; Super Trick – N.C.C.U. ’77; Reggae Disco – Wayne Henderson ’77; All Over Me – Joe Simon ’81; Love Is Still Blue – Paul Mauriat ’76; Reggae Bump – Spiders Webb ’76; What I Did for Love – Inner City Jam Band ’77; Sweet San Francisco – Queen Samantha ’78; Take Me to Paradise – Kelly Marie ’81; Boogie Oogie Oogie – New 50 Guitars ’78; If You Really Don’t Love Me – Eddie Drennon ’77; Night Lines – Cheetah ’81; Here in the Night – Bad News Travels Fast  ’79

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50 Shades of Disco

January 3, 2015


I’ll Do Anything for You—Freda Payne ’78 * Shady Lady—Arthur Prysock ’77 * Fever—Little Nell ’78 * Dangerous—Rumer ’14 * On Your Knees—Grace Jones ’79 * Meat the Beat—East Coast ’79 * Pain Dealin’ Woman—The Vast Majority ’76 * Spank the Baby—Fatback Band ’77 * Spank Your Blank Blank—Morris Jefferson ’78 * Free Me From My Freedom—Bonnie Pointer ’78 * Freak In, Freak Out—Timmy Thomas ’78 * Love of the Hurting Kind—Claudja Barry ’78 * Rough-Ride—People’s Choice ’78 * Chains—Bionic Boogie ’78 * Sado Maso Disco—Must ’78 * Love Is a Strange Affair—Strange Affair ’80

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The Word

December 12, 2014


This started out to be epistolary disco, but I opened up the lens a bit.  Now we have Shakespeare disco and gossip disco and alphabet disco, too.  So, I’m just calling it “The Word.”

Agony… Ecstasy – Kid Creole & the Coconuts ’87 Romeo & Juliet – Malcolm McLaren ’90 Alphabet – Amanda Lear ’77 C Is for Cookie  – Cookie Monster & the Girls ’78 Skywriter  – Wright Brothers Flying Machine ’78 The Letter  – Queen Samantha ’78 Johnny, Johnny  – Claudja Barry ’77  Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)  – Boys Town Gang ’81 Substitute – Gloria Gaynor ’78 Telegram of Love – The Hues Corporation ’77 Send It – Ozone ’81 Romeo & Juliet (Side Two – Alec R. Constandinos & the Syncophonic Orchestra ’78 Wordy Rappinghood – Tom Tom Club ’81 Kiss & Tell – Bryan Ferry ’88 The Gossip Song – Lipps, Inc. ’80 Letter to My Mother – Cerrone featuring Jocelyn Brown ’81 P.S. – Dolly Dots ’81

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Real Men

November 26, 2014



No quiche eaters here. Our centerpiece songs are Macho’s “Mother’s Love”—what little sense it makes is certainly unhinged—and Easy Going’s “I Strip You” which seems to be saying, “Okay, girl, if you think I’m gay, well then, I’ll just be gay.”  And then there’s the phone call section of “Don’t Give a Damn,” which just cracks me up.  This is basically a Cerrone song (writer, producer, perhaps vocalist) by another name. I wish the Pink Floyd cover was as funny as both the concept and the band name (of course I’m going to include Snatch on a podcast called Real Men; what do you take me for?).  However, they play it way too straight.  I do think it’s funny that they feel enough civic responsibility to backpedal each time they sing “We don’t need no education.”  Finally, it’s worth your time to look up the album cover for Roll, the second album from Macho (and source of “Mother’s Love”).  (Okay, I’ll do it for you.)


I almost used it for my image here.
  I think what makes it is the hair pulling.

Do You Want the Real Thing?—D.C. LaRue ’78 ʡ Don’t Give a Damn—Revelacion ’79 ʡ Another Brick in the Wall—Snatch ’80 ʡ One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison)—Santana ’78 ʡ I’m a Man—Star City ’78 ʡ Pumpin’ Iron—Larry Wood ’83 ʡ I’ll Cry for You—Kumano ’80 ʡ Janice, Don’t Be So Blind to Love—Frank Wilson ’14 ʡ On the Road Again—Rockets ’78 ʡ I Strip You—Easy Going ’79 ʡ Mother’s Love (Mama Mia)—Macho ’80 ʡ Still the Same Man—Love Twins ’82

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November 3, 2014


Last episode (i-pod-sode?) featured cuts that blurred the lines between disco and the strains of r&b that came before.  I’ve gone to the other end of the spectrum this go-round to feature cuts that blur the lines between disco and the hi-NRG that followed, ruling as it did for a big part of the 1980s.  I’ve never been a big fan of that music because I find much of it cold and rather soulless. (What can I say? I miss my strings and horns!) Also, I think not being coked up probably limits my enjoyment, too.  I do find much to admire here, however.  The Ramming Speed track is a bit of a holy grail for me, given that Jackie DeShannon’s original may be my favorite rock ’n’ roll record.  And I think Slingshot possibly beats AC/DC’s time with their cover. American thighs, indeed!

Take a Chance – Queen Samantha ’78 * Queen of the Witches – Kano ’83 * Feels Like I’m in Love – Kelly Marie ’81 * When You Walk in the Room – Ramming Speed ’84 * Where Did Our Love Go? – Amii Stewart ’81 * Dance to the Music – Telex ’80 * Sex Object – Kraftwerk ’86 * Babe We’re Going to Love Tonight – Lime ’82 * You Shook Me All Night Long – Slingshot ’83 * Fear—Easy Going ’79 * Donnez Moi – Dusty Springfield ’82 * Where Are You Now? – Cerrone ’83 * To Hell with Him – Taka Boom ’82 * Tender Force – Space ’80 * Sunset People – Donna Summer ’79

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Old Style

October 24, 2014


A forwarded internet article on the early days of disco called Jerry Butler’s 1972 cut “One Night Affair” the first disco record (it wasn’t, not by a long shot), but it sent me in search of the track that I didn’t know. That led me to pull together a collection of some early disco that blurs the boundaries delineating dance music, Philly soul, Miami funk and other strains of r&b in the air at the time. It’s a sound I really adore. My goal was to restrict this podcast to cuts no later than ’76, however I made a few exceptions, most notably Ralph Graham’s “What Am I to Do?”, a gorgeous throwback to an earlier sound that also features an astonishing extended breakdown, and Chuck Jackson’s 1979 remake of Executive Suite’s “When the Fuel Runs Out” from 1973. It’s worth the price of admission just to hear Chuck make a meal out the word “fuel.”


(Call Me Your) Anything Man – Bobby Moore ’75 } Move Me Baby – Gwen McCrae ’74 } Love is Everywhere – City Limits ’75 } Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel – Tavares ’76 } One Night Affair – Jerry Butler ’72 } Pity the Poor Man – George Tindley ’70 } Queen of the Disco – Ruby Andrews ’77 } I Caught Your Act – The Hues Corporation ’76 } Penguin at the Big Apple/Zing Went the Strings of My Heart – the Trammps ’75 } Undecided Love – the Chequers ’76 } Someway, Somehow I’m Keeping You – the Tymes ’74 } What Am I to Do? – Ralph Graham ’77 } Where Is the Love? – Margaret Singana ’75 } Something for Nothing – Carl Bean and Universal Love ’74 } When the Fuel Runs Out – Chuck Jackson ’79 } Right Back Where We Started From – Maxine Nightingale ’76

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October 7, 2014


Sultanis Party – Phil Dufix ’80; Anambra – Ozo ’76; Exuma, the Obeah Man – Exuma ’70; Grand Illusion – Donna Summer ’80; Wild Safari – Barrabas ’72; Indiscreet – D.C. LaRue ’76; Zodiacs – Roberta Kelly ’77; Good Morning Starshine – Disco Spectacular ’79; Tahiti, Tahiti (Instrumental) – Voyage ’77; Legend of Thais – Asha Puthli ’78; Journey to the Moon – Biddu Orchestra ’78; Race Babbling – Stevie Wonder ’79; The Hills of Katmandu – Tantra ’79; Forces of Light – Chromium ’79

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Average Joe

September 28, 2014

AJ.jpgDisco had its stars, but I love it as the domain of the every man, where a street corner crooner from Jersey or Philly or Canada or Ohio or Italy or Illinois could have his moment to shine in front of an orchestra’s sweep riding the sweetest beat.  This one goes out to the man I crown as the King of Average Joe Disco, Benny Troy, whose magnificent “I Wanna Give You Tomorrow” is the epitome of the genre and will always be in my disco top ten.  Much love as well to recent discovery and podcast new comer George “Boots” Clements, whose epic disco take on “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” is ripe for rediscovery.  Take it away, fellas!


The Boogie Man - Martin Mull ’77 # Disco Train - Jerry Rix ’76 # Love Across the Room - Paul Delicato ’82 # Dancer - Sea Cruise ’78 # You Got It - Kumano ’80 # Baby Gets High - Peter Brown ’83 # Not Tonight - Macho ’80 # Steppin’ Out - Ray Dahrouge ’79 # Two Ships in the Night - Benny Troy ’76 # Get Up & Do It Again - Bob McGilpin ’79 # Lady - Montreal Sound ’77 # Dance My Life Away - Dennis Tufano ’79 # Sunshine Superman - Eclipse ’77 # (Ghost) Riders in the Sky - Boots Clements ’81 # I Wanna Give You Tomorrow – Benny Troy ’76

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