The common connection here is that all cuts come from vinyl singles—be it 7-inch or 12-inch—and most were spinning at 45 r.p.m., making this one of the bumpiest rides I’ve put out as a podcast, given the range of sonic quality. Never a fan of patriotism, I took an immediate dislike to “American Music,” but I’ve come around to it thanks to the middle section. Let’s face it, I’m s sucker for disco hokum (banjo, harmonica….)  I wasn’t too keen on David or Freddie either given how little regard I have for ’80s canned-drum gallop, but I’ve warmed to both especially Bowie intoning “Slap That Baby.”  The Streisand comes from a very rare 12-inch CBS promo-only pressing.  The sound quality is abysmal.  Guess it took them some time to figure out the genre and the media.  The Mighty Gents was written by Ran Dante (Barry Manilow’s bud) for a Broadway show. Great lost classic, don’t you think? Gangster of Love is a bit of Chicago local magic:  registers as barely more than a chant, but a funky one.

The Mighty Gents – The Mighty Gents ’78 ♠ Disco Queen – Rudy Love and the Love Family ’76 ♠ American Music – Dooley Silverspoon & Jeanne Burton ’76 ♠ Magic Dance – David Bowie’86 ♠ Wax Attack – Wax ’80 ♠ Do a Dance for Love – Sweet Cream ’78 ♠ Shake Me,Wake Me – Barbra Streisand ’75 ♠ Bourgie, Bourgie – Gladys Knight & the Pips ’80 ♠ Something’s Up —Wayne St. John ’78 ♠ Gangster Love – Chicago Gangsters ’76 ♠ Phonic – Cristol ’77 ♠ Let’s Turn It On – Freddie Mercury ’85 ♠Get Up and Boogie – Freddie James ’79 ♠ Space Rock – Rockets ’77