Sunday, December 30, 2007

Disco Not Disco

Thanks to John Travolta and Saturday Night Fever, the above image will forever by seared into our culture's collective conscience and will resurface whenever the term Disco is ever brought up or the 70's as a decade looked back upon. Which is unfortunate, because there was a lot of other artistic endeavors going on in music besides the Gibb brothers. Honest!

Strut records has done the dirty work here of sifting through music long past its hey-day in an effort to bring it back to life. They've picked out fourteen tracks ranging from reactionary 70's post punk to left field disco, dusted them off, and packaged them here for your trip into a decade that many argue should be forgotten. After hearing these tracks (two of which you can listen to below), you might disagree.

Head to the album's official site to stream more tracks as well as for a chance to win a copy of the album (which comes out January 15th).

You can stream two tracks below (track info taken from the liner notes)

Delta 5 - Mind Your Own Business
An all-female trio that formed for a laugh back in '79 before becoming a fixture on the Leeds post-punk scene, Delta 5 became active figures in the Rock Against Racism movement. This three minute gem was covered by Chicks On Speed among others. Bassist Bethan Peters recorded with Fun Boy Three in later years (read more about them here).
Liaisons Dangereuses - Los Ninos Del Parque (12' mix)
A big one for Derrick May, Carl Craig, DJ Hell and more, this groundbreaking, much sampled piece of stomping, unsettling electronics from '81 was the mysterious brainchild of D.A.F.'s Chrislo Haas and Beate Bartel from Mania D. Singer Krishna Goineau is behind the mournful vocals, singing in German, French, Spanish and broken English on the band's only recorded album (read more about it here).

Visit Strut Records and the compilation's official site.


Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive : Saturday Night Fever

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