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When non-disco acts go disco.
« on: July 17, 2020, 12:41:38 PM »

Your favourite examples of acts who weren't know for disco but tried their hand at the genre, either in the mid to late 70s during the height of disco, or mater during disco revival and nu-disco.

ie:

Dusty Springfield doing That's The Kind Of Love I've Got For You - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvTodGt7tmY

Elton John doing Are You Ready For Love? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccc7aGSvZpQ

James Brown doing Star Generation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXnPV8gIqHQ

The Stones doing Miss You - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPrklRwn1HE


Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2020, 12:53:40 PM »

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2020, 01:00:26 PM »
Ethel Merman.


Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2020, 01:52:12 PM »
If Bob Ezrin hadn't sprinkled disco glitter on 'Another Brick In The Wall', Thatcher might not have heard it, "hated it" and then wreaked vengeance on the record-buying public with her shitty voodoo economics. Makes you think.

Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2020, 01:57:31 PM »
Blur, Girls And Boys

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2020, 02:28:43 PM »
Insipid, maudlin pop-rockers Maroon 5 doing Moves Like Jagger. Top-to-bottom banger.

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2020, 02:36:35 PM »
the exact moment I stop listening to them

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2020, 02:36:35 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2020, 02:46:48 PM »
phil minton

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2020, 03:21:30 PM »
Soup Dragons doing " I'm Free".

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2020, 03:45:03 PM »
Glass Candy went from Slits-style punk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zidG0ly-BlA to mirrorball perspex glitz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSI8QSLUgfA.

Chromatics had a similar trajectory, both bands involving Johnny Jewel so I guess he's the cocaine in the mainframe

Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2020, 04:04:36 PM »
The albums No.1 in Heaven and Terminal Jive by Sparks, both produced by Girgio Moroder, although they're arguably much more synth-pop records than they are disco ones.

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2020, 04:13:03 PM »
Barbra Streisand doing No More Tears

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2020, 04:26:33 PM »
Kiss did I Was Made for Loving You.

Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2020, 04:37:23 PM »
Roy Orbison's attempt at going disco is as horrible as you'd imagine. Actually it's worse: I can easily imagine that majestic falsetto doing something like Sylvester's (You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real. Roy Orbison and Moroder or Patrick Cowley: the combination you never knew you needed.

The reality is Warm Spot Hot, with troubling lyrics that make you question how Orbison ever reproduced given that he seems to be describing himself as having a smooth Ken Doll feature that heats up at the point of arousal. Perhaps his kids were the result of a cloud of spores. In any case it's horrible and I've been known to play it at chucking out time: https://youtu.be/3gd2Bqi-0CA

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2020, 04:37:56 PM »
Reginald Bosanquet, News at Ten, The Dance Floor.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SpwVB_NGM1E


Manhattan Transfer

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nI8YYZlIjdM

Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2020, 04:42:41 PM »
To counter my last example, while not exactly disco Debbie Harry's Hi NRG single is actually pretty ace: https://youtu.be/_1lRWgSfb5g

Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2020, 04:51:04 PM »
Roy Orbison's attempt at going disco is as horrible as you'd imagine. Actually it's worse: I can easily imagine that majestic falsetto doing something like Sylvester's (You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real. Roy Orbison and Moroder or Patrick Cowley: the combination you never knew you needed.

The reality is Warm Spot Hot, with troubling lyrics that make you question how Orbison ever reproduced given that he seems to be describing himself as having a smooth Ken Doll feature that heats up at the point of arousal. Perhaps his kids were the result of a cloud of spores. In any case it's horrible and I've been known to play it at chucking out time: https://youtu.be/3gd2Bqi-0CA
That's when he was reduced to doing the vocals for actor/producer/director/writer/one-man exploitation factory Earl Owensby's Elvis roman a clef Living Legend - The Eli Canfield Story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6T0jjd0cqs

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2020, 05:29:17 PM »
Lotta the acts in that mutant disco/Ze Records scene were no-wavers/post-punkers. Dance-Punk like Out on Blue Six (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNkIS3gnLXw), The Mo-Dettes and Lizzy Mercier-Descloux is the best.

Jean-Pierre Massiera started out as a bedroom nob-twiddler making little library licks before blossoming into the disco Joe Meek (Space Woman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m16vaH6fyNA).

Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2020, 07:59:59 PM »
If Bob Ezrin hadn't sprinkled disco glitter on 'Another Brick In The Wall', Thatcher might not have heard it, "hated it" and then wreaked vengeance on the record-buying public with her shitty voodoo economics. Makes you think.

It had never occurred to me that Another Brick has an obvious disco influence until I read about the history of the song a while ago. It made me like it a lot more.

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2020, 08:15:34 PM »
It had never occurred to me that Another Brick has an obvious disco influence until I read about the history of the song a while ago. It made me like it a lot more.

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2020, 08:21:43 PM »
Roy Orbison's attempt at going disco is as horrible as you'd imagine. Actually it's worse: I can easily imagine that majestic falsetto doing something like Sylvester's (You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real. Roy Orbison and Moroder or Patrick Cowley: the combination you never knew you needed.

The reality is Warm Spot Hot, with troubling lyrics that make you question how Orbison ever reproduced given that he seems to be describing himself as having a smooth Ken Doll feature that heats up at the point of arousal. Perhaps his kids were the result of a cloud of spores. In any case it's horrible and I've been known to play it at chucking out time: https://youtu.be/3gd2Bqi-0CA
Putting aside the Big O's contribution, a big problem is that the backing track is just shite. I'm not sure I would even call it a bad attempt at disco.

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2020, 08:32:13 PM »
Strong look on the album cover though.


Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2020, 09:11:43 PM »
Lack of Gibb brother-esque chest hair and medallion combo somewhat crucial in terms of a "not disco" argument, though.

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Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2020, 09:22:08 PM »
I endeavoured to watch every single surviving episode of 60s and 70s Top Of The Pops at the arse end of last year in the twilight of the before times, which is how I know Mud did a disco record called 'Shake It Down' and it did better than you'd imagine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYlHEd7pCC8

^ There it is not being accompanied by the drunk by 3pm gin blossomed parpings of the BBC Orchestra.

That Roy Orbison one sounds like a Shakin' Stevens b-side.

Talking of which
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsfKfg8KU5A

^ Shaky goes Shakin' Pete Burns with a hi-NRG cover of, brace yourselves, a Gary Glitter song with lyrics that are basically a rapist thinking out loud. Pisses on his Christmas one, though.

Re: When non-disco acts go disco.
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2020, 09:29:04 PM »
The Girl Who Wanted To Be God has a hint of disco to it but the most likely 'Manics song your mum might like' (before the outro perhaps) is Miss Europa Disco Dancer
https://youtu.be/fExGiLlT6dY

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