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Funky Friday – What You Need You Have To Borrow

Posted in 70's, bowie, disco, Funky Friday, pop-lifting, Soul on November 14, 2008 by planetmondo
The King Of Cut And Paste Pop Culture

Popular opinion would have you believe ‘Young Americans’ was a calculated attempt by Bowie to attract the attention of, a so far, apathetic American audience by dropping the glam rags and reinventing himelf as a seventies soul boy. Realistically it was more of a revert to type. Ziggy only lasted 18 months, and snappily suited dance fan rather than outsider-outfits has been Bowie’s default career setting (Mod, Young Americans, The Thin White Duke, Lets Dance, Tin Machine…).

Dig a little deeper and you’ll also find he’d started dabbling with Disco a year earlier – alongside pet projects and helping hands for Lou Reed, Iggy and The Stooges, Mott The Hoople during 1973, Bowie had also found time to write and produce one full album ‘People From Good Homes‘ (recognise that line from a later song) for his backing vocalists The Astronettes which was dressed in a disco trim…

The Astronettes – I Am Divine


During the Young Americans sessions, Luthor Vandross (in pink above and blue below) had become an almost honorary member of the Astronettes – joining them at recording sessions, and for an appearance on the Dick Cavett show

Bowie remodeled one of Vandross’s tunes ‘Funky Music’ as ‘Fascination’ for inclusion on the Young Americans album (with Vandross getting a composer credit)..

Luther Vandross – Funky Music

During his Dick Cavett set, Bowie also covered The Flares ‘Footstompin’, which had been given a seventies style re-riffing by Carlos Alomar. A riff, which one month later became worked up into ‘Fame’ by Bowie and Lennon (with Alomar getting a composer credit for his contribution).

Bowie – Foot Stompin


The Flares – Foot Stompin

As well as having a magpie’s eye for bright ideas and what’s hot – Bowie also clonked out some cracking compositions of his own – an unreleased original being…

David Bowie – After Today

I will get the Bowie-handbrake on soon, it’s just that I’ve been ploughing through the Tony Visconti biog‘ this week, and have just hit the ‘Young Americans’ chapter you see.

However, if you fancy more Bowie business an excellent companion to his mid-seventies period is the excellent Golden Years website

Polari Pop

Posted in Bootleg remixes, buzzcocks, camp, disco, electronic music, mash up, perfect pop, Punk on November 4, 2008 by planetmondo

What better way to clear out the weekend cobwebs – than a sugary slice of cut and paste pop that mashes eighties electrickery with a seventies super-grouper – in combo that’s camper than Christmas.

I always suspected there was some sonic crossover between Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’ and Abba’s ‘Does Your Mother Know’ before it was ‘outed’ like this ..

DJ Copycat – Does Your Homosapien Know

DJ Copycat website
well worth digging around for other winners while you’re there

DJ Copycat Myspace

Funky Friday – Get Back and Get Down

Posted in disco, Funk, Funky Friday, motown, Remake Remodel, The Beatles on September 25, 2008 by planetmondo

I’ve always had a thumbnail theory about the distinction and differences between The Beatles and the Stones songs (based on my own eye witness evidence from family parties during the seventies) – The Beatles make people sing, the Stones make people dance – or put another way The Beatles are about the tunes. The Stones are about the groove.

This isn’t set in stone or tried and tested under strictly controlled conditions, it’s just a rough rule of thumb, and as these fab four flavours of ‘Get Back’ show Beatles tunes can just as easily be refried funky side up…

Get Back – Chris Clark

The Merseybeaters get given a Motown makeover


Get Back – Deidre Wilson Tabac

A bubbly,shuffely, loose limbed lollop-a-long re-work.

Get Back – Sarah Vaughan

A brain-frying team up between those beardy buggers brothers from Toto and their squiddly diddly synths, a’topped off with Sarah Vaughan’s deep velvet vocals.

Get Back – Shirley Scott & The Soul Saxes

A hat-popping, horn-stomping spectacular so fast and furious it rollocks along like a runaway train.

There’s a couple of other tasty Beatles treats well worth grabbing…

BLTP’s unearthing of a gorgeous rework of ‘Rain’ – nothing like the original and none the worse for it – here

And Larry F16’s Beatles based million-hit-mix here

Funky Friday – "Summer is heaven in `77" *

Posted in 1977, 70's, charity shop classics, disco, film, Funky Friday, retromania, Summer sounds on August 1, 2008 by planetmondo

* ‘Celebrate Summer’ – Marc Bolan

Axe Victim says 1973 is the summer of summers. But for me, the top pop year will always be 1977. It’s an overlooked classic – and the year sound and vision went Concorde shaped and Skylab sounding – Bowie released ‘Low’, ‘Heroes’ (and clonked out ‘Lust For Life’ and ‘Idiot’ as hobby projects), Giorgio and Donna gave us deep space disco, there’s Space – ‘Magic Fly’, Meco – ‘Star Wars’ and JMJ ‘Oxygene’ – see what I mean? And then you’ve got Close Encounters, ‘Calling Occupants’, Bond’s Lotus Esprit, Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, Punk wars, the deaths of Marc Bolan and Elvis – you just don’t get designs, dynamics and dramatics like that in many other years.

My personal obsessions during the summer of 77 were…

Sharks (I saw Jaws 5 times).
Skateboards (Fibreflex boards and Kryptonic wheels were the kiddies, Skudas were cool and affordable, but Surf Flyers? That’s a no-no )
Starsky and Hutch.
Admiral football togs.(the Coventry kit being my fave)
Lord Anthony clobber (but never had a Parka)
Dayvilles Ice Cream Parlours(32 flavours)
Krazy Comic

And as I started to make the move from pick ‘n’ mix singles to adult size albums the record I wanted, really wanted – and got for Christmas was K-Tel’s blistering ‘Disco Fever’. You can enjoy the full track list here, and for MOR eye popping madness have peep at the cozy cardie coloured charts from 31 years ago – both of which are almost entirely untroubled by any punky doings.

Top 50 singles week ending 30/07/77

Top 60 albums week ending 30/07/77

So a few songs from the 1977 jukebox then…

RAH Band ‘The Crunch’ (as featured on ‘Disco Fever’)

There’s a TOTP appearance too

Bond goes disco ‘Bond 77’ (from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’)

Original trailer for ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’

Elvis ‘Way Down’ ( Alt take with added piano at the coda)

If you fancy a few more sounds from the summer of 77 hop on over to…

Track Lister for Giorgio Moroder – ‘From Here To Eternity’ (single version)
Davey H for Donna Summer – ‘I Feel Love’ (12″ version)

My selection for Book Of The year 1977 – Man Eating Sharks
Always wanted one of these G and S Fibreflex boards (and a trip to Skate City or the South Bank), but never managed to get either.

The Sound Of The Suburbs

Posted in 1977, 70's, books, charity shop classics, Cover Versions, disco, Punk, Remake Remodel, retromania, Sex Pistols on July 28, 2008 by planetmondo


1977 may have been the big bang/year zero of Punk, but while the world crash, burned and turned dayglo, the UK singles and album charts stayed strictly beige, and a gallery of beards and Bri-Nylon, not bondage and black leather. It may have been anarchy and white riots in the city, but the real sound of the suburbs was glam girls with Farah flicks in disco dresses and bouffant chaps in cheesecloth and satin.

I’ve read far too many books on the UK Punk scene – three on the bounce so far this year, but none of then have the same snap, sparkle, spit and polish as Barry Cain’s 77 Sulphate Strip, which has gone straight in at number 1 in my ‘pile high club’ of rock reads.

Taking a year (1977) in the life of a Record Mirror’s initially reluctant’Punk’ reporter, 77 Sulphate Strip scrapbooks the combustion and contrast of Seditionaries Punk and ‘Sing Something Simple’ style Pop by prologuing each chapter with the best selling singles and albums for that month (there’s hardly a spikey top in sight) followed by reviews and interviews from Barry Cain’s original Record Mirror features on the Pistols, The Stranglers, The Heartbreakers, The Jam, The Damned and Demis Roussos while threading in offstage stories and anecdotes of scams, schemes, scary Dutch hells angels, dodgy raffles, girl chasing, globe trotting and living at home with mum and dad. I can’t recommend it enough. It is simply, one the finest pieces of music writing ever published.

I was too young for Punk in 1977 and could only afford Pop at pocket money prices – so why buy just one real deal single, when you can have a full albums worth of soft focus sound-alikes?

Like these taken from ‘The Best Of Top Of The Pops 77’
I Feel Love

Way Down

Hey Ho Let’s Go – click on the pic for more info

GLC Councilor Comments On Punk.

Is The Queen A Moron? Sex Pistols on the GSTQ single

Not me in the picture BTW

Summer Sounds – Limited Edition Mix

Posted in disco, latin, mini mix, Pop Goes The Summer, Summer sounds on July 26, 2008 by planetmondo

Phew what a blooming scorcher.
I’m sneaking my ‘Summer Sounds Like This’ Mix up for a limited run. It’s a bit more Balearic than the usual Mondomania – but never mind the Balearics, it just seems simpatico in this crazy heat.

*offline*Summer Sounds Like This*offine*

Variety Lab – London In The Rain
Big Muff – My Funny Valentine
Physics – Leaving Monte Carlo
Scubba (featuring Moana) – Fool To Cry
Rouge Rouge – L’amour
Ohm G & Bruno – One
Grandadbob – Hide Me (Al Usher Dance Mix)
The Streamers – Zwing Ting
311 Porter – Surround Me With Your Love (Mental Overdrive Mix)
Stigmato Inc. – Reality Check
Nouvelle Vague – Ever Fallen In Love
Patricia Marx and 4 Hero – Menino
Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band – L.I.P.S.T.I.C.K
Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band – Think Twice
Parov Stelar – Kiss Me Twice
Nouvelle Vague – Dancing With Myself
Pink Martini – Sympathique

Sunflower photo by Chocolate Girl 64

Re-make/Re-model Pt 2 – Norma White – I Want Your Love

Posted in Cover Versions, disco, reggae, Remake Remodel, studio one on March 12, 2008 by planetmondo


I Don’t know much about Norma White and The Brentford Disco Set, but I do know that their politely plodding reggae rework of Chic’s ‘I Want Your Love’ is a joy and a gem. It’s so good I’m giving you both versions.

Norma White and The Brentford Disco Set – I Want Your Love.mp3

Norma White and The Brentford Disco Set – I Want Your Love (version).mp3

(Version) in reggae speak is usually the instrumental backing track with extra echo and added dubby squeaks and bleeps.

It’s not uncommon on 12″ versions of reggae releases say …six minutes long, for the first three minutes to be the vocal version, followed by a slight but audiable click, where the (version) version has been spliced on to take up the final three minutes.