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Friday, May 19, 2017

Master of None Season 2

Here at Disco Vinyl we don't really talk about t.v. but sometimes you've just got to give credit when credit's due.

The new season of Master of None is not only set in Italy but the second episode is jam-packed with Italo Disco.

Aziz Ansari is incredibly likeable and his enthusiasm for my country makes me feel like 20 years ago I made the right move when I said bye bye to America and re-located to Italy.

There is even a soundtrack CD!  FIND IT HERE

Dolce Vita peaked at #10 on the Italian pop charts in 1983.  It is one of the most beloved pop-italo disco songs of the genre.

Dolce Vita Zip

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Adolf Stern's 1979 italo disco double A side disco dream

Rare and super tasty.  The only thing I wish it that I would have had the pleasure to dance to this one. A super early example of italo disco.  Highly collectible!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Change Your Mind Sharpe & Numan

Gary Numan started out in 1977 as a punk rock artist in the group Mean Street but that didn't work out for him.  Apparently he was too arty and creative for them.

Luckily he kept plugging on and his next venture Tubeway Army was hugely successful.  In fact that had a hugely influential number 1 hit in the U.K. with Are Friends Electric?  Then Gary went solo and had a huge international hit with Cars.  It came to be a major symbol of the new wave scene and even hit the Top 10 in the states.

In the U.K. he continued to come up with hits but in the U.S. he remained a one hit wonder.  By 1985 he teamed up with Bill Sharpe and they released a few Synth Pop classics including Change Your Mind which I offer you here.  It was a song that I loved very much at the time though it really didn't cross-over much.  In my towns college radio station WXCI it was on heavy rotation so I got to enjoy it often.

Gary Numan ended up being quite prolific.  There was even a live release in 2016 when he played the 02 Forum in London.  In 2002 the Sugababes sampled Are Friends Electric? and had a number 1 hit in the U.K. and he was brought to a whole new audience.

Speaking of current he's got a song on the Ghost in the Shell soundtrack too.

A few Rah Band gems, not just Clouds Across the Moon

This is an updated post containing more songs then the previous one.
As unusual an act as was Richard Hewson's Rah Band they hit pay dirt twice.  Both The Crunch in 1977 and Clouds across the Moon in 1985 made it to #6 on the U.K. pop charts.  The funny thing is some of their tunes are pure kitsch while others are some serious music making.

But for me there is no forgetting Messages from the Stars.  Grab my zip to enjoy these fun songs.

Richard Hewson their leader had other disco hits as Key West and the Richard Hewson Orchestra.