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my top ten disco favorites [Feb. 3rd, 2006|09:27 am]
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In no particular order. I was actually around for Disco but really wasn't into it at the time. It seems like really appreciating dance music needs a way of listening I hadn't yet acquired. Now when I hear these tracks, I can't describe how good they make me feel. It's music that's optimistic, giddily romantic, disposable, yet impossibly deep. 3 artists (arthur russell, chic, and patrice rushen) provide 6 of the tracks.

1 chic 'good times'
2 anita ward 'ring my bell'
3 dinosaur l 'go bang'
4 loose joints 'is it all over my face'
5 inner life 'aint no mountain high enough'
6 donna summer 'i feel love'
7 patrice rushen 'haven't you heard'
8 patrice rushen 'forget me nots'
9 mcfadden and whitehead 'aint no stopping us now'
10 chic 'i need your love'

Other tracks that go into my box with those

fine young cannibals 'drive me crazy (dub me crazy mix)'
magazine 60 'don quixote'
tom tom club 'wordly rappinghood'
metro area 1-4 (new school)
dc larue 'hot jungle drums and voodoo rhythms'
talking heads 'i zimbra'
michael jackson 'do you remember the time (steve 'silk' hurley mix)
evelyn "champagne" king 'get loose'
lisa lisa cult jam 'spanish fly'
crown heights affair 'you gave me love'
songs that rule, but have been ruined by over exposure

earth wind and fire 'shining star'
brothers johnson 'strawberry letter 23'
prince '1999'
chic 'le freak'

[User Picture]From: clobby
2006-02-03 04:44 pm (UTC)


"Everybody Dance (Clap Your Hands)" by Chic used to be a giant Pittsburgh disco favorite back in the early rave days -- as "pioneered" by DJ Terry Kicks. Love that tune. I drop "Wordy Rappinghood" or "Genius of Love" at nearly every house party I've played at.
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[User Picture]From: pipecock
2006-02-03 06:38 pm (UTC)
yeah man, you really cant go wrong with disco music. i cant even guess at a top disco tracks list anymore, im so immersed in it. it and early house really make up the vast majority of my sets these days, along with the usual detroit house and techno.

BTW, im cooking up another mix to be actually mixed up today at some point. i think youll enjoy it........
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[User Picture]From: ianmcdonald
2006-02-04 02:25 pm (UTC)
Me, I'd go for Evelyn 'champange' King's 'Shame' over 'Get Loose'.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-02-04 05:07 pm (UTC)


Well "Shame" is the hit. "Get Loose" was only a minor hit, if anything, but the arrangement, the beat, and the vocal are all perfect. This is a personal list, not an absolute judgement of worth.

Being a DJ, there's a whole set of unwritten rules about what you play and don't play. Playing the 'hit' is nowhere near as cool as finding the B side that's every bit as good as the hit. Though you're allowed to play hits if you're able to mix them into an unexpected context. And you're permitted one absolute laugher track a set. I remember DJ T1000 playing 2 hours of punishing dark minimal techno, and then sneaking in "Destination Unknown" by Missing Persons.

BTW your books are well represented in the Iowa City Public Library. Which means you're being read, but only the one copy of the book was sold. I think you should learn from the RIAA and sue library patrons.
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