Our musical correspondent Scott Carpenter asked me to make this.
You may have read Scott’s comments on this blog:
“I am an acolyte of jahsonic, mudd up!, Mutant Sounds and Analog Africa. … for the disco, cosmic, Balearic sounds you cannot go wrong with Another Night on Earth and alainfinkielkrautrock . –Scott Carpenter via “
Here we go.
If we assume disco started with “Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango in 1972 we can make a top ten of disco tracks by moving chronologically from 1972 to 1981, and moving from proto-disco, to disco and touching the beginnings of post-disco.
Looking at this list after making it, I can’t fail to notice that I have not included enough of the gay thing in this list. Only “Free Man“and “There but for the Grace of God Go I” fit that bill.
Making top tens is difficult.
Cover of the first Placebo album
Francophone Belgian producer Marc Moulin (1942 – 2008) died last Friday. He was 66.
His mid-eighties work with Telex is still influential to the electroclash scene; the track, “Moscow Diskow“, was a staple for DJs Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy on the dance floors of late 1980s Chicago clubs that were instrumental in the development of Chicago house music, and house music as such. What is to be appreciated is that Telex had a great sense of humor – for example – one of their compositions was called “Temporary Chicken.”
Just the other day, in my hometown record store, my brother overheard Quiet Village member Joel Martin ask: “Did you find me any Placebo yet?”. Placebo’s records (three were released between 1971 and 1974) are highly collectable and priced about €125 each when I last inquired.
Jack the Ripper / Der Dirnenmörder von London (1976) – Jess Franco
120 years ago today, in 1888, Jack the Ripper kills his third and fourth victims Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. Footnotes NSFW.
Jack the ripper was only the 16th serial killer before 1900, serial killing had been a rare phenomenon until then.
It was probably the first case where all the victims were photographed.
Jack was never apprehended.
Der Dirnenmörder von London
Jack was at one time played by Klaus Kinski in Der Dirnenmörder von London. Here is the trailer  to that film.
From left to right: 16:58, 16:58, 16:59.
Antwerp, from South to North
Totally unrelated, outside of a storm cloud soundbite on the same record this track came from (actually I meant the Party Time album by The Heptones) is “To Be a Lover” by George Faith,
in a Lee Perry production but a cover of William Bell‘s U.S. hit record …
..”I Forgot To Be Your Lover“ (1968).
Perry’s version was probably recorded on a TEAC 3340 in the Black Ark studio.
George Faith’s album seems to have been different from the contemporary Perry productions: no broken glass, ghastly sighs and screeches, crying babies, and mooing cows here.
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Quiet Village is a UK-based band, who released their debut album Silent Movie in May of this year. The album reminded me of the compilation work of Andy Votel on Vertigo Mixed, one of my favorite records of the 2000s.
“Circus Of Horror” (2008) Quiet Village
Their band name was taken from the 1952 Les Baxter musical composition “Quiet Village,” first released on the album Ritual of the Savage.
Silent Movie is definitely crate digging music but not “retro“, which I’ve come to see as a derogatory term. Just like Andy Votel’s Vertigo Mixed it celebrated the art of record collecting, one of my favorite pastimes between 1996 and 2002.
Gorillaz-Kids With Guns (Quiet Village Remix), hear the Burundi beats?
Silent Movie is bound to end up high on year-end-lists of people who known their music.
Henri Pachard died. Henri who? Don’t worry, I hadn’t heard of him either. He was a porn film director, but judging by way of this clip of the 1984 Great Sexpectations, one with a sense of humor and an understanding of the film medium, which is rare in the genre, but successfully displayed in John Byrum‘s Inserts, which to tell you the truth, wasn’t a sex film at all.
I am quite surprised by this clip of Great Sexpectations. I thought that scripted pornography was a thing of the past after the home video revolution, making way for boring wall to wall sex and killing the softcore and porno chic film industry.
Common wisdom has it that:
- “by 1982, most pornographic films were being shot on the cheaper and more convenient medium of video tape. Many film directors resisted this shift at first because of the different image quality that video tape produced, however those who did change soon were collecting most of the industry’s profits since consumers overwhelmingly preferred the new format. The technology change happened quickly and completely when directors realised that continuing to shoot on film was no longer a profitable option. This change moved the films out of the theatres and into people’s private homes. This was the end of the age of big budget productions and the mainstreaming of pornography. It soon went back to its earthy roots and expanded to cover every fetish possible since filming was now so inexpensive. Instead of hundreds of pornographic films being made each year, thousands now were, including compilations of just the sex scenes from various videos.”
I haven’t been able whether Sexpectations was made for a theatrical release or was shot for video. Thanks to Joplinfantasy for uploading this.
Inserts (1975) – John Byrum
Inserts is World Cinema Classic #64. Moon in the Gutter did an article on it.
Fritz Kahn @120
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“I had a little talk with my lungs and I’ve decided to treat them right. We made a mutual agreement and I think, at last we both see the light. ” –Bey/Silver
How to describe Paul Newman to a Martian? He played good guys in 20th century cinema? Did he play bad guys too? I don’t know. He was incredibly handsome with a definite gender-ambiguity about him.
If I had Netflix or GreenCine, I’d watch his rendition of The Glass Menagerie tonight.