Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Disco Not Disco (2008)
Post-punk and all it's permutations are my bread and butter. For whatever reason that era of music that was coming out of both the UK, the US and quite a few other places (Germany, France and Australia to name a few) from aprox 1976-1984 just really clicks with me. As proof, 8 of my Top 25 Records of all-time come from this era. I could go on, but i'm sure i'll do a Top However Many Post-Punk Records Of All-Time at some point in the near future.
Even though it isn't stated on it's cover, the newest Disco Not Disco compilation is actually the third in the DND series. The first two came out in 2000 and 2002 and for some reason fell out of print almost immediately. So this one I snapped up right away and it's a pretty damn sweet collection of arty dance tunes. It's a great introduction for those of you just dipping your toes into the Post-Punk/New Wave/Mutant Disco/No Wave/Electro/Ect. department of musical affairs and it's also a nice treat for those of us (like me) who already have a lot of these songs on other comps or the artist's actual albums.
Some of the choice highlights on here are essentials like Delta 5's Mind Your Own Business, which has been everywhere lately (including the Stranger Than Fiction soundtrack, no i'm serious) and James White & The Black's Contort Yourself, one of my favoritest songs ever, (especially this version, which is the August Darnell "disco mix"). Other great tunes that can be found here are Vivien Goldman's great Launderette (with help from John Lydon, Robert Wyatt, Adrian Sherwood and Keith Levine among others), the criminally underrated Shreikback's My Spine Is The Baseline (formed by ex-members of XTC and Gang Of Four), and forgotten Factory Records second stringers Quango Quango with Love Tempo. So yeah, if you like left field dance music or just interesting sounds by interesting bands who's sounds haven't been blatantly ripped off yet by newer bands then give this one a spin. It's pretty killer.