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Italo Disco/Eurodance

New Wave/Punk music, culture, genres, memories. '80s revivalism and other relevant topics.

Postby InvisibleMan » Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:09 am

fans of Gazebo/Ryan Paris/Gary Low might find this interesting to read. There, composer/producer Pierluigi Giombini talks a little about those hits he produced (Dolce Vita, Masterpiece, I like Chopin, You are danger etc)
http://www.giombinimusic.com/greatest-hits.php


on another note, the above-mentioned song by Neil Smith - "Help me through the night" is very beautiful, it was produced by Bad Boys Blue producer, I wish it made it on their album [:D]
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Postby hisoka866 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:54 am

you've open the pandora's box...
part of the 80's music scene that should
be dissected thoroughly...here

grant miller/ken laszlo/lou cern/eric fellini..
my younger siblings have huge collection on these genre.
(feels like i'm alone in my family on these new wave crusade...
but i have my cousins...quite interesting)
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Postby KYYX4ever » Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:09 am

count me in as someone who also hadn't heard of Italo until a couple years ago, and although I don't have a lot of it, it IS addictive. 'electric workers stand out for me. There's a lot of silly stuff, but there is a helluva lot of catchy, inventive stuff.
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Postby Sean » Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:59 pm

I really hate it that F.R. David is labeled as a one hit wonder and I guess it's true but he's got 6 albums now, 4 of which are amazing, and the other two are have their highlights too. I often wonder why his other songs never made it as hits as some sound just as good as "Words" and some even sound better. Don't get me wrong, I love "Words". [:)]

If you guys get a chance, visit Flashback Records. They are the only label in my opinion who is still making 80's style Italo Disco and making it right. Check out their two compilations and the albums by Peter Arcade and Marc Fruttero.

By the way, in case anyone didn't know this, Italo Disco was a term coined by ZYX Records that caught on.
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Postby st arry » Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:47 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by Sean[/i]
<br> I love "Words". [:)] [/quote]

I don't [:p]


Italo has more variety than some might think partly because it changes style alot during the 80s. The earlier stuff from around 84 or before very much fits into the new wave synth pop of the period. 84 is actually now one of my very favourite Italo years (it's probably my favourite year in British new wave music too). I also like 85 and 86 a great deal as well but the style changes, it becomes a bit brighter and less introspective as later 80s music generally did.

Those who like the melodic pop side of new wave will likely enjoy the many discoveries that can be made in italo. Those who are more into the rock / punk side of some early new wave probably won't like it so much I guess.
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Postby InvisibleMan » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:17 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by st arry[/i]
<br>[quote][i]Originally posted by Sean[/i]
<br> I love "Words". [:)] [/quote]

I don't [:p]


Italo has more variety than some might think partly because it changes style alot during the 80s. The earlier stuff from around 84 or before very much fits into the new wave synth pop of the period. 84 is actually now one of my very favourite Italo years (it's probably my favourite year in British new wave music too). I also like 85 and 86 a great deal as well but the style changes, it becomes a bit brighter and less introspective as later 80s music generally did.
[/quote]

electronic music has a tendendcy to change and evolve

Vivien Vee performing Higher at famous Italian Festivalbar in 83, I like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B42y1Try ... re=related

and here is another dark early Italo from 84
Dhuo - Walking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UitTbB23xik

Larry Day - Fashion Girl 1984
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaSsYrve ... re=related

it's too bad that MTV in US was biased [}:)]
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Postby st arry » Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:22 am

I don't think many videos were made for italo music. Maybe if there had been more of an outlet for the music though more videos would have been made.

Here's one of those early darker italo tracks...I believe this is an indisputable classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maWzIZaybOo
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Postby InvisibleMan » Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:52 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by st arry[/i]
<br>I don't think many videos were made for italo music. Maybe if there had been more of an outlet for the music though more videos would have been made.
[/quote]

yeah, but even the ones that had videos got little exposure. Strange, because even the darker Italo songs have very strong melodies and are very mainstream

Like here is a video of Kano producer Stefano Pugla that I found on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugbrmuXPdJc

hmm that same director also directed some vids of Trance Dance, DATA, Gary Nunam, Gazebo and Peter Godwin [:D]
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Postby InvisibleMan » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:30 am

came across this clip, found it to be interesting, a real "goodfella" here, singing to Moroder-type of music [:D]

Jean Louis Levant-Say
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGunXVtyTys

also really loved this video from a very obscure Eurodisco track

Morris - Tonight's the night
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy6SqWyWBW8
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Postby toyah » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:27 pm

I always enjoyed that Robotnic material....
hi, countess!!!
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Postby latebar » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:34 pm

Great thread, i love Italo/Euro disco! Yah!
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Postby firefall » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:07 am

What about the weird Rockets,a hybrid of space /cosmic disco and electro pop sensibility?A band with Italian origin but hugely known in France!Their italo/electro direction in mid eightees had the signature of German producer Zeus B Held(Spear of Destiny,Gina X Performance).
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Postby InvisibleMan » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:32 am

this is such a golden 80's tune, but rather obscure, I love it [:D]

William Pitt - City Lights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OQdFGbjb-I
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Postby InvisibleMan » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:02 am

this guy Bobby J is the definition of 80's cool, I bet he choreographed his moves too [:D]
watch Bobby work the stage:

Bobby J. - Number One
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE0gdb2b5Cs
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Postby Judas101 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:27 am

Maybe I'm not old enough(?) or prolly living in a different world.. but I never heard of the genre "Italo Disco" sure I've heard of Eurodance [:D]

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