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DENIM DISCO is a blog dedicated to the pop music and culture of the 1970's. ~ Glam Pop and Discotheque Rock ~ The Sound Of The 70's ~ Contact:denimdisco@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

GENO GOES GLAM!





US born GENO WASHINGTON enjoyed a degree of popularity in the UK during the late 60's.His high energy performances {inspired by STAX-VOLT artists like OTIS REDDING and EDDIE FLOYD} were unparalleled on this side of the water and Geno {with THE RAM JAM BAND} were a major live draw.His LP's {live documents of their shows} sold well,but hit 45's eluded him and as the 70's dawned,the band split and Geno returned home.He put his music career on ice for a few years and his next release didn't come untill the ''GENO's BACK'' LP for the DJM label in 1975




The 60's live LP's were mostly comprised of other peoples material,but for this comeback the majority of the songs were penned by the man himself {with some help from his brother-in-law PETER NOONE,better known as HERMAN from HERMAN'S HERMITS}.Despite his earlier reliance on cover songs,Geno proved to be a decent songwriter and the influences he used were quite wide ranging: LATIN FUNK {''HOLD ON MOMMA},REGGAE {''THE DEVIL'' and ''TELL ME PLEASE''} PHILLY SOUL {''LA LA LA''} POP ROCK {''ROCK ME MAE''} and a couple of numbers influenced by GLAM ROCK/GLITTER POP: ''HELP'' and ''BOOM BOOM''
DENIM DISCO cordially invites you to get an earful of JUNKSHOP GENO!






PADDY KINGSLAND - TEARAWAY





PADDY KINGSLAND is an ELECTRONIC MUSIC composer.best known for being a member of THE BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP and for his work for 1970's TELEVISION shows such as DOCTOR WHO,THE CHANGES and THE HITCHHICKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.He eschewed the MUSIQUE CONCRETE approach of the early workshop musicians and utilised synthesisers like the EMS VCS 3 and the EMS SYNTHI 100 to make catchy and tuneful music.A good example of his work is ''TEARAWAY'' which was recorded for the MUSIC LIBRARY label AMPHONIC MUSIC and was presumably used to accompany news footage and dramatized portrayals of young FOOTBALL HOOLIGANS and other JUVENILE DELINQUENTS

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

WIRED UP! - A GLAM ROCK FANZINE



WIRED UP! FANZINE is an essential read for lovers of 70's GLAM ROCK.Named after the classic JUNKSHOP GLAM number by HECTOR,the first four issues have featured a host of glam greats such as SLADE,SWEET,SUZI QUATRO and COCKNEY REBEL along with reviews of obscure JUNKSHOP 45's by the likes of BIG WHEEL,SHADES,MUSTARD and CLUTCH



Things get even more interesting when the focus shifts onto that 70's subgenre known as BOVVER ROCK.Issue Three is billed as A BOVVER ROCK SPECIAL and contains an excellent article that details the 70's STREET GLAM bands that took inspiration from SLADE and appealed to the WORKING CLASS/POST SKINHEAD/FOOTBALL LOVING fraternity: THE HAMMERSMITH GORILLAS,JOOK,BILBO BAGGINS and the aforementioned HECTOR



Don't expect to be stuck in the 70's with every page though.Things are brought up to date with reviews of recent live gigs and recordings by the some of the 70's GREATS that are still performing as well as those by a growing number of contemporary acts that are inspired by them:GIUDA,GLAM SKANKS,THUNDERPUSSY and more



Check out the links below to pick up the latest issue and limited {don't sleep on it!} back copies - GET DOWN AND GET WITH IT!

WIRED UP! EBAY PAGE:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/timebox2000

WIRED UP! FACEBOOK PAGE:
https://www.facebook.com/Wired-Up-Fanzine-482775235421219/

WIRED UP! EMAIL CONTACT:
wiredupfanzine@gmail.com

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

UNION EXPRESS - ALLIGATOR FIX



Union Express were a VOCAL HARMONY GROUP in the style of THE NEW SEEKERS.The band formed by songwriter/producer PAUL CURTIS enjoyed success across Europe with the song ''RING A RING A ROSES" in 1972.The record reached the number one spot in many counties,but follow up 45's {and an LP} failed to capitalize on it's success.Their final 45 was something else altogether ''ALLIGATOR FIX'' is a curio that sounds like an odd pairing of ABBA with SUZI QUATRO and stands as an off the wall example of 70's JUNKSHOP GLAM

FOX - MY OLD MAN'S AWAY



''YOU HAD TO SEE A CLIENT OUTSIDE OF TOWN
ABOUT TO CLINCH A DEAL OR THAT'S WHAT YOU SAID
THE LINES YOU WOVE I NEVER NEEDED A DOUBT
BUT WORD GOT BACK ABOUT THAT LITTLE REDHEAD

MY OLD MAN'S AWAY
NOW'S OUR CHANCE TO PLAY
IT'S LOVELY WEATHER
LET'S GET TOGETHER''


FOX were a UK based group put together by the American Songwriter/producer KENNY YOUNG.Young had been active in the music industry for a number of years and his most notable achievement had been co-writing ''UNDER THE BOARDWALK'' for the DRIFTERS {Future Garry Glitter collaborator Mike Leander was responsible for the arrangement}.The band had a number of hits in the UK and were fronted by the charismatic vocalist NOOSHA FOX who possessed a distinctive and alluring voice and an elegant retro dress sense inspired by Marlene Dietrich



Their time in the limelight was brief and the bands last notable hit was ''S-S-S-SINGLE BED'' which was a top 5 hit in mid 1976.In the following year they released their third {and final} LP BLUE HOTEL



On their previous LP {TAILS OF ILLUSION} they made the mistake of relegating Noosha to a minor role and she had only provided lead vocals on some of the tracks.BLUE HOTEL {which included the previous hit ''S-S-S-SINGLE BED''} should have given them fresh impetus as it contained some great songs and marked a genuine return to form.Despite the quality of the record,it failed to produce any additional hits as the next single pulled from it ''MY OLD MAN'S AWAY'' failed to sell in substantial quantities.The songs lack of success is surprising as it was one of their best,containing a catchy guitar riff,strong melody,a contemporary sounding disco tinged rhythm and great lyrics {in the mold of ''ME AND MRS JONES'' by BILLY PAUL} which are perfectly complimented by Noosha's sultry trademark tone



Thursday, 11 August 2016

CLUB MED MIX


70's Euro-Pop and Holiday Hits Mixed By DENIM DISCO

TRACKLIST:

01 - Charo - Concherto De Aranjuez
02 - Silver Convention - Acuestate Conmigo
03 - Voyage - Latin Odyssey
04 - Leif Garrett - I was Made For Dancin'
05 - Bryan Ferry - The Price Of Love
06 - Barry Blue - Dancin' On A Saturday Night
07 - The Sweet - Co Co
08 - Tony Orlando & Dawn - Knock Three Times
09 - Sylvia - Y Viva Espania
10 - Middle Of The Road - Soley Soley
11 - Pickerttywich - That Same Old Feeling
12 - Peter Noone - Together Forever
13 - Sweet Dreams - Honey Honey
14 - Teach In - Ding A Dong
15 - Amanda Lear - Pretty Boys
16 - Classe Unica - Oplapla
17 - Reparata - Shoes
18 - Bimbo Jet - El Bimbo {Part One}
19 - La Bionda - One For You,One For Me
20 - Giorgio - Too Hot To Handle
21 - Raffaella Carra - Do It,Do It Again
22 - Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
23 - Demis Roussos - Action Lady




Download An MP3 Of The Mix {With Artwork} Here:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/xscruzhepj8c389/City_Lights_Mix.zip

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

MEAN MACHINE - RUNNING WITH THE RAT PACK





MEAN MACHINE appear to have been a studio project that included songwriter/vocalist ROGER COOK,bassist HERBIE FLOWERS and drummer BRIAN BENNETT.All three were well established in their respective fields when the 45 was released in early 1976.COOK had written a number of hits and was a member of BLUE MINK along with FLOWERS.BRIAN BENNETT {like FLOWERS} was in demand on both POP and 'LIBRARY' sessions and had also released a number of solo LP's.The TOP SIDE: ''RUNNING WITH THE RAT PACK'' is a medium tempo HARMONICA driven COUNTRY FUNK number that brings to mind AREA CODE 615 and TONY JOE WHITE



The tempo is turned up on the B-SIDE: ''BOOGIE TO THE DRUMMER'',a fantastic dance number that owes a little to ''THE RESURRECTION SHUFFLE'' by ASHTON GARDENER & DYKE,BENNETT leads the charge on this one,syncopated SNARE ROLLS,COWBELL and WHISTLES lay the base for a VOCAL CHANT and some propulsive BOOGIE PIANO