Articles tagged with 1979

Elton John – Victim Of Love (Super Fuzz 3000 Edit)

January 2

Elton John – Victim Of Love (Super Fuzz 3000 Edit)

Been a bit busy of late, and I know I most recently resurfaced to post a Super Fuzz 3000 edit, but when this one popped onto my radar I couldn’t resist talking about it. I’m definitely a fan of Elton John, and something of a superfan of the works of Giorgio Moroder. What if I told you that Moroder’s right hand man Pete Bellotte had done an album in 1979 with Elton John? What if I mentioned that Michael McDonald had kicked in some backing vocals? Sounds great right? No.

The truth is that Elton’s Victim of Love is a mess, cheesy in a bad way, mostly sounding like Elton covering a bunch of songs Donna Summer rejected. However, its title track is definitely a highlight, a fact that did not escape Super Fuzz 3000. He(?) manages to carve most of the fat off of the original, and the result is a surprisingly lean cosmic disco journey, punctuated with the odd bit of Elton singing. It’s great for some late night excursions. You can grab it for free off of Super Fuzz 3000’s Soundcloud.

/// Brian Blackout

August 25

It’s Get Strange week at YDH2S.  The bar is set high because every DJ likes to think they have the craziest stuff and well, some of my fellow YDH2S DJs have turned in some killer oddness.  But I think I have something to out freak their freakiest beats.  

Coming from the fashion world of late 70s Germany, Patrick D. Martin embarked on a music career, birthing one oddball EP and a few 7”s of eccentric new wave, punk and disco, before moving on to video art.  He perfectly encapsulates everything that I love about that time period — musical mongrelism, international cross-pollination, a bit of robo-futurism, and implied sexual and cultural deviance.  It’s Devo and Nina Hagen with a bit of Moroder and Bowie and whatever else was lying around.

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, and that doesn’t imply that all Martin’s songs were good.  They’re just all… interesting.  Most of them aren’t likely to set off a dance floor, but all will get you some strange looks.  These are the songs DJs play for other DJs — the ones you put on a mix tape to test how cool someone is.  

Luci ‘Lectric might be the go to jam for most people.  It has a slapped baseline and other obvious disco-isms under an ode to the dark prince himself, Lucifer.  It’s not quite wild enough for my tastes.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s probably still too weird for most sets and the bridge has an awesome springy robot laser battle.

However, compared to Martin’s other offerings it kind of pails.  ?, (Question Mark), is an all-out space war with a bass burble that may have inspired Cosmic Cars.  If that’s true, then this track may be the blue print for techno.  As cool as that is, the song gets smothered in ridiculous saxophone that hasn’t stood the test of time.  If that weren’t bad enough, it goes sort of piano house at the end.  I mean doing techno and piano house on a record in 1979 is sort of incredible, but I can’t say that it sounds good.

Luci ‘Lectric’s B-side, Mutant sounds like the B-52s on PCP.  It’s all slinky cowboy guitar, discordant riffiage, sound effects and Martin ranting in his best Bela Lugosi impression.  Three minutes in, the bridge happens and the entire song dissolves only to rise again zombie like.  It’s astounding how many ideas this guy can pack into four minutes.

Martin has a few more “hits” in his arsenal, but for my taste, the one to go with is “I Like ‘Lectric Motors”.  It’s basically screaming guitar, Martin rapping in his english accent over a pulsing arpeggiator.  At times the frequency opens up and the synth gets a bit acidy.  This one is actually pretty danceable and even had a video.  Drop it if you’re feeling brave!

-Dope Werewolf

March 1

The year is 1979, a group of mustachioed brothers endeavor to produce a sinister beast of a disco tune, rippling with arpeggiated synthesizers, slashed with dazzling strings, entitled “I, I, I.” Who are these elusive brothers? The answer: the Osmonds.

Yep, those Osmonds. No Marie, just a lot of Donnie and his bros. Anyway, cut to 2012. In this era of horns of plenty spilling disco edits out into the digital ether, this track has been touched by a few, most notably that Norwegian lord of the edit, Todd Terje. Now, Musica Hermosa, British bloggers of repute and no strangers to the world of edits themselves, have torn this track to pieces and worked it til there’s no tomorrow.

A thick, housey rhythm foundation chugs, reverberating surfers wax poetic on getting high, and then in steps Mr. String Section. Hello, Mr. String Section! I see you’ve brought your friend Donnie and his brothers. Why don’t you play a tune for us? Download, put this one on repeat and get ready to proselytize to your friends on the good works of Donnie while your Jag purrs through the moonlit mean streets of Utah.

/// Brian Blackout