The Public Records 2/8/19
Well hello there all you Public Recordeers! A happy 2019 and welcome to the future to you all. A lot of changes have happened while you were away (look how full the shelves are getting!) and we’re glad to be back and rocking ours and yours’ worlds. So in order to do that proper, we all thought it would be a grand idea to kick off February and the depths of winter with all disco all month.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We know Disco Sucks!© But did you know that disco rocks? For real it does. Not only that, but disco the way we know it is a major Pennsylvanian production. MFSB, or basically Sigma Studio’s session musicians, released a track in 1974: TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) which was written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and featured The Three Degrees as vocalists. You probably know it as the Soul Train theme; anyway, it was not only the first TV theme song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it was also the first truly disco track to hit it as well.
Now that you are caught up to speed with Pennsylvania and ‘four on the floor’ and yadda yadda yadda, let’s get to the meat. Just like a lot of things America does, Europe took disco and brought it back to us bigger and better. There are a lot big names out that you may know; Donna Summer, The Three Degrees, Roberta Kelly, and Deborah Harry to name a few.
However, there is something, better yet, someone who tied all these American women together. A mustachioed Italian named Giorgio Moroder. Giovanni Giorgio Moroder, who hails from Urtijei, Italy was born in 1940. Early on he moved to Aachen, Germany and began his music career under the name Giorgio. He was able to release a few singles.
In 1968, he moved to Munich to become a producer. He had major success and earned a gold disc in 1970 for the track ‘Looky, Looky’ (Ariola, 1969). After that he founded Musicland Studios and often teamed up with lyricist Pete Bellote. The duo continued to gain prominence throughout the decade and it all came together in 1977 with a synthesizer and lady named Donna.
Moroder broke ground in ’77 with ‘Here To Eternity’ (Casablanca, 1977) and right on the heels of that released ‘I Feel Love’ (Casablanca, 1977) – the beginning of the hi-NRG genre. After that, the phone wouldn’t stop ringing. And for the next decade Giorgio’s fingerprints were everywhere: Blondie, Freddie Mercury, Bowie, Cher, Harold Faltermeyer, Teena Marie, Irene Cara and more and more and more and more.
To get to the point; our album of the week comes fresh off the heels 1977’s ‘I Feel Love’. The Midnight Express soundtrack featuring ‘Chase’ (Casablanca, 1978) was a continuing development of hi-NRG and an Academy Award winner. Used as the theme to the Alan Parker film Midnight Express, it hit number thirty three on the Billboard Top 100 and number forty eight on the UK Singles Chart.
Our favorite Saturday night Sibin bartender, Curtis, highly recommends an Aperol Spritz to go with our hi-NRG atmosphere this week. Ciao bambini.