Category: DANCE – DISCO OLDIES


ERASURE – LOVE TO HATE YOU

«Love to Hate You» is a song by Erasure which was released in 1991 as the second single from the duo’s fifth studio album Chorus.The single was released by Mute Records in the UK and Sire Records in the U.S. The song, written by band members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell is an electronic dance track clearly inspired by disco music. The synthesizer melody in the chorus of «Love to Hate You» is an interpolation of the string break from the Gloria Gaynor disco-era classic «I Will Survive«.

The song’s music video features Erasure performing the song on a futuristic stage with a long, connected runway which extends out into the audience. As Bell dances down the runway, it is revealed that the floor is covered in water – these shots were filmed in London’s Leadenhall Market. Vince Clarke is also seen playing a circular keyboard similar to one previously used by Jean Michel Jarre

«Break My Stride» is a reggae/New Wave song co-written and performed by American musician Matthew Wilder, released as the first single from his debut album I Don’t Speak the Language on October 26, 1983. It was a major hit single for him in 1983 and 1984, becoming a multiformat success in the U.S., charting on the Pop, Black, Dance and Adult Contemporary charts.

The song has been covered by many artists throughout the years, including charting versions from Unique II in 1996 and Blue Lagoon in 2004, and, in interpolations, Puff Daddy in 1997 and Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim in 2003 as well as non-charting versions including Alvin and the Chipmunks in 1984.

WHAM – THE EDGE OF HEAVEN

«The Edge of Heaven» is a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1986. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo, and was promoted in advance as Wham!’s farewell single.

With the known desire of George Michael to move into a more adult market, Wham! had announced in the spring of 1986 that Michael and his musical partner Andrew Ridgeley would go their separate ways after a farewell single, album and concert. The album was called «The Final» and the concert was held in front of 72,000 fans at London‘s Wembley Stadium on Saturday 28 June 1986.[1]

 

Konstantinos (Kostas) Bigalis (born 15 March 1953) is a popular singer and musician who is known for representing Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions: as a singer and composer in 1994 and as a composer in 1996.

Kostas was born in Athens. He started his career in 1975 after winning the first prize at a music contest for amateurs. He took part in many festivals, he played in the rock opera Jesus Christ Super Star, he entered the Song Festival of Thessaloniki where he was awarded the awards for Best Lyrics and Best Composition and in 1981 he recorded two songs for the soundtrack of the American film Next One. In 1982 he starred as Simon in a religious themed TV series, alongside Anthony Hopkins.In 1984 he formed the music duo Big Alice along with Mariana Efstratiou. They had a number one hit in Greece, entitled I Miss You and it was out to the music markets of 18 other European countries.

Kostas toured abroad for quite a long time and in 1989 he returned to Greece in order to launch a solo career. He had his first album the same year. His big hit came in 1992 with his second album that reached platinum sales.

«Something Got Me Started» was the first single released from what would become Simply Red‘s biggest selling album, Stars; at the time, the group had not released a record for almost two years, so anticipation was high for the new song.

«Something Got Me Started» is an unusual record for the group, as it is (alongside «Fairground«) probably their most dance oriented record, featuring then-trendy piano breaks, soulful vocals and a rhythmic back-beat.

The single was released in several forms — a 7-inch single, a 12-inch single and a CD version, which included a remix by Perfecto (Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne). The single version eventually made number 11 in the UK and German charts, number 23 in the US Billboard Hot 100 (plus number 21 in the Adult Contemporary chart) and number 4 in Italy. Although a relative flop when compared with previous singles, which had nearly all made the top 10, «Something Got Me Started» went on to become a massive club hit in late 1991.

«Give Me Tonight» is a 1984 single by Shannon, an American R&B and dance artist. Released as the follow-up to her smash debut «Let the Music Play,» «Give Me Tonight» was not as successful as its predecessor on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #46. It did, however, receive the same enthusiastic response in the dance clubs as her previous single, hitting the top spot on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in March 1984 for two weeks. It also was a significant Urban hit, reaching #6 on the American R&B chart. The song also peaked at #24 on the UK singles chart.

In 2000 Hex Hector remixed the song and the mixes were called the «Give Me Tonight (2000 A.D. Mixes)».

RICK ASTLEY – TOGETHER FOREVER

«Together Forever» is a song recorded by Rick Astley, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 18 June 1988.

It was Astley’s second and final U.S. chart-topper. It reached number 2 in Britain, being denied the top spot by Neighbours star Kylie Minogue with her debut single «I Should Be So Lucky«. It uses a similar chord structure and melody to «Never Gonna Give You Up» (as with most songs produced by Stock Aitken Waterman at the time).

STEVE WINWOOD – VALERIE

«Valerie» is a song written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings and originally recorded by Winwood for his third solo album Talking Back to the Night, in 1982.

The song deals with a man reminiscing about a lost love he hopes to find again someday. Will Jennings reportedly wrote the lyrics while thinking about Valerie Carter, singer songwriter, whose career was declining because of drugs. On its original release, the single reached number 51 on the UK Singles Chart and number 70 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

In 1987, a remix by Tom Lord-Alge was included on Winwood’s compilation album Chronicles. The remixed version of «Valerie» was released as a single and climbed to number 9 in the US Billboard Hot 100 in late December 1987, and also reached number 19 in the UK. Both versions also reached #13 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Eric Prydz sampled the song in 2004 for a house music track and presented it to Winwood. Winwood was so impressed with what Prydz had done, he re-recorded the vocals to better fit the track. The 2004 remix was released under the title «Call on Me«.

FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION – PERFECT

«Perfect» is a song by British band Fairground Attraction, which was released as a single in March 1988. The words and music of the song are written by Mark Nevin.

The single reached number one on 14 May 1988 on the UK Singles Chart, where it stayed for one week, and stayed in the chart for a total of thirteen weeks. It also reached number one in South Africa as well as in Australia for three weeks in August and September 1988. In the UK, it was released as a 7″ single12″ singlecassette single and CD single. The song was included on the band’s first album, The First of a Million Kisses, released later the same year. It was used in television advertising for Asda in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was re-released as a single in 1993 after it had reappeared on the compilation album Celtic Heart.

The song achieved crossover onto Hot Country Singles, peaking at number 85 in two weeks. It also reached number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100.Additionally, the song reached number 23 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, the song’s only Top 40 entry on any Billboard chart.

 

LOS LOBOS – LA BAMBA

«La Bamba» (pronounced: [la ˈβamba]) is a Mexican folk song, originally from the state of Veracruz, best known from a 1958 adaptation by Ritchie Valens, a top 40hit in the U.S. charts and one of early rock and roll’s best-known songs. Valens’ version of «La Bamba» is ranked number 354 on Rolling Stone magazine′s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is the only song on the list sung in a language other than English.

The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens‘ rock and roll version «La Bamba» in 1958. Valens’ «La Bamba» infused the traditional tune with a rock drive, in part provided by session drummer Earl Palmer and session bassist Carol Kaye, making the song accessible to a much wider record audience and earning it (and Valens) a place in rock history (inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001).

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