The Village People, one of the world’s most successful and arguably most outrageous, manufactured bands. Born in the febrile mind of Moroccan-born Frenchman Jacques Morali in 1977. Playing with archetypal alpha-male stereotypes: the policeman, soldier, cowboy, biker, construction worker and native American Indian, Morali took camp out of the gay discos and backstreet cabaret bars … Continue reading #1514 The Village People – Power Of The Night
There were 16 years between The Avalanches debut masterpiece, Since I Left You, and this follow up released in 2016. I’d love to be able to say it was worth the wait, but as fun and self-assured this is as a summery slightly psychedelic sample-based danceable album, they were probably best to have left Since … Continue reading #56 The Avalanches – Wildflower
“Enjoy this trip. Enjoy this trip. And it is a trip.” This single helped kick off the acid-house infused Second Summer of Love in the UK, being released in April 1988 and making it to No 1 in the charts for a couple of weeks. I remember it well. I was 15 at the time. … Continue reading #1179 S’Express – Theme from S’Express
The vocals on this record are so arch you can visualise clearly the raised eyebrow and sly smile of Roisin Murphy as she part sings, part purrs Eartha Kittenishly, part robot-speaks through these tracks. It’s Moloko’s debut, and it sets out well their particular stall of tongue-in-cheek electro pop. Formed in Sheffield, the home of … Continue reading #848 Moloko – Do You Like My Tight Sweater?
Lalo Schifrin, best known for defining the films of Bullitt, Mission Impossible and Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry films through his iconic, impossibly cool musical statements, has here released an album of what can only be described as Disco jazz funk. And oh my, it’s a sound for sore ears in these ego-filled electioneering Brexit-battered days. … Continue reading #1167 Lalo Schifrin – Black Widow
Introspective would perhaps have been a more apt title to this album, given its slower mood, post-disco beats and emotional complexity. It’s the late night, after-club, come down album as opposed to the more familiar PSB disco beats of its predecessor Introspective and successor Very. This is largely due to its production by Harold Faltermeyer … Continue reading #968 Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour
This is the singer’s seventh album, appearing after quite a gap in which she treaded water for a while releasing a compilation of ballads and the Evita soundtrack. It’s not the first where she self-consciously reinvents herself, borrowing and remoulding in her own image musical and cultural trends of the time (see also: Vogue from … Continue reading #780 Madonna – Ray of Light