#949 Pet Shop Boys – Disco

How wonderfully apt that this should turn up on the randometer on my birthday. For this record is one of the first albums I bought myself – part of my small, but preciously guarded, and slowly saved-up-for cassette collection – with birthday money received exactly 32 years ago. Unlike myself, 30 years later, the music … Continue reading #949 Pet Shop Boys – Disco

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#3 ABBA – Arrival

Released the same year as Queen’s A Day At The Races, this is when Abba started to really hit their stride and the album is aptly titled. Here they move beyond bubblegum Europap discopop and flex the now muscular songwriting talents of Benny and Bjorn. It’s the first album of theirs that sounds like an … Continue reading #3 ABBA – Arrival

#568 Goldfrapp – Supernature

Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory are gleefully channelling Marc Bolan on this, their third, glamtastic album, not least on their big hit and album opener Ooh La La. They even have a song called Ride A White Horse (somewhat more practical than a swan), referencing the heights of hedonistic disco nights at Studio 54. It’s … Continue reading #568 Goldfrapp – Supernature

#961 Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia 12”

I utterly adored the Pet Shop Boys as a teen and loved their mix of disco pop and deadpan observations of mid-80s Britain. The first album of theirs I bought was the Disco remix album from their debut Please which contained the 12” to Suburbia as well as Paninaro which appears on the B-side here, … Continue reading #961 Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia 12”

#576 Goldfrapp – Head First

I love Goldfrapp. Muchly. There’s really no one else doing quite what they do, and they’ve carved a little niche of their own. This album, their 5th, is arguably their most straightforward - pure unashamed electro disco pop but, as much as I love them, my least favourite. Each of their albums showcases Alison Goldfrapp’s … Continue reading #576 Goldfrapp – Head First

#1360 Various Artists – Future World Funk

I bought this compilation CD of ‘world’ dance music at WOMAD Festival in 2002, where I remember feeling quite smug sleeping in a campervan whilst most of the people around us were slumming it in tents. It was possibly my first ever weekend music festival in the UK. My girlfriend at the time and I … Continue reading #1360 Various Artists – Future World Funk