vol. 3, no. 8
may 1979 17
EVERYBODY'S DOING IT DISCO!
The list of rock stars dabbling in disco continues to grow. Recent
releases include Cheap Trick's "Gonna Raise Hell," Wet Willie's
"Weekend," Frank Zappa's "Dancin' Fool" (from the album Sheik
Yerbouty) The Kinks' "(I Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman," and
Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up." Further proof that disco really is
a musical phenomenon and not just a passing fad.
Warren Schatz, vice-president of RCA records, is denying reports,
that his company plans to release remixed versions of several old
Elvis Presley songs for disco play. Let's hope he's right.
Helen Reddy is making another play for the disco market, having
failed last year with her cover version of Deborah Washington's
"Ready or Not." This time she is releasing a twelve-inch single of
"Make Love To Me," which many of you remember was first recorded last year by Kelly Marie. Doing cover versions of other artists'
songs is nothing new to Ms. Reddy, who has scored in the past with
her own renditions of "I Don't Know How To Love Him" (from the
roack opera Jesus Christ, Superstar), "Delta Dawn," and "Emotion."
May I suggest that, in order to obtain a degree of success in the field
of disco, she try doing something original for once?
Not to be outdone by her peers, Barbra Streisand is now planning
to release a disco single of her own, written by Paul ("Last Dance")
Jabara and Bruce Roberts. The song may or may not be used as the
theme from The Main Event, her upcoming film with Ryan O'Neal.
Watch for a remix of the "The Runner" by the Three Degrees. The
song is taken from their album New Dimensions, one of the best and
most underrated records ofthe year. Spearheaded by super-producer
Giorgio Moroder, the LP features several fine cuts, including "Giving
Up, Giving In" and "Looking For Love." Check it out.
by Dennis Haney
The Bombers have put out a new album entitled, appropriately
enough, Bombers II, that features their hit disco single "(Everybody)
Get Dancin' ." Watch also for Donna Summer's next album called
Bad Girl. The single from that LP, "Hot Stuff," is already riding
high on the charts. Sarah Dash follows up her current hit, "Sinner
Man," with "(Come And Take This) Candy From Your Baby."
Giorgio Moroder is producing Sparks' new disco single "La Dolce
Panic! is the name of the new album by a group called French
Kiss. Although a bit repetitious at times, the LP is notable for the
title hit and the instrumental "Mischief." From Simon Soussan,
producer of Arpeggio and Pattie Brooks, this, disc should fare well
with discophiles everywhere.
Reprimands are in order for Polydor and RSO Records for releasing twelve-inch singles, pulling them from the market as soon
as they begin to gain popularity, and putting out higher-priced
albums in their place. In some instances, the twelve-inchers never
even reach many cities. Recent victims of this unscrupulous practice include David Naughton's "Makin' It" and Alton McClain and
Destiny's "It Must Be Love." When will these record companies
learn to stop abusing the people who keep them in business?
It seems just about everyone wants a piece of the action: Engel-
bert Humperdinck is dropping his last name and trying for a new
image with his disco version of the old Elvis Presley hit, "Can't
Help Falling In Love With You"; Andy Williams is releasing a disco
version of "Love Story"; and, most unbelievable of all, Porter
Waggoner is following in the steps of his old pal Dolly Parton with
a disco version of "The Star Spangled Banner." When all else fails,
try disco, right? V
The disco dj's function is quite complex and is greatly misunderstood by most disco-goers. It involves much more than simply playing records and is determined by several factors. Because of the lack
of understanding of the complexities of the job, there are conflicts
between disco-goers and the dj that could be avoided with an increased awareness of the dj's role. These conflicts are usually centered around requests; many people are quite puzzled by the dj's
lack of enthusiasm in taking and playing them.
The primary function of the disco spinner is to keep the crowd
happy and the way the dj knows he or she is accomplishing this feat
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is by observing how active the dance floor is. The dj must be able to
feel out the crowd each night and program the music in a way that
will keep the people dancing. Programming involves deciding the
order in which selections are played and the actual selections themselves. It would be easy enough to do this if one played only established hits, but to provide variety and innovation the dj has to work
in new songs whenever possible. Since people usually like to dance
to songs they know, new ones have to be carefully and selectively
played. This also means making one's way through the 100 or more
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