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Death Disco: Songs From Under The Dance Floor 1978-1984 [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B0000C4LX3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Death Than Disco 8 May 2004
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Taking it's title from the P.I.L track, this collection is an eclectic mix of "songs from under the dance floor" (Shame they didn't include Magazine's "Song From Under The Floorboards").
Any album that features P.I.L, Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire is bound to be great and I'm delighted to have The Normal's "Warm Leatherette" and Electric Dread's "Haile Unlikely" on CD as my vinyl copies are well played. I was a bit surprised by the inclusion of The Lounge Lizards and Arto Lindsay, as they seem a bit out of place but it is still an excellent compilation.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, timely & great value compilation! 29 Feb 2004
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Death Disco, subtitled 'Songs from Under the Dancefloor 1978-1984', is a wonderfully-priced compilation of the post-punk era. Very timely when you consider the hip-things of the last few years- Colder, Radio 4, The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand- have all been distintly post-punk. This could have been a Nuggets for that era, from just after punk (hence the post-tag- though of course Paul Morley more accurately coined 'post-Abba', as there probably was 'post Chic')- but licensing and the compilation being limited to one disc restrict that. However, this & the Rough Trade: Post-Punk 1 compilation would probably be ideal.
This was an era where the DIY-ethos of punk crashed into a revolutionary idea of music- within a few years the Chuck Berry/Eddie Cochran-isms of early Clash & Sex Pistols were traded for a far more adventerous music, of which much is here. January's PIL-covered Mojo contained a good piece on this & the ideal compilation by Jon Savage (someone release this!)- so finally we reach a point in retro-dom where the music has a sense of eclectism & futurism!
Hard to fault the selection here really!- it opens on PIL's Death Disco, one of the greatest tracks from their masterpiece Metal Box (aka Second Edition)- the classic Lydon/Levene/Wobble combine with Can&dub influences to record one of the most emotional songs (alongside Theme) that Lydon has written. The compilation then veers between expected names (Cabaret Voltaire, XTC, The Human League, Heaven 17) with the slightly more obscure (Throbbing Gristle, Rip Rig & Panic, a track from Eno/Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts & even a track from The Higsons!). It's always great to have Daniel Miller's Ballard-influenced electronic classic Warm Leatherette (later covered by Grace Jones)- easily as significant as Autobahn or I Feel Love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This CD gives a great introduction to what was also going on when Punk Rock was rudely interrupted by the election of Margaret Thatcher, and when Duran Duran were poised to take over the airwaves. This is a much darker breed of dance music, mixing up disco with the messthetics of post punk indie social democracy.

This is subversion from the inside. A music which lures in the unsuspecting and turn their heads on to something more thoughtful. Which destroys the bland into a potent menace which provides a real antidote to mediocrity, a way in to the polarised politics of early 80's Britain.

It is easy to forget the radical nature of the NME at the time of the music on the CD. If you were there, it will reawaken the senses. If you are too young, then it will give you an authentic alternative to X Factor, instant fame dross.

Highly Recommended.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars psychodeliciousfunkpunk 23 Jan 2012
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other times,other (odd?) sounds...some call it music but u can call it want you want, I call it: psychodelicousfunkpunk.

grtz from Belgium
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ITS AN INCREIBLE DISC I LOVE IT THEY HAVE A REALY A SPECIAL MIND TO CREATE A COMPLETE EMOTION MUSIC 27 Jan 2013
By Leopoldo - Published on Amazon.com
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ITS AN INCREIBLE DISC I LOVE IT THEY HAVE A REALY A SPECIAL MIND TO CREATE A COMPLETE EMOTION MUSIC
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great 28 Dec 2007
By Travis Herrick - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a pretty decent CD, not really a bad song on it, but also not any songs that knock your socks off either. Just a good solid album
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sinisterwave! 17 July 2004
By globalove - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fabulous collection of post-punk neo-romantic sinisterwave music. I love this cd.
I would only say that heaven 17 and human league do not belong here and that the tracks are rare and brilliant - the origins of electropop
DJ Kreemy
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Goes Waap!!! 3 Aug 2005
By Lou Screw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Any comp with the fabulous Higsons on it is worth the price of admission! Impossible to find their import vinyl and rarely are they mentioned anywhere, anytime. But they were a fun bunch that I had the pleasure of seeing at a club in Queens, NY around 83-84. Buy it for them & then search their stuff on Amazon. Especially their (semi) hit "Run You Down".
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kid A 2 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic album. If you enjoy the Rapture or the Yeah Yeah yeahs, i absolutely recommend this little gem to you.
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