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This review is from: On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
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I don't know if anyone saw the excellent BBC4 documentary The Joy of Disco last Friday, but it really rams home how modern dance music just wouldn't have been the same without Disco. DJ Nicki Siano apparently pioneered the use of beat matching to create endless tunes for people to dance to - something I hadn't quite appreciated - I'd always thought that was all down to the likes of Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash and the other godfathers of Hip Hop. Either way, it's pretty fitting therefore that this Donna Summer Greatest Hits album is presented as one seamless mix of some of the most recognizable tunes from the Disco era (well, as seamless as it's possible to be over four sides of vinyl).
On the Radio, Love to Love You Baby (once extended to a 17 minute mix by the impressively moustachioed producer Giorgio Moroder at the demands of a record exec who said that the revellers at a party he was hosting just didn't want to stop dancing to it), I Feel Love, Bad Girls, Hot Stuff - Donna Summer has tonnes of awesome tunes that quite frankly make you want to move like THIS. Her lilting sexy voice overlaid on top of Giorgio Moroder's thumping electronic beats create an exciting and infectious concoction and I'm kicking myself for never having played this record when attempting to entertain my mates at the various parties I've DJ-ed at with PJ over the years.
Incidentally, as well as producing some of Donna Summer's most well known hits, the highly influential Giorgio Moroder also scored a number of well known movie and TV soundtracks including Scarface, Battlestar Gallactica (although I do not remember the cylon's looking like this in the original. NERDGASM ALERT) Superman 3 and The Never Ending Story. Seriously, what was up with that freaky flying labrador thing. If we're going for weird fantastical kids films from the 80's, give me Labyrinth any day of the week - starring the alarmingly cod-pieced child snatching David Bowie. PJ also informs me that Giorigio Moroder's track Tears was what DJ Shadow sampled to create his awesome Organ Donor. Disco Fact.
All in all it's been a good week in parent core land - this brilliant collection of Donna Summer's greatest has been the perfect antidote to the previous couple weeks of dross. So many tunes to choose from for the parent core play list, but I think just for it's sheer influence and appeal it'll have to be Love to Love you Baby. Right, stop sitting on my radio Donna, I've got to get back to work.