By 1983 disco production worldwide had slowed to a trickle
and there were far fewer new disco and electro-disco songs
compared to 1982.
Almost every dance song from 1983 was heavily dominated,
and in many cases completely created, by electronics.
Some exceptions were disco songs like
"Perfect Lover" by Dea Doll and Karin Setter (1983),
"Maybe This Time" by Norma Lewis (1983),
"Be What You Want to Be" by Ernest Ranglin (1983),
"Just Can't Get Enough" by Lew Kirton (1983), and
"I Love Only You" by Ruth Dawes (1986)
that even continued to use violins.
In the middle of 1985, the last disco hits of
the '80s charted in the United States: "Fresh" by Kool and the Gang (#9
Pop, #1 R&B, #1 Club) and "Glow" by Rick James (#5 R&B, #1 Club). By
August 1985, 13 years after disco's introduction as a genre, it was the
end for mainstream disco in the West for almost an entire decade.
Rough Guide to Bollywood Disco
Disco Music released during 1983:
Anri (a.k.a. Kawashima Eiko) - "Good Bye Boogie Dance" - disco in English and Japanese
Anri (a.k.a. Kawashima Eiko) - "Lady Sunshine" - electro-disco in English and Japanese
and Simpson - "High Rise" - electro-R&B-disco
Band AKA - "Joy"
- electro-disco; reached #24 Pop in the U.K. in
Bappi Lahiri (a.k.a. Alokesh Lahiri) - "Osa Osa" - Hindi electro-disco
Bappi Lahiri and Amit Kumar - "Karate"
- Hindi disco from India
Bappi Lahiri and Asha
Bhosle - "Raat
Aaye Raat Jaye" - Hindi disco from India
Bappi Lahiri and Asha
Lutera" - disco in Hindi and English from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Asha Bhosle, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam,
and Chorus - "Tum Ko Agar Hai Pyar" - disco in Hindi and English from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] and Asha Bhosle - "Wah Wah Khel Shuru Ho Gaya" - Hindi disco-pop from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Sharon Prabhakar and Chorus - "Ding Dong Ding Dong" - Hindi disco from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring the "Hum Se Na Jeeta Koi" singers - "Disco
Disco" - Hindi disco from India
Bappi Lahiri and Usha Uthup - "Superstar Banenge" - Hindi
electro-disco from India
Berdien Stenberg (with the Harry van Hoof Orchestra) - "Tambourin" - disco version
of the classical composition by André-Modeste Gretry
Bibi Flash - "Histoire d'1 Soir (Bye Bye Les Galères)" - French electro-disco with both sung and rapped sections,
influenced by the bassline of Chic's "Good Times"
Bilalian Creation - "(We've Got to) Save the Children (And We'll Save
the World)" - electro-disco-soul
Boys Town Gang - "I
Just Can't Help Believing" - electro-disco
Construction - "Breakdown" -
Carol Lloyd - "Oh, Baby Baby" - electro-disco
Charles Martin [Miasa] - "Tsy Mety Afa-Po" - electro-disco-funk
in Malagasy from Madagascar
Chill Fac-Torr - "Fox Hunting" - electro-disco-funk with a rap segment
in the middle
Contessa - "Super Star" - electro-disco; French (mixed with a little English) version of Cheri's 1982 song "Star Struck"
Dea Doll (a.k.a. Jeannine Ulens) and Karin Setter - "Manhattan" - electro-disco-pop
Dea Doll (a.k.a. Jeannine Ulens) and Karin Setter - "Perfect Lover"
Disfida - "Back to Reality" - electro-disco
Donna Summer - "Bad Girls Medley (Live): Dim All the Lights/Sunset People/Bad Girls/Hot Stuff" - electro-disco reprises of her 1979 hits; recorded live in August 1983 in California
Donna Summer - "Last Dance (Live)" - electro-disco reprise of her 1978 hit; recorded live in August 1983 in California
Donna Summer - "MacArthur Park (Live)" - electro-disco reprise of her hit; recorded live in August 1983 in California
Donna Summer - "On the Radio (Live)" - electro-disco reprise of her hit; recorded live in August 1983 in California
Doobie Brothers - "What
A Fool Believes (Live)" - electro-disco-pop
reprise of their 1978 hit
Elixia - "Soho Nights" - electro-disco
Ellie Hope - "Lucky" - electro-disco
Ernest Ranglin - "Be What You Want to Be"
Ernest Ranglin - "Keep On Dancing" - mellow disco
Ervinna [Monica] - "Ambisi" - Indonesian electro-rock-disco-pop
Ervinna [Monica] - "Belenggu Rindi" - Indonesian disco-pop
Ervinna [Monica] - "Jangan Salahkan Diriku" - Indonesian rock-disco-pop
Ervinna [Monica] - "Kejam Nian" - Indonesian disco-pop
Ervinna [Monica] - "Lupa Kacang Pada Kulitnya" - Indonesian rock-disco-pop
Ervinna [Monica] - "Masa Remaja" - Indonesian electro-disco version of Massara's 1979 hit "Margherita"
Ervinna [Monica] - "Pacarku Di S.M.A." - Indonesian electro-disco-pop-fusion
Ervinna [Monica] - "Waktu Adalah Uang" - Indonesian electro-disco
Evelyn Graves Drama Assn. Massed Choir - "Show Down" - electro-gospel-disco
Expres a.k.a. Trio Expres a.k.a. Grupul Expres - "Niciodată trist să nu fi" - Romanian disco-pop
Fake - "Donna Rouge" - electro-disco-pop
Larry's Band - "Changes" - R&B-disco
Fats Gaines Band presents Zorina - "Born to Dance"
Fats Gaines Band presents Zorina - "Sweet Freak" - electro-disco-funk
Frederik (a.k.a. Ilkka Sysimetsä) - "Rensselit pykälään" - Finnish electro-disco-pop
Frieda Norwood - "Your Love (Is Getting Better All the Time)" - disco-funk
Gāo Língfēng (a.k.a. Frankie Kao) - "Ài xiàng qīng gănlăn" - Mandarin electro-disco-pop from Taiwan
Gāo Língfēng (a.k.a. Frankie Kao) - "Duănfà de nǚhái" - Mandarin electro-disco-pop from Taiwan
Gāo Língfēng (a.k.a. Frankie Kao) - "Huānlè de yuándì" - Mandarin electro-disco-pop from Taiwan
Duke - "Reach
Out" - reached #59 R&B in the USA
Gloria Gaynor (a.k.a.
Gloria Fowles) - "I
Will Survive (1983 Version)" - electro-disco
Gretchen (a.k.a. Maria Odete) - "Super Sexy" - jazzy disco
The Groove Night - "Mabellene" - electro-rock-disco
Günter Noris Big Band - "Jungfrau - Disco" - electro-rock-disco
Gypsy Wade - "Action"
Hi-Voltage - "Hollywood Party" - rock-disco
Hot Chocolate - "Love is a Good Thing" - electro-R&B-disco
Isabelle Antena - "Be
Pop" a.k.a. "Sois Pop" - disco-pop
Janice McClain - "Giving
My Love" - mellow disco
Jayne Kennedy's Advanced Exercise Program - "Love Your Body" -
electro-disco overlaid by introductory words by Jayne Kennedy
Jeffrey Osborne - "Don't You Get So Mad" - electro-disco-soul; reached #3 R&B in the USA in 1983 and #25 Pop in the USA
Jessica - "Amour À Minut" - French electro-disco
Jessie Rogers - "One
Monkey Don't Stop No Show" - electro-disco
K.I.D. - "Come and Get It" - electro-disco
Kamelie (Hana [Buštiková] & Dana [Vlková]) -
"Nemůžu Spát" - Czech electro-disco
Kamelie (Hana [Buštiková] & Dana [Vlková]) -
"Video Disko" - Czech electro-disco
Kang Byung Chul and Samtaegys - "Badasgaui chueog" - Korean electro-disco-pop
Kang Byung Chul and Samtaegys - "Susukkekki (heulleoheulleo dol-adol-a)" - Korean electro-rock-disco
Kang Byung Chul and Samtaegys - "Yeoldunyangjjali insaeng" - Korean disco-pop
Kay Ishiguro - "Purplish Night" - mellow electro-disco in English and Japanese
Kay Ishiguro - "Utsuro na Futari" - Japanese electro-disco-pop
Kumar [Ganguly] and Asha
Bhosle - "Yaar
Mila" - Indian-styled disco in Hindi
Kitty Grant - "Glad to Know You" - jazzy electro-disco cover of Chas
Jankel's 1981 hit
Koji Makaino - "Dancing Sandrats / Danshingu Sandorattsu" - electro-rock-disco
Koji Makaino - "Just Running Run! / Hashiri Tsuzukete" - electro-rock-disco
and the Gang - "Straight
Ahead" - electro-disco; reached #103 Pop in the USA in 1984
Koós János - "Tarzan" - Hungarian disco
Lafleur - "Boogie Nights (Special Remix)" - electro-disco cover of the
1976 Heatwave hit
Laine - "Lõpulaul" - Estonian Hi-NRG-disco that copies the
melody of 1979's Hi-NRG-disco tune "Walking on Music" by Peter Jacques
Letta Mbulu - "Sweet Juju" - electro-disco
Letta Mbulu - "The Village" - electro-R&B-disco
Lew Kirton - "Just Can't Get Enough" - disco-soul
Livy Ekemezie - "Delectation" - electro-disco
Livy Ekemezie - "Friday Night" - electro-disco
Livy Ekemezie - "Get It Down" - funky electro-disco
Livy Ekemezie - "Holiday Action" - electro-disco
Livy Ekemezie - "Night Party" - funky electro-disco
Loose Joints - "Tell
MCB - "I'm
the One" - funky disco-soul
Maiko Ito - "Aki no Hohozue" - Japanese electro-disco-pop
Manhattan Rhythm (featuring the Smithcox Organization) - "Manhattan
Rhythm" - disco-soul
Manny's - "I Love You So"
Marcos Valle - "Para os filhos de Abraão" - Portuguese electro-disco from Brazil
Marcy Luarks and Classic Touch - "Electric Murder" - electro-disco
Marcy Luarks and Classic Touch - "Inspiration" - electro-R&B-disco
Marcy Luarks and Classic Touch - "Shake" - funky electro-disco
Margino - "Getting Hot" - mellow electro-disco cover of Gwen McCrae's 1982
song; reached #24 Pop in South Africa in late 1983
Margino - "Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life" - funky electro-disco cover of
Indeep's 1982 hit with sound effects and rap sections;
reached #16 Pop in South Africa in 1983
Martha [Elefteriadu] a Tena [Elefteriadu] - "Modravé svítání" - Czech electro-disco version of 1979's disco hit "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer
Master Jam - "Dancin' All Night" - electro-R&B-disco
Matti Esko - "Näin viime yönä meistä unta" - Finnish disco-pop
Menage - "Memory (Theme from the Broadway Musical 'Cats')
(Instrumental)" - disco version of the famous song written by T.S.
Eliot and Trevor Nunn with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Michigan Avenue - "That's
How Heartaches Are Made" - disco version of the 1969 song by the
Minnie and the Pau Pau - "I Love the Penguin" - electro-disco-pop (italo-disco)
Mona Carita [Hautanen] - "Me emme laske viiteen" -
Finnish electro-rock-disco version of Irene Cara's 1980 hit "Fame"
Montana Sextet featuring Nadiah - "Who Needs Enemies (With a Friend
Neil Lockwood - "Tell Tale Heart" - mellow electro-disco
Nini Rosso - "Italian Suite" - jazzy disco medley of various discofied
songs, and including a cover of "More" by Kai Winding
Nini Rosso - "Music of Ennio Morricone" - jazzy disco medley of songs
by Ennio Morricone
Nini Rosso - "Neapolitan Medley" - jazzy disco medley of various
Nini Rosso - "Sanremo Medley" - jazzy Italian-language disco medley of
various discofied songs, and includes a cover of the disco classic "Tell
Me How You Like It" by John Davis and the Monster Orchestra
Noodweer - "In De
Disco (Special Re-Mix)" - disco in Dutch; reached #11 Pop in the
Noodweer - "Kom Bij Ons" - Dutch rock-disco
Noreen Noor - "Dia dan dunianya" - Malay disco-pop from Malaysia
Norma Lewis - "Maybe
This Time" - disco version, with slightly
modified lyrics, of the 1964 song written by John Kandler and Fred Ebb
and made famous by Liza Minnelli in the 1972 film version of the musical
Palmino Pia - "Apricot Day"
[Pedro] Almodóvar y [Fabio De Miguel] McNamara - "Safari" - Spanish electro-rock-disco
[Pedro] Almodóvar y [Fabio De Miguel] McNamara - "Satana, S.A." - Spanish electro-rock-disco
[Pedro] Almodóvar y [Fabio De Miguel] McNamara - "Susan Get Down" - electro-rock-disco-pop in English and Spanish
Philippe Wynne - "You
Ain't Going Anywhere But Gone" - disco-soul
Q - "The
Voice of 'Q'" - electro-disco
Rick Dees - "Hurt Me Baby - Make Me Write Bad Checks"
Rita Butar Butar - "Pelangi Cinta" - Indonesian electro-disco-pop
Rita Lee e Roberto [De Carvalho] - "Banho De Espuma" -
electro-disco-pop in Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish; theme song to the
Italian television program "Te lo do io il Brasile"
Ritchie Family - "Real
Love" - electro-R&B-disco
Ritchie Family - "Stop and Think" - funky electro-disco
Rodney Dangerfield - "Rappin' Rodney" - mix of disco and rap; parody;
reached #83 Pop in the USA in January 1984
Roy Hamilton - "How Do You Do (Original Mix)" - electro-disco
S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki, and Bappi Lahiri - "Ennai
Yarum Thottathillai" - Hindi electro-disco from India
Sapan Jagmohan featuring Parvati Khan - "Twinkle Twinkle Little
Star" - electro-disco song with lyrics from the 1806 English poem
"The Star" by Jane Taylor
Sassy Alan featuring Marcia Elder - "Ask
Me to Dance" - electro-disco
Satyam featuring S. Janaki and P. Bajirao - "Ye Silliboy" -
electro-disco in Telugu and English from India
Scraptown - "Taxman Ratman" - jazzy electro-disco
Mendes - "Voo
Doo" - jazzy electro-disco
Sharon Prabhakar, Bappi Lahiri, and Chorus - "Chalo Calcutta"
- Hindi rock-disco-pop from India;
melody partly copies that of 1983's synth-pop hit "Maniac" by Michael Sembello
Shine - "Dance-O-Matic" - electro-disco
Snaps - "Black is Black" - electro-rock-disco version of the 1966 Los Bravos classic
Squish - "Get Up" - electro-disco
Starshine - "All I Need
is You" - electro-disco-funk
Stereo Fun, Inc. - "Got You Where I Want You Babe" - Hi-NRG-disco
cover of the 1976 Hazell Dean song "Got You Where I Want You";
reached #16 Dance in the USA in 1983
[James] - "Band of Gold" - electro-disco version of Freda
Payne's 1970 hit with a section covering "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey
Bunch)" by the Four Tops
Technique - "Can
We Try Again?" - Hi-NRG-disco; the B-side of the
"(Looking for Someone to Love) Tonight" single, together the two songs
reached #29 Dance in the USA in 1983
Ubangi - "Do Your Duty" - electro-rock-disco-pop
Ubangi - "Gino" - jazzy electro-disco-pop
Ubangi - "Heartbeat" - electro-disco-pop
Ubangi - "Just a Little Bit Shy" - electro-disco-pop
Ubangi - "Watch Me Carefully" - electro-rock-disco-pop
Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri - "Fever, It's a Love Fever" - disco in
English and Hindi from India
Usje Sukatma - "Waiting
For Your Love" - electro-disco-funk
Valery Leontiev - "Polet Na Del'taplane" - Russian disco-pop
Valery Leontiev - "Reka Detstva" - Russian disco-pop
Viktoras Malinauskas - "Lunaparke" -
Voggue - "I Love to Dance" - electro-rock-disco
Voggue - "Loverboy" - electro-disco-pop
Voggue - "Sun Struck Lovers" - mellow electro-disco
Wendy Lambert - "Never Without You (Just Holding You) (Extended
Version)" - electro-disco
- "A Ray of
Boys" - electro-disco-pop; reached #2 Pop in the U.K. in 1983
- "Come On" -
Machine" - remake of the 1975 hit by the Miracles
Xú Jiā Lì - "Nándào shì fēng" - Mandarin rock-disco-pop from Taiwan
Yan Tregger Team - "Bloodnight" - electro-disco
Yan Tregger Team - "Shout in the Dark" - electro-disco
Yehudit Ravitz - "Bo'u LeRio (Come to Rio)" - Hebrew rock-disco from
Yoon-Sun Jeong - "Cheos-salang" - Korean rock-disco-pop
Yoon-Sun Jeong - "Nae ma-eum-eul kkeuneun salam" - Korean mellow disco
Yoon-Sun Jeong - "Nolaehamyeo chumchumyeo" - Korean rock-disco
Yoon-Sun Jeong - "Yeong-wonhan yeon-in" - Korean rock-disco
"Circles" by Atlantic Starr was featured on the October 22, 1983 episode
of "Soul Train". "I Can't Shake This Feeling" by Klique was a highlight of
the May 14, 1983 episode of "Soul Train".
Chas Jankel performed "Glad to Know You" on the February
26, 1983 broadcast of "American Bandstand".
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" by Billy Ocean is definitely a
great party song, which became a big hit in 1984, reaching #1 Pop in the
USA in November 1984, but I don't think it can be classified as disco;
despite the violin-sounding flourishes (apparently arranged by Barry
Eastmond) and the presence of some real instruments including guitar,
and a great saxophone solo, the overall sound is not disco, the bassline
is provided by an electronic synth bass, and the 4/4 beat is the
heavy '80s-like type. Another great non-disco party song this year was
"Tonight" by Kool and the Gang (rock-dance).
"Let's Dance" by David Bowie and "I'm Only Shooting Love" by Time Bandits
are also great but not disco.
Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money" is not disco, nor is "Love
Town" by Booker Newbury III, nor "Get Down Saturday Night" by Oliver
Cheatham (#37 R&B in the USA in spring 1983), nor "Love Game" by Pure Energy,
nor "I.O.U." by Freeez (#2 Pop in the U.K. in summer 1983),
nor "Loving You" by Status IV (electro-dance-funk),
nor "Follow the Brightest Star" by Voyage,
nor "Skiing in the Snow" by Laura Pallas and the Reputations,
nor "So Many Men, So Little Time" by Miquel Brown, nor "I Am What I Am"
by Gloria Gaynor (a U.K. Top 20 hit in 1983; Hi-NRG), nor "You Can't Hide
(Your Love from Me)" by David Joseph (#13 Pop in the U.K. in March 1983;
"All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie is a calypso-dance song.
"Paris Latino" by Bandolero is a rap-dance song in Spanish and English
with electro-disco sections.
Crown" by Gary Byrd and the GB Experience featuring Stevie Wonder is
a disco-flavored funk song with rap sections.
"Magic" by Circle City Band is electro-funk.
Julia and Company's "Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)", which reached #15 Pop
in the U.K. in 1984, is R&B-dance.
"Disco King" by Carrara, "Disco Delight" by Regina Rogers,
and "Flashlight on a Disco Night" by Rofo are electronic dance.
Disco Connection's cover of Patrick Hernandez's "Born to be Alive" is
Disco Music released during 1984:
Myers - "Appreciation"
Almir Ricardi - "Rebola Bola" -
Portuguese electro-disco from Brazil
Aurélia - "Ma discothèque" - French electro-rock-disco-pop
Bappi Lahiri featuring the "Chakma" singers - "Chakma" - Hindi disco
Boys Town Gang featuring Cynthia Manley with Debbie
Jacobs, Jessica Williams, Two Tons O' Fun, Sylvester
[James], Margaret Reynolds, Jeanie
Tracy, Jo-Lo, and Marlena Shaw - "Dance
Trance Medley (Megamix)" - electro-disco medley consisting of remakes
of "Dance Trance/You're the One", "High on Your Love", "Hot Hot (Give It
All You Got)", "Gambling on Your Love", "Queen of Fools", "I Got the
Feeling", "Dance (Disco Heat)", "Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven", "Keep On
Holding On", "Disco Kicks", "Dance Trance", "Touch Me in the Morning",
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough", and the grand finale of "We Are Family"
Construction - "International" - electro-disco-funk
Brass Construction - "Partyline" - electro-disco
Carol Jiani (a.k.a. Uchenna Ikejiani) - "Don't Leave Me This Way" -
cover of the disco song made famous by Thelma Houston
Cercle of New York - "Meddley CHIC" - a
medley of short versions of songs originally recorded by Chic, beginning
with a disco cover of "Le Freak", followed by an electro-disco cover of
"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)", a non-disco cover of
"Rebels Are We", an electro-funk cover of "You Are Beautiful", a
disco-funk version of "Stage Fright", a disco version of "Believer", a
disco cover of "Good Times", a funk cover of "Hangin'", and
concluding with repeats of "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "Le Freak"
Barry - "Trippin' on the Moon" - electro-disco
Contrast - "Tantalize" - funky electro-disco with sung and rapped lyrics
Cover Boys - "Reality" - electro-rock-disco
Don Laka - "I Wanna Be Myself" - electro-R&B-disco
Dubravka [Jusić] - "Fortuna" - Croatian electro-disco-pop from Yugoslavia
Expo featuring J. Eliot Robinson - "Road to Sunshine" - electro-disco
Finesse - "Dance People" - funky electro-disco which includes the
lyrics "do it any way you wanna do it, do it any way you wanna" from
People's Choice's 1975 disco hit "Do It Anyway You Wanna", and "it
don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" from the song of that
title by Duke Ellington, but which is otherwise lyrically original
Frederik (a.k.a. Ilkka Sysimetsä) - "Porompompom" - Spanish-flavored electro-disco-pop version of the song "El porompompero" by Juan Solano in Finnish and Spanish
Frederik (a.k.a. Ilkka Sysimetsä) - "Singapore" -
Chinese-flavored electro-disco-pop in Finnish with some resemblance to "Genghis Khan" by Dschinghis Khan
Freedom - "All For You" - electro-R&B-disco
Fresh Band - "Come
Back Lover" - electro-disco; reached #68 Club in the USA
Germannu - "Fale de Mim" - Portuguese electro-disco-pop from Brazil
Gibson Brothers - "(Hey Ho) Move Your Body" - electro-rock-disco-pop
Hani Shenuda Group - "Adini Eaqluk" - Arabic disco from Egypt
The Horn Section a.k.a. T.H.S. - "Lady
Shine (Shine On)" - electro-disco
Hot Luv - "You Do It Right" - electro-disco-funk
Ilaiyaraaja featuring S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and S. P. Sailaja -
"Oru Nayagan" - Tamil electro-disco from India
Jesse James - "I
Can Feel Your Love Vibes" - mellow disco-soul
Jessica Williams - "I Wanna Be" - electro-disco
José Joseé (a.k.a. José Romulo Sosa Ortiz) - "De
Hombre a Hombre" - Spanish disco
K-Ram - "Menage a Trois (Long Version)" - funky electro-disco with a
mix of sung and rapped lyrics
Kat Mandu - "We Got Your Groove" - funky electro-disco
Kazi Arindam - "Mere Liye Too Bani" - Indian-flavored instrumental
disco cover of this Indian film song
and the Gang - "Fresh"
- electro-disco; reached #9 Pop in June 1985 in the USA: #1 R&B and #1
Club in the USA in 1985
Matsubara - "S.O.S." - jazzy electro-disco
Matti Esko - "Lämmin, hellä ja pehmoinen" - Finnish electro-disco-pop
Matti Esko - "Sun piti viimeisellä bussilla tulla" - Finnish electro-disco-pop
Michael Jackson - "Farewell My Summer Love (1984 Remix)" -
R&B-disco; vocals recorded in September 1973 but first released in May 1984;
reached #7 Pop in the UK in 1984, #38 Pop in the USA in July 1984, and #20 on the U.S. Billboard
Adult Contemporary chart; the Original Mix, first released in 2009, isn't disco
Mike Jemison - "Break On Down"
Mirage - "Let's Groove (Medley)" - a medley of short versions of songs
originally recorded by Earth, Wind, and Fire, beginning with a non-disco
version of "In the Stone", followed by a non-disco version of "Star", a
recreation of the disco-R&B "September", a disco cover of "Boogie
Wonderland", a non-disco version of "I've Had Enough", and disco covers
of "Can't Let Go" and "Let's Groove"
Neco (a.k.a. Tahir Nejat Özyılmazel) - "Bir Yaşam Öküsü" - Turkish mellow electro-disco-pop
Neco (a.k.a. Tahir Nejat Özyılmazel) - "Hani" - Turkish electro-disco
Preeti Sagar - "Maasti
Men Jhoomo Gaao" - Hindi electro-rock-disco from India
Preeti Sagar - "Zindagi Ke Din Thode" - Hindi electro-disco from India
Salma Agha and Bappi Lahiri - "Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena" - Hindi
rock-disco from India; instrumentation and song title influenced by
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
Salt of the Earth - "He Will Deliver" - electro-gospel-disco
Sharda - "Hotel
Mein Bottle" - disco in Hindi and English from India
Sharon Prabhakar - "Dance Dance Dance" - electro-disco in English and
Hindi from India
Shina Williams and His African Percussionists - "Agboju Logun" a.k.a. "Agb'oju L'ogun" - African electro-disco-funk in Nigeria's Yoruba language
Tom dan Jerry - "Bersenan Disco" - Indonesian electro-disco-pop version of Ervinna's 1980 Mandarin disco-pop song "Mèng zhōng de māmā"
Tom dan Jerry - "Haha - Hihi - Huhu" - Indonesian electro-disco-pop version of Boney M's "Daddy Cool"
Tom dan Jerry - "Hai, Pahlawan" - Indonesian electro-disco-pop version of Dschinghis Khan's 1979 eponymous song
Tom dan Jerry - "Oh, Jakarta" - Indonesian electro-disco version of Eruption's 1979 hit "One Way Ticket" but with different lyrics
Tom dan Jerry - "Sepatu Roda" - Indonesian electro-disco-pop version of Boney M's "Gotta Go Home"
Trammps - "Fantacity" - electro-disco
Usha Uthup - "Main Gul Badan" - Hindi disco from India
ƁƐƞƐƌiƈt - "Kasam Paida Karnewale" - Hindi disco from India;
title track to the 1984 film "Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki"
DISCO FOR CHILDREN
Mazi Cohen, Daphna Armoni, Gidi Gov sang the Hebrew-language theme song
to the television show Rekhov Sumsum, the Israeli version of
Sesame Street, since 1983. It was written by Ali Mohar and
composed by Yoni Rechter. It got included on the 1984 vinyl album from
CBS with the number 25677.
"Rechov Sumsum" - Hebrew electro-disco
Other children's disco songs from this year:
Amajika - "Tamati-So (Tomato Sauce)" - electro-disco in English and some South African black language
A remix of Sister Sledge's 1979 song "Lost in Music" which still retained
its disco flavor became a hit in Britain for a second time during 1984.
The disco-flavored "Give It Up" by K.C. was featured on the March 31, 1984 edition of
"I Feel For You" by Chaka Khan is great but it's not disco.
Other popular non-disco electronic dance songs from 1984
included "Freakshow on the Dancefloor" by the Bar-Kays, "You Spin Me
'Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive (Hi-NRG), "High Energy" by Evelyn
Thomas (Hi-NRG), "Disco Band" by Scotch, "Glamorous Life" by Sheila E.,
"We Can Make It" by Purple Flash, "Florida (Move Your Feet)" by Paul
Sharada, "Dr. Beat" by Miami Sound Machine, and "Change of Heart" by
Carol Jiani (a.k.a. Uchenna Ikejiani) released the non-disco track "Touch
and Go Lover" this year.
Cafe Society's remake of "Relight My Fire" is electro-dance. "Black
Stations/White Stations" by Martha and the Muffins (M + M) is funk-pop.
"You Do It Right" by Hot Luv is electro-funk
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester (1978) plays in the
soundtrack of the 1984 documentary "The
Times of Harvey Milk".
Disco Music released during 1985:
Aija Kukule - "Es Pati Vēroju" - Latvian electro-disco-pop
Bhosle and Kishore
Kumar [Ganguly] - "Jhoom Jhoom Ke" - Indian-flavored
disco/dance-pop in Hindi
Bappi Lahiri and S. Janaki - "Yaar Bina Chain Kanha Ray" - Hindi disco-pop from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Kishore
Kumar [Ganguly] and S. Janaki - "Ankhe
Do" - Hindi disco from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Malaysia Vasudevan and Vani Jairam - "Aattathil
Naame" - Tamil disco from India, based on the 1979 Buggles hit
"Video Killed the Radio Star", using the instrumentation of "Auva Auva
Koi Yahan Nache" from 1982 but with different vocals
Bappi Lahiri featuring P. Susheela - "Anbe Anbe" -
Tamil version of Parvati Khan's "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja" from 1982
Bappi Lahiri featuring S. P. Balasubrahmanyam - "Adi Kann Ilamum
Penne" - Tamil disco-pop version of 1982's song "Ae Oh Aa Zara
Mudke" using the same instrumentation but different vocals
Bappi Lahiri featuring S. P. Balasubrahmanyam - "En
Ninaivuthane" - Tamil disco version of the 1982 Hindi song
"Yaad Aa Raha Hai" using the same instrumentation but different vocals
Bappi Lahiri featuring S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and Chorus -
Dance" - disco in Tamil and English from India, covering the
1982 Hindi song "I am a Disco Dancer"
Biddu Orchestra - "Himalayan
Sunrise" - Indian-flavored disco
Black Lace - "D.I.S.C.O."
- electro-disco-pop cover of Ottawan's hit
Black Lace - "Y.M.C.A./In the Navy" - electro-disco covers of the
disco hits by the Village People
Blue Feather - "Who
Will Be the One" - electro-R&B-disco
Doris Guy - "Listen
Baby" - electro-disco
Francis Moore Orchestra - "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" - instrumental
disco version of the 1976 hit by Elton John and Kiki Dee
Irina Uvarova - "Mama, ty
zhe sama molodoyu bila" - Russian disco
Jazz Orchestra by Gustav Brom a.k.a. Dzhaz-orkestr Gustava Broma -
"Sovremenniy Vietnamskiy Tanets" a.k.a. "Modern Vietnamese Dance" - jazzy electro-disco
Kevin McCord - "Never Say" - jazzy electro-disco
Mc4 - "Gow Dance" - italo-disco (electro-disco)
Pandit Dinesh and Kumkum Khazanchi - "Pyaar Tumhen Karte Hain" - Hindi
mellow electro-disco-pop from India
Peggi Blu (a.k.a. Peggie Blue) - "I Want It All Now" - electro-disco
Petra Janů - "Last Dance" - cover of Donna Summer's 1978 hit
The Rats and Star - "Nettaiya /
Manatsu No Ecstasy" - disco in Japanese and English
James - "Glow" -
electro-disco; reached #1 Club for 2 weeks in the USA in summer 1985,
#5 R&B in the USA in 1985
Rita Butar Butar - "Siapa Bilang Aku Cinta" -
Indonesian mellow electro-disco-pop
Sandy P. - "Dancing on the Moon (D.J. Version)" - electro-disco (italo-disco)
Sharon Prabhakar - "Aayeh Bahon Mein" - electro-disco in Hindi and
English from India with its instrumentation covering 1975's Swahili disco
track "A.I.E. (A'mwana)" by Black Blood
Sharon Prabhakar, Parvati Khan, and Ursula - "Tum
Meri Nazar Se Dekho" - Hindi electro-rock-disco from India
The Swinging Erudites - "Disco Lives! (Tribute to the Village People)"
- electro-rock-disco parody medley with modified lyrics from the
Village People hits "Macho Man", "YMCA", and "In the Navy"
Mai Tai's "History" a.k.a. "Our Love is History" (1985) is structurally
electro-funk with real rhythm-guitar, bass, and synth backing.
Kasso's "Baby Doll" is electro-funk.
Fresh Color's "Disco Future" is synth-pop.
Disco Music released during 1986:
ABBA - "Gimme,
Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" - electro-rock-disco-pop reprise
of their 1979 track, recorded live in 1979 in England
Agitpop - "Funkytown" - rock-disco version of the Lipps, Inc. hit
Bhosle and Bappi Lahiri - "Bugi
Bugi" - Hindi electro-disco-pop from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Asha
Bhosle, Amit Kumar, and Chorus - "Music is My Life" - Indian-flavored disco
in English and Hindi from India
Jazz Orchestra by Gustav Brom a.k.a. Dzhaz-orkestr Gustava Broma -
"Adigeyskiy Tanets" a.k.a. "Adigei Dance" - jazzy electro-disco
Jazz Orchestra by Gustav Brom a.k.a. Dzhaz-orkestr Gustava Broma -
"Chukotskiy Tanets" a.k.a. "Chukot Dance" - electro-rock-disco
Joan Mascarenhas - "Disco Je Mane" -
Gujarati electro-disco-pop version of the 1980 song "Disco Deewane" by Nazia and Zoheb Hassan
Kenny Hamber with Starr Drive - "Never
Found a Girl" - electro-disco-soul
Manoj Gyan featuring Peenaz Masani - "Zulfon Ka Andhera Hai" -
Hindi disco-pop from India
Marian Stockley - "Give Me Love" - Middle Eastern-flavored electro-disco
Popsicles - "These are the Good Times (1986 Version from Rosewood Records)" - electro-disco reworking of their 1983 song
Premonition - "Don't Act Like a Fool" - electro-rock-disco
Ruth Dawes - "I Love Only You" - disco-soul
Savvy - "Mizz Mean" - electro-rock-disco-pop
Seok Hye-Won - "Waltzing Matilda" - Korean electro-disco version of the Australian traditional song
Sharon Prabhakar - "Aap Kya Aaye" - Hindi electro-disco-pop from India
Shí Ānnī a.k.a. Annie Shi -
"Shēngmìng de xiǎohé" - Mandarin rock-disco-pop
String Orchestra conducted by Leszek Bogdanowicz - "Agat" a.k.a. "Agate"
Sugjamae a.k.a. Sook Sisters - "Salang-ui nageune"
- Korean electro-rock-disco
Zorro - "Azteca" - electro-latin-disco-fusion
Zorro - "El Poncho" - electro-rock-disco in Spanish
1986's "I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz is very cool and has several real
instruments in the mix.
The piano-heavy "Move Your Body" by Marshall Jefferson is a nice house song.
"Queen of the Disco" by Whitehouse Connection is electro-R&B-dance with
real bass and real rhythm guitar.
"Disco Halloween" by Forbidden Fruits is italo-styled electro-dance.
The disco hit "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey plays during a
scene in the 1986 film "At Close Range".
Disco Music released during 1987:
Alisha Chinai - "Yaar Mera Kho Gaya" - Hindi disco-pop from India
Alisha Chinai - "Zooby
Zooby" - Hindi rock-disco from India; based on Modern Talking's
1986 song "Brother Louie"
Bappi Lahiri featuring Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] and Asha Bhosle - "Touch Me" - disco in English and Hindi from India; partly covers Samantha Fox's 1986 hit
Bappi Lahiri featuring Sharon Prabhakar - "A Jibon Madhu" - Bengali electro-disco-pop from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring the cast of "Himmat Aur Mehanat" - "Touch Me (I
Want Your Body)" - Indian disco version of the 1986 Samantha Fox hit, with
modified lyrics, in English and Hindi
The Charades - "Don't Push It, Don't Force It" - electro-disco-funk version of Leon Haywood's 1980 funk hit
The Charades - "Last Dance" - electro-disco version of Donna Summer's 1978 disco hit
The Charades - "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" - electro-disco-soul version of Lou Rawls' 1976 hit
Frieda - "Disco Lover"
Loretta Stokes - "You'll
Never Escape My Love" - recorded in 1979,
but first released in 1987 by Nightmare Gold Records as a 12" single
Pearly Gates - "No
Two Ways About It" - recorded in late 1979 or early 1980, but first
released in 1987 by Nightmare Gold Records as a 12" single
Pearly Gates - "Fading
into the Light" - mellow disco; recorded in late 1979 or early 1980,
but first released in 1987 by Nightmare Gold Records as a 12" single
Susan Wells - "Nightmare"
- recorded in 1979, but first released in 1987 by Nightmare Gold Records
as a 12" single
1987's awesome "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley is a Hi-NRG song
that has echoes of the disco vibe, especially during the 16 seconds in
the middle where the real guitar gets strumming while the background
girls sing "oooh give you up, oooh give you up" and Rick follows with
"never gonna give, never gonna give...never gonna give, never gonna give".
Fleetwood Mac's "Little
Lies" is an electro-pop tune that has a real bass being played and
real drums played usually in a disco pattern so it verges on being disco
though the flavor is different; it reached #4 on the
Billboard US Hot 100 Singles chart in November 1987 and #5 on the UK
Singles Chart in November 1987.
"Love an Adventure" by Pseudo Echo, also from 1987, combines an up-tempo
dance rhythm and electronics with violins.
Disco Music released during 1988:
Alka Yagnik - "Ek Do Teen" - Hindi electro-disco from India
Prysock - "Rock
Me Baby" - jazzy electro-disco remake of "Rock
Your Baby", the 1974 hit by George McCrae
Bappi Lahiri featuring Alisha Chinoy and Sudesh Bhosle - "Pyar
Chahiye Kitni Baar" - Hindi disco from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Aziz - "Pyar Ka Badla" - Hindi disco-pop from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] and Asha Bhosle -
"A Guru Aa Jao" - Hindi disco-pop from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring the cast of "Commando" - "O
Dada O Dada"
- Hindi disco from India; from the soundtrack to the film
"Commando", composed by Bappi Lahiri
Last - "Always
on My Mind" - electro-disco cover of the 1982 Willie Nelson
country-pop hit; this version, which appears on the 1988 album "Dance
Dance Dance", differs from the country version James Last released on his
2004 album "Country Roads"
Plunky - "This is Our Time"
Sharon Prabhakar - "Intezar" -
Hindi electro-disco-pop from India
ƁƐƞƐƌiƈt - "O Mere Apne O
Mere Sapne" - Hindi disco from India; from the soundtrack to the film
"Commando", composed by Bappi Lahiri
DISCO FOR CHILDREN
Sharda [Rajan Iyengar]'s 1988 album Children's Disco Musical Stories was made in India in the English language. It features the following disco songs, some of which were sung by her, others by children or other adults:
"Jack in the Beanstalk: Fee-fi-fo-fum" - electro-disco version of the nursery rhyme
"Jack in the Beanstalk: I Don't Know What to Do" - electro-disco
"Jack in the Beanstalk: In the Navy" - "instrumental rock-disco version of the Village People's hit
"Jack in the Beanstalk: It's Fun to Climb the Beanstalk" - electro-disco
"Jack in the Beanstalk: Then Goes Jack Quickly Down the Beanstalk" - electro-disco
"Jack in the Beanstalk: To the Fair in the Town I Go" - electro-disco
"Little Red Riding Hood: Are You Feeling Better, Grandmother?" - electro-disco
"Little Red Riding Hood: Butterflies" - electro-disco
"Little Red Riding Hood: Oh Hum Hum, Oh Yum Yum" - electro-disco
"Little Red Riding Hood: Tell Me" - mellow electro-disco
"Little Red Riding Hood: Thank God"
"Tribute (Right On)" by The Pasadenas (a #5 Pop hit in the U.K. in 1988)
is a great danceable soul song that has a heavy bass, rhythm guitar,
horns, and a mix of disco-timed and erratic dance beats. It is considered
a disco song by some people.
The 1988 electro-dance remake of Penny McLean's "Lady Bump" by The Bump
Project featuring Loni Peroni also succeeds in keeping a disco vibe.
So does the 1988 electro-dance remake of Harold Melvin and the Blue
Notes's "The Love I Lost" by Seventh Avenue.
And check out all the real instruments on the 1988 dance song "Flashin'
Back (Dance Mix)" by Tyrone Davis, very untypical for that year.
"Disco Maniac" by Denise and Baby's Gang is italo-styled electro-dance.
"Teardrops" by Womack and Womack is electro-dance with electronic bass.
Disco Music released during 1989:
Diana Ross released one of the last disco
songs of the 1980s, a live cover of "Love Hangover", recorded in Wembley
Arena in London in June 1989. It was included on her album "Greatest Hits
Live", released November 20, 1989. But the songs that get the distinction
for last 1980s disco releases are "La Vie Continue" by Fragile on the
Rocks, released as a 7- and 12- inch single in Belgium in December 1989
(and in France early the following year) and "Main Jaadugar" by Kalyanji
Anandji on the soundtrack album "Jaadugar" that came out in December 1989
though the movie itself came out in August 1989.
Alisha Chinai and Shailendra Singh - "I am a Bad Girl" - electro-disco
in English and Hindi from India; copies some elements from Michael Jackson's
Asha Bhosle and Bappi Lahiri - "Main To Moon Malamal" - Indian-flavored Hindi disco-pop from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Amit Kumar and Asha Bhosle - "Aap Ki Khatir" - Indian-flavored Hindi disco-fusion from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Asha Bhosle and Amit Kumar - "Mitti Ban Jaye Sona" - Hindi disco-pop from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Asha Bhosle and Vĳa¥ ƁƐƞƐƌiƈt - "Hum To Hain Dil Ke Diwane" - disco-pop in Hindi and English from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Kishore Kumar [Ganguly] and Asha Bhosle - "Ye Hawayen" - disco-pop in Hindi and English from India
Bappi Lahiri featuring Mohammed Aziz - "Raiszaada Raiszaada" a.k.a.
"Main Hu Dil Ka Raiszaada" - Indian-flavored disco in Hindi from India
Bhagwanti Navani - "Dance Kari Yoon" - Sindhi electro-disco-pop from India
Bhagwanti Navani - "Jagi Jadu Lae Viya - Sachal" - Sindhi electro-disco-pop from India
Ross - "Love
Hangover" - electro-disco reprise of her 1976 hit; recorded live in
England in 1989
Dink Perry and the Breeze Band - "Between Hello and
- electro-disco-pop version of Arthur Prysock's 1977 disco song
Fragile on the Rocks - "La
Vie Continue" - French electro-disco
version of "And the Beat Goes On", the 1979 hit by the Whispers
Das Große Tanzorchester Ambros Seelos - "Never
Gonna Give You Up" - instrumental electro-disco version of Rick Astley's
1987 Hi-NRG hit
Jimmy Somerville - "You
Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" - electro-disco cover of the 1978
Sylvester hit; reached #34 Dance in the USA in spring 1990; reached #5 Pop
in the U.K. in January 1990
Kalyanji Anandji featuring Kumar Sanu and Jolly Mukherjee - "Main
Jaadugar" - Hindi disco from India
Pearly Gates - "The
Race is On" - recorded in late 1979 or early 1980, but first released
in 1989 by Nightmare Records as the B-side of their single "One Less Bell
The Schlagerflowers - "Herz
aus Glas" - German electro-punk-disco version of Blondie's 1978 hit "Heart of Glass"
Trio Poseidon - "Revontulet" - Finnish mellow electro-disco-pop
Big Fun's "Can't Shake the Feeling" (1989) is very disco-like for an
electronic dance number.
There's also a disco influence on some of the music by Ten City, such as
their 1989 deep-house track "That's the Way Love Is"; check out the
"Underground Mix Version" for disco flavor, as the group emphasized real
instruments and powerful vocals.
"Express Yourself" by Madonna (1989) is interesting for its use of real
rhythm guitar and real horns, though the bassline is fake and the overall
sound is very electro-dance particularly with the '80s-styled beats.
Loleatta Holloway's 1980 disco song "Love Sensation" was sampled on Black
Box's 1989 dance hit "Ride on Time", which soared to #1 Pop in the U.K. in
Lisa Stansfield's soulful 1989 single "All Around the World" (a #1 Pop hit
in the U.K. in November 1989, and a #3 Pop hit in the USA in April 1990)
was an outstanding violin-backed pop song. Stansfield chose to refer to
her music as "disco" (even though it really isn't).
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