Take the gayest song ever and sample it and make a fun upbeat electro disco recording of it utilizing elements of The Weather GirlsPaul Jabara written hit song It’s Raining Men and you have a fun track! That’s exactly what Beatfanatic did with Goin Out. It’s from his album Beat A Part which is chock full of electro disco cuts with a heavy 80s influence. My delicious cup of tea. LOL! I love it and have been exploring more and more of Beatfanatics music lately. Beatfanatic’s music is sample heavy as most of his recordings have one hit 80s disco song or another 70s disco cut. This is a true genius producing music from existing cuts.
Horse Meat Disco 3 picks up where Horse Meat Disco 2 left off last year and I’m digging what I hear so far! Horse Meat Disco 3 is a collection of underground disco cuts that you probably have not heard of before but definitely should as these are the disco cuts that really should be the better known ones. On Horse Meat Disco 3 there are several stand out cuts and edits or remakes/remixes of existing ones. Horse Meat Disco 3 kicks off with French trio Belle Epoque and their hit Miss Broadway with an edit here by Gazeebo. A fun poppy disco cut if you haven’t heard it then it’s certainly worthwhile. Skip ahead to Sweet Dynamite by Claudja Barry edited by Todd Terje! Wow I dig this. I love Claudja Barry’s music and this edit by Todd Terje gives Sweet Dynamite a brand new life! Like Bottin did with Lio’s Sage Oil a couple of years back!
I’m In Love by Yam Who? is a remake of the Sha-Lor classic from the late 80s and it’s great here and I’m In Love definitely deserves the remake treatment as it’s a long lost late 80s dance/house classic. Gosh I can still remember hearing this here in San Francisco back in the late 80s!
Billie Ray Martin? Yes it’s nice she’s back. Can you remember her in the mid 90s with her hit Your Loving Arms Around Me? Well she’s got great new stuff and this cut Sweet Suburban Disco is a standout. Let’s please get a hit out of this one!
Overall a great collection of cuts are represented on Horse Meat Disco 3 and perfectly mixed to perfection by the Horse Meat Disco boys. Worth of owning this great compilation. Preview the tracks below.
Headhunter is one of my all time favorite Industrial tracks if not one of my all time favorite songs ever and to have heard of a remake by Danny Tenaglia in the late 90s was a pretty good surprise from the legendary house music DJ and producer. Headhunter Front 242′s cover song is off of Danny Tenaglia’s Tourism CD and it ends the disc on a very high note. Although Tourism is mostly house vocal house with dashes of progressive thrown in here and there in Danny Tenaglia’s typical deep dark tribaly style (check out Elements on Tourism) that he’s known for but then Headhunter is a slight bit more industrial as it’s a remake of one of the biggest electro industrial songs around and it works great.
2 years after Tourism was released Headhunter by Front 242 received the well deserved remix treatment and I must say those remixes are some of the best of Headhunter by Front 242. Of the package of remixes Noisex Remix of Headhunter is my favorite as dark and heavy on the bass beats with a sleazyness to it. I also like Resistance D Mix, Space Frog Mix, Aqualite Mix and finally the Doug Laurent Mix. But the package of remixes is a must, must have for any Front 242 or remix fan!
Head on over to BestPlaylists.com to check out this excellent list of the 100 Best Dance Songs From The 80s. It’s an awesome list. You can download them as well. Click the link below you won’t be disappointed. Screen capture above.
Since Depeche Mode came out with an amazing collection of remixes called Depeche Mode – Remixes 2: 81-11 I just had to share another Depeche Mode cover here and figured this remake of People Are People by RuPaul for the Depeche Mode 80s classic that got me introduced to the band was the one to put up. People are People is one of the rare songs that still sounds good today. Although People Are People is one of their more poppier songs I still love it and always seek out any remixes or remakes of this song. Unfortunately though I have not heard of any official remixes from Depeche Mode themselves and it’s rarely covered too. I hope when Depeche Mode release Remixes 3 they will actually finally remix this song as it deserves it! Yes?
Everybody Be Somebody by Ruffneck featuring Yavahn was such a big hit when it came out in 1995. I remember hearing it the first time thinking boy they sure did a great job sampling Yello with their 80s new wave dance hit Bostich. Bostich being one of my favorite synth, pop, new wave dance songs and recently had heard a techno remix by Joey Beltram back in 1992 off of FFRR’s Only For The Headstrong compilation, Ruffneck’s take on Bostich was fresh new and very clubby!
I love my remakes and this one is a really nice one by Avicii covering the Eurythmics classic 80s song Sweet Dreams! It’s definitely a bouncy, upbeat housed up club version of the Eurythmics synth pop classic. I love how the robotic vocodered vocals come in and with the big beats it’s really nice and grooving. I’ve heard many remakes and remixes in the past of the Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) but I have to say this version by Avicii is the best one I’ve heard so far.
If you like Sweet Dreams by Avicii then you should check out more by Avicii. His sound is totally now and perfect club music. Avicii is from Sweden and he’s remixed loads of acts like Dizzee Rascal, Robyn, Tim Berg, Daft Punk, Bob Sinclar and many more. Check his other remixes as I’m sure you will dig!
I was lucky enough to hear this new remake cover version of Seedy Films by DMX Krew about 10 years ago. The song has been given the new upbeat electro pop treatment and the darkness has been stripped that’s on the Soft Cell version. Whereas the Soft Cell version is perfect off their classic album this remake by DMX Krew works perfectly on it’s own. I still enjoy this remake by DMX Krew and listen to it every so often. If you haven’t heard of it then it’s time you should enjoy it too. Links below!
14+ Minutes of electronic synth dance pop pleasure! This Book Of Love classic takes on their own cover of the Mike Oldfield classicTubular Bells and mashes it with their own song Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls into an 80s classic underground synth dance bomb. Boy this version is so good! Boy not their hit Boy even though that is a classic as Book Of Love were one of the most underrated acts in the late 80s. I heard their music on Live 105 numerous times and that is how I discovered this excellent New York act. They were signed to Sire records along with Depeche Mode of course and Erasure, Madonna and The Ramones and more!
Tubular Bells and Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls is off of Book Of Love’s excellent 1988 album Lullaby and it was such a great idea to mash up the two tracks together for this excellent 12″ version. This version just goes on and on going in and out of each of the two songs with added horror sounding special effects to remind you of where the original Mike Oldfield version came from the film The Exorcist.
File 13′s Tastes So Good was one of my favorite electro electronic freestyle dance tracks from the mid 80s. This track has phone sex samples from those naughty 976 sex lines in the 80s. This song if you haven’t heard it is a pretty rare cut that’s in my top 100 dance tracks of all time. It’s totally original and i used to hear this on the radio here in the San Francisco Bay Area on Live 105. No one does music like this at least I have not heard anything. No albums or any singles exist of any File 13 material anywhere. Most likely they are all on 12″ used shops but either way this song is certainly worth noting here at DestroyRockAndRoll.com in case those of you don’t know it it’s certainly worth discovering.
If you are looking for more music like File 13s Taste So Good then you definitely have to check out Street Jams Volumes 1 – 3 as they are chock full of electro and freestyle classic dance music. Unfortunately they are not available as a download from iTunes or Amazon but links to Amazon for the actual CDs are below.
The year was 1989 and I was so into music then as I have always been. The music that I was listening to was whatever was being fed to me on Live 105 here in San Francisco. They had a pretty eclectic mix of modern rock, punk, goth and synth pop/dance with a little bit of euro dance thrown in and the beginning sounds of the electronic dance music movement like acid and some house whatever you want to call it. Kon Kan was a regular on Live 105 and their hit I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You A Rose Garden) was on the radio all the time. It was actually a fairly big hit for Kon Kan and not only it was on the modern rock stations it was on the top pop radio stations as well. Well Puss N’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walking) was the second release from their self titled album and was a fairly bit hit for them. At the time I knew that it sampled Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots (Are Made For Walking) but I did not know it also sampled Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. Ok I was not a fan of Zeppelin back then but I have learned to appreciate them since then.
Tiga put himself on the map with the first release of Sunglasses At Night back in 2002. He was part of that electroclash movement and still continues to produce nice electro/dance music that I still listen to and occasionally remixing someone like Cabaret Voltaire or Miike Snow. The second half, Zyntherius is actually Jori Hulkkonen who’s music I also love too. So this combo of the two of them made for a nice collab and release of the Corey Hart classic synth pop track back in 2002. It was so good I suppose it deserved an extra round of remixes 8 years later. The first release included one great remix Naughty’s 42 Da Floor Remix which was nice and of course the original is great.
Last year the remixes were by Alter Ego, DIM, Black Devil Disco Club, Popof and Konrad Black. A great package with pretty nice lengthy remixes of the Tiga & Zyntherius version of Sunglasses At Night. Below is the entire list and worth checking out as there are some really nice remixes from really cool acts. Check them out below!
Jam Hot by Johnny Dynell and New York 88 is most famously known as the sample for the Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim produced Beats International track Dub Be Good To Me. The famous line “tank fly boss walk jam nitty gritty you’re listening to the boy from the big bad city, this is Jam Hot, this is Jam Hot” is lifted right off the Jam Hot single by Johnny Dynell and New York 88. I should do a post on that at a later time. Jam Hot originally came out in 1983 almost 30 years old now and it has a very New York, new wave dance sound to it. Later in the early 90s it was rereleased and remixed. But I first heard of this excellent track by listening to a compilation called Future Disco Vol. 3 – City Heat. This version on Future Disco Vol. 3 was the most recent remix by Tensnake who I absolutely love the sound of. I was like boy this is a darn great remix which actually takes me back to the beginnings of the deep house days. I had to research and find out more about Jam Hot by Johnny Dynell. Well I found a whole history for this excellent track. The remix is off of the Big Breakdown/Jam Hot Remixes package which was released last year. It’s an excellent ep of great new remixes of Jam Hot and Big Breakdown from todays and yesterdays remixers. The remixers include Tensnake of course, Peter Rauhofer, Mark Kamins, 40 Thieves, Illija Rudman and Clouded Vision which makes up for a very worthy collection that you should check out! Go get Big Breakdown/ Jam Hot Remixes now you’ll love it!!
Just What I Needed is the classic 80s song by the band The Cars! This is a fun remake by the all girl group Whatever It Takes – W.I. T. The Larry Tee produced electro synth pop group’s first single release Ooh I Like It was a fun cut similar in style and sound to 80s acts like The Flirts, Stacey Q and even acts like Company B and the like. Later when their album came out I discovered the fun little remake of Just What I Needed. This music is bubblegum, cute and very pop inflected sound. I think Larry Tee was very influenced by those types of bands and sounds to produce a fun album.
The band is no longer now but this sound is still now so go check out the cuts by Whatever It Takes. In addition to The Cars cover Just What I Needed and Ooh, I Like It . Then there’s an Arthur Baker remixed cut Hold Me, Touch Me (with even a Blackstrobe Remix out there somewhere), I Surrender and finally their theme song Whatever It Takes. Overall a great fun poppy album worth hearing and owning for sure. The softer poppier side of Glass Candy, Ladytron and Adult!
I remember Clouds Across The Moon by The Rah Band in the mid 80s. I remember in not too good of a way. It was one of those cheesy synth pop tracks that you loved to hate. The video was even worse. OMG! It’s one of the cheesiest videos ever made I think! When I grew older I had completely forgotten about the existence of this track and The Rah Band. Well it’s back and in a good way. There are several updated remixes of The Rah Band’s Clouds Across The Moon in two remix single packages that came out late last year through The Great Stuff label out of Germany and I have to say the remixes are darn good and worth hearing. If you are a fan of Clouds Across The Moon or not should definitely check the remixes out.
My favorite remix is the Jay Lumen Lost The Connection Remix but most of the vocals are completely removed and it’s basically upbeat house club beats with some vocal stabs thrown in here and there. Very tribal and very groovy. The other remix that I like is the Martin Eyerer and Jade Suaid Eclectic Remix. This remix keeps the vocals in and is very similar to the original but much more updated and current.
The Rah Band were a husband and wife from team from England that produced several albums in the late 70s and 80s and Clouds Across The Moon was their biggest hit off of their album Mystery!
Soft Cell’s Tainted Love is classic and most anyone into music knows about Tainted Love by Soft Cell. Unfortunately most folks don’t know that Soft Cell’s Tainted Love is a cover itself. It’s originally a Northern Soul classic sung by Gloria Jones. But Gloria Jones didn’t make it a hit it was Soft Cell that made it a big hit. But did you know that it was also covered in 1989 by a band called Impedance? I should say a short lived act. Well you are going to find out. This is one of those rare finds that I first heard on Live 105 again and I absolutely still love it. The ‘Underground Mix’ has that deep dark acid bass sound to it and if you put your speakers up loud you can feel the bass in your bones. This is not an uplifting version but it is dark and sleazy perfect for those underground clubs where everything goes on.
Do you even know who Until December Is? I think everyone should know about this totally underrated, undiscovered 80s high energy dance act who’s music had slight touches of goth and new wave. They were signed to Columbia back in 1986 and released one album called Until December. I was lucky enough to have lived in San Francisco Bay Area in the 80s and had one of the best radio stations around – Live 105. It’s crap now but hey from 86 until about 1992 it was the best station ever. It was where you would discover those cool bands that no one knew about. Listening to Live 105 is how I discovered Until December. They have totally disappeared now but have really left us with two of the best 80s high energy dance songs ever! Two of their greatest 12″ versions are below – their self titled song Until December and We Are The Boys! Both awesome!
Trust me this is the best there is! What happened to them? Adam Sherburne one of the members started the industrial dance band Consolidated. Cool I liked their first album and loved the track Consolidated. Guess where I first heard Consolidated?
Anyway if you like what you hear check out the 415 Sessions (415 is the area code here in San Francisco) and get more Until December. You will find their entire first album plus loads of remixes and covers of Bela Lugosi Is Dead by Bahaus and Call Me by Blondie. Now that’s totally worth it!
Moskow Diskow (or Discow) is one of those rare classic synth pop, new wave tracks that wont go out of style. First released in 1979 off of the Looking For Saint Tropez album it became a classic right away and a huge club hit in The States in the 80s putting the Belgian band in the same caliber as Kraftwerk as their music is quite similar to Kraftwerk’s. I love a good remix and this remix Moskow Diskow by Carl Craig came out in 1998 and it basically updates the classic synth sound of the original Moskow Diskow which I still love. There’s a whole bunch of new remixes of Moskow Diskow that came out last year but this Carl Craig remix is still very fresh today as it’s very much keeping the 80s synth sound with a 90s remix production but with the 80s sound in vogue currently the original English version and French version of Moskow Diskow are pretty darn cool all over again! Enjoy below.
The Swiss Menergy Remix? Are they hinting at Patrick Cowley? Sounds like! The remix to Through The Night with the really funny video is definitely an homage to the 80s high energy disco sound that Patrick Cowley was known for. His trademark sound has been updated and remixed Through The Night the cool 80s flavored artist Grum by The Swiss. It’s definitely a winning remix. Patrick Cowley was known for working and producing folks like Sylvester and DJing at legendary gay clubs in San Francisco and one listen to The Swiss Menergy Remix of Through The Night will take you back to the 80s clubs. It’s such a great combo here Grum who I’m totally digging lately and The Swiss with Bubble Bath fame are a winning combo. There are certainly several other remixes in the Through The Night remix package but The Swiss Menergy Remix is the one remix that gets my vote! Although the Bit Funk Remix is quite cool too. Through the Night is off of the Grum album Heartbeats. Check out Menergy too from Patrick Cowley below. All recommended.
I previously wrote about a Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm sample by Magnum 38 but wanted to write again because theirs this great cover by Dame Shirley Bassey. Most of you will probably remember Shirley Bassey from the excellent collaboration she did with the Propellerheads with History Repeating back in the 90s. A complete contrasting track off of the rest of Decksandrumsandrockandroll by Propellerheads. But in reality you should get to know Shirley Bassey because she has some really cool music. I suppose the collaboration she did with the Propellerheads was a complete fit since she did the James Bond soundtrack themes but this Grace Jones remake is right on. Especially this Glimmer Twins remix as it has a very late 80s dance electronic beat sound. I’m sure you’ll recognize it once you hear it.
Ok we’re covering a lot of ground here. The Glimmer Twins are actually The Glimmers. The Glimmers were originally The Glimmer Twins but they were forced to change their name by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards because The Glimmer Twins was a project of theirs and they own the name or something so the big man won here and they were forced to become The Glimmers!
Anyway if you don’t know about Shirley Bassey check her music out. I think her voice and her music lends to remixes very well as evidenced in History Repeating and her own Greatest Hits Remixes album from about 10 years ago so I can certainly wish to hear more remixes of her tracks in the near future. In the meantime checkout both Grace Jones and Shirley Bassey doing Slave To The Rhythm at the links below.
Don’t Cry Tonight is the forgotten 80s guilty pleasure that I recently discovered again after checking out Back To Mine by Pet Shop Boys compilation see image below. If you haven’t heard this double album by Pet Shop Boys from the Back To Mine series you need to hear it now. It’s got all great classic tracks inspired by the boys from Pet Shop Boys. One disc of tracks by Neil and other disc of track by Chris. Don’t Cry Tonight is off of Chris’s disc. Since then I have not been able to stop listening to Don’t Cry Tonight by Savage. The song originally was released in 1983 and was one of those tracks that kick started the Italo-Disco sound that I have come to love since then. Ok I’ve fallen out of love then have come back to love again as the sound is pretty original. Don’t Cry Tonight sounds like the soundtrack to one of those 80s B movies about space and aliens taking over earth or could even be the soundtrack to Blade Runner or other similar type films. It’s got a very futuristic sound but not really upbeat either as it’s mellow, pretty laidback, very synthy and when you listen to it you can imagine driving through dark tunnels. Love it! It’s the perfect track to listen to at night when everyone is asleep and you can’t and are driving through lone streets. Beautiful and melancholy vocals by Roberto Zanetti.
Don’t Cry Tonight is on the album Tonight from 1984 but unavailable for download anywhere. iTunes does have a Greatest Hits album from 1994 which includes several 1994 remixes of Don’t Cry Tonight which don’t come close to the original whatsoever. There is one remix which I have below also called Grand Mix. Check it out it sounds like you are listening to a Milli Vanilli song with the Don’t Cry Tonight lyrics. Fun but not that great of a remix. The Greatest Hits album does contain the song Only You also some remakes by Depeche Mode Strangelove and I Just Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew.
I first heard of CFCF with a couple of remixes he did for Sally Shapiro. Love In July and Time To Let Me Go are remixes in the style of downtempo with very disco disco flavored electronic dance that I’ve been digging so was eager to check out the CFCF album Continent where Big Love comes from. I was surprised to hear Big Love as it’s my favorite cut from Continent. And to my surprise after listening to it several times that I kept thinking it was a cover. And sure enough it’s a Fleetwood Mac cover from the 80s.
Big Love was a pretty big hit for Fleetwood Mac and it’s your typical dance/pop song very much in line of the 80s sounding tracks. Nothing special now but still worth checking out to compare both the CFCF version of Big Love and the Fleetwood Mac version.I have had the CFCF version of Big Love on repeat lately and it’s certainly ended up on several of my playlists that I take with me on my iPhone and iPod. It’s one of those tracks that you can listen to in the background and as well listen to while having a little get together where you want some energy in your music and not get stuck to the chill out stuff that’s typical. Big Love by CFCF is off of his album Continent and Big Love by Fleetwood Mac is off of their Tango In The Night album from 1987. Check them out below.
Well it’s not quite a remix but certainly an edit and it’s a great new discovery for me from a little known French singer from the 80s by the name of Lio. I love this track so much and I’ve been playing it over and over again as it’s got the sexy, groovy and very early 80s French disco sound that I like and hear on many new tracks these days influenced by that sound.
This is a very tasty edit here by Bottin is one of the best new discoveries ever. If you are at all into anything neo disco, electro, synth or 80s retro dance then this track is certainly for you both the original and the edit by Bottin. There’s not much of a difference between the original extended version versus the edit but both are highly recommended on repeat. Check them both out below and enjoy!
Rectangle is one of the fun, poppy tracks from the late 90s by Gigi D’Agostino. Off of his album Lamour Toujours which is full of those late 90s early 2000s dance cuts. Little did I know Rectangle was a cover though until I heard the Jacno version back in 2001 or so. I had not heard of Jacno but luckily I was happy enough to discover it. It’s always cool to compare the remake that you thought was the original to the actual original version which was the case here.
I don’t really know much about Jacno but this is one of those rare track that every electronic music enthusiast should know about. Unfortunately Jacno had a very short life. He died of cancer last year. He was only 52. Luckily we have his hits to remember him by including this one by Gigi D’Agostino.
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