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.
I discovered this cover on Jimmy’s greatest hits album in ’91 and later I had to obtain the Read My Lips CD that the song is from. It’s quite a fun pre-house synthy dance pop hit with guest vocalist June Miles Kingston. This is the type of hi-nrg dance pop music that was playing at all the clubs when this came out. If you haven’t heard this then it’s worth checking this out along with
Bobby ‘O’ Orlando is one of the greatest dance music producers ever. He’s produced countless musicians which include Pet Shop Boys, The Flirts, Divine and so on. So no wonder his music is sampled often. Sampling often his famous Flirts song Passion the 80s hi-nrg hit for The Flirts post Jukebox song. Passion was an underground dance hit for The Flirts and Bobby Orlando so that is why the bassline has been sampled countless times in many tracks including this Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin song Passion from 1996. Was a nice underground hit as well for Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin getting an official release on Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label. Passion by Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin samples Passion by The Flirts and Bobby Orlando perfectly with a very hi-nrg sound.
Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin’s sound was part of the nu energy/trance/dance/hi-nrg sound that peaked around 93 and 94in the mid 90s and he had another bigger had on Perfecto called Give Me Strength which was included on Paul Oakenfolds Perfection CD which I absolutely love and still listen to. It was the mix CD Oakenfold released just before the huge mix CD, Tranceport!
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!
Move On Baby by Damon Blaze is a cover of the Italo House classic of the same name by Cappella. The 90s track was a big hit in the dance club charts and was followed and preceded by a countless number of tracks the team behind Cappella was releasing.
Damon Blaze has taken the track Move On Baby and updated with todays production styles and made it ready for today’s generation. I like it and it’s great to hear this type of music is trying to make a come back into the charts. The single for Move On Baby by Damon Blaze is chock full of remixes and is worth checking out for sure. Below are both the Cappella and Damon blaze version to download and preview on mp3.
I love this awesome disco music series called Disco Discharge. There are a total of 8 albums in the entire collection 4 of which were released last year and this year 4 more volumes have come out literally! I love the group Lime from the 80s very much. They are a late discovery for me. I only discovered them in the late 90s and since then I’ve been hooked. They have that classic Hi-NRG/synth dance sound and their sound is pretty original and slightly cutting edge compared to some of their other cheesier sounding counterparts.
Lime were a husband and wife duo from Montreal, Canada who had underground synth pop/dance hits like Angel Eyes, Your Love (which is a #1 billboard dance charts song) and Unexpected Lovers. Their albums had really cool artwork and if you don’t know of any of their stuff do search it out. This song is a fun track in their trademark catchy lyrics and sound. One of the coolest tracks off of the coolest compilation Disco Discharge – Pink Pounders. Most of the tracks off of this collection are Hi-NRG/synth disco dance that were big hits in clubs in the late 70s and 80s. The collection includes tracks by Divine, Patrick Cowley, The Flirts, Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora and many many more on the 2 disc collection.
Canadian 80s Hi NRG singer gets the sample treatment by LRM & Libex with Liftered. This is awesome and brings back the energy of the early 80s high energy music. Just when folks thought that disco was dead this Miquel Brown song So Many Men, So Little Time kickstarted the Hi NRG movement. LRM & Libex lift the bassline from So Many Men, So Little Time and make it a current sounding club banger. Worth every penny! Check them both out below.
Erasure redid a version of Evelyn Thomas’s High Energy. They released as part of the Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summers Day) single back in 1995. I think the Erasure version is definitely right on. It sounds very similar except for the difference in the technology behind the making of the music. The Erasure version has the cute synth pop beats that Vince Clarke is known for and the Evelyn Thomas version is true 80s hi-nrg sound.
Zombie Nation have done such a great job remixing the classic Divine hi-nrg song Native Love (Step By Step). If you remember – the song that put Zombie Nation on the map is called Zombie Nation. A real fun track that I still listen to. Pretty high in energy and it’s big on the dirty electro sound before electro got really big.
We’ll Native Love (Step By Step) is a true Divine classic – it sounds a litlle bit dated by now but hey it’s still cool and would get you grooving. It’s got the very signature 80′s hi-nrg sound electronic sound by Bobby O which you can even hear Bobby O’s voice on the chorus. Bobby O produced several of Divine’s tracks but this has to be one the better ones. Bigger tracks that Bobby O is known for are West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys and JukeBox (Don’t put another Dime) by The Flirts.
So check these two version and let me know what you think. They are quite different.
The remix is off of the International Deejay Gigolo’s Volume 6 release pictured above.
Check out the video on YouTube as well. Seems like someones found footage cut up but still fun to see Divine.
Remix a classic song like Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood? Fuck yea! Do it and do it even more. This remix set came out back in 1993, just around the corner from the release of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood greatest hits set and I immediately went crazy for the Jam & Spoon Hi N-R-G Remix. I knew Jam & Spoon from their awesome trance classic “Stella” track and was searching out more from Jam & Spoon so this was a great find and true it’s quite awesome!
I absolutely love this remix. It starts out quite slow and euphoric with a very long build up and then it becomes so fast and furious that it can bring the house down. It’s kicking so hard. It’s quite awesome.
Check it out and compare the original with the remix. I think you will see a totally different track. Way to go Jam & Spoon. I don’t know what those guys are up to these days but this is them in major top form. Immediately after this remix for Frankie Goes To Hollywood Jam & Spoon released Tripomatic Fairytales 2001. One of the better electronic albums of the 1990s. If you don’t have it then you should definitely find it and own it!
There’s been countless other remixes that have been done for Relax but this Jam & Spon Hi N-R-G Remix is a cut above the rest!
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