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Friday, January 19, 2018


In honor of the fabulous movie Saturday Church and renewed curiosity for ball culture I'm bringing back this post from a few years ago.  I distinctly remember seeing voguing to this madness at The Sound Factory back in 1993.

The Devil

I ordinarily don't honor house music on my blog. But I am going to break my rule for a few reasons. One being that Paris is Burning Jennie Livington's amazing documentary about the New York ball culture is among my favorite films of all time. Another reason is the passing of trans beauty Octavia St. Laurent of A.I.D.S. on May 17, 2009.

Some of her lines are simply the most delightful, repeatable and throw-shade-readable in the film. In fact one line was so particularly legendary that an entire house record was based around the sample.
"$559.00 dollars how's that for a simple dress?"
I.M.T.'s The Devil Made me Buy that Dress was an important moment in Junior Vasquez's Sound Factory legacy. 1993 also happened to be a peak year in the evolution of one of just a couple unforgettable moments in New York City Underground dance scene. The Sound Factory was just about the only club that really mattered for years. So what sounded fierce on that dance floor is just about what sounded fierce period. Junior Vasquez has had rabid fans ever since. Though most would say his moment of supremacy has long since passed.

In 2003 another documentary was released with a similar theme. It was called How Do I Look. By this time Octavia was calling herself Heavenly Angel Octavia St. Laurent Manolo Blahnik, try saying that ten time fast!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Here's a little something for the ball children, Ooh I Love it

This one goes out to all of you who love to KiKi.  The definitive voguing anthem, Shep Pettibones 1983 remix of Ooh, I Love It (Love Break).
Perhaps some of you have even had the pleasure of hearing him spin it as his club in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Agostino Presta as Ago in the best italo disco album ever recorded For You

1982 Full Time Records Italy release Ago is one of my all time favorite Italo Disco releases.  I would venture to call it the best Italo Disco full album ever recorded.
I enjoy listening to it straight through, each and every track.  I can't say that for many albums.

Agostino Presta made a funky type of italo disco.  He quickly became one of the faces of italo disco and appeared on many t.v. shows around Europe.

Some of his notable releases after this delicious For You l.p. are Computer in my Mind and I Want You.  You Make Me Do It was recorded in the studio named Calieri in Bari, so unlike most Italo Disco this was a made in Italy doc from the Southern part of the peninsula.  It was a maxi single in 1981 so it's also one of the earliest releases of the genre.
Italian critics never embraced it but in any case it's considered one of the true classics of the italo disco genre.
Computer(in my mind) Trying Over (extended)

I wonder if this post will reach beyond the few typical Italo Disco fans on the site.  It's definitely worth a listen even for those that are not usually turned on to Italo Disco.  I think it's also quite demonstrative of what many called boogie in the early 80's.  I've even heard it called Modern Soul.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Forever and a Day Superbowl

Another magical release from Disco Magic Records was and collaboration by Gianfranco Bortolotti and Roberto Arduini.

It's just 6 minutes and 15 seconds of pure happiness.  Anything you could want from an Italo Disco record is contained.

So my first blog for 2018 gets things off to a great start.

1985 release Forever and a Day