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Saturday May 12th, 2012 with ELORIOUS CAIN
DISCO ACTS DOING COVERVERSIONS OF ROCK SONGS

PART 2 IN A SERIES OF SHOWS EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ROCK AND DISCO.
In 1966 the Spencer Davis Group had a hit with "Gimmie Some Lovin'". Cerrone, under the name Kongas, did a Eurodisco version in 1977:
AFRICANISM
KONGAS - AFRICANISM (LP) - CROCOS
GIMMIE SOME LOVING
KONGAS - AFRICANISM (LP) - CROCOS
Los Bravos had a hit in 1967 with "Black is Black" The Italian supergroup Belle Epoque did a Eurodisco version in 1977. Also Cerrone did a eurodisco version with Alec R. Costandinos in 1976 on the legendary Love In C Minor album:
BLACK IS BLACK
BELLE EPOQUE - MISS BROADWAY (LP) - CARRERE
BLACK IS BLACK
CERRONE - LOVE IN C MINOR (LP) - COTILLION
The Yardbirds had a massive success with "For Your Love" in 1965. Germany's Chilly offered a Rock/Eurodisco version of it in 1978:
FOR YOUR LOVE
CHILLY - FOR YOUR LOVE (LP) - POLYDOR INTERNATIONAL
Eric Clapton had considerable success in 1977 with the J.J. Cale song "Cocaine". The next year France's Chi-Chi Favelas enjoyed international exposure as the lead vocalist in Cerrone's highly successful "Supernature" and would continue by releasing the Rock/Eurodisco opus Rock Solid lp featuring her own version of "Cocaine"!
COCAINE
CHI-CHI FAVELAS & THE BLACK AND WHITE BAND - ROCK SOLID (LP) - BARCLAY
The Animals had a hit in 1965 with their version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". In 1977 the French Eurodisco group Santa Esmeralda did a flamingo inspired version that eventually sold more than 25 million copies, 15 million of which were sold in a matter of months. With Leroy Gomez providing sensuously compelling vocals and Don Ray providing breathtaking musical arrangements, this Fauves-Puma production spread around the world to markets that were never exposed to British invasion groups like The Animals. It also started a whole new movement in Eurodisco simply called the "Santa Esmeralda sound" giving success to groups like the American Eagles and Yan Tregger's G.M.T.Sound. We are playing the whole 16 minute recording because it is still loved by millions today!
DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD
SANTA ESMERALDA - DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD (LP) - STERLING
In 1964 the same British group The Animals enjoyed tremendous international success with their version of the American ethnic standard "The House Of The Rising Sun".
In 1977 Cerrone rushed out his "Santa Esmeralda sound" version of "The House Of The Rising Sun" under the Revelacion name a few weeks before Santa Esmeralda released their greatly anticipated and far more superior version.
Again "The House Of The Rising Sun" would be interperated in Eurodisco by South Africa's Hot R.S. in 1977. We feature the Hot R.S. version because, complete with it's bizarre psuedo erotics, it was one of the most alluringly dark recordings of Electronic Disco predating the revolutionary Black Devil album and Giorgio Moroder's "Chase":
THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
REVELACION - THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (LP) - CROCOS 0
HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
HOT R.S. - HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (LP) - VISION
In 1964 The British invasion band The Kinks established a solid international following with the smash hard hit "You Really Got Me". In the late 1970's the Montreal disco group Eclipse did a hard Montreal Sound version:
YOU REALLY GOT ME
ECLIPSE - (youtube) Canadian
In 1968 the American Blues-Rock band Canned Heat had a hit with "On The Road Again". Ten years later the kings of Space music in Eurodisco - Les Rockets did an electronic version complete with vocodor vocals. Actually from Italy, the Rockets offered their own unique combination of Heavy Metal and electronic disco. It seemed oddly appropriate that they would cover a rock classic:
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
ROCKETS - ON THE ROAD AGAIN (LP) - POLYDOR
The Rolling Stones released the controversial "Street Fighting Man" in 1968 to mixed market reaction.
In 1980 Santa Esmeralda released their rendition of the song. Dozens of Rolling Stones songs have been covered by disco artists throughout the years. With the exception of the version of "Emotional Rescue" by Freedom Dub in 2010, this Santa Esmeralda recording is the best example of the Stones being covered in disco. That being said "Emotional Rescue" was one of the disco records The Rolling Stones released in the early 1980's and therefore it doesn't really apply to this show.
STREET FIGHTING MAN
SANTA ESMERALDA featuring JIMMY GOINGS - HUSH (LP) - DERBY
The Beatles were also often covered by disco acts with usually dismal results. One of the most successful examples was the Cafe Creme 12" single from Montreal that was a medley of various Beatle classics. We insist upon playing this tacky recording because it unknowingly started a whole movement in Disco featuring Rock and Soul recordings being presented in medleys and eventually megamixes. The internationally successful Stars On 45 is a perfect example. Many of these records are still being programmed at wedding receptions today!
CITATIONS ININTERROMPUES
CAFE CREME - 12" - KEBEK DISC Canadian
In 1968 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown sold over a million copies of their song "Fire". French experimentalist Lizzy Mercier Descloux did a crazy Electronic Disco version of it in 1979. Many disco artists have sampled Arthur Brown's forebodding vocals from the original rock recording like New York House producer DJ Duke and the British supergroup The Prodigy, yet Lizzy's 12" played today is a real coverversion. We shall be featuring those other examples next week!
FIRE
LIZZY MERCIER DESCLOUX - 12" - PHILIPS
KNOCK ON WOOD
AMII STEWART - youtube
EMOTIONAL RESCUE
FREEDOM DUB - youtube
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
LIZZY MERCIER DESCLOUX - 12" - PHILIPS
FIRE
THE PRODIGY - youtube
Interactive CKCU
Marge, Montreal
Wow! What a novel! So much information that I didn't know!

1:08 PM, May 12th, 2012
bbe3
Thank you for playing 'fOR youR LOVE' by Chilly.

1:25 PM, May 12th, 2012
Niall
I made my sister tune in for Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood and she identified it immediately.. it's the version we both grew up with, and only later found out it was a cover. We had a fun discussion on what makes disco disco, the "real" one being the one incorporating all the non-european beats. Latin beats were not added to disco, they were one of the basis...

1:46 PM, May 12th, 2012
Niall
Personally, the biggest rock cover in disco I know is Knock on Wood, but that was probably in part 1, whenever that was...

1:50 PM, May 12th, 2012
Elorious Cain (host)
Niall - If I get a chance at the end I will play Stewart's "Knock on Wood". It is an amazing record!

1:57 PM, May 12th, 2012
MEL
Yes u should play knock on wood

2:06 PM, May 12th, 2012
Mr. T. Rettige, Ma
This version of on the road again by the rockets is really strange. It sounds like electrohouse. Is it really from 1978?

2:13 PM, May 12th, 2012
Niall
Yes, 1978. Some of the sounds we have now are emuch older than we think. :)

2:18 PM, May 12th, 2012
ML
But you should play the freedom dub version of emotional rescue any ways! It is so bad!

2:20 PM, May 12th, 2012
Elorious Cain (host)
I will do my best mr. ML. I do love that freedom dub track too.

2:22 PM, May 12th, 2012
Niall
oh sweet lord, the Cafe Creme _starts_ horrid... this should be aurally horrible.. :)

2:27 PM, May 12th, 2012
Niall
This was the first Beatles megamix? Frankly, I think none other I have ever heard cam even come close for sheer.. there are no words. Wow, why did anyone ever try to match it? :)

2:30 PM, May 12th, 2012
Elorious Cain (host)
Maybe 10 or 20 different artists did beatles medleys after this. Some were so very dreadful!

2:32 PM, May 12th, 2012
Herbert, Laval, que
This Quebecois record is amazing! Merci!

2:35 PM, May 12th, 2012
Niall
I've heard many Beatles medleys, none as dreadful as that one was! It hurt the brain - but nonetheless, it had the best technical quality in the way it spliced songs seamlessly. Which is why it hurt so much. :)

2:39 PM, May 12th, 2012
Janus
Damn!!!!! I used to have this discomaxi. You gotta play the flpside 'mission impossible' please!!

2:40 PM, May 12th, 2012
Niall
YES! Thank you!! Amii knocks this one out of the park!

2:42 PM, May 12th, 2012
J.McLeod
Thank you for another great show Elorious. The Beatles megamix was fun in how they were able to integrate so many songs without missing a beat.

3:00 PM, May 12th, 2012
Colin
Awesome show this week Elorius! Listening on demand.

10:22 PM, May 12th, 2012
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