Sequins and Spandex Part VIII

I meant to post this at the beginning of summer 2012, and put it off for some reason or another. Though the season is coming to a close here in New York, I figured the longer I waited, the more I’d keep pushing it back, so better late than never…

For those unfamiliar with this series, I have a semi-closeted love of Italo disco- a cult Italian-centric genre of music (though the influence can be heard all over Europe in the mid-1980s) with shameless hooks, catchy vocal lines, and drum machines/synths that push the gear to their robotic limits. As with any dance craze (see also: new beat & freestyle) the same law of diminishing returns holds true: for every truly great italo gem there’s a ton of terrible or overblown ones that flooded the market, so with these compilations, I attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. I generally steer towards the darker italo, things that sound right at home in a John Carpenter flick or alongside the more club-friendly minimal synth tracks (and file right in line with some of the things I post here), and obviously, the less overtly corny the songs are, the better, though that’s not to say I don’t like a little sprinkle of cheese here and there.

So this is my eight installment of the series, the rest which can be found HERE. Some major favorites in this installment, including another Sensitive track, the Disaster’s KILLER “Oh My God This Sound,” Ein-St-Ein’s mid-tempo romp through sleazy Italian streets, and Moskow’s epic “Come Back.”   I may say this every time, but this may be my favorite installment of the series…

Sequins and Spandex Part VIII
1. Nineteen Ninety Three- Lama
2. Pendulum- Smiles
3. Oh My God This Sound- Disasters
4. Varsavia- Ein-st-ein
5. Don’t Be Afraid- Some Bizarre
6. Give Me- Sensitive
7. Red For Love- Grant Miller
8. A Love Again- Savage
9. Rise Up (For My Love) (Club Mix)- Yvonne Kay
10. Dreamland (Extended Vocal Version)- Mark
11. She’s Gone Away- Jimy K
12. Come Back- Moskow
13. Grace- Three Of You

*download it here* (updated 6.12.18)

I have a special 7” to post next that somewhat duplicates one of the artists on this compilation, so if this is your bag, stay tuned for more sleazy, sweaty nightmusic next week…

13 Responses to “Sequins and Spandex Part VIII”

  1. Thank you, you’re very kind. I find disco music an enjoyable genre, maybe is because one get more of the vibes of that era; you can feel the new wave feeling too.

  2. You never cease to impress. These series of yours take me back to my school days. Great work on your part, as always. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. goooood stuff.thanks friend

  4. I downloaded each part and they are all amazing. Thanks a million!

  5. Varsavia is absolutely mind blowing. So dark, so melodic. It speaks to my soul!

    Thank you very much, I really appreciate all the superb music you spread to us.

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  7. michael Brandon Says:

    Keep it going!!!!

    all the live links. so perfect. bless ya.

  8. michael Brandon Says:

    awesome. loving all your live links.

  9. I just managed to subscribe to your blog through flipboard, and I’ve gotta say, this blog is awesome. Love the music, and love the posts!

  10. Thank you for this post! I am also addicted to italo disco and you selection is awesome.

  11. The Sequins & Spandex mixes are fantastic! When is part IX? 🙂

  12. Janie Faison Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing collection. Ive been a fan of Giorgio moroder for years and this is showing me that was the tip of the iceburg.

  13. I have been listening to these mixes for years now but never got the chance to formally thank you for all the most played music in my iTunes library. Would love to hear some more of your favorite recommendations.

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