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iTALODISCORADIO is a free online radio playing non stop music for cafe, office and at-home listeners.
Our radio was created with one thing in mind, to play music from past and present eras of the Italo Disco period including genres and variations of Italo Disco, Italo Dance, Euro Disco, Euro Dance, Hi Nrg, Dance, Electronic, Spacesynth, Disco, 80s, Synthpop, Nu Disco.
We are a free radio dedicated to "Italo Disco" style music.
Simply put... we play Italo Disco variations from the 80s, 90s, 00s & 2010's
Our official site is iTALODISCORADIO.COM
We simply love Italo Disco... all variations, from all eras, all post-genres... everything "Italo influenced"
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Italo disco (sometimes hyphenated as Italo-disco, subjected to varying capitalization, or abbreviated as Italo) is a genre of music with beginings at the end of the 1970s to mid-1980s. It fused Pop and Dance music and employed drum machines, synthesizers, and occasionally vocoders.
There is no documentation of where the term "Italo-Disco" first appeared, but its origins are generally traced to European disco recordings and strongly tied to marketing efforts of the ZYX record label, which began licensing and marketing the music outside of Italy in 1982. Italo Disco faded in the late 1980s when Italo House eclipsed it. Currently Italo-Disco is experiencing a strong comeback.
The term ‘Italo-disco’ was used in Europe to describe all the non-UK and non-US based dance productions... In both North America and the UK, Italo-disco was mostly an underground phenomenon that could only be heard at nightclubs or through homemade DJ mixes.
The Roots Of "Italo Disco"
In order to explore the roots of Italo Disco, we have to go back to the end of the seventies when Disco music was at the height of its popularity. Italo Disco, or better said, Dance Music Made In Italy, following the exact meaning of words, drew inspiration from many existing sources. One of them was American Disco & Funk.
Perhaps, the most prominent Italian "funksters" were musicians assembled together by two men - a visionary and deeply troubled producer Fred Jacques Petrus ("Peter Jacques Band"), and a young musician from Bologna Mauro Malavasi. Their collaborators were responsible for many productions for Little Macho Music (Goody Music, Speed Records, Renaissance) and the bands like Change, and B. B. & Q Band (which stands for Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens Band). Petrus and Malavasi created a new distinctive Italian sound that was a blend of American Disco / Funk and synthesizer-driven Euro Disco. Italo Funk sounds very much like American Disco music. However, most Italian tracks were easily identifiable by their catchy melodies. Emphasis on melody was a conscious choice made by Fred J. Petrus and Mauro Malavasi, and became the most significant trait of the Italian sound. In 1981 Mr. Petrus made an interesting point explaining his philosophy: "The X-factor in Italian music is having too much melody".
Italian disco records produced for Little Macho Music often featured very long extended versions on the A side of 12" single, and a Dub / instrumental version on the B side. It was quite common to find a song that was over seven minutes long and featured one or more endless percussive funky breaks. Tom Moulton (an American producer who was more famous for his brilliant remixes) invented the first 12" single. Fred Jacques Petrus, born in French Caribbean and working in Italy, made it Dee Jay-friendly. Italian "12" Mix" was a record that made it easier for Dee Jays to segue two records together.
Easy Going was another fundamentally important Italian project - band. It was assembled from a pool of Italian musicians and producers living in Rome (Claudio Simonetti, Giancarlo Meo), with Vivien Vee as a lead vocalist. Claudio Simonetti external link , a son of the well-established Italian musician Enrico Simonetti, is widely regarded as one of the most prolific Italian musicians from the 70s until today. In the early 70’s he worked with a progressive rock band GOBLIN. When Disco music was already well advanced into the mainstream (around 1978), he jumped on the Disco bandwagon with Easy Going "Baby I Love You" 12", featuring the famous artwork sleeve cover with the gay action mosaic. This project came straight from the Easy Going disco club located in Rome. That club had a cult-like following in those years. Claudio Simonetti went on to realize many other classic tracks featuring such artists as Vivien Vee, KASSO, and many productions on the very sought after US Delirium records) [**Giovanni Salti]
The other major source of musical influences was an electronic Euro Disco sound created by another Italian living in Germany at the time, Giorgio Moroder. Giorgio and his collaborator Pete Belotte are commonly credited with starting the whole Euro Disco craze with the song "Love to love you baby" performed by Donna Summer. Giorgio's created his own unique signature dance sound - "a galloping bassline", commonly referred as "Four on the floor", created with help of a MOOG synthesizer that replaced a "live" drummer.
However, it was Giorgio's "From Here To Eternity" album released in 1977 on OASIS label, with its less funky, but more electronic sound that inspired many future Italo Disco musicians. The entire "A" side of the album was presented as a mix (it was a staple of fashion and innovation at that time) for nonstop dancing. "From Here To Eternity" was reinterpreted several more times: first in 1983 by Mauro Farina and Hananas (Zanza Label) and later, in 1988 by Marcello Catalano - Colby "From here To Eternity" (Techology), only to prove again its undying inspirational power.
Technological revolution most certainly aided the development of Italo Disco. Electronic drum machines and affordable synthesizers became "the thing" to use in record production: it was much cheaper to make dance records, and a producer needed fewer people to make a recording.
July 12, 1979: "Disco Demolition Night".
The late 1970s saw a radical move to end the disco era in the USA and the UK. It was viewed by many as an attempt by macho rock lovers to stamp out the gay liberation and black pride movements. Culminating in a symbolic burning of piles of disco records at Chicago's baseball stadium Comiskey Park. The so-called Disco Demolition Night staged in Chicago, Illinois, on July 12, 1979, involved thousands of baseball fans bringing along their unwanted disco records and burning them. The rally caused such a commotion that the game was cancelled when enraged crowd began to tear up the stadium. The anti-disco campaign was imitated overseas and was supported by radio stations in the UK and Australia. From that point on, Disco music went back underground and started to change. Eventually, Disco reinvented itself with the introduction of synthesizers and electronic drum machines. Ironically, it was the underground dance music scene (not the large music corporations), led by creative Dee Jays and supported by club patrons, was once again ultimately responsible for development of new styles of dance music. Hip hop was emerging in the East Coast, and Electro became a new thing in black music. The Italians were about to launch a new dance music that later became a precursor to what we know now as "House".
1983: Birth of "Spaghetti-Dance".
Europe never experienced the "Disco sucks" phenomenon. In the meantime, Funk & Disco had large presence on the radio in Europe, featuring mostly top-chart commercial hits. European transition to the newer, electronic sound of Italo Disco was evolutionary, seamless and natural. The "classic" synthesizer sound heard on Italian tracks was created by ROLAND JX-8P, Roland Juno 60 /106, Yamaha DX7, ARP Odyssey, Roland TR 808 drum machine, Simmons Drums (electronic, but played live), Minimoog, Oberheim, Linndrum, and sampler Emulator II. That sound was very unique and special in dance music history.
B. Mikulski's marketing name
New music needed a new and preferably catchy name. "Spaghetti-Dance" sounded silly, therefore, it was hardly marketable. It was Bernhard Mikulski, the late founder of ZYX Records, Germany, who coined the ubiquitous term "Italo Disco" in 1984. The name caught on with the fans (many fans shortened to just Italo) and it was destined to describe perhaps the most misunderstood and under-appreciated genre of electronic dance music. The "Italo Disco" logos, decorated in the colors of Italian flag (as seen on the picture), were printed on sleeves of every promo sampler and mixed LP released and marketed by ZYX. In only four years (1984-1988) ZYX released 13 volumes of 2LP sets "The Best Of Italo Disco", and 10 volumes of "Italo Boot Mixes".
Many Italian musicians released records under various aliases. Perhaps that was a marketing strategy to get their records on the air, or it was a deliberate business decision by record label owners who reputedly refused to invest any money into promotion of any one particular "artist".‡ Instead, the investment was made into a "brand name" like Den Harrow (three different vocalists), or Joe Yellow (also three different vocalists) etc., making the "real artist" disposable. Record label owners believed it was much cheaper to promote music this way: if an artist commanded higher fees, a record label would give him/her the boot, and hire someone new to do the job. After all, there was no shortage of musical talent in Italy. Regrettably, lyrics played a minor role in Italo Disco songs. Many Italian Dee Jays-turned-singers couldn't really speak English at all, therefore you can often hear voices being manipulated by computers or using a vocoder with overdubs. Lyrics in Italo Disco were often just outright gibberish. I am not asserting that a dance song must reach a high mark in poetry, but it certainly helps if you could sing along... A perfect example where the melody is amazing and the lyrics are awful is in the song "Love In Your Eyes" by Gazebo. Could be as pop perfect a song you'll ever hear, however, "You are just a damn sequencer/Digital Delay" would not go down in history amongst the most beautiful or meaningful lyrics ever written... In spite of all those obvious limitations, Italo Disco became enormously popular in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, and especially in Japan. It was so easy to record an Italo track that almost all the Dee Jays working in Florence recorded their own track! (Ago, Riccardo Cioni, Grecos, Marzio Dance, Eddy Trauba, Miki Fornaciari & the others). All that they needed now was to find a record distributor.
Italo Disco As A Foundation for House Music.
Preeminent "underground" Italo records popular in US circa '83 Klein & MBO "Dirty Talk" (Zanza) Doctor's Cat "Feel The Drive" (Il Disc) Alexander Robotnick "Problemes D'Amour" (FuzzDance) Fun Fun "Happy Station" (X-Energy) My Mine "Hypnotic Tango" (Progress)
The Original Hot Mix Five.
Just about the same time something extraordinary was happening in Chicago. It was HOT MIX FIVE, a racially diverse group of Dee Jays (Farley "Jackmaster Funk", Mickey "Mixin" Oliver, Scott "Smokin" Silz, Ralphi Rosario and Kenny "Jammin" Jason) who introduced mixing records on Chicago's radio station WBMX 102.7. All members of the HOT MIX FIVE mixed like maniacs, constantly innovating and showing off their new mixing techniques, previously unknown to radio listeners. Farley appealed to the African-American audience, Ralphi to the Hispanic audience, Mickey and Kenny represented the streets of Chicago and Scott the suburbs.
The Hot Mix Five members list of innovations includes the following:
1). The CASIO Keyboard (Yamaha, Juno 106)
2). 808 Drum Machine
3). 32,16,8,4,& 2 beat live loops
4). 1/2 Headphones
6). felt slip pads
7). felt slip pads w/wax paper underneath (that's how they got down to 2 beat loops)
8). Digital Samplers
9). Computer Editing
10). Beats track records.... (Farley's stuff, Jam tracks etc.) and the list goes on.
Italo Disco In European Charts:
†† Ryan Paris "Dolce Vita" #1 Holland, #2 Sweden, #3 Germany
Raf "Self Control" #1 Italy, Switzerland, #2 Germany
Righeira "Vamos a la playa" #1 Italy, Switzerland, #2 Holland, #3 Germany
Gazebo "I Like Chopin" #1 in Italy, Germany, Switzerland
Sandy Marton "People from Ibiza" #1 Italy
Italo Disco made in Greece
1979-1987 Greek ItaloDisco hits
Greek artists & producers experimented with Italo Disco and created a few interesting tracks. And I mean Greek Italo tracks starring on European dancefloors such as:
Sigma Fay (Ευτυχία Αθανίτη) with “You’re the drug in my life” [IT. CGD, 1983], The Orion (οι Ωρίωνες) with “Lady C” [Music-Box, 1984], Dreamer & the Full Moon with “Mosquito night” [EMI, 1984], Anno Domini with “Singing in the night” [Famous Music, 1985], Bang! with “Run for your love” [Polydor, 1985], Cinema with “Lonely without you” [RIA, 1985], Eva and Friends with “You’re all alone” [Eva Records, 1986], Camouflage with “Maybe” [Atlantis, 1986], Sunday Club with “Voices” [Virgin, 1986], Digital View with “Moonshines” [WEA, 1986], Dimitri with “Remember me Pauline” [RIA, 1987].
Greek Italo Disco In the Charts - Top 10 + 1
1. ADOLF STERN: More… I like it [IT. Ciao, 1979]
2. BIG ALICE: I miss you (Lost in pain) [CBS, 1983]
3. VANNA MARR: I want your… [Sakkaris, 1983]
4. COSTAS CHARITODIPLOMENOS: Lost in the night [EMI, 1984]
5. SCRAPTOWN: Viva Sahara [Virgin, 1984]
6. ΗΔΥΛΗ ΤΣΑΛΙΚΗ: Jazzburger [Δισκογραφικός Συνεταιρισμός Καλλιτεχνών 1984]
7. MARIANA: Talk about love [EMI, 1985]
8. MANDY: Fill Me Up [CBS, 1985]
9. TRANSPORT: Computer world [Papa’s Studio Record’s, 1985]
10. ALEX C: Tonight all night [Sakkaris, 1986]
11. PALMER: Computer guy [EVA and L.A., 1986]
A big thanks to Discothèque Studio 54 - Parthenis (Ντισκο Στουντιο 54 Παρθένης Θήβα 1980s)
The LAST DAYS of ITALO DISCO : 1986
While Italo Disco faired poorly in US charts, it enjoyed better success in Europe. However, its success did not last long enough to earn it a "mainstream" status. The writing was on the wall in 1986 when House music emerged in Chicago as "the new best thing", and later it was exported to Europe and took over UK's club scene like a storm.
As it happened to Disco music some years earlier, Italo-Disco is definitely experiencing a comeback: Italo concerts & parties are being organized; former Italo musicians are coming out from 'retirement'; record collectors relentlessly search the Internet and eBay for their coveted vinyl; record companies reissue compilations of long lost Italo tracks in response to a growing demand... Italo Disco survived to the new millennium and became a collector's choice. Even if one does not like it, one must admit it has its own place in dance music history.
List of Italo disco artists and songs
The following is a list of Italo disco artists that includes notable Italo disco groups and solo artists. Solo artists are listed alphabetically by last name while groups are listed alphabetically by the first letter (not including the prefix "the", "a" or "an").
Alba, Albert One, Aleph, Baby's Gang, Baltimora, Band Aid, Alberto Camerini, Canton, Carrara, Nadia Cassini, Claudio Cecchetto, Max Coveri, Cyber People, Pino D'Angiò, Danuta, Tullio De Piscopo, Den Harrow, Valerie Dore, Tony Esposito, Fake, Fancy, Mike Francis, Fun Fun, Gazebo, Gepy & Gepy, Hipnosis (or Hypnosis), Tom Hooker, Eddy Huntington, Brian Ice, Jock Hattle, Kano, Klein + M.B.O., Koto, La Bionda, Ken Laszlo, Gary Low, Mauro Malavasi, Mike Mareen, Martinelli, Sandy Marton, Max-Him, Miko Mission, Monte Kristo, Moon Ray (a.k.a. Raggio Di Luna), Giorgio Moroder, Mr. Zivago, My Mine, Novecento, P. Lion, Ryan Paris, Pink Project, Radiorama, Raf, Righeira, Linda Jo Rizzo, Alexander Robotnick, Sabrina, Savage, Scotch, Silver Pozzoli, Claudio Simonetti, Gino Soccio, Spagna, Tracy Spencer, Taffy, Topo & Roby, Umberto Tozzi, Celso Valli, Vivien Vee, Via Verdi
1 September 2008 : With the help of hip young things in Hackney and Dalston, this poppy yet melancholy 80s Italian anachronism looks like making a big comeback...
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