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Subject: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: whistledog on 08/18/07 at 11:48 pm

The wonderful world of 80s dance music.  There's a whole world of 80s dance hits out there, some remembered, others not.  Got any favourites? Got any recommendations?     
For starters, here's a few artists that I still listen to a bit ...


Anyone remember US artist Roni Griffith? 
She was a one hit wonder in the UK chart with (The Best Part of) Breaking Up and was also a one hit wonder in Canada with Desire .  Unfortunately she had no hits in the US Hot 100, but she did reach the US dance chart with several singles


Here's one for the International folks.  Anyone remember UK artist Jayne Collins?  She had a 1985 hit called Madonna's Eyes.  According to the UK and US 100 chart, it was not a success, but it was popular in Germany (I know this because I have a German cassette compilation called 'Hit Breaker - 16 Formel Top Hits' to which it appears).  It was also a success in Canada

http://hitparade.ch/cdimages/jayne_collins-madonnas_eyes_s.jpg


And of course, a big guilty pleasure for me is the German group Modern Talking, big international stars with several international hits, but unfortunately they only scored one Top 40 hit in both the UK and Canada with Brother Louie and .  They had other minor hits in the UK, but this was their only chart single in Canada.  To be honest, it's still a mystery to me how it even charted in Canada.  Long before I had access to Canadian charts, I always thought it the song was familiar, but I wasn't sure because Euro-Disco music never made a big splash over here.  Through all their success, they had no hits in America




Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: robby76 on 08/19/07 at 12:45 am

Never heard of any of these before but they're pretty groovy - especially Roni Griffith.

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: Paul on 08/19/07 at 11:59 am

Hi-NRG music...remember it well!

Originally an offshoot from disco, it basically involved cranking the beats up to nothing less than 120 beats per minute! It proved hugely popular in gay clubs firstly, before crossing over into the British charts for a few years in the 80s...

The early 'anthemic' stuff is quite good...here's just five that should be on anyone's list if they're remotely interested in the genre...

'Searchin'' - Hazell Dean
'Native Love' - Divine
'So Many Men, So Little Time' - Miquel Brown
'You Spin Me Round' - Dead Or Alive (at a pinch)
...and 'High Energy' (strangely enough!) - Evelyn Thomas

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: whistledog on 08/19/07 at 1:11 pm


Hi-NRG music...remember it well!

Originally an offshoot from disco, it basically involved cranking the beats up to nothing less than 120 beats per minute! It proved hugely popular in gay clubs firstly, before crossing over into the British charts for a few years in the 80s...

The early 'anthemic' stuff is quite good...here's just five that should be on anyone's list if they're remotely interested in the genre...

'Searchin'' - Hazell Dean
'Native Love' - Divine
'So Many Men, So Little Time' - Miquel Brown
'You Spin Me Round' - Dead Or Alive (at a pinch)
...and 'High Energy' (strangely enough!) - Evelyn Thomas


Those are all indeed excellent!  'High Energy' is the one song I always see pop up on 80s dance/Hi-NRG collections.  Almost like it's the poster song for the genre

That heavy synth beat sucks you right into the song 8)



Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: Paul on 08/19/07 at 1:18 pm


'High Energy' is the one song I always see pop up on 80s dance/Hi-NRG collections.  Almost like it's the poster song for the genre

That heavy synth beat sucks you right into the song 8)


This was a rare instance where the bass was so heavy, the record company had trouble cutting the record!

My 7" of it would 'jump' like crazy!

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: xSiouXBoIx on 08/19/07 at 1:23 pm

i really want to know more about this music, but it seems like most of it's out of print, and all the compilations i've seen are expensive.

i know that some people consider Madonna's first album to be Hi-NRG, and that song "2 Of Hearts" by Stacy Q.....

I'm really into Depeche Mode though, and I like The Human Leagues Dare album...i think those are consider euro-pop. atleast DM's early years.

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: Paul on 08/19/07 at 1:29 pm


i know that some people consider Madonna's first album to be Hi-NRG, and that song "2 Of Hearts" by Stacy Q.....


Hm...depends what the definition is...

I gather that Stateside, Hi-NRG music involves more of an electro-pop stance, along the lines of Shannon's 'Let The Music Play' and I suppose you could squeeze Stacy Q in there if you wanted...

Madonna's first? I'm not so sure...the beats are a little too slow!

The classics mentioned above really have a speedy beat to them (although 'High Energy' has the slowest tempo of the lot!)

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: xSiouXBoIx on 08/20/07 at 4:39 pm


Hm...depends what the definition is...

I gather that Stateside, Hi-NRG music involves more of an electro-pop stance, along the lines of Shannon's 'Let The Music Play' and I suppose you could squeeze Stacy Q in there if you wanted...

Madonna's first? I'm not so sure...the beats are a little too slow!



yea, i agree. but i've heard the jellybean benitez, who produced it, is a hi-NRG artist...

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: 80sTrivMeister on 08/20/07 at 6:27 pm

My favorite Hi-NRG songs would include:

Angel Eyes by Lime (Actually, any song from them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY2mj0T-GXk

Midnight Radio by Taffy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fy9xB4NLb0

Mind Over Matter by E.G. Daily

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeOAjuxafYg

Love Spy by Mike Mareen

Some awesome tunes!

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: whistledog on 08/21/07 at 11:56 am

Those are some awesome choices Mike! 8)

Lime are indeed awesome!  I listen to their songs ALL the time!

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: ldivinag on 10/23/07 at 5:28 am

dont forget dance FREESTYLE.

artists like EXPOSE, STEVIE B, NOEL, TKA...

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: Midas on 10/23/07 at 2:56 pm


My favorite Hi-NRG songs would include:

Angel Eyes by Lime (Actually, any song from them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY2mj0T-GXk

Midnight Radio by Taffy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fy9xB4NLb0

Mind Over Matter by E.G. Daily

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeOAjuxafYg

Love Spy by Mike Mareen

Some awesome tunes!


Good list indeed!  ;)

Here's a quick list of some of my Euro/Italo/NRG dance faves from the 80's:

Den Harrow - "Overpower"
Fun Fun - "Color My Love", "Happy Station", "Baila Bolero", "Gimme Some Lovin'"
Ken Laszlo - "Tonight"
Michael Prince - "Dance Your Love Away"
Eria Fachin - "Savin' Myself"
Man 2 Man Meet Man Parrish - "Male Stripper"
Pet Shop Boys - "One More Chance"
Bobby "O" - "I'm So Hot For You", "She Has A Way"
Bananarama - "More Than Physical"
Robin Stanley - "Get Ready"

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: Henk on 10/23/07 at 3:54 pm

OK...Here's a couple of my favorites (mostly from the 1980s)

Silver Pozzoli - Around My Dream

Fancy - Bolero (Hold Me In Your Arms Again)

Bandolero - Paris Latino

Bruce & Bongo - Geil

Off - Electrica Salsa   (A Munzing/Anzilotti effort...you know, the guys behind Snap! The singer is called Sven Väth...)

Koto - Jabdah

Starlight - Numero Uno (basically the same artists as Black Box)

Ivan - Baila

Ivan - Fotonovela

Desireless - Voyage Voyage (Recently covered by Kate Ryan)

Tony Esposito - Kalimba de Luna (live)

P. Lion - Happy Children

La Bionda - One For You, One For Me

Pino d'Angio - Ma Quale Idea (The bassline from this song was used for "Don't Call Me Baby" by Madison Avenue)


Modified to add:

Let's not forget this cheesy one...

Andrea - I'm a Lover

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: Paul on 10/23/07 at 4:15 pm

Only three of those had some kind of success here...

Starlight hit on the back of the Italo-house boom (along with Black Box, naturally!)

Desireless took two attempts and one remix to crash into the Top 10...

La Bionda lost out to a 'cover' by Jonathan King, who seemed to have a thing for swiping Euro-hits...'Paloma Blanca' was one and he also took 'Gloria' on her first British chart outing. three years before Laura Branigan did the trick...

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: Henk on 10/23/07 at 4:37 pm


Only three of those had some kind of success here...

Starlight hit on the back of the Italo-house boom (along with Black Box, naturally!)

Desireless took two attempts and one remix to crash into the Top 10...

La Bionda lost out to a 'cover' by Jonathan King, who seemed to have a thing for swiping Euro-hits...'Paloma Blanca' was one and he also took 'Gloria' on her first British chart outing. three years before Laura Branigan did the trick...


I've added chart info for The Netherlands... We're a funny people we are.

Desireless needed a remix? :o Now that is shocking!

Subject: Re: Euro-Disco, Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, Europop ...

Written By: whistledog on 10/23/07 at 6:23 pm

I love a few of those, especially that Desireless track.  I didn't know Starlight and Black Box were one in the same.  I really enjoy(ed) Black Box :)



Here's some more Italo Disco, Hi-NRG, songs that I love ...
Some that didn't make the Canadian 100 Singles Chart (and some that did) were also popular in the dance clubs

With the exception of Madleen Kane (Sweden), One 2 Many (Norway), Industry (America) Time Bandits and Doris D and the Pins (both from Netherlands), all the rest of these artists are Canadian ...




Voggue - Dancin' the Night Away

Voggue - Love Buzz

Steven Tracey - A Woman Like That

One 2 Many - Downtown

Doris D. and the Pins - Starting at the End

Time Bandits - I'm Only Shooting Love

Nancy Martinez - Move Out

Nancy Martinez - For Tonight

Nancy Martinez and Allen Harris - Sunshine Reggae / La Vie En Rose

Jade (aka Nancy Martinez) - I'm Gonna Get Your Love

Sway - Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)

Chantal Condor - Nightmare

Norman Iceberg - Kiss the Beauty

Norman Iceberg - Be My Human Tonight

Chantal Condor - Marinero

Madleen Kane - You Can

Candi - Dancing Under A Latin Moon

Candi - Under Your Spell

Industry - State of the Nation

Chantal - A Little Lovin'

Tu - Stay With Me

Tu - The Language of Love

One to One - There Was A Time

One to One - Angel in My Pocket

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