Parang is a popular folk music originating from Trinidad and Tobago: can best be described as Christmas folk songs sung in Spanish. Some say it came out from Spanish colonists’ influence on local culture. Some say Venezuelan immigrants brought it. “Latin Parang” is its perfect disco declination from 1980: beautifully arranged by Leston Paul, who later gained massive success with “Hot Hot Hot” by Arrow.
Colleen Grant – Latin Parang (Discogs)
“That’s The Kind Of Love I’ve Got For You” is a song written in 1978 by Dean Parks and Donald Fletcher for the pop diva Dusty Springfield. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and 12” mixed by Tom Moulton. Dusty does disco, no more to say.
D. Springfield – That’s The Kind of Love I’ve Got For You (12” Mix) (Discogs)
“Tell I’m Not Dreaming (Too Good To Be True)” is a song by Jermaine Jackson featuring his younger brother Micheal. It’s taken from his ’85 self-titled album: a track that was never officially released as a single because of legal difficulties between Michael’s label, Epic, and Jermaine’s label, Arista. The song did receive anyway a lot of airplay and it was nominated for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” at the Grammy Awards. This 12” version is remixed by Steve Algozino for his Hot Tracks Music Service.
Jermaine Jackson – Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming (Hot Tracks Remix) (Discogs)
The weight of keyboardist and synth pioneer Wally Badarou in contemporary music is outstanding. From the start of his career at the end of the 70’s he has been consistently busy working on his music and with others: Fela Kuti, Grace Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger, Herbie Hancock, Joe Cocker and Gwen Guthrie are just a few names from his endless list of collaborations. In addition to his production and keyboard work he has done several film scores, the most notably is “Kiss of the Spider Woman“. Badarou released his more dance oriented album in 1984: “Echoes”. It was recorded in Bahamas at (the now closed) Compass Point Studios, one of the best recording studio in the world. “Hi-Life” was the first single, remixed in this 12” version by Paul “Groucho” Smykle.
Wally Badarou – Hi-Life (12” Remix) (Discogs)
Change was initially formed in Bologna in 1979 as a studio-band with a revolving cast of musicians led by Italians Paolo Gianolio (guitar) and Davide Romani (bass). They were a studio creation of producers Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi, who first got together to form their label Goody Music in 1978. With material recorded both in Italy and in America (at the legendary Power Station Studio’s) they released their first album “The Glow Of Love” in 1980 which gained a lot of success thanks to songs like “A Lover’s Holiday” and the same album title track. “Paradise” is a song from the following album “Miracles”: a beautiful classy disco track with a rather impressive background story too. Romani thought that the album didn’t have a strong single and in only one night he wrote “Paradise”. I strongly suggest you to visit this link to get a full cover story on Change, their story and their controversial producer from Guadalupe Jacques Fred Petrus.
Change – Paradise (U.K. 12” Mix) (Discogs)
In 1980 Malcom McLaren persuaded the Ants of “Adam & The Ants” to leave Adam and form their own band: Bow Wow Wow. Guitarist Matthew Ashman, drummer David Barbarossa and bassist Leigh Gorman took 6 months of auditions to find the 14 years old singer Annabella Lwin. “I Want Candy” is probably their biggest hit, originally recorded in 1965 by the Strangeloves, this song perfectly sums up the great sound of Bow Wow Wow: beautiful afro percussions, a stylish bass and the energy of Annabella vocals are the main elements of this cover. The song is remixed by NY’ DJs Mark Kamins and Ivan Ivan.
Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy (12” Remix) (Discogs)
Intro was a Synth-Pop Belgian duo composed by Jimmy O’Neill and (gorgeous) Jacqui Brookes. They released two singles in 1983, the last one “Haunted Cocktails” was produced by Mike Hedges: a killer dance track with a nice use of the concertina. This extended version by Frank Schmidt was released for the Disconet Program Service the same year.
Intro – Haunted Cocktails (Extended Edit) (Discogs)