Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sound & Vision: Glamjack's In Memoriam "Re-Visioned" Remix


Here is an in memoriam remix by the great David Bowie featuring Kodo's "Zoku Japanese Drums".  I had this idea I wanted to add some type of marching drums to this stripped down version of "Sound & Vision". Also, there are other added elements as well.  Enjoy!



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Happy Birthday Disco Monk!


It has been six years since I started this blog dedicated to dance music and everything else in between.  It has brought me nothing but joy to share my passion for dance music and the real nocturnal and communal world of dance. Thank you for following Disco Monk. I sincerely wish I could post more often but life somehow creeps up on you  by not giving me the proper time for this baby as much as I would like to; however, as the saying goes "it is not about quantity but quality". My monk like devotion always shine just like the mirror balls of the disco halls. 

Here is a picture of NYC's Sound Factory which was the first proper introduction to a real dance shrine where dance music brought joy and magic. What can I say. It was church! I know there were other amazing places that preceded this one but to me this holds a wonderful special place in my heart being the first exposure to the nocturnal world of the dance community in this amazing city. 

So to celebrate the birthday of this blog, here is David Joseph's fabulous 1983 dance classic "You Can't Hide (Your Love) Larry Levan Mix". This track brilliantly bridges disco and house, specially the ending section! Enjoy and here is to many more years of Disco Monk!
 

Disco Photography: David Bowie

Photo: Andrew Kent

David Bowie doing jazz hands or voguing?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

David Bowie's Best Dance Songs

I had to make peace with the reality that this genius musical artist has left us too soon. So what better way than to list my best David Bowie dance songs that can make me break down and cry! See you in the cosmos!

We begin with "Let's Spend The Night together". It is a great fast pace rock foot stomping classic that always amazes.


then here is the  haunting and dramatic Owellian inspired song filled with power and always makes me want to move:

Just as good and hard and as the disco version period.

Needs no explanation!


An ode to the DJ's of the world! Beautiful

This is one of the New Romantic anthems for all the dance floors of past and present


Traaaansmission.....need I say more

Oh and this one is pretty much the cosmic disco version of the original. Brilliant!


This one never cease to amaze. Pure brilliance! One of my favorites. The break here is Balearic magic.



This one is a stunner. Hard to pin point but to me,  this is a sweet and countrified journey. A dance classic in my book!


Of course this the major one that could never have happened without Nile Rogers! An indisputable dance classic!

and this is the other monster dance classic from the same era!  

 The 90's version has more punch yet keeping the integrity of the original

This one is an interesting '90's take on the original classic. It has grown on me through out the years!


This Pet Shop Boys production designed to please  the hardcore gay boys at the clubs!


James Murphy did an amazing remix here with Bowie's 2013 brilliant comeback album The Next Day.  This remix brought me full New Romanticism circle by adding sections from "Ashes to Ashes".


and pretty much everything from Young Americans, even the slow ones where Bowie merged beautifully soul and the Philadelphia sound from the title track to "Fascination" and  "Right which is t is one of my all time favorite to close any night of dancing.

 and I of course this list  wouldn't be complete with "Young Americans". This was a live version from the Dick Cavett show from 1974.  Pure brilliance!



Other songs that deserve to be on this list but made it very difficult for me  to choose, so I will call it
The honorable mention list:

Rebel Rebel 
Rebel Never Gets Old 
Fame 90 (House Mix)
Underground
China Girl
Something in the Air (American Psycho Remix)
Dancing in the Street
Time Will Crawl (Remix)
Loving the Alien (12 Inch)
Without You
Blue Jean
Up the Hill Backwards
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
Yassasin
Boys Keep Swinging
Breaking Glass (Extended)
Beauty and The Beast
Ashes to Ashes
Golden Years 
Watch That Man
Aladinsane
Hang Onto Yourself
Diamond Dogs
Suffragette City 
Changes 
Be My Wife
Look Back in Anger