RIP poet, singer, songwriter and composer Rod McKuen.
He was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 1960s. Throughout his career, McKuen produced a wide range of recordings, which included popular music, spoken word poetry, film soundtracks, and classical music. He earned two Oscar nominations and one Pulitzer nomination for his serious music compositions. McKuen's translations and adaptations of the songs of Jacques Brel were instrumental in bringing the Belgian songwriter to prominence in the English-speaking world. His poetry deals with themes of love, the natural world, and spirituality, and his thirty books of poetry have sold
millions of copies. He released a controversial disco record in 1977 titled Slide Easy In....and it's considered an disco classic of epic kitsch proportions featuring songs with titles such as "Amor, Amor", "Don't Drink the Orange Juice" and "Full Moon Over the Ansonia Hotel" and disco orgasmic instrumental "Slide Easy In...". The cover art caused an uproar when released and had to settled for a hetero-friendly one with a glossed over sexualized female. Here is the single "Amor, Amor" and the entire LP with the original cover art for your gay pleasure. Enjoy
Monday, January 19, 2015
Found this old photograph of yours truly from 1992 and thought I post it along with DC LaRue's emblematic epic disco classic "Cathedrals". This is the 1976 original version in all it's glory. Enjoy!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
This homage goes to this beautiful Swedish lady who enchanted us in her role as Sylvia on Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Anita Ekberg, your iconic beauty will live on forever. RIP
....and what better way to celebrate her life by listening to Nino Rota's:
Saturday, January 3, 2015
We start the new year with an amazing vinyl only unreleased gem from Grace Jones' seminal LP Nightclubbing Compact Point All Stars sessions making this cover of Gary Numan's sync pop song a total sublime dance floor experience by combining disco and reggae brilliantly. This 12" offering was part of last years' well received Record Store Day, the other side featured "Feel Up". Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Last day of 2014! It has been a great year with some ups and downs but for the most part a great one. I decided not to do the best of 2014 this year so instead I pretty much will leave you with an amazing 1997 British House anthem "Fly Life" by Brixton's own Basement Jaxx which brings back memories of celebrating New Years at Twilo. Basement Jaxx was named after a club night they created there in during the late '80s and it consist of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, these guys have now become pioneers of the whole British House movement which is making formidable resurgence recently by some recent releases and re-works. Here is the original and the sublime "Fly Life Extra" which is always perfect for a big room event. Wishing you all Disco Monks a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Here is to 2015! Enjoy
Friday, December 19, 2014
Here is some sweet Donna Summer to warm you up during the cold winter nights! I'm missing this lady around this time of year. Wishing everyone a very joyous and happy of holidays filled with kindness and peace. Much love!
Disco Monk/Dj Glamjack