Being Thursday and oh so close to Friday, I thought I’d treat you all to a double shot of some classic retro Disco that is a little left of the usual Disco standards you normally hear during a Disco radio show or one of those retro nights at a club.
The first is Michael Zager Band’s “Let’s All Chant” from 1978 that reached #1 on the Disco singles chart and also crossed over to the Soul singles chart and made it to #15 and #36 in the Top 100 chart. The classic chant refrain of “ooah ooah” became a popular staple in many clubs during the 90’s and can still be heard today during many a retro set.
The second track is Kano’s “I’m Ready” from 1979. It’s one of those tracks you’ve heard samples of in other tunes but could never quite put your finger on it. The most recognizable track the melody was sampled for was Tag Team’s “Whooomp! (There It Is)” from 1993.
The Kano classic was the brainchild of a couple of Italian producers that helped form the basis of the new Italo-Disco genre from that era that was basically a blending of Disco and Funk. It was also an instant Break-Dance classic that helped paved the way for what is now Hip-Hop. It peaked at #21 on the R&B charts in the U.S. Can you remember roller skating to this one? Enjoy!
What better way to start off a Friday morning than digging deep into the retro archives? Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing” was actually released as a “B” side to another song you probably never heard of – “Blue Night” since the producer didn’t think it had hit potential. Further proof that anyone could make it in the music business back then.
You Sexy Thing reached number 2 in the UK charts in 1975 and number 3 in the U.S. a year later. It’s enjoyed a resurgence in recent years thanks to a cover version by Dee-Lite and also being featured in “The Full Monty” in 1997 which prompted the song to chart again. In fact, it is the only song in the UK to enter the charts in the 70s, 80s and 1990s. Not even Elvis or the Beatles did that.