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Every show starts with the ’70s! We’ll rediscover forgotten rockers, revisit unfairly maligned disco beats and replay power-pop favorites. Next: plenty of new releases, occasional live bands and more. Don’t let the nickname confuse you.

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Options July 4, 2012: Disco Indepen-dance Party!

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Summertime always reminds me of listening to Ken "Spider" Webb and Ricky Ricardo and, of course the Chief Rocker Frankie Crocker on WBLS. In that spirit, I present the Evan "Funk" Davies Disco Indepen-dance Party! You'll hear old-school classics, along with some lost gems you'll wish you'd heard 30 years ago! Watch the fireworks reflect off your mirror ball while you celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of the perfect beat

Disco disclaimer! I'm keeping the lines blurry and using "disco" as a catch-all term for my take on fun dance music from the mid-70s to the early '80s, expanding the boundaries of the traditional disco era (and sound, for that matter).

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
tavares  it only takes a minute   Options in the city  capitol  1975    0:00:00 ()
tina charles  disco fever   Options 7"  columbia  1976    0:02:49 ()
yarbrough & peoples  don't stop the music   Options 7"  mercury  1980    0:07:02 ()
locksmith  unlock the funk   Options 12"  arista  1980    0:10:48 ()
Music behind DJ:
van mccoy 
the hustle   Options 7"  avco      0:15:25 ()
freez  southern freez   Options va-slipstream  beggars banquet  1982    0:18:53 ()
gary toms empire  7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (blow your whistle)   Options 7"  p.i.p.  1975    0:24:22 ()
q  dancing man   Options 7"  epic  1977    0:28:53 ()
metropolis  i love new york   Options 12"  salsoul  1978    0:31:51 ()
ritchie family  american generation   Options     1978  shoutout to WFMU's own Mo-luv!  0:36:29 ()
odyssey  native new yorker   Options s/t  rca  1977    0:41:48 ()
t-connection  on fire   Options 12"  tk  1977    0:46:20 ()
isley brothers  livin' in the life   Options 7"  tneck  1977    0:52:28 ()
the quick  the rhythm of the jungle   Options one light in a blackout  epic  1982    0:56:55 ()
space  my love is music   Options 12"  casablanca  1979    1:00:36 ()
miquel brown  so many men, so little time   Options 12"  tsr  1983    1:07:30 ()
donna summer  rumour has it   Options va-return to casablanca  casablanca  1978  with introduction by the patron saint of the Disco Dance Party, the chief rocker Frankie Crocker!  1:13:12 ()
c.j. & co.  devil's gun   Options 7"  westbound  1977    1:16:41 ()
the three degrees  giving up, giving in   Options 12"  ariola  1978    1:20:11 ()
dorothy moore  let the music play   Options 12"  tk  1978    1:23:59 ()
Music behind DJ:
frankie crocker's heart and soul orchestra 
poinciana   Options presents the disco suite symphony no. 1 in rhythm and excellence  casablanca  1976    1:30:13 ()
frankie smith  double dutch bus   Options children of tomorrow  wmot  1981    1:33:14 ()
freedom  set you free   Options 12"  tk  1979    1:38:09 ()
heatwave  the groove line   Options 7"  epic  1978    1:41:02 ()
southroad connection  just laying it down   Options 12"  mahogany  1977    1:44:59 ()
thelma houston  don't leave me this way   Options 7"  tamla  1977    1:51:42 ()
sylvester  you make me feel (mighty real)   Options 12"  fantasy  1978    1:54:23 ()
goody goody  super jock   Options 7"  atlantic  1978    2:00:27 ()
raydio  is this a love thing   Options 7"  arista  1979    2:03:35 ()
kc & the sunshine band  get down tonight   Options s/t  tk  1975    2:07:36 ()
s.o.s. band  just be good to me   Options 12"  tabu  1983    2:12:25 ()
rosko  desiderata   Options 12"  prelude  1980    2:19:14 ()
war  galaxy   Options 7"  mca  1977    2:22:37 ()
the jacksons  shake your body (down to the ground)   Options 12"  epic  1978  remix/edit by John Luongo, far superior to the stock 7" version!  2:27:37 ()
teddy pendergrass  i don't love you anymore   Options 7"  phila. international  1977    2:32:48 ()
"love bug" starski  you've gotta believe   Options 7"  fever  1983    2:36:21 ()
shannon  let the music play   Options 12"  emergency  1983  I know, I know - definitely NOT disco! But a longtime fave. (also applies to previous song)  2:40:26 ()
eruption  i can't stand the rain   Options 7"  ariola  1978    2:45:51 ()
boney m  ma baker   Options 7"  atlantic      2:48:53 ()
cerrone  love in c minor (part 1)   Options 7"  cotillion  1977    2:53:34 ()

Listener comments!

  Wed. 7/4/12 9:06pm miss cheri:

happy disco 4th evan!!!
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:06pm glenn:

happy birthday, americans.
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:08pm Julie:

dance time! checking in from the river, EFD
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:09pm miss cheri:

evan you're the king of funk & disco..hey there julie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 9:13pm efd:

thanks for checking in Julie, enjoy the fireworks! Hi cheri, hi glenn - thanks for tuning in!
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:14pm miss cheri:

thats right unlock the funk!!
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:14pm Julie:

are you and Mary wearing the red white and blue disco wigs?
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:16pm miss cheri:

oh evan & julie my birthday is next thursday..
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:19pm john:

Hey Evan, happy disco fourth! Finally getting used to the show starting at 6pm a week or so before time to come home!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 9:21pm efd:

ha, hi john!

Julie, will advise on Mary's wig status when she arrives. Mine = no.
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:27pm miss cheri:

i guess you don't care,,evan & julie
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:28pm miss cheri:

btw killer show tonight evan!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 9:29pm efd:

thanks cheri! Did you use expedia or orbitz to get a ticket for that birthday guilt trip? ;)
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:30pm JMD:

Ooh, snap!
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:34pm Kat:

Checking in from Chicago, loving the independendisco!
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:35pm McG:

Delaware representing
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 9:37pm efd:

hi McG! Great time on your show last Thursday!

hi Kat, thanks for checking in! and greetings JMD!
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:43pm Mike Sin:

So, I drank about an apple orchard worth of cider in the hot sun today, and now I'm just cooling out and gliding llistening to your boogie-down show. This is great, man!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 9:47pm efd:

nice! Thanks Mike, appreciate you tuning in (and commenting)!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 9:50pm efd:

by the way, was that regular cider or hard cider?
  Wed. 7/4/12 9:54pm Weems:

Warren Tesoro of the legendary Downstairs Records was a member of Gary Toms Empire
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 9:55pm efd:

Weems! Awesome bit of info! Great to have you here.

Curious, and not trying to provoke controversy by any means, but in light of your comment on my Facebook page - is there a song (or songs) that you consider the "last" disco song?
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:01pm Weems:

Good Times by Chic was a game changer in the summer of 79. Remember not liking it at the time. Less bpm than your typical disco track. Stripped down, less produced.
Then DiSco Demolition night. By the
fall of 79, rappers Delight came out, sampling Good Times, and the world changed forever.
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:11pm Weems:

Used to go to a record store every Saturday in Rochester, because they carried Billboard magazine. I'd always review the Disco chart. Makes me wonder when Billboard changed it to the "Dance" chart
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:12pm steve:

hi evan! got home just in time for your show. explosions, car alarms and cheers on all sides of me in greenpoint.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 10:13pm efd:

Weems, interesting question - I'd guess sometime in the early '80s as rap came more to the forefront.

Hi Steve, glad you made it back in time!
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:16pm monica:

do it, frankie! do it to it!
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:22pm Tom - In Gravesend Brooklyn:

I still love the pre-disco funk .. although the early so called Disco classics like from around 1975ish -- wouldn't admit it at that time ,, but I liked it.. but once Rod ie... Do you think I'm sexy .. kinda - nay but '78 79--- Disco is cool fun .. but one beat and like George Clinton once.. said about most latter disco tunes got kinda like after a while making love with just one stroke...
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:22pm steve:

any listeners ever make it to any of david mancuso's disco loft parties, past or present? i finally got to one last year, fun time.
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:24pm Mike VL:

Didn't know "Devil's Gun" was the first song played on the opening night of Studio 54...at least that's what Wikipedia tells me.
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:24pm monica:

you're killin' it. efd!
@steve, yes - transcendent.
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:26pm Weems:

Too weird, a friend posted Maybe by the Three Degrees On fb the other day and I immediately thought ther best record is Giving Up Giving In!
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:30pm Barkevious Shabazz:

"Everybody Dance" by Chic is super clazzy and you can't beat George McCrea's "Rock Your Baby" fer when yr shuttin it down.
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:32pm steve:

tk is the best! someone needs to make a complete discography box.
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:33pm Holly in NC:

Happy 4th Evan & all !

"lookin' down the barrel of the devil's gun" :-)
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:36pm David Ortiz:

#400! Now ees time to keeck back wis some deesco for beeg papi.
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:38pm Holly in NC:

Double Dutch Bus video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK9hK82r-AM i - 1 of best videos ever!!
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:38pm Bad Ronald:

Funkin' ED! Kicking it 80's style. Got any Dee Dee King handy? Great show, peace!
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:39pm Barkevious Shabazz:

Frankie Smith. Genius, Philadelphian.
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:40pm Weems:

Double Dutch most Assuredly not "disco", but a huge record in NYC. 92 KTU WAS disco, BLS was more of a mainstream R&b format.
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:47pm Carolyn:

Really wish I was listening to this at an outdoor party instead of on my break at work. But hey it still sounds great.
Happy Independence EFD and everyone!
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:48pm miss cheri:

evan do you have this k.c. & sunshine band tune "give it up"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 10:51pm efd:

cheri, I was actually planning to go a little more mainstream with my KC selection later.

Hey Carolyn! Glad you could at least catch a little of the show on your break!
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:51pm Barkevious Shabazz:

The Clavinet. Funkiest instrument ever?
  Wed. 7/4/12 10:52pm Weems:

Saw Heatwave in concert in 77 or 78!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 10:54pm efd:

damn Weems, was it awesome? Just say it was, even if it wasn't
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:02pm Higgs Boson:

Thanks for coming to my coming out party.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:03pm Holly in NC:

Friggin' internet connection so slow can't stream at moment - having own dance party here waiting for internet to revive. Up next at my house: Terrance Tee's 'she's a party girl'
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:03pm Holly in NC:

Oh hi Higgs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 11:05pm efd:

Not to worry Holly, the archive will be around when your connection is back to normal!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:05pm Higgs Boson:

@Holly Hey, baby..
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:07pm miss cheri:

evan could you please play that special k.c. selection for me?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 11:08pm efd:

as a matter of fact I was just cueing it up.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:12pm miss cheri:

ty very much evan,, this means alot to me!! i love it!!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:14pm miss cheri:

boogie down evan & all!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:16pm Holly in NC:

@Higgs, If it weren't for you I wouldn't have to watch my weight :-(
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:17pm monica:

ah yeah, takin' it into jam & lewis funk sleaze zone.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:18pm miss cheri:

hiya monica...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 11:18pm efd:

damn straight, Mo! Up next is something special just for you (and other old-school NYC radio heads)!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:21pm monica:

alright then, efd!
hello to you, miss cheri. this show is awesome, no?
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:21pm Cerrone:

If I were playing a show at Le Poisson Rouge, would I get a spin on the show?
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:22pm monica:

Rosco! EFD, you did NOT just reverb that shit out the park. Too effin' funny! That was vexacious to the spirit, yo.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:23pm Kaspar:

Rosko sounds like the guy at the end of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:24pm Kat:

omg I had no idea there was a Disco Desiderata!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:25pm Barkevious Shabazz:

"Pay attention to your career." That's great advice on a gottdam work night.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:25pm miss cheri:

monica this show is totaly fantastic!!!!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:28pm monica:

people movin' to and fro, miss cheri. it's outtasight!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:29pm Holly in NC:

@Evan - If doing Preludes, how about Vicki Sue Robinson "Hot SNmmer night" ? Very apropos ...
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:29pm Emily:

this is a great dance party, Evan! esp loved those words of wisdom - so true!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:30pm Holly in NC:

I need a drink.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:31pm Weems:

Heatwave was probably 3rd on the bill of 6 acts. All the R&b shows had A handful of acts. That may have been a Kool & The Gang Show. Or the Jackson's. Saw Meco! Wild Cherry too. Trammps. Of course the Take Funk to Heaven in 77 Pfunk show, but that ain't disco! But you could play UndiSco Kid
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:31pm Ken From Hyde Park:

You'll have to petition Station Manager Ken to get an EFD dance channel stream.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:32pm miss cheri:

all of us women here tonight think you're a funky disco god,,evan..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 11:33pm efd:

Thanks Emily!

Holly, the only Vicki Sue I have is a 12" of her big hit, "Turn The Beat Around."
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:37pm Barkevious Shabazz:

Teddy had tranny problems. Never gets old.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:38pm miss cheri:

let's face we all love evan!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:38pm Holly in NC:

While not disco, I'm also feeling Nu Shooz right about now...
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:42pm miss cheri:

on that note,, i have to split i wish i could stay but i got be up for julie's show, g'nite evan,,monica & holly!!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:43pm steve:

  Wed. 7/4/12 11:43pm miss cheri:

keep on grooving all.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:48pm Kat:

I don't think this Shannon classic is out of place at all. To me it falls between disco and house. Danced to it a zillion times back in the day.
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:49pm Kat:

Ken from Hyde Park: I like the idea of a WFMU dance music stream a LOT. Both old skool and current stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 11:51pm efd:

Kat, I agree (obvs)! But I also appreciate that others feel differently. Music can be so personal!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:55pm miss cheri:

thnx for a far out show tonight evan!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:55pm Weems:

Great show! Mention some titles u couldn't get to!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:56pm Holly in NC:

Thank you for wonderful show, Evan
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/4/12 11:56pm efd:

this has been a blast and a half, everyone! Thanks for having me along for part of your holiday! See you all next week
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:57pm Kat:

thank YOU sir!
  Wed. 7/4/12 11:59pm Weems:

Boney M and Cerrone. Need some Voyage and Beautiful Bend.
  Thu. 7/5/12 10:49am jack m.:

was out last night but can't wait to listen to this show on the archive, great playlist!
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