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Options August 19, 2015: The 7th Annual Evan "Funk" Davies Disco and/or Dance Party Show!

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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. So when summer rolls around I start itching to play my favorite records from that era (give or take a few years) -- favorites I loved back then, and new favorites that I never heard back in the day.
In that spirit, I'm excited to bring you the 7th annual Evan "Funk" Davies Disco and/or Dance Party! It's three hours of classic dance and disco jams from the '70s and early '80s, plus some lost shoulda-been-hits that just might become your new faves. Hook up the disco ball, pull the rug back, and tell the downstairs neighbors to go out to the movies (or just invite them up!) because you'll be wearing out your boogie shoes tonight!

Disco/dance disclaimer! I'm keeping the lines blurry and using "disco" and "dance" as catch-all terms for my own take on fun dance music from the mid-70s to the early '80s, expanding the boundaries (and sound) of the traditional disco era. No griping, please!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
faith hope & charity  let's go to the disco   Options s/t  rca  1975     
dexter wansel  i'll never forget (my favorite disco)   Options 12"  phila. int'l  1979    0:04:07 (Pop‑up)
alicia bridges  i love the nightlife (disco 'round)   Options 7"  polydor  1978    0:09:27 (Pop‑up)
first choice  great expectations   Options 12"  gold mind  1979    0:12:49 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
the thom bell orchestra 

the fish that saved pittsburgh (instrumental)   Options





0:17:57 (Pop‑up)
heatwave  the groove line   Options 7"  epic  1978    0:21:37 (Pop‑up)
the raes  a little lovin' (keeps the doctor away)   Options dancing up a storm  a&m  1979    0:25:18 (Pop‑up)
wardell piper  super sweet   Options 12"  midsong  1979    0:30:56 (Pop‑up)
n.y.c. peech boys  don't make me wait   Options life is something special  island  1983    0:37:50 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

spring rain   Options

world without words 




0:44:10 (Pop‑up)
the whispers  and the beat goes on   Options 12"  solar  1979    0:46:37 (Pop‑up)
chanson  i can tell   Options s/t  ariola  1978    0:53:41 (Pop‑up)
the futures  party time man   Options 12"  phila. int'l  1978    0:59:55 (Pop‑up)
jimmy "bo" horne  i wanna go home with you   Options dance across the floor  sunshine sound  1978    1:05:58 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
the neil cloud orchestra 

time of the seasons [sic]   Options





1:09:27 (Pop‑up)
silver convention  fly robin fly   Options save me  midland int'l  1975    1:11:57 (Pop‑up)
gonzalez  haven't stopped dancing yet   Options haven't stopped dancin'  capitol  1978    1:17:05 (Pop‑up)
moment of truth  you got me hummin'   Options 12"  salsoul  1977    1:23:56 (Pop‑up)
change  searchin'   Options the glow of love  wb/rfc  1980    1:28:30 (Pop‑up)

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kat mandu 

the break   Options





1:36:11 (Pop‑up)
cafe creme  discomania - medley   Options discomania  rso  1978    1:43:21 (Pop‑up)
munich machine  a whiter shade of pale   Options a whiter shade of pale  casablanca      1:53:10 (Pop‑up)
garrett scott  na na kiss him goodbye   Options 12"  west end      1:59:22 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

eye of the tiger (souped-up instrumental version)   Options





2:02:41 (Pop‑up)
the intruders  i'll always love my mama   Options 12"  phila. int'l  1973    2:06:08 (Pop‑up)
lamont dozier  boogie business   Options 7"  warner bros  1979    2:12:08 (Pop‑up)
pattie brooks  got tu go disco   Options 12"  casablanca  1979    2:15:42 (Pop‑up)
joe thomas  plato's retreat   Options 12"  tk  1978  sending this one out to all New Yorkers of a certain age.  2:21:16 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

simón's theme   Options


soul train 



2:27:07 (Pop‑up)
sheila & b. devotion  spacer   Options 7"  carrere  1979    2:29:57 (Pop‑up)
gregg diamond's starcruiser  starcruisin'   Options s/t  marlin  1978    2:33:16 (Pop‑up)
the jacksons  shake your body (down to the ground)   Options 12"  epic  1978    2:39:39 (Pop‑up)
dorothy moore  let the music play   Options 12"  malaco  1977    2:46:04 (Pop‑up)
the evasions  the wikka rap   Options 12"  sam  1981    2:51:27 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

window shopping   Options

the magic disco machine 




2:57:30 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Tome:

TooT TooT !!!! BeeP BeeP !!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm melinda:

Checking in for the disco party!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Tome:

brooklynItalianIrishWeddingNight !!
Avatar 9:07pm steve:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08pm Tome:

no griping , but groping optional ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09pm Ike & the Head of a Dead Ram:

Hey hey! If this show lights up your bellbottoms, check out Rolling Motion late late late at night. He plays stuff like this almost every week. I'm not always in the mood for it, but it's a very interesting niche.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09pm efd:

NO GROPING EITHER! (unless it's consensual)
Avatar 9:09pm BadGuyZero:

Boogie time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10pm efd:

yes, good suggestion Ike!
  9:11pm esha:

thank you for what's happening so far, better/cheaper than terapy
  9:12pm esha:

and by terapy i mean terrapin
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12pm melinda:

Boogie therapy.
  9:13pm Weems:


Killer FH
Avatar 9:13pm steve:

Joel/Rolling Motion is great... i catch his archive almost every week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm Tome:

75 ( still the bell bottoms long hair and beard ) 76 ( shaved the beard but .. request ) 77 ( cut the hair ie.. DA ) 78 ( lost the bell bottom jeans in favor of polyesther white slacks and a v neck shirt ) 78 ( ditch all old wardrobe, shaved head , found a Misfits T shirt ) ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm melinda:

Thanks for the suggestion Ike. I've wondered where the disco is hiding on WFMU.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15pm Tome:

...love the sound of those resilient 12" s ,, just so beefy .. !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17pm Ike & Ram:

This annual EFD disco party always makes for an excellent archive to play at parties. (Only if consensual, of course.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm efd:

Weems! Always great to have you here during these shows! And greetings one and all, this is one of the most fun nights of the year for me - glad you're here to enjoy it too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm Tome:

...agrees with the above wholeheartedly ,, it is EFD !
  9:19pm cheri:

hey efd, i'm having so much fun and the show just started!
  9:21pm cheri:

thanks efd!
  9:24pm johnk77:

great mix selecter @efd
the alicia bridges flashed me back
to the city disco san francisco
  9:24pm herb.nyc:

EFD 2016, the Disco Party!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm Ike & the Head of a Dead Ram:

Just for the record, the creature's true character began showing through a bit again on Julie's most recent playlist comments: www.wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm efd:

I see what you did there, Herb.
  9:28pm JustSheaNo:

Whoop whoop we havin a cookout on the side of the Belt Parkway!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29pm Stevel:


I'll survive.
  9:31pm Clenny the Carp:

  9:31pm cheri:

ike, why are you starting trouble? i'm here to have fun!
  9:32pm JustSheaNo:

Hey, @efd, awesome as usual! what are my chances of hearing The Whispers or maybe even Dennis Edwards?
  9:33pm cheri:

efd, i'm really enjoying the dance party
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:34pm efd:

JustSheaNo, your chances of hearing the Whispers are much higher than Dennis Edwards, I can say that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:34pm efd:

thank you cheri.
  9:35pm Clenny the Carp:

  9:38pm JakeGould:

No nonsense on the dance floor… Unless it’s consensual.
  9:40pm Clenny the Carp:

  9:42pm Clenny the Carp:

  9:44pm Weems:

I used to work at the NYPL with the brother of the Peech Boys singer, Bernard Fowler!
  9:47pm JustSheaNo:

Woohoo putting my dancing shoes on!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52pm efd:

Weems, that is awesome!
  9:53pm cheri:

efd would you say i'm across between a disco diva or a dancing queen?
Avatar 9:58pm steve:

nice one! never heard this one before...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59pm efd:

Cool, thanks steve! Hardest damn thing about this show every year is balancing the cool new stuff I've picked up with the classics (EFD classics, anyway) that I can't get enough of.
  10:00pm cheri:

efd, it's ok you don't have to answer my question.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm efd:

It's an inane question, cheri. And I don't need your permission not to answer it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm Kat in Chicago:

EFD's disco dance party is one party I don't like being late to. Finally made it!
  10:03pm Mary:

@cheri Get some counseling
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04pm efd:

Glad you got here, Kat! Still 2/3rds of the party left!
  10:05pm cheri:

you're right efd I understand. very sorry
Avatar 10:06pm slugluv1313:

wonderful show, efd! always look forward to your Disco-Ball-Dance-Party Extravaganza!
and i gotta ask again -- is it just me, or does anyone else hear Mary Jane Girls' "In My House" in First Choice's (earlier!) "Great Expectations"?
Avatar 10:06pm steve:

you know how to do it efd, great mix every year...
  10:07pm Lonely Planet Boy:

enjoying the show
  10:09pm cheri:

but efd , again it is a great party, i'm having fun!
  10:10pm johnk77:

the mets just lost
but @efd is still winning
  10:13pm #4:

I have made like 5 or 6 costume changes ALREADY.
and everything WAY too tight..... !!!
Where is my Tom Collins at?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14pm Ike & Ram:

Agreed @johnk77. EFD is a rock star of disco & comments.
  10:19pm Lonely Planet Boy:

almost posted this earlier with "Robin" in mind - love the string sections in 70's pop.
  10:19pm cheri:

I must check out now efd, thanks for your time, see you next week!
Avatar 10:21pm Dr. Goot:

Everybody Bus Stop!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23pm efd:

yes, me too LPB!

#4, keep the costume changes going! Maybe that Tom Collins is over by the closet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23pm efd:

goodnight cheri, see you again I'm sure.
Avatar 10:24pm Erella:

I love this show! Thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24pm efd:

My pleasure, Erella!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Love the show. My son asks if it's possible to hear some Village People.
  10:31pm JakeGould:

@KenFromHydePark: Ha! You can’t hear the Village People! You feel them throughout your whole body! Silly kids.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33pm efd:

KenFHP, that is a perfectly fine request that I am going to have to deny because, for some reason, I didn't bring any of my Village People records! >:(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36pm efd:

coming up next is the always popular -- or at least always baffling -- Classic Rock Disco segment!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:37pm Kat in Chicago:

Might be time to get off the floor and head to the bar for a cocktail, then ;)
Avatar 10:40pm steve:

heck yeah the break... i still can't believe its the guy from Lime.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:41pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Heh, no problem. We can scan the archives or the internet at large for some VP. What could possibly go wrong with that?
Avatar 10:43pm steve:

"they only have five songs"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46pm Kat in Chicago:

Wow this is a whole new level of awful
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46pm Kat in Chicago:

Make that cocktail a double, please
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46pm Stevel:

So awful that I will cherish every Beatle-tastic note.

Can't Look. Away.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46pm melinda:

What an ingenious Beatles treatment!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:47pm Ike:

Agreed, @Stevel!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:47pm Kat in Chicago:

Oh I'm hatelistening so hard right now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:47pm melinda:

It only gets better.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:47pm efd:

The really amazing thing is that this cut is 10 minutes and 10 seconds long!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48pm Stevel:

Oh. My God.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49pm Stevel:

Every fucking Beatles hit. EVERY ONE!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49pm efd:

I might fade it after the fourth "Hey Jude."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49pm efd:

But I can't guarantee you're going to like what's next any better.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49pm Stevel:

"Penny Lane" just gave me whiplash.
Avatar 10:50pm steve:

haha it just keeps going. its awful and yet i cant look away.
Avatar 10:51pm BadGuyZero:

♫♫ Singing with The Beatles ♫♫
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:51pm efd:

Admit it, it's growing on you isn't it?!
Avatar 10:51pm Danne D:

Hi EFD :)
Hi Everyone :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52pm efd:

sorry folks, we're hearing the whole thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52pm Stevel:

Growing like a rash!


Oh God, Danne. You're just in time!
Avatar 10:53pm Danne D:

clearly, Stevel :)
  10:53pm Weems:

This song is 10 minutes 10 seconds TOO long
Avatar 10:53pm Danne D:

So Evan, is there a disco version of Devastator coming up later?
  10:54pm #4:

Beatles on disco 45
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54pm Stevel:

Intervention time for efd.

Disco Devastator for the head-exploding win.
Avatar 10:54pm Andrew S:

If it's the same album I have, there are two more cuts just like it! They didn't overlook too many Beatles tracks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56pm Stevel:


Avatar 10:56pm Dr. Goot:

Pistols next? - www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56pm Kat in Chicago:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:58pm Stevel:

Hold on, Kat. (Not sure why. Obviously, there is no hope.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:58pm Ike:

Disagreed, this is much more tolerable!

If Irwin ever brings back Incorrect Music, we'll have to make sure he knows about that Beatles medley.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59pm efd:

I took mercy on you guys and put back the disco version of "You Shook Me All Night Long."
Avatar 10:59pm steve:

i wonder what Gaylord has to say about the disco beatles
  11:00pm Weems:

You're wasting valuable time with this nonsense! 60 second samples would suffice. In an hour when you are wishing you had more time to get more tracks on, remember this set.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00pm Stevel:

One day at a time, efd. One day at a time. We're all proud of you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01pm efd:

Andrew S, yes, that's the record!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01pm efd:

Weems, I was just thinking that exact thing as I realized it's 11 o'clock already!
  11:06pm JakeGould:

I can’t think of something more appropriate for WFMU than a Beatles disco medley. MORE AND DON’t APOLOGIZE!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07pm melinda:

Jake I agree! If you can't play it here, where then?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08pm melinda:

Though I think one Beatles medley per dance party is sufficient.
Avatar 11:08pm steve:

agreed Jake. the bealtes medley was so completely over the top insane on so many levels that im glad i heard it.
  11:10pm JakeGould:

@melinda and @steve: It was also very well made and thought out. Nothing half-assed. Café Creme’s full ass went into that medley.
Avatar 11:10pm Andrew S:

at least it wasn't stars on 45 ;) And I'm enjoying this show immensely. That Cafe Creme album got lots of spin in Quebec, there are copies kicking around all over the place
Avatar 11:12pm BadGuyZero:

A few months ago Therese played a disco song called "Soul Dracula" and it was amazing and sort of terrible and I want to figure out how much I would have to pledge for Yo La Tengo to play it during next year's marathon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13pm melinda:

Disco-fied interpretations of non-disco songs are an important part of the genre.
Avatar 11:14pm steve:

Choking on Cufflinks did a great Halloween Disco show way back. think it was one of his last shows.
  11:19pm JakeGould:

Ladies and gentlemen, the lyrics for that specific Café Creme disco medley are online:

Singing with the Beatles
Dancing on the disco
Twisting in the sixties

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20pm efd:

There's also a whole song on that album called "Twistin' In The Sixties" that I didn't listen to but I bet I know what it sounds like.
  11:22pm JakeGould:

More details on the production of it can be gleaned here: en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar 11:22pm Andrew S:

could be a departure - but I doubt it ;)
Avatar 11:23pm Danne D:

@BGZ - $100 unless the price goes up. Call early, friend :)
  11:25pm JakeGould:

Found this in “Survey of American Popular Music” on the web: “Cafe Creme--"Discomania" (1978): a muzak-like medley of thirty-five Beatles songs within a ten-minute time span; it removed the aura of pomposity surrounding the Fab Four, restoring them to their original condition as alluring pop music interpreters.” www.shsu.edu...
Avatar 11:28pm steve:

anyone know any good disco books besides Love Saves the Day and Disco Files?
Avatar 11:31pm BadGuyZero:

Cafe Creme's "Discomania" lasted longer than the entire Broadway run of "Got Tu Go Disco."
Avatar 11:31pm Andrew S:

There was a video making the rounds not long ago that mashed footage of the "disco sucks" record demolitions and footage of english rave scenes, with some early chicago house music. pretty cool i think it was called disco sukkks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31pm efd:

haha BGZ!
  11:33pm JakeGould:

You all know about July 12, 1979? Also known as the Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park? www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35pm Kat in Chicago:

Do I ever. Although I wasn't actually there.
  11:35pm JakeGould:

I was 11 years old and happy to have been a kid during all of the mishegas of the 1970s.
Avatar 11:36pm Danne D:

I remember my older brother wearing an iron-on Disco Sucks shirt quite religiously.
Avatar 11:38pm Andrew S:

haha Danne D I'd love one of those. Not because i agree with the sentiment but because an iron-on disco sucks shirt just rules
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38pm efd:

don't tell me that horn part just now didn't give you "Hey Jude" flashbacks.
Avatar 11:39pm Andrew S:

i'd walk around with that and nunchuks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40pm efd:

When I was in high school in the '70s I went to a t-shirt store and had them make me a mustard-yellow shirt with black transfer letters that said "Disco Sucks."

My Mom wouldn't let me wear it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40pm melinda:

I was 8 in 1979 and didn't understand the disco hate. Weird adult stuff.
Avatar 11:41pm Andrew S:

oh mustard yellow, perfect. Somebody get on this
  11:41pm JakeGould:

Avatar 11:43pm Andrew S:

The people that were screeching disco sucks were listening to Kansas and Molly Hatchet
  11:43pm rw:

Dude, that Beatles medley was fucking awesome!! I just never need to hear it again.
  11:44pm JakeGould:

@AndrewS: They also spent a lot of time noodling on their guitars on the weekends and asking you to come over and listen to them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:44pm efd:

well put, rw!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45pm efd:

Andrew, for me it was more of a "well if I'm pro-punk I must be anti-disco" thing. I eventually got past that stage, needless to say.
Avatar 11:45pm Andrew S:

exactly Jake. There's no hell like being with your hesher musician friends and being the only guy without an instrument
  11:45pm JakeGould:

@efd: The only CD versions of Cafe Creme seem to come from Russia. So I guess I’m going to do some browsing in Russian CD shops.
Avatar 11:48pm Andrew S:

cant go wrong with russian cds
  11:48pm Michael from the Left Coast:

The great Dorothy Moore!
  11:49pm JakeGould:

Great show EFD! Kudos to you and your disco selections.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49pm efd:

I'm not much for her ballads, but man do I love this song!
Avatar 11:51pm steve:

love this one
  11:51pm Weems:

Funk?really? You was a hater?
Attended many teen discos in the 70s
This was my music. Saw the Jacksons in 77. And Kool
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51pm efd:

It's true, Weems! Like I said, I got over it.
Avatar 11:52pm Andrew S:

yeah nice guitar licks too. noticed that on the Chanson tune too
Avatar 11:52pm BadGuyZero:

In Russia CD shops for you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55pm efd:

I also didn't go to teen dances of any kind, so that probably didn't help.
Avatar 11:58pm Danne D:

Yup some peer pressure involved in the Disco Sucks thing - some of it a socioeconomic identity too for some folks I bet.

Thanks for a great show EFD :D
Have a good night everyone :)
  12:00am rw:

EFD, It's okay. Disco did kind of suck in the '70s.

Thanks for the show tonight!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01am Kat in Chicago:

Thanks Evan!
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