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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 August 23, 2017: The 9th Annual Evan "Funk" Davies Summertime Disco/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. 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 9th annual Evan "Funk" Davies Show 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!) and get ready to get up and boogie. That's right!


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. Don't @ me!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Approx. start time
j.a.l.n. band  disco music   Options 7"  magnet  1976  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
jimmy james & the vagabonds  i'll go where your music takes me   Options 7"  pye  1975  0:03:07 (Pop‑up)
b. b. & q. band  on the beat   Options 12"  capitol  1981  0:08:02 (Pop‑up)
c.d. band  music are you ready   Options hoodoo voodoo  casablanca  1979  0:13:55 (Pop‑up)
the futures  party time man   Options 12"  phila. int'l  1978  0:20:09 (Pop‑up)
moment of truth  you got me hummin'   Options 12"  salsoul  1977  0:25:16 (Pop‑up)
mcfadden & whitehead  ain't no stoppin' us now   Options 7"  phila int'l  1979  0:29:37 (Pop‑up)
empress  take a risk   Options 12"  prelude  1982  0:33:14 (Pop‑up)
siren  open up for love   Options 12"  midsong  1979  0:39:02 (Pop‑up)
miquel brown  so many men, so little time   Options 12"  tsr  1983  0:45:54 (Pop‑up)
gary toms empire  7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (blow your whistle)   Options 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 blow your whistle  pickwick int'l  1975  0:52:13 (Pop‑up)
southroad connection  just laying it down   Options 12"  mahogany  1977  0:57:20 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

spring rain   Options




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jimmy "bo" horne  i wanna go home with you   Options dance across the floor  sunshine sound  1978  1:07:30 (Pop‑up)
sister power  gimme back my love affair   Options 12"  ocean/ariola  1979  1:10:15 (Pop‑up)
larry santos  can't get you off my mind   Options 7"  casablanca  1975  1:15:27 (Pop‑up)
lamont dozier  boogie business   Options 7"  warner bros  1979  1:18:45 (Pop‑up)
the three degrees  giving up giving in   Options 7"  ariola america  1978  1:22:32 (Pop‑up)
wardell piper  super sweet   Options 12"  midsong int'l  1978  1:26:54 (Pop‑up)
patrick juvet  lady night   Options lady night  barclay  1979  1:32:56 (Pop‑up)
cheri  murphy's law   Options 12"  venture  1982  1:38:06 (Pop‑up)
donald byrd & 125th st nyc  love has come around   Options love byrd  elektra  1981  1:44:21 (Pop‑up)
biddu orchestra  rock me with your love   Options rain forest  epic  1975  1:52:42 (Pop‑up)
d train  keep on   Options you're the one for me  prelude  1982  1:55:31 (Pop‑up)
teddy pendergrass  i don't love you anymore   Options 7"  phila int'l  1977  2:01:44 (Pop‑up)
forrest  rock the boat   Options 12"  profile  1981  2:05:06 (Pop‑up)
first choice  great expectations   Options 12"  gold mind  1979  2:12:03 (Pop‑up)
gonzalez  haven't stopped dancing yet   Options haven't stopped dancin'  capitol  1977  2:18:17 (Pop‑up)
the jacksons  shake your body (down to the ground)   Options 12"  epic  1978  2:22:51 (Pop‑up)
len boone  there's no me without you   Options 12"  chrysalis  1979  2:28:37 (Pop‑up)
gino soccio  try it out   Options closer  atlantic  1981  2:33:33 (Pop‑up)
dorothy moore  let the music play   Options 12"  tk  1977  2:39:43 (Pop‑up)
s.o.s. band  just be good to me   Options 7"  tabu  1983  2:45:11 (Pop‑up)
the isley brothers  livin' in the life   Options 7"  t-neck  1977  2:50:44 (Pop‑up)
yarbrough & peoples  don't stop the music   Options 7"  mercury  1980  2:54:44 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  9:01pm Weems:

Let's go!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm medson:

The time has finally arrived.
  9:03pm JakeGould:

Avatar 9:04pm steve:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm lutrablue:

Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Time for the big-collared shirts, bell bottom pants and platform shoes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm melinda:

Ready to boogie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07pm medson:

My wide collared shirt is way too tight these days.
  9:10pm LCBD:

Excellent choice! Brings me back I'm a first time listener to this show. I'm hooked for life!
  9:11pm Weems:

Whoa BB
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11pm efd:

hey everyone! Thanks for tuning in early, this is going to be a fun one!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11pm fleep:

  9:12pm JakeGould:

Disco Power Nap
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15pm medson:

I just need to hear the Mr. Softee Truck now
  9:18pm Weems:

My post got edited!?

I was saying, BB
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm fleep:

App doesn't like certain characters, you used one, Weems.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm efd:

i think you're editing yourself Weems, I'm not doing anything!
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 9:21pm Figgsrock:

Hey EFD, Did that BB&Q track have Nile Rodgers on guitar?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm Alex of Chicago:

hey party people
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 9:21pm spodiodi:

Nice Summertime Disco/Dance Party, EFD! :D
  9:22pm JakeGould:

The app chokes on ampersands (&) when posting comments.
  9:24pm Weems:

Got it. BB and Q Band...so glad I didn't plead for 70s only. A friend posted to my fb wall 2 months ago. Been jamming it ever since!
  9:27pm cheri:

hey efd and everybody! i'm dancing my butt off tonight!!!
  9:29pm cheri:

got my disco boots and hot pants on!
  9:32pm LCBD:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm lutrablue:

Getting high and listening to WFMU is better than television.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm medson:

This one brings back memories
Avatar 9:34pm steve:

its always fun to search "disco shirt" on ebay
  9:40pm Mike Sin:

Diggin' it as usual! Just wondering -- what was the hottest disco in Jersey City back in the day?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42pm fleep:

Tonight's music comes to us via a combination of hand truck, plastic crates, and several strategically placed bungee cords. Wow. Follow @efd on Twitter.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42pm efd:

good question, Mike! I'll leave that one for the listeners...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42pm efd:

@fleep And an automobile (not pictured). Very important.
  9:44pm JakeGould:

This list looks pretty good, but it’s mostly NYC. www.streetswing.com...
  9:50pm herb.nyc:

Related- As per a Simpsons, "il pleut les hommes" est le fave chanson de Homer Simpson (pardon the French)
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 9:50pm Figgsrock:

Oh man, I haven't heard this Miquel Brown track since I listened to Fly 92 in Albany in 1983.
  9:57pm Weems:

Gary Toms, featuring Warren Tesoro of legendary NYC record shop, Downstsirs Records
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm efd:

That's right! I didn't know that until you pointed it out to me a few years ago.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm medson:

What an amazing selection of records efd
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm efd:

thanks medson, glad you're enjoying it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm lutrablue:

Ouch. My head is nodding too much. Good tunes, efd.
  10:19pm zoot allors:

summer disco dance a palooza - thank you EFD - love it all - do you have rosebud's have a cigar a la pink floyd - no worries if not - keep them coming!!!
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 10:20pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Just for fun, leave a few records for Medson and Clay to play tomorrow morning, efd. Keep the party rolling!
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 10:22pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Speaking of which, I believe Clay played "The Bedazzler" one day this week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29pm efd:

why in the world did I say "mister?!"
  10:32pm John in Bklyn:

Bringin' the ruckus!!! Yeah, Evan!!!
  10:36pm JakeGould:

@efd: I’m happy I missed the “Mister.”
  10:42pm John in Bklyn:

Damn, seems like just yesterday my friends and I were lip synching the chipmunk part when this tune would come on at a party... 1982?!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:42pm efd:

hopefully everyone did!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43pm efd:

1982 sounds about right John!
  10:44pm Weems:

92 KTU with Paco (baby), Rosko and Funko.
  10:44pm John in Bklyn:

@efd Do you happen to have any D-Train on hand?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm efd:

oh yes I do John!
  10:45pm John in Bklyn:

@efd This is such a fun ride back. Thanks, man!
  10:46pm wittsend:

so what if i missed the lounge lizard days of the mudd club. these songs remind me of my days in the 90s at the (roller) RINK! had every birthday party at the RINK growing up.
  10:50pm John in Bklyn:

@wittsend I wasn't in NYC in the Mudd Club days either, but I went to roller rinks in the 70s! haha It's universal! They played B.T. Express, Stevie, Kool and the Gang, et al
  10:58pm John in Bklyn:

Yeeeeaaauh! Thanks, Evan!
(synth bass!)
  11:03pm Dion Chalksee:

Brother Funk- Have you seen the tag wrestling legends The Fabulous Ones video that uses a slowed down version of the Skatt Brothers "Life At The Outpost" as the backing track? If not drohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raed4-Wn79w everything your doing now and watch.
  11:04pm Dion Chalksee:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:06pm efd:

will check it later, Dion! You know I'm all about the Skatt Brothers!
Avatar 11:12pm steve:

GREAT show so far efd... ill probably relisten to the whole thing tomorrow!
  11:13pm John in Bklyn:

When I came home from work tonight my existential battery was at 3%. After tuning in, I'm back up to 100%! Molto grazie, mio fratello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13pm efd:

nice, thanks steve!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14pm efd:

glad I could help, John!
  11:17pm Weems:

Visit to NYC summer of 78. What a smorgasbord Disc O Mat was for 12 inch disco platters!
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 11:18pm Hoboken Jack:

Hey EFD and all! Checking in from West Orange.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20pm efd:

hey Jack, happy to see you here! Hope everything is progressing as expected if not better.
  11:21pm kimzilla:

I'm having so much fun dancing in my car. (Written at a Ted light)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21pm efd:

@Weems and those 12-inches were probably all $2.99 or something back then!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22pm efd:

@kimzilla I'll let that typo go since I know you were trying to write your comment before the light changed to breen.
  11:27pm Weems:

Probably 1.99, inflation calculator says 2.99 in 78 would be 11.14 today!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28pm efd:

ouch my wallet!
  11:31pm John in Bklyn:

A TED light would be pretty cool. In 12 seconds an astrophysicist or tech entrepreneur could come up to your car window and tell you how to help save the planet. A new millennial squeegee.
  11:34pm kimzilla:

It was a very quick light.
  11:36pm John in Bklyn:

@kimzilla Please be careful out there! In fact, don't read this!
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:44pm Ken From Hyde Park:

While driving, your left foot isn't too busy. I need to invent a foot-operated computer interface for this. What could possibly go wring?
  11:48pm John in Bklyn:

The B A S S in these tunes. Holy cow! I'd like to take this moment to apologize to my neighbors.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54pm Alex of Chicago:

what a groove
  11:57pm Weems:

Good job Funk! See ya next year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm efd:

thanks for playing, Weems!
  11:58pm John in Bklyn:

Classic! @efd Thanks for the great tunes! How am I gonna chill out after this??
Avatar 11:09am Cecile:

You closed out with three of my favorite songs ever.
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