Rob Watson Media Podcast 3 – 80s Electro


In this week’s podcast, I’m going to follow-on from last week’s Disco theme by playing some Electro tracks from the early 1980s. Growing out of disco, the electronic music scene was pioneered by the likes of Giorgio Moroder, Jean Marc Cerrone and Harold Faltimier, with the core sound of stripped-down synths and repetitive bass-lines. These are the people who put down the foundations of contemporary Electro dance music.

Along with DJs like Frankie Knuckles and producers like Bobby O, they formed the nucleolus of the dance scene, with today’s many and various dance music sub-genres owing them a debt. While Disco was heavily influenced by black music – funk and soul, Electro was more centred on the white European sounds of Italy or Germany. Kraftwerk had been a trailblazer in the 1970s with their entirely synth generated albums, that contrasted with the ponderous guitar solos of prog-rock.

This entirely electronic sound was taken up by Moroder, Cerrone, Faltimier and others, and was turned into a string of international dance-floor hits, with the likes of Donner Summer and Grace Jones. Coming up, then, are tracks and mixes from Bobby O, Frankie Knuckles, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer, Divine and New Order.

Track-Listing Podcast 003 18th January 2013
Electribe 101 – Talking With Myself (Frankie Knuckles Mix)
Pet Shop Boys – I Want a Dog (Frankie Knuckles Mix)
Giorgio Moroder – From Hear to Eternity
Sylvester – You Make Me Feel Mighty Real
Bobby Orlando – She Has a Way
New Order – Blue Monday
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Grandmaster Flash – The Message White Lines
Cerrone – Supernature
Divine – You Think You’re a Man
Giorgio Moroder – From Hear to Eternity (Reprise)

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