Friday, October 17, 2008
I'm not sure why this chugging upbeat disco song is called Palace Palace. I'll admit that the lyrics are profoundly vacuous and the congas verge on irksome but as I was recording this track into my compu-tron my ears assured my brain it was a worthy selection. The vocoder here, which is a sound that wasn't overused in the disco years, works almost as well as it does in Easy Going's Baby I Love You (a future post of mine).
At first, outside of Who's Who, who had just a handful of disco tunes culled into an album at the end end of the 70's, I only found the producer's name connected to a Moog hits comp in '72 called Music For Pleasure on a track entitled Listening To Mozart (which I'm guessing was a Moog version of Mozart W. Carlos style). That find in fact added some credibility to Daniel Bangalter...I'd love a blog of cheeky Moog covers. Then, upon further investigation, I discovered that Daniel Bangalter is merely the real name of Daniel Vangarde, who not only produced a slew of European disco hits but fathered Thomas Bangalter, one half of the duo Daft Punk. The vocoder makes more sense all of a sudden and takes on a seminal role. Can we thank (or blame) Daniel and this track for the robots that carry the torch of modern dance music these days?
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