Saturday, March 29, 2008

Starflight - Dancer  

So everybody knows Gino Soccio's 'Dancer', part of the standard cannon, and for good reason. It has been covered several times, most recently I heard Escort do it live and no doubt over the years there have been versions I have yet to hear, but of those I do know (including the original) Starflight's is my favorite.

Most people sweat this record because the other side Contains 'Dance To The Beat', a track that appears on mixes all over the place and got an Automan bootleg re-release, but few mention the Gino Soccio cover version. It keeps the original's driving disco edge but with an 808 breakdown and subtle turbtable scratch bridge that indicates that it is now 1983 and things have moved on four years since Gino first penned the track.

Starflight - Dancer

Posted by Black Shag | 6 comments

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6 comments: to “ Starflight - Dancer

  • April 1, 2008 at 5:12 PM  

    I had a listen since this version was new to me. it's ok but i still prefer the original Gino Soccio Version.
    anyway thanks

  • April 1, 2008 at 5:17 PM  

    your a purist, I can respect that. Maybe I'm just over saturated on the original, but I don't remember Gino pulling a baby scratch anywhere in his version, +10 points Starflight.

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  • April 3, 2008 at 2:04 PM  

    Yeah, this one does it for me. This one has so much charm that is hard to begrudge. This is right up there with "if you leave me now" by Shirley Ross as the best cover ever.

  • April 7, 2008 at 3:51 AM  

    Hi nice Blog. I've been spinnin since 1979 (L.A. and Las Vegas) This one sounds VERY much like Bobby O's (Flirts) Passion! What do you think?

  • April 10, 2008 at 4:22 PM  

    Your not wrong Chronic, the stacato top line and the juno bass are almost identical.

    For those not aware of the The Flirt's 'Passion', here ya go..