Friday, October 17, 2008

Palace Palace Me Now  

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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  • October 22, 2008 at 6:34 AM  

    Le Palace was a great disco club opened in 1978 in Paris. Hold by Fabrice Emaer. It was considered as the first big gay/fashion/must-to-be club in Paris comparated to Studio 54 in NYC. Mr Emaer was under Le Sept, another small club where Guy Cuevas, the first Palace Dj too was playing the best Philly, disco, funk in town.
    If you listen to the vocoder voice, you hear "i dont know where you danced all night i know a place where you will feel allright..."

  • October 22, 2008 at 2:44 PM  

    Wow. Thank you much for enlightening us!

  • November 7, 2008 at 10:13 AM  

    the b-side of this 12" is sick! "Dancin' Machine". Long Slow Disco Jammy

  • November 8, 2008 at 9:50 PM  

    Definitely a worthy selection. Thanks for posting this!

  • April 10, 2009 at 10:14 PM  

    nice track alright. thankyou.
    did you end up doing a post about Easy Going's Baby I Love You though? would love to hear that one! ;-)

  • January 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

    WOW! How very very generous and beautiful that you posted this wonderful and very energetic good feeling song here, i loue this i used to have it yrs ago until it was nicked on me and i am over the moon to see that people still care for italo disco. Thank you very much. Susan the futurist, county down newtownards.