Disco Loco Volume III
is the latest release
in LocoBop’s series of dance tracks circa 1977 – 1982 covering
the flamboyant disco era represented in the film Saturday Night
40-year career produced 27 albums (5 gold and 1
platinum), 37 singles (28 in the Top Ten) and membership in the
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. "Traffic Jammer" continues to be a
dance favorite today. J. Blackfoot scored Soul/R&B hits
before and after the disco period (solo and with the Soul
Children). “Cool this Fire” was cut at the height of Disco’s
The Masqueraders’ “Desire”, "Lady, You've Got to Get the
Groove" by The Amazing Mr. Brown and Eddie Floyd
covering his own classic “Knock on Wood” in Trance-Disco fashion
are other prime examples of Memphis soul acts who cashed in on
the disco fad without harming their R&B credentials. Carson
Whitsett’s “Chu Chu Peru” is a frenetic, melodic electro
disco instrumental flush with sequencers and synthesizers.
Amber, two girls and
a guy coupling the racial make up of Tony Orlando & Dawn with
the smooth vocal harmonies of Abba, graced disco charts in
Europe on the London label with “DixieDisco”. “Jumping Jack” is
from the late
Scott Mateer, a
top mid-South DJ of the period.
New Orleans fixture Chewy Thunderfoot Black takes Johnny
Taylor's “Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone” and makes it his own.
Richard Orange is another Memphis icon whose “Long
Distance Love” made noise in Europe on the DJM label.
Wacky Memphis band Dog Police
(whose eponymous hit was ubiquitous on MTV in the '80s) serve up
a quirky ode to being "In The Studio." And what became of Dog
Police? They evolved into the Jumpin' Chi Chis and
conjured up "Can't Get Down", using a portion of the Average
White Band's DNA.
COOL THIS FIRE (J. Blackfoot)
You've Got to Get the Groove
(The Amazing Mr. Brown)