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Eurodisco Legends Joy Are Coming to Orange County

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 9, 2015 03:21pm | Post a Comment
Joy Hello


Austrian
Eurodisco
group Joy are scheduled to perform live in Santa Ana on 5 December (Saint Nicholas Eve/Krampusnacht) at the Yost Theater. They will perform hits including “Touch By Touch,” “Hello,” “Japanese Girls,” “Valerie,” “Im In Love,” “Countdown of Love,” and more. Buy tickets now as there are only 1,000 and they’re going fast.



Joy were formed by three friends living in the small town of Bad Aussee: Andy Schweitzer, Manfred Temmel, and Freddy Jaklitsch. After school, the three pursued careers for a few years; Schweitzer as a policeman, Jaklitsch as a history teacher, and Temmel as a DJ at Orion, a disco in Traunreut, Germany. The three formed Joy in 1984 and signed with Viennese label OK Musica, who Michael Scheickl to work with the group. Scheickl had been involved with One Family, an successful Austrian rock band which formed in 1969, and later the duo Mess

Italo-disco singer Savage is coming to Southern California

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 23, 2014 11:01am | Post a Comment

On 6 June, 2014, '80s Italo legend Savage is performing for the first time in Southern California. He'll perform his greatest hits, including “Don't Cry Tonight,” “Only You,” “A Love Again,” “Fugitive,” “Radio,” and more in an event that will be DJed by BPM and hosted by singer TQ. Advance tickets are available here



Savage was born Roberto Zanetti was born in Massa, Italy on 28 November, 1956. Zanetti's musical education began when he was fourteen and he began taking piano lessons. Soon after he began playing keyboards in several bands including L'inchiesta, Fathima e i Pronipoti, I Vicini di Casa, andSangrià. 




In 1977, Zanetti formed Santarosa with Alberto Feri, Tiziana De Santis, Angelo Tedesco, and Paolo Zilio. In 1979 they had a his with Souvenir," which sold over 200,000 copies. The song was produced by singer “Zucchero” Fornaciari (né Adelmo Fornaciari)  and in 1980, he and Zanetti began a creative partnership. In 1983, the first fruit of their labor was also their first stab at dance music, "To Miami," attributed to Taxi and released by Florence-based Harmony Music and credited to Taxi




After the release of "To Miami," Zanetti returned with "Angelica" -- this time credited to Joey Moon




Zanetti's best known nom de disque, "Savage," was taken from the hero of 1930s American pulp magazines, Doc Savage. As Savage , Zanetti released his first single, “Don't CryTonight” in December of 1983, on Severo Lombardoni's Milan-based Discomagic Records -- an Italo-disco powerhouse who'd had by then already had hits with Gary Low, 'Lectric Workers, Jock Hattle and others. 






Unlike most Italo-disco efforts, "Don't Cry Tonight" was written, arranged, produced, and performed (both live and in videos) by the same person (who assumed another pseudonym, Robyx, for his production work – which included work with G.A.N.G., Kamillo, Claudio Mingardi, Saxophone, Lala, and others). “Don't Cry Tonight” was a massive success throughout much of Europe and Savage performed it on television programs like Mister Fantasy, Discoring, Pronto Raffaella, Azzuro, Festivalbar, and Tocata.




In 1984 Savage returned with “Only You” b/w “Turn Around,” which were included, along with “Radio,”Savage Only You “A Love Again,” “Fugitive,” “Tonight,” and his first single on the LP Tonight (1984-Discomagic).

In 1985, “Fugitive” appeared as the B-side on a remixed “A Love Again and “Time” was released as a single. A VHS titled Video LP was released which includes the videos for “Don't Cry Tonight,” “Only You,” and “Turn Around,” as well as a live club performance of “A Love Again,” “Only You,” “Radio,” “Fugitive,” and “Tonight.” Zanetti also collaborated, as Stargo, with Alberto Parodi and Andrea Tenerani, who released “Capsicum.” In 1985, “Only You” was also covered (as “Dans me yeux”) by French actress, Géraldine Danon


In 1986 Savage released “Celebrate” and “Love is Death” singles and toured in the Brazil, Japan, and the USA






In 1988 Savage released “So Close” and “I'm Loosing You,” both of which were indicative of the late '80s spread of House music to Europe.




In 1989 Savage released a single, “Good-Bye” and a cover of Sussex rockers Cutting Crew's “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” which dispensed with the unnecessary parenthesis and was simply retitled “I Just Died In Your Arms.” 



With Savage's transformation into a Eurohouse direction, his popularity increased in Eastern Europe, especially in Poland and the USSRIn August 1989 he played to thirty thousand people in the Sopot Festival, held in Katowice, Poland and performed for four consecutvie nights in Yerevan, Armenia. “Don't Leave Me” followed in 1990 on Euroenergy – a subsidiary of Discomagic. 




In the early 1990s, after more than a decade, Zanetti mostly retired from the stage, instead focusing his attentions on production. He purchased Casablanca Recordings and founded his own label, the Discomagic-distributed DWA - Dance-World Attack Records, which became the home to Alexia, Corona ("Rhythm of the Night"), Double You, and ICE MC


Zanetti continued to make music, employing a handful of aliases and collaborators. Teaming with Marco Bresciani and calling themselves Mali Carvalho, the duo released “Fuego.” He later teamed with Breciani as Soul Boy and released “Typical.” 





As Raimunda Navarro he released “Me Gusta,”” “No Lo Hago Por Dinero" b/w “Te Amo,” “Jungle Fever,” and “James Brown Has Sex.” As Rubix he released “The Party” and “Desiderio Latino.” As Pianonegro he released “Pianonegro.” As Wareband he released “Party Children” and “A Better Day.” As Scattt he released “Vocalize” and “Scat and Bebop.” And finally, as Humantronics, he released “The Sound of Afrika.” 

Whilst Zanetti was recording primarily under various other names, he occasionally released music as Savage, as was the case with 1993's "Something” b/w “Strangelove," the latter a cover of the hit by Basildon's finest, Depeche Mode. In 1994, as Savage, he once again embarked on a short tour, performing in Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, and Brazil. He also released a new single, “Don't You Want Me?

In 1997, as E.Y.E., he released “Virtual Reality.” In 2005, as Creavibe he released “Wonderful Life.” That year he again returned to the stage for the first time since the birth of his daughter, Mathilde, in 2002. This time playing concerts in the Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the USA. In Moscow he performed at three Autoradio Festivals, filmed at Olympic Stadium in front of an audience of more than 20,000. In October 2009 he released a new song, “Twothousandnine" with a video filmed at Southern California's Salton Sea. In 2010 he released a new album, Ten Years Ago (Klub80 Records).

 


While Savage has performed in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, his upcoming performance in Orange County will be the first time he's performed in Little Saigon. Whilst the audience behind the Orange Curtain won't rival the audience he's accustomed to behind the Iron Curtain, I think that he'll be pleasantly surprised by the ferocity and adoration of  the largely Vietnamese New Wave crowd.

Euro Disco star Lian Ross is coming to Orange County and Texas!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 4, 2013 01:34pm | Post a Comment


Lian Ross
, whose Euro disco hits include "Fantasy," "It's up to you," "Say you'll never," "Scratch my name," "You're my soul" and others, is performing two upcoming shows this month -- on 20 September at R3 Social Lounge in Stanton, Orange County and on 21 September at Red Velvet inHoustonTexas. Both events will be DJed by DJ BPM and hosted by TQ.

If you're at all familiar with the European pop scene then you probably suspect that Lian Ross is a stage name -- if so then you're correct. Ross was born Josephine Hiebel, on 8 December 1962 in Hamburg, Germany. Throughout her career, Ross's partmer both in music and marriage has been Luis Rodriguez-Salazar, himself distinguished by an impressive musical career.

Rodriguez was born in Fuente el Fresno, Ciudad Real, Spain in 1948, and as a young man played bass and guitar in Los Esclavos -- a Spanish group who played the clubs of Hamburg, the German city where Rodriguez would later make his home. His first single, "Rose von Valencia" b/w "Es kommt die nacht," was an Hispano-Teutonic ballad. More solo singles followed but it was as an arranger, co-producer, engineer and mixer (usually employing the pseudonym Bobby To) with artists like Modern Talking and C.C. Catch that Rodriguez would first truly make his mark.






Rodriguez's wife and collaborator first recorded as Josy, releasing "Do the rock" b/w "What'd you say" and "I know" b/w "Gimme more" (both 1981), and "Mama say" b/w "Stop and go" (1983) for Hamburg's Master Records.



Her last release on the label was 1984's "Magic" b/w "Who said you were the one" which also represented the couple's first collaboration with arranger Fauntleroy Skeete Davis aka "Leroy Skeete."






















In 1985 Hiebel adopted the stage name to Lian Ross and, continuing to work with Rodriguez-Salazar 
and Skeete, released "Say you'll never" and "Fantasy" b/w "Saturday night." In 1986 Ross released"It's up to you" and "Neverending love." In 1987 she released "Oh won't you tell me" b/w "Reach out" and a cover of Sylvester's "Do you wanna funk?" In 1988 she released "Say say say." In 1989 she released "Feel so good." During the same period, though uncredited, she contributed vocals to Loco Loco's "Hey Mr. DJ," Chicano's "Tengo tengo," and Don Luis y Compania's "Viva el amor." 

As was the case with many Euro disco recording artists of the 1980s, Ross/Hiebel spent most of the 1990s lending her vocals to a various dance projects including Bass of Spades, Boom Boom Club, Cherry, Dana Harris, Divina, Dreamscape, Exotica, Happy House, Hi-Q, Jay Jay, Jobel, Joelle, Shona, Stockholm Underground, Tears N' Joy, Teeko X, and 2 Funky.



During that decade, only 1994's "Keep this feeling" was credited to Lian Ross.





In 2005, again as Lian Ross, Hiebel released "I wanna" and "Never gonna lose." That year she also released a collection of hits -- The Best of and More was released in 2005. In 2009 she released "Young hearts run free."



In 2012, Ross and Alan Alvarez released their version of "Minnie The moocher" which was included on her debut album, 2013's I Got The Beat (Weiss Records). 




Tickets (limited to just 200) for the Stanton show are $30 in advance, $35 at the door (order here). More information about the Houston show soon.

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Your Tuesday night planned... Echo Park or Little Saigon -- what's it going to be?!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 11, 2012 07:43pm | Post a Comment
So I'm slated to DJ at the Short Stop in Echo Park on 15 May, 2012 (this coming Tuesday unless you're pulling this from the archives). I'll be splitting the music slanging chores with Joe Skyward (Sky Cries Mary, The Posies, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jean Jacket Shotgun), Jimmy James and Greene Candy Machine




Of my comrades I only know Joe but I don't even know what kind of music he's planning on DJing. As for me, he only told me "No techno!" so I'll ignore anything '80s Detroit just to be safe. I do plan on focusing on the '80s, however -- chiefly Baggy, Bass, Bounce, Electro, Eurodisco, Freestyle, Garage, Italo, Spacesynth, SynthpopVietnamese New Wave -- that sort of thing. 

*****




If you don't go because your typical Tuesdays are too packed with choice you should probably go see
SISU in Santa Ana at the Constellation. They're quite possibly the best band in LA currently -- especially if you like Blonde Redhead, Broadcast, Midnight MoviesRuth Hohmann & Erbe-Chor or perhaps early Pink Floyd

So you're spoiled for choice, really. LA or OC, which is it going to be?


Shangri-La Sundays Presents Tim & Eric's Awesome Set

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 24, 2011 02:12pm | Post a Comment


Time
: Sunday, March 6 at 7:00pm - March 7 at 12:30am. Make sure to mark that on your calendar and in your mobile phones and tricorders.


Location: R Bar LA 3331 8th St - WILSHIRE CENTERKOREATOWN.

CLICK HERE to see the Facebook event page and confirm that you're attending... then invite all of your friends.

*****

Free! 무료! Miễn phí! Бесплатно! Gratis! Kostenlos! 免費!

*****

Tim (DJ 2Tone) and Eric (DJ Poptone) DJing Asian/Vietnamese new wave, electro, eurodisco, freestyle, hi-NRG, Italo-disco, spacesynth and more. If you like '80s, beats, keytars, fun, synthetic fabrics, breaking, computers, booty-shaking, lasers, hairspray and drum machines you'll want to be there. 

"As always cocktail drinks served by are lovely and amazing Bartender Angela" -Tim

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force



Ago

Albert One


Bad Boys Blue


Bobby Orlando


C.C. Catch


Company B


David Lyme


Den Harrow


Digital Emotion


F.R. David


Fancy


Freestyle Project


Fun Fun


Gazebo


George Lamond


Hashim


Gina T



 Jocelyn Enriquez


 Jonzun Crew


Joy



Kay Franzes


Ken Laszlo


Koto


Lil Suzy


Lime


Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam


Lisette Melendez


M.C. Shy-D


Magazine 60


Magic Mike


Mantronix


Modern Talking


Nice & Wild


Nocera


Noel


Nolan Thomas


Pajama Party


Sabrina


Safire


Sandra


Savage


Seduction


Sequal


Shannon


Silent Circle


Stevie B


Sun La Shan


Sweet Sensation


TKA


The Cover Girls


The World Class Wreckin' Cru


Trans X


2 Hype Brothers And A Dog


Waterfront Home


Wish Key

also Angelina, Anthony, Arabian Prince, Avenue, B.O.S.E., Bad Boy Joe, Banana Band, Bass Dominator, Bass Junkie, Bazooka, Binary Ghost, Boys From The Bottom, Breakdown, Buffy, Cellophane, Charly Danone, Cheryl Hardy, Christal, Collage, Connie, Corina, Cosmic Touch, Cyber People, Cybotron, Cynthia, Daize, Danny Keith, De Johnny's, Debbie Deb, Dynamix II, Egyptian Lover, Energize, Eric, Exposé, Fake, Fantasy Life, Fascination, Felix, Frankie J, Freestyle, Funkatronic, Gigolo Tony, Hipnosis, Hot Cold, Impackt, Internal Affairs, Jaya, Jazaq, Jenny Burton, Jim Player, Josette, Judy Torres, Kelly Brown, Kidd Money, Klaas Bijland, L.A. Dream Team, Laserdance, Lian Ross, Linear, Lisa, Liscyn, Lonestarr, M.C. A.D.E., M:G DJ Spanish Fly, Maggotron Crushing Crew, Man Parrish, Mandarine, Marcus Gil, Megatrons, mindXpander, Mozzart, Nadia Cassini, Nayobe, Newcleus, Night Society, One Voice, Paul Sharada, Planet Patrol, Pluton & the Humanoids, Polaris, Protonic Storm, Proxyon, Purple Flash Orchestra, Quadrant Six, Reggie Griffin & Technofunk, Ringo, Rochelle, Rockell, Rodney Stepp, Rofo, Rygar, Sandee, Sarah Jean, Scala , Shah, Sorcery, Spanish F.L.Y., Squash Gang, Starr's Computer Band, Strafe, Strava Ganza, System Band, The Egyptian Lover, The Fast, The Future, The Mixtress, The New York Models, The S Factor, Timmy T, Tolga, Trinere, Tury Q, 12 Inches of Micmac, Twilight 22, Victoria Angeles, Vocoderion, Will to Power, Young & Restless, Yukihiro Takanawa and more!!!

Hope to see you then and there! 


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