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FlinterFile: Stock, Aitken and Waterman- Roadblock

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In the eighties, a very important producer trio was Stock Aitken and Waterman. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Mel & Kim- Respectable

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In 1987, Stock, Aitken and Waterman had their first number 1 hit (UK) they composed and produced together. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Diana Ross- Chain Reaction

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In 1985, Diana Ross released her ‘disco’ album Eaten Alive, with some songs written by the BeeGees.  Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Linda Lewis- Class/Style

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In 1984, Linda Lewis released her disco record Class/Style (I’ve Got It). As a small girl, she performed with her father, which led to her first small roles. She played in the movie A Hard Day’s Night. In the seventies, she released several songs, and sung in the background for artists like David Bowie and Cat Stevens. The albums she made in the seventies selled the best, but this disco song only was a minor hit in the Netherlands. Enjoy

Linda Lewis- Class/Style (I’ve Got It)

FlinterFile: Dayton- The Sound Of Music

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In 1983, Dayton had its biggest hit in the UK. The band was formed in 1980 by a member of Sun and a member of Over Night Low. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Gwen McCrae- Keep The Fire Burning

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In 1982, Gwen McCrae had one of her disco hits in Europe. She was the wife of George McCrae, who had a big hit with Rock Your Baby. Read the rest of this entry

Is Uptown Funk plagiarism and what else was ‘stolen’ (borrowed!) in disco

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This week the message came that Uptown Funk would be plagiarism. The Sequence, a rap group from the eighties (with no hits on their name) claimed the song would be quite like their song Funk You Up. I think the simularities are very very very little, but there are several cases where it is more obvious. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: S’Express- Theme From S’Express

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In 1989, the S’Express made their way out of the station, ready to ride! In the US number 91, in the UK number 1… The man behind the hit was a DJ, Mark Moore. He had the idea to make an eighties disco record. So what do you do? Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Heatwave- Boogie Nights

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In 1977, Heatwave had their first hit. This song was their debut single, written by Rod Temperton, who later wrote hits like Thriller and Rock With You. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Gino Vannelli- People Gotta Move

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In 1974, Gino Vannelli connected black and white with one song. The italian Canadian was discovering the disco sound with his brother, looking for synthesizers and new recording methods. Read the rest of this entry