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My Year of Mixtapes Week 36: Italo-Disco

Chrissy May 15, 2020


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Italo Disco is, well, disco from Italy (mostly Milan, really), and its golden age was approximately 1980-1985. It was influenced in equal parts by American & Canadian disco, Giorgio Moroder-style Euro-disco, and 1970s electronic music like Kraftwerk, Jean-Michel Jarre, and the like. So basically what we’ve got here is another odd, techy offshoot of classic disco with weird synth noises and terrible broken English. Which means I love it.

A lot of people use “Italo Disco” as a blanket term to mean any mostly-electronic disco, lumping in Quebecois disco, Euro-disco (which was mostly based out of Munich & Paris), even San Fran Hi-NRG. Those people are wrong. For instance, if anybody tries to tell you that Lime or Bobby Orlando or Giorgio Moroder are Italo-Disco, stop listening to them. (Yes yes, I know, Moroder was born in Italy. But he was ethnically Tyrolean, his native tongue was German, and every… (full text at http://yearofmixtapes.blogspot.com/2010/02/week-36-italo-disco.html)
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