in 1987. (New Year) when I found out about Italo Disco music. I
was just 14, but I knew something special happened to me - I became
addicted to beauty, harmony, and sound of this really remarkable
part of disco music. First songs I heard were Albert One - For Your
Love, Radiorama - Hey Hey / Aliens, Why Not - Smile, Mike Mareen
- Love Spy, Latin Lover - Laser Light, Italian Boys - Gigolo, Robby
Hood - Two Of Hearts etc...
groups that belong to German Disco, such as Modern Talking - Brother
Louie, Fancy - Lady Of Ice / Bolero, C. C. Catch - Heartbreak Hotel
/ Heaven And Hell, Silent Circle - Touch In The Night, Bad Boys
Blue - You're A Woman...
popular, 3rd part of of disco music, we called Canadian
Disco, or shortly Canada, but in fact we were thinking of Hi-NRG:
Patrick Cowley with legendary hit Menergy, Bobby Orlando - Whisper
To A Scream, Divine - Shot Your Shoot, Girly - Working Girl, The
Flirts - Passion / Helpless, Trans X - Living On Video..
quite a terminological mess as it still is all over the world. For
example, German label ZYX published songs of German groups under
the name "The Best Of Italo Disco"!? So is German
Disco the same as Italo Disco or? Actually I differ Italo
Disco and Italian
Disco. So I call all of disco music production that
we listen to Italo Disco. According to Bernhard Mikulski, the author
of the term, it doesn' represent music from Italy, but music genre.
Why Italo? It's because most of songs came from Italy. On the other
hand, Italian Disco means Italo Disco songs made only in Italy.
(or Euro Disco) = music
from Europe - Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Swiss, Sweden,
Italo also has one substyle, but not acording by the country where
it was created, but more by feeling that it creates - it is travelling
through the space, so it is called Space Disco.
I would exclude Disco music from 70's
from the term Italo Disco since it sounds different, but basically
the idea is very similar.
= music mostly from America - USA,
Canada, England (England is, from a musical point of view, very
strange country, often doesn't fit into European music, it is more
similar to America, not only regarding disco style but other styles
disco radiorama modern talking 80s
1983 - 1988 + 20** production :)
1984 - 1988
Jo Rizzo] [Patty
Ryan] [C. C. Catch] [Lian
Sound: 198? - 1988
Cook] [Green Ice] [Steve
Instrumentals: 1984 - 200*
[The Why Not]
HI-NRG (USA & England):
1980 - 1988
[Patrick Cowley] [Pete
Burns] [Bobby Orlando] [Divine]
[The Flirts] [Roni
Griffith] [Modern Rocketry]
Canadian Disco (HI NRG
from Canada): ???? - ????
[Gillian Lane] [Stephanie
[Valerie Krystal] [Lime]
of the #1 records in North America were produced in Canada, and
often licensed by USA and European labels so many DJs started calling
it Canadian Disco,
also some Italian producers lived in Canada (Giovanni
D'Orazio, Antonio Bentivegna...) and made music there. So
one more reason to call all of it Italo :).<
Space Disco:C/P from SpaceSynth
Spacesynth, synthdance, spacedance, spacedisco or whatever you want
to call it is instrumental upbeat synth music that focuses on melodies
instead of rhythm. Driving basslines, catchy synth riffs, sci-fi
influences and futuristic track titles and album covers have always
been a major part of spacesynth.
Spacesynth originated in the mid 80's. At that
time synthesizers and electronic sounds had become an essential
part of popular music and were widely used by such artists as Vangelis,
Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Art of Noise. Synthpop hits like
Magnetic Fields 2, Pulstar and Magic Fly are well known tracks even
In the meantime in Italy a music style called Italo
disco was dominating discos. Basically Italo Disco consists of rather
simple vocals, melodic synth riffs and a four-to-floor beat. It
had that recognizable 80's disco sound that people either love or
hate these days.
Italo disco became popular in other parts of Europe
too. At first spacesynth was just an instrumental version of Italo
Disco focusing on the synth side of Italo Disco. But eventually
it became a genre of its own. Cyber People released successful singles
"Polaris" and "Void Vision" for the Memory Records
label. Koto developed his own Italo-inspired synth music style and
the single "Visitors" was a big hit in 1985.
Soon after there were other similar groups - also
outside of Italy. Erik van Vliet from The Netherlands established
Laserdance and together with Michiel van der Kuy Laserdance became
the most successful spacesynth group ever. Their debut album "Future
Generation" (1987) sold approximately 150 000 copies and the
singles "Powerrun" and "Humanoid Invasion" were
big hits in Europe. Koto and Laserdance could be considered the
most popular spacesynth groups. They set the standards of the genre
and since the golden era of spacesynth many producers have tried
to replicate that sound.