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DENIM DISCO is a blog dedicated to the pop music and culture of the 1970's. ~ Glam Pop and Discotheque Rock ~ The Sound Of The 70's ~ Contact:denimdisco@hotmail.co.uk

Friday, 30 December 2011

BLACKFOOT SUE - STANDING IN THE ROAD/SING DON'T SPEAK




''STANDING IN THE ROAD'' was a TOP 5 hit for Birmingham's BLACKFOOT SUE in the year of our glam 1972.The single {which could easily be mistaken for a SLADE song from the same era} was a DISCOTHEQUE ROCK classic pulsating with forceful GUITAR RIFFS a steady but heavy LOCOMOTIVE DANCE beat

Eddie Golga (lead guitar, vocals) explained the origin of the records distinctive rhythmic break this way:

''Alan got bored and picked up a biscuit tin and started banging it. I said "That sounds good!" and we all started hitting Coke bottles with sticks and that created the rhythm section in the middle''




The band followed it up with ''SING DON'T SPEAK'' which developed the format of the first single to great effect



Sadly the single failed to take off in the same way and the band soldiered on for a few years releasing strong material that the public failed to warm to.At the end of the decade they evolved into the WHITE SOUL group LINER

Thursday, 22 December 2011

THE DISCO KID - ROLLER COASTER/GUITAR'D AND FEATHER'D



Mickie Most's RAK records dominated the mid 70's UK pop charts,but THE DISCO KID 45 is one of the labels releases that few people would have heard at the time.Despite the records lack of success both sides are fine GLAM infused GUITAR INSTRUMENTALS which were recorded with the intention of keeping feet on the dance floor.

The A-Side ''ROLLER COASTER'' is slightly reminiscent of AREA CODE 615's ''STONE FOX CHASE'' and features some nice COUNTRY inspired guitar work.





The flip side ''GUITAR'D AND FEATHER'D'' is even better.The GLAM BACK-BEAT is more emphasized on this and some rockin' SAXAPHONE work beefs up the guitar line to great effect.The result sounds like DUANE EDDY jamming with the SUZI QUATRO band.





The record was writen and produced by BILL MARTIN and PHILL COULTER who were doing great business with the BAY CITY ROLLERS at the time.

The identity of the GUITAR MAN is almost certainly JOE MORETTI as the name MORETTI is co-credited as writing the A-Side of the disc.Joe was session man with an impressive CV that goes back to the early days of UK ROCK 'N' ROLL.

He played guitar on VINCE TAYLOR'S ''BRAND NEW CADILLAC'' and JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES ''SHAKIN ALL OVER'' as well as many more hits over the decades to come.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

SWEET MUSIC

From THE MUSIC STAR ANNUAL '75
A brief interview with BRIAN CONNOLLY and some great pics of SWEET in their prime