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Big in Iceland, 2003

Three songs were all over the radio and TV when Kelly and I were in Iceland in 2003 for our honeymoon, and I find that they frequently pop into my head.

“Be Faithful” by Fat Man Scoop

I love the sampled from “Chic Cheer” & Black Sheep, but what gets me about this song is how in your face is. It’s exhausting to listen to, and the video is a little terrifying.

“Slow” by Kylie Minogue

I like all the whitespace in this one. Weird that the video takes place poolside because all I think about when I hear it is the frozen Reykjavik landscape. If I remember correctly, I took this picture out the window of of our bus back to Keflavik:

Iceland Landscape near Keflavik

“Call of the Wild” by Gus Gus (Warning! It’s gross.)

Sorry about this one! When the video for this was on in our hotel room, we couldn’t stop watching. I can’t imagine this ever playing on US TV. Definitely recontextualizes the title and lyrics.

“Spread the Groove” by Bohannon

bohannon.jpgWhat else can be said about you after your name is repeatedly shouted out in one of the greatest songs ever recorded? Not much, so I’ll let Hamilton Bohannon speak mostly for himself. I have to admit, I’d listened to and loved the Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” for more than a decade before I bothered to figure out who this guy was. He created some of the tightest and funkiest dance music of the 70s, I my opinion, and was no slouch when it came to album covers either.

From the sleeve to Dance Your Ass Off:

PLAY THIS RECORD LOUD
P.S. Dance Your Ass Off is not used in the sense of profanity.

There’s a signed 8×10 of Bohannon in the basement of Union Hall, a bar in my neighborhood, that I think is there mostly to spotlight his hairdo. I covet it.

Bohannon, “Spread the Groove” from the Dance Your Ass Off LP on Brunswick Records (1975)

Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love”:
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“Get A Little,” by Patrick Cowley

This is from Buffalo Native, San Francisco electro pioneer Patrick Cowley’s 1981 album, Megatron Man. I first became a fan of Cowley when I picked up his second album, Mind Warp, based solely on the cover art. I eventually was able to track down this disc, which represents, in my opinion, his best work. Though it’s firmly rooted in the trappings of late 70s Hi-NRG/club music, there are traces of post-punk and kitsch that remind me of the Cramps and the Pop Group, as well as, (big surprise!) the Athens, GA bands from that time.

Patrick Cowley, “Get A Little”, from Megatron Man (1981)

More Patrick Cowley tracks are available for download on his posthumous MySpace, discography here. Looks like there was a 2007 re-release of his Donna Summer Remix that you can buy here in you are rich. Or you can buy this collection from Amazon, which has some awesome “Customers also bought…” suggestions.

“Menergy” on Youtube, with a slide show of Cowley Imagery.
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