DJ David Hiscock, who will be playing in the disco-themed retro hall at the Mardi Gras party on 4 March, gives us his favourite five disco songs of all time. You can also catch him playing at The Midnight Shift and Arq.
I FEEL LOVE
I think this is my favourite of all. Originally released in 1977, this song has been remixed many, many times. Some good, some, well, not so. It has been covered by Bronski Beat, Vanessa Mae, Messiah and Blue Man Group. Patrick Cowley did an amazing 20-minute remix in 1982. I still prefer the original. Twenty-nine years old and still the best.
DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY
This is the most enduring of all dance songs. Thelma was actually the second artist to cover this track -“ the first was Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes in 1975. Thelma’s version was released in 1977. The powerfully pleading vocals make this another of my all-time faves.
One of the strongest songs from the disco era, this 1977 track has also been covered by others. Vicki Shepard (1992), Tina Turner (1993) and Cyndi Lauper (1999) all had a turn at the mic with this classic. It was 20 minutes long when it was originally remixed by Tom Moulton, but he edited it down to a more manageable 11 minutes on release.
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE
Originally recorded as a ballad for the Jackson 5 in 1971, this track went on to be a huge hit for Gloria in 1974. I remember hearing this track for the first time in Melbourne in 1975 and thinking, Wow, what is this? I can honestly say this is the track that turned me on to dance music in the first place.
YOU MAKE ME FEEL
Originally recorded in 1978 and remixed by Patrick Cowley, this track used to absolutely pack the dancefloors when it was played. Sylvester’s amazing falsetto vocals and the driving synth beat proved an unbeatable combination back when synths were just becoming popular in dance music.