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NOW That's What I Call 80s Dancefloor: HI-NRG & POP

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Released: 13th October 2023. NOW Music is proud to present a new series of vinyl compilations, 'NOW That's What I Call 80s Dancefloor'. Each edition will feature an essential collection of tracks representing key genres from the incredible diversity that were all part of 1980s Dance music. The first volume, across 30 tracks on 2-LPs, pressed on 1 Green and 1 Blue vinyl, presents the best in HI-NRG and POP. Originating in U.S. gay clubs in the late 1970s and early 1980s, this up-tempo Disco, often with synth-driven electronic instrumentation and characterised by a pulsating rhythm and it's unrelenting beat became hugely popular in the charts of the mid-80s. The then new production and writing team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman, produced their first #1 - for Dead Or Alive with #You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)', a huge hit for Hazell Dean with 'Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go), and crucially 'You Think You're A Man' for Divine - which, courtesy of a truly fabulous 'Top Of The Pops' appearance, brought this underground genre in to the living-rooms of '80s Britain. DJ and producer Ian Levine created a huge anthem with Evelyn Thomas' 'High Energy' and popularised hot U.S. club tracks through his Record Shack label, and Jimmy Somerville enjoyed massive chart success as part of Bronski Beat, who with Marc Almond covered 'I Feel Love', the 1977 Donna Summer classic, often cited as the influence and basis for 'Hi-NRG', and as the lead singer of The Communards, who had the best-selling single in 1986 with their energised cover of the Disco standard 'Don't Leave Me This Way'. Essential Hi-NRG club tracks are included from Barbara Pennington, Miquel Brown, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Established club hitmakers Boys Town Gang, Man 2 Man and The Weather Girls all enjoyed huge crossover chart hits. By the late '80s, Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced classics of the genre for Bananarama and Donna Summer, whilst using components of Hi-NRG to create pure Pop smashes for Kylie Minogue and Mel & Kim. Hi-NRG influenced Pop consistently produced some of the decades' biggest Dance tracks including 'Relax' from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Bananarama's 'Venus', the sublime 'Voyage Voyage' from Desireless, London Boys' 'Requiem', 'Tell It To My Heart' by Taylor Dayne, and Sinitta's 'So Macho' - plus established artists enjoyed huge floor-filling hits including 'Jump (For My Love)' from The Pointer Sisters, Kim Wilde with 'You Keep Me Hangin On', and the incredible Pet Shop Boys produced 'Losing My Mind' by Liza Minnelli, whilst a fusion of styles created irrepressible Pop-Dance smashes from Malcolm McLaren, Laura Branigan, Sabrina and Maria Vidal. The influence of Disco was pervasive across many genres during the 1980s - but Disco itself was far from over. It evolved throughout the decade, often in conjunction with other genres, in particular Electronic Dance Music. So stay tuned, as the next journey back to the 80s Dancefloor is all about DISCO & ELECTRO! 'NOW That's What I Call 80s Dancefloor: HI-NRG & POP', released October 13th 2023.

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  • Details

    Released:
    13th October 2023
    Category:
    Rock & Pop
    Format:
    Vinyl 12" Album
    Barcode:
    196588270611
  • Description

    NOW Music is proud to present a new series of vinyl compilations, 'NOW That's What I Call 80s Dancefloor'. Each edition will feature an essential collection of tracks representing key genres from the incredible diversity that were all part of 1980s Dance music. The first volume, across 30 tracks on 2-LPs, pressed on 1 Green and 1 Blue vinyl, presents the best in HI-NRG and POP. Originating in U.S. gay clubs in the late 1970s and early 1980s, this up-tempo Disco, often with synth-driven electronic instrumentation and characterised by a pulsating rhythm and it's unrelenting beat became hugely popular in the charts of the mid-80s. The then new production and writing team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman, produced their first #1 - for Dead Or Alive with #You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)', a huge hit for Hazell Dean with 'Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go), and crucially 'You Think You're A Man' for Divine - which, courtesy of a truly fabulous 'Top Of The Pops' appearance, brought this underground genre in to the living-rooms of '80s Britain. DJ and producer Ian Levine created a huge anthem with Evelyn Thomas' 'High Energy' and popularised hot U.S. club tracks through his Record Shack label, and Jimmy Somerville enjoyed massive chart success as part of Bronski Beat, who with Marc Almond covered 'I Feel Love', the 1977 Donna Summer classic, often cited as the influence and basis for 'Hi-NRG', and as the lead singer of The Communards, who had the best-selling single in 1986 with their energised cover of the Disco standard 'Don't Leave Me This Way'. Essential Hi-NRG club tracks are included from Barbara Pennington, Miquel Brown, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Established club hitmakers Boys Town Gang, Man 2 Man and The Weather Girls all enjoyed huge crossover chart hits. By the late '80s, Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced classics of the genre for Bananarama and Donna Summer, whilst using components of Hi-NRG to create pure Pop smashes for Kylie Minogue and Mel & Kim. Hi-NRG influenced Pop consistently produced some of the decades' biggest Dance tracks including 'Relax' from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Bananarama's 'Venus', the sublime 'Voyage Voyage' from Desireless, London Boys' 'Requiem', 'Tell It To My Heart' by Taylor Dayne, and Sinitta's 'So Macho' - plus established artists enjoyed huge floor-filling hits including 'Jump (For My Love)' from The Pointer Sisters, Kim Wilde with 'You Keep Me Hangin On', and the incredible Pet Shop Boys produced 'Losing My Mind' by Liza Minnelli, whilst a fusion of styles created irrepressible Pop-Dance smashes from Malcolm McLaren, Laura Branigan, Sabrina and Maria Vidal. The influence of Disco was pervasive across many genres during the 1980s - but Disco itself was far from over. It evolved throughout the decade, often in conjunction with other genres, in particular Electronic Dance Music. So stay tuned, as the next journey back to the 80s Dancefloor is all about DISCO & ELECTRO! 'NOW That's What I Call 80s Dancefloor: HI-NRG & POP', released October 13th 2023.
  • Track listing

    Disc 1

    Track name
    Artist
    1.Don't Leave Me This Way
    The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris
    2.You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
    Dead Or Alive
    3.Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)
    Hazell Dean
    4.Love in the First Degree
    Bananarama
    5.It's Raining Men
    The Weather Girls
    6.All American Boy
    Barbara Pennington
    7.Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Radio Edit)
    Boys Town Gang
    8.Love's About to Change My Heart (PWL 7" Mix)
    Donna Summer
    9.Relax
    Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    10.Double Dutch (Edit)
    Malcolm McLaren
    11.You Keep Me Hangin' On (Album Version)
    Kim Wilde
    12.Voyage Voyage (PWL Britmix)
    Desireless
    13.Losing My Mind
    Liza Minnelli
    14.Requiem
    London Boys
    15.Shattered Glass
    Laura Branigan

    Disc 2

    Track name
    Artist
    1.High Energy
    Evelyn Thomas
    2.Searchin' (I Gotta Find a Man)
    Hazell Dean
    3.In the Evening (Original Radio Edit)
    Sheryl Lee Ralph
    4.So Many Men, So Little Time
    Miquel Brown
    5.You Think You're a Man (Radio Edit)
    Divine
    6.Male Stripper
    Man 2 Man
    7.I Feel Love/Johnny Remember Me
    Bronski Beat & Marc Almond
    8.Venus
    Bananarama
    9.Respectable
    Mel & Kim
    10.I Should Be So Lucky
    Kylie Minogue
    11.Boys (Summertime Love)
    Sabrina
    12.So Macho
    Sinitta
    13.Body Rock
    Maria Vidal
    14.Jump (For My Love) [single Remix]
    The Pointer Sisters
    15.Tell It to My Heart
    Taylor Dayne
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