One of the more interesting things I’ve noticed is that a lot of the more obscure songs on these sets have specific riffs that were clearly lifted for even bigger dance songs in the 90’s and early millennium. A good example is John Davis & The Monster Orchestra’s “Bourgie’, Bourgie.'” If you listen to the riff, it’s clearly used by Gustavo Santaolalla’s #1 club hit “The Wings” theme song from “Brokeback Mountain.” Another is Gary Gang’s lesser known “Let’s Lovedance Tonight,” which is the basis for the massive “Can’t Get Enough” by Soulsearcher.
In fact, there are a multitude of direct rip-offs lifted straight from obscure tracks from the 70’s and 80’s. The classic riff for “You Don’t Know Me” by Armand Van Helden is another that makes an appearance in these sets but I can’t remember which song it’s on but you’ll recognize it the moment it appears.
Even the Freemason’s stole from Jackie Moore’s disco classic “This Time Baby” for “Love On My Mind” and anyone who believes that the vocals were actually Amanda Wilson — I’ve got some time shares in Antarctica you may be interested in. There are a plethora of examples where this occurs and I’ve come across many more even if the tracks weren’t included here. It just proves that you never allow a good groove go to waste.
I purposely went out of my way to include more lesser known songs that still had a massive impact on the dance floor and others that were massive disco hits but have long since been forgotten. Anything by Dr. Packer, Joey Negro, and Dimitri From Paris are worth including here because these amazing guys truly honor the original spirit of disco in their remixes. It’s worth taking a deep dive into their catalog because they truly have a musical knowledge of the history of dance music that’s unmatched by no one. In fact, I may end up creating a Joey Negro tribute set at some point.
Since, this set was originally finished two days ago, I went back and added five more songs. While this set is complete, expect me to drop an expanded version of Thank God It’s Disco volume 2 tomorrow. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up as I want to ensure your musical education is as complete as possible. Granted, that’s damn near impossible because I had to sprinkle in some well-known tracks into these sets to ensure you don’t get bored. Nevertheless, this was again a massive undertaking that I hope the most ardent fans will appreciate.
I plan on taking a week off to get some much-needed work done around our place. When I come back two weeks from now, I plan on rolling out new material from Dance Club, Circuit & Anthems, Disco House and Peak Hour before we get into Gay Pride season. Yes, that show will still go on — even if it’s at home.
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album: Thank God It’s Disco vol. 3
1. Sister Sledge – Lost In Music (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
2. Carrie Lucas – Dance With You (Sanfrandisko Mix)
3. Voyage – Souvenirs (David Kust Club Remix)
4. MFSB – Love Is The Message (DJ Spen Re-Edit)
5. Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning (Alien Disco Sugar Mix)
6. GQ – Disco Nights (Rock-Freak) (Appo Remix)
7. Boys Town Gang – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Alien Disco Sugar Remix)
8. Barry Manilow – Copacabana (Disco Incorporated Remix)
9. Karen Young – Hot Shot (Joey Negro Sure Shot Mix)
10. Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (Alien Disco Sugar Remix)
11. Don Armando’s 2nd Avenue Rhumba Band feat. Fonda Rae – Deputy Of Love (T.G.I.D. & Barry Harris Club Mix)
12. Chic – Everybody Dance (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
13. Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way (Young Pulse Remix)
14. Debbie Jacobs – High On Your Love (SanFranDisko ReRub)
15. Suzi Lane – Harmony (Sanfrandisko Re-Edit)
16. Sheryl Lee Ralph – In The Evening (Jay-K’s Club Mix)
17. Sylvester – You Make Me Feel Mighty Real (Michael Gray Remix)
18. Musique – Keep On Jumpin (Kornum & Karma Edit)
19. Debbie Jacobs – Don’t You Want My Love (Dimitri From Paris Classic Re-Edit)
20. Love De-Luxe – Here Comes That Sound Again (2K13 Original Mix)
21. Cheryl Lynn – Shake It Up Tonight (DJ “S” Remix)
22. The Originals – Down To Love Town (Dim’s Full Length Disco Citay Remix)
23. The O’Jays – I Love Music (Joey Negro Sweet Music Mix)
24. Madleen Kane – Forbidden Love (Woody Bianchi & Marco Magrini Remix)
25. Edwin Starr – Contact (Disco Incorporated Remix)
26. Jackie Moore – This Time Baby (Tony Mathe Rework)
27. Ashford & Simpson – Found A Cure (Dim’s Blue Losange Re-Edit)
28. Earth, Wind & Fire – September (DJ “S” Bootleg Extended Dance Re-Mix)
29. McFadden & Whitehead – Aint No Stoppin’ Us (Twism & B3RAO Remix)
30. Aretha Franklin – Jump To It (Twism & B3RAO Mix)
31. Fantasy – You’re Too Late (Briak Re-Edit)
32. Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Audio Jacker Remix)
33. Bionic Boogie – Risky Changes (Joey Negro Bionic House Mix)
34. Boney M – Sunny (Mousse T Sexy Disco Club Nu Vox)
35. Gary’s Gang – Let’s Lovedance Tonight (Danny Krivit Re-Edit)
36. Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame (Dr. Packer VIP Mix)
37. A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie (Babert Remix)
38. Chic – I Want Your Love (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
39. Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix)
40. Sister Sledge – Got To Love Somebody (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
41. Jesse Green – Nice And Slow (David Kust Clubbing Remix)
42. Gino Soccio – Dancer (Alien Disco Sugar Remix)
43. Kano – It’s A War (Babert Remix)
44. Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant (Butch Le Butch Body Re-Work)
45. Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove (Disco Incorporated Remix)
46. Stars On 45 – Stars On 45 (Addy Van Der Zwan Remix)
47. The O’Jays – Love Train (David Kust Aboard Remix)