Summer Disco (Near The Swimming Pool)

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When I started to listen to pop music, around 1974, glam rock was very popular, but disco started to break through. ‘Rock your baby’ by George McCrae was one of the sparks that lighted the fire. Disco became the next big thing and glam rock band Mud, like many others, tried to move to the dance floor too when they recorded ‘Shake it down’. Mention the name Mud to most Americans and the likely result will be a blank stare. In England and the European continent, however, between 1974 and 1976, Mud was one of the hottest glam rock acts there was, charting a series of monster hit singles and recording a pair of delightful rock & roll-oriented albums. They were never a profoundly philosophical band, and never pretended to be. The group played music to have a good time, and merely asked that others join in, which millions of people did for a few years. When glam rock faded as a result of the growing dominaton of disco, Mud couldn’t find the right answer, apart from ‘Shake it down’, and slipped away from the limelight. Singer Les Gray died in 2004.

Following on from 2013's album highly-acclaimed ‘The Man’, 2016 will see Omar’s new long player ‘Love In Beats’ further cement his undeniable reputation. As a teaser for that, Freestyle Records presents a brand new 4 track EP, ‘I Want It To Be’. The title track is a vibrant, syncopated groove, with Omar's catchy melodies riding on top. It’s sunshine music made for the summer time. It's out on July 8th.

Enjoy these summer disco songs that sound best when you listen to them near the swimming pool! ;-). Next up is a new part of the series Best Of 70s Soul.


Pools – Urrday Pool (2015)
Omar – I Want It To Be (2016)
Midnight Energy – Saving All My Love (1984)
Satin Jackets Featuring Kids At Midnight – Say You (2016)
Crush Effect – Rock It Out (2014)
Yarbrough & Peoples ‎– Don't Stop The Music (1980)
The Gap Band – Outstanding (1982)
Braxtons – So Many Ways (1996)
Metropolis – I Love New York (1978)
Sonique – It Feels So Good (2000)
Madonna – Jump (2004)
First Choice – Love Thang (1979)
The Miami Disco Band – I Wanna Go Home With You [A Tom Moulton Mix] (1979)
Mud – Shake It Down (1976)
Patrick Juvet – Got A Feeling [Eddy's Edit] (1978)
Brass Construction ‎– Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing (1979)
Muscle Shoals Horns – Don’t Bust Yo’ Bubbles (1983)
Marcus Miller – Lovin’ You (1983)
Family Underground – For The Love Of Disco (1979)
Julius Brown – Never Too Late (1983)


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