When I was between the ages of 8-14, I was a true Euro-disco girl! My friends and I were just the same. We sat in front of our radios listening to “Discorama” and “Poporama” and other radio programs where they were sure to play the latest music. And, despite growing up in the 70’s, we were not grungy or progressive. No, you could easily have called us glitter-tweenies!
One of my friends was totally addicted to Radio Luxemburg and she sometimes listened all night long to that station. She came to school hollow-eyed the following morning telling us about all the great songs she had heard over-night. When we all were together we cranked up the music on our tape recorders or record players. We drooled over pictures from Studio 54 in NYC and discos in London. And, when we all sat down drawing together, which happened a lot, we were sure to draw disco-girls, and, oh, ABBA costumes.
Very, very often we’d put on shows for my parents to enjoy. I am sure they were THRILLED (as IF)!! We dressed up like ABBA, Donna Summer or some other big star of the golden 70’s!
The record player, as I mentioned earlier, was going non-stop when we were home. I remember when we tortured my parents playing ABBA’s “King-Kong Song” over and over again. (The video below is a total montage, does not match up, but the song still rocks!!)
My very first LP was bought in 1976, and I was ten that year. I took my weekly allowance money and bought Tina Charles LP “Dance, little lady dance”, and that record got played until we wore it out. Just recently I was reminded of Tina Charles again when I found a YouTube on, Mie Absolut Guldkant, one of my favorite Swedish blogs. Oh the joy to hear the catchy tune of “Dance little lady dance” again! Talk about taking a trip down memory lane.
I am nostalgic by nature, and you, my dear readers, know that since I often talk about times now far away.
Tina Charles also got me thinking of other Euro-disco divas of the seventies…
Penny McLean (from Germany, real name: Gertrude Wirschinger, no wonder she switched names) was another artist we were totally and fully in love with. Especially the songs “Lady Bump” and “Telegram”. “Telegram” was Germany’s competing song in the Eurovision Song Contest, and my friends and I were rooting for that song like crazy. The year was 1977.
Another group we really liked was the Dutch group Teach-in. They won the European Song Contest in 1975 in Stockholm, the year after ABBA had won. We were totally in love with the song Ding-e-Dong. And, you can still hear it played at dance places (discos) around Europe. Catchy for sure…
….Aaahh…and then it was Baccara…Baccara who stole our little hearts with the song “Yes, sir, I can boogie”. We listened and listened to that song and could not at all understand why our parents were sighing over it, and they did not want us to really listen to it. What was wrong with Baccara, we thought? The Spanish duo of two stunning looking bomb-shells. How could our parents think that they were a bad influence on us? Well, you’ll be the judge while I am cringing here in my seat.
In our school we had a spring show every year called “Karusellen”. One year two of my friends dresses up in their mothers slips, high healed shoes, feather boas and loads of make-up. Trashy? Probably. Innocent? Yes. That same year my good friend Helena did her performance of Penny McLean’s “Lady Bump” while I and another friend were doing the so called “bumping” dance in the back ground. That dance was something we had learned from my friend M-L F’s big sister who was born in 1956 and she was a disco-girl and we were admiring her more than words can say! She taught us the bump-dance, and we were worshipping her. We were 8-9 and K was 18-19 at this time, and she was out there at the discos of Stockholm! Oh the envy! And sometimes, on Friday and Saturday nights, when I slept over at M-L’s house we would watch K get ready for a night on the town. Her hair was perfect, the jeans super nice, and the plat-form shoes were just smashing! Oh how we were drooling over them. She was beautiful, and we were 10 years younger and loved her style.
Those were the days! The music! Euro-disco forever! I have probably forgotten some groups or artist big in Europe, and the States, at this time…So, please remind me if you please!
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On a whole other note: I was listening to Ryan Seacrest’s Sunday show on the radio the past Sunday. He listed the cities with the most beautiful women in the world…
Here is the list, and not to be a total BRAG or anything, BUT YAAY!!!! ;-)