Disco Not Disco (Leftfield Disco Classics From The New York Underground)

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‘Disco Not Disco’ was a perfectly timed compilation back in 2000. Released when interest in the myths, history and playlists of original New York clubs like Paradise Garage and The Loft was at its peak, the album drew on the outer limits of leftfield disco championed by Levan and Mancuso, bringing together unlikely dancefloor anthems by rock acts like Yoko Ono and Ian Dury, obscurities from cottage labels like BC and Splash and selected oddities from the unique mind of avant-garde hero, Arthur Russell. It was essentially a celebration of the sonic melting pot in New York during the early ‘80s, an era when punk had burnt itself out and disco had become commercial and saccharine; in its place, the post-punk movement threw up brilliant oddities which tore up the accepted rulebook.

Since its release, the compilation title has become a by-word for a whole genre of music and remains a landmark collection of its time. With original copies now changing hands for €100+, this new pressing is a welcome return for an essential celebration of disco’s difficult cousins. The album features full original artwork and Kris Needs’ sleeve notes and is remastered and cut by The Carvery.

Yoko Ono – Walking On Thin Ice (1981 Re-edit)
Liquid Liquid – Cavern
Loose Joints – Tell You (Today) (Vocal)
Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players – Spasticus Autisticus (Version)
Material – Over And Over (Long Version)
Was (Not Was) – Wheel Me Out
Dinosaur – Kiss Me Again (Original Edit)
Don Cherry – I Walk
Common Sense – Voices Inside My Head
Nicky Siano – Move
Indian Ocean – School Bell / Tree House (Part 1)