rather than a post about an artist in particular, i’ll be writing about a genre that many attribute to starting the rise of electronic music. dating to the late 70s, italo disco was really only popular in europe and was the first genre to produce music using only electronic means. synthesizers, drum machines, apreggiators… the future! even the human voice (see moskow diskow) was vocoded and given that spacey robot sound.
as my favourite italo disco blog puts it: “the future is 25 years old” or, from wikipedia: “…the genre featured love-song lyrics sung in English with heavy foreign accents. English was more often than not the artists’ second language, creating lyrics that were often considered to be almost nonsensical. Along with love, italo disco themes deal with robots and space, sometimes combining all three.”
so… robots + space + love = italo disco… sounds like my favourite musical!
anyway, all of these funky robotic foreign accents have definitely influenced modern music (aeroplane comes to mind.. and eiffel 65, that italian one hit wonder whose blue permeated your young minds in the late 90s)
it’s simple. all electronic music was influenced, directly or indirectly, by the mind warping arped synths of italo disco, because italo disco was the first! have a listen to the tracks below and think about it the next time you’ve got something else playing… you’ll be surprised.