#Trending in the World of Mike: Sparkle – Sparkle

Outta sight!! Lots of good stuff came out in the late 70s. The movie Hausu, for instance, was released in 1977. So was The Dragon Lives Again, a movie in which Bruce Lee goes to Hell, teams up with Popeye, fights Dracula, the Exorcist, Emmanuelle, & many others… I could go on at length about that movie (one of my favorites!) but this is a music review. Anyway, 2 years later, in 1979, on the other side of the planet, this blistering, soulful, cosmically funky disco LP was released to the world – the same year as the infamous “Disco Demolition Night” in Chicago, Illinois! Let it be known that Mike’s Blog is a pro-Disco zone. If the Disco Demolition Night is what the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll was really supposed to be about, that genre deserved to die. I’m not afraid to say it! Disco is the REAL sound of fighting the power. This record is scientifically proven to infect you with the uncontrollable urge to move your body – it’s called Disco Madness, pal!

Here’s how Side B plays out: Following “Disco Madness” is “Dabooza”, an intergalactic groove session that reminds me of Parliament-Funkadelic. Next comes “Down the Way”, a funky as hell jam in its own right. It closes with a song called “The Rock”, & guess what? The funk hits heavy on this track as well. It’s official: Side B of this record is a gorbulent unfugwittable monster of funk. Oh no!!

Original copies of this record go for around $1500 a pop over on Discogs, but it was graciously reissued by Cultures of Soul in January of this year. As I write this it’s the beginning of a very different kind of madness in the United States, as COVID-19 prepares to disrupt the lives of the entire nation. I don’t know what’s about to happen, but if having a one-person disco party in your underwear home alone helps the cause, why not order this record? Also available on Bandcamp over here.

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