My 70’s and 80’s musical education continues with a look at Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. Not only do I love the name, but the band’s style is an eclectic mix of big-band and swing wrapped up in disco.

What impresses, even more, is their presentation. Here’s a clip from Coati Mundi‘s YouTube channel where they’re performing on TV in front of a studio audience. The zoot suits! The huge hat! The lady backing singers dressed as bellhops. The sheer SCALE of the thing. It’s fantastic. And I love the song too.

I also love their other hit, Cherchez La Femme. Brilliant stuff.

Next up, I’ll be exploring the influence of 70’s Italo Disco. Which seemingly was mostly made in Germany.

I’ve recently begun a journey into sound. Stereophonic sound. And that journey has taken me to the edge of sanity and beyond. Disco. Funk. Soul. Disco-funk-soul. Soul-funk-disco. And every other combination thereof. And throw experimental electronic music into the mix.

And I’d like to chronicle that journey, starting with what I would describe as barking mad disco. Disco that’s foot-tapping good, but where the song concept is utter madness. Completely bonkers. Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes is a bananas concept from Sir Monti Rock III – a hugely flamboyant character who has re-invented himself “at least 46 times”. Having watched several interviews and video footage of him performing, he’s madder than a box of frogs, but hugely entertaining and likeable.

Now, you could NEVER get away with calling your all-girl dance/backing group “Sex-O-Lettes” these days. It’s a very 70’s thing. Maybe you could get away with different counties variations under the name Disco Bex and..:

“The Essex-O-Lettes”
“The Sussex-O-Lettes”
“The Wessex-O-Lettes” (Prince Edward’s personal dancing group)

Upon listening to Get Dancin‘ for the first time, I immediately recognised the tune. It’s one of those tunes that you hear and think, “hey – that’s catchy”, but can’t place where you heard it from originally, or the band.

Get Dancin’ is upbeat, stupidly catchy and features Sir Monti Rock uttering some hilarious one-liners such as, “I’m turning myself on here” and being completely bonkers in general. It’s proper feel-good music and an example of what disco should be about: just have fun and just be damned whether any of it makes any sense or not.

Next up for review: Curtis Mayfield’s Get Down.