Thursday, January 11, 2018

DISCO FOX GIRLS-Back To Future Disco (2005)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: January 11, 2018

And disco divas rock too! Although these particular divas that called themselves the DISCO FOX GIRLS become the latest 'unsolved music mystery' to enter my ever-expanding case files. I had just discovered them today while doing some casual exploration along the Eurodance circuit, but that discovery yielded absolutely zero clues as to this trio's music origins, the names of each individual member, nor even their current whereabouts. I suspect that they were a special one-off project, considering that their 2005 album, "Back To Future Disco", appears to be the only entry in their career discography. Further evidence lies in that every track listed here seems to be a cover of a golden oldie from past decades, if the 'Back To Future Disco' title was not already a clear indication. Lots of familiar favorites get the Eurodisco/HI-NRG treatment on this 50+ minute thrill ride, with the best thing about it being all of the unexpected and surprise coincidences! I had just been treating myself to some Donna Summer tunes on my iPod the other day when I took in the opener, "MacArthur Park", which these DISCO FOX GIRLS give all the justice in the world by turning it into a Eurodisco lover's dream. The late 'Queen Of Disco' is paid tribute a second time later on the girls' pumping house remake of "Could It Be Magic?". Wished they'd redone "Heaven Knows", another of my personal favorite Donna Summer disco hits, as well, but I'm content with these two. And just after I'd treated my ears to another listen of the only album by the Swedish boyband, CONSOUL,where I would get to enjoy their reinvented cover of IMAGINATION''s "Just An Illusion"—complete with hip rap lyrics, delicious vocal harmony and a dynamite, funky dance-pop beat, no less!—I would get to hear this DISCO FOX GIRLS version of IMAGINATION's "Just An Illusion". Honestly, it's very different hearing these girls performing it because, as with "If I Can't Have You", they turn it into a cutesy song—that is, until the guest male MC breaks through and lays down the rhymes in his shortened appearance midway through 90's Eurodance style. Still, it's exciting to hear IMAGINATION's classic backed by refreshing production while retaining all of the original lyrics, including my favorite parts where the background singers go 'ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-hah' and 'could it be that?'. No more coincidences, but a few more surprises popped up on their energetic, Italo-disco-style takes on the Motown classic, "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" (the 'Party Version' is great, as it is more techno-glitzy) and a familiar bubblegum Eurodance tune that I've heard by at least a couple of different artists: "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep". Somehow expected another dazzling rendition of "Don't Leave Me This Way"; no disco-compilation of covers would be complete without it! Totally did not expect Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely?", and the arrangement of the music for it sounds strikingly similar to that used for the 80's CHERI hit, "Murphy's Law"; there's even that signature harmonica instrumental break midway through. Though ironically, my #1 favorite—even above all of the dance jams and the two dance remixes at the very end—is the chilled, mid-tempo r&b groove that is "Alone Again Naturally". Don't believe I've ever heard this song at all; could it be a recording uniquely performed by these DISCO FOX GIRLS? Whatever the case, and despite the sadness and gloom thrust forth by the song's title, I just love how this one sounds. Their sweet and warming voices, the mellowed tonality, the graceful flow—musically perfect in every sense:

1. MacArthur Park
2. If I Can't Have You
3. Just An Illusion
4. La Vie En Rose
5. Reach Out (I'll Be There)
6. Could It Be Magic?
7. Barbara Ann
8. Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
9. Don't Leave Me This Way
10. Isn't She Lovely?
11. Dance With Me
12. Alone Again Naturally
13. Reach Out (I'll Be There) [Party Version]
14. Mac Arthur Park [Dance Version]

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