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My Year of Mixtapes Week 27: Quebecois Disco

My Year of Mixtapes Week 27: Quebecois Disco

Playing tracks by

Suzy Q, Karen Silver, Nightlife Unlimited, Nancy Martin, Misty Lane and more.

This one is for Grammar Hammer, who got all excited about Lime when I announced the Hi-NRG tape, only to be cruelly deprived of even a SINGLE Lime song. And for the people who came to the show in Québec this weekend.

Most people aren't aware of this, but for a brief period in the 1980s Montreal was like the WORLD CAPITOL OF DISCO. Or one of a handful of capitols, anyway. This was right after everything disco-related in New York clubland and the US record industry had ground to a halt and become terribly unhip (the so-called "Death of Disco", to hear rock critics speak of it), but before Europe's Hi-NRG and Eurobeat scenes really took over. It was a weird transitional phase, wherein electronics gradually took over for live instruments—a crucial step on the road from disco to house.
Much like its close relative Italo-disco, a lot of the Québécois Disco stuff is still big with house DJs here... (full text at