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 Post subject: Why Do You Love ....This Song!
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 3:20 pm 
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Here is another thread, this is simple. WHY DO YOU LOVE... this song!!

I constantly hear everyone telling me how much they love,

STARCHILD- By Level 42!!





I love the guitar on this song, and it's hypnotic rhythm! The vocals are "out-there" too!

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I LIKE THIS SONG BECAUSE OF ALL THE MEMORIES I HAVE AS A YOUNGSTER IN THE CLUBS OF NEW YORK, ONE SPECIALLY COMES TO MIND (BONDS). I REMENBER THIS SONG COMING ON AND ALL THE PEOPLE GOING BUTT CRAZY, AND ALL THE HUSTLING CROWD DANCING AWAY, AND IT WAS A GREAT SONG TO DANCE TO. THE LASSER'S FLASHING AWAY, AND THE BIG ASS BALLOONS STACHUE'S OVER HEAD, AND OF COURSE MY FAVOR THE MESK SPIKED PUNCH AND FRUITS.
ONE THINGS FOR SURE YOU CAN'T PARTY LIKE WE DID BACK IN THE DAYS TODAY, AND I'M STILL GOING OUT AND PARTYING TODAY.

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 Post subject: WHY??
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WHY? Why not! It is a great tune, the spaced out sound captivated the dancers and even some deejays, such as Pete who would give everyone a 15 minute version, sometimes twice a night. But most of all, I love this song because the chicks dug it!

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 Post subject: Starchild
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"STARCHILD" has that jazzy smooth feel.
The intro-bass line is not your typical 4-by-4 bounce.
The bass makes it seem faster than what it is.
Also that keyboard hook that comes in before the vocals KILLS!
The stops & starts in this tune make it different from other jams at the time.
Level 42 did not copy any styles from anybody.
They were very original. (and I like that)

"STARCHILD" did not crossover in the States. It was played on various DJ mix radio shows but was not an overwhelming favorite for most DJs.
Except for me, that is!! (and Pete too)
I continued to play it in regular rotation at Tropicalia for over a year.

I loved it so much that I followed Level 42 for more hits.
They had another smoker in 1986: "SOMETHING ABOUT YOU" 12" mixed by Shep Pettibone
and another in 1987: "LESSONS IN LOVE" 12" also mixed by Shep.

They still stayed original and didn't copy anyone not even themselves!!!

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 Post subject: STARR CHILD
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I also played their follow-up releases. And played them a lot. Now. It was not charted in the States, if it was, not very high. But, JAY, it was certainly played big time in South Florida, LA, & Chicago. In Miami, EVERYBODY played it, and for over a year!! See, sometimes, New York City misses the boat!! Not often!

In LA, there was a cult following to this song. LEVEL 42 always played in clubs like Osko's and the such. In Chicago, this song was very instrumental in getting the "House" music off the ground, so I was told. There was something special, a certain musical level it reached, that was not apparent at first listen. This was one of those songs, that the more you heard it, the better it got. AND, yes, it was certainly ORIGINAL!!

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Thought i chip in on "STAR CHILD"...this song did nothing in the UK commercially but was played to death in most of the funk & RnB clubs around the UK..We styled this as jazz/funk in the Uk and for simply that reason you know I'm gonna dig it..also it has stood the test of time and is enjoyed still today by alot of people in the UK and thats a fact.

Note: One of there first hits in the UK was called "THE SUN GOES DOWN (LIVIN' IT UP)" from there STANDING IN THE LIGHT album, which they collaborated on with members from EARTH, WIND & FIRE..


Mark king's style of slap-bass guitar was funky as f**k to me!

PETE"S NOTE:: They don't come much funkier!

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Glad Mark King gave up his day job as a milkman to play bass!! :D

Another hit I liked from Level 42 was "Family Man" 8)

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 Post subject: Supernature By Cerrone
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Why do you love "Supernature" by Cerrone?
To me, it was the reaction it had in my Clubs.
It always packed the floor, and all the "Hustle"
dancers came to the floor. It sounded different
then the "normal" disco of the times. Why do you
love "SUPERNATURE"??

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Supernature...A rythm from outer space with a different disco taste!!!A track that can be sampled so that it can be a superclub hit now in these days.I just love the bassline in combination with the melody.I think Cerrone was two steps ahaid from the others that time. Crazy video clip too.


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It was, at the time, totally different. Unique might be a better word. King is right, two steps ahead of everyone else!

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The why? That is simple enough. I'll bite. It is a classic. As a young person, I certainly danced to it. Listened to it. I enjoyed it so much, I got to love it. It grew on me!

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 Post subject: Re: Why Do You Love ....This Song!
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Cerrone ? I'm going to be very honest... I absolutely don't like this song...I don't know why, but it sure does not give me the disco feeling I have when I play other songs.

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 Post subject: Re: Why Do You Love ....This Song!
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Why do I love "Supernature"?

Easy! I can tell you in two words:

Hot Gossip!

They were a group of dancers on a prime-time TV show presented by radio DJ Kenny Everett back in the '70s. Although their routines seem relatively tame by the butt-shaking standards of today, it is impossible to over-estimate the huge reaction (and outrage!) they provoked back in '78. "Supernature" was the first routine they danced to and, as a result, sent the song into the top ten of the UK pop charts. Virtually any 40+ UK guy will love/remember it for the same reason. They also recorded a couple of pop/disco tunes including "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper" which featured vocals by a young Sarah Brightman (later Mrs Andrew Lloyd-Webber). Here's their first appearance on the show:


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=NGnxtEbFNUw

Incidentally, I had the pleasure of working with Hot Gossip on the opening night of London's "Heaven" club in December '79, but that's another story... :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Why Do You Love ....This Song!
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:13 am 
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Billy,

Ah... Nice memory - I understand why half of the UK population loves "Supernature"... :D
I do recall them from the Sarah Brightman track... But where they also involved in Sarah's "Adventures Of The Lovecrusader"??

OK - hit us with your memory of when you were working with them at Heaven... It seems like we need to hear that story !! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Why Do You Love ....This Song!
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Billy wrote:
Why do I love "Supernature"?
They were a group of dancers on a prime-time TV show presented by radio DJ Kenny Everett back in the '70s. Although their routines seem relatively tame by the butt-shaking standards of today, it is impossible to over-estimate the huge reaction (and outrage!) they provoked back in '78. "Supernature" was the first routine they danced to and, as a result, sent the song into the top ten of the UK pop charts. Virtually any 40+ UK guy will love/remember it for the same reason. They also recorded a couple of pop/disco tunes including "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper" which featured vocals by a young Sarah Brightman (later Mrs Andrew Lloyd-Webber). Here's their first appearance on the show:


Ah!..Kenny Everett...the days before political correctness..Lol
Now that brought some happy memories Billy!...
When I first heard this track I found it very hypnotic and I still do to this day. It was never off the radio at the time! I love this track simply because it always takes me back to happy and funny times!..Still sounds fresh today!

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