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    Well, thirdform asked for it, I think it got the potential for a fun thread.

    Qustion is, when could you start talking about "Eurodance"? - as a distinct mainstream - "genre" Eurodance was most certainly a 1990s thing. But lots of elements could be found way earlier, like mid 80s chart success of some Italo-Disco. There was also the element of trying to make underground sounds popular, or at least get those electronic sounds less rough and break into the charts. Strongholds of this sound clearly was Germany, but also lots of italian or belgian/dutch projects were successful.

    I'll start with a chart hit in germany and italy of late 1987 - Sabrina's "Boys". Still very italo-disco:

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    This one was a number one hit in germany for a few weeks in 1989. Quite EBM-influneced. I think done by a project located in Frankfurt

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    This one was also a top ten hit in Germany in 1987 by Sven Všth. Yes, the very same Sven Všth who is still DJing to this day.

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    italo on the proto euro tip.


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    More proto Eurodance - from 1984


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    Quote Originally Posted by thirdform View Post
    that's on my all-time italo list, stone cold classic

    big italo fan but I bail almost entirely when it turns into italodance (italohouse I have a bit more time for but still not much)

    similarly Patrick Cowley, Lime, Bobby Orlando etc great but I'm not much for hi-NRG after that, or eurodisco let alone eurodance

    having said that, I can do some pre-eurodance Italo etc


    Fun Fun strikes me as pretty pre-eurodance, esp this one (also man are there are ever a lot of exotifying "Oriental" mid-80s dance tracks that would not fly today)

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefinga View Post
    I'll start with a chart hit in germany and italy of late 1987 - Sabrina's "Boys". Still very italo-disco:

    Pretty sure the video for this was banned in Ireland.

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    I do find the continental electronic disco tradition from Moroder on down interesting but mostly unlistenable

    idk what it is, maybe once the bpms speed up it just loses any vestige of groove?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    i hate italo disco
    I'm shocked

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    The template of Eurodance was without a doubt Snap's "The Power". BPM range 120-130. Female singer - catchy melody - or sampled, an additional rapper - usually a G.I. stationed in Germany - possibly added for the "street cred facor"


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    italo disco >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Technotronic, Black Box, etc

    they always do better when the bpm goes down

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefinga View Post
    usually a G.I. stationed in Germany
    italo disco also did this with G.I.s in Italy, for similar authenticity (tho also performance) reasons

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    padraig youre a good lad but every opinion you have on music is wrong

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    the idea that kitschy italodisco can hold a candle to snap and technotronic is indicative of brain trauma or delusional thought patterns.

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