Pop as a Worldwide Language

On the tail end of our last post, and for our preparation for our next journey coming at the end of the month, to Asia(!!!), we thought we’d keep with the international vibe and celebrate some of the off of center dance pop of the world.

Let’s start on theme with a little disco number from the UK. Interestingly, this was Sarah Brightman’s of the Opera world’s debut. Funny how it all connects together..

Sarah Brightman with Hot Gossip “I Lost my Heart to a Starship Trooper” (1978)

Sticking to the pop theme for now let’s fast forward to current times and give this act a look. Being billed as a “concept” rather then a “band” (much like the above) I can see big success for this group. Seems to touch on a youthful careful vibe while still being sexy and for grown ups too. However definitely at risk of being too much of a “creation” and too plastic we’ll see how it catches on in the States. Its got all the polish, shine and formula of a other internationally successful pop acts that is for certain. Straight out of South Korea (we don’t often get music from them!):

T-ARA “I Go Crazy Because of You”

T-ARA “(티아라) – Why Are You Being Like This(왜이러니) ”

Now let’s move onto something less slick and slightly more off center.. we’ll ease you in…this has a nerd girl vibe and still nice and bubblegum. Read on after this if you desire something darker. Get to know Japan’s Tomoko Kawase and her two rather clever alter egos. A light side and a dark side…

Tommy February6 “je t’aime ★ je t’aime”

Tommy Heavenly6 “Lollipop Candy ♥BAD♥ Girl”Yes that is a ten minute song with pumpkins, lollipops, and wizards for a band. Love it.

And now for probably the most epic artist we’ve uncovered, with a career spanning from the early 80s until now, she is more ground-breaking then Madonna and far edgier then Lady Gaga (<3 u still babies), and has sold over 25 million records, yet you may have not have heard of her? Because the French have an obsession with the macabre that doesn't always translate to other cultures. We think she is brilliant. Her videos are shot like films; each detail paid attention to from sets to costumes. She has too many amazing videos to post, here is a couple to tempt your palette, look her up and watch them all if you like this. Mylène Farmer "Libertine" (1986)

Mylène Farmer “Oui mais Non” (2010)

The woman doesn’t age and she’s hot too. And she can make one hell of a live show as well.

“Intro Mylene Farmer Live in Bercy 2006″

The video is a little low res which is too bad gotta get our hands on the HQ of this but yes, we are very impressed.

That ought to give you enough to tantalize your music and visual senses for now.

Rogue International Promotion

Recently some Planet Disco members did some traveling and took the opportunity to pass out some postcards and whatnot. Check out some photos! The first photo is NYC, the rest are all taken in Paris, France. Good times.

photo credit: jen hsieh

Check out dj julia dropping beats on her birthday in Paris! Party!

Monster Disco

Its been a bit since we’ve last posted. Outside projects have been keeping me busy but I wanted to check in because its one of my favorite holiday weekends. In order to help get you in a celebratory mood for all your Halloween festivities, we are going to get in touch with some roots and post up some rare recordings of some favorite Disco Classics being performed on Music Laden!!!

To transition from current dance music to the disco past, we are starting with a track that is definitely disco, though was mid 80s by now, but we’re starting to hear more of the sound that is dance music today. A bit like “Acid Disco” in a sense, if thats a term. Continue on to go further back.

Evelyn Thomas “High Energy”

We’ll ease in after that Evelyn Thomas track, with this more familiar track. I love the dancing club kids in the background.

Donna Summers “She Works Hard for the Money”

Now another favorite! The performers are really giving this their all and the live violins are great!

Chic “Le Freak”

Lets keep with the hits ! Always a great track to think of when you are down, Blame it on the Boogie !

Jackson Five “Blame it on the Boogie”

One more mainstream track because the awesome use of early video technologies make this a gem.

Lipps Incorporated “Funkytown”

Lets start to wind down this post now with this smooth little number. Has the most divine disco violin riffs ready to float you away to disco bliss.

Baccara “Yes Sir I can Boogie”

I may add another, but lets leave off for now with this hot jam. Time to be, Cooooollllll.

Boney M “Daddy Cool”

Disco Halloween Warmup

Boycotting, The Economy, The Environment and You

I’ve been considering the various effects different actions have on one another on a both a micro and macro level. It is my opinion, that to have a successful organization of people, such as a, community, nation, and world, that you must have all the various extremes of life to counterbalance things. Note, I say extremes of life, however, I do not mean that to include violence or hate. Reaching the highest level of understanding that mankind can have, means leaving those two mentalities behind. Whether this is possible or not, is only controllable on an individual level. Meaning, as individuals we are responsible for own actions. There are many factors that play into this such as mental defect, though this is dealt with in a different manner, which is then, the family or society must treat the individual to the best of their ability in order to help said affect person live a healthy life. At the same time, Science, must address the issues that lay behind mental defect. We have many unexplored causes and cures and medicines and therapies that go undiscovered due to people creating red tape for researchers. This is applicable on an individual level as well. As healthy or as functioning yet challenged individuals, we are constantly creating red tape for one another, putting up little boundries on how we communicate openly because of past experiences or suspected “wrongs” we constantly inadvertently perpetuate upon each other. In order to reach a greater system of communication, we must always endeavor to overcome this innate desire to perpetuate the greed, the hurt and the anger that others have shown us in the past. That doesn’t mean being a sucker nor does that mean embracing one’s negative personality disorder disfunctions, there must be lines drawn between actual mental defect and personality disorder that can be overcome by the individual, or by the individual with some assistance. One does not allow someone to constantly take advantage of them, and not stand up for themselves, however this will occur naturally in the individual who will take the time to day by day be a little stronger and fight a little harder for what you believe in and for living more healthy each day. Its all about finding balance and equality in all things.

Moving on from You, and Me to talk about daily actions of society. Lets take a look at Boycotting, and how it affects both the the Economy, and in the following examples, The Environment and ultimately, the Self. Those who oppose Boycotting BP, or companies such as Target, tend to be more politically conservative, yes, but also, I think aren’t thinking enough outside the box. The argument against boycotting is that it then ultimately costs the working man jobs. All those people digging a living out of oil wells for BP, or working in those check out lines trying to pay their way for school, maintain a young family, a retiree, etc for Target, they are the ones that are going to get hit, say the argument. Well I say, why is it that way? The government is already involved on a political level with this companies, why shouldn’t the people that actual make these horrible decisions (At the Company you may be Slaving for) get punished? There should be large scale highly public corporate investigations into companies who partake in Environmental Short Sightedness, Bigotry and Discrimination. Unfortunately we do not live in a society where the Government is willing to take this sort of action right now. Corporate bailouts? Yes, but there should be corporate regulation on a much higher scale. Here is where the red tape comes in again – These large scale corporations have the money to get in the pockets of many of the people who go up for political office, therefore they do go unpunished. The only way to hurt big companies right now to hit their pocket book. And unfortunately, that means sacrifice for you and me. Here is where both corporate responsibility and political integrity must come into play. Back your ponies wisely, and those running for political office, you must eliminate the greed factor while still keeping everyone rich, comfortable and happy. To this is the solution that we all collectively must be meditating on everyday. To me, it all starts with Equality. Hard Work Equals Just Rewards. Corporations, you must be morally and environmentally responsible in order to maintain longevity for your creation.

Lets go back to Corporate bailouts, what if, instead of such, those who cost the money or created the failed system, is investigated, if Criminal activity is found, then, according to our justice system, these people must be punished. We have the potential to have a good justice system, but we must get the under-handed exchange of money out of the justice system as well. We scream about gay marriage these days – whether its constitutional or not, yet many behaviors that fly in the face of our founding fathers and mothers and against the CONSTITUTION ITSELF go on within the System that would have them turning in their graves. Again, more double standards.

Cut the Tape.

Lets drop the labels, the barriers, the lessons in Hate – and learn to cooperate. How about instead of Bailout money that goes to creating the same problems, we remedy the problems, and invest in programs that offer worker retraining. What if incentives were given to companies to research eco-friendly alternatives, and workers were trained on how to either aid in this or operate in safer manners? Or trained to enter new industries that are just beginning to flourish? Its all about restructuring from the inside out. On both a Economic level and as individuals.

When we get together

We wanted to do a posting of the various projects Planet Disco creators and friends have been getting into here on Planet Earth. This is our first multimedia post, which features film, animation, and music. All of our favorite things!

Lets start out on a light note shall we, check out this film trailer for the series of short Monster Films by the Planet Disco Producers!

Monster Minis !

More information on Monster Minis on imdb.com

Give a listen and a watch to the new motion reel from the creators of Planet Disco!

We also wanted to feature a new remix by HeartBeats:
Ghost Showing (HeartBeats Remix) by HeartBeats
With vocals from IamDiscoBunny –

remix too wild? Check out the more synth laden original version below:

Parkway Foley – Ghost Showing by Mr. Shave

<3ing IamDiscoBunny’s vocal ability.. looking forward to more from all of these artists! Good Stuff.