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Disco Rerub: ‘You can’t fight (with) it’

Disco Rerub! What is this about? I suppose there’s no need telling you what Disco is (was) about. Meanwhile a rerub “is a less radical reworking of an original song than a remix. A rerub adds new drums, new snare, new percussion, possibly effects. Rerubs are also often shorter than the original song.” (* Urban Dictionary)

Disco Rerub
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
As a music lover, I suppose I’ll never thank enough those of my alter egos who, despite the diktat of the trends, keep on putting their shirts on what they believe to be true. As opposed to be searching for the quickest return on investment, like so many around. With regular examples comin’ up along with time. Such as Trinidadian singer/producer Stephen Encinas‘s ultra rare ‘Disco Illusion’, altough it’s not a rerub. With thanks to Canadian label Invisible City Editions who gave it a new life who gave it a new life 35 years after its original release, back in 2013.

But what about the John Carpenter bassy, progressive synth composed ‘You Can’t Fight It’? A track that saw British mastermind Kenny Lynch commissioning Jimmy Chambers to sing on. A cut which, originally due to be appear as a part of the 1976 soundtrack to ‘Assault On Precinct 13’, only made it onto the Italian release of the film (‘Distretto 13’). Eventually getting a 7 inch pressing on UK label PYE Records back in 1978. And soon to come up with a remastered version by Andreas “Lupo” Lubich (CALYX, Berlin). And backed with a re-edit (A Disco Rerub) by the likes of Riccardo Zanaroli (of Super Value and Bosconi fame), better known as Riccio. The whole under the form of a 10 inch package featuring promotional art from the film. But also digital download code and lyrics insert on British label Fly By Night Music…

An affair which has taken two years in the making as explained on Fact Magazine. The FBNM label remaining true to their search for details. This being for much in their growing reputation with the analog freakazoids. (cf. their June released ‘The Lost Nu Groove Tapes’ courtesy of early NY House producer Rheiji Burrell).

Born in Carthage, NYC on Jan. 16, 1948, John Howard Carpenter has expressed himself on many domains. From screenwriting to production and edition. Eventually directing movies such as the aforementioned. But also ‘Escape From New York’ and ‘The Fog’ among others. Meanwhile composing most of their soundtracks (alongside Alan Howarth occasionally). And developing atmospheres one might compare to with Giorgio Moroder‘s at times. Like for instance on the (remixed) Disco Version of ‘The End’. A track from the same soundtrack that saw the light back in 2003 on Dutch famous label Rams Horns. Meanwhile Trinidadian singer Jimmy Chambers rose to fame in the first half of the 90’s as London Beat‘s front singer. A band mostly remembered for their U.S. Billboard #1 hit ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’ on RCA.

To be released on Nov. 03, 2014 on Fly By Night Music via Kudos. [More info…]

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