Ahead of their sixteenth birthday celebrations this Sunday we asked Jim, James, Luke & Severino for their all time four party corkers. A totally arbitrary request when there are thousands of brilliant records but who wouldn't be moved to move by these sweet sixteen?
Donna Summer - MacArthur Park
Originally a massive hit for Richard Harris in 1968, it's been on the country charts with a Waylon Jennings cover and both The Four Tops and Andy Williams gave it a stab. There's only one version for the dance floor though and it's this one, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte's epic...
Grace Jones - La Vie en Rose
Written by Edith Piaf in 1945, this hit the Billboard chart no less than seven times by seven different artists in 1950 alone (Tony Martin, Bing Crosby, Paul Weston, Ralph Flanagan, Victor Young, Dean Martin & Louis Armstrong in case you were wondering). This version was recorded for her debut album Portfolio in 1977 and never fails to end the night on the perfect note.
Jean Carne - Was That All It Was
From When I Find You Love, the last of the three albums she put out on Philadelphia International before she moved to sister label TSOP. This is killer.
Chaka Khan - I Know You, I Live You.
From 1981's What Cha' Gonna Do For Me, this has been keeping feet moving ever since. One of her best, and that's saying something.
Eumir Deodato - Whistle Bump
Grandfather-in-law to Justin Bieber put this out on Warner back in '78. Those horns & whistles... if this doesn't make you want to dance you're dead. The B side Pina Colada is worth checking too.
Loleatta Holloway - Love Sensation
Taken from her 1980 album of the same name and written and produced by the Holy Trinity that is Norman Harris, Tom Moulton and Dan Hartman (who got involved after she sang on his huge Relight My Fire). Her vocals were used but uncredited by Black Box for their 1989 hit Ride On Time resulting in it being discontinued and put out in the September with Heather Small replacing her on vocals. RIP Loleatta, thank you for the music.
Diana Ross - The Boss
With this megaton of an Ashford & Simpson penned song Ms Ross really was The Boss. Explosive dance floor dynamite.
The Nolans - I'm In The Mood For Dancing
Yes, it's camper than Chatty Man in a Christmas cardie and has been the soundtrack to every Auntie Pauline's 50th birthday since it arrived, but who doesn't throw their arms in the air like a big bell end and sing like like a canary when it comes on? It was also loose lady Coleen's debut into showbiz.
Dennis Parker - Like An Eagle
Something of a polymath, Dennis Parker - or better known by his stage name Wade Nichols in certain circles - started his career in porn making his debut in the 1975 gay skin flick Boynapped! (exclamation mark theirs) before moving into straight films. In 1979 he put out the Like An Eagle album on Casablanca Records produced by Village People creator and boyfriend Jacques Morali. His last years were spent struggling with AIDS before his premature death in 1985, so this slice of genius is unfortunately one of the few he got the chance to create.
Change - Paradise
Taken from their 1981 album Miracles with vocals by James Robinson (who came in to replace Luther Vandross) and Deborah Cooper who went on to record with C + C Music Factory and their massive queer anthem Pride, this was yet another gem from band mastermind Jacques-Fred Petrus.
L E B Harmony - Feeling Love
A 1978 mash-up of I Feel Love with Cerrone's Supernature gave birth to this cosmic disco intergalactic barnstormer which got the Joey Negro edit treatment in 2012. Three words: pass the poppers.
John Davis & the Monster Orchestra Band - Ain't That Enough For You
From their third album of the same name with John Davis in the bizarre two bob Dracula get up, this 1978 release on Columbia is still rocking the Horse Meat Disco dance floor forty years on.
Alton McClain & Destiny - It Must Be Love
This was disco Girl Power seventies style. Strings, harmonies and more hook than Abu Hamza. Golden soul food.
Stephanie Mills - You Can Get Over
Produced by legends James 'Juicy Fruit' Mtume and Reggie Lucas, who would go on to produce Madonna's debut album a few years later, this one is for the middle of the night when the place is ROCKING.
Diana Ross - Love Hangover
What's to say? A.N.T.H.E.M.
Pattie LaBelle - Joy To Have Your Love
Patti's debut eponymous solo album gave us this beauty. After fifteen years fronting supergroup Labelle Lady Marmalade delivered the goods...
Horse Meat Disco's 16th Birthday is on Sunday 11th at The Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5QY.