Monday, December 08, 2008

Classic twenty one - A long time ago, in a disco far, far away...


I AM eternally grateful to a former work colleague of mine for the discovery of this album, one of the strangest and most brilliant conceptions I have ever stumbled upon.
Up until the point that Bob Kent, typist at the Coalville Times, quizzed me over Meco's Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk, as far as knew his musical tastes didn't stretch beyond the confines of Al Jolson's back catalogue, let alone as far out as this hybrid of Star Wars and '70s disco.
Making over John Williams's classic film score in the style of Earth, Wind And Fire, it shouldn't work, but it does - in fact, it's out of this world.
Sadly, unlike in the movies, Meco's tale didn't have a happy ending - after all, when you've succesfully melded Star Wars and disco, two pinnacles of '70s culture, how do you top that?
The follow-up, a disco version of Close Encounters Of Third Kind, was a flop, and by the third LP, Meco Plays The Wizard Of Oz, things were getting a little wacky.
There was even a disco version of a Star Wars-themed Christmas album, which featured tracks such as What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?).
Nevertheless, Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk is a force to be reckoned with.

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