Category: disco rock

On this day in music history: July 10, 1979 – “Low Budget”, the seventeenth studio album by The Kinks is released. Produced by Ray Davies, it is recorded at The Power Station and Blue Rock Studios in New York City from January – June 1979. Following the release of “Misfits”, The Kinks second album for Arista, the band undergo a series of personnel changes. Bassist Andy Pyle and keyboardist John Gosling depart to work on a project together. They are replaced by former Argent bassist Jim Rodford and former Pretty Things keyboardist Gordon John Edwards, though Edwards quits before recording begins on “Low Budget”. Ray Davies himself plays keyboards during the recording sessions for “Low Budget”. Boasting a harder rocking guitar dominated sound than most of their 70’s era work, it quickly finds favor with the bands loyal fan base, becoming second best selling album of their career. It spins off three hit singles including the rock/disco flavored “(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman” (#41 Pop), which is also issued as an extended 12" single in advance of the album. It is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999 with three additional bonus tracks. “Low Budget” peaks at number eleven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: August 5, 1978 – “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also peaking at #6 on the Billboard Club Play chart and #33 on the R&B singles chart on July 22, 1978. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is the eighth US chart topper for the legendary British rock band. The song is initially inspired while Mick Jagger jams with musician Billy Preston during rehearsals for the bands gig at The El Mocambo Club in Toronto, Canada in March of 1977. The song evolves into its distinctive disco sound when it is recorded at EMI’s Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris in late 1977. The harmonica on “Miss You” is played musician Sugar Blue who is discovered by Ron Wood busking on the streets of Paris. The track is remixed by engineer Bob Clearmountain after Jagger hears Chic’s “Dance, Dance, Dance” one night at Studio 54. Clearmountain goes on the work with The Stones for many years afterward. Issued as the first single from the classic “Some Girls” album on May 10, 1978 (UK release is on May 26, 1978), it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #76 on May 27, 1978, it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. The single is also released as a remixed and extended 12" single that also becomes hugely popular and a major seller. “Miss You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: July 10, 1979 – “Low Budget”, the seventeenth studio album by The Kinks is released. Produced by Ray Davies, it is recorded at The Power Station and Blue Rock Studios in New York City from January – June 1979. Following the release of “Misfits”, The Kinks second album for Arista, the band undergo a series of personnel changes. Bassist Andy Pyle and keyboardist John Gosling depart to work on a project together. They are replaced by former Argent bassist Jim Rodford and former Pretty Things keyboardist Gordon John Edwards, though Edwards quits before recording begins on “Low Budget”. Ray Davies himself plays keyboards during the recording sessions for “Low Budget”. Boasting a harder rocking guitar dominated sound than most of their 70’s era work, it quickly finds favor with the bands loyal fan base, becoming second best selling album of their career. It spins off three hit singles including the rock/disco flavored “(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman” (#41 Pop), which is also issued as an extended 12" single in advance of the album. It is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999 with three additional bonus tracks. “Low Budget” peaks at number eleven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.