August 24, 2009 by Colin
Will Straw offers up an examination of the migration of disco trends, effects and artists between cultures and communities in the 70s and 80s:
” … overlapping cycles that sent highly synthesized disco tracks by the Montreal group Lime to southern
European discos and Italian-produced electronic tracks to the gay clubs of Montreal. In the interaction of these cycles, both Hi-NRG dance music and Italo-disco worked out the terms of their commonality and their distinctiveness. More generally, Quebec disco records of the early 1980s were caught up in cycles that led to Italian remakes, Quebecois remixes or remakes of European dance tracks, and to the constant reinscribing of a well-entrenched line of passage between Quebec and southern Europe …”
Music from the Wrong Place: On the Italianicity of Quebec Disco, Will Straw, Criticism, Winter 2008
What sort of disco, you ask? Straw cites “World Invaders,” by Pluton and the Humanoids, as part of the canon of Quebec and Italodisco.
” … The use of synthesizers and vocoder in “World Invaders” has let that track slip seamlessly into the canon of Italo or Eurodisco music that has taken shape over the last decade. The widespread recourse to distorted, machinelike vocals in Italo/Quebec disco was, at the simplest level, a way of using English that displaced the question of base-level linguistic ability onto that of the novelty of vocal effects. The processing of vocals was also a partial resolution of the inevitable illegitimacy that haunts the use of English lyrics in popular music, particularly if these are sung by non-English speakers with accents that might betray their origins …”