60s/70s underground dance party
April 10, 2009 8:43 PM   Subscribe

Suggest underappreciated music for a 60s/70s dance party.

I'd like to put together a playlist with songs like this:
Can - Vitamin C
The Hygrades - In the Jungle
Demian - Windy City

Please suggest to me some music that fits this set of criteria:

-from the 60s or 70s
-not too well known -- slightly out of the mainstream; covers; alternate takes or maybe b-sides of better-known recordings
-able to get people bumping on the dance floor
posted by hpliferaft to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
Chrome - Sun Control
posted by apetpsychic at 9:33 PM on April 10, 2009


The Stranglers - The Raven
posted by apetpsychic at 9:34 PM on April 10, 2009




When the party stubbornly refuses to move, go with the J.B.'S. Works every time.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:47 PM on April 10, 2009


The Nuggets compilations.
posted by intermod at 9:47 PM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Anything off of Beg, Scream & Shout
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:58 PM on April 10, 2009


Small Faces - Tin Soldier
posted by Jaltcoh at 10:01 PM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Prince - Sexy Dancer

This is from 1979, from his self-titled album. I don't think the song is very well-known.
posted by Jaltcoh at 10:05 PM on April 10, 2009


Seconding "Tin Soldier" or anything else by the Small Faces. Great band, and sorely underappreciated (particularly in the U.S.).
posted by scody at 10:14 PM on April 10, 2009


What are the rules around self-posting again?

I guess forgive me if I'm a metasinner...

Anyway, this is basically why I started my blog.

www.thebrobots.com

Almost everything up there fits the bill...!
posted by MeatLightning at 10:43 PM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fucking hell. I had a huge list with links and Safari crashed. I ain't hunting them all down again. Try punching some of these into google or youtube:

Mustafa Ozkent (couple vids on youtube)
Hank Ballard - From the Love Side
joe bataan's call my name
Betty Davis (might get picked up...)
yegelle Tezeta (youtube)
sun ra's the kingdom of not
fela kuti's my lady frustration
paul butterfield's one more heartache
the meter's hand clapping song (might not be obscure enough)
mahmoud ahmad's bhmen shbhb letlash
fred wesley's blow your head
the bar-kay's holy ghost
marva whitney's things got to get better
oscar brown jr's mr. kicks
candi staton's i'd rather be an old man's sweetheart
ernie and the top notes' dab walk
john holt's ok fred
lord rhaburn's disco connection
otis rush's homework
homer banks' a lot of love
walker brothers - the sun ain't gonna shine any more
nappy brown's don't be angry (50s)
bo dollis - handa wanda
the brothers seven - evil ways
larry ellis - funky thing
buari's ku ka maria
suicide's ghostrider
the funkee's acid rock

erm... on preview, I think I have a different definition of obscure than other mefites. (prince, the monkees, small faces... really?)
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 10:55 PM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


I couldn't help myself... I just posted a little treasure just for you!.. sorta... Mark IV's "Got to Get Back"

You'd have to be broken inside not to get down to that one...
posted by MeatLightning at 11:00 PM on April 10, 2009


Wow, that Hygrades track you linked to as an example is smoking. Thanks!

Along somewhat similar lines, then, but from the US of A (New Orleans) you certainly shouldn't omit Meters tunes like Look-ka Py Py or Cissy Strut. Also highly recommended is this classic release, The Wild Tchoupitoulas. Very danceable.

Check some of Rufus Thomas' Stax tracks like Walking the Dog, etc. And speaking of Stax, some Booker T and the MGs should find their way into your mix, too, IMHO. Hey, you might even get folks dancing like the crazy go-go chicks in this version of Green Onions...

And forgive me if none of these suggestions are 'underground' enough :)
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:04 PM on April 10, 2009


Also... Telegraph Ave's "Tookie Tookie"

I know, I know... I'll shuttup now...

Good luck gettin' down!
posted by MeatLightning at 11:06 PM on April 10, 2009


Nice site MeatLightning.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 11:27 PM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


The Funky 16 Corners.
posted by xil at 11:58 PM on April 10, 2009








kinks, tin soldier man (nods to jaltcoh). anything off of village green preservation society by the kinks (except the song used in those hp pavillion commercials - great song, but doesn't fit the bill).
posted by askmehow at 10:14 AM on April 11, 2009


I think I have a different definition of obscure than other mefites. (prince, the monkees, small faces... really?)

Is every song by Prince non-obscure? I don't think so.
posted by Jaltcoh at 11:47 AM on April 11, 2009


Oh, and congratulations if you regularly meet people who are big fans of the Small Faces. I don't.
posted by Jaltcoh at 11:47 AM on April 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Seconding Betty Davis, that's a must.

Curved Air - Back Street Luv
Zappa & The Mothers - King Kong
New York Dolls - Vietnamese Baby
Tim Buckley - "Get On Top" or Honey Man
Etta James - Seven Day Fool
Dusty Springfield - Little By Little
Roxy Music - Editions of You
Glaxo Babies - Christine Keeler
posted by applemeat at 2:06 PM on April 11, 2009


Try Mason Profitt also: underappreciated 70's alt-country.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 7:23 PM on April 11, 2009


In a similar vein to your second link:

Jef Gilson and Malagasy - 'Zao - this is from I think 1979 but was I guess just reissued. Can't find a good link to it but the second track is awesome.
posted by mai at 2:04 PM on April 12, 2009


If you like the Hygrades... do you have this box set? Recommended.

Dunno about that price tag there on Amazon... hell, if that's what they're getting for it, I gotta try and sell mine!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:39 PM on April 12, 2009


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