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Hamilton Bohannon

  • Bohannon's Greatest Disco Hits [Dakar, 1975] B

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Bohannon's Greatest Disco Hits [Dakar, 1975]
I listened a lot to this record on the strength of Vince Aletti's description of Bohannon's "idiosyncratic style: long (five- to eight-minute), bottom-heavy instrumentals with minimal, chantlike or repetitive vocals framed in a nearly unvarying beat pattern so relentless that it's pushed beyond boredom to fascination. Unlike most successful disco music, Bohannon's has few peaks and almost no breaks. . . . The music's very relentlessness and lack of intensity gives it a strangely dead, `off' quality--just as those outer-space replacements for people in science-fiction movies are always vaguely wrong, emotionless." I agree, yet somehow I'm not fascinated. On the other hand, I've never thought about it while I was dancing. B