On Episode 227, we are joined by the acclaimed music writer Bob Stanley, the man behind one of Niall’s favourite books Yeah Yeah Yeah and a member of indie-pop group St. Etienne.
To celebrate 10 years of Faber Books are reissuing Yeah Yeah Yeah : The Story of Modern Pop (with a new chapter taking it up to present day) , along with its prequel Let’s Do It: The Birth of Pop (the definitive story of the birth of Pop, from 1900 to the mid-fifties), both on paperback.
It was the aural equivalent of a can of thirst-quenching Quatro or a Spanish Harlem dance-off, and it became the electronically constructed bridge between disco and house.
Latin Freestyle grew out of electro, and was a more female-fronted classic pop version with frequently Latina vocals, bleepy synth riffs, proto-house piano lines, drum machine hits and lyrics that harked back to ’60s girl groups teenage concerns of heartbreak, boys and dancing.
We talk to Bob about the books and this subgenre of electro music that developed in New York and Miami in the early 80s and included Madonna, Debbie Deb, Shannon, Alisha, Company B, Lisa Lisa, Exposé, Taylor Dane and went on to influence music from the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb, Pet Shop Boys, Freeez and more.
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- Songs played on the Nialler9 Podcast Spotify Playlist
- Latin Freestyle – New York/Miami 1983 – 1992 compilation