Showing posts with label Gruppo Sportivo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gruppo Sportivo. Show all posts

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Disco really made it - Gruppo Sportivo

Attentive readers of this blog know that I had some bad luck with Gruppo Sportivo nine years ago, when I bought the EP 'More mistakes'. The track billed as 'Disco really made it' was actually 'Real teeth are out', and so I still didn't have that track. Well, I knew it would only be a question of time until I would get 'Disco really made it' as a single, and so it finally happened yesterday.

Released in early 1979, this single was Gruppo Sportivo's last and biggest hit, peaking at number 11 in the Dutch Top 40. The sleeve says 'Limited edition black vinyl', and I guess that's true - although I doubt it was actually a 'limited' edition.

My collection: 7" single no. 3741
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, May 23, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Disco really made it' / 'I don't know'

Thursday, 2 April 2009

More mistakes - Gruppo Sportivo

The Dutch band Gruppo Sportivo formed in 1976. The original line-up consited of Hans Vandenburg, Peter Calicher, Max Mollinger, Eric Wehrmeyer, José van Iersel and Meike Touw. According to frontman Vandenburg: 'We picked our name because we saw it on a poster and liked the sound... and we are a sort of team. We write in English because no one else outside Holland speaks Dutch and we want our songs to be heard and listened to everywhere.'

The band came to popularity just after the height of punk rock. Their biggest hit was 1979's 'Disco really made it', which is featured on the ep, according to the track listing. Unfortunately when I bought this ep I found out that the track is mislabeled. I don't know the real title of that track. It's a good thing that 'Bernadette' is actually a good song as well, otherwise I would have felt totally cheated.

My collection: 7" single no. 3238
Found: London, 2000
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Bernadette', 'Disco really made it'(?), 'Are you ready?' / 'Girls never know', 'Tokyo', 'Rubber gun'

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