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Friday, March 2, 2007

Cristina - Disco Clone Prod. By John Cale

posted by on March 2 at 14:45 PM


Cristina – Disco Clone was the first record released on the influential, nihilistic No Wave label Ze Records. As you can see on the sticker on the cover, John Cale produces it. How weird is that? John Cale does a disco single. It gets stranger.

Word for a long time was that Cale also did the slithery, slimy male vocals on the track, which is about a guy who walks into a disco and meets a pair of beautiful twin disco dancers. But according to Cristina’s My Space page (which it is unclear whether she has anything to do with):

The single, which included guest vocalist Kevin Kline trying to seduce the breathy Cristina, was a modest success and encouraged ZE to forge ahead and release a full-length album by its first marquee name.

Kevin Kline?!? Now that’s weird.

Cristina went on to release a few solo albums, and joined up with Kid Creole and the Coconuts as a vocalist. You should check out her My Space page where there’s a sample of her version of “Is That All There Is?” It’s drastically different than the original (like going to boring discos, getting beaten black and blue by a “most wonderful boy”…”and I loved it!”, which all got her sued by Lieber an Stoller, the songs original writers).

I found this at Jive Time and paid $15 bucks for these 8 minutes of bliss (4 minutes each side). The back says, “This ricord is one of a limited edition of 1500.” I’d like to know if that’s actually true.

Go to my blog where I have downloads of both the English and French versions of the song. (This time on zShare!)

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Great fucking record. Nice score, Terry.

Posted by Eric Grandy | March 2, 2007 2:52 PM

I have jealousy now. Tho the Cristina I covet most is the Is That All There Is? single. At least is was included on the CD re-issues of her records (with Kurt B. Reighley's lovely liner notes).

Posted by dj girth | March 2, 2007 3:11 PM

Huh. At the radio station I DJ at, there is a copy of an LP called Rodney on the ROQ that has "Is That All There Is?" and it is credited to an artist named "New York" and it is the exact same song on Cristina's page? The same person perhaps? Weird.

Posted by Domenica | March 2, 2007 4:40 PM

#3: It probably has to do with the legal issues surrounding that song upon it's original release.

Posted by dj girth | March 2, 2007 5:25 PM

I don't think "nihilistic" is the right word to describe ZE.

Aside from James White and the Blacks and maybe Was (Not Was), its roster mostly consisted of party-loving hedonists (Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Coati Mundi, Don Armando's 2nd Ave Rhumba Band, etc.).

Posted by segal | March 2, 2007 6:42 PM

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