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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Shootin’ Off Menergy

posted by on July 30 at 13:38 PM

Patrick Cowley's 1982 Menergy LP

Even though his career was cut short due to his unfortunite death in 1982, Patrick Cowley was involved with many amazing italo projects, working with artist’s like Sylvester, Donna Summer, Paul Parker, and many others while also helping to start the San Francisco based italo label Megatone Records. As many of you already know, Cowley released his own material including the 1981 classic LP Megatone Man, followed by albums Menergy and Mind Warp. During his career there might be many songs that could stick out as “defining moments” of Cowley’s own music, however, for me the two songs that come to me first when thinking of Cowley’s brilliant career is 1981’s “Megatron Man” and “Menergy”. Both became huge “anthem like” favorites among San Francisco’s underground gay disco scene which really helped establish himself and his label. That’s not to say he didn’t have his hands on many other amazing releases, including Sylvester’s high-energy classic “Do You Wanna Funk”, an incredible remix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”, and Paul Parker’s 1982 chart-topping single “Right on Target”. It’s safe to say that Patrick Cowley will forever have a lasting imprint on the gay disco and San Francisco music scenes, and it’s unforunite that his life was cut so short especially as it was just starting to peak. That being said, Cowley did leave behind an incredible legacy that can be forever lived through his amaing productions.

Download Patrick Cowley’s “Megatron Man” and “Menergy” plus more by visiting this site.

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Thanks for the memories -- can't tell you how many times I danced to those songs at The Trocadero and The Endup!

Posted by Mike in Bremerton | July 30, 2008 3:08 PM

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