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Disco Fever – my first contribution to an official CD compilation

In early 1999, I met with Derek Smith from Gallo, and he asked for my opinions and ideas for a South African Disco compilation. In July 1999, Disco Fever was released with a credit to me in the booklet – 40 years old and I was starting a new career!

Disco Fever


  1. Magic Carpet Ride [Kay, Moreve] – Buffalo 1979 [4:28]
  2. Living For The City [Stevie Wonder] – Disco Rock Machine 1978 [7:19]
  3. House Of The Rising Sun [Traditional, arranged by Dan Hill and Kevin Kruger] – Hot R.S. 1977 [14:35]
  4. Hiroshima [P. Crossley, T. Owen, A. Oakley] – People Like Us 1987 [6:39]
  5. Eloise Concerto [Paul Ryan/ Zane Cronjé] – Rouge 1978 [17:32]:
    1. Eloise
    2. Love Lost
    3. Eloise Finalé
  6. Time Of The Season [Rod Argent] – Neil Cloud 1978 [6:33]
  7. Living Inside My Head [John Ireland] – John Ireland 1978 [6:25]
  8. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida [Doug Ingle] – Hot R.S. 1979 [7:47]
  9. You Really Got Me [Dave Davies, Edward Kassner] – Disco Rock Machine 1978 [7:12]
  10. Born To Be Wild (Medley) – Buffalo 1980 [14:07]:
    1. Born To Be Wild [Mars Bonfire]
    2. Gimmy Gimmy Good Lovin’ [Levine, Cordell]
    3. Mony Mony [Gentry, James, Cordell, Bloom]
    4. Born To Be Wild [Mars Bonfire]
  11. Reflections – Neil Cloud 1978 [17:38]:
    1. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly [Ennio Morricone]
    2. Reflections Of My Life [Campbell, McAleese]
  12. Delta Queen [T. Tassenberg] – Hot R.S. 1977 [7:49]
  13. Time To Love [Trevor Rabin] – Disco Rock Machine 1978 [7:18]
  14. Give [Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse] – Harari [5:16]
  15. Money Runner [Quincy Jones] – Hot R.S. 1980 [6:28]
  16. Loving Styles [Trevor Rabin] – Disco Rock Machine 1978 [7:15]
  17. Burn Out [Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse] – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse 1984 [4:57]

Release information:
July 1999, Gallo, CDREDD 627


Thanks to: John Ireland, Brian ‘Vagabond’ Currin, Dion Singer, Gary Van Riet, Lana-Jane Miller, Terry Owen, the good people at EMI, Peter Pearlson (Forest Studios) for all his hard work, Terry Fairweather, the crowd at Apula and everybody else who made this compilation possible.

Compiled by Derek Smith.
Digitally re-mastered at Forest Studios by Peter Pearlson.


by Brian Currin, 1999

In the late 70s disco music internationally was dominated by such artists as The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Chic, Gloria Gaynor, Village People, etc. The rhythm was everything and musicianship was secondary.

In South Africa, however, disco seemed to take on a distinct harder edge, with a number of classic hard rock and heavy metal songs being given the disco treatment. Paul Ryan’s classic ‘Eloise’ was extended to 17 minutes by Zane Cronjé’s Rouge, HOT RS covered Iron Butterfly’s ‘In-A-Gadda-Da -Vida’ (cleverly combining it with Frankie Vaughan’s 1957 UK #1 smash hit ‘Garden Of Eden’) and Peter Vee’s Buffalo covered Steppenwolf’s heavy metal anthem ‘Born To Be Wild’.

Ex-Rabbitt, Trevor Rabin with his Disco Rock Machine recorded the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ while his colleague, Neil Cloud (Rabbitt’s drummer), covered ‘Time Of The Season’ originally done in 1968 by Rod Argent’s Zombies.

All these tracks and others (like John Ireland’s ‘Living Inside My Head’) are on this Gallo collection compiled by Derek Smith.


Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which he founded in 1999.

4 thoughts on “Disco Fever – my first contribution to an official CD compilation

  1. Hi Brian
    Every couple of years I go looking for this album on the net, hoping Gallo will finally re-release it as the line up of tracks has always had me spellbound, without a doubt one of the best “rock-disco” compilations ever imagined (from the individual tracks I have managed to find elsewhere) so its gratifying to finally congratulate someone who was responsible for the album.
    Given it is out of print, have you ever thought of releasing it on the net? I am just planning a new music blog and it would be wonderful to have this compilation as a first post (and then maybe once Gallo see the huge resurgence of interest in this particular style of disco they may re-release it) or failing that I would be more than happy to pay you for a high quality rip of the album in CD format (or as 320 bitrate MP3 files that could be sent over the net, I am in England).
    Just out of curiousity, how many copies of this album was sold? (it gives me an idea of the stastical chances of a copy ever appearing on the market!)

    Apologies for bombarding you with questions, its just so exciting to read your comments.

    Best Wishes
    Paul Harvey


  2. HI
    I am looking to find “You’re living inside my head” by John Ireland on MP3 or CD. I still have the 7″ single of that song but would love to have an electronic version. Anybody can help me find it?
    Regards from Switzerland!


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