You’re Living Inside My Head – John Ireland (And here’s the bill for your rent)
People my age probably only liked John Ireland, but those a few years older had him living inside their heads, and for the slightly younger of us, we were a little taken aback at the pounding disco beat that emanated from our speakers once we stopped tittering at the suggestiveness of ‘I Like…’ and tracked down Mr Ireland’s earlier hit.
‘You’re Living Inside My Head’ blends an old tune (Greensleeves – remember that one from 1580?) with sci-fi whistling sounds and mirror ball spinning beats to create a floor-filler that incorporates both space and time. Ireland’s voice varies between almost whispered and at times somewhat creepy as he ‘Think(s) of you so much, you must be living inside my head’. He also manages to add a confident ‘big brother’ commanding tone that gives an…
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!
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.