Tuesday, December 25, 2007

THE UNIVERSAL ROBOT BAND - Disco Christmas (12") (1977)


Greg Carmichael, Leroy Burgess, Norman Durham, Patrick Adams, Woody Cunningham

Artwork By [Cover Design & Art Work] - Syndee Yarmoff
Engineer - Pat Jaques , Phil Prevete
Producer - Ed Fox , Greg Carmichael , Ronnie D'Addario
Written-By - Ed Fox , Ronnie D'Addario


01 Disco Christmas (6:25)
02 Disco Christmas (Instrumental) (3:00)

Link to download:

"Most Christmas disco records seem to be rehashes of old songs and Christmas Carols, such as the Salsoul Orchestra's Christmas Jollies. However, the Universal Robot Band's one Christmas record was an original piece of music.
The song features a chorus "Disco Christmas, we're gonna hustle 'round the tree...", and the verses feature a spoken dialogue between Santa and Rudolph.
The conversation between them becomes bitter when Santa implies Rudolph is ugly.Santa: "Hey, do you still think I'm a jive turkey?"Rudolph: "No, but you're fat like a turkey, and I'll be damned if you can fit down that chimney!"
By the end of the record, Santa fires Rudolph."


Some about them:
The Greg Carmichael-Patrick Adams-Leroy Burgess connection produced many magical recordings, including those by Carmichael's infrequently recorded Universal Robot Band. "Barely Breakin' Even" is a legendary boogie track and the inspiration behind the name of the great British reissue label. Consisted of the members of Kleeer - Woody Cunningham (vocals/drums), Richard Lee (vocals/guitar), Paul Crutchfield (vocals/percussion) and Norman Durham (vocals/bass/keyboards) - when they accepted an offer to effectively become the studio group in 1976 whilst they transformed themselves from rock band Pipeline. They toured and recorded as the Universal Robot Band for two years before deciding to set out on their own again, as Kleeer.

I will upload next year more from this group with info/bio.


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