Italo disco

Italo Disco

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Italo disco encompasses much of the dance music output in Europe during the 1980s. It is one of the world's first forms of mostly electronic dance music and evolved during the late 1970s and early 1980s in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and other parts of Europe. Italo disco's futuristic, spacey sound was effected by synthesizers, drum machines and vocoders.


The term Italo, a generic prefix meaning Italian, had been used on pop music compilation albums in Germany as early as 1980, such as Italo Top Hits on the K-Tel label and the first volume of Italo Super Hits on the Ariola label.

There's no documentation of where the term Italo-Disco first appeared, but its origins are generally traced to Italian and other European disco recordings released in the German market. Examples include the phrase Original Italo-Disco on the sleeve of the German edition of "Girl On Me" by Amin-Peck in 1982, and the inclusion of Italo-Disco in the title of the 1983 compilation album The Best of Italo-Disco. These records, along with the Italo Boot Mix megamix, were released by Bernhard Mikulski on his relatively widely distributed ZYX label. The Best of and Boot Mix compilations each became a 16-volume series that culminated in 1991. Both series primarily featured disco music of Italian origin, often licensed from independent Italian labels which had limited distribution outside of Italy, but they also frequently included songs in a similar style by German and other...
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