Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Eighties Revisited HI-NRG (The Best Of Patrick Cowley & Lime)

Patrick Cowley was born in Buffalo, New York on October 19, 1950 to Ellen and Kenneth Cowley. Cowley's family originated in the Horseheads and Corning areas of New York and lived in Rochester. During his teenage years, Cowley became a successful drummer with local amateur bands before attending Niagara University and later the University at Buffalo to study English.

In 1971, at the age of 21, Cowley moved to San Francisco to attend the City College of San Francisco where he studied music, specifically the use of synthesizers.

Cowley met San Francisco-based musician Sylvester in the late 1970s. Sylvester had asked Cowley to join his studio band after hearing some of his early synthesizer recordings.

Cowley's own hits included "Menergy" in 1981, a frank celebration of the gay club sex scene, and "Megatron Man", which hit #1 and #2 respectively on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1982. That same year, Patrick Cowley became the DJ at the "Menergy" parties at The EndUp in San Francisco. He also wrote and produced the dance single "Right on Target" for San Francisco artist Paul Parker, which also reached #1 on the Billboard dance chart in 1982.

A collaboration with Sylvester, "Do You Wanna Funk", made #4 on the Billboard dance chart that same year. Cowley also did a 15'45" long remix of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love", which is now a collector's item. His final album, Mind Warp, was composed as he felt the increasing effects of HIV infection, and its songs reflect his increasing detachment from conventional reality as the disease progressed. Cowley only released three solo albums, but groups including the Pet Shop Boys and New Order cite Cowley's style as a major influence.

Cowley wrote and produced songs for several San Francisco musicians including friends Paul Parker and Frank Loverde. He was associated with many other musicians such as Kat Mandu, Maurice Tani and Linda Imperial.

In 2009 a previously unreleased album by Cowley and Indoor Life vocalist Jorge Socarras, recorded 1975-1979, appeared and proved the continued interest in his music.

During a world tour with Sylvester in late 1981, Cowley complained of feeling increasingly unwell. Upon returning to the United States, he visited a doctor who diagnosed food poisoning. Weeks later, with his condition only worsening, doctors again failed to identify what was wrong with him.

At this early stage in the history of the HIV and AIDS, misdiagnosis was common and so Cowley was discharged from the hospital (in 1982) after doctors could do nothing more for him. After discharge, Cowley went on to complete two albums (his Mind Warp and Sylvester's All I Need album—later retitled Do Ya Wanna Funk after its chart-topping hit.) A couple of tracks were also completed for a planned Sarah Dash album that year (the album, however, was cut short by Cowley's death.) However, by the time of Mind Warp's release, Cowley was largely wheelchair-bound and unable to attend the launch event held at the Galleria Art Center in San Francisco. Subsequently Cowley began receiving in-home nursing care and died at his home, in San Francisco, on November 12, 1982. He was 32 years old, an early victim of AIDS (which was then still known as GRID).

Lime was a synth-pop group from Montréal, Canada, during the 1980s. The group was composed of husband and wife Denis and Denyse LePage, although two younger and more attractive singers, Joy Dorris and Chris Marsh, were chosen to tour and appear as the act.

They are most noted for their songs "Angel Eyes" (1983) and "Your Love" (1981 #1 US Dance). Very early in their career, they released an instrumental 12" single vinyl record called "The Break" under the name Katmandu.

Singer Denyse also wrote and sang on the record "Dancin' the Night Away" by Vogue.There were rumours that Denis and Denyse were in fact one person and Denis LePage did both vocals,a deep vocal for Denis and a falsetto type voice for Denyse.

The band faded from popularity in the 1990s, and Denis LePage signed over rights to classic Lime royalties before releasing a new album, Love Fury, in 2002.

1980 to 1982 were the transition years from Disco to Dance music. During those years a lot of artists and producers became popular and I am featuring some tracks from the late Patrick Cowley & Lime (Produced by the Canadian duo of Denis & Denyse Lepage), who were considered pioneers of high energy (HI-NRG) and electronic dance music. Enjoy.

Mixed and recorded on the fly. 100 All Original 80's 12" Vinyl Singles.


DBX Enhanced 16 Bit Digital Stereo, 44.1 khz, 320 kbps, 184 mb, 1:20:31

01.Peter Richards - Music Is The Love Of My Life
02.Denis Lepage - Hot Wax
03.Christopher Mills - Love Triangle
04.Carol Jiani - Hit And Run Lover
05.Lime - You're My Magician
06.Chris Mills - Cold Turkey
07.Klein & MBO - Dirty Talk
08.Risque - Girls Are Back In Town
09.Peter Batah - Nobody's Stopping You
10.Lime - It's You
11.Diva - Double Trouble
12.Paul Parker -Right On Target
13.Patrick Cowley - Lift Off
14.Patrick Cowley - I Wanna Take You Home
15.Patrick Cowley - Megatron Man
16.Patrick Cowley - Menergy
17.Patrick Cowley - Mind Warp
18.Sylvester - Don't Stop
19.Man Parrish - Heatstroke
20.Patrick Cowley - Invasion
21.Nikki Lauren - Again & Again
22.Lime - Babe We're Gonna Love Tonight
22.Lime - Come And Get Your Love
23.Lime - Your Love

To Listen Or DL:
DJ Dave Pineda The Eighties Revisited _Patrick Cowley _ Canadian Dance Music_.mp3

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