Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Heatwave Live on German TV circa 1977

A rare video that makes me thankful for YouTube. A ridiculous live performance by Heatwave, one of the funkiest bands of the disco era (at least for their first two albums). How ridiculous? Well, it ends with the bass player and guitar player grooving while sitting on the shoulders of the two lead singers. If you can get past the common YouTube sound sync problems, it's one hell of a show.

As an aside, I would love to write an article on Rod Temperton and the disco funk sound, so if anyone knows contact info for him I would be grateful.

Looking back, it is sad to see Johnnie Wilder (he's the lead singer on the right) so energetic and vital knowing what happened to him in 1979. He died in 2006; you can read Johnnie Wilder's obituary in Billboard here.

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