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Limahl January – ‘Shock’ – Disconet Remix

January 28, 2012

As all Kajagoogoo fans are aware, Limahl has a new solo single release that is available now from all digital outlets, and we here at KajaFax are extremely excited about it!

‘Limahl January’ is exactly that…a whole month of KajaFax articles dedicated to Limahl and his career past, present, and future…

Today, we feature the track ‘Shock’ from the album Colour All My Days and its reworking by the guys at Disconet.  This is one of my favourite tracks by Limahl and so I am really pleased to be able to bring this post to KajaFax readers.

The disco movement of the 1970’s, spearheaded by Manhattan’s Studio 54 and West End Records, led to the formulation and release of extended versions of popular songs and ultimately to the mainstream appearance of the 12” single.  In the early days, and as many tracks were difficult to beatmix, DJs would laboriously splice and edit reel-to-reel source tapes to make their own dance mixes more suited to the dancefloor.

By 1977, Disconet was formed – the first of many subscription-only remix services that issued monthly club/DJ issue promotional albums and 12” singles.

One such Disconet release featured the Limahl track Shock, and the below photo shows my copy, sat on my 1970’s Trio turntable 🙂

This disc, Disconet Volume 8, Program 13, was released in 1986 at a time when the remix market was probably at its peak.  You can listen to an extended clip of the track ripped from my vinyl copy here:

…and this is what the Disconet DJ News had to say about the release back in ’86:

The good times were not to continue however, and eventually, as often happens with a winning formula, the remix market became saturated with competitors.  Rivals such as Ultimix and more famously Hot Tracks went on to claim a huge share of the market. Most of these companies required a DJ subscription agreement to buy the records with each issue typically limited in quantity from as little as 100 copies, thus creating immediate fan collector pieces.

In a situation not dissimilar to that faced by the internet file sharers and downloader’s of today, the RIAA subjected the remix industry to considerable scrutiny resulting in many providers facing litigation.

Most services folded due to legal or financial reasons with Disconet ceasing business in 1990.  They have however left a legacy of great remixes behind them that will last forever.

Remember, Limahl’s brand new single, ‘1983’, is on general release and available from all digital retailers.

Please support Limahl and purchase your copy:

2012 KajaFax

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