AOR DISCO'S CASABLANCA RECORDS SEASON: Larger Than Life by KISS
AOR Disco's favourite book over the Xmas period has to be And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records by Larry Harris, the co-founder of the label. As the blurb says: "From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era of narcissism and druggy gluttony was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart."
Casablanca are best known for launching some of the biggest names in rock, funk and disco in the US - such as KISS, Parliament, Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder and The Village People - and the resurgence of interest in the label will continue next year now that Justin Timberlake has signed up to play Neil Bogart in the new biopic Spinning Gold . We'll be featuring a number of Casablanca classics in the next few weeks and to start off with we've gone for "Larger Than Life" from KISS' legendary Alive 11 double-album from 1977. With its heavy break by drummer Peter Criss and some cheeky bass from Gene Simmons this track is possibly the band's funkiest moment.