Sunday, November 26, 2006

Last Call!


Jolo - Last Call
Uploaded by leynnad

Another one of my latest YouTube obsessions.. Before I stumbled upon this, I never would have guessed that this song had a video..

Jolo was essentially Jo-Carol Block and Lauren Carter who had sung back-up for most of the major acts on Megatone like Patrick Cowley, Sylvester, Paul Parker and Modern Rocketry.. They, along with a third singer, Carol McMackin, would start out as the Patrick Cowley singers. As Jolo, they would release a few singles and no album, so image-wise they were a little anonymous; watching the video now though, they come across kind of like a Hi-NRG version of Wendy & Lisa, if you will.. True to the Megatone sound, this record marries both an driving, edgy electronic production with an undeniably gay sensibility, which is probably most obvious in the sheer drama in those vocals, especially in the intro. Not to mention the lyrics; somehow I can never buy that scenario in the video, those cruisy lyrics just sound specially tailored for the boys. To top it all off, it looks like the video was filmed in San Francisco's legendary I-Beam..

I believe "Last Call" would be their best known song, and if anything, a classic example of that unique San Francisco Hi-NRG sound, with those great synth buildups and background hooks. The record was released in 1984 and produced by Barry Beam (AKA Barry Blum) and John Hedges, both of whom also produced "Jump Shout" and "Rocket To Your Heart" for Lisa. In the 90's, John Hedges would become the last president of the Megatone label. Sadly, in 2003 Jo-Carol Block (then known under her married name, Jo-Carol Davidson) would pass away from a brain aneurysm.

Last thing: Be sure to check out the girls at the 4 minute mark, and also the leather man at 3.10.. some of my favourite parts of the video..

LINKS:
JOLO - LAST CALL 12'' @ DISCOMUSIC.COM
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: JO-CAROL DAVIDSON: DISCO SINGER, PRESERVATIONIST (OBITUARY) (THURSDAY JUNE 5, 2003)
TRIBUTE TO JO-CAROL DAVIDSON
DJ'S PORTAL - INTERVIEW WITH JOHN HEDGES
JOHN HEDGES @ DISCOMUSIC.COM
THE I-BEAM @ DISCOMUSIC.COM
THE I-BEAM TODAY


CATEGORIES: VISUAL DISCO

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never heard this particular song before. Great one. I really like the Hi-NRG stuff that was released during the early 80's, by producers like I. Levin & F. Trench.

Kenneth,
Sweden

Anonymous said...

I never heard this song before too. Very good song. HOOK

Tommy said...

Glad you both liked it too! :)

Ian Levine did some good stuff, "So Many Men, So Little Time" comes to mind.. Though I find his output as a producer to be a bit of a mixed bag for the most part.. I guess part of my perception comes from whole ill-fated Motorcity project..

Joe said...

Still one of my favorite Megatone tracks. I saw them perform at the Copa Key West in the early 90's (I think). Sadly, that club burned down.

Tommy said...

Yeah, definitely one of my top Megatone tracks too. After hearing this, I'm gonna need to get more of Jolo's singles.. In fact, I need to get the actual single of this song sometime. I read somewhere that the B-side is also a great track..

Were the ladies any good live?

Anonymous said...

Great tune. Would love to find an .mp3 of that! Thanks

Anonymous said...

I am super addicted to this video too, it is kind of cult, so darkly filmed, gayish, the synth work is excellent (much better than typical hi-nrg), she can sing, ...

The 3:10 mark is terrific, especially her face. Also from 4:00 and on, when she starts turning on stage, and then a little performance follows, very trippy.

5:00 mark is also another highlight for me.

Anonymous said...

hello does anybody know what was the last disco dance,or funk that sounded like tradisional disco sound song or album relesed before disco stopped i believe in 1984 what were some of the last songs.

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