tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

10/12/2016 : DIVINE - Shoot Your Shot - Anthology

DIVINE

Shoot Your Shot - Anthology

MusicCD
Disco

[90/100]   

Cherry Red Records
10/12/2016, Didier BECU

Try to come up with a classic disco anthem that’s not composed in the 70s. The Changes are that you will mention Shoot Your Shot by Divine. Normal now, but in July 1984, it was controversial. BBC viewers wrote letters because they were shocked after seeing a travestite on Top Of The Pops. Divine (the artist name of Harris Glenn Milstead) was someone people talked about.

Divine was discovered by cult director John Waters, who was always interested in freaky creatures. He played his most known role in Pink Flamingos, but after his film career, Divine wanted to show the world that he was able to sing too. He teamed up with the famous producer Bobby O, the founding father of the so-called Hi-NRG scene (disco that’s been influenced by Italo Disco with acts like The Flirts or Amanda Lear).

Tracks like Walk Like A Man, You think You’re A Man and I’m So Beautiful did well in gay clubs. Clubby anthems were born, and Divine quickly became a household name in the disco underground.

However, the big success (especially in Europe) came when Stock, Aitken and Waterman (the trio that later would launch the career of icons like Kylie Minogue or Rick Astley) worked with him.

Everyone has an opinion about this golden hit machine. I was hated by many, but this trio could write tunes, even if the tracks sounded similar most of the time. That was also the case with Divine. The sublime Love Reaction sounds as a copy of Shoot Your Shot. No doubts about that, and you definitely hear more Stock, Aitken and Waterman than Divine, but after all these years, you can only describe these tunes as immortal classics. Harris Glenn Milstead can’t even sing, at least not in a technical way, but he (or she, if you want) did it with passion.

In the mid 80s, Divine disappeared from the charts, like any other disco act. Some weeks after the release of Hairspray by Waters, Divine died in a hotel room because of an enlarged heart. He was 42. For some he only will be the performer of cheesy disco songs, some will talk about a guilty pleasure (I hate that word so much).

But hey! Listen to this double-CD, released by Cherry Red. It includes everything the man made, and you’ll be surprised by the timelessness of these tunes. For sure, they’re all made for the charts, but each is a gem. Explore if you dare!

Didier BECU
10/12/2016


Music reviews

12
05
SHE HATES EMOTIONS
Space and time
11
05
THIS CAN HURT
A Darker Shade Of Blue
22
04
DEAD MAN'S HILL
Inner Journeys Through The Living Temples Of Water
20
04
HYDROM LINE
Hydrom Line Edition 2021
19
04
HOCICO
HyperViolent
15
04
DIRK DA DAVO
The Unreal

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

15
05
On this day, 32 years ago, British post-punk band Wire released their 7th studio album Manscape
13
05
Today it’s exactly 25 years ago Nine Inch Nails released their The Perfect Drug (Versions) EP!
12
05
Witchy Goth Rock Band Metamorph Traverses Darkness With New Single 'Dream Curve'
11
05
Today it’s been 35 years since NITZER EBB released their legendary debut album That Total Age!
08
05
42 years ALAN VEGA · MARTIN REV or THE SECOND SUICIDE ALBUM!
07
05
This month it’s been 44 years since Kraftwerk released Die Roboter / The Robots!

Concert reviews

13
05
WUK
A try-out that became a book...
21
10
NICK CAVE
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - 2021 Tour - Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp- 20/10/2021

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

20
04
NINO SABLE
I am not a friend of boxed content...
13
04
ECHO ROAD
'There was no easy way or any shortcut to be taken in terms of producing something truly representative of the human experience. We simply had to ‘just do it'.'
06
04
MARROWVOLTAGE
There is always a strong, dominating motif behind any of our songs. A feeling, a powerful association. For example, the gravitational force of an abyss underneath you. The movement of mighty and elegant creatures in the
05
04
LACRIMOSA
There were times when I could hardly believe that I would ever be able to finish the album.
10
03
ADULT.
'We have worked and risked so much to make this tour happen, so pleeeeeease come get wild!!!'

PHOTOS

16
05
THE MULTICOLOURED SHADES
Backyard Club Recklinghausen,Germany
15
05
RED ZEBRA
This is not a dark fest. Lessines
15
05
THE ULTIMATE DREAMERS
This is not a dark fest. Lessines
15
05
ULTRA SUNN
This is not a dark fest. Lessines
15
05
PARTIKUL
This is not a dark fest. Lessines
28
04
FAUN
Christuskirche Bochum
24
04
CLAN OF XYMOX
Rockfabrik Uebach-Palenberg

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

17
05
DOPE
Blood Money
16
05
THE LUST SYNDICATE
Death moves towards us
15
05
EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN
Yü-Gung (Fütter Mein Ego) - (Live Rockpalast 1990)
14
05
KATATONIA
Old Heart Falls
13
05
EVI VINE
Welcome The Dreamled Masses
12
05
RABIA SORDA
Deaf
11
05
ORNAMENTI D'ORO
Great God