La Bionda – “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (1980)
I would never, ever have suspected this fantastic fully-animated video existed for one of my favorite Italo Disco/pop tunes. But it does, and like the track, it’s pure joy. Every once in a while, YouTube justifies its existence big-time. Unfortunately, nothing on the album from which “I Wanna Be Your Lover” comes close, as I learned the hard way a while back with a dodgy Russian “import,” but some of their other stuff seems like reasonably good, if rather more standard-issue, disco fun. (For a bonus, check below the ‘more…” link for a “live” performance by the duo of the track, in front of this video on a bluescreen, that adds another unbelievable layer. )
Cyber People – “Polaris (Club Mix)” (1984)
A pretty perfect encapsulation of the electro end of Italo Disco, Cyber People’s “Polaris” has everything you could want–bouncing fuzzy bass line, cowbell intro, accentuating e-hand claps, a wah-wahed faux-guitar hook, clean chorded synth accents, a Depeche Mode-worthy melodic line, a couple mid-track break-down, and robotic vocals, 120 BPM, all wrapped up in an earworm-worthy, danceable confection. With a perfect cover in that key hot pink, green, purple and yellow color combo. It should put a smile on your face.