Northwest Film Forum Capitol Hill
Thurs Aug 2, 2018, 8 pm
Recommended by Dave Segal
Italo disco has legs—garishly hued, glittery-leotard'd legs. And the musical genre's lower limbs have refused to stop flexing four decades after its inception. In the United States, Italo is a cult favorite of club-culture aficionados who possess a refined ear for electronic music's more camp and flamboyant proclivities. (Seattle represents it with Pony Bar's monthly DJ night, Medical Records Rx, headed by Dr. Troy and DJ Sh1t-r, who will be playing an Italo set in the NWFF lobby at 7 p.m.) Unlike its American counterpart, which embraced a more soulful vocal approach, Italo disco stressed infectious melodies and hedonistic lyrics, often coming across as an over-the-top take on synth pop. A high tolerance for cheesiness is almost mandatory to enjoy it; grumpy types may not understand all the fuss, but viewing Pietro Anton's 79-minute documentary Italo Disco Legacy will give you a greater understanding of this niche style's enduring charm.