A slept-on Hi-NRG classic that really showcases what this genre was about--fast, poppy disco with lots of strings and walking basslines and melodramatic lyrics. I really love the over-the-top "omg it's the end of the world!" delivery on this one--you don't hear a lot of pop songs that get worked up enough to say "god damn" in the lyrics...
Sylvester & Patrick Cowley - Do Ya Wanna Funk, 1982
If I could bring any two people back from the grave to collab on an album it would be Sylvester and Patrick Cowley. I absolutely adore these guys. Sylvester just has the best voice ever, and Patrick Cowley is really the most criminally underrated synth pioneer in all of dance music. Wish this vid had some Patrick in it, but he was already hospitalized from AIDS-related illness by the time Sylvester began touring for this record :/
Peter Jacques Band Walking On Music on French TV, 1979
More early Hi-NRG...this one's pushing 140bpm (in an era when a lot of stuff was hovering around 105-110). Really love the dance styles on this vid...
Man 2 Man meets Man Parrish - Male Stripper on Top of the Pops, 1986
I love the ladies in the audience who are like "OOH HUBBA HUBBA TAKE IT OFF!" I imagine some of them really thought they had a chance to be these dudes' groupies if they played their cards right. How did they not understand what they were looking at?
The Flirts - Dancing Madly Backwards on Show & Co. mit Carlo (German TV), 1985
One of many many amazing productions from the legendary Hi-NRG producer / weirdo / conman / homophobe / semi-pro-boxer / walking contradiction Bobby Orlando. Performed by The Flirts, who always seem to kinda struggle through their dance moves and lipsynching, bless 'em. FUCK'S SAKE that mirrored floor is smudged up! And nice upskirt shot @1:03, cameradude.
Boytronic - You on Formel Eins (German TV, 1983)
German darkwave / synthpop group turning in a surprise Hi-NRG gay anthem. I'm really loving the wardrobe and set design choices on this one.
Divine - You Think You're A Man on Australian TV, 1984
And fuck it, let's shut this whole thing down with John Waters film star Divine. She originally made tunes with Bobby Orlando until having a falling out over his homophobia / missing money / who knows what else. This tune was produced by UK production super-team Stock Aitken & Waterman (of Rick Astley / Dead or Alive / Bananarama fame). It really bums me out that you don't see shit like this on TV anymore...