A lot of people use "Italo Disco" as a blanket term to mean any mostly-electronic disco, lumping in Quebecois disco, Euro-disco (which was mostly based out of Munich & Paris), even San Fran Hi-NRG. Those people are wrong. For instance, if anybody tries to tell you that Lime or Bobby Orlando or Giorgio Moroder are Italo-Disco, stop listening to them. (Yes yes, I know, Moroder was born in Italy. But he was ethnically Tyrolean, his native tongue was German, and every record he made was recorded in Munich or Los Angeles. Besides, some tiny village in the Dolomites where they speak Ladin or Romansh or whatever has a lot more in common with Innsbruck than with Milan.)
Anyway, Italo Disco has been hugely influential to modern music—it is one of the cornerstones of house music, techno, synth pop, electroclash (for better or for worse), and it informs a bunch of other genres as well. Track 8, for instance, was a huge influence on Jamie Principle's genre-defining house classic "Your Love" (and by "influence" I mean "Jamie pretty much stole the bassline").
Some other footnotes: Track 15 was recorded in 1982, but sat unreleased in some vault somewhere until 2003, when Detroit electro label Ersatz Audio released it on a N.O.I.A. retrospective album. Track 24 is a cover of Giorgio Moroder, not the other way around.
Oh, and for the Italo-heads who are surely going to mention the glaring omission of Wanexa's "The Man From Colours" and/or Klein & MBO's "Dirty Talk", I left them off because I think they are overrated pieces of poop. Eat it.
Chrissy Murderbot's Year of Mixtapes Week 36: Italo Disco.
- RAF; Self-Control (Carrere, 1984)
- Scotch; Disco Band (Remix) (American Disco, 1984)
- The Duke Of Burlington; Flash '83 (Proto Records, 1983)
- Kasso; The Walkman (Delirium, 1982)
- Doctor's Cat; Feel The Drive (Il Discotto, 1983)
- The Creatures; Machine's Drama (Full Time Records, 1982)
- Expansives; Life With You (Leader Records, 1982)
- Electra feat. Tara Butler; Feels Good (Best Record, 1982)
- My Mine; Hypnotic Tango (Chrissy Murderbot Edit) (Progress Record, 1983)
- Mr. Flagio; Take A Chance (Squish, 1983)
- Cyber People; Void Vision (Memory Records, 1984)
- Koto; Visitors (Memory Records, 1985)
- International Music System; Dancing Therapy (IMS, 1984)
- Hipnosis; End Title (Blade Runner) (Memory Records, 1983)
- N.O.I.A.; We Wanna Glow (Italian Records, 1982 / Ersatz Audio, 2003)
- Plastic Mode; Digitally (Discomagic Records, 1985)
- Lama; Love On The Rocks (Numero Uno, 1983)
- Fun Fun; Color My Love (X-Energy Records, 1984)
- The Flics; Take It Easy (Tanga Label, 1984)
- Kasso; Kasso (Instrumental) (F1 Team, 1981)
- Bizzy & Co; Take A Chance (Deejay, 1982)
- The Passengers; I'll Be Standing Beside You (Chrissy Murderbot Re-Edit) (Durium, 1979)
- Kano; It's A War (Full Time Records, 1980)
- Hananas; From Here To Eternity (Zanza Records, 1983)
- Fun Fun; Living In Japan (X-Energy Records, 1985)
- Sphinx; Collision Remixed (System Music, 1982)