Problèmes d’amour with Alexander Robotnick..
Alexander Robotnick, alias Maurizio Dami, is an Italian music producer. In 1983, he wrote and produced a song of italo disco called “Problèmes D’amour”. The song became a staple among Detroit techno producers such as Carl Craig. This record actually came to be by accident as mentionned by Dami in an interview : “Giampiero, the head of Materiali Sonori, pushed me to make some disco music, because we were both broke. “We can make easy money with disco music,” he said to me. “Just put a bass drum in four/four and you sell 10,000 copies!” So I worked on a disco track with my cheap electronic equipment. The track was “Problèmes d’Amour.” But some years later I understood that the track had an impressive influence on dance music and it was a cult track for some DJs. In the end it’s better like this. It’s not bad to have a song that is still relevant for the scene.”
People talk about the foundations of techno and house : this is one of the original tracks that created both genres. This record was a must during the early 80s in Detroit as it even features a 303 bassline in 1983 ! It’s of course slightly cheesy but isn’t what quirky electro is supposed to be ? The song was massive at David Mancuso’s Loft and Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage in the dance scene of the early 1980’s. Maybe it’s the bit of catchiness that makes it so appealing, with its sexy vocals in french and sleazy synths. Or maybe it’s the strip bar scene in National Lampoons European Vacation that i find so hilarious, especially because this song is in that scene. Or maybe it has always struck a chord with me because it is simply brilliant.
Alexander Robotnick : Problèmes D’Amour [Sire : 1983]