Claudja Barry

No La De Da, Part 2

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In the early 1980s, there was a lot of talk about a backlash against disco. Contrary to what some would believe, however, disco never died -- it simply changed its name to dance music, became more high-tech, and evolved into such styles as Hi-NRG, house, and Latin freestyle. Most of No La De Da, Part 2, a vinyl EP recorded by Claudja Barry in 1983, is essentially disco, although by that time, the term wasn't being used as much. This EP received very little airplay on commercial radio in the U.S., yet club DJs proved quite receptive to the eerie "Beat My Drum" and a Hi-NRG interpretation of the Yardbirds' "For Your Love." Barry detours into synth-pop on the infectious "Radio Action," and her pleasing cover of Split Enz's "I Got You" was an obvious effort to reach new wave audiences of the early 1980s. If you're able to find a copy, this EP is highly recommended.