Alston Koch is the king of disco in Australia. What do you mean you don't know him? You must be mental, or in your 20s. You need a musical re-education my friend. Starting now.
Alston had a band called Dark Tan in the 70s, and their song Disco Lady was a massive hit. Don't even think of playing it around my mum, and I'm not making this up - she will dance. He was on Countdown all the time (which is a sentimental connection to me, because Ted Emery, the director of Countdown, gave me my first contract on TV). But I mustn't digress.
I first interviewed Alston when the Disco Lady Remix started zooming up the ARIA charts...peaking at number 1 (cos it couldn't actually go any higher), bumping Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Kimbra, and Gotye. I mean, I don't want to embarrass anyone, those are just the facts.
Since then Alston has done just about everything you dream of doing when you're performing in your car thinking I should have been a singer. You do it too. Signed by Sony Music International (that's the sexy Sony everyone wants to be signed to btw...but you know, no biggie, they've only represented Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix and Paul Simon)...
Click play to listen to my interview with Alston earlier this year.
He's embarked on a world tour. 28 gigs in 40-something days. He's even going to perform when Mike Tyson comes to Australia soon with Day of The Champions for Markson Sparks.
Well I just love Alston. I hide it well, I know. We've become buddies since our interview, and we're working on a radio doco together in 2013. It's about artistic imperative, and if I'm lucky (and I can stay up that late) I'll get to see Alston perform at a club somewhere exotic, and tell you why you have to follow your dreams, no matter how seemingly crazy, and no matter your age.
I'll bring you an update soon...but you have to see Dark Tan on Countdown.
While we're at it, may as well check out this publicity still from back in the day.
It might not be obvious to the fashion unconscious, but I want you to observe the way Alston has always used his clothes as weapons. I cite the tight leather pants / white bow tie / laccy braces combo, and the balloon sleeve / open chest jumpsuit in the above vid. This definitely calls for a less-than symbol, and a number 3.
Ok, I've got to go now, before I get bonged over the head by a gold record.
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