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Golden Girls

Silver Convention

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Album Review

After making Madhouse the Silver Convention's funkiest release, producer/songwriters Michael Kunze and Silvester Levay saw to it that the group's next album, Golden Girls, had as glossy and shiny a sound as possible. This isn't to say that parts of Golden Girls aren't funky by Euro-disco standards, but for the most part, this album is defined by its high-gloss approach. It sounds like Kunze and Levay were determined to make Golden Girls a campy and very stereotypical Euro-disco record, and they did a nice job. If you're a lover of the European disco sound, you'll find tracks like "Hollywood Movie" and "Disco Ball" impossible to resist because they're so unapologetically Euro-disco. Equally appealing is the ABBA-influenced single "Telegram" and a remake of "Save Me." Golden Girls wasn't what one expected after Madhouse, but even so, it was a welcome addition to the group's catalogue.

Biography

Formed: 1974 in Munich, Germany

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s

Best remembered for their disco smash "Fly Robin Fly," the Munich, Germany-based ensemble Silver Convention was formed by producers Silvester Levay and Michael Kunze, debuting in 1975 with the LP Save Me and scoring a U.K. hit with the title track. After topping the American charts with "Fly Robin Fly," Levay and Kunze recruited a trio of vocalists — Linda Thompson (not to be confused with the same-named singer and wife of guitarist Richard Thompson), Ramona Wulf, and Penny McLean — who...
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