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Desmond Child and Rouge - 1979 Desmond Child and Rouge

ARTIST: Desmond Child and Rouge
ALBUM: Desmond Child and Rouge
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST 11908
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2004, Lemon Records (UK), CD LEM 47


LINEUP: Desmond Child - vocals, keyboards * Maria Vidal - vocals * Myriam Naomi Valle - vocals * Dianne Grasselli - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Westside Pow Wow * 02 Our Love Is Insane * 03 Lovin' Your Love * 04 The Fight * 05 Main Man * 06 City Heat * 07 Lazy Love * 08 Otti * 09 Givin' In To My Love

Disco wasn't all bad. Did I say that? Yeah, I did - and if you dig deep there were a handful of albums that stood out from the usual dreck associated with the movement. The French group Space created an intriguing mixture of symphonic prog and disco on their 'Just Blue' album as a good example of what the genre might have been capable of had it not become nothing more than superficial fluff. Of course in the late 70's, disco was creeping into just about every style of music imaginable including melodic rock. Who can forget Wet Willie's 'Weekend' or KISS and their ill-advised 'I Was Made for Lovin' You'? I wish I could, but that's ancient history now, yet the Desmond Child and Rouge debut with all its nods to disco flash and the trends of the day has stood the test of time as a solid pop album.

The Songs
Formed by song writer extraordinaire Desmond Child, the concept of one guy and three women in a band was not really anything new, but the music certainly was. Imagine a rock, pop, disco version of 'West Side Story', street smart, flashy and contemporary. 'Westside Pow Wow' and 'The Fight' (co-written by Paul Stanley) both paint musical pictures of New York's seamy underbelly tempered by 'Lovin' Your Love' and 'Otti' both of which are melodramatic, while still following the streetwise story line. While not really a concept album, it's holds together as such and is an intriguing listen.

In Summary
The only song that made a dent in the pop market was the single 'Our Love Is Insane' which had crossover appeal into the R & B and Disco charts. FM radio picked up on 'The Fight' more than likely due to the Stanley connection, but none of this translated into major sales. The group's follow-up 'Runners In The Night' released later the same year was geared more towards AOR radio, but it too failed to generate much interest which was a shame since it was a very good record. 'Desmond Child and Rouge' was released on CD a few years ago with different cover art and liner notes by none other than Malcolm Dome making it a worthy purchase.

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#1 | sabace on December 24 2007 15:11:06
#2 | reyno-roxx on May 21 2008 13:46:06
Has anyone ever heard the Phoebe Snow cover version of 'Our Love Is Insane'? I can't locate it on any of her albums that I know of. Diana Grasselli was unable to answer the question of where it features, but she is aware it exists because she's heard it.
#3 | rostoned on June 28 2008 19:10:06
Interesting and peculiar effort, too bad it came with such a tacky artwork; this was released on CD in Canada by EMI and later in UK by Lemon w/altered artwork (yes!). My US LP copy comes in purple vinyl with shades of black, not sure if they were all like this or just promo copies. Their follow-up 'Runners in the night', just rereleased on CD by Rock Candy and sporting fab liners by our friend reyno-roxx aka Dave Reynolds, is rockier and much better imho.
#4 | gdazegod on April 17 2011 01:46:40
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#5 | super80boy on July 03 2016 23:28:41
A crafty mix of AOR and period disco rhythms coupled with top shelf production values. 'The Fight', 'Westside Pow Wow', 'City In Heat' and album single 'Our Love Is Insane' are all standouts. The music community probably didn't know what to think when this creative confection hit shelves in '79, probably why their follow up was more mainstream leaning.
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