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Under the name Dinosaur L, avant-garde cellist/composer Arthur Russell and a number of his New York City based associates were responsible for the first disco single released on Sire. That 1978 single, “Kiss Me Again,” featured guitar from David Byrne (Talking Heads), bass from Wilbur Bascomb Jr (a seasoned session hand), drums from Allan Schwartzberg (another journeyman who had worked with the likes of Yoko Ono, Bob James, and Tom Verlaine), vocals from Myriam Naomi Valle (a member of Desmond Child & Rouge), and cello and production work from Russell. Though the spectacular single failed to catch fire commercially, it — like many of the other disco releases overseen by Russell — became an underground dance classic, thanks in no small part to Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan.

Throughout the course of the early ’80s, Russell released a number of singles under his own name and as/with Loose Joints, Lola, and Indian Ocean. In 1982, Russell and William Socolov founded the Sleeping Bag label, which would become an influential independent rap label with releases from Mantronix and EPMD. However, the label’s inaugural release was another Russell-affiliated project, Dinosaur L’s 24 24 Music LP. The album’s “Go Bang” was released in the 12” format with a remix from François Kevorkian that also played a significant role in the New York City club scene. Russell’s involvement with dance music fizzled out in the latter half of the ’80s, but he continued to work in avant-garde circles until his death in 1992.

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  • dev_artrosis

    Kiss Me Again is the most phenomenally intricate and moving disco song I've ever heard. [7] but Kiss Me Again is written by Dinosaur, not Dinosaur L

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ZtarviziouZ

    No Fucking Wave!

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ZtarviziouZ

    Get Set!

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Off the f**king wall!!!

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • MusicQuizKing75

    fresh.

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Micjen

    I'D DO ANYTHING TO GET THE CHANCE TO GO BANG I WANNA GO BANG

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • djcolza

    Kiss Me Again is the most phenomenally intricate and moving disco song I've ever heard. [5]

    25 Apr 2010 Reply
  • phphphphph

    Kiss Me Again is the most phenomenally intricate and moving disco song I've ever heard. [4]

    1 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Shihta

    Kiss Me Again is the most phenomenally intricate and moving disco song I've ever heard. [3]

    31 Dec 2009 Reply
  • planttheseed

    Kiss Me Again is the most phenomenally intricate and moving disco song I've ever heard. [2]

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • fleadilla

    go bang is a monster! only one play on my last.fm, but it's one that has over the years gotten repeated plays due to it's awesomeness. there's a right time and place for arthur russel.

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
  • pelaezdriver

    Yea disco!!!

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • mr_disco

    Kiss Me Again is the most phenomenally intricate and moving disco song I've ever heard.

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • raw_u

    Incredibly good!

    11 May 2008 Reply

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