Song of the Day: Magazine 60, “Don Quichotte” (1984)

Magazine 60 were a French synth-pop band founded by independent music producer Jean-Luc Drion, alongside brothers Yves, Marc and Danielle Delval, all from the French city of Lille. Though they were active between 1981 to 1992, they are most famous for their smash hit “Don Quichotte,” released in 1984.

This awesome, upbeat, electric salsa tune reached the Top 10 in France and the Top 60 in the United States two years later, in 1986. Despite the success, the band would only release their LP, Costa del Sol, a year later and by then, their star had faded. Missing their opportunity to cash in on their overnight international success proved fatal and the LP would not get as wide a release as hoped.

As a result, Magazine 60 are all but forgotten. Nevertheless, rediscovering this cut is a pure delight; “Don Quichotte” is irresistibly danceable and represents the super-creative European synth-pop scene of the ’80s, as well as the countless one-hit-wonders that came out of the old continent during this decade and are regularly sampled to this day. (In fact, sampled “Don Quichotte” for his single “I Got It from My Mama.”)

“Don Quixote y Sancho Panza hoy tambiĆ©n siguen luchando”

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