In 1977, disco music was extremely popular. Wanting to cash in on the fad, Peter Pan Records decided to release albums of disco music for kids, hosted by Irwin the Disco Duck (inspired by the song by Rick Dees). This is the first of those albums.
The first song we have is â€œDisco Duck,â€ which also gives Irwin a chance to show off his lovely singing voice.
Next is â€œSilly Love Songs,â€ made famous by Paul McCartney and Wings. This isnâ€™t too bad a rendition of it, other than it sounds like the guy should put it in a lower key.
The third and final sample here is â€œShame Shame Shame,â€ originally performed by one hit wonders Shirley & Company. The studio singers (or the Wibble Wabble Singers and Orchestra) actually do a really nice job here.
OK, now that Iâ€™ve played you some of the songs I can admit to you my favorite part of the entire album: Irwinâ€™s introductions of the songs. He has a very Donald-esque voice here, and as such his enunciation isnâ€™t always the best. It makes it fun to try to understand what heâ€™s saying. For example, even though heâ€™s announcing the song â€œSilly Love Songs,â€ it sounds to be like heâ€™s saying â€œSuey Buzzsaw.â€ My other favorite intro is for the song â€œKung Fu Fighting,â€ where I swear heâ€™s calling it â€œYouâ€™re Too Fattyâ€!
Peter Pan Records put out a few of these, but they didnâ€™t always use the same voice for Irwin. In fact, on at least a couple of the albums, Irwin was voiced by Hanna-Barbara stalwart Don Messick, sounding similar to Pixie Mouse, Scrappy-Doo, or Hamton Pig (depending on what generation of cartoons you watched). Anyway, if youâ€™d like to hear the Wibble Wabble Singers renditions of songs like â€œLove Will Keep Us Together,â€ â€œKung Fu Fightingâ€ and more, you can get the entire album here!