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 Á¢€Å“Disco Duck,Á¢€ which also gives Irwin a chance to show off his lovely singing voice.
Next is Á¢€Å“Silly Love Songs,Á¢€ made famous by Paul McCartney and Wings. This isnÁ¢€â„¢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 Á¢€Å“Shame Shame Shame,Á¢€ 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 IÁ¢€â„¢ve played you some of the songs I can admit to you my favorite part of the entire album: IrwinÁ¢€â„¢s introductions of the songs. He has a very Donald-esque voice here, and as such his enunciation isnÁ¢€â„¢t always the best. It makes it fun to try to understand what heÁ¢€â„¢s saying. For example, even though heÁ¢€â„¢s announcing the song Á¢€Å“Silly Love Songs,Á¢€ it sounds to be like heÁ¢€â„¢s saying Á¢€Å“Suey Buzzsaw.Á¢€ My other favorite intro is for the song Á¢€Å“Kung Fu Fighting,Á¢€ where I swear heÁ¢€â„¢s calling it Á¢€Å“YouÁ¢€â„¢re Too FattyÁ¢€!
Peter Pan Records put out a few of these, but they didnÁ¢€â„¢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 youÁ¢€â„¢d like to hear the Wibble Wabble Singers renditions of songs like Á¢€Å“Love Will Keep Us Together,Á¢€ Á¢€Å“Kung Fu FightingÁ¢€ and more, you can get the entire album here!