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Alexander RobotnickProblèmes D'Amour

Label:Fuzz Dance – ZZ 20 003
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Over- sized labels


AProblèmes D'Amour7:04
BProblèmes D'Amour (Midnight Version)7:34

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Another version omits the publisher from the labels.

©1983 Materiali Sonori

Re-pressed in 1984; Re-issued in 1986 & 1997

Original editions have an 'over-sized' (14.6 cm / 5¾") center label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): M ZZ 20003 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): M ZZ 20003 B

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Problèmes D'Amour (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)Skizzo Fuzz Dance, ZYX ImportZZ 30 020, 5701Italy1983
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Problèmes D'Amour (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Over-sized Labels)Fuzz DanceZZ 20 003Italy1983
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Problèmes D'Amour (7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, Styrene, Stereo, Allied Pressing)Sire7-28967US1984
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Problèmes D'Amour (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo)Sire, Materiali SonoriPRO-A-2316US1984
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Problèmes D'Amour (7", Promo)Sire92 89677Canada1984


dylaf's avatar
Much overlooked: Carl Craig's take on this Italo fave:

A great track in its own right.
discogs1's avatar
Alexander Robotnick said in a interview: "Giampiero, the head of Materiali Sonori, pushed me to make some disco music, because we were both broke. "We can make easy money with disco music," he said to me. "Just put a bass drum in four/four and you sell 10,000 copies!" So I worked on a disco track with my cheap electronic equipment. The track was "Problèmes d'Amour." Anyway, I was disappointed by the results of "Problèmes." We sold just 10,000 copies, so it was the minimum figure, as I said above. And I started to be involved in different things. But some years later I understood that the track had an impressive influence on dance music and it was a cult track for some DJs. In the end it's better like this. It's not bad to have a song that is still relevant for the scene."
donhardway's avatar
Edited 14 years ago
People talk about the foundations of techno and house; this is one of the original tracks that created both genres. This record was a must during the early 80s in Detroit, MI. A timeless classic!'s avatar
Edited 16 years ago
Unique, original Bass-synth sound doing an extremely sophisticated riff...mock-eerie organ sound...slightly off-key rhythm-guitar stabs doing a Jamaican Ska thang... basic, crude "proto-house" drum-machine track...Background female vocalists singing in perfect French...Slightly cheesey male vocalist also singing in French, but not as well, and with an obvious Italian accent...catchy arrangement but no real low frequencies...sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? But this quirky masterpiece captivated the ears, hearts and minds of almost 2 generations of old school DJs and Dancers. The song was massive at David Mancuso's Loft and Larry Levan's Paradise Garage, and even Bruce Forest got a good response from his Better Days good that he was inspired to remix it for Sire. That dubby remix is also a must-own, but this review is of the original, "fat-label" 12 inch release, and both sides of this single are totally timeless, essential, and belong in everyone's crates.