Josie Cotton is no stranger to Essentially Pop; we’ve been writing about her and her music since 2019. Now we bring you a real treat, with not one, not two, but three tracks from our favourite New Wave artist.
The first song we cover today is ‘Disco Ball’, a funky trip of a track that asks the listener, “what do you want to do about that?”. It’s got a really retro groove to it, and the music video matches the vibe completely, allowing Josie to throw herself all with regard to costuming and styling, and completely in tune with the 60s/70s vibe of the song.
The video for ‘Disco Ball’ starts out in some back alley, with Josie and friends discussing music. One of them claims that music is dead, and another says the world has gone crazy (man). Josie asks, “What would James Brown do?” and they then take a journey of discovery through music, looking for the secret chord which will unlock a hidden door…Along the way they celebrate and elevate anything and everything that would otherwise be mundane or tawdry. The back alley is shown in a different light, with a Kodakchrome colour scheme once they start dancing; the gang are seen rolling on the floor, surrounded by pills, a la Valley of the Dolls. There’s zombies, punks, and even Bigfoot, who is apparently a skilled brain surgeon – and of course, disco balls. Lots and lots of disco balls.