Use it up and Wear it Out – Odyssey (1980)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Use it up and Wear it Out by  Odyssey. The record was released in 1980, on the RCA record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of a pea whistle. The design was inspired by the blowing of a whistle in the chorus and their use at discotheques.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of the Odyssey, 70’s Disco, Dancing, Discos, whistles or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Use it up and Wear it Out
Media Artist/s: Odyssey
Record Label: RCA
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Disco

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Additional information about this, Odyssey vinyl art.

Odyssey – The Artist/s

Odyssey is originally a New York City, United States-based singing group, best known for their 1977 hit “Native New Yorker”, and a series of other mainly dance and soul hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Now based in the United Kingdom, the band is led and fronted by Steven Collazo and continues to perform and record.

Use it up and Wear it Out – The Song

“Use it up and Wear it Out” is a song by US-based dance and soul group Odyssey that was released as a single in 1980. It was originally released as the B-side of “Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her”. When it was re-released as the A-side it would go on to spend twelve weeks on the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by Sandy Linzer and L. Russell Brown, and produced by Linzer. It was the New York-based disco group’s only UK No. 1 single, spending two weeks at the top of the charts from July 26 to August 8, 1980,and was their most successful single on the UK Singles Chart. The song was popular due to the chorus”One two three shake your body down” and the whistle whihc was frequently blown as discos in the seventies and eighties.

The Pea Whistle – The Shape

This record has been cut into the silhouette of a pea whistle. A whistle is an instrument which produces sound from a stream of gas, most commonly air. It may be mouth-operated, or powered by air pressure, steam, or other means. Whistles vary in size from a small slide whistle or nose flute type to a large multi-piped church organ. Whistles have been around since early humans first carved out a gourd or branch and found they could make sound with it. In prehistoric Egypt, small shells were used as whistles. Many present day wind instruments are inheritors of these early whistles. With the rise of more mechanical power, other forms of whistles have been developed.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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