In Matt Damon’s 2015 blockbuster, The Martian, Thelma Houston’s disco classic “Don’t Leave Me This Way” played in the background as Damon struggled to find a way to ration what was left of his space capsule’s food supply. During the 2013 hit, American Hustle, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper made out in a discotheque bathroom to the beat of Teddy Pendergrass’ uber-masculine version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. In 1985, The Communards, a band formed by ex-Bronski Beat singer, Jimmy Somerville, had the biggest-selling U.K. hit of the year with their version of the Gamble and Huff 70s soul masterpiece. Three iconic disco classic versions that have each left an indelible memory on millions of listeners. What’s your favorite? I’m siding with the original version by Pendergrass and his group, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes for the way the song continue to build in intensity for the entire six minutes, but you really can’t go with any of the choices.
Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes