“THE HUSTLE” VAN McCOY
Do you remember when you first heard this song? I remember being a little kid at a friend’s house and this song came on the transistor radio in their kitchen. His mom and dad smiled then broke out their disco moves just like it was a scene out of a 70’s movie! You’ve got to love the innocence of these old dance records that just wanted to create a party vibe and get your dancing shoes out on the floor. One of my favorite instrumentals, except for a few chants of “do the hustle”, it’s just a fantastic synthesizer groove full of positive energy.
“LE FREAK” CHIC
Last week I ranted about bands not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Chic is one of the most influential bands of all-time. Niles Rodgers and Bernard Edwards not only paved the way for rock music merging with disco, they went on to produce so many of the biggest hits of the 80’s. David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”, Duran Duran’s “The Reflex”, Madonna’s Like A Virgin album, INXS’ “Original Sin”…… Chic combined a disco groove with rock guitars. “Good Times”, “I Want Your Love”, “Dance Dance Dance”, they helped define the Disco Era.
“SHAME” EVELYN “CHAMPAGNE” KING
“Love Come Down” and “Shame” were the shining moments in Evelyn’s career. This song has been covered and sampled so many times, you’ve got to respect the powerful original version that started it all. Featured in the underrated Kate Beckinsale film, “The Last Days of Disco”, “Shame” is one of those songs where you’re caught up in the frenzy right from the opening notes. The magic of disco was the “forget about the world” vibe it generated. If you’re not moving and grooving to this one, turn it up louder!
“LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE” INDEEP
Mariah Carey covered this song in her infamous Glitter movie complete with Fabolous and Busta Rhymes joining on the chorus. I love Mariah but this wasn’t her best career move. Do you remember when Mariah’s movie soundtrack came out? 9/11/01….. The original song by Indeep was actually released in 1983 after disco was pronounced “dead and gone”. Yet, the song is a perfect reminder of the carefree, sexual, non-stop party days of Studio 54, Saturday Night Fever, and strobe lights that helped define the 1970’s disco craze.