Disco Inferno: The Trampps, 50 Cent, Tina Turner

Olivia Pope white fedoraIn Season 3 of ABC’s hit Scandal, Kerry Washington is seen walking dramatically in her signature white jacket and matching fedora to the sounds of a familiar 70’s disco favorite, “Disco Inferno”.  Can you think of  anything more 70’s than hearing “Disco Inferno” as John Travolta (Tony Manero) in his white suit dances under the strobe lights.   The dancefloor is so hot, it might ignite!   Originally inspired by a scene in the 70’s disaster film “The Towering Inferno” where a discotheque goes up in a firestorm, “Disco Inferno” has become of the most played records from the era.    Not only a #1 hit for The Trammps, the song has been featured on The Simpsons, Glee!, Grand Theft Auto IV, Everybody Loves Ray, even Shrek 2 and Donnie Brasco.


A Night At the RoxburyMany have never heard two of music biggest superstars from the 80’s, Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper’s versions of “Disco Inferno”.   Tina added the song to her setlist just prior to her breakthrough with the Private Dancer Tour.   Cyndi recorded a version for the soundtrack to “A Night At The Roxbury” with Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan.   Someone online merged both covers into one glorious mashup, it sounds like they were in the studio together recording this one.



“DISCO INFERNO” Tina Turner & Cyndi Lauper

50 Cent The Massacre Special EditionRapper 50 Cent released “Disco Inferno” in 2004 to kick off his CD, “The Massacre”.   The song went to #3 on the charts and was nominated for a Grammy (he lost to Kanye West’s “Gold Digger”).     What’s so curious is that 50 Cent’s version doesn’t sample or make any reference to the disco classic?    It’s the same title but bares no resemblance.   Everyone knows the original so why cop that memorable song title?    50’s explicit music video underscores the innocence of the 70’s disco hit but the his version of “Disco Inferno” remains one of Curtis Jackson’s most requested singles.

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