Donna Summer was rightfully called the Queen of Disco, but her career’s success was also deeply intertwined with an incredible symbiotic relationship with producer, Giorgio Moroder. His hypnotic electronic beats and synthesizer innovations ushered in the EDM genre. Besides hits like Last Dance, Bad Girls, Love To Love You Baby, and I Feel Love, Giorgio literally provided the soundtrack of our lives in the 70’s and 80’s. The score for Flashdance, Scarface, Top Gun, Blondie’s “Call Me” from American Gigolo, all came from Giorgio Moroder. After a multi-decade absence from the music industry, Daft Punk paid tribute to this music pioneer on their 2013 CD, Random Access Memories. Next to “Get Lucky” on the CD is a song called “Giorgio by Moroder” that introduced young listeners to the 70’s legend.
“CALL ME” BLONDIE
Now is the perfect time for a career resurgence and Giorgio last week finally released a new album appropriately titled Deja’ Vu. Loaded with all-star collaborations with Britney Spears (a cover of the 80’s smash Tom’s Diner), Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Sia, Kelis, and Mikky Ekko, Deja Vu sounds like the perfect formula for a huge comeback hit. Unfortunately despite some shining moments (the songs with Foxes and Sia), too much of the album sounds dated and less than innovative. The track with Britney is the most talked about but the arrangement is uninspired and due for a dramatic remix. Here’s hoping new listeners will use this CD as an introduction and dig deeper to discover his brilliant earlier work.
“DEJA VU” GIORGIO MORODER Ft. SIA