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I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges

I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges

Alicia Bridges has only a single hit; a single trip to the Billboard Top 40. But what a hit “I Love the Nightlife” was. It’s a party anthem. A disco classic. I always enjoyed listening to Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” in the 1970s and I remember this song slowly inching its way up the survey, finally peaking at No. 5 in December 1978. But that was the only time Alicia Bridges ever saw … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Change – A Lover’s Holiday

Change – A Lover’s Holiday

The last dying breaths of disco are clearly heard in “A Lover’s Holiday” by Change. There is nothing wrong with the song. In fact, it’s a wonderfully produced disco gem that features all the disco trademarks including: Dual-tracked female singers A consistent disco beat Vocal references to roller skates Soaring strings at all the right moments “A Lover’s Holiday” should have been a hit. Instead it only reached number 40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1980. Here’s the problem: the song … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

What is Love – Haddaway

What is Love – Haddaway

If you were Haddaway, do you think you would be embarassed that your song became the centerpiece to a Saturday Night Live sketch that was so popular that it was expanded into a nearly unwatchable movie titled Night at the Roxbury? Or would you be proud? If I’m Haddaway, I’m completely content to have unleashed a pop song that is so relentless, it enters your brain, sits down on the couch, makes a ham sandwich, orders … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Disco is the greatest form of music in really tiny doses. Or the most disposable. A song like “Movin'” by Brass Construction is exhibit A in that argument. When people first heard this song on the dance floors of disco clubs, they lapped it up like a starving kitten snarfs Meow Mix. Then they let it settle in, percolate a bit, and discovered they liked it. A lot. Movin’ by Brass Construction reached #14 on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Disco started in the gay night clubs of New York City in the mid-1970s. It became mainstream following Saturday Night Fever’s success in 1977 and was a cursed and hated genre by 1979 when “Disco Sucks” slogans appeared on everything from t-shirts to bumper stickers. One of the biggest complaints is that disco was produced by studio groups who didn’t tour, didn’t perform but merely churned out records that all sounded the same. If you were … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

There is a certain charm in novelty songs, those quirky little musical nuggets that capture a moment in time with a popular song based on a pop cultural event. How else can you explain “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia or “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees? They’re silly, stupid, disposable but certainly charming in small doses. Very small doses. “General Hospi-Tale” by The Afternoon Delights is exceedingly stupid, anachronistic and disposable since it manages to name-check key … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s