Tag Archives: disco

New Donna Summer Remix

Verve Records has commissioned the Montreal electrofunk duo Chromeo for a remix of Donna Summer’s 1982 top ten hit, Love Is In Control.  I wasn’t much of a fan of that Quincy Jones-produced album and I tend to be much less of a fan of remixed disco classics, but this isn’t terrible.

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Heroes – First Be A Woman

JMG reader Eric tips us to this lovely cover of Leonore O’Malley’s 1979 disco semi-classic, which was also covered to little notice by Gloria Gaynor in 1993. The latest rush of nu-disco releases have been quite good.

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of Fantasy Records, today’s Swag Tuesday prize is a special pink double vinyl copy of Sylvester’s Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits, which has been reissued nationwide today. Proceeds from this re-release benefit San Francisco’s AIDS Emergency Fund and Project Open Hand, per Sylvester’s will.  You can download the album on iTunes or purchase a physical CD copy at Amazon. ...

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TRAILER: The Secret Disco Revolution

Screenings begin across the US and Canada on June 28th.

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He Didn’t Know

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Sylvester Impressionist To Play NYC

Sylvester impressionist Anthony Wayne plays NYC on pride weekend at Le Poisson Rouge. Two shows on Sunday, June 30th. Tickets at the link. RELATED: The reissue of Sylvester’s greatest hits launches on June 25th with proceeds to benefit San Francisco’s AIDS Emergency Fund and Project Open Hand.

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Sylvester’s Greatest Hits Re-Release To Benefit San Francisco AIDS Charities

As some of you doubtlessly know, Sylvester willed the future royalties from his catalog to San Francisco’s AIDS Emergency Fund and Project Open Hand.  And just in time for gay pride, next month Fantasy Records will re-issue his greatest package on multiple formats. From the press release: Twenty-five years after his untimely death, the iconic legacy of Sylvester, the “Queen ...

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BROOKLYN: Dance Music Legend Giorgio Moroder Plays First-Ever DJ Set

Three-time Oscar winner and three-time Grammy winner Giorgio Moroder, 73, the man whom many would credit as inventing* electronic dance music, played his first-ever DJ set last night at Brooklyn’s Deep Space club.  Moroder has been back in the news recently for his contributions to Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories.  Just a few minutes into the mix, Moroder ...

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Columbia Law Review Students: D-O-M-A

The Village People classic meets activism in a parody that also teaches the Edie Windsor story. (Via Towleroad)

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Walter Murphy, Oscar Nominee

Walter Murphy got an Oscar nomination today for his theme song from Ted. (Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane, his co-nominee.) You might remember Murphy for his #1 pop hit from 1976, A Fifth Of Beethoven. Murphy’s follow-up single, Flight ’76, was a cheesetastic disco version of Flight Of The Bumblebee. It got to #44. He never charted again. Murphy also wrote ...

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HomoQuotable – Fran Lebowitz

“The idea—and not just the idea, the actual life of homosexuals—changed immeasurably because of the acceptance of homosexuality. And that was because of AIDS. No one ever says that. Or how AIDS caused gay marriage. I mean, it would never have existed. You could pretend to your family that you were straight, but you couldn’t pretend you weren’t dying. And ...

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Martha Wash Celebrates 30 Years Of It’s Raining Men On Letterman

Last night disco diva Martha Wash appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman to celebrate the 30th anniversary of It’s Raining Men, which was co-written by Letterman sidekick Paul Schaffer and the late gay Oscar winner Paul Jabara. As you’ll see, Martha put on quite the production.

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Disco Obamarama

My favorite monthly dive bar party gets uncharacteristically political this Saturday. Always a blast.

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SF’s Remember The Party: October 7th

San Francisco’s annual reunion of the performers and patrons of the legendary Trocadero Transfer disco takes place on October 7th. As longtime readers might recall, I’ve attended this party several times and will be there again this year. (I’m pretty sure I’m somewhere under those white balloons above.) This year’s party begins immediately after the conclusion of the Castro Street ...

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Sylvester’s 65th Birthday Was Thursday

I forgot to mention Sylvester’s 65th birthday, what with all the DNC hullabaloo. Here’s some disco-gay education for the tender ones.

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Valerie Simpson At Lincoln Center

As part of Lincoln Center’s free concert series, last night R&B/disco legend and famed songwriter Valerie Simpson performed a tribute show to her late husband Nick Ashford, who passed away a year ago this month. Below Simpson performs what some consider Ashford & Simpson’s best song, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, which was first a Top Twenty pop hit for ...

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Tonight At Lincoln Center: Free Concert By Nile Rodgers & The Chic Organization

I’d have given you an earlier notice, but I only found out last night. Five or six years ago I was very lucky to attend Chic’s 25th anniversary concert at Webster Hall, after which Nile Rodgers generously hung around to sign a million autographs, including one for me. I’m such a huge fan of his, it pains me to single ...

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Robin Gibb Dies At 62

It’s been a really shitty week for pop music. Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the disco group the Bee Gees behind “Saturday Night Fever” and other hits from the 1970s, died on Sunday, according to a statement on his website. He was 62. Gibb “passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” ...

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#1 This Week In 1976

Thirty-six years ago today, Donna Summer’s Try Me, I Know We Can Make It was in its third and final week atop Record World’s disco chart. (Billboard did not launch its own national Disco Action chart until later in 1976.) Clocking in at an epic eighteen minutes, this three-song medley from the aptly named Love Trilogy album was used as ...

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Elton John On Donna Summer

“I’m so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted. She is a great friend to me ...

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