Thursday Thirteen #14
13 things about Dane Bramage
The If I Had an iPod Edition
If I had an iPod I am sure I would have well organized theme based playlists for the hundreds of songs I would buy. No really!. Okay maybe not. But I got to thinking, "What theme based playlist would I start with?" I would probably close my eyes and allow myself to get whisked away to the days of my youth, way back in the twentieth century, back when Disco was King. So here are 13 disco songs I would have on my iPod if I had one.
- Disco Inferno The Trammps
Sort of a Disco anthem don't you think? I used to like screaming "Burn baby burn"! Must have been the rebellious youth in me.
- To Be Real Cheryl Lynn
You can't have a disco playlist without this ditty.
- Partyland The Blackbyrds
One of my favorite jazzy R&B groups had a disco smash with this song.
- I'm Ready Kano
The italo disco Kano band had this hit. It is catchy and bridges to techno a bit. It was sampled to death by lot of Hip hop and rap songs.
- Don't Leave Me This Way Thelma Houston
A ubiquitous hit, I heard it at anything remotely dealing with Disco. For good reason. It is a disco classic.
- There But For The Grace of God Machine
An interesting song to say the least. In my youth I would sympathize with the poor child whose folks wanted to raise in a place with "no blacks, no Jews and no gays". Now I wonder why they lumped those particular three groups together, something I didn't think about when I was shaking my groove thing.
- I Feel Love Donna Summer
The undisputed Queen of Disco could fill an iPod with her hits alone. This is one of my favorites.
- Groove Line Heatwave
Another tune I remember at all the mixers and dances I went to. Bigger still was their hit "Always and Forever" which was a killer "slow jam".
- Shame Evelyn "Champagne" King
A favorite of mine to this day. She also had a killer slow jam with "Kisses Don't Lie"
- Sour and Sweet (Lemon in the Honey) Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band
This band had 1 album and their gimmick was a zoot-suited Big Band sound. They had 2 or 3 songs that got onto the Disco charts. This is my favorite although I remember loving the entire album.
- Love Machine The Miracles
A huge hit for the Miracles in their post Smokey Robinson days. It created it's own little Disco Inferno on the Disco Charts
- Lovin' is Really My Game Brainstorm
Great dance tune but I swear this song was about an hour long (in keeping with the tradition of Disco songs). Never heard anything else by the group though.
- More Than A Woman Tavares
Yes I said Tavares and not The Bee Gees. Not to take anything away from the brothers Gibb, I just liked this version better.
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Conspicuous for her absence is Gloria "I will Survive" Gaynor. Well it seemed to be an anthem for every fruit-headed drag queen I saw on TV. So forgive me if the appeal is gone. Also I didn't have any Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever hits. Some of those were great tunes but I really didn't listen to them that much when I was younger. Anyway maybe it is a good thing I don't have an iPod. What was your favorite disco hit?
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