I’ve nearly finished a Donna Summer mix for you. Check for it tomorrow. For now, how about one more DS Jam, and then we’ll get back to our regular programming.
I just completed my discography, so I’ve got much more to choose from today. Still, I’m drawn to an old favorite from the Flashdance OST. We watched that movie and listened to those songs a LOT in my house growing up. Are you surprised? ;) Plus, this live clip is simply a must-watch.
During our 2010 Jammy Awards, we gave away the following honor:
Best Bonus Jam Bonus Jams are those little extras I sometimes give you at the end of the posting. Usually it’s a link to a different song by the artist, or a live version of the Jam. Or maybe an amazing video I found in the process of discovering Jams. Way back in March, I featured DonnaSummer's “This Time I Know It's For Real” as a JotD. But it was the Bonus Jam that I remember most, a TV Special dramatization of “BadGirls.” This song is destined to be named an official JotD … just gotta wait for a special, special moment.
*Sigh* Lesson learned: Never wait too long to tell someone you love them. :-/
Here’s Donna Summer with “Bad Girls” (#1, 1979).
(A note: Those who receive our e-newsletter just got the “Bad Girls” clip. Those watching this version also get to see her perform “Sunset People” — I’d never even seen it myself until tonight!)
Stay tuned later this weekend for some larger-scale Donna Summer tributes here at JotD, plus I’ll also unveil our Must-Own Album for the week.
She’s a staple here, and I haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg with all of my favorite songs and all of her hits (23 #1 hits on the Hot 100, Dance and R&B charts).
I’m tired of writing obituaries for all of these artists I grew up listening to; are we really at that age? This NPR essay, The Many Voices of Donna Summer, expresses just about anything I could about her significance. I’m going to need to think for a minute about how to give Donna a proper tribute. A playlist? A Countdown? What could possibly do justice? I’ll have to get back to you.
I don’t know why I picked this one for tonight. I guess it’s just one of her early greats that people forget about. Here’s “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It” (#1 on the Dance chart, 1976).
More than the spaceman pageantry of glam rock or the occult hijinks of heavy metal, disco realized the theatrical possibilities of pop: within its long, swirling songs, auteur producer and their divas imagined worlds as elaborate and beautiful as the sci-fi dreams filmmakers like George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg would soon bring into movie theaters. Donna Summer was one of pop music’s greatest actresses, investing fully in the roles her songs demanded, demonstrating remarkable grace and self-awareness.
I bet you thought I almost forgot about our Must Own Albums feature for the week. Nope! I picked one out special just for JotD’s long weekend in Boston.
It comes from JotD’s favorite disco diva … yep, Ms. Donna Summer. You had better by now have a greatest hits album of hers in hand — or JotD is going to have WORDS with you — but, if you haven’t yet gone there, you might think about grabbing her 1979 album Bad Girls.
Beyond the incredible title track, the album features monster hits “Hot Stuff” and “Dim All the Lights” and doesn’t stop there. Disco aficionados are familiar with other great disco numbers from the album like “Sunset People” and “Our Love.” “On the Radio,” arguably JotD’s favorite Summer track, also came out during this period (‘79-‘80), though it was not a track from Bad Girls. Still, this album displays Summer at her commercial peak and is one you can turn on front to back anytime the party is going.
Perfect for a chill Sunday night, here’s a often-forgotten single from Bad Girls. This is “Walk Away” (#36, 1980).
I’ve had today’s track on heavy rotation all week long. It even inspired (subconsciously) Tuesday’s JotD. I wasn’t intending on deeming this an official JotD now, as it hasn’t been TOO long since we featured another track from this artist. But, my logic is, perhaps this will will Spring to finally arrive. Because I can’t take this anymore. Maybe it’ll will a little love into the air as well. Oui?
Here’s Donna Summer with “Spring Affair” (#58, #1 on the Dance chart, 1976).
Before it gets too close to the weekend, don’t forget that the Jammy Awards nominations will be revealed early next week (Tuesday or Wendesday). In order to do this, I need to update our archives BIG TIME. So, expect a few Jams from the vault and fewer posts while I spend a few hours taking care of business.
In case you don’t remember or you’re new to JotD, the Jammy Awards (our THIRD annual) is a celebration of all of the songs we’ve featured over the year. It lets us reflect on some of the fun features and the best of the best. It also gives me a sense of what you guys really loved, so we can have more of that in the coming year.
I’ll welcome any/all of you to write me and let me know what’s really struck you in the last year (features, special weeks, songs new or old I featured that struck a chord). Some of the awards will be voted on by you, and a select few will be picked by myself or a small, chosen committee of our oldest Jammers. And, as always, we’ll have a fight to the death about our “Jam of All Jams” — that is, the very best JotD we featured all year. Suggestions for nominations and other categories welcome.
I’m feeling like a disco classic; I was just rereading last year’s nominiees, which included a Jammers’ Pick category for Best Disco Diva Jam (Thelma Houston won).
Here’s the queen of disco herself, Donna Summer, with the very obviously Quincy Jones-produced “Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)” (#10, 1982).
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