Album: Disco Inferno, 1976
Justification: There are a lot of songs I initially loved for ironic reasons, which then metaphorically took off their librarian glasses, shook their hair out and caused me to double take and stammer “B-b-but good heavens, ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ by Baccara, you’re beautiful!”
And this is yet another one of them.
For 20-odd years, this song was a joke to me. I would do this at karaoke with my friend Maria, I would occasionally put it on mixtapes (or at least keep adding that introduction so every few songs would get that amazing “DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DAAA” intro before going into, say, Pavement) and I would cite it as an example of crassly opportunistic bandwagon-jumping while somehow failing to notice that it’s legitimately fucking amazing.
That’s not to say that it doesn’t work both ways: it was one of two songs that was on both the playlists I made for my birthday do last Saturday (“Terrible, Terrible Party” and “The Awesome Party List”): because you can both revel in the fact that this was a piece of glorious kitsch reputedly inspired by a scene in The Towering Inferno and also acknowledge that brass cuts through like a freight train (supposedly because the noise reduction was accidentally turned way up during recording – when noticed during mixing, switching it off caused the whole song to leap out of the speakers). Needless to say, when I dropped this a few weeks back when DJing at RollerDisco, shit very much got real.
It was a reasonable hit on initial release, but really crossed over after its inclusion on the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever in 1978. Since then it’s been used in dozens of films and TV shows, generally in a jokey and/or ironic way. Which may bother some bands, I suppose, but then again, just look at those outfits: NOTHING could ever bother these people.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010:There’s never been a July 10 entry! Heavens. OK, have one from 8 July 2011, in the form of the Kinks and ‘Victoria’.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…