The version included is the full disco cut of this classic 1980 dance hit. I’m a pretty big fan of disco cuts because they include long instrumental breaks; the sections of the song that show off the real artistic nature of the 70’s-80’s dance movement (See all of Madonna’s self titled album). These are the parts the DJ spins and repeats and mixes. It’s not just the powerful hook (the guitar riff that plays throughout), it’s not just the defining vocals (something Ross was no stranger to), or even the hard bass line, it’s the mix of them all. It’s also the horn section.
The song’s queer roots are pretty easy to pick out. The concept of “coming out” was picking up steam in the early 80’s when the song was released. The track was written by Nile Rodgers after he spent some time at an NYC gay club and noticed the high number of drag queens dressed as Diana Ross–though he specified in an interview with The Express (http://www.originalexpressgaynews.com/beta/article.asp?articleNumber=15726) that the song wasn’t solely about being gay. Ross had just left her longtime label, Motown Records, and this song, and the album on which it was released, was to be her “coming out” from her former employers. “She had been under the thumb of Berry Gordy (Motown’s founder and lead Producer) her whole life and this was the one thing she had done on her own.” said Rodgers.
And let us not forget the Notorious B.I.G.’s sampling of the track on his 1997 album “Life After Death.”
PS – at the 3:20 mark, there is footage of Biggie speaking, reclining in a chair, in what has to be the saddest fat man moment ever recorded to film.
Hello to Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) family and friends! In our chapter meetings, many of you have commented on the support (or lack therof) from the administration of your child’s school, so you won’t want to miss our May meeting. Teacher Sherry Martz and former school counselor Anne Marie Sinclair will [...]