The movie of ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ opens in London this week, and will soon be creating a ‘Fever’-type demand in discos for some of the soundtrack songs. However, as already noted, much of the best music in the film is not actually on the soundtrack LP’s (Casablanca TGIF 100), and in any case most of the music is in such short jumbled up fragments that few tunes really register on their own.
The ones from the LP set which do stand out especially are Cameo’s ‘Find My Way’, Commodores’ ‘Too Hot Ta Trot’, Wright Brothers Flying Machine’s ‘Leatherman’s Theme’, Donna Summer’s ‘Last Dance’ and Love & Kisses’ title tune.
Of the additional material, the stand-outs are Cameo’s ‘It’s Serious’ (Casablanca), Commodores’ ‘Brick House’ / ‘Easy’ (Motown), Giorgio’s ‘From Here To Eternity’ (Oasis) and Donna Summer’s ‘Love To Love You Baby’ (GTO), while the rest not on the albums are GC Cameron & Syreeta’s ‘Let’s Make A Deal’, Fifth Dimension’s ‘You’re The Reason I Feel Like Dancing’, Cuba Gooding’s ‘Dance All Night’, Thelma Houston’s ‘I’m Here Again’, Originals’ ‘Down To Love Town’ (all on Motown), Alec R. Costandinos’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (Lightning), D.C. LaRue’s ‘You Can Always Tell A Lady By The Company She Keeps’ (Pye), Meco’s ‘Meco’s Theme’ (RCA), Village People’s ‘Hollywood’ / ‘I Am What I Am’ (DJM) . . . all the latter not on Motown being issued in the US by Casablanca.
It’s a very funny movie, well worth seeing, and I personally think far more entertaining than ‘Saturday Night Fever’. However, it’s less likely to attract trendy poseurs, being aimed much more at the real disco audience, so the straight media will probably leave it alone. Good news, huh?
London’s LODJ Assn invites all potential members to meet on Tuesday (18) at 7pm in Room 3305 on the 33rd floor of Euston Tower – should be worth it for the view alone! – which is next to, and NOT, Capital Radio’s entrance . . . Roger Squire’s traveling equipment exhibition winds up on Sunday (18) at Manchester’s Nocturne disco at Deansgate . . . Ian Dury’s great ‘Sex And Drugs And Rock ‘N’ Roll’ has been remixed into a 6-minute version on Italian 12in, currently reviving the tune – which, if you haven’t tried it, makes a good bridge between funk and slow rock.
TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Only You’ (from LP ‘Life Is A Song Worth Singing’, Phil Int’l PIR 82555) (BNDA debut 10/21/78)
Although with longer versions of his singles’ two hot sides, the really hot biggie is this great 5:05 happy funky leaper’s terrific bouncily burbling beat. Make it a 45 soon, please!
QUINCY JONES: ‘Stuff Like That’ (A&M AMS 7367)
Smash funk-jazz jumper, now edited to 3:30 for 45.
SAMONA COOKE: ‘One Night Affair’ (Mercury 6167670)
Sam Cooke’s cousin revives Jerry Butler’s oldie with ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’-type bass, huge already on import and promo 12in. Continue reading “July 15, 1978: Thank God It’s Friday: “less likely to attract trendy poseurs””