IF ALL WE'RE GONNA DO IS DANCE
"If All We're Gonna Do Is Dance" is probably one of the more ironic tracks on the album. In fact much of the album is almost dripping in a kind of defiant ironic, even sarcastic tone to it. With the same exquisite arrangement, although more melodic than synthesized, it's a song about a woman who's tired of dancing while waiting for her man to make his move. After being convinced that her man is finally going to "make it right," she goes to his place only to find more of the same.. To which she says "..If all we're gonna go is dance.. I'm going home.." I guess I don't have to have to point out the irony in this one. For me, it's really all in the juxtaposition between the theme and the delivery. It's not often you hear a woman sing so elegantly and beautifully yet so forwardly about her making the moves on her man. Even beyond that, it could even be a little *nudge nudge*, *wink wink* to the listener. Gotta wonder, if her man won't make a move, won't respond to hers and can't seem to stop dancing, perhaps he may not be all that into women.. Just a thought. In a way, it's all very Vanity 6 meets Karen Carpenter, if you know what I mean..
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"Last Dance" is a song written by the late Paul Jabara. It was sung by Donna Summer for the Thank God It's Friday soundtrack in 1978. She also had a mini role in the same film (see Thank God It's Friday), singing the song. "Last Dance" was mixed by the Grammy Award winning record producer Stephen Short, whose back-up vocals are featured in the song.
"Last Dance" won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song the same year. It is one of Summer's favorite songs and remains one of her most popular hits in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. alone.
"Last Dance" was one of the first disco songs to also feature slow tempo parts. It starts off slow and the full-length version found on the film soundtrack also has a slow part in the middle. This part was edited out for the 12" format, and yet more of the song was edited for the 7". The versions found on most greatest hits packages is either the original 7" edit ( - 3:21) or the slightly longer and remixed version from the 1979 compilation On The Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2 ( - 4:56).
"Last Dance" started a trend for Summer as many of her disco hits following this also had a slow tempo intro/vocal beginning. Her other hits of this tempo format include "On the Radio", "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)", a duet with Barbra Streisand, "Dim All the Lights", and another song written by and duetted with Paul Jabara, "Foggy Day/Never Lose Your Sense Of Humor" from his album, "The Third Album".
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I WILL SURVIVE
"I Will Survive" is a song first performed by Gloria Gaynor, released in October 1978. It was written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris.
The song's lyrics describe a narrator who finds personal strength while recovering from a breakup; it has often been used as an anthem of female empowerment, and HIV/AIDS awareness - and is a firm favorite on the karaoke circuit. It is one of the most famous disco songs of all time and Gaynor's biggest hit. It received massive airplay in 1979, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, also reaching number one in the UK the next day.
The song was originally released as the B-side to a song first recorded by The Righteous Brothers called "Substitute", a track thought to have more potential for mainstream success by her record label. It became a worldwide hit for Clout in 1978, instead. Disc jockeys began flipping the single over and eventually copies of the record were pressed with "I Will Survive" as the A-side ("Substitute" managed to peak at number 107 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart).
The song was rated number nine on George Carlin's 10 Most Embarrassing Songs of All Time.
It received the Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980, the only year that the award was given. It is ranked #489 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The Song was also listed at #97 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time.In 2000 the song was ranked #1 in VH1's list of the 100 greatest dance songs.
After the success of fellow '70s stars Sister Sledge's remixed singles in the UK in 1993, this song was also released in a remixed form there in about June/July 1993. Also meriting success, this remix reached number five on the UK Singles Chart (while the original version had topped the chart in 1979), but was her only successful remix single in the UK.
vid by WesleyTai
Versions By Regine
SOP Diary 10-18-09
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