Monday, July 2, 2012

Donna in Pink


Donna Summer,The Penthouse Interview

 
 The Penthouse interview

DONNA SUMMER

"The only specific thing that I think people should understand is that I need to be free"
 
(...) For this exclusive Penthouse interview, Elliott Mintz interviewed Summer in Los Angeles during a brief respite from her touring schedule. They began by talking about her image: the myth versus the reality of Donna Summer
Q: Your image is that of a supersexed, highly erotic seductress. Is there any relation between that image and the "real" Donna Summer?
A: I wouldn't say so. I think I'm undersexed, actually. I am sensual and very physical. I'm very erotic. But my sexuality exists on a sort of a fantasy level.
Q: What are your fantasies?
A: Hey, wait a minute, this ain't a free show! Well, I'll say I have an incredible ability to fantasize - I really do. I don't have to have things tangible to be able to see them, and therefore I enjoy so many things, because they're in my mind. I believe that most people don't realize or utilize enough their potential for fantasizing. I think people go out looking to make their fantasies real - they can't just enjoy them for what they are. But in trying to make them real, they overextend themselves, and as a result it all becomes a nightmare for them, not a joy. There are just certain fantasies that cannot be acted out with another human being. I am talking about fantasies for the sake of fantasies - things that you could never, ever do in your lifetime.
Q: What are yours?
A: How can I possibly give you one that I wouldn't mind seeing in print? Well, let me say it this way. Let's say that, in reality, I'm basically very shy when it comes to men. I haven' t been with a lot of men in my life. Now I can get off on my thinking what it would be like if I were really like the person that people fantasize about when they think of Donna Summer. I get all kinds of letters which stimulate that fantasy. I get all kinds of letters telling me about people's fantasies and dreams about me - people have sent me paintings and pictures. You can't imagine what these people say to me/ One guy had this obsession with seeing Raquel Welch make it with me - oh, and Ann Margret, too. I would have a whip or something, and they would be completely at my mercy. He went on for four or five pages, telling me how he found my album in his son's room and took it, and just thinks about these things. It's amazing.
Q: If a fantasy is something that is never really going to happens in one's life, what is an example of one of your fantasies?
A: I could imagine myself in a situation where I'm walking down a dark hallway, going to do my show, and somebody sexually overpowers me, attacks me.
Q: Isn't that supposed to be the male-chauvinist version of a woman's fantasy?
A: Oh, I don't believe so. This secret fantasy of being raped is a part of women because we've been raised that way. I'm not saying that it's necessarily every woman's fantasy, because I can't really relate to every woman. But I like to know that someone is stronger than I am. I want to be able to know that if I get tired, somebody is there to hold up the fort. I like knowing that I can't pick a refrigerator alone. God did not make me strong enough to do that.
Q: You prefer to be physically dominated by men?
A: There are time that I do - absolutely, 100 percent. And there are times when I don't want to be mentally dominated. When I think of aggression, I think of being aggressed upon rather than being the aggressor.
Q: Have you ever had a female lover?
A: Never, and I don't really plan to. I must say I've been hit on by a lot of women in my life. But I found that that was not one of the things I wanted to participate in - outside the realm of fantasy.
Q: Does it bother you to have a woman whom you think of as a friend attracted to you sexually?
A: No, it doesn't bother me as long as she doesn't touch me. It's a strange thing about me, like a tic or something, but I don't like to have people touching me at all. I find it an imposition on my person when people put their hands on me.
Q: Where do you think that phobia comes from?
A: I just don't feel secure around women. I guess it comes from the time when I started in show business, when I was around eighteen years old. I was dancing and singing, and it put me around older women a lot - not girls, but women, around thirty, thirty-five. When I was younger, I was very physical, always moving. I was very, very thin and moved around with sort of a snakelike movement. It was obviously very alluring for women. At one point I started worrying, "Am I putting this vibe out to women"" I talked to an analyst about it and realized that it wasn't me. It was them and what they envisioned me to be. It was my mystique. Q: Is this same kind of mystique at work in your relationship with your current boyfriend?
A: Well, my boyfriend is Italian. I think of him as my Italian stallion, and I'm sure I'm his sex goddess. But I don't think his feelings about me have anything to do with the myth that surrounds me. It's because our chemistry works.
Q: Does the chemistry have anything to do with the fact that you're black and he's white?
A: I'm sure that he's been with other black women and the chemistry didn't work like it works for us. I've been certainly with other white men, and the chemistry wasn't like this. You know, what people consider erotic or beautiful has to do with what they've been told for twenty or thirty years. I had a problem with one of my boyfriends once. At the moment of the ultimate encounter, he became absolutely frantic and couldn't get it together, and all of a sudden I became a color to him and not a person. i stopped and said, "Wait a minute. Forget what you've learned in the past. You don't have to prove anything to me - I am me, not a myth. Look me in the eye and deal with me, not with a myth, because I'm not a myth."
Q: What do you think about the fantasies some white women have of black men making the best lovers?
A: I don't know...It's certainly more than the fact that black men put it somewhere and it feels good. It's the color, the hair texture, the smell, the difference in the feel. It feels different to make love with a black man than it does with a white man. It's just a different touch. It's aesthetics. I suppose for a white woman to imagine a black-skinned man pouncing on her bones...Well, the contrast is a stimulation, I think. I know I attract blond men like flies. One of my record company people once said, "My God, I never saw so many blond men flock around anybody in my life!" It's the contrast, the look of it. But, purely sexually speaking, there's no difference having to do with race. It's just a fantasy that a black man's penis is longer or bigger or more potent or anything like that - excuse me for being so technical. And I can't really say that black women sustain longer. I mean, I really don't know.
Q: Do you have an idea why you're so popular in the homosexual community?
A: Not really. It's funny, but one of my very first boyfriends was homosexual. He didn't know it at the time, but I had always felt he was very sensitive. I've always been attracted to homosexual men - I mean physically as well as in other ways. And sometimes I think my attraction for them is that I'm motherly.
Q: Donna Summer is motherly?
A: I think I have a strange kind of earthiness that might be alluring for a man who isn't really into women sexually.
Q: What kind of emotions do you go through when you're recording or performing your songs and having to exude all that sexuality?
A: LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY was approached as an acting piece, as what I imagined it to be like for a man seeing his wife for the first time, or for a woman seeing a man for the first time. I've been in that situation. There wasn't anything to say. I was in ecstasy without even being touched. I was breathing heavy just from the thought that my dream was right there, in front of me. Ecstasy comes in many forms; it's not just physical. But my song conjured up physical fantasies for people. My acting was done well, and people believed the story I was acting.
Q: You did all that heavy breathing, faking that orgasm, without thinking any sexual thoughts?
A: I know it sounds funny. During the recording of the record, I had much more romantic thoughts than the record led you to believe. You know, there are ecstatic moments in life that are physical, that are like an orgasm. For a mother, I should think, there are moments - touching her child, realizing that this miracle is hers - that are ecstasy. You know, that record flopped twice in Europe. I was was clean-cut, funny American girl who was in Europe doing top European music. That was my image. They didn't even acknowledge that record. It fell off the charts twice before it was released the third time and hit. It was hysterical. I just made up the voice for that song. I found a hole in the market. I found a loophole, and that's how I got my foot in the door. That was a big foot, I'll tell you that - not your basic, ordinary foot. And it boosted me up a long, long way from my Boston roots.
Q: What kind of family do you come from?
A: I was one of seven children. I came from a lower-middle-class black family in Boston. My mother and father worked real hard. My father worked three jobs. He struggled like hell to keep our house. He was a real dominating father but a very good father. He was a butcher during the war; so we always had meat. He was also an electrician and a janitor, and in his spare time he took care of buildings. There were times we didn't have anything, but my parents just never let us down. There were times when my girl friends would all be going to school with new skirts, new this, new that, and I didn't have anything new. But I never envied them. I was always a little different. When everyone else was thinking about getting married and talking about the debutantes' ball, I'd be thinking, "Why am I different? Why don't I care about those things?" I didn't care, because I knew I was going somewhere in my life. Even as a child, I knew I was going to be something. I mean, I've got to tell you that I got credit in my neighborhood store just because everyone believed that one day I'd be successful. I could go down and take anything I wanted, and they'd write it down on a bill and say to me, "You're going to be famous one day. You can pay it then." I think I grew up with a very good outlook on who I was, who I was supposed to be. I lived in a very mixed neighborhood: Irish, Italian, Catholic, doctors, teachers, students, regular families - a real melting pot.
Q: Did you ever get involved in drugs when you were young?
A: When I was about sixteen, i went through a pretty heavy drug scene. That was the Janis Joplin part of my life. I was in a rock 'n' roll group, the only female and the only black person in the group. I was the lead singer. It was that whole psychedelic period when everyone was trying and testing new things, and I just went overboard. I finally went so far that when i was eighteen I said, "Enough! God did not intend me to live my life this way!"And so I quit, abruptly, after two years, and I really haven't indulged in drugs since. Now I'm unusually sensitive to any type of drug or medication. I have a hard time taking Tylenol.
Q: Was your introduction to sex during this period too?
A: I first had sex when I was eighteen or nineteen. It was quite disappointing. Reminds me of the song lyric that goes, "Is that all there is?" It was really a mistake. You see, I was in Boston at the time, and I fell madly in love - was just infatuated with a man who was very special. He was sensitivity personified. He was poetic, and I was just more than in love with him - I would've committed suicide at thinking that I couldn't be with him. In any case, we finally broke up, and most of the reason was because I wouldn't have sex with him. I said I didn't want to until I was married, blah, blah, blah. So then I was disappointed, and I thought that maybe that's what you had to go through to hold on to somebody you loved. So I had sex with the next man I went out with after the first fellow went away. I wasn't as much in love with him, but I thought maybe I just had to do it, that it was what growing up was about. My heart and soul weren't in it - I was just afraid of losing him. But I was real disappointed.
Q: How happy are you with your life now?
A: I'm always slightly depressive. My whole life is work, and it's always been work. Even when I'm home relaxing, I'm playing the piano or singing. I've always got to be doing something creative or constructive. I hate the feeling of doing nothing. I was on tour for eight months last year and for about four months this year. I started getting so speedy that I couldn't sleep at all anymore. I was in a state of permanent insomnia. I would go from filming to recording, to this, then that, then something else.
Q: What compels you to be this way?
A: I think it comes from the fear of dying, in the sense that I feel that God gave me a reason to be here. I'm very religious in the sense that I think there is life after death and that everyone has a karmic debt to pay back; and whatever that is, I want to pay it back before I go. I want to do things for other people - and I'm getting to be in a position where I can achieve things for others. I believe that money talks. Everything else is okay, but money speaks, and if I can save X amount of dollars to build a community center, for example, I am really doing something.
Q: What would your long-range goal be?
A: I've always said it was to set up a community in South America. I don't know why it's got to be South America; it could be anywhere in the world. You see, I believe that we, as Americans, as well as the British, the Germans, the French, have always taken. We've gone to other countries and taken, taken, taken, castrating the people, making them second-rate citizens in their own country. I'd like to go into a country where it isn't expensive to do a lot of things and just give, let the people of this country retain their sense of themselves. I'd like people without any advantages or abilities to be trained so that they could then use that training in their own country. It's almost a communistic theory - utopian, perhaps - because there are certainly a lot of people who are going to be greedy and people who are not going to, want to do certain things. But I don't mind giving up what I have. My accountants are always telling me, "You're spending too much!" And I tell them, "Tomorrow will come whether I have a penny in the bank or not." I'm not afraid of tomorrow, and I'm not afraid to be hungry. I can risk whatever money I have because I know that with my own intelligence, with my strength, I will get back to where I was.
Q: Would it be fair to say that you made a million dollars in 1978?
A: If you go on tour for eight months, you can estimate what you're going to earn. I think the potential of what I could possibly earn in a year would be - God, who knows? Anywhere from $2.5 million to $5 million a year. I don't know if I earn that, because when you go out on the road it costs a bundle of money. This was brought to my attention only recently, and I nearly choked when I heard it. Think of just the cost of flying to do the show. Say you're taking thirty people. Five or six of those people have to go first-class, and the rest fly tourist, and the cost is enormous. The amount of money that you gross on a tour is really not that much in the end, because by the time your fees are gone for your agent and your management and everyone else, you're not left with so much for the hard work you put out. Costumes alone last year cost me $70,000. There are high start-up costs when you get ready to go on the road. You have to pay for four weeks' rehearsal. You have to take out lighting. A tour is multi-multi-million-dollar business, really - and not necessarily for the artist. Most people can't go on tour, because it's just too expensive. My very first tour was a European tour. I was supposedly offered a certain amount of money for the tour, but it didn't come through, and I came back owing close to $200,000. Owing - not having made a cent.
Q: Now that you're constantly on the road and in demand, do you ever feel like just giving up and enjoying yourself?
A: Once a week. I swear to you: once a week! Every time I come off the road, I'm so exhausted for the first week that I swear I'm never going on the road again as long as I live. I don't want it anymore, I've had it, my life has been too erratic, I want a sensitive and sensible life, I want to be with my family... Then, about a week and a half later, I 'm bored to death, and I'm off again. It's a masochistic business. It's in your blood. It's like people who have sea fever. They're driven to go to sea all the time. They always say that they're going to go dry and go back on land, but once the sea calls them again, they're off. They love it and they hate it. Love and hate are what this entertainment business is all about. People hate you today, and then they love you tomorrow. They let you down, and they build you back. You're in, and then you're out again. There's this constant struggle for admiration, love, and respect that is a strange kind of love-hatred and a constant attempt at trying to prove yourself.
Q: What is it you're trying to prove?
A: I don't know. Generally, I think it comes from a sense of my desperately needing to be understood and desiring to effect change through something that I have to say. I question myself all the time. Why am I doing this? I could just get married and be rich...Yet I could never settle for that. It's not even the money. At some point it's just madness. I don't know why I have such a drastic need to be understood, but I do.
Q: Is performing the only way you feel that you can communicate?
A: Not really. I'm always on stage, though - I mean, my life is a stage at this point, whether I'm at home or whether I'm at office or whether I'm on the road or on television or shopping. I'm always on stage. At this point there are very few moments in my life when I don't feel I have to be quote Donna Summer unquote. I can't just be a little girl from Boston. It's very funny how people make you jump into being the person they want to see. But I manage to stabilize myself.
Q: What frightens you most about what you're doing?
A: Not being in possession of my own abilities and faculties. And in this profession it's easy for that to happen. I never want to lose sight of who I am or what I'm here for, and I think that's probably my biggest fear. When I say "going insane", I mean becoming so much part of the machinery that I no longer see the reality of what I have to do in this lifetime. And what I have to do is develop my talents and my ability and the ability of others as best I can. I believe there is a structure to the whole thing. First, before you can help someone else, you really must help yourself. Second, you should help your family or people who are close to you. That is why I feel that some of my greatest achievements have been my work with the Brooklyn Dreams and with my sister, Sunshine, whose first album I'm producing. And then you should really do something for the world. When you've indulged you're ego in the things that you wanted, then it's time to give it all back. And that is basically my whole philosophy about what I'm doing, one that I've had since I was a girl.
Q: Do you feel a need to do things for people so that you will be remembered by them?
A: This is a strange thing, but I really don't care if they remember me. I hope they remember my philosophy, as opposed to my person, because I'm actually quite insignificant. People remember Jesus, or they remember disciples. But to remember them as people is not enough. You must remember what they taught you. That's the important thing to me.
Q: What do you wish your public would understand about you that they don't now?
A: The only specific thing that I think people need to understand is that I need to be free. I think the thing that bothers me the most about this thing called success - it is a thing, a monster - is that it changes your life-style so drastically. There is no longer any privacy in your life, and you have no choice. Really, I'm a very regular person, normal person, and I want to relate to my audience, to the public, to let them know that I love them or I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing. At the same time, I want their love and respect and understanding. They're my fans, and they want X, but they have to know that there are millions of people chewing away at this person, saying, "I want this and I want this and I want that." And it's impossible to accommodate all of these people. When I say "I can't" to people, I want them to understand that I can't and not to feel put down by it. It's the one thing that disturbs me: that people feel they deserve more, and that I can't give it. I even would if I could, but I can't. And then they say, "Well, we buy your records." Yes, I sang a song, you bought my record, I got the money. That's the bottom line, and that's not "cold". I sold a record, but I didn't sell my soul.
 

"Now I Need You" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder created some of the most ambient and trance-like disco tracks during the experimental period of disco music - along with the synthesizer revolution.

One of the most haunting tracks was "Now I Need You" from the "Once Upon A Time" project - this song was part of a medley which included, "Working The Midnight Shift". The pumping keyboards which echo through out this track create a open arena for Donna's vocal expertise. The outcome is a classic song that hardcore disco fans continue to pick and pull apart to understand the creative faucet in such.

I have waited to have the right energy to meet this song and recreate a scenario with its feel and energy. This ReStructure takes the snippets that are rare and few within the song and pull out more of that moody feeling the song creates.

Dedicated to Loulou from The Netherlands for making the music flow like clouds over a sunny day.
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 My dear friend Glenn Rivera with Donna Summer.

To Paris With Love 2010

Says Donna:

    “I wanted to give my fans something special and exciting for the
summer, and I couldn’t think of a better theme than the glamour and
allure of Paris. I want people to feel transported, whether they’re
listening on the dance floors of Ibiza or on their headphones at work.
The idea is to let them escape into that magic world.

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Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday FULL ALBUM



I Remember Yesterday is the fifth original album by American singer Donna Summer, released on May 13, 1977, seven months after the release of her previous album.

Side One of the LP saw Summer "remembering yesterday" by combining the electronic disco sound with sounds of the 1940s ("I Remember Yesterday"), 1950s ("Love's Unkind") and 1960s ("Back in Love Again"). Side Two consisted of two pop/disco tracks, a ballad and finished with a disco song supposedly representing "the future" that would become one of the most famous songs of that genre - "I Feel Love".

As with Summer's last few albums, different record labels distributed her work in different nations. Some of the labels chose to release the ballad "Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)" as the first single, with "I Feel Love" as the B-side. However, the impact of the song was so huge that it was soon released internationally as an A-side. Previous disco tracks had usually been backed by an acoustic orchestra, and it has been reported that this was the first ever track to use an entirely synthesized backing track[citation needed], which would later help develop genres of music such as dance and techno. Summer's repetitive vocals over the backing track helped make the song a massive hit. It finally gave her a follow-up in the U.S. to her initial hit ("Love to Love You Baby"), and made Number Six on the Hot 100 singles chart. It was also a huge hit in Europe, and became a Number One hit in the UK. "I Feel Love" firmly put Donna Summer in her place as the leading female artist of disco music.

Donna Summer Four Seasons of Love Full Album 1976


Four Seasons of Love is the fourth album released by singer Donna Summer. Released on October 11th, 1976, this concept album became her third consecutive successful album to be certified gold in the US. It peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200.
This was the third concept album Summer had made, though unlike the previous two which had contained one long track on side one and a small selection of slightly shorter ones on side two, Four Seasons Of Love was more equally balanced. The album told the story of a love affair by relating it to the four seasons. Side One contained "Spring Affair" and "Summer Fever", both disco tracks, and Side Two contained "Autumn Changes" (a slightly slower disco number) and "Winter Melody" (which had an even slower beat), plus a reprise of "Spring Affair". This concept was reflected in the four photos of Summer, one for each season of the year, in a pull-out 1977 calendar included with the original LP album.

Donna Summer LIVE AND MORE Full Album


Live and More was the seventh vinyl long-playing (LP) album recorded by Donna Summer, and it was her second double album. The live concert featured on the first three sides of this double LP album was recorded in the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California in 1978. This album was released on August 28th, 1978 by the Casablanca Records.

Donna Summer Dance Collection Full Album


The Dance Collection is a compilation album by Donna Summer released in 1987 (see 1987 in music). Summer had become the biggest star of the disco era in the 1970s when signed to Casablanca Records. By 1987, Summer was signed to the Geffen label, and Casablanca had long since been bought out by Polygram. This album was released on Polygram's Casablanca label. It features some of her most famous songs from the disco era in their extended 12" versions, as they would often have been played in the clubs during their popularity.

Donna Summer A Love Trilogy Full Album


A Love Trilogy is the third album by Donna Summer. It was released on March 5, 1976, just eight months after her international breakthrough with the single and album of the same name - "Love To Love You Baby". The boldly sexual nature of that particular song had earned Summer the title "The first lady of love." By now Summer's work was being distributed in the U.S. by Casablanca Records, and they in particular were keen for her to continue portraying this image, despite her not being completely comfortable with it. As such, the Love Trilogy album continued in the same vein with the first side being taken up entirely by one long disco track in four fairly distinct movements ('Try Me', 'I Know', 'We Can Make It', and 'Try Me, I Know We Can Make It'), the incorrectly named "love trilogy" of the title - "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It". Side Two contained a further three sexually-oriented disco songs, including a cover of Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic". The album's artwork showed Summer floating light-heartedly through the clouds, again adding to the image of her as a fantasy figure.

Thank God It's Friday

Thank God It's Friday is a 1978 film directed by Robert Klane and produced by Motown Productions Animation and Casablanca Filmworks for Columbia Pictures (whose "Torch Lady", in a specially produced logo, dances to disco music before the opening credits). Produced at the height of the disco craze, the film features The Commodores performing "Too Hot to Trot", and Donna Summer performing "Last Dance" which won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1979. The film features an early performance by Jeff Goldblum and the first major screen appearance by Debra Winger.


Summary

Thank God It's Friday tells several intertwining stories of the patrons and staff of the fictional Los Angeles club The Zoo. These include:
  • Tony Di Marco (Jeff Goldblum) - owner of The Zoo. Lecherous and promiscuous, he's inordinately fond of his car.
  • Bobby Speed (Ray Vitte) - the club's DJ, who's broadcasting his first live show from the club.
  • Frannie (Valerie Landsburg) and Jeannie (Terri Nunn) - two high school friends who want to win The Zoo's dance contest to buy KISS concert tickets.
  • Carl (Paul Jabara) and Ken (John Friedrich) - hopelessly near-sighted shlub looking for a casual liaison, and his friend looking for a girlfriend.
  • Dave (Mark Lonow) and Sue (Andrea Howard) - a young married couple celebrating their anniversary.
  • Jackie (Marya Small) - dental hygienist by day, drugged-out disco freak by night.
  • Jennifer (Debra Winger) and Maddy (Robin Menken) - the new girl in town taken to the disco by her know-it-all friend who's not as sophisticated as she thinks she is.
  • Nicole Sims (Donna Summer) - an aspiring disco singer.
  • Marv Gomez (Chick Vennera) - a self-described "leatherman" who lives to dance.
  • Malcolm Floyd (DeWayne Jessie) - the roadie for The Commodores, responsible for delivering their instruments to the club by midnight.
  • Gus (Chuck Sacci) and Shirley (Hilary Beane) - mismatched computer blind daters.
Sue insists her uptight accountant husband Dave take her to the disco. On a bet with Bobby, Tony tries to pick up Sue. Dave is drugged and renamed "Babbakazoo" by Jackie, and makes a fool of himself. Carl and Ken are repeatedly thwarted in their attempts to meet girls. Frannie and Jeannie finally manage to sneak in to the disco after several failed attempts. Jennifer tries to meet a guy, but Maddy vetoes each of the guys Jennifer is attracted to. Nicole repeatedly attempts to slip into the DJ booth to get Bobby to play her single. Crude garbage collector Gus is horrified that the dating service has matched him with a prim college educated woman, and one who is taller than he is. Floyd gets stopped repeatedly by the police on suspicion of stealing The Commodores' instruments. Carl gets himself locked in a secured stairwell. Marv teaches the uptight Ken how to dance.
Maddy ditches Jennifer to attend a hot tub party (with the same sleazy guys who came on to Jennifer). Gus and Shirley decide to give it a try. Floyd makes it to the club in time for the Commodores to play but before they go on, Nicole sneaks up on stage and scores a huge triumph singing "Last Dance". Frannie, after tricking Marv's dance partner into the locked stairwell, enters the dance contest with Marv. Carl and Marv's dance partner hook up in the stairwell. Jennifer and Ken share a romantic dance, as do Nicole and Bobby. Dave comes down and Sue ditches Tony. Tony's parked car, having taken innumerable hits from pretty much every other character's car, falls apart in the parking lot. Marv and Frannie win the big dance contest. Deciding that the KISS concert is "kid stuff," Frannie and Jeannie, now self-proclaimed "disco queens," go with Marv to hit another disco for the 1 AM dance contest.

Soundtrack

Thank God It's Friday
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 1978
Recorded 1975-1978
Genre Disco
Label Casablanca Records (original release),
Rebound Records,
PolyGram,
Universal Music
Professional reviews

The triple album was, unlike the movie, a commercial success. It contained contributions from some of the biggest names in disco at the time, including Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Thelma Houston, The Commodores, and many others.
Besides Love & Kisses' title track, the biggest hit single on the album was Donna Summer's "Last Dance", which won an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and also made it to #3 on the US singles chart. The song was written by Paul Jabara, who the following year would go on to compose Summer's duet with Barbra Streisand, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)". Jabara himself performed two of the songs on the Thank God It's Friday soundtrack, and appeared in the film as well.

Album information

The soundtrack album was originally issued as a 3 record set in 1978, of which the 3rd disc was a single side 12 inch single of the 15:47 minutes Donna Summer, "Je t'aime... moi non plus" track. An edited CD came out in 1995 on the budget label Rebound Records. A digitally remastered version of the full soundtrack on a 2 disc set was released on PolyGram Records on March 25, 1997. The company that holds the rights to the album is as of 1998 the Universal Music Group.
Cameo's "Find My Way" was originally issued as a 7" single in 1975. Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer's cover version of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's 1969 hit single "Je t'aime... moi non plus" was also recorded a few years earlier, but had its debut on the soundtrack and was subsequently issued as an edited 7" single in a few countries in 1978. "Too Hot Ta Trot" was from The Commodores' 1977 album Commodores Live! - on certain editions of the Thank God It's Friday album replaced by a studio recording. Other titles on the soundtrack, including "Last Dance", were especially recorded for the film. Among the songs heard in the movie but not issued on the soundtrack album are Alec R. Costandinos' "Romeo and Juliet", Giorgio Moroder's "From Here to Eternity", The Originals' "Down to Love Town", D.C. LaRue's "You Can Always Tell a Lady (By the Company She Keeps)" and The Commodores' "Brick House".
Diana Ross' "Lovin' Livin' and Givin'" was remixed after the release of the soundtrack and used as the opening track on her 1978 album Ross. It was also released as a single in certain territories and has since been remixed and re-edited a number of times for inclusion on various hits packages issued by Motown/Universal Music.
The final part of Donna Summer's "Last Dance" is later re-included as a separate track called 'Reprise' towards the end of the soundtrack album. An edited version of the whole track was the version issued on the 7" single in most countries, and this track can be found on many of Summer's compilations, including 1994's Endless Summer and 2003's The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer. The 12" single used the full-length 8:08 version. A live recording of the track was included on the album Live and More, issued in late 1978 and the following year the studio version was remixed by Giorgio Moroder for what was to be Summer's final Casablanca Records album, On The Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2. The 1979 mix can be found on Summer's 1993 and 2005 compilations The Donna Summer Anthology and Gold respectively.
An extended remix of Summer's "With Your Love" was issued as a promo 12" single in 1978; a slightly shorter version of this can be found on Mercury Records/PolyGram's 1987 release The Dance Collection: A Compilation of Twelve Inch Singles.

Track listing

Disc 1
  1. Love & Kisses: "Thank God It's Friday (Alec R. Costandinos) - 4:13
    • Producer: Alec R. Costandinos.
  2. Pattie Brooks: "After Dark" (Pattie Brooks) - 7:50
    • Producer: Simon Soussan
  3. Donna Summer: "With Your Love" (Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Donna Summer) - 3:58
  4. Donna Summer: "Last Dance" (Paul Jabara) - 8:08
  5. Paul Jabara: "Disco Queen" (Paul Jabara) - 3:45
    • Producers: Bob Esty, Paul Jabara
  6. Cameo: "Find My Way" (Johnny Melfi) - 4:56
    • Producer: Larry Blackmon
  7. The Commodores: "Too Hot Ta Trot" (Lionel Richie, Milan Williams, Ronald LaPread, Thomas McClary, Walter "Clyde" Orange, William King) - 3:24
    • Producers: The Commodores, James Carmichael
  8. Wright Bros. Flying Machine: "Leatherman's Theme" (Arthur G. Wright) - 3:22
    • Producer: Arthur G. Wright
  9. Marathon: "I Wanna Dance" (Pete Bellotte, Thor Baldursson) - 5:58
    • Producer: Pete Bellotte
Disc 2
  1. Sunshine: "Take It To the Zoo" (Bruce Sudano, Donna Summer, Joe Esposito) - 7:56
    • Producer: Arthur G. Wright
  2. Santa Esmeralda: "Sevilla Nights" (Jean-Manuel de Scarano, Nicolas Skorsky, Jean-Claude Petit) - 6:05
    • Producers: Jean-Manuel de Scarano, Nicolas Skorsky
  3. Love & Kisses: "You're the Most Precious Thing in My Life" (Alec R. Costandinos) - 8:02
    • Producer: Alec R. Constandinos
  4. D.C. LaRue: "Do You Want the Real Thing" (D.C. LaRue, Bob Esty) - 4:40
    • Producer: Bob Esty
  5. Paul Jabara: "Trapped in a Stairway" (Bob Esty, Paul Jabara) - 3:22
    • Producer: Paul Jabara, Bob Esty
  6. Natural Juices: "Floyd's Theme" (Dick St. Nicklaus) - 2:57
    • Producer: Dick St. Nicklaus
  7. Diana Ross: "Lovin', Livin' and Givin'" (Kenneth Stover, Pam Davis) - 3:17 (CD releases: - 4:40, remixed version)
  8. Thelma Houston: "Love Masterpiece" (Art Posey, Josef Powell) - 4:01
  9. Donna Summer "Last Dance" (Paul Jabara) (Reprise) - 3:17
  10. Donna Summer: "Je t'aime... moi non plus" (Serge Gainsbourg) - 15:45
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Album,Crayons 2008

Crayons is the seventeenth and final studio album by American singer Donna Summer. Released on May 20, 2008 through Sony Burgundy in the United States, it was her lone album of original material since 1991's Mistaken Identity and would be her last before her death on May 17, 2012.


Recorded over a period of two years since signing with the Sony Music label Burgundy Records label in 2006, Crayons marks Summer's first full-length studio album in fourteen years since 1994's Christmas Spirit, and her first album of original material since 1991's Mistaken Identity. She worked on the album with a number of different producers and songwriters including Greg Kurstin, Danielle Brisebois, J. R. Rotem, Wayne Hector, Toby Gad, Lester Mendez and Evan Bogart, the son of Summer's former record label boss at Casablanca Records, Neil Bogart.
The album debuted at #17 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, which was also its peak. The title track is a duet with her and reggae artist Ziggy Marley. The album's first official single, "Stamp Your Feet", was released to radio on April 15, 2008. A follow-up, "I'm a Fire", reached number-one on the Billboard dance/club chart, giving Summer her 13th number-one hit on that chart. Summer recorded four music videos: "Stamp Your Feet", "Mr. Music", "The Queen is Back", and "Fame (The Game)".
When commenting on the album, Summer explains, "I wanted this album to have a lot of different directions on it," says Donna. "I did not want it to be any one baby. I just wanted it to be a sampler of flavors and influences from all over the world. There's a touch of this, a little smidgeon of that, a dash of something else...like when you're cooking."
  • The lead-in track "Stamp Your Feet", written by Summer, Greg Kurstin, and Danielle Brisebois, was originally called, according to Summer, "The Player's Anthem". "It's the whole concept of being a player in life, coupled with the idea of being a player on an actual field, the whole thing, dealing with the pain and doing things even though you are afraid. Even though you're afraid of something and your knees are knocking, you get up and do it because a lot depends on it. Players get taken off to the sidelines and bandaged and thrown back in the game because it depends on them to win the game. We're all 'players.' It goes back to Shakespeare: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.'"
  • About the song "Crayons", Summer says, "It encompasses a lot of what the album is about," she says. "Every song is a different color. Since I'm also a visual artist, that title ties a lot of the loose ends of my life together. The song wrote itself pretty quickly. Taking it to the next level, we influence each other in life. You may have an Arab friend or an Israeli friend or an Indian friend and so you go and eat a little Indian food (or have a little pita bread), or something you've never experienced, and as we immerse ourselves in each other's cultural experiences, it's like taking a crayon and coloring over the lines and the lines become blurred between what's that and what's the other. You take two colors and create other colors and you add a third color and there's another color too. That's how we are in life and that, to me, is a good indication for this album: feeling free to draw between the lines. Everybody gets crayons at some point in their lives, everybody can relate to the basics. It comes down to that child in us, I think there's a commonality in the concept of crayons."
  • On "The Queen Is Back", Summer reveals her wry and witty self-awareness of her musical legacy and her public persona. "I'm making fun of myself," she admits. "There's irony, it's poking fun at the idea of being called a queen. That's a title that has followed me, followed me, and followed me. We were sitting and writing and that title kept popping up in my mind and I'm thinking, 'Am I supposed to write this? Is this too arrogant to write?' But people call me 'the queen,' so I guess it's ok to refer to myself as what everybody else refers to me as. We started writing the song and thought it was kind of cute and funny."
Summer wrote "The Queen Is Back" and "Mr. Music" with Jonathan "J.R." Rotem and Evan Bogart, whose father, Columbia Records boss Neil Bogart died from cancer at the age of 39. He signed Summer to his Casblanca Records in 1975 and released some of her biggest albums and singles during the 1970s. "I adored him and would have given up everything for him to be alive," says Summer, remembering a time in the 70s "when the nail person didn't show up and Neil got on his knees and did my toenails. In many ways he was my mentor and I didn't get to say goodbye to him." When Summer met Evan Bogart, she was struck by his uncanny resemblance to his label executive father. "It's almost like they chiseled him out of his father," Summer observed. "I'm in the studio looking at him and I get tears in my eyes, he has no idea why. I just wanted to hug him because it's like I'm seeing someone I haven't seen since his father passed away. It's almost like Neil is looking at me through him. Evan and I hit it off immediately; there was a synergy that happened really quickly." "The Queen is Back" samples "Lose Control" by Kevin Federline. Both songs are produced by J. R. Rotem.

Track listing

# Title Length Songwriters Producer
1 "Stamp Your Feet" 3:52 Danielle Brisebois, Greg Kurstin, Donna Summer Kurstin
2 "Mr. Music" 3:14 Evan Bogart, J. R. Rotem, Summer, Meredith Willson Rotem
3 "Crayons" (featuring Ziggy Marley) 3:21 Brisebois, Kurstin, Marley, Summer Kurstin
4 "The Queen Is Back" 3:27 Bogart, Rotem, Summer Rotem
5 "Fame (The Game)" 4:03 Toby Gad, Summer Gad
6 "Sand on My Feet" 3:51 Gad, Summer Gad
7 "Drivin' Down Brazil" 4:43 Brisebois, Kurstin, Summer Kurstin
8 "I'm a Fire" 7:11 Al Kasha, Sebastian Arocha Morton, Summer Morton
9 "Slide Over Backwards" 4:10 Nathan DiGesare, Jakob Petren, Summer DiGesare
10 "Science of Love" 3:48 Gad, Summer Gad
11 "Be Myself Again" 4:19 Wayne Hector, Lester Mendez, Summer Mendez
12 "Bring Down the Reign" 4:33 Jamie Houston, Fred Kron, Summer Houston
International edition bonus track
13 "It's Only Love" 6:58 Kasha, Morton, Summer Morton

Chart performance

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 17
UK Albums Chart 142
Germany 73
Spain 97
Switzerland 85

Release history

Region Date
United States May 20, 2008
Canada
Denmark May 26, 2008
Germany June 6, 2008
Australia June 7, 2008
France June 9, 2008
Spain June 10, 2008
Brazil June 16, 2008
United Kingdom June 23, 2008
Japan June 25, 2008

Album,Christmas Spirit 1994

Christmas Spirit is a Christmas-themed album by Donna Summer, released in 1994. Summer's Gospel music background is very evident on this album which consists of traditional and well-known Christmas songs and carols, as well as new original songs and a cover of Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)".
Christmas Spirit was produced by Michael Omartian, who had collaborated with Summer on the albums She Works Hard for the Money and Cats Without Claws in the early 1980s, both as a producer and composer. On this album Omartian also co-wrote the tracks "Christmas Is Here" and "Lamb of God" with Summer, and the title track alongside Summer and her husband Bruce Sudano. Traditional carols "O Come All Ye Faithful," "What Child Is This," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," "Joy To The World" and "O Holy Night" are featured alongside "White Christmas", "The Christmas Song" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas," all of which are famous Christmas songs.
Christmas Spirit was re-issued by Universal Music on the Mercury label in 2005 under the title 20th Century Masters: The Best of Donna Summer: The Christmas Collection.


Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 2:55
2. "The Christmas Song"   Mel Tormé, Bob Wells 4:20
3. "O Come All Ye Faithful"   Frederick Oakeley, John Francis Wade 4:40
4. "Christmas is Here"   Donna Summer, Michael Omartian, Bruce Sudano 3:22
5. "Christmas Medley: What Child Is This?" / "Do You Hear What I Hear?" / "Joy to the World"   Dix, Handel, Regney, Shayne 5:20
6. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent 3:30
7. "Christmas Spirit"   Donna Summer, Michael Omartian, Bruce Sudano 4:53
8. "Breath of Heaven"   Amy Grant, Chris Eaton 6:04
9. "O Holy Night"   Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight 4:12
10. "Lamb of God"   Omartian, Summer 7:24

Personnel

  • Michael Omartian – Producer
  • Donna Summer – Vocals