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May 17, 2012
by Chris Randall
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May.17.2012 @ 11:49 AM
May.17.2012 @ 1:36 PM
Totally obsessing over this live version of "I Feel Love":
As my friend David wrote, "She even does a sexy robot, which is impossible."
May.17.2012 @ 3:17 PM
It's like it was produced in 2011!
May.17.2012 @ 4:27 PM
Amazing... and with the intro snippet of course being a piece of Moroder's excellent score for 'Midnight Express'... thanks for sharing.
May.17.2012 @ 4:32 PM
I'd just come in from work, and didn't realise this was anything other than you posting, as you sometimes do, a cool bit of history.
I was enjoying the song when her picture came on the news
and I discovered she'd died.
May.17.2012 @ 4:39 PM
Very damn indeed... Didn't get that part either at first...
May.17.2012 @ 5:04 PM
I`m with seancostello`s friend David.
May.17.2012 @ 5:49 PM
I'm very sad about this departure, in part because that song is, well, it's one of those pieces whose influence on my life is probably bigger than I can either understand or describe.
However, I have to observe tangentially that that video cracks me up because the only person onstage who has any connection to how that song was recorded is Donna, and of course she's lip-syncing. Guitars? Seriously? Congas? I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when that TV appearance was planned by the folks at Midnight Special and Summer's agent, or whoever represents musicians in such situations:
"So, how many people are in the band?"
"Uh, there is no band."
"So you just hired session players?"
"So who played the music?"
"Uh, a couple of guys and this big thing called a Moog something-or-other."
"Well, we have to have something on stage!"
"Well, they borrowed the Moog, I think..."
There's an article about the making of the track here--worth a read if you're interested, although it's frustratingly scant on technical detail:
May.17.2012 @ 8:22 PM
What a shit month---MCA, Duck Dunn, Chuck Brown, Donna Summer---if losing big like this is what getting old is like, I'd like to stop now.
May.18.2012 @ 2:34 AM
I'm with takokichi.
My folks used to blast "I Feel Love" endlessly when comparing the hi-fi power amps a crazy friend of theirs used to build (and somehow never managed
to sell). They kind of had no idea what exactly they were listening to, nor did my then seven-year-old self, but I knew it was the coolest sounding thing I'd ever heard. Looking back now, it's easy to see how a sequenced modular Moog splatting itself onto two-inch could sound so fabulous (along with the swooshiest phased ARP strings imaginable). I usually twist my face up at grandiose statements like this, but it really isn't a stretch to say that "I Feel Love" pretty much invented four-on-the-floor techno as we know it, not to mention most dancey industrial music. And Ms. Summer's soaring vocals sure didn't hurt.
What a sad month indeed...
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