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05-25-12 Footnotes
Show 339: Disco Doesn't Suck & Reviews of Beach House & Killer Mike

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1a Last week disco queen Donna Summer died at age 63. Jim and Greg talk about her gospel and musical theater roots and her contributions to pop music. People relegate Summer to the disco ghetto, but really she spanned many genres and didn’t stop working after the ‘70s. Her work with Giorgio Moroder also greatly contributed to the development of electronic music.

1b Only days after Summer’s passing, we learned of the death of Bee Gees founder Robin Gibb. The 62-year-old had been battling cancer for some time. But before you say, “Groan…the Bee Gees,” know that the trio sold 200 million records worldwide, and not all of them copies of Saturday Night Fever. Their music from that 1977 movie defined the disco movement for many people, but the Bee Gees had hits in five different decades. And they thought of themselves more as blue-eyed soul singers. To honor Gibb, Greg highlights one of their tracks from the British Invasion period called “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You.”

2 “Disco Sucks!” some would have you believe. But not so, say Jim and Greg. The genre often gets a bad rap—silly songs, silly clothes, silly people. But, the music and the scene surrounding it were much more. Songs like “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer and “Good Times,” by Chic are as artful and influential as anything pop music has produced. And, as opposed to the exclusive disco world of Studio 54, authentic discos and disco music gave a sense of community to many outsiders, much like punk did. You can hear this in tracks like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” by drag performer Sylvester.

3 Baltimore duo Beach House has released a fourth album called Bloom. And fans can expect more of what they love about the band: Victoria Legrand’s beautiful, but deadpanned voice and Alex Scally’s shimmering keyboards and muted drums. Greg likes this sound, but feels like he’s on a merry-go-round with the band. They seem afraid to go anywhere further. So he says Burn It. Jim explains that even hipsters need make out or chill out music. This is no Cocteau Twins or Nico, but a great addition to your collection if you are looking for something quiet. If you are going to get one Beach House album, Bloom is the Buy It.

4 Killer Mike made his debut with a great cameo on the 2000 Outkast record Stankonia. Now he’s released his 6th album called R.A.P. Music. Jim admits this is a “gangsta rap” record, but it manages to rise above all the clichés you associate with that. Killer Mike goes back to black music’s earliest influences, and his belief in the power of music is nothing short of inspirational. Greg agrees, calling R.A.P. Music a hip hop classic. He and producer El-P are celebrating hardcore rap, while spanning a huge range in terms of subject matter and sound. Killer Mike gets a double Buy It.

Songs Featured in Show #339
The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive,” Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack), Polydor, 1977
Donna Summer, “Last Dance,” Thank God It’s Friday (Soundtrack), Casablanca, 1978
The Bee Gees, “Every Christian Lion-Hearted Man Will Show You,” Bee Gees 1st, Atco, 1967
Shirley & Lee, “Let the Good Times Roll,” Let the Good Times Roll (single), Aladdin, 1956
Shirley & Company, “Shame, Shame, Shame,” Shame, Shame, Shame (single), Philips, 1974
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” Wake Up Everybody, Philadelphia International, 1975
Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” Any Way You Like It, Motown, 1976
Heatwave, “Boogie Nights,” Too Hot to Handle, Epic, 1976
Patrice Rushen, “Forget Me Nots,” Straight from the Heart, Elektra, 1982
Sylvester, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” Step II, Fantasy, 1978
Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive,” Love Tracks, Polydor, 1978
The Love Unlimited Orchestra, “Love’s Theme,” Rhapsody in White, 20th Century, 1974
Donna Summer, “I Feel Love,” I Remember Yesterday, Casablanca, 1977
Chic, “Good Times,” Risque, Atlantic, 1979
De La Soul, “A Roller Skating Jam Named ‘Saturdays,’” De La Soul Is Dead, Tommy Boy, 1991
Beach House, “Myth,” Bloom, Sub Pop, 2012
Beach House, “Lazuli,” Bloom, Sub Pop, 2012
Killer Mike, “Untitled,” R.A.P. Music, Williams Street, 2012
Killer Mike, “R.A.P. Music,” R.A.P. Music, Williams Street, 2012
Eprom, “Regis Chillbin,” Regis Chillbin (single), Rwina, 2012
Cut Copy, “Saturdays,” Bright Like Neon Love, Modular, 2004
Kate Bush, “This Woman’s Work,” Director’s Cut, Fish People, 2011
Funkadelic, “Maggot Brain,” Maggot Brain, Westbound, 1971
Liz Phair, “White Chocolate Space Egg,” Whitechocolatespaceegg, Matador, 1998
Nick Waterhouse, “I Can Only Give You Everything,” Time’s All Gone, Innovative Leisure, 2012

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