This Day in Death

5.17.12: Disco Icon Donna Summer – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 10:12 am May 18, 2012

Summer, seen here in what I’m pretty sure is the alley behind my apartment.


As someone who successfully skirted the 70s in their entirety, disco’s crimes against music don’t strike a particularly resonant chord (puns!) with me. I mean sure, having a genre that’s primarily defined by goofy pants and comical drug excess may not be our proudest cultural moment, but every generation figures out its own way to churn out gutless bullcrap, be it disco or hair metal or grunge or nu metal or whatever it is Bubba Sparxxx was supposed to be. At least disco popularized the concept of the brown note, bringing us one step closer to harnessing the power of sonics for use in the fecal warfare that our ape friends have spent centuries helping to prepare us for. My point is, music is a terrible, terrible thing.

But something something Disco Queen something something Donna Summer is dead. Of cancer. Because of course cancer. USA Today put together a nice little write-up about her, but I’m kinda doubtful of their sincerity considering they chose the most coked-out picture that has ever been taken of anyone for their article:

Seriously, this may not even be Summer at all, but rather a picture of an actual particle of cocaine as viewed through a microscope.

Summer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning, and came to define the era with a string of No. 1 hits and her beauty-queen looks.

Disco became as much defined by her sultry, sexual vocals — her bedroom moans and sighs — as the relentless, pulsing rhythms of the music itself.

Love to Love You Baby, with its erotic moans, was her first hit and one of the most scandalous songs of the polyester-and-platform-heel era.

Unlike some other stars of disco who faded as the music became less popular, Summer was able to grow beyond it and later segued to a pop-rock sound. She had one of her biggest hits in the 1980s with She Works Hard For The Money, which became another anthem, this time for women’s rights.

This is sad. Truthfully this post has been going downhill ever since that coked up picture back there. Maybe we can just have some more fun with that.



You guys. I feel. SO. Much. Better now.


Source: USA Today

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