This installment is another loose collection of stuff hanging around the edges of my listening piles. I’ve fallen for the Kenny Nolan–penned “Take Your Mama/Daddy for a Ride.” Jim Gilstrap and Lulu both released it in 1975. I suspect Jim beat Lulu to the punch if only because Nolan contirbuted most of the cuts on Gilstrap’s Swing Your Daddy lp. Mizz is a disco girl group who put in an 11th-hour appearance during Casablanca’s last days of disco. They offer a terrible cover of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and a credible version of Leslie Gore’s housewife-rock torcher “Love Me By Name,” but the real keeper is the psychedelic flute work on “Gotta Get Next to You.” I love the gender switch on Denise LaSalle’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” but the cover to die for here is Enoch Light’s take on “I Feel Love” (!!!!). Stripped of much of the electronic gimmickry that defined the original, this version reminds us anew of the song’s brilliant construction. And I’d love to hear the Kenny G sax at the end of this on the original. I can’t find much on Livin’ Proof who put out an early disco lp on the Ju-Par label, but their super-perky “Disco-Boogie” sounds like a long-lost classic, and the female vocalist’s hilarious exhortations to learn how to boogie inspired the title for this week’s episode. Cheryl Barnes is best remembered as the actress who tore into “Easy to Be Hard” in the film version of Hair. The Ray Dahrouge (who???) track is one of those delightful cuts that (likely unintentionally) never resolves its stance—is he more into the guy or the girl in this copulation fantasy of his? IOB stands for Impact of Brass and it’s an early effort from the always reliable Gregg Diamond.
Take Your Daddy for a Ride – Jim Gilstrap ’75 ♦ Grease – The New 50 Guitars ♦ Gotta Get Next to You – Mizz ’80 ♦ Da Ya Think I’m Sexy – Denise LaSalle ’79 ♦ I Feel Love – Enoch Light and the Light Brigade ’77 ♦ The Real Thing – Daddy Dewdrop ’79 ♦ Hold On, I’m Coming – Karen Silver ’79 ♦ Disco-Boogie – Livin’ Proof ’78 ♦ Say Goodbye – IOB ’77 ♦ Save and Spend – Cheryl Barnes ’77 ♦ I Can See Him Making Love to You, Baby – Ray Dahrouge ’79 ♦ Don’t Be So Mean in Your Jeans – Bruni Pagan ’79 ♦ Wear Your Red Dress Tight – Timothy Wilson ’78 ♦ Midnight Ride – Barbara Pennington ’78 ♦ All This Love I’m Giving – Gwen McCrae ’79