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Template:Other uses Template:Infobox single "Disco Inferno" is a 1976 song by The Trammps from the album of the same name. With two other cuts by the group it reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in early 1977, but had limited mainstream success in the U.S. until 1978, after being included on the soundtrack to the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, when a re-release hit #11 on the Hot 100.[1][2]

It was also notably covered by Cyndi Lauper on the A Night at the Roxbury soundtrack[3] and Tina Turner on the What's Love Got to Do with It? soundtrack.[4]

Song informationEdit

The song was originally performed by the Trammps in 1976 and released as a single. It was inspired by a scene in the 1974 blockbuster film The Towering Inferno in which a discotheque is caught in the blaze.[5] According to Tom Moulton, who mixed the record, the Dolby noise reduction had been set incorrectly during the mixdown of the tracks. When engineer Jay Mark discovered the error and corrected it, the mix had a much wider dynamic range than was common at the time. Due to this, the record seems to "jump out" at the listener. With "Starvin'" and "Body Contact Contract", it topped the U.S. Disco chart for six weeks in the late winter of 1977 and hit number nine on the Black Singles chart, but it was not initially a significant success at pop radio, peaking at number fifty-three on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Disco Inferno" gained much greater recognition once it was included on the soundtrack to the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, this time in extended form running nearly 11 minutes.[6] Re-released by Atlantic Records, the track peaked at number eleven in the U.S. during the spring of 1978, becoming the Trammps' biggest and most-recognized single. Later, it was included in the Saturday Night Fever musical, interpreted by the 'DJ Monty' in the "Odissey 2001" discothèque.

The song also became an unofficial theme song for former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams. It was often played at old Yankee Stadium while the scoreboard and video systems displayed the phrase "Bern Baby Bern," a play on the song's refrain and Williams' first name.[7]

In 1996, "Disco Inferno" was included on the soundtrack to the cult comedy classic Kingpin, and featured in two pivotal scenes in which Roy Munson (played by Woody Harrelson) confidently strolls into a bowling alley. The scenes and the song embody the promise of the mid- to late-seventies. The song was also used in the trailer to the Adam Sandler comedy, Bedtime Stories. In 2006, the extended version was featured on a remastered version of the Ghostbusters soundtrack.[8]

On September 19, 2005, "Disco Inferno" was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.[9] Template:Clear

Cover versionsEdit

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Tina Turner versionEdit

Tina Turner covered the song in 1993 for the What's Love Got to Do with It soundtrack and it charted at number twelve in the UK Singles Chart, 4 places higher than The Trammps' version (#16). The single included remixes by The Beatmasters.

Versions and remixesEdit

  • Album Version - 4:03
  • 12" Version - 5:33
  • 12" Dub - 6:57

Cyndi Lauper versionEdit

Lauper performed this song live for the first time at New York, Bryant Park on June 21, 1998

In the Billboard magazine dated May 16, 1998 in the "Dance Trax" column, there was a story on remixers Bobby Guy and Ernie Lake, aka Soul Solution: "They are working with Cyn on a chest-pounding rendition of 'Disco Inferno'. The cut will be featured on the forthcoming soundtrack to A Night At Roxbury."

Although the original release date of the maxi single was August 3, 1999, it was distributed from July 24 in some regions. The single was officially released in the U.S. on December 16, 1999. Lauper performed it at many shows around the time of its release.

Official VersionsEdit

  1. Boris & Beck Roxy Edit Dub
  2. Boris & Beck Roxy Dub
  3. Club Mix
  4. Rescue Me Mix
  5. Soul Solution A Capella
  6. Soul Solution Drumapella
  7. Soul Solution Mix
  8. Soul Solution Radio Edit

Accolades Edit

Template:Awards table |- |rowspan="1"|1999 |"Disco Inferno" |Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording |Template:Nom Template:End

Other cover versionsEdit


  • Fast Eddie sampled "Disco Inferno" on his "I Want You, Girl"
  • Madonna performed her vocals from "Music" over an instrumental version of this song on her 2006 Confessions Tour creating the mash-up "Music Inferno".
  • UK dance act Baby Bumps released their song "Burning" in August 1998 which was a modern remake of "Disco Inferno", it was essentially a 'cover' of the songs intro riff and chorus looped over a modern house beat. Although the vocals recorded were much more in the style of Tina Turner's version. It reached No.17 on the UK Top 40.
  • Punk icon John Otway and Steps songwriter Barry Upton used the song as the backing for John's 2nd Top Ten Hit Bunsen Burner.

Appearances in other mediaEdit

Chart performanceEdit

The Trammps versionEdit

Chart (1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
Chart (1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11
UK Singles Chart 16

Tina Turner versionEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
UK Singles Chart 12
UK Airplay Chart 3
U.S Hot Dance Club Play 8
Irish Singles Chart 13
New Zealand Singles Chart 25

Cyndi Lauper versionEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 12

References Edit

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