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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
- Boris & Beck Roxy Edit Dub
- Boris & Beck Roxy Dub
- Club Mix
- Rescue Me Mix
- Soul Solution A Capella
- Soul Solution Drumapella
- Soul Solution Mix
- Soul Solution Radio Edit
Other cover versionsEdit
- Players Association covered the song as a single release in 1979.
- Dread Zeppelin covered the song on their 1992 album It's Not Unusual.
- The Bobs covered the song on their 1994 album Cover the Songs of
- Australian singer Marcia Hines covered "Disco Inferno" on her 2006 album Discothèque.
- In 2012, the song will be featured in the sixteenth episode of the third season of Glee. Amber Riley sings the song in the character of Mercedes Jones.
- 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
- A version of the song recorded by The Earl Young Band was included in the video games Dungeon Keeper 2 and Bulletstorm.
- In the Shrek 2 animated short Far, Far, Away Idol, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) is shown singing Disco Inferno, but has his rear set on fire as Dragon performs with him.
- The song was hummed by character David Brent during his infamous dance in the TV series The Office.
- The recording by The Trammps was played in the 1997 film Donnie Brasco and 2004 film What the Bleep Do We Know!?.
- The Trammps' version was featured in a mashup mix in DJ Hero, alongside Rihanna's Disturbia.
- The Trammps' version appeared on the Grand Theft Auto IV expansion pack The Ballad of Gay Tony.
- In the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond, The Trammps' version played on the stereo while Raymond and Robert did a photoshoot in Raymond's basement.
- The song is currently featured in the viral YouTube video for the Macho Dragon mod for the game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The lyrics are read out by fire safety officer Keith Lard in the first series of Phoenix Nights, thinking they describe a real incident.
The Trammps versionEdit
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||11|
|UK Singles Chart||16|
Tina Turner versionEdit
|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
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||8|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales||12|
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- ↑ http://www.lyricsondemand.com/soundtracks/n/nightattheroxburylyrics/discoinfernolyrics.html
- ↑ http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/DISCO-INFERNO-lyrics-Tina-Turner/506E94B28D58149448256918002B5DEF
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- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBxHfVvsNbs
- ↑ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/146639-bern-baby-bern-bernie-williams-burning-desire-for-baseball-relit
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/Ghostbusters-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B000E6FSQ6
- ↑ http://www.eonline.com/news/trammps_frontman_jimmy_ellis_of_disco/299983
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bifmj1O3D24
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