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Bad Girls
     

Bad Girls

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by Donna Summer
 

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Disco never spawned a brighter star than Donna Summer -- or a more significant album than Summer's 1979 opus, Bad Girls. With the support of her celebrated colleagues, producer-songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, Summer folded irresistible melodic hooks into innovative arrangements that blended dance-pop grace with

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Disco never spawned a brighter star than Donna Summer -- or a more significant album than Summer's 1979 opus, Bad Girls. With the support of her celebrated colleagues, producer-songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, Summer folded irresistible melodic hooks into innovative arrangements that blended dance-pop grace with guitar-rock muscle, and the resulting tunes were as popular with roller-skating suburban kids as they were with the cosmopolitan club crowd. The album's driving title track and equally fervent numbers like "Hot Stuff" and "Dim All the Lights" became massive hits, sailing to, respectively, No. 1, No. 1, and No. 2 on the pop singles chart. But more than a commercial behemoth, Bad Girls was proof that a personality as vibrant as Summer's could flourish in what many viewed as a faceless, technology-driven genre. Its impact on dance music could not, and cannot, be overstated.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bad Girls marked the high-water mark in Donna Summer's career, spending six weeks at Number One, going double platinum, and spinning off four Top 40 singles, including the chart-topping title song and "Hot Stuff," which sold two million copies each, and the million-selling, Number Two hit "Dim All the Lights." Producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte recognized that disco was going in different directions by the late '70s, and they gave the leadoff one-two punch of "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" a rock edge derived from new wave. The two-LP set was divided into four musically consistent sides, with the rocksteady beat of the first side giving way to a more traditional disco sound on the second side, followed by a third side of ballads, and a fourth side with a more electronic, synthesizer-driven sound that recalled Summer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love." Though remembered for its hits, the album had depth and consistency, concluding with "Sunset People," one of Summer's best album-only tracks. The result was the artistic and commercial peak of her career and, arguably, of disco itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0042282255723
catalogNumber:
822557
Rank:
11981

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Performance Credits

Donna Summer   Primary Artist,Vocals
Keith Forsey   Percussion,Drums
Jeff Baxter   Guitar,Background Vocals
Scott Edwards   Bass
Harold Faltermeyer   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,fender rhodes
Bob Glaub   Bass
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Gary Herbig   Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Perkins   Guitar
Holden Raphael   Percussion
Sid Sharp   Strings
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Dan Wyman   Synthesizer
Slyde Hyde   Trombone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Jai Winding   Piano
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Donna Summer   Composer,Producer,Artwork
Steve Smith   Engineer
Giorgio Moroder   Composer,Producer
Pete Bellotte   Composer,Producer
Harold Faltermeyer   Arranger,Composer,Contributor
Jürgen Koppers   Producer,Engineer
David Flemming   Cover Design
Stephen Lumel   Cover Design
Gribbitt!   Cover Design

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