Entries in Pete Bellotte (4)
Donna Summer's 1979 monster #1 hit Bad Girls is arguably one of the most recognized songs from the past, let's say, 50 years. The Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte produced disco anthem we're thinking can fit into practically any party or social function unless it's an extremely boring one! We're sure even death metal affectionados would get down to it. Written by Donna after one of her assistants was mistaken for a prostitute by a police officer it's sent many a floor to the absolute boiling point. We usually love Gigamesh's quirky re-imaginings and piercing synths. This is no excpetion. Completely sending these bad gals into 80's mode with instrumental sections fit for any 2013 gathering! Luckily the legendary Summer power vocals are front and center with the background chants full intact as well. Thankfully the toot, toot, beep, beep's made it as well! How'd we do without 'em? Not so well! This shining new remix uses none of the original horn section, sick bassline or sickenin' guitar solo. We can't have it all it seems, but played one directly after the other makes for one perfect good time to trot. Beep beep! The remix album Love To Love You Donna is out on October 22nd.
I Feel Love - the 1977 electronic masterpiece by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte was added to the American National Recording Registry this year - and really, how could it not be? The criteria it more than qualifies for as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States." This iconic song will live forever for sure! Since the world of music lost Donna to cancer earlier this year it feels like the perfect tribute. We love that Giorgio is so active in social media and releases goodies on a weekly basis as well. His 2012 remix of I Feel Love premiered at the Louis Vuitton show at Munich Fashion Week in Arabellapark. All this is wonderful as it comes full circle thinking it was recorded all those years ago in Munich's Arabella-Hochhaus and history was made. Speaking of full circle; this remix made us think of the classic 15+ minute remix odyssey from 1978 by electronic music pioneer Patrick Cowley. This version sounds deep and fresh and we cannot wait for the full length version to drop! Go Giorgio!
One of the most important artists in the world of music as we know it died today. Donna Summer died of cancer at the age of 63. Much too soon. Such a super sad day for us music lovers. Without a doubt the work she did with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte was forever game changing and pushed any boundaries out of the way for good. Love To Love You Baby with its 15 min of pure pleasure, the electronic masterpiece I Feel Love and iconic heartache song On The Radio to name but a few. We can honestly say we listen to I Feel Love on a weekly basis and can never ever get enough. Like never - ever. Those vocals - that sickening beat. Argh! A lot can be said about Donna's career, but instead of going on and on - we remembered we had this awesome radio documentary from BBC Radio 2 narrated by Alison Goldfrapp - with frickin' Giorgio himself and sound bites from Ana Matronic, Jimmy Somerville and Debbie Harry. Fascinating stuff! We're listening tonight and remembering the amazing legacy Donna has left behind. Rest in peace, dear Donna.