Last Dance

We’ve been quiet for a while but hearing that Donna Summer died has been a real bummer. There’s a lot of buzz over her song (and film) Last Dance but we’re die-hard devotees of her other disco-era hits – Bad Girls, I Feel Love, Hot Stuff, On the Radio, her cover of McArthur Park, and Love to Love You Baby are gold. Sad she won’t be making any farewells but we have a feeling we can go and commiserate over Absolut cocktails with friends in the Drag Nation (pretty please?).

Bad Girls came out in 1979. I was nine years old and living in Southern Florida, in West Palm Beach. All my teen babysitters had started wearing stretch satin disco pants or satin jackets (and, yikes, some paired them together). What I flash back to are a set of images: Feathered hair and big sunglasses, Bonne Bell lip gloss (in watermelon or strawberry), Dr. Scholl’s strappy sandal clogs, tube tops and halters, roller skating, and the smell of coconut tanning creme all come flooding back in a weird memory barrage whenever I hear the words “toot-toot” or “beep beep.” In the spirit of the Vulcan mind-meld (if you’re a child of the 60’s or 70’s, you know what I’m talking about) here are the images I could find that might be somewhat representative of this sensory memory. To ensure proper encoding, please click and play the following video…