Marcello Carlin reactivates his blog after some inactivity. HIs latest entry in his review of every chart-topping British album: Elton John’s Don’t Shoot Me I”m Only the Piano Player.
When Donna Summer added prominent rock guitars to her sound, the results were uneven. For every “Hot Stuff” and “Cold Love,” there was a “Nightlife,” on which producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellote abandon the experiment at the halfway point and revert to the pre-/post-disco motorik thud they invented.
This rejected track from the shelved I’m a Rainbow, which appeared on the Fast Times at Ridgemont HIgh soundtrack in 1982, is what I want from Summer rocking out. Eschewing Benatar-esque hysterics for a pace and timbre that presents her mid range in the most attractive setting, I can understand why her record company got the jitters.