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RIP Donna Summer

When I was at school in the seventies many rock and pop outfits and artistes were hacking away at society’s norms. Some of my parents’ bêtes noire were the likes of Alice Cooper and Alex Harvey, closely followed by anyone whose hair hung down further than their collar.

As for women in rock and pop, to shock they often used sexuality as their method. And so we had Dana Gillespie and Maria Muldaur. However the mummy of them all was Donna Summer, particularly with her first hit record, Love to Love you Baby. With its disco beat set against a motif of groans and sighs, many a young boys ears (!) were stimulated. This was in the days when as far as media was concerned the lingerie section in your mum’s catalogue was about the most erotic thing you came across.*

How about this for 70s cheese? and those boots? It all seems very tame now.

*Thank you Finbar Saunders

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