My Favorite Disco Songs: #10 "Play That Funky Music" Wild Cherry (1976)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
July 18, 2016 9:43am CST
Yes, disco. Like any good rocker, I despised disco back in the day as I drifted into punk/new wave/alternative. Many years later when hearing disco songs in retro movies, I found them catchy good listening and detected an influence on 80s new wave and synthpop. My list will not include the Queen of Disco Donna Summer as I never cared for her. Or the Bee Gees. "Saturday Night Fever" is a fine movie but I did not rush out to get the soundtrack. Ditto for disco supergroup Chic ("Le Freak") or Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" which is considered the greatest disco song. "Play that funky music white boy" Wild Cherry wss an all white funk band. Written by lead singer, Rob Parissi, "Play That Funky Music" was a number one platinum single from the band's self titled debut album. Wild Cherry enjoyed four other minor charted songs. I say the song is more funk than disco but it is counted among the first major disco hits. There is a lyric screaming disco: "Dancin' and singin' and movin' to get groovin'" "Play That Funky Music" is used in movies and TV and frequently covered including by Prince in concert.
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