Playing tracks by
Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Suzi Lane, The Three Degrees, Roberta Kelly and more.
A lot of people have been asking me for this one. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Giorgio Moroder was a key figure in the mid-to-late-1970s Eurodisco scene, and one of real pioneers of using synthesizers in dance music (or pop music in general, really).
The early part of his career took place in Munich, where he made his name by discovering Donna Summer (and writing/producing the bulk of her catalog). In the late 1970s he moved to L.A., and ended up doing a ridiculous amount of film-work. Seriously, if we're talking 80s pop trash and cheesy film soundtracks, Giorgio's name is bound to come up: he scored American Gigolo, Scarface, Midnight Express, Top Gun, Flashdance, The Neverending Story, and some fly-by-night B-movie fare like the horrible colorized recut of Fritz Lang's Metropolis and the Mr. T vehicle D.C. Cab. He wrote/produced "Call Me" by Blondie, "Take My Breath Away" for Berlin... (full text at http://yearofmixtapes.blogspot.com/2010/04/week-47-giorgio-moroder.html)