What can i say..the Queen of disco passed away. I grew up with Donna Summer and have so many good memories of her songs. But there is one song that stands out for me. I think it’s one of the most important records made in dance music. Before “I Feel Love”, most disco recordings had been backed by acoustic orchestras although all-electronic music had been produced for decades. Giorgio Moroder’s innovative production of this disco-style song, recorded with an entirely synthesized backing track, spawned imitators in the disco genre, and was influential in the development of techno.
Donna Summer and Georgio Moroder
According to David Bowie, then in the middle of recording of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno, its impact on the genre’s direction was recognized early on:
“ One day in Berlin … Eno came running in and said, ‘I have heard the sound of the future.’ … he puts on ‘I Feel Love’, by Donna Summer … He said, ‘This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years.’ Which was more or less right.”
In 1978, disco and Hi-NRG pioneer Patrick Cowley created a 15:45 remix of “I Feel Love” which, despite not impressing Moroder, became a popular “underground classic” available only on acetate discs. The remix used loops, keeping the song’s bass-line going for extended passages of overdubbed effects and synthesiser parts.
In mid-1980, Cowley’s mix was released with the title “I Feel Love / I Feel Megalove” and subtitle “The Patrick Cowley MegaMix”, but only on a limited vinyl pressing by the DJ-only subscription service Disconet. Since this pressing was not available to the general public for commercial sale, it became highly sought after by collectors.
In 1982 the mix was released on a commercially available 12″ single in the UK market by Casablanca, backed with an 8-minute edited version. With this wider release, “I Feel Love” became a dance floor hit again, five years after its debut.
I searched for the 12-inch myself for years and finally bought it for 25 euro’s in a second hand shop. This was the one record i just had to put in my record bag and many times i played it.
Together with New Order’s Blue Monday and Inner City’s Big Fun it represents the best in electronic dance music for me.