Thursday, August 30, 2012

Boogie Oogie Oogie

I was so willfully ignorant of disco music and groups, as was the rest of my stoner/rocker cohort at high school that I had no idea that the two women who fronted A Taste of Honey played their own instruments.

Now that may not be such a big deal now, but at the time of the release of their monster hit Boogie Oogie Oogie in 1978, that was a huge rarity. One of the reasons that Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders was so ground-breaking was Hynde's guitar playing. And that was New Wave rock - rock has always been more about singers who also play instruments than any other genre. To have a disco band fronted by two female musician/singers blows my mind even now in 2012.

And God what I wouldn't give to look like bassist Janice-Marie Johnson. You could cut glass with those cheek bones.

Plus bongoes. I ask you - what is not to like?

I love watching this video and it makes me sorry I never went to a disco during the age of A Taste of Honey. And now all I can say is:
Let's get up on the floor cause we're gonna boogie oogie oogie til we just can't boogie no more.