Music Video of the Day: Disco Inferno by The Trammps (1976, dir by ????)


Burn, baby, burn!

I kid you not when I say that this song was supposedly written after a viewing of the 1974 Best Picture nominee, The Towering Inferno.  Now, of course, the song is also about the heat that rises from the dance floor while everyone’s out there moving and apparently, there are some who think that the song was meant to be a reference to the counter-culture’s cry of “burn, baby burn!”  Myself, though, I will always assume that this song is all about Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Steve McQueen, OJ Simpson, and a cast of thousands trying to survive that towering inferno.

“You keep building them,” McQueen said to Newman, “and I’ll keep putting them out.”

Disco Inferno became a hit when it was included on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.  More recently, it’s become a hit-of-a-different-sort because of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns.  It turns out that “Burn, Baby, Burn” can also be heard as “Bern, Baby, Bern.”  I mean, no wonder he won Iowa.

(Did Bernie win Iowa?  I can’t recall.  Hey, remember when I said that I was going to vote for Marianne Williamson and everyone thought that I was being serious?  What was that all about?)

Anyway, The Trammps is one of those bands that actually had a few hits in their heyday but will probably always be associated with just this one song.  The Trammps are still performing, though they’ve split into two different groups, each one using the Trammps name.  The fires of the disco inferno will never be extinguished.

Enjoy!

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Disco Inferno by The Trammps (1976, dir by ????)

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