In the 2017 article, “Song from the Future: The Story of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s ‘I Feel Love,’” Pitchfork.com contributor Simon Reynolds writes, “The reverberations of ‘I Feel Love’ reached far beyond the disco floor, though. Then unknown but destined to be synth-pop stars in the ’80s, the Human League completely switched their direction after hearing the song. Blondie, equally enamored, became one of the first punk-associated groups to embrace disco. Brian Eno famously rushed into the Berlin recording studio where he and David Bowie were working on creating new futures for music, waving a copy of ‘I Feel Love.’ ‘This is it, look no further,’ Eno declared breathlessly. ‘This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next 15 years.’”
And change it she did, in a way that still lingers. I remember Summer was such a runaway superstar in the late 1970s and into the 80s, as disco electronic dance music — a medium she pioneered with producer Giorgio Moroder — dominated the club scene. In 1999, over 20 years after its release, she performed “I Feel Love” on the VH1 TV special, Donna Summer – Live & More Encore, and the enthusiasm of the audience showed she and the song still had the same appeal as in her earlier years. Sadly, Summer died in 2012.
It indeed was, and still is, a song from the future.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the song performed live on Summer’s 1999 VH1 special, from her YouTube channel:
On the same TV special, Summer performed a cover of “MacArthur Park”:
And, finally, here’s the official audio (1977 studio recording), again from Summer’s YouTube channel: