A Torchy Medley



From Donna Summer!


(Thanks, Mookie!)

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  1. Hmmm... as 80s retro-pastiche medlies go, not bad. Of course, that's a very low standard for comparison, as few things are more crapulent than most 80s retro-pastiche medlies.

    But wait - right there at 3:03 - isn't that Miss Chrstina Crawford? I guess she really does always know where to find the the boys and the booze!

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    1. Christina Crawford or Christine Jorgenson??

      Though this special was from 1980, Donna actually sang this medley, or something close to it, on her breakthrough Live and More album of 1978. Believe it or not, that was my introduction to those old songs! She's in fine voice here, though the lyric changes seem pointless.

      I must say, however, that I was distracted by her bizarre outfit, her disappearing microphone cord, and the heavily made-up men who surrounded her.

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    2. gentlemen, gentlemen! you're both right!

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  2. I have to admit, Miss Summer wouldn't look out of place on RuPaul's Drag Race in that outfit! A most bizarre set, indeed - but full marks to the lady for reviving these standards for the quaaludes-driven disco audience... Jx

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  3. Oh my, where to begin:

    *nothing say cheese quite like hearing an electric bass on a 20s or 30s or 40s song.

    *annoying how the only other blacks in the clip were service personnel.

    *she has a surprising lack of camera magic in this and seems to be kinda phoning it in.

    *she is Donna Summer and I will worship her until the end of time.

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    1. Felix, you are quite right about these things.

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  4. I despise the throw a feather boa on her and call it period school of costume design.

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    1. Agreed. Talk about the depression...

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    2. Boas are such an easy cliche.

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  5. I enjoyed this much more on the album when I would take something, long and hard, and lipsynch to this medley. I was fabulous and so was Donna: in voice. In this clip, she leaves me cold and shivering and wailing. But what a voice she had/has! Too bad

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    1. She really does have a magnificent voice.

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