Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” was one of my very first true experiences with electronic music. Although classified as disco in 1977 when it came out, you can tell immediately by Giorgio Moroder’s soaring synth work that you’re listening to something new and different, something that still feels truly unique and spectacular today. What made this a Donna Summer song though, and not just another Giorgio Moroder song, is Donna’s mind-blowing vocal chops. Her voice sounds like something out of another world, something brought down from heaven, but remember folks: this was in the days before auto-tune. What you hear is all Donna. She was just that good.
Sadly Donna died today at age 63 after a long battle with cancer. “I Feel Love” really opened my eyes (and ears!) to a new world of music, and for that I’ll be eternally grateful. I remember hearing this song come on while waiting in line in the cafeteria in college and pointing out to my friend, “Oh hey, that’s Donna Summer!” to which she replied, “How the hell do you know that’s Donna Summer?”
Trust me, after you first time you hear “I Feel Love” you’ll always remember Donna Summer too. RIP.
I loved her as a kid. I had her albums and spent hours in my room singing along to her music. I really looked up to her and thought she was so freaking great. Such a sad day!
I used to listen to Love To Love You Baby in the headsets, which was played in its full 17 minute version nearly every night on the radio–even in Central Wisconsin–for a while. And then when this came out, well, it just blew my mind. I had been teased with some electronic music, such as Kraftwerk’s Audobahn in 75, but this was the first huge, huge hit that you got a chance to listen to over and over again.