Sam Smith covers ‘one of the most influential records ever made’


sam smith i feel love

After the success of his most recent release, How Do You Sleep, Sam Smith’s newest is a re-imagining of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love.

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Credited as the song that originated electronic dance music, Donna Summer released the song in 1977.

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Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte wrote and produced the track.

Unlike most previous disco hits, the pair used a Moog Synthesiser in place of an orchestra for the backing track.

Donna Summer’s voice and a kick drum provide the only elements of the song not produced electronically.

Sam Smith said I Feel Love, “followed me to every dance floor in every queer space from the minute I started clubbing.

“This song to me is an anthem of our community and it was an honour and most importantly so much fun to have a go at it.

“Highest song I’ve ever fucking sang. But a joy. I hope you all like it.”

Donna Summer: I Feel Love

Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte’s production using the Moog spawned many imitations. Eventually, the adoption of synthesizers led to the popularity of synth-pop and then techno.

Described by The Times as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom”, Donna Summer enjoyed a huge career during the disco years.

However, a reported anti-gay statement in the mid-80s concerning the then-new disease of AIDS derailed her career, proving the influence of LGBTIQ communities over the music industry.

Donna Summer always denied ever having made the reported remarks, explaining she co-wrote her music with openly gay men.

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She died in 2012 of lung cancer although she was generally a nonsmoker throughout her life.

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