August 29, 2004

I THINK THEY GOT YOUR NUMBER:

Laura Branigan (Daily Telegraph, 30/08/2004)

Laura Branigan, who died on Thursday aged 47, will be best remembered for her classic 1983 pop-disco anthem Gloria.

By rights the song should not have been a hit. It was a reworking of an up-tempo Italian chart-topper of 1979, sung by Umberto Tozzi, which had been given decidedly obscure, somewhat paranoid English lyrics by Branigan: "Are the voices in your head calling Gloria?" Moreover, disco's moment had very much come and gone.

Yet Gloria was redeemed by Branigan's powerful delivery, and it found an audience in clubgoers who were hungry for high-energy (or, in the parlance of the day, Hi-NRG) tunes. The song had that happy knack of lodging unbidden in the brain, and soon there were few teenagers who could not hum it. At the end of December 1982, it reached No 2 in the American charts, remaining in the Hot 100 for a further eight months. In Britain, it peaked at No 6 at the start of 1983.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2004 8:19 PM
Comments

Actually, "High-NRG" was mid-'90s jargon, concocted to describe a particular style of Euro-pop-disco. The phrase did not exist in the early '80s.

Posted by: Semolina Pilchard at August 29, 2004 8:28 PM

>The song had that happy knack of lodging
>unbidden in the brain...

Ever read "Punch, Brothers, Punch!" by Mark Twain?

A pink trip slip for a three-cent fare,
A buff trip slip for a four-cent fare,
Punch, Brothers, Punch! O punch with care!
Punch in the presence of the pass-en-jare!

Posted by: Ken at August 30, 2004 12:29 PM

So, was it '82 or '83? The obit writer contradicts himself.

Posted by: Nicholas Stix at August 30, 2004 11:08 PM
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