Studio 54

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I've been contracted to play for a "Studio 54 Night" at a local venue. I've got plenty of disco to play, but wanted to know what you all think are some "must play" songs for this 4 hour event. Should I just go non-stop disco or not. Any thoughts are appreciated!!



Mark Evans

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Disco is what I would stay with. You have the mainstream disco and then there's the not so mainstream such as Boogie Oogie Dancin' Shoes, Deputy of Love, Walk the Night

I would stay with the traditional Bee Gees, Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band,

Disco spans about 9 years so you should have more than enough...just try not to tire out us old dudes with the 12" remixes :)


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Don't forget
Ring My Bell
Knock on Wood
Peter Brown's DO you wanna get funky with me
Those are just a couple off the top of my head.



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Take a look at the Studio 54 Soundtrack discs Vol 1 & 2 for some varied ideas, including some things I never heard of. East coast bands, I would guess.

Illusion Music

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Try these

Its a list I have but not sorted out yet so there may be duplicates.

"More More More" (Andrea True Connection)
"Take Your Time Do It Right" (S.O.S. Band)
"D'Ya Think I'm Sexy" (Rod Stewart)
"Miss You" (Rolling Stones)
Gloria Gaynor Never Can Say Goodbye
Barry White Can't Get Enough
M.F.S.B. T.S.O.P.
Vickie S. Robinson Turn The Beat Around
Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing
Silver Convention Get Up & Boogie
Tavares Heaven Must Be Missing...
Lipps, Inc. Funkytown
Chic Dance, Dance, Dance
Shalamar Uptown Festiva
C.J. & Company Devil's Gun
Heatwave Boogie Nights
Donna Summer I Feel Love
Bee Gees Stayin' Alive
Bee Gees Night Fever
Taste Of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie
Chic La Freak
Alicia Bridges I Love The Nightlife
Evelyn Cham. King Shame
Donna Summer Last Dance
Trammps Disco Inferno
Village People Y.M.C.A.
Dan Hartman Instant Replay
LTD. Back In Love Again
Sylvester Dance "Disco Heat"
Michael Zager Let's All Chant
Patrick Hernandez Born To Be Alive
Sylvester Mighty Real
Jacksons Shake Your Body Down
Shalamar Second Time Around
Whispers The Beat Goes On
Bros. Johnson Stomp
Change Lover's Holiday
Dan Hartman Relight My Fire
Shalamar Make That Move
Donna Summer Bad Girls
Arpeggio Love & Desire
Earth, Wind & Fire Let's Groove Tonight
Kano I'm Ready
Carrie Lucas Dance With You
Edwin Starr Contact!
Gonzales Haven't Stopped Dancin'
Musique In The Bush
Earth, Wind & Fire Boogie Wonderland
Boogie Shoes - KC and Sunshine Band
Fly Robin Fly - Sylver Connection
Its Raining Men - Weather Girls
If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman
Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye
You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
That's The Way I Like It - KC & Sunshine Band
Upside Down - Dianna Ross
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
Good Times - Chic
SHAME Evelyn C. King
CAR WASH Rose Royce
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (4:13) Shalamar
AIN'T NO STOPPIN' US NOW (3:37) McFadden and Whitehead
AND THE BEAT GOES ON -12" (3:34) Whispers
BACK IN LOVE (3:34) LTD featuring Jeffery Osbourne
BOOGIE NIGHTS (4:43) Heatwave
BRICK HOUSE (3:27) Commodores
COME TO ME -12"(9:45) France Joli
FANTASTIC VOYAGE-12" (6:13) Lakeside
FORGET ME NOTS (4:04) Patrice Rushen
GET OFF (3:35) Foxy
GOT TO BE REAL (3:42) Cheryl Lynn
LOVE TRAIN -12" (6:14) O' Jays
MAKE THAT MOVE (3:35) Shalamar
SEPTEMBER (3:35) Earth, Wind and Fire
SHAME (3:19) Evelyn Champagne King
TURN THE BEAT AROUND (3:23) Vicki Sue Robinson
Blondie / Heart Of Glass
Earth, Wind & Fire / September
Abba / Take A Chance On Me
Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons / December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
Kool & The Gang / Jungle Boogie
Stevie Wonder / Sir Duke
Trammps, The / Disco Inferno
Barry Manilow / Copacabana
Village People / In The Navy
LaBelle / Lady Marmalade
Jean Knight / Mr. Big Stuff
Alicia Bridges / I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)
Gloria Gaynor / I Will Survive
Bee Gees, The / Stayin' Alive
Grease / Grease Megamix (Shorter-Mainstream)
Village People / Y.M.C.A.
Marcia Griffiths / Electric Slide
Sister Sledge / We Are Family
Barry White / Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
Abba / Mamma Mia
Amii Stewart / Knock On Wood
Carl Douglas / Kung Fu Fighting
Andy Gibb / Shadow Dancing



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All the above suggested songs are appropriate. And Andrew's list is a good
one. I would only like to add that as you select the music for this event try
to "Know your audience".

What I mean by that is- Sometimes when I do theme events and the client
asks for appropriate theme music i.e. a Motown Night or a Disco Night...
They may not be old enough to remember all the music from that period.
The result is your musical selection may be right on target for the theme
but you will lose your audience's attention.

If they did not live through the period then stick with the most popular
music of that time. And, regarding a Studio 54 Night, some of the
music from that club\time period was "Club Music". It was only
played in the clubs. It never hit mainstream radio. So again, if
they didn't live through that time they may not know those


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Don'f Forget:

"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" by Indeep.... Disco Yrs, Vol. #2


Uncle Mike

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A Must Play Song;

"Le Freak"--- by Chic

This popular disco band was actually turned away from Studio 54 one night and not allowed inside because the were not on "The List". I heard the bands leader say in a documentary about Studio 54 that the band was so ticked they couldn't get in that they went back to their studio and wrote this song in protest. I don't have the lyrics handy but lines like ..."Just come on down to 54" are on this song that was written about this famous Disco.

I would stay with the theme and agree with what Scott Faver said about playing mainstream disco. People will want to hear Disco songs they have heard before which most likely are the ones you have anyway.

Scott, I bet you've got an impressive 12 inch collection of old disco club music! :wink:


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uncle Mike,

That is VERY perceptive of you! To recognize that I'm an old Disco DJ from
WAY Back When. It's true I used to have an awesome 12" collection but
alas I had someone haul away all that scractched vinyl a LONG time ago.
:lol: :lol:

I'm still trying to replace some of it on CD. I'm always looking for the 12"
Version of those old Disco Faverites. :wink:

Uncle Mike

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Hey Scott,

Those were the days weren't they? I don't miss lugging those records around either but do miss many of the irreplaceable club songs on now long defunct record labels.

I still am looking for a few songs I can't find in any format.

If you ever come across:

"Devils Gun" by CJ and Company

please let me know.

Here's to us old school guys! \:D/

Uncle Mike

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Thanks Scott!

Wow, what a great thread that is. How did I miss that one? It's nice to see there are others who also fondly remember some of the old, obscure classics that many people today have never heard of!


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Oh man - you are taking me back to the days when I played drums to a record spinning back in 1979. The drums were their version of "subs" I guess. Almost went to Studio 54 one hot August night in '79 when I lived in NYC. Alas, the folks I worked for decided on CBGB's instead. Thus I became a punk rocker and gave up disco until a few years ago.


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It would have been wild to have gone to Studio 54. I was working a Disco at the time, but it was in CT. Not too far. But, I just never got to NYC at that time.

Working a Studio 54 night now, would be very cool for me as a DJ.

very cool!!!



I still like to play Devil's Gun at Halloween parties. Did you need the 12" mix, or the regular lp version.

Scott - what old 12" songs were you looking for?

Uncle Mike

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Hey aatsaa and Andrew,

You guys have are lucky to still have a such rare disco gem. I have been looking to buy this song forever! I used to have the album with the really cool cover and remember this song being almost one whole album side. Damn, I wish I knew where that ended up!

I have been searching for this song in the Disco section of record stores for years without any luck and would love to be able to purchase a 12" version, or album version. I'm using only CD's at the moment but I doubt if this song exists in that format,

Sorry to take this post off track but Devil's Gun is a totally smokin' hot disco tune! :new-alien:

DJ Devino

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Nic pic(as ALWAYS) Toad.

One of my all time Disco favorite that you guys forgot is "Panic" by French Kiss.

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