Sunday, April 03, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Alicia Bridges
Song:I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)
Album:Disco Nights Vol. 1:Divas Of Dance
I Love The Nightlife was a huge hit at the height of the disco craze of the late 70s. It also got a boost when it was used in the popular 1994 film Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. A lot of artists like Alicia Bridges were pigeon holed as disco singers and it limited their careers. This is the only big hit she ever had. She was born July 15, 1953 in Lawndale, NC. At 12 years of age, she had her own show on radio station WADA in Shelby, the largest city in that area. She moved to Atlanta and signed a publishing deal with veteran music publisher Bill Lowery and he got her a recording deal with Polydor Records. The 1978 album Alicia Bridges was the first album produced by Steve Buckingham who went on to a long career working mostly with country artists especially Dolly Parton. He has worked for Columbia, Vanguard and Sugar Hill. He started out working for Lowery. Alicia intended for I Love The Nightlife to be an R & B song but Lowery thought it could be a hot disco song. The remix by Jim Burgess took dance floors by storm and the song reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her 1979 album Play It As It Lays was not a disco record. So it didn't sell and she was dropped by Polydor. I Love The Nightlife got a big boost when it was used in the 1994 film Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and it was also in the 1998 film The Last Days Of Disco. With these kind of songs, you probably want the full version as opposed to the radio edit. This 1994 various artists budget comp from PolyGram's reissue label Rebound Records has the full version. Alicia Bridges still performs and records for her own label. Alicia has always maintained that I Love The Nightlife was not representative of her music. She says she's more of a rock and blues singer. But disco put her in a box that she couldn't get out of. Here's the video for I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round) by Alicia Bridges.