Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Who Do You Think You're Foolin'" by Donna Summer

Song#:  0504
Date:  02/21/1981
Debut:  84
Peak:  40
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Pop

Who Do You Think You're Foolin by Donna Summer on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  Summer turned a new page in her musical book when she released the LP "The Wanderer." Trying to separate herself from the dying disco sounds, she amped up the rock/new wave and scored with the title track (#3). Her follow-up singles, "Cold Love" (#33) and this third one, found their way into the Top 40, but this was a far cry from her consistent Top 10 days. Although she would find her way back into the Top 10 a few more times, this basically signaled that her heyday was behind her.

ReduxReview:  I'm not sure if this song is really single-worthy. I like the song, but I just can't imagine it on the radio. It is certainly more pop-oriented and doesn't come close to Summer's disco days, but that is fine. It's a quality tune, just probably not the best choice for a single.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  In the late 60s, Summer took a job performing in the cast of "Hair" in Munich, Germany. She became fluent in German and did other shows there. Her earliest recorded single was the song "Aquarius" (done in German as "Wassermann") in 1968. At the time she was billed as Donna Gaines (her given last name). She did a few other singles that went nowhere before joining forces with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Her first album was called "Lady of the Night" and was released in Europe. In the Netherlands, the title track and another single, "The Hostage," were Top 10 hits. It wasn't until her next album, "Love to Love You Baby," that she finally hit the US charts.


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