Boogie Oogie Oogie Fever no. 1

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Gloria Gaynor, “Never Can Say Goodbye” [October 26, 1974]
It was all downhill from here. Well, not really--some just-as-good (and maybe even better) records replicated this one’s showing--but you see my point. I have a hard time thinking of a vocal as unstintingly intense that makes less of a show of it--Gaynor just rides up, up, up, without showing any strain or even effort; the falsetto whoo-hoo-hoos are more of a breather than anything, before she goes back into business of selling the lyric. Even with a guitar part that gallops harder than anything in the country chart at the time, this is a colossus, everything you want strident pop to be, impossible to get out of the way from, not like you’d want to anyhow. 10