The Hottest Summer On Record

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While we're celebrating Giorgio Moroder's long-awaited return to the music scene, I would be remiss to not talk about his legendary vocal discovery, Donna Summer (of who I have always been a massive fan). While ishTalk is sharing his new music, we've got another exclusive for you to feast your ears on. Before you listen, I'm going to share a bit of gay herstory:

This long-lost track never saw an official release. Here's how the story goes: Love On and On was initially recorded to be featured in the film 54, starring Ryan Phillipe. Donna Summer was to appear performing the disco track, just as she did in her own feature film Thank God It's Friday, where she performed Last Dance. However, upon viewing the film, Summer felt the content was too crude and refused to associate herself with the film.

It wasn't the first time Donna Summer had bit the hand that fed her. When she parted ways with Giorgio Moroder and dove deeper into her faith, she snubbed her gay fans with an alleged remark that AIDS was a punishment for a homosexuality and that "it was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve". She strongly denied these rumours up until her death, but was never really able to regain favour with the gay community. 

When Summer once again snubbed the disco culture that nurtured her, her career hit an all-time low, from which she never really recovered until her 2008 comeback, Crayons

Giorgio Moroder finally broke his silence on the scandals to Out Magazine this week, stating: “She went to Geffen [Records] and started to become much more religious. The last two albums we did, I was not really happy with her. She didn’t want to sing this line because there was this word. She wanted to sing a song about Jesus. What can you do? She was my main singer.”

After Summer pulled her song from the film, Stars on 54's disco cover of Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind replaced Love On and On. It went on to be a massive global hit for the group's vocalists, Ultra Naté, Amber and Jocelyn Enriquez. If You Could Read My Mind is one of the pop songs that truly defines my childhood.

Donna Summer's track never did see a full release, although a Hex Hector remix was released as a future b-side. I have finally uncovered the high-quality original version of this track, which was only ever sent to a small handful of dance music radio stations in New York City in the mid-nineties. Take a listen to the track below and let us know what you think: