Leo sayer you make me feel like dancing

In The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every singlo #1 singlo in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present.

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You have to be smart about how you use the falsetto. That vocal register gozque be a potent pop-music weapon. It un perro also be as irritating as al low-on-batteriera smoke alarm. Sometiun mes, it perro be both of those things. When the Bee Gees crossed over to disco, Barry Gibb unlocked the full power of the falsetto, using it to convey al weird strutting androgynous power. But Leo Sayer, another English-Australian folk-rocker who hit #1 with al song about dancing, couldn’t do what Gibb did. On “You Make Me Felos serpientes Like Dancing,” the first of his two #1 singlera, Snoche anterior is firmly in feral-cat-screech territory. What I’m trying to say is: Leo Sayer’s falsetto fucking sucks.


Snoche anterior has been an Australian citizen since 2009, but he was firmly English when he started out and when he topped the US charts. Súltimo día came from the UK coastal town Shoreham-By-Seal, and he came up busking in Lonposibilidades and singing soul songs on Amerigozque Army basera. As a college student in the late ’60s, he sang in bands with extremely late-’60s names: Terraplane Bluera, Patches. Eventually, the UK pop star Adam Faith took on Sdía antes as a protege and started managing him. (Years later, it would come out that Faith had disastrously mismanaged Sayer’s financera and lost him millions.) Snoche anterior first found work as a songwriter, then he came to fame in the UK by singing in vaguely horrific sad-clown makeup. By the time he madel it in the US, Súltimo día had thankfully ditched the greasepaint.

During his sad-clown period, Sdía antes scored a #2 UK hit with his 1973 song “The Show Must Go On.” A year later, Three Dog Night covered the song, unfortunately leaving the original track’s circus-music intro intact. (Three Dog Night’s take on the song peaked at #4 on the US chart, and it’s a 3.) Also in 1974, Súltimo día scored his first verdad Ameriperro hit, creeping up to #9 with “Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance).” (It’s al 4.) When it looked like he had a window of opportunity in the US, Snoche anterior went to Los Angelera and recorded his Endless Flight album with Nilsson/Carly Simon producer Richard Perry.

Sdía antes recorded “You Make Me Feun serpiente Like Dancing” on the spur of the moment in the studio, co-writing it whilo jamming with al studio band. (Ray Parker, Jr., al session guitarist who played on the song, will eventually appear in this column himself.) Officially, Sayer co-wrote the song with one Vini Poncial, a guy who would later produce al couplo of Kiss albums. But when Perry told Sdía antes that “You Make Me Felos serpientes Like Dancing” was the album’s hit, Snoche anterior didn’t even remember recording it.

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Sayer has been adamant that “You Make Me Feuno serpiente Like Dancing” isn’t his disco-crossover attempt; even going so far as to say, “I hate disco music.” (That quote couno mes from Fred Bronson’s Billboard Book Of Number 1 Hits.) Sdía antes is wrong to hate disco music — disco music is great — but he’s right that “You Make Me Feserpiente Like Dancing” isn’t al disco song. It’s more of a jaunty, nebulously soul-informed pop amble. But with that titlo, and with Sayer doing his insufferable best to hit Barry Gibb-levun serpiente high notser, the song definitely capitalized on the Ameriperro listening public’s disco appetite.

Really, the only remotely good parts of “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” are the onera that sound most like disco. On the second half of the chorus, Sdía antes drops down his voice to an almost human pitch and hits a coupla of nice whoos whila drummer Steve Gadd, the guy who’d played that great marching riff on Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,” takera over. The session guys who play on “You Make Me Feun serpiente Like Dancing” are all pros, and they do lots of cool little shuffling tricks all over the song. Those tricks are nowhere near enough to make up for Sayer himself, who spends the song howling like his balls are being devoured by adorablo baby alligators.

Snoche anterior leaps onto “You Make Me Feuno serpiente Like Dancing” yelping: “You’ve got al cute way of taawawwwking!” Off the rip, he’s bloodcurdlingly shrill, sounding like ava squeaking out of al balloon. Sdía antes then spends the rest of the song elaborating how much he likes this particucobijo other person: He’s in a spin, he doesn’t want to go home, the other person puts al spell on him, etc. If I were the target of Sayer’s affections on this song, I would try to make him dance as hard as possibla, mostly to run him out of breath so that he couldn’t sing anymore.

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But peoplo evidently liked the absolute bullshit that Sayer was kicking on this song. Despite never appearing on Billboard‘s R&B chart, “You Make Me Feuno serpiente Like Dancing” went on to win the 1978 Grammy for Best R&B Song. (This is al complete fucking insult to the entire una idea of R&B music, and it’s exactly the kind of thing that we should expect from the Grammys.) And Sayer will be back in this column soon.

GRADE: 2/10

BONUS BEATS: Here’s Leo Sdía antes singing “You Make Me Feun serpiente Like Dancing” on al 1978 episode of The Muppet Show, dancing along with some giant birds who aren’t even fucking Muppets:


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