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"Too Hot To Handle"
© Epic Records
Year of Release: 1977
Too Hot To Handle
Ain't No Half Steppin'
Always And Forever
Super Soul Sister
All You Do Is Dial
Lay It On Me
Sho'nuff Must Be Luv
Beat Your Booty
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"Too Hot To Handle"
With the current 1998 movie Boogie Nights,
the song of the same name is by a funk/disco band
called Heatwave. Their 1977 release,
Too Hot To Handle, defines the sound of pure
late 70s disco.
The opening track, which is the title track, is pure
disco funk. Boogie Nights is another great disco
powered song. I used to have the 45 single, as this
song was a heavily played tune, both on radio and on my
turntable. One thing that is great, is learning that most
singles are of a longer version contained on the
orginal album. This song is clocked just over 5 minutes, and certain verses
and different instrumentation is discovered differently,
if you are well familiar with the single version.
Super Soul Sister is a funky-Stevie Wonder
sounding song that starts out with synthesizers as in Wonder's
Superstition. And it also reminds me in a way of
another funky band, named War and their song called
Cisco Kid. Overall, it's another good funky tune.
Once again, we slow things down with All You Do
Is Dial, a song in the style of The Stylistics, with
it's high falsetto vocals and harmonies. Lay It On Me
is a medium tempo song, and the slow souled Sho'nuff Must Be
Luv are also songs in the vocal style of The Stylistics.
Ending the album is Beat Your Booty.
And with a title like that, it cannot be a slowie, it has to
be a disco-based tune. And it is.
Heatwave's Too Hot To Handle defines the sound of
funk and disco, the sound of the late 1970s. It also has
slow paced tunes in the style of another popular sound of the
1970s, soul music. It's an album that you can dance to, both
fast and slow. If you like disco, this is an album you will
enjoy. If not, well, we can assume that disco is not in your
music vocabulary. But disco cannot be overlooked, it was one
of many popular musical trends, as in classic rock, alternative,
and rap. In any sense, Heatwave, as well as other disco talents,
managed to take the new music at the time, and record songs that
would become popular hits. The name Heatwave may not be as
popular as other well-known disco acts, but the song Boogie
Nights does ring a bell to many who were around in the 70s.
In fact, a movie of that name just recently hit the local movie
houses. Not only did this song get another look, it just
may want you to overlook Heatwave's music. That is not a
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