View Full Version : RIP Donna Summer

May 17th, 2012, 12:19 PM

May 17th, 2012, 03:41 PM
It will be a bummer of a summer without Ms Summer:(

Considering the puke that is vomiting out of club speakers these days, I'd rather listen to her on a loop over and over than be subjected to even one of today's so-called 'house music' songs. Just no soul at all compared to disco which took a lot of crap back then.

May 17th, 2012, 04:40 PM
Well.... a lot of disco WAS crap.

Most of the things we still fondly remember are the ones that had some staying power and merit.

There are very few songs that ever stayed in peoples memories that were not worth it... the 80's being a bizarre exception (99 red balloons anyone?)

May 17th, 2012, 07:42 PM
Some of it was crap, but Donna's music could cross over into easy listening & pop, even r&b and not get stuck in the disco rut.

May 18th, 2012, 05:06 AM
Disco made no pretensions. It was designed to be danced to. By the end of the 1960's, dancing was no longer cool. You could not have had a Studio 54 during the era of Woodstock. So disco was new and fresh and fun. And it was sexy. The 70's were hedonistic and about liberation... disco was such a part of the times.

May 18th, 2012, 08:31 AM
The sad part I find is that as hedonistic as it was, artists STILl found a way to make sex less obvious in their music than it is today.

many of the songs using double entendre and slang to hide the base "organic" nature of their work.

Nowadays all you get is "F' me B!" and it is still considered "artistic" by some. :p

May 18th, 2012, 04:35 PM
The '70s & most of the '80s were ALL about hedonism, but jeez at least the music had feeling to it. And yes, it's laughable to me the people who attempt to stand under the umbrella of 'artists' and their work (yyyah) 'art'. At least the music she and her peers were making made you wanna dance and have fun doing it. Now it's just "Let's get drunk & screw & get it over with."

May 18th, 2012, 10:37 PM
Blames 9/11 dust
Family: Donna Summer died of lung cancer
By Ann Oldenburg (http://content.usatoday.com/topics/reporter/Ann+Oldenburg), USA TODAY
Updated 6h 54m ago

UPDATE, 5/18, 3 p.m. ET:
Donna Summer died of lung cancer, but the singer wasn't a smoker, and the cancer wasn't related to smoking, her family's representative said today.
Summer's family issued the announcement in the wake of how "various reports currently surfacing about the cause of Ms. Summer's death are not accurate," representative Brian Edward tells CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/18/showbiz/donna-summer-dead/).
"Obviously, numerous factors can be attributed to the cause of cancer in general, but any details regarding the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of Ms. Summer's case remain between her family and team of doctors," Edwards said in a statement.
Donna Summer's family statement about her death didn't mention cause of death.
Several reports note that Summer was a breast cancer survivor; having battled it years ago. TMZ reports (http://www.tmz.com/2012/05/18/donna-summer-cancer-9-11-september-world-trade-center-nyc/) that lung cancer is what ultimately killed her.
Summer was a smoker(?) and, as a singer, spent years in clubs where smoking was allowed, reports TMZ. But that's not what she thought did it.
The disco queen felt that inhaling toxic air after 9/11 gave her the lung cancer.
Sources close to the singer tell TMZ that Summer was in New York City during 9/11, living at an apartment near Ground Zero. The site says she "became almost paranoid about breathing the air, which was heavy with a rancid odor."
Deney Terrio, the host of Dance Fever, told TMZ that Summer would hang silk sheets in her dressing room to prevent dust from coming in.
Thousands of Ground Zero workers were reported to have lung ailments (http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2006-06-25-911-health-usat_x.htm) following the 9/11 attacks.


May 21st, 2012, 08:51 AM
Cancer would be difficult to prove.

It takes time to get that after exposure to carcinogens. I am not saying it is NOT possible, but there may be other things as well... :(

May 21st, 2012, 10:16 AM
I wonder when she quit smoking?

May 21st, 2012, 11:50 AM
Smoking, and working in smoke filled clubs for 20+ years would have more of an impact on her health than a few weeks NEAR (not AT) ground Zero.

I am not saying that it would not play a part (maybe the final straw), but blaming it on a common uncontrollable evil rather than something you could have done something about is a common way people absolve themselves from the guilt of their own death.

(Not dissing DS, just a pattern you see in many people. "It wasn't because I smoke when I was a kid, it was because of the Terrorist Attack....")

May 21st, 2012, 04:02 PM
In the same article it says she was a smoker, and that she wasn't. Being in smoke-filled clubs is just that. But the writer fluffed it. She either was or wasn't a smoker.