Disco never spawned a brighter star than Donna Summer -- or a more significant album than Summer's 1979 opus, Bad Girls
. With the support of her celebrated colleagues, producer-songwriters Giorgio Moroder
and Pete Bellotte, Summer folded irresistible melodic hooks into innovative arrangements that blended dance-pop grace with guitar-rock muscle, and the resulting tunes were as popular with roller-skating suburban kids as they were with the cosmopolitan club crowd. The album's driving title track and equally fervent numbers like "Hot Stuff" and "Dim All the Lights" became massive hits, sailing to, respectively, No. 1, No. 1, and No. 2 on the pop singles chart. But more than a commercial behemoth, Bad Girls
was proof that a personality as vibrant as Summer's could flourish in what many viewed as a faceless, technology-driven genre. Its impact on dance music could not, and cannot, be overstated.