Yesterday, we featured The Dead Milkmen and even compared the song, “Punk Rock Girl,” to The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno.” Well, since then, I haven’t been able to get “Disco Inferno” out of my head. And it turns out that both bands are from Philadelphia. The Trammps might be better considered a soul band — they existed long before disco became a thing. But The Trammps are generally considered one of the first disco bands. And maybe one of the reasons I am so fond of them is because they were a real band and not something created in the studio. They could really play.
As I mentioned yesterday, the phrase “burn baby burn” was associated with the Watts riots. Of course, the song actually has nothing to do with that. Instead, it was inspired by the film, The Towering Inferno. I haven’t seen the film since I was a kid, but apparently, a discotheque catches fire in it. So the lyrics play with the idea that the music was so hot that it caught the place on fire. And the singer can hear the music coming from above, “Up above my head; I hear music in the air; That makes me know; There’s a party somewhere.”
It’s all good fun and music as fine as you will ever hear:
Burn that mother down!