Forgotten Treasure: Gloria Gaynor “Real Good People” (1975)
If you’re like me, you may have a decent chunk of records in your collection that, for one reason or another, have yet to be discovered. When it comes to music I tend to bite off more than I can chew, but somewhere deep in my subconscious I know that having a serious backlog of tunes can make for an exciting day of forgotten treasure hunting.
Despite the fact my stigmatism for I Will Survive gave birth to a personally intentional abstinence (and ignorance) of Gloria Gaynor’s body of work, I bought her Never Can Say Goodbye LP simply by mistaking the title track for an epic disco jam by La-rita Gaskin. After a full listen I can say honestly the album is pretty solid and I’ve been missing out.Gloria Gaynor - Real Good People
Fast-forward to the instantly-infectious closer Real Good People which dives right into soulful upbeat rhythms and a bass line one might expect from an african funk song, followed by boogie-laden guitar riffs. As expected, Gloria’s voice soars over the instrumentation, resulting in just over 3 minutes of unadulterated diva bliss.
This would be an amazing anthem for Montreal’s monthly event The Goods, so I’m dedicating it to its residents Andy Williams and Scott C. I can only think of the dance floor cheering loudly as they hear the lyrics “this is the perfect audience for this song” (because it really is).
If you haven’t gone through your entire collection yet, I encourage you to get started. Who know’s what you’ll find?! Discover anything? Why not let us know in the comments section?