“The Wanderer” by Donna Summer
(#6 last week) Fascinating record. OK, so you're Donna Summer, it's 1980, there's a so-called “disco backlash”. What do you do, career-wise? Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Well, she ditched her label, Casablanca, & became the first artist signed to the brand new Geffen Records. And she radically changed her sound, to a new wave rock/disco fusion kinda song. Top 40 initially embraced the single, & it went top 10, but her core audience was turned off, while not attracting any album rock airplay. And that basically killed her career. Yes, she had three more top 10 hits in the 80s, most notably “She Works Hard For The Money”, but Donna never again reached the career heights she enjoyed in 1978-1979. Hey, I've always liked this single!