Donna Summer

Bad Girls

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Donna Summer's driving "Bad Girls" was two years old when it was finally released by Casablanca Records. It was created in the recording studio by the singer, her husband Bruce Sudano, and his Brooklyn Dreams bandmates Eddie Hokenson and Joe Esposito. The gist of the song came about when one of Summer's secretaries was mistakenly harassed by police who thought she was a Sunset Boulevard prostitute. When Summer played the track for label head Neil Bogart, he thought it was too rock & roll for her and thought the song was ideal for labelmate Cher. A couple of years later, engineer Steve Smith was looking through some tapes, trying to find some blank space to record when he came across "Bad Girls." He reminded the singer of the song and told producer Giorgio Moroder about it. The track featured a punchy horn section that accentuated the brash subject of the song's lyrics. One of the song's hooks is the catchy "toot toot, beep beep" chant. Produced by Moroder and Pete Bellotte, "Bad Girls" sold over two million copies, hitting number one R&B and parking at number one pop for five weeks in summer 1979.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1977 Casablanca/Universal / Casablanca
Bad Girls 1979 Casablanca/Universal / Casablanca / Def Jam / Island 4:55
On the Radio: Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 1979 Island/Def Jam 3:06
Walk Away: The Best of Donna Summer (1977-1980) 1980 Virgin EMI 3:56
No Image 1983 Buccaneer 1:50
The Summer Collection 1990 Mercury
Sounds of the Seventies: 1979 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:54
The Disco Years, Vol. 3: Boogie Fever 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 3:59
The Donna Summer Anthology 1993 Casablanca/Universal / Casablanca 4:56
Soul Train: Hall of Fame, 20th Anniversary 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 4:01
Mighty Real Dance Classics 1995
Various Artists
Capitol 3:54
Disco Nights, Vol. 6: #1 Disco Hits 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:58
Greatest Hits [1995] 1995 Universal International 3:57
Casablanca Records Greatest Hits 1996
Various Artists
Casablanca/Universal / Def Jam / Island / Polydor / PolyGram / Universal 4:58
Shape Fitness Music: Walk, Vol. 2: 70s Hits 1997
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness/Dance) / Peter Pan (ISP) 4:47
Non-Stop Disco, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 5:02
Soul Classics: Best of the 70's 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:57
Body Moves: Non-Stop Disco Workout 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Rebound Records 3:58
Soulful Divas, Vol. 2: Dance Queens 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O / Hippo 4:55
Greatest Hits 1998 Chronicles / Def Jam / Island / Mercury / Universal 3:57
Sounds of the Seventies: '70s Gold 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 3:54
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:00
VH1 Presents: Live & More Encore! 1999 Epic 3:05
Disco Fever, Vol. 2 [SPG] 1999
Various Artists
SPG 4:00
Master Series 1999 Polygram 3:54
Universal Masters Collection 1999 Polydor / Universal 3:53
Millennium Edition 2000 Mercury 3:54
Millennium Disco Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:01
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:01
The Collection 2000 Polystar / Universal Gmbh 5:01
G-A-Y 2000
Various Artists
London 3:52
Soul Classics [MCA Special Products] 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:57
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-2 [SPG] 2002
Various Artists
SPG 4:00
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer 2003 Mercury 4:57
Ultimate Disco: 30th Anniversary Collection 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:56
The Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal International 4:55
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Ex Works
Superstars of Seventies Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Sony Music Distribution 3:57
Gold 2005 Hip-O / Hip-O/Mercury 4:56
Ultimate Hits: Ultimate Disco 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:56
The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer 2006 Universal Music / USM 3:57
Billboard #1s: The '70s 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 4:02
Disco 70's & 80's "Kaufleuten" 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Sony Music Distribution
Disco Fever: Young Hearts Run Free [#2] 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:59
Number 1's: '70s Pop 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal Strategic Marketing 4:56
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:59
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:52
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 4:58
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:53
Sweat It Out! 2008
Various Artists
Central Station Records 1:24
Live from New York [DVD] 2008 Immortal
Classic 2009 Spectrum Music 3:54
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:59
Encore 2012 Audio Visual Fidelity
We Love the Nightlife: Dance Dance Dance 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:59
Icon 2013 Hip-O / Mercury 4:54
Playlist: The Very Best of Donna Summer 2013 Sony BMG / Sony Music
Love to Love You Donna 2013 Verve 5:22
Pure Grooves 2014
Various Artists
Rhino / WMTV 2:58
Latest & Greatest R&B Divas 2015
Various Artists
USM Media 3:06
No Image
Various Artists
X5 3:48
Everybody Wants Some!! [Music from the Motion Picture]
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
No Image EPC / Sony BMG
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