The Trammps

Disco Inferno

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Led by MFSB drummer Earl Young, Philly soul band the Trammps had their biggest breakthrough with "Disco Inferno" on the mega-selling Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack. Written by MFSB keyboardist Ron Kersey, the track was a disco hit, earning airplay on disco- and soul-formatted radio stations before it was included on the groundbreaking multi-artist soundtrack. "Disco Inferno" has several things working for it: the arresting, nonstop groove; Jimmy Ellis' preacher-like lead vocals; and the co-opting of the black nationalist phrase "burn baby burn" transformed into a rallying cry to "par-tay." "Disco Inferno" blazed its way to number nine R&B and number 11 pop. The Disco Inferno LP went gold, peaking at number 16 R&B and number 46 pop. During the '90s, "Disco Inferno" was licensed for numerous TV ad campaigns, including one for Amoco. As proof of its timeless party-song pedigree, Young and the Trammps were still performing the song all over the world as the 21st century began.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Disco Inferno 1976 Swan Song 10:59
No Image 1977
Various Artists
Paramount Records
No Image 1978 Atlantic
Ghostbusters [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1984
Original Soundtrack
Arista / Sony Legacy 10:58
Hot Dancing 1988
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 3:26
The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:37
The Spirit of '76 1991
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 3:37
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Rhino
Hold Back the Night 1993 Time Music 3:38
Disco Inferno [Wea 2] 1993
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Blame It on the Boogie 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:19
This Is Where the Happy People Go: The Best of the Trammps 1994 Rhino 10:57
Dance Seventies 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 10:54
Disco Nights, Vol. 10: Disco's Greatest Movie Hits 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 6:29
Only Dance: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:34
Disco Nights, Vol. 4: Disco Groups 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 6:29
Nightfever 1995
Various Artists
Global TV
Disco Mix 96 1996
Various Artists
WEA International
Kingpin 1996
Original Soundtrack
A&M 3:35
Shape Fitness Music: Walk, Vol. 2: 70s Hits 1997
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness/Dance) / Peter Pan (ISP) 4:54
Disco Hits: Shake Your Booty 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
Disco Fever [Coyote] 1997
Various Artists
Essex
Best Disco Album in the Universe, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Essex 10:51
No Image 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976) 1997
Various Artists
Masters / Intercontinental Records 3:51
And They Danced the Night Away, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Debutante 3:19
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:37
Disco Inferno [Rhino] 1998 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:36
Ultimate 70's R&B Smashes 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:37
Maximum Club Classics, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Elektra 8:46
1995 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 1998
Various Artists
Central Station Records 10:21
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
Disco Fever: 20 Smash Hit Dancefloor Classics 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Disco Fever, Vol. 1 [SPG] 1998
Various Artists
SPG 3:36
Nights in Heaven 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 10:21
Millennium's Greatest Disco Party 1998
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:18
Pure Disco, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Polydor 3:33
Rock on 1978: Hot Blooded 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:32
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:35
Instant Party Disc: Extra Strength 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
Collector's Edition: Disco 1999
Various Artists
A M W Music 3:33
Mystery Men 1999
Original Soundtrack
Interscope 3:34
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1978 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
New Year's Eve: Dance Party 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:36
The Best of the Philly Sound 1999
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 3:35
Dance Party 2000 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:18
20th Century Disco 1999
Various Artists
Insight (3)
WPLJ Presents: Scott & Todd Blast Off 2000 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:35
The Best of the Trammps [Intercontinental] 2000 Intercontinental Records 3:38
Disco's Greatest Hits 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:35
Disco Freakout 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:27
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:17
All the Hits and Disco Inferno 2001 Golden Music / Cleopatra 4:56
Disco Fever [Universal] 2001
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution
Into the Mix, Vol. 5 2001
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:55
25 Years of Disco 2001
Various Artists
Unidisc 3:30
Trancespotting, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Hypnotic / Cleopatra 4:54
Funk Soul USA 2001
Various Artists
Goldenlane / Cleopatra 3:36
Dance Fever 2002 Park South Records / Orpheus Records 3:39
Get Down Tonight: The Best of Disco 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino 3:34
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-2 [SPG] 2002
Various Artists
SPG 3:36
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 3:38
Soul R&B Hits, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Essential Records
Sensational '70s [2002/Purple] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:37
The Complete Trancespotting 2003
Various Artists
Hypnotic 4:54
Disco Inferno [K-Tel] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:39
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:15
Top Hits of the Seventies: Amazing Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 3:34
All Your Disco Favorites 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:38
Future Discothèque 2003
Various Artists
Hypnotic / Cleopatra 4:40
Only the Strong Survive 2003 Sony Music Distribution
Re-Press: 70's Soul Revival 2003
Various Artists
Warner Dance
Let's Groove Again 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:12
Disco Nights, Vol. 5 [Zyx] 2003
Various Artists
Unidisc
Hit Box 2, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:38
The '70s Sound, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Flashback Records 3:36
Disco for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 3:34
The D.I.S.C.O. Album 2003
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Ex Works
No Image 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:36
Endless Summer: Sunshine Party 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:36
Burn Baby Burn 2004 Collectables 3:36
Disco Inferno [Mojo] 2004 Mojo Music (Independent) 3:39
Disco Gold [Hip-O] 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:37
The Best of Disco Fever 2005
Various Artists
Global TV 3:18
It Happened in the Seventies 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:39
Best of the 70's [Direct Source 3 CD] 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source Special 3:37
Ultimate Disco Classics 2006
Various Artists
KRB Music 3:39
Disco Inferno: Disco's Greatest Hits 2006
Various Artists
Laserlight 3:35
K-Tel Presents: Dance to the Music 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:41
Get Dancin' [K-Tel] 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:40
Disco Party [Direct Source] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:37
Ultimate Disco [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:36
Ultimate 16: Best of Disco 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:36
Disco Fever: Boogie Wonderland 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:34
70s Boogie Nights 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:37
No Image 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Best of the 70s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:36
And They Danced the Night Away: 72 Pure Disco Classics from the 70s & 80s 2006
Various Artists
Polygram 3:19
Hits of the 70s [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 3:37
Fashion Disco: 30 Ans de Succes Legendaires 2006
Various Artists
Atoll 3:13
Disco [2006 #2] 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Disco Fever [Universal Canada] 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:36
Absolute Disco 2006
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
This Is Remixed Hits: Mashups and Rare 12 Mixes 2006
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:55
Girls Night Out 2006
Various Artists
Green Hill Productions 3:34
Ultimate Collection: Disco 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:38
Disco Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:36
Disco Legends 2007 KRB Music 3:39
Best Disco in Town [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:16
Boogie Nights Disco Daze 2007
Various Artists
Immortal 4:27
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:34
Get Ready, Here Come the '70s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:35
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:14
Movie Songs Live 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory
100 Hits: Disco 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:13
The New Year's Eve Party Album 2007
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
Ring My Bell: Disco Hits 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:37
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:34
Disco Music: The Definitive Collection 2007
Various Artists
Music Brokers 3:38
The Best Of Disco...Ever! 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:14
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Platinum C / WG Productions
25 Best: Disco Hits 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:37
The Hitmakers of '70s Disco 2008
Various Artists
Compass/Universal 3:35
100 Hits: Party Karaoke 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 100
Roller Disco Hits 2008
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 3:37
Top of the Pop Hits, Vol. 2: The 70s [Box Set] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 3:36
DJ Selection: 70 Mi Da Tanto, Vol. 1 2008
Various Artists
Do It Yourself
No Image 2008
Various Artists
PTG 3:15
Sweet Soul of the '70s: The Sound of Philadelphia 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:35
Ministry of Sound Anthems: Disco 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:34
The Best of Disco [Sonoma] 2010
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 3:38
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:35
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 10:53
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
We Love the Nightlife: Dance Dance Dance 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:34
Now! That's What I Call Disco 2013
Various Artists
Now! 3:33
12" Disco: The Collection 2013
Various Artists
Rhino 10:59
100 Tubes 2014 2013
Various Artists
WEA 3:34
Super Freak: Halloween Dance Party 2013
Various Artists
Universal 3:34
300 Hits: Beach Party 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 3:38
Office Party [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Rhino
Playlist: The Best of the Trammps 2016 Atlantic / Rhino 3:33
No Image
Various Artists
T-USA 3:36
100 Hits: Disco [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
No Image
Various Artists
LM
3/60: Disco Anthems
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 3:37
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 3:38
70 Hits of the '70s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
3:14
No Image
Various Artists
Awesome Inc. 3:36
Classic Disco
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
Impogram
De Pre Historie: 1977, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 3:36
Disco Chartbusters
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 3:37
Disco Hits [Crimson]
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
Disco Music: The Definitive Songbook
Various Artists
Music Brokers 3:37
Everybody Dance
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 3:32
Forever Disco [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 3:38
Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion [DVD Audio]
Various Artists
Shout! Factory
Greatest Movie Songs
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:33
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 10:57
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
Party Time! 50 Classic Party Tracks
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
Pony Club Kampen, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Kontor Records 3:07
Radio Air Play, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:34
Reality Bites: 10th Anniversary Edition
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
BMG / RCA 3:35
Roller Rink Rewind
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Universal Music / Warner Music 3:30
S.O.U.L. BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
No Image
Various Artists
Ba-Ba 3:35
The Best Ever Funk and Disco
Various Artists
Rhino
The Greatest Ever... The 1970's
Various Artists
Bellevue 3:40
The Seventies: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel UK]
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:39
Top Of The Pop Hits: The 70s, Vol. 2: Disc 1
Various Artists
Collectables 3:36
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