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After their already phenomenal success, this song brought KC & The Sunshine Band to even greater fame after it became part of the soundtrack to the landmark film Saturday Night Fever
. "Boogie Shoes" is still cited today as a memorable song of the Disco era. KC bassist/songwriter Richard Finch, who wrote the song with lead singer Harry Wayne Casey, told us: "I never expected that record was going to wind up going on a movie soundtrack. But Robert Stigwood was a movie guy and he thought to use that in a scene where the shoes were a very big part of this disco façade thing that was coming out. Remember, back in the day it was all about high heeled rhinestone shoes, glimmering outfits and all that. We were also a part of that, we took advantage of it because it was the movement." (Here's our full Rick Finch interview
Films to use this song as part of the soundtrack include: Boogie Nights, 1997, Mallrats, 1995, and Detroit Rock City, 1999. In addition, it's appeared in the TV series Desperate Housewives and the short-lived (1998-2000) TV series Sports Night.
Fun Saturday Night Fever facts: It was a favorite film of the late film critic Gene Siskel, who saw it 17 times and bought John Travolta's white suit at a charity auction for $17,000. Parodies of the movie include a scene from Airplane!, a John Belushi sketch titled Samurai Night Fever, and The Goodies' episode Saturday Night Grease. And, this film is banned in Malaysia.
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