This disco classic is about a woman who has better things to do than listen to her man's empty platitudes. She tells him to kiss off, and that she's going to get some "action" at the disco, where she can boogie all night.
Bridges wrote this with her songwriting partner Susan Hutcheson. The pair met in Atlanta in 1976 and signed a publishing deal with Bill Lowrey, owner of Southern Music. He financed Bridges' solo album, which contained songs written by the pair. It was picked up by Polydor Records, which released "I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)" as a single. The song was a huge hit in dance clubs and charted not just in America but throughout Europe - it reached the top of the charts in France and Germany.
The song wasn't written as a disco tune; Bridges and Susan Hutcheson wrote it as an R&B song, but it was discofied to meet the prevailing trend. Hutcheson explained in a 1979 interview with Sounds: "That wasn't cut at all with disco in mind. Disco was just where I was gonna go after I'd told this man to leave me alone, it wasn't meant to be the theme of the song. We do love the nightlife in the sense that we love to be awake at night when its quiet and we can do some bizarre and productive thinking. But actually I don't care for discos at all."
Bridges, a white singer born and raised in North Carolina, detested disco and refused to record a full album of disco songs. Her follow-up single "Body Heat" was more in the rock/R&B vein, and topped out at #86 in the US. Her non-disco output never found a wide audience, and after one more album with Polydor she left the label, releasing material independently from time to time.
Just how little did Bridges think of disco? Here's what she told Sounds: "I will never do a disco album. I'd prefer to do deodorant commercials. I didn't sing since I was ten years old so I could stand up like a moron and go 'Getfunkynow, getfunkynow, getboogie-woogie, getfunkynow'"
This features in the films Love at First Bite
(1979), The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
(1994) and The Last Days Of Disco
Dale - Santa Fe, NM
A 12" remix by Jim Burgess was the version most dance clubs played. Burgess, who died in 1993, did many of the dance mixes heard in the clubs in the late '70s, including "What A Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers and "I Was Made For Lovin' You" by Kiss.
This song was a Top 10 hit in Australia in early 1979, reaching #3 and spending 17 weeks in the Top 40 chart. When the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert
was released in 1994, the song made the Top 40 charts again, peaking at #8 and spending another 18 weeks in the Top 40 chart.
Graham - Windsor, Australia