Asked by Uncut
magazine where the idea came from to work with Giorgio Moroder on No. 1 in Heaven
, Russell Mael replied:
"After [1976 album] Big Beat
, we were searching around for a new format as we get bored easily. We wanted to branch out, to take my singing and Ron's lyrical sensibility and see what other context we could put them in. We heard Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love
,' which intrigued us to the extent we decided we had to get Giorgio to produce us. No one knew what the outcome would be, but fortunately that album turned out to be something special and quite influential on people starting bands at the time."