1976 marked a turning point in the Philadelphia music scene, as the soul sounds is was famous for gave way to disco. The Ritchie Family was comprised of two members of the Philly group Honey & The Bees, and was named after their producer Ritchie Rome, who was shepherding them into the disco era.
The song's lyricist was Phil Hurtt, whose compositions ("I'll Be Around
" by The Spinners, "Mama Never Told Me
" by Sister Sledge) were often poignant tales of life's defining moments. This song, however, is about a visit to the hot dance club, a place where "If you make a request, the DJ will do his best." The lyric is trite and filled with buzzwords from the era ("boogie," "groove"), but Hurtt had to make a living. "It was less of a challenge because it was supposed to be fun and camp," he told us. "Those things are easier to do. What I have to do is pull back a bit and allow what the producer is asking for, which is not as as serious or meaningful as the material I would like to write. It's a little bit different."