Boogie Fever

Album: Showcase (1976)
Charted: 1


  • A family group with nine members (all with the last name "Sylver"), The Sylvers later charted with the songs "Hot Line" (#3) and "High School Dance" (#17). They also appeared in the 1979 film The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. For a better look at the disco goodness they were pushing out in 1976, check out the Showcase album cover.
  • You could play an interesting game called "Which song title containing the word 'boogie' from the '70s could make us all blush now?" There's Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie," or perhaps "Boogie Shoes" by KC & The Sunshine Band, and let's not forget Taste of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie." So "Boogie Fever" doesn't sound too bad by comparison, after all... right?

    The Sylvers were well-suited to their time; but their time just happened to be an alternate dimension when we look back on it now. For all of that, they really put their all into the show - note the brass section and disco-style piano work on this piece. Hey, listen to it again, it's catchy. What else did club dancers demand? Come to that, what more do they demand now?
  • Interesting history in the lyrics: The first verse describes a scene at the drive-in movie. Drive-ins were a very big deal back then, but the speaker they're describing were these big, clunky metal things on a wire hung on a pole beside each space. You'd drive up, roll down (not button down) your window and hook the speaker over your window on both sides - instant stereo-car! Also great fun when people drove off without remembering to put the speaker back, resulting in a lot of uprooted speaker poles being dragged to the exit.
  • There is only one cure for Boogie Fever: a transfusion of disco music. In this song, the singer's girl is afflicted, so everywhere they go, that funky disco sound has to play. Even at the drive-in, they can't listen to the movie, which is actually a pretty trippy way to watch King Kong.
  • This was written by Freddie Perren with his partner Kenneth St. Lewis, and Perren produced the track. Perren is known for producing Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Peaches and Herb's "Shake Your Groove Thing."

Comments: 2

  • Jp from Roanoke, VaIn the made for TV mini-series based on Stephen King's "The Stand", this song is playing on a radio which is seen/heard at the very beginning of the first episode.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 8th 1976, "Boogie Fever" by the Sylvers entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #84; and on May 9th it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 7 of those 21 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    It reached #1 (for 1 week) on April 30th, 1976 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    And on May 15th it also peaked at #1 (for 1 week) on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    The week it peaked at #1 on the Top 100 another 'Boogie' record was in the Top 10, "Get Up and Boogie" by Silver Convention, was at position #7.
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