Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fire Island Jam - The Last Boys of Summer '79


























Recorded during the glory days of the Gay Liberation Movement,
Fire Island Jam's The Last Boys of Summer '79 is a forgotten disco
classic.

With covers of songs like Thelma Houston's "Saturday Night, Sunday
Morning," Sister Sledge's "He's the Greatest Dancer," and Earth,
Wind, and Fire's "September," Fire Island Jam were on their way to
becoming the hottest gay disco cover band in the United States.

Sadly, The Last Boys of Summer '79 was the last album recorded by
the group. Lead singer Dinah Cancer left to pursue a career in New
York City politics and they soon lost their contract with Camp
Records.

The remaining members were quickly resigned by K-Tel, but the
label wanted them to change their image in order to be more
marketable to mainstream consumers. The band refused to "go back
into the closet" and after a bitter contract dispute with K-Tel
they lost the right to use the band name.

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