Serving up this steaming pile of
Celebrity Gossip
Gay Politics
Gay News
and Pointless Bitchery
Since 1995

Hello and thank you for being a DL contributor. We are changing the login scheme for contributors for simpler login and to better support using multiple devices. Please click here to update your account with a username and password.

Hello. Some features on this site require registration. Please click here to register for free.

Hello and thank you for registering. Please complete the process by verifying your email address. If you can't find the email you can resend it here.

Hello. Some features on this site require a subscription. Please click here to get full access and no ads for $1.99 or less per month.

'Diana' by Diana Ross was released 40 years ago today

So much good music, so much drama. Upside Down, I'm Coming Out, My Old Piano...

Diana had a fit when producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (of Chic) told her she was singing flat, and she stormed out of the studio. Then she had "gay panic" and thought the album's dance tracks would kill her career. She took the tapes to Motown and had Russ Terrana remix them without the producers' knowledge, so they tried to have their names taken off the album.

Then it was the biggest hit of Diana's career and both sides relaxed a bit. Although they never performed any of the songs live together at the time.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 12Last Friday at 2:14 PM

Diana's "gay panic":

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 1Last Friday at 1:35 PM

Wait!! People born in 1980 will be 40 this year? *Screams* BTW, that album cover looks modern.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Friday at 1:37 PM

Upside Down went to #1.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 3Last Friday at 1:37 PM

Nile Rodgers said Diana didn't understand "I'm Coming Out" was "a gay thing."

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 4Last Friday at 1:40 PM

Bitch had a decent career.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Friday at 1:40 PM

"I'm Coming Out" has one of the best rhythm guitar lines ever:

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 6Last Friday at 1:40 PM

My Old Piano was also delightful.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 7Last Friday at 1:41 PM

That is a laughable video devoid of creativity, at R7. She is lunging around, literally, a piano.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Friday at 1:59 PM

The lyrics are so dumb so I prefer this version

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 9Last Friday at 1:59 PM

Aretha Franklin claimed that she originally got these tracks from Nile and Bernard when they approached her about working together. But according to her, they had horrible attitudes and she walked out of the studio. Nile claims he wrote these tracks specifically for Diana.

Diana didn't think much of the album until she played it for legendary NY DJ Frankie Crocker, who told her the songs would ruin her career. That's when she decided to have it remixed for a more commercial sound.

Despite it being the biggest solo album of her career, she has never performed anything from it live aside from Upside Down and I'm Coming Out.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Friday at 2:07 PM

this is so much better

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 11Last Friday at 2:09 PM

or this

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 12Last Friday at 2:14 PM
Loading
Need more help? Click Here.

Yes indeed, we too use "cookies." Don't you just LOVE clicking on these things on every single site you visit? I know we do! You can thank the EU parliament for making everyone in the world click on these pointless things while changing absolutely nothing. If you are interested you can take a look at our privacy/terms or if you just want to see the damn site without all this bureaucratic nonsense, click ACCEPT and we'll set a dreaded cookie to make it go away. Otherwise, you'll just have to find some other site for your pointless bitchery needs.

×

Become a contributor - post when you want with no ads!