Aww / Fuck Off…

Fan­tas­tic piece, built from quotes of those who were there, in the Feb­ru­ary Van­i­ty Fair, writ­ten by Lisa Robin­son.

The quotes I enjoyed most came from Nile Rogers:

We wrote “Le Freak” because we were denied entry to Stu­dio 54 on New Year’s Eve 1977–78. Grace Jones had invit­ed us to see her show, and she assumed that since our hit “Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” was so big we could get in. Nor­mal­ly we could, but it was sold out, she for­got to leave our names at the door, and [door­man] Marc Benecke wouldn’t let us in. He polite­ly told us to fuck off. So Bernard and I went and wrote a song called “Fuck Off”: “Awww … fuck off … ” It sound­ed great, but I said we can’t have a song on the radio called “Aww … Fuck Off.” So I came up with “Freak Off,” but that wasn’t sexy. Then Bernard came up with “There’s that new dance everybody’s doing called the Freak.” That was our ver­sion of “Come on baby, let’s do the Twist.”

& Bar­ry White:

In coun­tries where they don’t have record play­ers they buy Bar­ry White’s record, lis­ten to the radio, and stare at the record.

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