Today’s video is a performance of the disco-era “Spacer” by Sheila & B. Devotion, resplendent in silver jumpsuits and matching choreography. Sheila was a French singer who got her start in the ’60s ye-ye girl pop scene — and although she’s no great shakes as a vocalist, with this tune she gets a heavenly production from Bernard Edwards and Nile Rogers of Chic.
Flash forward a couple of decades, and we find Swedish trio Alcazar heavily sampling “Spacer” for their wonderful 2000 dance club hit “Crying at the Discotheque.” I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite between these two. True, Sheila doesn’t have lyrics as priceless as “You wore a tie like Richard Gere’s.” The “Cryin’” video is so bizarre, I just have to share it here: