The buzz on this records is that it’s this summer’s “Let’s Have a Kiki,” and while I get that, I think the song is also an offshoot of Chelley’s “Take the Night” with the spoken lyrics and staccato clap backing beat. Actually “I Was There (Where Were You)” outshines both of these singles by upping the ante massively. Sassy diva Reyna tells a story of Studio 54, joined by her tranny friend responding with more dish. Just when you thought the song was all spoken, nearly two minutes in comes the nu-disco vibes chorus where Reyna sings like an old school, soulful disco diva. Dropping names like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Steve Rubell, Donna Summer, Grace Jones, and Liza Minelli, it’s obvious they did their homework about clubland history; based on the video, none of them were alive during the Studio 54 disco era. Strongly recommended for fans of Mika and Scissor Sisters, “I Was There” is one of those fun novelty pop dance tracks that no one will be ashamed to have on their iPods (or dance to at the club.)
Image Courtesy of Bedfellow Records.