Picks and Pans Review: No Girl Was as Bad as Donna Summer

updated 03/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

In the strobe-lit land of disco, Donna Summer—she of the full-throttle voice and orgasmic moanings—ruled without rival. "You look back now and you go, 'Wow, we were so lithe, so unconcerned, so happy to be,' " says Summer, 45, whose No. 1 singles included the pantingly suggestive "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls." Her own favorite is 1978's "Last Dance." "That sums up the era: Everyone was there to dance, looking to fall in love. It was a crazy time." Since then, says Summer, who has lately turned her energies to country music, "a lot of people who were dancing have died of AIDS. I almost can't go through my pictures. It's painful...all the faces that were with me every day, and they're not here."


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