Vera- Take Me To The Bridge

Your New York Cit-tay Woman!

I found this next selection while poking through the hundreds (thousands?) of generic white-sleeve 12” dance discs at my last record store job. San Francisco is a great place for certain genres of records. Rock, obviously, but the locale is also dependable for wild Asian pop music (The Stylers!), discos Latinos (Los Sepulchuras featuring Dulce Maria!) and, for sure, quality vintage disco dance music!

Why is that?

…Girlfriend, please.

I love that the sum of this moody dance rocker is greater (or at least better-than-average) than its mediocre parts; I’m a big fan of inspired mediocrity- atta boy, fellas! Teamwork! The chorus for sure is an undeniable killer, despite or maybe because of the fact that the call-and-response lyric makes no sense whatsoever. The ascending synth-string harmony in particular gives my musical center goosebumps of pleasure; I can picture this tune  providing a moment of early-evening dancing transcendence for the mustachioed minions as the night’s first hits of acid and/or poppers and/or crystal meth kicked in!

And Vera? Like all the rest of the elements of this production, nuthin’ special. A dispassionate New York City Woman staring moodily at her featureless reflection in the black mirror of a subway car’s window. In all likelihood Vera was probably just a girlfriend of producer/writer/coke dealer Louie Toteda, and a handy if reedy-voiced mouthpiece for his philosophies:

Come on lover, leave all the confusion

Loosen up and forget your illusions

It’s no use to be alone

There’s no love in a heart of stone

Right. Well, who listens to the lyrics on the dance floor anyway?

Question: This song, like the massive hit “Good Times” by Chic, is based around a minimal, throbbing minor-key chord progression played on an electric piano. That “moody” sound is a definite disco cliché. Why is so much disco dance music sound so morose? Could it be that the producers are responding to the Mr. Goodbar-like tragedy inherent in the prowlings-for-strange-new-flesh that is the subtext (if not subject, outright) of a night at the disco?

I think, perhaps, yes.

Vera- Take Me to the Bridge



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4 Responses to “Vera- Take Me To The Bridge”

  1. This song is brilliant. Though is she talking about taking her to the bridge of the song or an actual motor bridge?? Does it matter? D is for disco and disco is for dancing.

    • jonathanghess Says:

      Glad you liked the song! I think you’re the first non-direct acquaintance that’s ever commented here!

  2. haha yeah sorry, a little creepy, just digging this song a lot at the moment and you seem to be the only person talking about it. Kudos.

  3. Das Monkee Says:

    I agree with “Al says”. This song is great. My bf was a DJ in Sacramento in the 80’s and he played this recently and I love it (and had never heard it before!). Wish I had visited Moby Dick Records! Moved to the hood too late.

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