I really don’t know how I could have coped with being in lockdown if it wasn’t for Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s weekly Kitchen Disco performances. Tuning in became the highlight of my week as it similarly became a weekly high-point for lots of other people as well. It really didn’t matter at all that she was singing with her kids, in fact, them being included added to the experience. They just carried on amusing themselves whilst mum was broadcasting and keeping the nation’s spirits uplifted. Pop fans have crowned Sophie the nation’s new sweetheart for these uplifting efforts. I have to agree, she generously shared her talent, while putting the needs of others first. With renditions of her own hits during these weekly kitchen disco sessions, came numerous cover songs, Alcazar’s “Crying At The Discotheque” being one such track.
The track has become the signature release of the forthcoming album “Songs from the Kitchen Disco: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Greatest Hits.”
“I’m really excited to be putting out “Crying at the Discotheque“. I used to sing it sometimes when I was doing a club set, as I always loved the song, and since I sang it during the kitchen discos, it forever holds a special place in my heart. I love this version – such a great song and full of the imagery of the discos I always go to in my head when I’m singing.” Ellis-Bextor said of the release.
So very cool, that Sophie made a video for this release. The clip is especially poignant because it shows Sophie dressed up in her sparkly sequins while singing in seven of London’s empty music venue’s. When usually these places, “Heaven,” “The Hammersmith Apollo,” “O2,” “Bush Hall,” “St. Moritz,” “Omeara” and the “Clapham Grand,” would be packed out to the rafters with clubbers and gig-goers. By stark contrast, this footage reinforces how some areas of the music industry is struggling, hard at the moment, because shows and events cannot happen right now. The chief idea behind the video – to highlight the international movement WeMakeEvents. Raising awareness of the urgent support currently needed in the live events sector.
What a gal Sophie Ellis-Bextor is, capturing the mood of the nation. So important that she documented the plight by way of a music video. I desperately hope Sophie’s, planned Kitchen Disco tour goes ahead in May 2021.
SAVE THE DATE: Kitchen Disco returns for a Halloween special Friday 30th October – 6:30pm GMT over on Instagram
PRE-SAVE “Songs from the Kitchen Disco: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Greatest Hits” out 13th November HERE