When you hear the word ’diva’ a certain attitude or perhaps status, albeit conjured up or fabricated, comes to mind. Diva evokes images of prima donnas, of female deities and even goddesses. Visions of Sophia Loren or Whitney perhaps? Angie Gold unfortunately evokes none of those on, or in, her new album.
Angie Gold made her entrance with the band ’People Like Us’, famed in 1987 for their song ’Deliverance’, she joined the band after the band split and reunited with a whole new voice. She recorded songs like
"Resurrection," "Two to Tango" and the ballad "Prayer for You" but the band could simply not rally up enough support with their new sound. Some speculated that the death of previous member Paul Crossley or the exit of Cindy Dickenson may have influenced this failure but the actual reason is probably the great shift in music in that time from Hi-NRG and Euro-trash disco to the American house music style that raged the world.
Angie Gold started singing at the age of 5 and has gone on to have a few major hits including "Eat Me Up" selling 1.5 million records in 1983. The song has been remixed to death by every single DJ in the industry and is frequently used by producers as part of the NRG remembrance. Her latest album, "NRG Diva" misses the mark completely with a feeble attempt to show some skin, a badly stylized cover and layout and then the remixes of the remixes that wait inside lack originality completely.
NRG has died, somewhere along with disco as we know it. But Hi-NRG (high energy for the modernists) still creeps up at some weddings and bar mitzvahs. Perhaps its boiled down fusion with trance, or its domination somewhere in the 80s with commercial successes like "Venus" by Bananarama and the ever memorable "Spin Me Right Round (like a record)" by Dead or Alive kept the genre in place then but now it sounds more than dated.
Its up-tempo disco tunes were largely celebrated in the early 80s by the queer communities of San Francisco and New York and included songs like Donna Summer’s "I Feel Love" and of course campy sets by The Weather Girls. But Lady Gaga and so many other divas have replaced the high energy, with high drama.