Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………….on December 23rd of 1978 Rod Stewart gets in on the Disco craze when “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” is released. It would rise to the top of the Billboard chart during an 18 week run. Stewart was known for his soulful blues and folk ballads, but this song was a disco departure, and it gave him a new look. He attracted many new fans, but alienated many of his old ones, who had no interest in disco and fondly remembered Rod as a member of The Faces, where he earned a reputation as hard-rocking party animal. Reflecting on the song in the May 1995 issue of Mojo magazine, Stewart said: “I think it’s one of those songs that everyone can remember what they were doing in that particular year. It was one of the 10 songs that summed up that whole dance/disco period. And that’s what music’s about surely, to bring back memories. I used to be embarrassed to sing ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,’ but people love it. So it’s in the show.” Most of the music for this song was written by drummer Carmine Appice, who had recently joined Stewart’s band. Appice told us: “We were in the studio and ‘Miss You’ by The Rolling Stones was a big hit. Rod was always a guy that used to listen to what was going on around him. He was always looking at the charts and listening. He was a big fan of The Rolling Stones, so when they came out with “Miss You,” disco was really big at the time, so he wanted to do some kind of disco-y song, something like ‘Miss You,’ nothing like Gloria Gaynor. Stewart claims this song is not about him, as it is sung in the third person. This seems like a song that would become dated quickly, but it remained a crowd favorite throughout Stewart’s career. He played it on tours in every decade, fully aware of the camp factor. The song was also a huge hit in the UK where it also peaked at #1.