A #1 song for four weeks on the US charts it was a shocker to many Rod Stewart fans who grew up with his late 60s blues roots. Many fans rejecting the heavy disco influence in the production as a sellout.
Insiders say it was not at all a tribute or acceptance of the disco sound or lifestyle.
Carmine Appice, who played drums on this song was quoted as saying “This was a story of a guy meeting a chick in a club. At that time, that was a cool saying. If you listen to the lyrics, ‘She sits alone, waiting for suggestions, he’s so nervous…’ it’s the feelings of what was going on in a dance club. The guy sees a chick he digs, she’s nervous and he’s nervous and she’s alone and doesn’t know what’s going on, then they end up at his place having sex, and then she’s gone.”
Co-writer Duane Hutchings said this of the song… “a spoof on guys from the ‘cocaine lounge lizards’ of the Saturday Night Fever days. We Rock and Roll guys thought we were dead meat when that movie and the Bee Gees came out. Rod, in his brilliance, decided to do a spoof on disco. VERY smart man. There is no such thing as a “dumb” super success in the music business.
Here’s Rod Stewart with “Do Ya Thing I’m Sexy”