Night for the ladies

Photos by Nick Tomecek

Nothing gives me New Year’s Eve flashbacks more than Kool and the Gang’s “Ladies Night.”

Two years ago, this record defined my New Year’s Eve.

While the rest of our friends were out of town, my gal pal and I danced the night away in my apartment to this record. I played it repeatedly until midnight, giving my friend no choice in the matter.

It was the best New Year’s Eve I’ve ever had, and I owe a large portion of that to Kool and the Gang’s 1979 funky, disco album. Thanks to that night, I can also recognize the song “Ladies Night” in fewer than 3 seconds of playing.

“Girls, we’ve all got one

A night that’s special everywhere”

The song never gets old, seriously.

The same-titled record is made of six energetic, soulful tracks that make the perfect soundtrack for a fun evening.

“If You Feel Like Dancing” is another popular song and my second favorite on the album. The horn section is everything you want to it to be.

Also, you have to listen to the “rock” and “shake” chant in the middle of Hangin’ Out.

Rock? Check. Shake? Check.

“Too Hot” is the album’s slow song. If I heard it on an R&B station today, I wouldn’t think twice, because its sound is timeless.

I chose this album with my New Year’s Eve dress for obvious reasons. As an added bonus, the blue-green color of my dress’ sequins closely resembles the color of the woman’s pants on the album cover.

The album art features three glamorous women, who I can only assume are preparing for ladies night. So am I.

No matter who I’m with, New Year’s Eve is always a night for the ladies.

The outfit:

Dress - Windsor

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Heels - Target

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