The dance smash was inspired by "The Towering Inferno" and later caught fire thanks to another film: "Saturday Night Fever."
THE TRAMMPS' CLASSIC "DISCO INFERNO" — about a red-hot dance party atop a "100-story high" building — was inspired, appropriately, by the disaster film The Towering Inferno. In the Academy Award-winning drama, while revelers are dancing atop a luxurious skyscraper, a fire breaks out in the building.
The Trammps' drummer Earl Young later recalled to Dutch network NTR that he was hesitant about the song's subject: "I said, 'You think that'll sell? That's about burnin' somebody up!' "