“Menergy” is a 1980 dance single by producer Patrick Cowley. Along with the song “I Want to Take You Home”.
Sylvester was San Francisco’s biggest star and Cowley’s muse – a larger-than-life presence around town, dressed to the nines and often carrying multiple shopping bags as he walked down Castro Street. Cowley most famously worked with Sylvester on the ecstatic mega-hit You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) and was a pioneer of the genre known as hi-NRG, a relentlessly up-tempo variant of disco that gained serious traction, especially in the UK and Europe. Sylvester’s legacy still lives on today as before his death Sylvester had bequeathed all of his future royalties to local AIDS groups
“Menergy” spent two weeks atop the Billboard Dance/Disco chart in October and November 1981. It was Cowley’s most successful single of four Top 10 dance chart hits, all of which occurred within the span of 15 months. As with Cowley’s other singles, “Menergy” did not place on any other chart until 1984, when a version of “Menergy” was released where Sylvester’s vocals were featured and became a huge hit especially with the gay dance crowd.
Living it up,
Shootin’ off energy.
Workin’ it out,
Talkin’ ’bout Menergy.”