"Native New Yorker" by Odyssey (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "Native New Yorker" by Odyssey, No. 49 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
49. Odyssey, "Native New Yorker" (1977)
Sure, punk and No Wave might have the mythos; but really, the sound of New York's clubland in the late '70s was disco. And there are few songs more disco than the lush "Native New Yorker," a cut that pairs Odyssey's singing Lopez sisters with a swarm of swing-band horns and what just might be the biggest string section in the genre's history. Lyrically, the song is almost trite—it's about acting on your dreams before you lose them—but when that chorus kicks in to remind you that you're from the greatest city in the world, it's goose-bump time.