Late 70s, early 80s??
Watching The Last Days of Disco and music is terrific.
I'm waiting for the comeback, like Swing in the 90s!!
It beats rap.
Disco didn't die. It changed its name to "dance music."
What R2 said.
I wanna scream and shout and let it all out
When Reagan was elected.
81-82 is what I remember.
July 12, 1979
In America: supposedly that famous Disco Demolition Night. Yet the year after in 1980 you had #1s like "Funky Town" and "Upside Down". Hmm. Donna Summer did change direction though.
OP you may like the The Secret Disco Revolution documentary. It's half tongue in cheek, half academic and the Disco Demolition night is covered. It's slight but entertaining, even if it tells you nothing new, fans will like it.
By the way, speaking of Last Days of Disco I wish the uncut version of 54 would be released.
This was said to be the last disco anthem in that documentary.
But it didn't come around till 82 when you had the start of Italo Disco, electro, Hi-NRG and all sorts of stuff.
I think when the synth pop of Human League, Depeche, Soft Cell came around that was the death of disco, the music had updated and mutated to fully electronic which started in the late 70s. You never got the string drenched sound of before anyway. Even ABBA had to update their sound.
Disco began around 1975. By 1979, it was on life support.
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Disco Demolition Night Date July 12, 1979
Time 6 pm and following
Location Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, US
Cause promotional event admitting those with a disco record for $0.98
Participants Steve Dahl, Bill Veeck and several thousand attendees
Outcome Game 2 of the Tigers/White Sox doubleheader forfeited to Detroit.
Injuries Between 0 and 30
Property damage Damage to the field of Comiskey Park
Suspect(s) About 39
Charges Disorderly conduct
Disco Demolition Night was an ill-fated baseball promotion that took place on July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. At the climax of the event, a crate filled with disco records was blown up on the field between games of the twi-night doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Many of those in attendance had come to see the explosion rather than the games and rushed onto the field after the button was pressed. With the playing surface damaged both by the explosion and by the rowdy fans, the White Sox were required to forfeit Game 2 of the doubleheader to the Tigers.
A disco craze swept the United States in the late 1970s, with the dance-oriented music featured in hit films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977). Although disco was popular, it also sparked a backlash from rock and roll fans. Disco and the pushback against it were prominent enough that the White Sox, seeking to fill seats at Comiskey Park during a lackluster season, engaged Chicago shock jock and anti-disco campaigner Steve Dahl for the promotion at the July 12 doubleheader. Attendees would pay 98 cents and bring a disco record; between games, Dahl would destroy the collected vinyl in an explosion.
White Sox officials had hoped for a crowd of 20,000, about 5,000 more than usual. Instead, tens of thousands of Dahl's adherents (dubbed "The Insane Coho Lips") packed the stadium and continued to sneak in even after gates were closed.
Many of the records were not collected by staff and were thrown like frisbees from the stands. After Dahl blew up the collected records, thousands of fans stormed the field and remained there until dispersed by riot police. The second game was initially postponed, but was later forfeited by order of American League president Lee MacPhail. Disco Demolition Night remains well known as one of the most extreme promotions in major league history.
Disco-haters were primarily racist and homophobic white guys.
But R10 look at all the classic disco #1 hits of that year. In spite of Rod Stewart I'd say it reached a peak then, albeit overexposed and at breaking point. That was the year they brought in the disco grammy, the classic Bad Girls album.
However, The Secret Disco Revolution also pinpoints The Knack as the turning point after the rock fans revolted. Still, MJ and Babs/Donna was still to come.
It was a dark and stormy night in '83. It all began in a 10 watt radio station in Fresno.
Disco died when I pointed out that it literally smelled like diarrhea.
"Watching The Last Days of Disco and music is terrific."
A few disco songs were terrific, but the vast majority were only interesting if you were corked out of your gourd.
And R13, the disco-haters weren't just racist white guys, it was anyone who wasn't young, rich, cool, or beautiful enough to fit into the disco scene.
Disco Stu says "OP, Fuck You!"
I meant c-o-k-e-d, not "corked". Dammit.
The day disco died is very specific. It was October 16, 1976. The day the song "Disco Duck" hit number one.
That was the beginning of the end.
Disco was dead-man-walking for another four years before it finally collapsed.