I think it was a uniquely 70s thing, but was it in reaction to something?
|by Anonymous||reply 126||12/26/2014|
"...was it in reaction to something?"
Well there was that huge overproduction of polyester jumpsuits and glitter in 1970.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||08/10/2013|
Disco music grew out of the urban dance clubs populated by blacks, gays, Latinos, Italian-Americans, and other minorities, and was a reaction against straight, white, male-dominated rock music and folksy, country-tinged pop music that dominated the airwaves at the time. It was definitely a uniquely '70s thing because it was a time of experimentation, and many musicians were experimenting with different sounds and genres at the time (perhaps influenced by their drugs of choice), in reaction to what was playing on the radio -- disco, glam, punk, metal, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||08/10/2013|
[quote]I think it was a uniquely 70s thing
Yeah, dance music died in 1980.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||08/10/2013|
Disco "evolved" into techno. Both the music of choice for the gay youth.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||08/11/2013|
It was a reaction to good taste, dear, they wanted to get rid of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||08/11/2013|
Disco was called dance music around '83 or so due to the cheesy, camp stigma of the late 70s disco "scene"
Madonna's self titled debut in 1983 is a disco album through and through
|by Anonymous||reply 6||08/11/2013|
It was a reaction to the white bread Midwestern middle class music that was pervasive at the time. At Old Comiskey Park, they had all these angry white people have a death to disco day and blew up tons of disco records. Corporate rock was the order of the day and it was a veritable snoozefest of the highest order.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||08/11/2013|
That is so true R7.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||08/11/2013|
Disco is coming back, baby! It means we're about 10 years from the recession being over.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||08/11/2013|
The sound updated post-I Feel Love after synth pop came in with Gary Numan etc to have less strings like classic disco. There were still Salsoul records in the early 80s that stayed faithful to the original sound such as "Love Sensation".
Techno is an often misused term, a lot of Americans don't know their own dance hetitage and it was adapted more by other countries post-disco backlash. Techno started with Detroit techno which while a splinter of disco (more I Feel Love electronic disco) is the most extreme variation.
House is the true successor to disco as it draws heavily from, and samples old disco records. Other sub-genres like hi-nrg, electro, italo disco and freestyle were precursors that evolved into house.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||08/11/2013|
Disco didn't just appear. There were precursors - the string-laden Philadelphia sound, Motown etc.
As mentioned, it morphed into something else - electro, house, Hi-NRG etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||08/11/2013|
It was a reaction to the fact that in the 1970s there was still such a thing as social dancing. People liked to get together in a group and dance to good music. It wasn't just a way to pick up people you wanted to have sex with, though that was certainly part of it. People enjoyed dancing, liked to learn new ways of dancing, and show off their skill at it. Discos were nightclubs where you went to dance. "Disco" was short of "discotheque," which was a club where they played recorded music rather than having live bands.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||08/11/2013|
Can those with expertise and the other genres listed in r10 's list give us some obscure disco artists to listen to, other than the "standard" disco songs that we all know? I want to learn more but my search on the internet is not helping.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||08/11/2013|
I should add that social dancing wasn't new--people have been dancing as a form of entertainment and exercise for millennia. It's only been the last couple of decades that Americans haven't been interested in dancing for fun except maybe teenagers at proms perfunctorily grinding their asses into each other in preparation for fucking in the parking lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||08/11/2013|
[quote] Can those with expertise and the other genres listed in [R10] 's list give us some obscure disco artists to listen to, other than the "standard" disco songs that we all know? I want to learn more but my search on the internet is not helping.
Get one of the "David Mancuso presents The Loft" compilations. They may be out of print on CD but available on iTunes or elsewhere. It will give you a good idea what kind of dance music was played during the early days of disco before it went mainstream. Also, any of the Larry Levan Paradise Garage compilations are worth seeking out.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||08/11/2013|
Paradise Garage was the REAL disco, not the mainstream Village People/Disco Duck bullshit.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||08/11/2013|
I feel ya R16
|by Anonymous||reply 17||08/11/2013|
I like the records produced by Patrick Adams. Here are a few to check out on Youtube:
Musique - "Keep On Jumpin'," "In The Bush"
Bumblebee Unlimited - "Lady Bug," "I Got A Big Bee"
Universal Robot Band - "Dance & Shake Your Tambourine," "Barely Breaking Even"
Phreek - "I'm A Big Freak"
Cloud One - "Flying High," "Disco Juice"
Not sure if Bohannon, Patrick Cowley, Instant Funk, or Bunny Sigler are considered obscure today, but they had some great music too.
My favorite disco jam of all time is Pam Todd's "Let's Get Together" - see link
|by Anonymous||reply 18||08/11/2013|
Disco of the 70's is the exact same thing as dance music today. Disco never died. They just changed the name to protect the innocent.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||08/11/2013|
Heartbeat by Taana Gardner is one of the best.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||08/11/2013|
The box set "An Introduction To Disco" (2010) balances the well-known with the more obscure.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||08/11/2013|
Excellent r18 and r15, I was going to say we should do another disco youtube thread. I don't know some of those, so brilliant. Agree with the sampled to death Taana Gardner.
I'll be back to add more but for now this one is a typically way ahead of the time Moroder production from 1979, a proto-house record to my ears. It comes from the "disco discharge" series of albums which I can't recommend enough that are on amazon.co.uk.
Also out now in the wake of Daft Punk are great compilations from Chic/Nile Rogers covering most of his best disco productions and one from Giorgio Moroder.
Also check the defunct Disco Delivery site which will give you ideas, even if the mp3s are down. Then as well as Disco Discharge, there's a label that reissues classic disco albums, they put out the Three Degrees remasters. As for other artists, there's a whole lot more to the pioneering gay singer Sylvester than "Mighty Real".
|by Anonymous||reply 22||08/11/2013|
I would also suggest listening to Donna Summer's album tracks. Everybody knows her singles stuff like "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff" etc. but the album tracks were more hard disco stuff. Excellent production values. The Once Upon A Time album is a good starting point.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||08/11/2013|
Not true, R20. True disco necessitated an entire orchestra; "dance music" is produced by computers.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||08/11/2013|
The 1979 Disco Demolition, was the day Disco died. The final nail in the coffin was the 1980 disco movie "Can't Stop the Music" which opened to crickets.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||08/11/2013|
Some of my uplifting faves:
Teri DeSario - Ain't Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You
Patrice Rushen - Haven't You Heard
Diana Ross - Lovin' Livin' and Givin' (Diana Deluxe is one of the best reissues ever)
France Joli - Come to Me
Sharon Redd - In the Name of Love
KC and the Sunshine Band - Give it Up (post-disco but my fave of his)
|by Anonymous||reply 26||08/11/2013|
Yup r23, the electronic suite at the end of Bad Girls (nice deluxe version of that) is stunning.
The album tracks are better and less played out, can't stand Hot Stuff. Working the Midnight Shift/Now I Need You may be the finest thing she ever did.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||08/11/2013|
as opposed to... nonsocial dancing?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||08/11/2013|
Disco sucked. It was all about being glamorous, good looking, well dressed, esp. for men.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||08/11/2013|
No, it wasn't.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||08/11/2013|
r30, yes, it was. If you weren't a hunk you didn't fit in. Rock was an alternative to that in the post-counterculture '70s.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||08/12/2013|
[quote]Can those with expertise and the other genres listed in [[R10]] 's list give us some obscure disco artists to listen to, other than the "standard" disco songs that we all know?
Here are some great playlists by DJ Wuakeen that mix disco with hi-NRG (electronic music featuring a high number of beats per minute, 130 and above).
Just click the red button on your favorite list.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||08/12/2013|
Disco, just like the girl group movement of the early sixties, was dominated by talented and hungry producers who employed fairly interchangeable studio voices. The vocals were considered another instrument in the layers of the final product. Giorgio Moroder, Barry White, Alec Constandinos, Jacques Morali, Vincent Montana Jr.(Salsoul), Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards, and many others supplied the sounds, even if the songs themselves were sometimes written by the artists (as was the case with Donna Summer and the lead singer of The Village People) or if the producers themselves were the singers (White, KC).
Realizing what a cash cow producing disco music had become, eventually already famous artists (The Bee Gees, The Jacksons) jumped in the production bandwagon as well. KC and the Sunshine band could probably be singled out, along with Barry White, as full-package acts (from composing to producing to performing) that were born from the pre-disco movement.
That's not to say some acts didn't achieve stardom through their work with successful producers. Donna Summer - initially sold as a sex goddess (whom Moroder tried hard to keep as such, focusing on her falsetto)- happened to have an incredible, versatile, yet easily identifiable voice. The Village People, basically a novelty act cast with go-go dancers and chorus boys, were able to ride the gay train. And some soulful vocalists (Gloria Gaynor, Viola Wills, Evelyn Champagne King) were given a chance to shine while they charted.
Of course, when the cash registers started dancing along, every already established recording star from the Bee Gees to Johnny Mathis, from Diana Ross to Cher, from Paul McCartney to the Rolling Stones, had to issue out a disco album or at least a recording. But to catch the true disco sound, you need to look for the producers - same applies to its derivatives.
r13, this link should provide you with all the information ever on record about disco and its derivatives, including song titles, artists, producers, and famous clubs
|by Anonymous||reply 33||08/12/2013|
Disco never died, it just evolved. Just ask New Order, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Madonna or the Pet Shop Boys. Disco just changed it's name a few times to earn some respect. Rap/hip-hop wouldn't even exist without German acts Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. There was electro-euro-techno-dance music before the disco era, during the disco era and after the disco era.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||08/12/2013|
There are people who still refer to Madonna as a "disco artist" insted of pop, because most of her music is a straight up update of the "disco sound".
|by Anonymous||reply 35||08/12/2013|
Here's an Italo-Disco classic from Cerrone. Daft Punk are heavily influenced by this stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||08/12/2013|
R1 An escapist reaction to a terrible economy, high inflation, generalized malaise. The "New York" article that inspired "Saturday Night Fever" might give you a look into the times. Disco followed "Saturday Night Fever" - you can't overestimate the impact that movie and soundtrack had.
"Disco Sucks": if music and radio was all-Macarena or all-Lambada for a couple of years, you might see a similar backlash. Disco was music to dance, like salsa, not roadtrip music
Ethel Merman had a disco album: it was a fad that oversaturated pop culture.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||08/12/2013|
Another Italo-Disco classic. Sampled countless times (most Kano songs have been...they were truly brilliant and ahead of their time). Modern electro and house music would not exist without disco. Like all genres, it had its good and bad. But the best is still highly listenable.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||08/12/2013|
[quote]Disco followed "Saturday Night Fever"
Maybe the disco pop culture craze did (news, fashion, mainstream tastes, etc.), but disco music was very well established by the time the first frame of SNF was shot.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||08/12/2013|
R39 Yep, the music and dancing already existed - that was the scene the "Tony Manero" article chronicled.
But generally people are talking the whole disco/Studio 54 pop culture moment, rather than the inside-baseball (to mix a metaphor...likely for the first time) of disco-music records.
Kevin Bacon has mentioned being a model in a how-to roller disco book - it's hard to overstate how huge that moment was.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||08/12/2013|
Vietnam was ending and with a democrat in the White House... Why not celebrate, have fun and let loose...
|by Anonymous||reply 41||08/12/2013|
Disco was minding it's own business until 1977 when Saturday Night Fever came out and the soundtrack album sold millions.
Add Donna Summer's millions of disco album sales and a "trend" was born.
The Disco "gold rush" had everyone and their dog putting out a disco album to cash in. Everyone.
Think of every music artist you know of, rushing to put out a Rap album today. like "Britney Raps" Yes it was that bad.
It was all music industry money grubbing, calculated SHIT. Suddenly idiot record execs had a "formula", and they PUSHED IT EVERYWHERE.
You wanted to shoot the radio whenever you heard a disco song.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||08/12/2013|
[quote]Vietnam was ending and with a democrat in the White House...
Except that there was a Republican in the White House when Disco began, and for a while after. AND Vietnam ended under a Republican administration. But other than that, you're right on the mark...
|by Anonymous||reply 43||08/14/2013|
Ditto what r42 said.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||09/12/2013|
The 60-minute BBC documentary "The Joy of Disco":
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/12/2013|
R16,I can`t really imagine Disco being some heavy underground.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/12/2013|
Those were the days. We all worse platform shoes back then. And Afros bigger than Dante de Blasio's.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/12/2013|
R46 waits on line 2 hours to get into disco night at Scandals down at the mall.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||09/12/2013|
R46, you're a fucking idiot.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||09/12/2013|
r13, I'm currently getting into the music of Jacques Fred Petrus. He was a French/Italian dj in the 70s, and then got into music production, although he was just an executive producer. The sound was his vision, but the talented musicians he assembled actually created it.
His biggest hit was in 1980 with "A Lover's Holiday" credited to Change, his most successful studio assemblage. Holiday was Top 5 R&B, and featured the great Jocelyn Brown, my second favorite disco diva after Donna, though admittedly a distant 2nd. Change scored again the next year with the aptly named "Paradise" (it's disco heaven) which was also Top 5 R&B.
The more rare tracks associated with Mr. Petrus, that I love, are "Welcome Back" and "Mighty Fine" by the Peter Jaques Band. Also "Time For Love" and "Starlette" by the B.B.&Q Band. Petrus had other hits, and discovered Luther Vandross, who became famous after being featured on Change's 1980 album, which was also nominated for a number of Grammies. But I think the 6 tracks I mentioned are the best, I can't imagine I'll ever tire of them. Also "Hard Times" by Change isn't bad, just not quite in the league of the aforementioned 6.
"Time For Love" - B.B.&Q Band
|by Anonymous||reply 50||09/12/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 51||09/12/2013|
Cerrone - "Supernature"
|by Anonymous||reply 52||09/12/2013|
R49,you`re an idiot ,not me.You and all of those who make out disco to be some kind of `early-christian` underground type of thing.No,in reality Disco is as commercial and mass-oriented as it gets.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||09/12/2013|
[quote]but was it in reaction to something?
|by Anonymous||reply 54||09/12/2013|
[quote] Petrus had other hits, and discovered Luther Vandross,
|by Anonymous||reply 55||09/12/2013|
Yes really Bowie. You worked with him in '74, he continued being an unknown studio singer for many years after, so Bowie discovered a background singer. Petrus had him sing lead, and his career took off immediately after.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||09/12/2013|
[quote][R49],you're an idiot ,not me.You and all of those who make out disco to be some kind of 'early-christian' underground type of thing.No,in reality Disco is as commercial and mass-oriented as it gets.
Disco started as an underground thing, asshole. You have no idea what you are talking about.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/12/2013|
But it wasn`t meant to remain underground. In essence it was something totally populist.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||09/12/2013|
R46's only excuse to be that stupid would be that he spent most of his life in some God forsaken shithole in Missouri.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/12/2013|
I kind of miss the clothes.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||09/12/2013|
Listless soft rock preceded disco as a musical force.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||09/12/2013|
And it kind of survived disco, R61. Remember "mellow" in the early '80s?
|by Anonymous||reply 62||09/12/2013|
No,not everyone is like you,R59.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||09/12/2013|
God, the disco days were fun. Studio One in LA (or was Hollywood?) The Bistro, La Cage and Coconuts in Chicago. Never made it to Studio 54 but I'd never have been let in.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||09/12/2013|
Glad you like it r51, please check out the other tracks listed. In the same vein of Chic-influenced post-disco, here's some other rare favorites:
Empress - Dyin' To Be Dancing
|by Anonymous||reply 65||09/12/2013|
Unlimited Touch - Searching To Find The One [Remix]
|by Anonymous||reply 66||09/12/2013|
Unlimited Touch's "I Hear Music In The Streets" is also pretty good, but "Searching" is flawless, the original remix anyway. A new one I've found is D-Train's "Trying To Get Over", love the uplifting message, but it's also a seminal jam.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||09/12/2013|
R42 had it right. The release of Saturday Night Fever and the soundtrack catapulted disco into the music scene.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||09/12/2013|
We honors the divas of disco, especially SYLVESTER, but also Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, and RuPaul.
Not to mention Anita Ward, Chic, St. Tropez, Linda Clifford, Gwen McCrae, Shirley and Company, Voyage, Karen Young, Sister Sledge, Vicki Sue Robinson, Diana Ross . . .
|by Anonymous||reply 69||09/13/2013|
r60's picture made me think about how the fashions of that time must have been very unforgiving to the type of slightly overweight men who can sort of hide their gut in today's clothes. But those disco clothes wouldn't seem to leave any possibility of camouflaging it!
|by Anonymous||reply 70||09/13/2013|
Some more classic Eurodisco...this is still a pride anthem at the European clubs.
Patrick Hernandez - Born To Be Alive
|by Anonymous||reply 71||09/13/2013|
Disco is alive and well.
"Lay Me Down" - Avicii featuring Nile Rodgers (Chic) & Adam Lambert.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||09/13/2013|
Anyone else remember any of these REAL DISCO jams? Every one of these cuts puts all of this soulless, disposable, computer software garbage passing for music today to shame......
Fever (Patrick Cowley) - The Fever Rock Asha Puthli - I'm Gonna Dance Laura Taylor - All Through Me Alma Faye - Don't Fall In Love Nightfall - Keep It Up Donna Washington - Ready Or Not & Take A Chance With Me Jumbo - Turn On To Love Andrea True - Fill Me Up (Heart To Heart) Jim Capaldi - Shoe Shine Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis - Shine On Silver Moon Tangerue/Strange Affair - Don't Stop The Music Sticky Fingers - Night Time France Joli - Don't Stop Dancing Madleen Kane - C'est Si Bon & Let's Make Love Carol Williams - Dance The Night Away Ann-Margret - Love Rush & Midnight Message & Everybody Needs Somebody Sometime Carolyne Bernier - Hold Me, Touch Me & Dance With Me (Danse Avec Moi) Love & Kisses - You Must Be Love & You're The Most Precious Thing In My Life Fantasia - Fantasia & Summer In The City (Medley)
|by Anonymous||reply 73||11/22/2013|
FUCK THIS SITE'S FORMATTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 74||11/22/2013|
Check out Gold Legion...google it...slowly re-releasing and remastering some great classic stuff....finally got Madleen Kane's "Forbidden Love" in its original format....awesome!
|by Anonymous||reply 75||11/22/2013|
Disco just sounds cruisy. Can any of our more experienced queens fill us in on this?
|by Anonymous||reply 76||11/22/2013|
r75, but always buy Gold Legion's releases from Amazon. Don't be tempted to buy directly from their site, just because they offer deals that make it a little cheaper. I ordered two France Joli albums over a year ago, the money was immediately extracted from my account, but they never bothered to send them! And they don't answer emails. The internet is littered with similar horror stories. GOLD LEGION ARE THIEVES, you've been warned people.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||11/22/2013|
During the 70s, I had progressive, left-wing straight friends who hated disco. They thought is was decadent and politically-incorrect.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||11/22/2013|
[quote]Disco just sounds cruisy.
What do you mean "cruisy"? From 1975 through 1981 there were several different types of Disco. There was the Pretty/Orchestrated Disco, Electronic/Synth-Driven Disco, R&B/Funk Based, Rock-Disco/Rosco, etc.
By "Cruisy" you may be thinking of Slower/Midtempo Disco aka Sleaze. Are you referring to this sound in the clip?
|by Anonymous||reply 79||11/22/2013|
Please, the older baby-boomers just couldn't get over their Beatles fixation. Baby boomers have always been obnoxious that way, convinced the world revolves around them and their specific experiences growing up in the 50s/60s.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||11/22/2013|
R75 & R77 , I've had my own personal Disco reissues (including the Madleen Kane & France Joli discs) for years. I simply brought new/clean copies of the vinyl, ripped high quality wavs, cleaned up the sound a little & burned them to CD.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||11/22/2013|
[quote]During the 70s, I had progressive, left-wing straight friends who hated disco. They thought is was decadent and politically-incorrect.
When it comes to talent involved, orchestration, arranging & overall creativity I'd say that Disco Music (from 1975 through 1981) is some of the best music of all time! I'm not referring to a lot of the Top 40 stuff (which admittedly is often cheesy). I'm mainly referring to the REAL DISCO MUSIC that was played in clubs. This is coming from someone who knows music & who's taste run the gamut from Classical to Rock to Soul to Jazz, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||11/22/2013|
[quote]They may be out of print on CD but available on iTunes or elsewhere.
I don't think that's how music works.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||11/22/2013|
Yes a lot of the top 40 stuff was crap, but Donna, Chic and Giorgio Moroder are definitely excluded from that.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||11/22/2013|
Everything Nile Rodgers touched was brilliant.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||11/22/2013|
And Rodgers gushes about Donna Summer, she was his ultimate diva. And a primary influence on Chic, according to him. Nile said he had one of her paintings hanging in his apartment in case she ever visited and it'd help convince her to record something with him. Pet Shop Boys and Moby were also dying to record with her.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||11/22/2013|
R18, thanks for the great links! i spin 70's and 80's funk/soul on vinyl at various gigs, and i'm always looking for stuff i don't know-
|by Anonymous||reply 87||11/22/2013|
Fever (Patrick Cowley) - The Fever Rock
Asha Puthli - I'm Gonna Dance
Laura Taylor - All Through Me
Alma Faye - Don't Fall In Love
Nightfall - Keep It Up
Donna Washington - Ready Or Not & Take A Chance With Me
Jumbo - Turn On To Love
Andrea True - Fill Me Up (Heart To Heart)
Jim Capaldi - Shoe Shine
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis - Shine On Silver Moon
Strange Affair/Tangerue - Don't Stop The Music
Sticky Fingers - Night Time
France Joli - Don't Stop Dancing
Madleen Kane - Cest Si Bon & Let's Make Love
Carol Williams - Dance The Night Away
Ann Margret - Love Rush & Midnight Message & Everybody Needs Somebody Sometime
Carolyne Bernier - Hold Me, Touch Me & Dance With Me (Danse Avec Moi)
Love & Kisses - You Must Be Love & You're The Most Precious Thing In My Life
Fantasia - Fantasia & Summer In The City (Medley)
|by Anonymous||reply 88||11/22/2013|
Carolyne Bernier's 'Hold Me, Touch Me' - From the same producer (Tony Green) that gave us France Joli's 'Come To Me' & several other Disco Hits.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||11/22/2013|
[quote] I don't think that's how music works.
Then you're wrong. What it means is that the label that released original CDs does not manufacture them any more or supply them to the few remaining outlets that still sell physical product (Amazon, etc.) That doesn't mean that you cannot find them used in second hand stores or, often, that the label holding the licence wouldn't put them up on iTunes, Amazon MP3 store and other digital music retailers since it costs them virtually nothing to do so and the niche audience can still buy it so they make some profit with very little overhead to speak of.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||11/22/2013|
what year did it die?
|by Anonymous||reply 91||11/22/2013|
What's typical about disco music, is that most of it is written in a minor key. Not somethig you'd expect from dance music.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||11/22/2013|
Tangerue - Doin' Your Own Thing
It is my favorite disco song. It was produced by Eddy Strauman.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||12/23/2014|
R85 despite being a 70s icon, Niles biggest selling album that he produced was Like a Virgin by Madonna released in November 1984
It sold 21 million worldwide
Nile talks about this in his excellent autobiography
|by Anonymous||reply 94||12/23/2014|
[quote]Was it in reaction to something?
Gays, Rose! GAYS, GAYS, GAYS!
|by Anonymous||reply 95||12/23/2014|
Paradise Garage! Also known as "the Garage" or the "Gayrage", but was none the less wonderful.
Place is still there but has long reverted to it's original function; a garage for Verizon IIRC.
Last Fall the street was blocked off for awhile and a PG 25 year reunion was held in honor of Larry Levan.
PG was the place you found everyone mixing, black, white, gay, straight, Latino/Hispanic, uptown, downtown, Bridge and Tunnel.....
Garage, Roxy and all the rest are now only memories. In this new clean and sanitized Manhattan all the formerly commercial areas are now high end/luxury housing. As such the residents want *NO* part of clubs opening on their street. Roxy was going to try but got shoot down soon as local residents got wind. The spot is going to be or is (have not been that way in years) luxury housing.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||12/23/2014|
If you have been to any wedding reception since the 1970's and done this dance, you know Disco!
|by Anonymous||reply 97||12/23/2014|
I wished that disco had never stopped in 1981. I believe it could have gotten better if the homophobic creeps didn't smash their disco records into smithereens at a baseball field in 1979.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||12/23/2014|
You can ring my bell ...
|by Anonymous||reply 99||12/23/2014|
For those seeking them out check thrifts and charity shops. There or "vinyl" record shops, that is if you can find them as most seem to be closing.
Sadly we lost many of the "Disco" era too soon and their things are often donated to charity. That or former DJ's or anyone else simply moved on and got rid of their collections.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||12/23/2014|
I just wanted to chime in about Gold Legion. The label is clearly a labor of love, as the reissued CDs they've done look and sound fantastic. And they've released some really important stuff, like Grace Jones' second and third albums.
But, it's pretty clear the guy running the label can barely keep his business running otherwise. Gold Legion is notorious for announcing a release date and then pushing it back and back, often more than a year, while sitting on the money they take from pre-orders.
Even normal orders from their catalog can take weeks or months to arrive, and that's with you prodding them.
As the poster above said, buy from Amazon or one of the Amazon marketplace sellers. You won't be disappointed by the quality of the CD.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||12/23/2014|
I should also add I'm a huge fan of the Disco Discharge series. The guy who curated the series really knows his stuff. They focus on lesser-known songs and a lot of material that never really made it out of the clubs onto radio. There are some big names, but they're usually lesser-known hits.
Just beware, they do draw heavily from the 1980s (Eurodisco and early house music) as well, and some purists don't like that.
Also, if the series interests you and you want them on CD, I'd suggest picking them up now. You don't have to order from Amazon UK as the guy above said, Amazon has them, and some marketplace sellers have them for $6-$7, which is a steal, even with $4 postage.
Several titles in the series have gone out of print, and they're already priced in the $30 and up range. These will all fall out of print over the next few years, and the guy behind them has said the Discharge series is done.
By the way, I realize these posts make me sound like a Marketplace seller, which I'm not. Frequent customer, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||12/23/2014|
I wonder why Donna Summer never worked with Nile Rodgers, when he clearly wanted to. What a collaboration that would have been!
|by Anonymous||reply 103||12/23/2014|
Unfortunately, Donna wasn't much of a dance music fan. Her daughter, who is in a folk-pop duo with her husband (they've made the top 40 and were on Leno), says Donna only listened to acoustic stuff like Dylan and Joni Mitchell. She was definitely not in the mindset to record a disco album in 1980, that Diana had such success with, her most successful solo album. The Rolling Stone rock critics had accepted her, and disco was dead, so she felt compelled to do an all-out rock album, The Wanderer. The Pet Shop Boys also worshiped her and could've helped her make a comeback, as they did with Dusty Springfield. But PSB was completely off her radar.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||12/23/2014|
I agree, r104.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||12/24/2014|
The preciousness of art rock was becoming stifling.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||12/24/2014|
The truth about Donna Summer is no one wanted to work with her.
She was notorious for being not very smart, but very aggressive in her demands. Her dim husband didn't help matters, either.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||12/24/2014|
I've always heard that Donna was a nice person and pretty affable. I'm actually quite surprised that in her private life she wasn't a fan of dance music.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||12/24/2014|
What about Gloria Gaynor?
|by Anonymous||reply 109||12/25/2014|
Black folks were sick of Bob Dylan, folksy corporate mainstream bad rock singers which took themselves way too serious.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||12/25/2014|
It was a reaction to John Travolta.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||12/25/2014|
Thank you, r111.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||12/25/2014|
The people who liked to dance broke out and suddenly disco was all over the place. Business liked it because the kids wanted new clothes (and not second hand Army surplus outfits) and clubbing became an outing instead of an excuse to get high (although there was that too.)
The problem was, Disco got pushed too hard. I think it might have been the first overdone fad since the hula hoop and the rockers resented that. Music wasn't about clothes to them, and the tensions started growing.
It didn't help Disco that the guys behind the scene could be sleazier than those ever-sleazy rock guys.
Country was off in the hinterlands even then -- it didn't become big until the bad reaction to rap splintered modern music.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||12/25/2014|
[quote]The problem was, Disco got pushed too hard
The problem was white rockers were pissed and wanted their top spot on the charts back. Disco sucks was very much an orchestrated movement to get black people off the money train.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||12/25/2014|
DJ Wuakeen has over 20 1-hour mixes of disco and hi-nrg that will definitely take you back to the clubs of the 70's and early 80's. Little to no pop (no Bee Gees or Abba, just the ocassional camp inclusion like Leif Garrett), all hard core dance and great mixing.
You get to read the lists and click a red button if you like it and it plays!
|by Anonymous||reply 115||12/25/2014|
Boys and girls, a single song would be eight minutes or longer and could take up an entire side of a LP!
|by Anonymous||reply 116||12/25/2014|
R1 - It was a reaction to the fucking Carpenters.
Wouldn't most of their ouvre want to make you do poppers and shake that ass to pulsating beat that was the aural equivalent of anal [Karen's harrowing voice aside]?
|by Anonymous||reply 117||12/25/2014|
It put drummers on unemployment.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||12/25/2014|
R113 has no idea what he's talking about.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||12/25/2014|
Earl Young from MFSB originated the disco drum beat.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||12/26/2014|
I also heard, that disco became popular because people were tired of the politically charged soul of Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder. People simply wanted danceable soul music, that was 100% escapism.
Punk was a reaction to glam rock and art rock, not to disco and a few years later punk became a tired old Behemoth as well. The best thing about the current era is, that there are no more pop-cultural ideologies that everyone has to conform to.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||12/26/2014|
It was a definite reaction to cheap cocaine.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||12/26/2014|
R13, get Tom Moulton's two Philly Re-Grooved collections. And the Chic album.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||12/26/2014|
It was an invitation to get high and fuck anyone you wanted.
Then AIDS came along....
|by Anonymous||reply 124||12/26/2014|
Dude don't argue with these mincing fairies. They all have a disease which is 100% preventable. Then bitch about white people, the same rich white people that invented the antiretrovirals that keep them alive.
They know very little about anything that doesn't involve using their mouth for a toilet and calling it sex.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||12/26/2014|
Disco was also a reaction against the stupid flyover cock-rock bands that were dominating music at the time. REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||12/26/2014|