Do you like DISCO? (soundtracks, hardcore, player, Rolling Stones)
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Disco brought a "lifestyle" with it-the mirrorball, fog, fashion (dance and your dance partner rips your skirt off and there you are dancing in your leotard and heels. lol The shows-Dance Fever and the movies Saturday Night fever and of course some illicit things...all fueled by the music. Donna Summer was the queen of disco and whether you like disco or not you cannot deny she can SING. The campy act, The Village People and the definitive disco album of the era the soundtrack of Saturday Night Live. Off the top of my head I would say these three act/ albums were probably the best of the disco era.
I live all genres of music, I still cannot understand why disco became so polarizing, maybe because some "rock" acts tried to do disco songs and fans must of felt that was too too much. Either way disco, like any other genre of music, there is great, good, alright, so-so, bad, pitiful.
Anyone remember Disco Duck? lol
Oh, yes I remember Disco Duck! I would put that one in the bad or pitiful category. LOL! I agree with your post. I think you would have had to have been in your teens and early twenties to appreciate the era. I remember getting dressed up and going dancing at the disco's, the music, and counting how many guys had the white John Travolta suits on. Like you said it was also a lifestyle and I loved it for the short time it lasted. Good memories for me anyway!
I wouldn't say I love disco, but as I've gotten older I've found I like disco more and more. I definitely can't say I like every disco song or even the majority of disco songs, but I do like a number of them. To my ears, the top disco songs tended to be either the Bee Gees' best songs or had Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards (Chic's guitarist and bassist) playing on and/or producing them (or other bands blatantly copying Rodgers'/Edwards'/Chic's sound), though obviously there were exceptions.
In general, I tend to like songs that have a droning or repetitive rhythm. So many songs (or really genres) in the rock era - disco, funk, Krautrock, shoegazer, a lot of power pop and Paisley Underground songs, a lot of punk or punk-influenced songs - follow this template (which I like to think of, from a white music perspective, as "John Lennon type" songs, as opposed to varying rhythms/melodies, i.e. "Paul McCartney type" songs).
I like the more obscure "underground" variants of disco, the stuff that sounds like modern house music but with live drumming. The charts killed disco by turning it into a camp cartoon. (Like they do with all dance music)
I've got to add as well, that if you are a house/garage music fan you will at some point get into disco, though like me it'll probably be the more credible stuff. Mainly because house and garage (US garage not UK) evolved from disco.
I enjoy disco music. I prefer its sound over the more modern dance music that's been popular for the past couple decades or so. I guess since I wasn't around during the late 70s, I'll never understand the backlash against disco. The hatred seemed to stem from irrationality and insecurity. There's genres of music I don't care for now, but I wouldn't place my energy into hating it, unlike the "disco sucks" crowd. I can understanding questioning the lifestyle some may have engaged in during the disco era, but such issues aren't confined to that time period.
I enjoy disco music. I prefer its sound over the more modern dance music that's been popular for the past couple decades or so.
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