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(NCBuy)   This Monday marks the 25th anniversary of the death of disco, which disguised itself pretty well as a Chicago White Sox fan riot   (ncbuy.com ) divider line
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2004-07-09 12:13:55 PM  
In the art gallery of music disco is the bed covered in meat.
 
2004-07-09 02:31:22 PM  
Mmmm, meat...

The seventies sucked. They were bland, soulless, conformist times, times of decline and drudgery which it took a decade of naked greed and totalitarianism to erase the memory of. Don't be fooled by the dewey-eyed, rose-tinted hindsight of the rock bores and aging-punks - the sound of the seventies wasn't raging guitars, it was putrid pop pap and lumbering nashvegas string-laden country. It was Kenny Rogers' boot stamping on a human head, forever.

Into this void came disco - a music unashamedly about olympian sex, titanic-drug abuse, insane hedonism and wild dancing. It was hi-nrg, and it kicked the music world in the ass. It was also profoundly influential. And it was fun.

In short, hate not the disco. One day a DJ may save your life.
 
2004-07-09 02:44:29 PM  
Chicago what fans? I thought the Chicago was solely the domain of the Cubs. Well that's what my friends from Chicago tried to convince me. Same way that Yankees fans try and pretend that the Mets don't exist, I guess.
 
2004-07-09 02:45:13 PM  
A friend of mine from Chicago sent this link...

www.discodemolition.com

My friend went to the thing, and was scared by the riot. I missed it, and regretted it. Only years later I realized how cool disco was, and how black and white music merged to create this great sound that appealed across the board to all people. Except white, disaffected, midwestern youth with money (and records) to burn.
 
2004-07-09 02:47:41 PM  
Cosmic Music
It was Kenny Rogers' boot stamping on a human head, forever.

Excellent reference.

the sound of the seventies wasn't raging guitars, it was putrid pop pap and lumbering nashvegas string-laden country.

Yes, but the guys on stage were actually making the music and playing the instruments - even if it was only three chords.

Disco, on the other hand, is the distant ancestor of electronica and other such varieties of non-music.
 
2004-07-09 02:50:18 PM  
Back in the 70's, I was a HUGE proponent of the Disco Sucks crowd. I was at a friends house and she had a CD that had a bunch of the Disco One Hit Wonders on it and it was great to listen to. It was so great, that I went out and bought it for myself. I like to listen to it while I clean the house.

I also hated the whole late 70's/80's preppy thing.

/proud to have NEVER owned anything by Izod/
 
2004-07-09 02:51:21 PM  
Cosmic_Music sounds rather Fagenesque. If you know what that means you know the good side of 70's music
 
2004-07-09 02:52:46 PM  
In the art gallery of music disco is the bed covered in meat.

This is the best summary of disco music, ever. No other sentence will match its elegent combination of mental imagery, brevity, or accuracy. I am having it bronzed and placed in a museum.
 
2004-07-09 02:53:24 PM  
Although I'm not a total disco (or even electronica) fan, I do have to agree with Cosmic and Lon on this one. For all its faults, disco Was hi-NRG, and people of all colors did come together to dance and get all sticky w/ each other. (How many blacks were at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert?)

Though personally, I think the Ramones, Clash and (shudder) the Sex Pistols had more to do with kicking the music world in the arse, hey at least disco got people dancing, even if it was gawd-awful.

/viva la dance dance revolution
 
2004-07-09 02:56:54 PM  
"hi-NRG"? Christ, is this what the kids are saying these days?

Is it so damn hard to type out the other five letters, or would that be wasting too much energy?
 
2004-07-09 02:57:33 PM  
Proud owner in 1979 of a DISCO SUCKS! button.

--h
 
2004-07-09 02:59:19 PM  
i hated disco with a passion
because i can't dance worth shiat.
thank God punk and new wave took over.
they were even more spasmadic
than i was.
 
2004-07-09 03:00:05 PM  
Demolition-shmemolition.

10 Cent Beer Night at old Cleveland Municiple Stadium, now there was a riot.
 
2004-07-09 03:00:11 PM  
Disco is alive and well, it's just called rap and sucks even more now.
 
2004-07-09 03:00:25 PM  
WTF? Disco is dead?
 
vjp
2004-07-09 03:00:37 PM  
Eagerly waiting for Disco's bastard spawn (rap and hiphop) to die next.
 
2004-07-09 03:00:42 PM  
superoogie

Wut r u complAn-n 4?


/also never liked disco, nor the missing letters from many words found online. Plus now I feel old. Being a whopping 24 and never having seen anyone say "NRG".
 
2004-07-09 03:00:52 PM  
Y-M-C-A !!!!
 
2004-07-09 03:01:05 PM  
Disco is called house music or electronic music now. Not rap.
 
2004-07-09 03:01:22 PM  
Disco Stu does not advertise.
 
2004-07-09 03:04:46 PM  
Bill Veeck rules! Wish he was still the Sox owner.

And Chicago is not 100% Cubs fan. More like 60%-40%. We White Sox fans are a minority and we know it.
 
2004-07-09 03:05:32 PM  
The hatred of disco was also tied to a vieled hatred of blacks, latinos, and gays, who were frequenting the discos in great numbers during that time.

/pissed
 
2004-07-09 03:06:55 PM  
I aain't got time for that now.
 
2004-07-09 03:07:12 PM  
Good idea: Have a bunch of disenchanted stoner Zep fans bring in a disco record for discounted admission to a listless baseball team.

Bad idea: Not collect the LPs at the gate, have said stoner-Zep-fans sit in the upper deck of the stadium where they'll quickly realize what a great (and potentially lethal) frisbee doth an LP make.

/zzzzing!
 
2004-07-09 03:08:19 PM  
it isn't disco unless it uses the word "boogie."
i never understood what the fark that word
meant.
no i do not want to "boogie" with you.
no i do not know the way to "funkytown."
take your boogie wonderland and
cram it.
 
2004-07-09 03:08:57 PM  
As cheezy as it could be, Disco did contribute greatly (along with Funk) to the lexicon of American Music. It taught us to shake our asses in ways we didn't think possible..and its Children, from the House in Chicago to the Breaks down south have alot to thank it for. Only problem was, by the time such apocalyptic jems as "Disco Duck" and "Ethel Merman does Disco"..I think it was time for the producers out there to take a step back and re-assess..

I'm going to quadrule what Cosmic, Lon and quieter said about bringing people together. Even today, with EDM in all its forms, you can find people from uptown to the Ghetto getting down till the sun comes up. And that can't be anything but a good thing.

But I'll leave the detractors to feast on their Avril Levigne and Linkin Park...LOL..
 
2004-07-09 03:09:44 PM  
Wanted for questioning....

[image from photodump.com too old to be available]
 
2004-07-09 03:10:58 PM  
Also, and I say this from direct observation, those who bash things like Disco and 'Electronica' the hardest are usually the people (male 9 times out of 10, because your women like shaking their asses with us ;) ) who couldn't dance in time to save their lives..
 
2004-07-09 03:11:16 PM  
July 12, 1979? I lived through 20 days of disco madness! Woo.
 
2004-07-09 03:13:46 PM  
I dealt with the whole disco thing by turning up my Black Sabbath albums really loud and going off to play Dungeons and Dragons.

In retrospect I probably should have learned to dance instead.

It sucked anyway.
 
2004-07-09 03:14:15 PM  
[image from new-video.de too old to be available]
Lex: Man, if there's one thing KISS will never do, it is a bullsh*t disco song.
Jam: No sh*t man!
Trip: Yeah man. Disco blows dogs for quarters man!

(ok, Jam's not in the shot, so shoot me...)
 
2004-07-09 03:15:10 PM  
Cosmic_Music writes:
"The seventies sucked. They were bland, soulless, conformist times, times of decline and drudgery which it took a decade of naked greed and totalitarianism to erase the memory of."

amishrobot adjusts:
"The eighties sucked. They were bland, soulless, conformist times, times of decline and drudgery which it took a decade of naked greed and totalitarianism to erase the memory of."

...and adjusts again:
"The nineties sucked. They were bland, soulless, conformist times, times of decline and drudgery which it took a decade of naked greed and totalitarianism to erase the memory of."

I do agree with you Cosmic, I just don't think things have really improved. I imagine that in 10 years I'll be able to update your fine quote easily.
 
2004-07-09 03:15:55 PM  
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/040709

Jim Caple column on the same subject...
 
2004-07-09 03:16:19 PM  
Long live the insane coho lips
 
2004-07-09 03:16:44 PM  
Big American party!

/good time for all
 
2004-07-09 03:18:21 PM  
I hated disco - till I heard Rap
 
2004-07-09 03:18:52 PM  
Teucer

The hatred of disco was also tied to a vieled hatred of blacks, latinos, and gays, who were frequenting the discos in great numbers during that time.

/pissed

You actually beleive that?!?!!?!?!?!?!!! Most people that hate dico, hate it due to it's suckiness. Hence the term "dico sucks".
 
2004-07-09 03:19:15 PM  
Clevoh:

Amen to that.

For those who don't know about the glories of 10 cent beer nite...

Click here.
 
2004-07-09 03:19:28 PM  
I spelled disco wrong twice? Damn I suck.
 
2004-07-09 03:19:42 PM  
Also, and I say this from direct observation, those who bash things like Disco and 'Electronica' the hardest are usually the people (male 9 times out of 10, because your women like shaking their asses with us ;) ) who couldn't dance in time to save their lives..

*sheepish grin* guilty.

But, I make the attempt anyway. Me, and an army of brave geeks, losers, and dweebs, out there on Saturday nights, trying to bust a move without losing our nerve. Quantities of alcohol seem to help a bit.

Actually, I enjoy well-produced, well-mixed electronic music, the stuff that involves an actual DJ doing actual spinning, timing, and judicious use of various samples. Eurodance and disco generate daydreams of using shotguns and explosives on speaker sets emitting the crap.
 
2004-07-09 03:20:03 PM  
Heh...dico...that's a funny word.
 
2004-07-09 03:20:19 PM  
I hated the racists/homophobes behind the anti-disco movement. For once in our society we had a culture of fun and music that brought men and women, blacks and whites, straight and gay together on the dance floor.

Disco never died in my mind.
 
2004-07-09 03:20:52 PM  
I spelled believe wrong, too. I give up.
 
2004-07-09 03:23:37 PM  
Ha Ha TheJoe03!! You can't speel!! HAHAHAH!!
 
2004-07-09 03:24:52 PM  
[image from outernetweb.com too old to be available]

I watched that game on TV from Detroit. Unbelievable. Can't even forget stuff like that.

Good pics and other info @ this website.
 
2004-07-09 03:26:01 PM  
Actually, I enjoy well-produced, well-mixed electronic music, the stuff that involves an actual DJ doing actual spinning, timing, and judicious use of various samples

I'm with you. There is sometimes some good stuff out there if you look. As for the dance floor: If think you look like a fool take a look around. Chances are everyone else looks like a fool too. Just move about and have a good time. That's what I do.
 
2004-07-09 03:27:34 PM  
PlatinumDragon

But you try to get down and thats all that really matters :). Just don't lose that nerve and your chances of scoring (remember Alcohol, bless its heart, is involved!) go up greatly for just trying. Its betta than being a wallflower, and heck alot of the geeks I know (I'm also one) can really cut the floor up, so it aint no thang.

Oh and I second you wholeheartedly about Eurodance. I thought the steakhead guido was a traditionally Jersey thing, but boy oh boy was I wrong...
 
2004-07-09 03:28:47 PM  
Some REAL shiatty disco.....like literally!
[image from porktornado.diaryland.com too old to be available]
 
2004-07-09 03:29:15 PM  
Still a regular listener of Steve Dahl here in Chicago. The movie under development of The Day Disco Died is being written/produced with Chicago area native Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show fame. Already rumored to be interested in playing Dahl is Jack Black. Playing Bill Veeck? None other then Chicago's own Bill Murray.
 
2004-07-09 03:32:01 PM  
The Last Days of Disco is a really good film documenting a particular New York club (not Club 54). It features Kate Beckinsale(with an American accent) and Chloe Sevigny.
 
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