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(That Eric Alper)   Today in 1979, it was "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park. Boogie on down to watch the video   ( thatericalper.com) divider line
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2018-07-12 11:00:56 AM  
Remember this kids.
Disco won.
 
2018-07-12 11:06:34 AM  
It's like a disco inferno.  Burn, baby, burn.
 
2018-07-12 11:30:53 AM  
America had moved on to the more sophisticated musical stylings of KISS
 
2018-07-12 11:41:20 AM  

sirrerun: Remember this kids.
Disco won.


Wait....what?  You've never heard the phrase "as dead as disco"?
 
2018-07-12 11:43:48 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: America had moved on to the more sophisticated musical stylings of KISS


heh ... yeah, from what I remember of WLUP just a year or two later when I started spending months at a time in Chicagoland, that station was pretty much yer lowest common denominator corporate crap. Circa 1980, that meant wall-to-wall Journey and REO Speedwagon.
 
2018-07-12 11:45:39 AM  
MRGA
 
2018-07-12 11:48:14 AM  

sirrerun: Remember this kids.
Disco won.


Yeah, but it was by forfeit.
 
2018-07-12 11:50:51 AM  
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/ Really good movie in case you haven't seen it
// Gene Siskel's favorite of all time
/// Of all time
 
2018-07-12 11:51:41 AM  
debate: which was a more disastrous promotion, this, or 10 Cent Beer Night?
 
2018-07-12 11:52:32 AM  
it was no 10 cent beer night
 
2018-07-12 11:52:40 AM  
Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten what a giant dickhead Steve Dahl is
 
2018-07-12 11:54:45 AM  
You know what? Disco was pretty awesome. A hard dance beat, a funk-influenced bass line, and lots of swoopy, sugary strings on top? That's a whole hell of a lot better than the sterile pop bullshiat of the '80s or the mopeyness of grunge in the '90s. Or whatever the fark today's music is supposed to be.
 
2018-07-12 11:56:10 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: America had moved on to the more sophisticated musical stylings of KISS


KISS released a disco song in 1979, and it was a minor hit. Further proof that KISS, disco, and popular taste farking suck.
 
2018-07-12 11:59:33 AM  
disco duck
Youtube 97RjuC9YeXg
 
2018-07-12 12:00:49 PM  

Uzzah: You know what? Disco was pretty awesome. A hard dance beat, a funk-influenced bass line, and lots of swoopy, sugary strings on top? That's a whole hell of a lot better than the sterile pop bullshiat of the '80s or the mopeyness of grunge in the '90s. Or whatever the fark today's music is supposed to be.


Perry Como thanks you for your support.

/I miss old Comiskey
 
2018-07-12 12:03:02 PM  

Timmy the Tumor: Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten what a giant dickhead Steve Dahl is


He was on Detroit radio in the mid-late 70's, we all thought he was hilarious. As disco haters and because the White Sox were playing the Tigers, we had high hopes that the record burning would catch on. Sadly, the only good thing to come out of it was the free win the Tigers got.
 
2018-07-12 12:04:08 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: America had moved on to the more sophisticated musical stylings of KISS



The original incarnation of KISS was on its last legs by 1979. Fittingly, one of their last gasps of relevancy (prior to taking off the makeup and reinventing themselves as an 80's metal band) was the release of a disco song.

Kiss - I Was Made For Lovin' You (Version Original 1979) (Producciones Especiales Jose @ DJ Mix)
Youtube zlSFmotba2I
 
2018-07-12 12:11:10 PM  
Disco Demolition Night was always about racism.
 
2018-07-12 12:12:15 PM  
The worst promotion by far was the Phillies 'D sized battery' giveaway night.  Hooo boy was that a fiasco!
 
2018-07-12 12:14:07 PM  
Disco Lives Forever!
Youtube vtsQI2IeM5U
 
2018-07-12 12:17:20 PM  
Wow, hubby brings it up a few times a year but I didn't realize it was so bad after. What am awful thing to do on a baseball field. All of those people should be ashamed of themselves.
 
2018-07-12 12:21:35 PM  
Loose Change - Straight From The Heart - Tom Moulton Mix
Youtube br8uvJ4W2es
 
2018-07-12 12:24:16 PM  
I will have to listen to Steve Dahl's show today to hear him remanence about this. It's been almost 40 years and he's still getting flack about this from the White Sox. Ironically Steve's son works for the Sox.
 
2018-07-12 12:29:08 PM  

snowybunting: Timmy the Tumor: Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten what a giant dickhead Steve Dahl is

He was on Detroit radio in the mid-late 70's, we all thought he was hilarious. As disco haters and because the White Sox were playing the Tigers, we had high hopes that the record burning would catch on. Sadly, the only good thing to come out of it was the free win the Tigers got.


I listened to him as a kid while growing up in Chicagoland.  His falling out with Garry Meier and other things really turned me off to the guy.
 
2018-07-12 12:29:16 PM  

Uzzah: You know what? Disco was pretty awesome. A hard dance beat, a funk-influenced bass line, and lots of swoopy, sugary strings on top? That's a whole hell of a lot better than the sterile pop bullshiat of the '80s or the mopeyness of grunge in the '90s. Or whatever the fark today's music is supposed to be.


Well, a) it wasn't the music.  It was the fashion and the posing that surrounded it.  And it infected metal rock for a decade or more, too; and 2) sterile pop crap is what you get when you let corporate marketing dictate music trends.

Stop listening to iFartRadio and Cumulus outlets!

http://www.885fm.org/live/
https://www.kcrw.com//music/shows/ecl​e​ctic24
 
2018-07-12 12:31:44 PM  

sirrerun: Remember this kids.
Disco won.


Discu Stu - If these trends continue...
Youtube e6LOWKVq5sQ
 
2018-07-12 12:35:36 PM  

Snapper Carr: HotWingConspiracy: America had moved on to the more sophisticated musical stylings of KISS


The original incarnation of KISS was on its last legs by 1979. Fittingly, one of their last gasps of relevancy (prior to taking off the makeup and reinventing themselves as an 80's metal band) was the release of a disco song.

[Youtube zlSFmotba2I image 480x360][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/zlSFmotb​a2I]


I prefer this version
ϟ†ϟ - Kiss Shreds
Youtube Kw5oJoUYTb8
 
2018-07-12 12:38:19 PM  
93.1 WXRT is and has been the only Chicago radio station worth listening to ..... Saturday Morning Flashback for the win.
 
2018-07-12 12:40:25 PM  

Uzzah: You know what? Disco was pretty awesome. A hard dance beat, a funk-influenced bass line, and lots of swoopy, sugary strings on top? That's a whole hell of a lot better than the sterile pop bullshiat of the '80s or the mopeyness of grunge in the '90s. Or whatever the fark today's music is supposed to be.


You did know that other, better music came out in the 70s besides Disco, right? Heavy Metal, Punk, rap, Krautrock, and Ambient music all come to mind.
 
2018-07-12 12:42:08 PM  

bughunter: Uzzah: You know what? Disco was pretty awesome. A hard dance beat, a funk-influenced bass line, and lots of swoopy, sugary strings on top? That's a whole hell of a lot better than the sterile pop bullshiat of the '80s or the mopeyness of grunge in the '90s. Or whatever the fark today's music is supposed to be.

Well, a) it wasn't the music.  It was the fashion and the posing that surrounded it.  And it infected metal rock for a decade or more, too; and 2) sterile pop crap is what you get when you let corporate marketing dictate music trends.


And that's why they burned disco clothes
 
2018-07-12 12:43:07 PM  
sterile pop crap is what you get when you let corporate marketing dictate music trends

DISCO DUCK Rick Dees
Youtube i_WEMCUhF0E


/this was #1 on billboard top 100 in 1976
//and launched Rick Dees' career
///can't think of a better example of 'sterile pop crap'
 
2018-07-12 12:43:20 PM  

browntimmy: HotWingConspiracy: America had moved on to the more sophisticated musical stylings of KISS

KISS released a disco song in 1979, and it was a minor hit. Further proof that KISS, disco, and popular taste farking suck.


And you were made for loving it.
 
2018-07-12 12:43:35 PM  
 
2018-07-12 12:45:24 PM  

bughunter: sterile pop crap is what you get when you let corporate marketing dictate music trends

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/i_WEMCUh​F0E]

/this was #1 on billboard top 100 in 1976
//and launched Rick Dees' career
///can't think of a better example of 'sterile pop crap'


A lot of Disco kicked ass. Rick Dees is just crap.
 
2018-07-12 12:49:40 PM  
I was there, with my Grandpa.
Spent that summer at Northwestern on a summer internship, and lived with my Grandparents (had a choice between there and Cal Tech... took the Northwestern gig because of Grandpa)
I was trying to find something to do with him as he was starting to get pretty sick by then (sadly, the last summer of his life) and he mentioned going to a game. Him being a Sox fan and me being a Tigers fan, I figured it might make for a great night.
Just the luck of the draw I bought tix for the doubleheader a few weeks in advance, knowing nothing about the "promotion"... we were out in the left-center bleachers..... totally crazy... couldn't get out of there  fast enough after he blew the hole in the outfield... Gram was frantic by the time we could get home
 
2018-07-12 12:51:47 PM  
Mike Veek came up with the disco-demo promotion.  He's a very funny guy.  He headlined a dinner I attended once upon a time and told the story.  Veek is still in baseball.

Mike Veek with photo of Veek and Dahl.  Not much story about the promotion.

Disco-Demolition Night story
 
2018-07-12 12:56:14 PM  

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Disco Demolition Night was always about racism

, sexism and homophobia.

FTFY
 
2018-07-12 12:57:34 PM  
Holy crap...this again?
Chicagoans talk about this idiotic incident as if it was their crowning achievement.
 
2018-07-12 01:03:37 PM  

cloudofdust: Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Disco Demolition Night was always about racism, sexism and homophobia.

FTFY


Agreed. Disco demolition night was mostly about homophobia than anything else. Fun fact: It wasn't until Saturday Night Fever's release in 1977 where it was considered culturally acceptable for straight guys to go to a disco in the US. Before that, it was mostly good, Larry Levan gay disco that didn't suck.
 
2018-07-12 01:03:54 PM  

pissnmoan: Mike Veek came up with the disco-demo promotion.  He's a very funny guy.  He headlined a dinner I attended once upon a time and told the story.  Veek is still in baseball.

Mike Veek with photo of Veek and Dahl.  Not much story about the promotion.

Disco-Demolition Night story


That's awesome!  That needs to be made into a nostalgia film like Almost Famous or Boogie Nights.

I was only 14, but had heard of the event.  DJs all over were copying Dahl, destroying disco albums on air, and I was on the anti-disco bandwagon because I had already grown tired of it.
 
2018-07-12 01:05:24 PM  
I was totally on board with the Disco Sucks thing back then, now Saturday Day Night Fever is one of my favorite movies.  Rock fans can be really stupid. Look at the top 100 songs of 1979, lots of good disco, lots of good rock. Donna Summer was pretty awesome.
 
2018-07-12 01:08:56 PM  

Trail of BABYMETAL DEATH: rock. Donna Summer

Bruce Springsteen and Donna Summer- Protection-Fan Mix
Youtube PlvVHGItBwo

 
2018-07-12 01:09:11 PM  
I have read about this.    Hilarious incident in the annals of baseball.
 
2018-07-12 01:09:29 PM  
Video fails without Ernie Harwell and Al Kaline calling out the destruction.
 
2018-07-12 01:10:47 PM  

Timmy the Tumor: Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten what a giant dickhead Steve Dahl is


Hey, he got The Loop out of Chicago to play Highway to Hell just before it switched to Contemporary Christian, so he can't be all bad.
 
2018-07-12 01:12:57 PM  
I was only in nursery school by the end of the 70's, but based on my knowledge of that decade, I'm assuming the resulting riot was caused in part by people crazed by leaded gasoline fumes, various people burned to death when lit cigarettes touched their leisure suits or polyester pants, and there was plenty of rape at this event facilitated by the "spanish fly", whatever that is.
 
2018-07-12 01:16:09 PM  

Trail of BABYMETAL DEATH: Donna Summer was pretty awesome.


Donna Summer Love To Love You Baby original long version (Disco 70s)
Youtube V5AztWseIdU

And for you kids out there, earphones on, coz it's NSFW.
 
2018-07-12 01:20:56 PM  
Disco Inferno agrees with your
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assessment.
 
2018-07-12 01:20:56 PM  

Wessoman: cloudofdust: Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Disco Demolition Night was always about racism, sexism and homophobia.

FTFY

Agreed. Disco demolition night was mostly about homophobia than anything else. Fun fact: It wasn't until Saturday Night Fever's release in 1977 where it was considered culturally acceptable for straight guys to go to a disco in the US. Before that, it was mostly good, Larry Levan gay disco that didn't suck.


This really sums it up:

...the record producer Simon Napier-Bell tells Timeline: "The 'Disco Sucks' movement was totally anti-Black, anti-Latino, anti-gay, anti-everything else that didn't subscribe to the right-wing rednecks' idea of what America should be. The people who joined it were the Trump voters of the moment."

https://timeline.com/disco-sucks-move​m​ent-racist-homophobic-2d4e63b43a0e

Don't miss the part about Twisted Sister hanging Barry White in effigy while their fans scream, "Kill the n****r!"
 
2018-07-12 01:20:57 PM  

Stavr0: Trail of BABYMETAL DEATH: Donna Summer was pretty awesome.

[YouTube video: Donna Summer Love To Love You Baby original long version (Disco 70s)]
And for you kids out there, earphones on, coz it's NSFW.


I love this song. My mom tortured me with it every day and it took me awhile to admit to myself that there was more to life than Led Zeppelin :)
 
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