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(Antenna TV)   Today is the 43rd anniversary of Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in Chicago, which led to 1980 being an awful year for music in general   (antennatv.tv) divider line
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2022-07-12 7:32:57 PM  
Next up a piece on Animal stories with uncle lar and little tommy
 
2022-07-12 11:46:54 PM  
And it was long overdue when it happened. Trite as it was, "Disco Sucks" was a true statement.
 
2022-07-13 12:10:33 AM  
1980 was a great year for music:

AC/DC - Back In Black (Official Video)
Youtube pAgnJDJN4VA
 
2022-07-13 12:18:37 AM  
"others now view Disco Demolition Night as "racist and homophobic."

Nice footnote.

Imagine, people stoking dog-whistle racism. Of course, such behaviour is hard to imagine in our current enlightened times.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jul/19/disco-demolition-the-night-they-tried-to-crush-black-music
 
2022-07-13 12:36:47 AM  
When I read sparky Anderson my mind remembered a time when the Tigers were a good team. When Little Alice_600 would play soft ball and dream of the big leagues.
Then on weekends while her grandpa was having a beer and eating peanuts he would yell at Alan Trammell to get his ass going and hit the ball for once in his goddamn life.
 
2022-07-13 12:37:17 AM  
What become of Disco after that night?

It became Garage.
 
2022-07-13 12:45:29 AM  

Bob_Laublaw: "others now view Disco Demolition Night as "racist and homophobic."

Nice footnote.

Imagine, people stoking dog-whistle racism. Of course, such behaviour is hard to imagine in our current enlightened times.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jul/19/disco-demolition-the-night-they-tried-to-crush-black-music


And it's the reason, I posit, why Chicago radio (with a few exceptions) was locked in 1980-89 for three decades. 
Christ, the last time I was there Dahl was still on the air talking about Disco Demolition. Inbetween talking about what he had for lunch.
 
2022-07-13 12:57:23 AM  
It's Cominskey to the Super Fans, subby.

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2022-07-13 1:01:07 AM  

alice_600: When I read sparky Anderson my mind remembered a time when the Tigers were a good team


In 1984 I was at Michigan State, and we made a few road trips to see the Tigers,

They were in first place from opening day through the World Series. Yowza.
 
2022-07-13 1:20:12 AM  

The_Sponge: 1980 was a great year for music:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/pAgnJDJN4VA]


Yep, and Rock never stopped throughout the disco era. Full disclosure, I'm not really against disco, but it isn't my favorite.

How ya been? 25 mph roads are coming to your town soon! Shoreline just dropped limits to follow Seattle and it's only going to follow that we're all fokked! It isn't that big of a deal in the jeep but it's maddening in the car. 25 is absolutely stupid on an arterial. It's not my fault as I've voted against every one of these bastiges.

Zero vision! Indeed.

Anyhow, <Forest Gump Wave.gif>
 
2022-07-13 1:30:08 AM  

baxterdog: The_Sponge: 1980 was a great year for music:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/pAgnJDJN4VA]

Yep, and Rock never stopped throughout the disco era. Full disclosure, I'm not really against disco, but it isn't my favorite.

How ya been? 25 mph roads are coming to your town soon! Shoreline just dropped limits to follow Seattle and it's only going to follow that we're all fokked! It isn't that big of a deal in the jeep but it's maddening in the car. 25 is absolutely stupid on an arterial. It's not my fault as I've voted against every one of these bastiges.

Zero vision! Indeed.

Anyhow, <Forest Gump Wave.gif>


Doing okay.  How about you?
 
2022-07-13 1:38:37 AM  

Bob_Laublaw: "others now view Disco Demolition Night as "racist and homophobic."

Nice footnote.

Imagine, people stoking dog-whistle racism. Of course, such behaviour is hard to imagine in our current enlightened times.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jul/19/disco-demolition-the-night-they-tried-to-crush-black-music


Well, you'd have to be a window licking imbecile not to know that "What's Goin On?" wasn't a disco record.

Also didn't help that the DJ who led the charge looked like he was built from a sad bitter incel starter kit.
 
2022-07-13 1:39:42 AM  
Wait, the subgenre where this was a hit experienced a backlash? The hell you say.

Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots - Disco Duck TOTP ( 1976 )
Youtube ynWhozyOoZQ
 
2022-07-13 1:57:56 AM  
Disco was shiate. Not because it was being made by Black and Gay people, but because it was repetitive, bland, and moronic. Were many of the participants obvious troglodytes? Of course. Would they have been burning Beatles records a dozen years prior? Probably. Didn't make Disco Demolition Night that much less entertaining.
 
2022-07-13 1:59:00 AM  
Maybe rock didn't suck in 1980, but the Top 40 charts were all over the place. Country crossover and soft rock ruled the charts. If it wasn't for MTV, it would have been a bland decade.
 
2022-07-13 2:04:16 AM  

anotherluser: Disco was shiate. Not because it was being made by Black and Gay people, but because it was repetitive, bland, and moronic. Were many of the participants obvious troglodytes? Of course. Would they have been burning Beatles records a dozen years prior? Probably. Didn't make Disco Demolition Night that much less entertaining.


Counterpoint: KISS
 
2022-07-13 2:17:44 AM  

Bob_Laublaw: "others now view Disco Demolition Night as "racist and homophobic."

Nice footnote.


Nice in the revisionist sense, yes.
 
2022-07-13 2:24:20 AM  

anotherluser: Disco was shiate. Not because it was being made by Black and Gay people, but because it was repetitive, bland, and moronic. Were many of the participants obvious troglodytes? Of course. Would they have been burning Beatles records a dozen years prior? Probably. Didn't make Disco Demolition Night that much less entertaining.


Coked-up producers adding that f*cking handclap to a ton of acts that were otherwise great off-the-floor funk bands. Assholes, the lot of 'em

Janice-Marie makes the bass her biatch in this track

A Taste Of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie (1978)
Youtube hjw1aQ0M9WM
 
Oak
2022-07-13 2:58:08 AM  

eurotrader: Next up a piece on Animal stories with uncle lar and little tommy


Is the raccoon gonna be all right, Uncle Lar?
 
2022-07-13 3:25:09 AM  

gunther_bumpass: anotherluser: Disco was shiate. Not because it was being made by Black and Gay people, but because it was repetitive, bland, and moronic. Were many of the participants obvious troglodytes? Of course. Would they have been burning Beatles records a dozen years prior? Probably. Didn't make Disco Demolition Night that much less entertaining.

Counterpoint: KISS


Who...also produced a disco album.
 
2022-07-13 3:34:27 AM  
A basic harsh reality is that the soul-the very essence-of disco is freedom of sexual expression. The atmosphere at such places is designed to lower inhibitions. A person who is now one of Jehovah's Witnesses, but who formerly used drugs and went to discos, said: "There were times when I could get higher in a discotheque than on drugs due to the effect of the strobe lights, the throb of the music and the hypnotic air."

Another Witness, who regretfully had to be expelled from the Christian congregation because he became swallowed up in the disco experience and committed all forms of fornication, later acknowledged: "It's a jungle. Even if you go there with your wife and want to enjoy a little dancing, she is undressed and raped in the minds of the men there even before you get her out on the dance floor."

So the harsh realities are that going to discos exposes one to sexual encounters, as well as an atmosphere that lowers sexual inhibitions. Of course, that is what many, perhaps the majority, are seeking. However, a true Christian heeds the apostolic command: "Flee from fornication." (1 Cor. 6:18) But, frankly, how can Christians really be heeding this command and at the same time be frequenting discos?

The involvement in immorality is not some remote possibility. It is a very real possibility. Reports are received regularly about its happening to those who go to discos. And what often follows? You know-unwanted pregnancies, venereal diseases, broken families, emotional troubles, fear, confusion, not to mention a bad conscience. Confrontation with such harsh realities can indeed cause a dilemma, yes, a really sad situation for a person and his or her family.
 
2022-07-13 3:36:11 AM  

anotherluser: Disco was shiate. Not because it was being made by Black and Gay people, but because it was repetitive, bland, and moronic.


Why Black and Gay people made repetitive, bland, and moronic music?
 
2022-07-13 3:41:33 AM  
Our original drummer in Twisted [Mel Anderson] was black, and Eddie, our guitarist, was Puerto Rican; we were city guys - well, I wasn't - and we didn't have a prejudiced bone in our body. Barry White just represented the evils of disco, so we'd hang him in effigy. Well, we did that in some upstate New York rural town, and the people there were screaming, "Kill the n-word!" And we're like, "Whoa! Whoa! Wait a minute! This is imagery! This is metaphor!" And they're like, "We don't care - as long as you kill one of 'em, we're happy!" And we're like, "OK, that's gotta go!" Live and learn!
 
2022-07-13 4:24:22 AM  

blinkybluegnome: And it was long overdue when it happened. Trite as it was, "Disco Sucks" was a true statement.


But did it really? It was music people could dance to and have a good time. Let's also not pretend that this bash was rooted in racism and homophobia...
 
2022-07-13 4:25:48 AM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: Bob_Laublaw: "others now view Disco Demolition Night as "racist and homophobic."

Nice footnote.

Nice in the revisionist sense, yes.


Ignoring the obvious bigotry doesn't make any of Dahl's followers seem enlightened.

Teens and young adults who grew up in the disco years were among the first generation where social events were mostly integrated. And just like generations past and present, young women from that generation liked to dance, so disco was perfect for them. But along with that came the assholes who lost their shiat because a girl they like might go out and dance with a black or Hispanic guy. The whole "Disco Sucks" movement was born out of sexual inferiority complexes.
 
2022-07-13 4:26:49 AM  

LewDux: A basic harsh reality is that the soul-the very essence-of disco is freedom of sexual expression. The atmosphere at such places is designed to lower inhibitions. A person who is now one of Jehovah's Witnesses, but who formerly used drugs and went to discos, said: "There were times when I could get higher in a discotheque than on drugs due to the effect of the strobe lights, the throb of the music and the hypnotic air."

Another Witness, who regretfully had to be expelled from the Christian congregation because he became swallowed up in the disco experience and committed all forms of fornication, later acknowledged: "It's a jungle. Even if you go there with your wife and want to enjoy a little dancing, she is undressed and raped in the minds of the men there even before you get her out on the dance floor."

So the harsh realities are that going to discos exposes one to sexual encounters, as well as an atmosphere that lowers sexual inhibitions. Of course, that is what many, perhaps the majority, are seeking. However, a true Christian heeds the apostolic command: "Flee from fornication." (1 Cor. 6:18) But, frankly, how can Christians really be heeding this command and at the same time be frequenting discos?

The involvement in immorality is not some remote possibility. It is a very real possibility. Reports are received regularly about its happening to those who go to discos. And what often follows? You know-unwanted pregnancies, venereal diseases, broken families, emotional troubles, fear, confusion, not to mention a bad conscience. Confrontation with such harsh realities can indeed cause a dilemma, yes, a really sad situation for a person and his or her family.


So you're saying if you want to get laid go to a nightclub? Wow very original thinking. Also if you do it while you're single and use protection all of your bad consequences go away.
 
2022-07-13 4:27:55 AM  
1980 was a bad year for music?

https://www.songfacts.com/browse/years/1980
 
2022-07-13 4:33:07 AM  

baxterdog: The_Sponge: 1980 was a great year for music:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/pAgnJDJN4VA]

Yep, and Rock never stopped throughout the disco era. Full disclosure, I'm not really against disco, but it isn't my favorite.

How ya been? 25 mph roads are coming to your town soon! Shoreline just dropped limits to follow Seattle and it's only going to follow that we're all fokked! It isn't that big of a deal in the jeep but it's maddening in the car. 25 is absolutely stupid on an arterial. It's not my fault as I've voted against every one of these bastiges.

Zero vision! Indeed.

Anyhow, <Forest Gump Wave.gif>


It may not have stopped but it adapted:
Kiss - I Was Made For Lovin' You
Youtube ZhIsAZO5gl0
 
2022-07-13 4:37:20 AM  

anotherluser: Disco was shiate. Not because it was being made by Black and Gay people, but because it was repetitive, bland, and moronic. Were many of the participants obvious troglodytes? Of course. Would they have been burning Beatles records a dozen years prior? Probably. Didn't make Disco Demolition Night that much less entertaining.


But it was catchy, so catchy that even your balls out rock bands did disco songs:
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust (Official Video)
Youtube eqyUAtzS_6M
 
2022-07-13 4:41:52 AM  

LewDux: A basic harsh reality is that the soul-the very essence-of disco is freedom of sexual expression. The atmosphere at such places is designed to lower inhibitions. A person who is now one of Jehovah's Witnesses, but who formerly used drugs and went to discos, said: "There were times when I could get higher in a discotheque than on drugs due to the effect of the strobe lights, the throb of the music and the hypnotic air."

Another Witness, who regretfully had to be expelled from the Christian congregation because he became swallowed up in the disco experience and committed all forms of fornication, later acknowledged: "It's a jungle. Even if you go there with your wife and want to enjoy a little dancing, she is undressed and raped in the minds of the men there even before you get her out on the dance floor."

So the harsh realities are that going to discos exposes one to sexual encounters, as well as an atmosphere that lowers sexual inhibitions. Of course, that is what many, perhaps the majority, are seeking. However, a true Christian heeds the apostolic command: "Flee from fornication." (1 Cor. 6:18) But, frankly, how can Christians really be heeding this command and at the same time be frequenting discos?

The involvement in immorality is not some remote possibility. It is a very real possibility. Reports are received regularly about its happening to those who go to discos. And what often follows? You know-unwanted pregnancies, venereal diseases, broken families, emotional troubles, fear, confusion, not to mention a bad conscience. Confrontation with such harsh realities can indeed cause a dilemma, yes, a really sad situation for a person and his or her family.


We must do something immediately! Do you have their address and is there a cover charge?
 
2022-07-13 4:49:07 AM  

punkwrestler: LewDux: A basic harsh reality is that the soul-the very essence-of disco is freedom of sexual expression. The atmosphere at such places is designed to lower inhibitions. A person who is now one of Jehovah's Witnesses, but who formerly used drugs and went to discos, said: "There were times when I could get higher in a discotheque than on drugs due to the effect of the strobe lights, the throb of the music and the hypnotic air."

Another Witness, who regretfully had to be expelled from the Christian congregation because he became swallowed up in the disco experience and committed all forms of fornication, later acknowledged: "It's a jungle. Even if you go there with your wife and want to enjoy a little dancing, she is undressed and raped in the minds of the men there even before you get her out on the dance floor."

So the harsh realities are that going to discos exposes one to sexual encounters, as well as an atmosphere that lowers sexual inhibitions. Of course, that is what many, perhaps the majority, are seeking. However, a true Christian heeds the apostolic command: "Flee from fornication." (1 Cor. 6:18) But, frankly, how can Christians really be heeding this command and at the same time be frequenting discos?

The involvement in immorality is not some remote possibility. It is a very real possibility. Reports are received regularly about its happening to those who go to discos. And what often follows? You know-unwanted pregnancies, venereal diseases, broken families, emotional troubles, fear, confusion, not to mention a bad conscience. Confrontation with such harsh realities can indeed cause a dilemma, yes, a really sad situation for a person and his or her family.

We must do something immediately! Do you have their address and is there a cover charge?


Link
 
2022-07-13 4:51:55 AM  

LewDux: punkwrestler: LewDux: A basic harsh reality is that the soul-the very essence-of disco is freedom of sexual expression. The atmosphere at such places is designed to lower inhibitions. A person who is now one of Jehovah's Witnesses, but who formerly used drugs and went to discos, said: "There were times when I could get higher in a discotheque than on drugs due to the effect of the strobe lights, the throb of the music and the hypnotic air."

Another Witness, who regretfully had to be expelled from the Christian congregation because he became swallowed up in the disco experience and committed all forms of fornication, later acknowledged: "It's a jungle. Even if you go there with your wife and want to enjoy a little dancing, she is undressed and raped in the minds of the men there even before you get her out on the dance floor."

So the harsh realities are that going to discos exposes one to sexual encounters, as well as an atmosphere that lowers sexual inhibitions. Of course, that is what many, perhaps the majority, are seeking. However, a true Christian heeds the apostolic command: "Flee from fornication." (1 Cor. 6:18) But, frankly, how can Christians really be heeding this command and at the same time be frequenting discos?

The involvement in immorality is not some remote possibility. It is a very real possibility. Reports are received regularly about its happening to those who go to discos. And what often follows? You know-unwanted pregnancies, venereal diseases, broken families, emotional troubles, fear, confusion, not to mention a bad conscience. Confrontation with such harsh realities can indeed cause a dilemma, yes, a really sad situation for a person and his or her family.

We must do something immediately! Do you have their address and is there a cover charge?

Link


I mean a link to this disco ball, where they have all this sexual perversion going on! We must observe what they are doing!
 
2022-07-13 5:27:50 AM  

blinkybluegnome: And it was long overdue when it happened. Trite as it was, "Disco Sucks" was a true statement.


Disco didn't suck any more than any other genre. Sturgeon's law applies to all forms of music.
 
2022-07-13 5:29:35 AM  

anotherluser: Disco was shiate. Not because it was being made by Black and Gay people, but because it was repetitive, bland, and moronic. Were many of the participants obvious troglodytes? Of course. Would they have been burning Beatles records a dozen years prior? Probably. Didn't make Disco Demolition Night that much less entertaining.


Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong.
 
2022-07-13 6:46:14 AM  
When I watch videos from this, I'm reminded that 1975-1985 was the No Shirt Era.  America was awash in skinny guys with long hair wearing jeans and no shirt.  It seems so weird now.  Maybe we all got fat or maybe shirts are a lot cheaper now.
 
2022-07-13 6:53:40 AM  
Disco lost the battle but won the war
 
2022-07-13 6:57:13 AM  
Whenever people say they hate disco, just remember that Hyde was the person on That '70s Show who hated disco the most.
 
2022-07-13 7:14:32 AM  
 
2022-07-13 7:29:53 AM  

El Rich-o: blinkybluegnome: And it was long overdue when it happened. Trite as it was, "Disco Sucks" was a true statement.

Disco didn't suck any more than any other genre. Sturgeon's law applies to all forms of music.


Nickelback and the Jonas Brothers nod vigorously in agreement then resume counting their money.
 
2022-07-13 7:43:47 AM  
My family went to the Saturday afternoon game of that series- my youngest brother was a Tigers fan. I remember explaining to my dad why there record shards all over the parking lot.
 
2022-07-13 8:15:34 AM  

blinkybluegnome: And it was long overdue when it happened. Trite as it was, "Disco Sucks" was a true statement.


Can't have a genre be that welcoming to gays, blacks and women.  No wonder white dudes hate it still.
 
2022-07-13 8:17:11 AM  

djfitz: Counterpoint: 1980 was probably one of the best years for pop music.

I pulled out some (mostly) non-disco hits from 1980. That's about as good as the top-10 will ever be. So many absolute classics from top to bottom. This also might be peak yacht rock.

1"Call Me"Blondie
2"Another Brick in the Wall, Part II"Pink Floyd
3"Magic"Olivia Newton-John
4"Rock with You"Michael Jackson
6"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"Queen
7"Coming Up"Paul McCartney
8"Funkytown"Lipps Inc
9"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"Billy Joel
10"The Rose"Bette Midler
11"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)"Rupert Holmes
12"Cars"Gary Numan
17"Ride Like the Wind"Christopher Cross
18"Upside Down"Diana Ross
40"Pop Muzik"M
41"Brass in Pocket"The Pretenders
53"Emotional Rescue"The Rolling Stones
54"Rise"Herb Alpert
59"Let My Love Open the Door"Pete Townshend
66"Fame"Irene Cara
79"Off the Wall"Michael Jackson
82"Stand by Me"Mickey Gilley
83"Heartbreaker"Pat Benatar
87"Sara"Fleetwood Mac
90"September Morn"Neil Diamond
91"Give Me the Night"George Benson
93"You Decorated My Life"Kenny Rogers
94"Tusk"Fleetwood Mac
95"I Wanna Be Your Lover"Prince
100"Refugee"Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


How many of those songs have disco beats?  Disco was a huge influence on the rocker set, especially the drummers.  Listen to "Crazy Train".  Disco beat.
 
2022-07-13 8:43:50 AM  
I'm still waiting for Nickelback demolition night
 
2022-07-13 8:47:28 AM  
Like lots of pop culture nostalgia, in retrospect it was heavily tinged with homophobia and racism.
 
2022-07-13 8:51:02 AM  
Hating a whole subgenre of music is the pop culture equivalent of saying you hate all superhero movies now.
 
2022-07-13 8:58:48 AM  
I remember that incident. Detroit won the first game of the double header.

It's not as newsworthy but I saw my first game at Tiger Stadium about a month after that.  An 8-4 loss to Seattle.
 
2022-07-13 9:08:46 AM  

LewDux: A basic harsh reality is that the soul-the very essence-of disco is freedom of sexual expression. The atmosphere at such places is designed to lower inhibitions. A person who is now one of Jehovah's Witnesses, but who formerly used drugs and went to discos, said: "There were times when I could get higher in a discotheque than on drugs due to the effect of the strobe lights, the throb of the music and the hypnotic air."

Another Witness, who regretfully had to be expelled from the Christian congregation because he became swallowed up in the disco experience and committed all forms of fornication, later acknowledged: "It's a jungle. Even if you go there with your wife and want to enjoy a little dancing, she is undressed and raped in the minds of the men there even before you get her out on the dance floor."

So the harsh realities are that going to discos exposes one to sexual encounters, as well as an atmosphere that lowers sexual inhibitions. Of course, that is what many, perhaps the majority, are seeking. However, a true Christian heeds the apostolic command: "Flee from fornication." (1 Cor. 6:18) But, frankly, how can Christians really be heeding this command and at the same time be frequenting discos?

The involvement in immorality is not some remote possibility. It is a very real possibility. Reports are received regularly about its happening to those who go to discos. And what often follows? You know-unwanted pregnancies, venereal diseases, broken families, emotional troubles, fear, confusion, not to mention a bad conscience. Confrontation with such harsh realities can indeed cause a dilemma, yes, a really sad situation for a person and his or her family.


Sounds like the FBC I grew up with.
 
2022-07-13 9:42:54 AM  
Looks like someone hasn't heard of Bob Ezrin.
 
2022-07-13 9:43:06 AM  

thesharkman: I'm still waiting for Nickelback demolition night


I would SO be there for that.
 
2022-07-13 10:10:34 AM  
This was a Top 40 Hit -- a Disco version of the I Love Lucy theme.

Sometimes the answer isn't deep-seated bigotry, sometimes it's that the radio was stuck playing profoundly stupid songs and people were getting sick of it:


Wilton Place Street Band - Disco Lucy (I Love Lucy Theme) 1976
Youtube MT7b2Bb06jU


Frankie Avalon and the farking Beach Boys also had disco hits of their old songs on the radio. Add in KISS, Elton John, or the Rolling Stones changing up everything to sound relevant and it was a genre just waiting for a backlash.

/Meanwhile Gloria Gaynor had a Grammy two years ago for an album. The true talent will survive the trends.
 
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