..and with that disco went underground and resulted in the emergence of italo, new wave, house, early techno, and who knows what else.
Meanwhile, all these drunk assholes gave us nothing but decades of more shitty FM rock, shit stadium bands, nu-metal, and the rise of Nickelback and pop country.
Binro the Heretic
Disco was always a niche sort of music and only received a little burst of mainstream popularity because of "Saturday Night Fever" which, in turn, was only popular because of an article written by Nik Cohn about the late 1970s club scene.
Cohn would later admit the article, originally presented as a factual documentary about the social habits of young New Yorkers, was really a fictional short story.
So disco, which was only intended to be lightweight dance music, started getting more and more play on the radio, pushing out mainstream favorites and influencing the mainstream sound until the mainstream fans finally rebelled.
If you go back to the first wave of disco, in maybe '73, it was almost entirely a gay countercultural thing, and I have no doubt at all that that was at least an unconscious factor in the MOR rocker backlash.
|Boomer The Dog |
I vaguely heard about this incident, but in the summer of 1980 mom and me were coming back from LA/Laverne CA after visiting my half sister. We were to switch planes in Chicago and had a bit of a layover in the middle of the night. There was a newspaper in the lobby with a big headline, "Disco Is Dead!" which I didn't like since I was a fan of disco! The up-tempo, the soul, the pounding beat..
I do think that rock stations hated disco for taking their listeners, thinking about how big radio was in entertainment at the time. I heard of disco records being smashed on the air at rock stations. There was overexposure because everything was 'going disco', and gay people played and enjoyed disco, and that scared some people.
The Village People's 'In The Navy' was a hit, and the US Navy wanted to use it as a theme song, then backed out because the band was made up of gay people.
Anti-disco jokes were around too, like in the movie Airplane, near the end where the plane smashes into an radio station antenna tower, as the DJ says something about 'The station where disco never dies' and the audience in the theater I was at cheered.
John Travolta then made the movie Urban Cowboy, and we were all supposed to get out of disco and get into the Country Swing. I saw that movie too, and ended up falling asleep in the theater.
Well, it's like they say, "Punk Rock died when the first Punk shouted 'Punk's Not Dead'" like I said I was a little too young for the Disco and remember "Disco Sucks" t-shirts before I heard a single song I could identify as Disco. So, Stayin' Alive wasn't a Disco song, just a funky tune that I could tap my feet to, by way of the Sesame Street record Sesame Street Fever.
Ironically, new Disco has seen a huge resurgence, like Glass Candy, Chromatics, and bigger acts like Daft Punk and even Justin Timberlake.. I could go on, and it all still sounds great vs. bands who try to replicate that 1977 punk sound and aesthetic, or old fogies in Who cover bands, which at this point includes The Who themselves. Disco may have lost this battle, but it has not lost the war. :)
WATCH OUT FOR GOOFY
Thanks for posting this, I've been meaning to look for it for a long time but somehow I never think of it when I'm actually near a computer.
I hate the smell of homophobia in the morning.
An essential piece of Chicago history
Possibly the first and only time hatred of disco and bacchanalia went together
Unfortunately I can't find the image of the image of the couple making out at second base with the smoke and PLEASE RETURN TO YOUR SEATS on the jumbotron on google image search
|Spaceman Africa |
And now disco has made its inevitable mainstream revival.
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
Anti-Disco was my generation's version of #GamerGate. I mean, think about it. It was a violent overreaction to a perceived threat to our cultural identity. When you're young and dumb and don't know who you are, who you are is the stuff that you're into. When I get smug about these little self-important dipshits, I remember the incredibly earnest conversations my first girlfriend and I had about how Disco must die.
The real threat to rock and roll would be MTV. For that, we would totally roll over.
|That guy |
this is all but a dupe
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