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Do you like disco?

Do you like disco?

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor expressed the angst and determination of a generation in this memorable anthem. Boston Disco Radio DJ Jack King summed it up best, "I played it and played it and my listeners went nuts."

We Are Family - What has not been said about this iconic Sister Sledge hit of the late 70s? It was the theme song for the 1979 Pittsburg Pirates and was used in Robin Williams' movie, Birdcage, as well as The Full Monty and Mission Impossible 3. Even the Spice Girls covered this megahit. Alvin and the Chipmunks & The Chipettes covered the song for the movie, Alvin and the Chipmonks: The Squeakquel.

Le Freak - It introduced a funkier, sleeker style of disco, built around heavier percussive effects and slicker guitar runs, that would come to define dance music in the early part of the next decade.

Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees had begun their march towards disco three full years before Saturday Night Fever with "Jive Talkin'" and "You Should be Dancin.'" In fact, the Brothers Gibb proved themselves prescient with the 2/4 punch of this smash; it helped write many of the rhythmic rules that transformed slick romantic R&B into a national phenomenon with its hot mix of Latin percussion, modern keys and galloping horns.

Staying Alive - This Bee Gees smash, with a groove just complicated enough to be funky, yet simple enough for anyone to follow, Staying Alive helped transform the Brothers Gibb from Pop sentimentalists to thinking man's band on the run, hip and happening.

Disco Inferno (The Trammps) - Could this be the monster disco anthem of them all? Both in length (a nearly 11-minute finale on the Saturday Night Fever double album) and in presentation. Sousa himself couldn't have asked for a more majestic horn/string section than this one.

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I liked KC and the Sunshine Band. Still do.

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I recently acquired The Ultimate Bee Gees 2-CD Reprise 2009, and have been enjoying a surprising number of the tracks. I hated the Bee Gees (and really all disco) in their heyday.

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I loved it! Great times.

I still like the Bee Gees and probably 90% of the disco era music. One band that comes to mind is Chic. I really like thier music. Barry White's "Loves Theme" was probably an all-time fav of mine during that era.

I was involved in the roller skating rink disco stuff, I was too young for the nightclubs. Disco roller skating was something I looked forward to every weekend.

From my perspective, it was a much happier time in America to be growing up.

I have admit, In the 1970's I sported white bell bottoms and those multi-colored puffy sleeved shirts.

Mark

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"Love's Theme" will forever make me think of golf.

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I liked KC and the Sunshine Band. Still do.

They should not be left off any legitimate list of power disco groups. With the release of the self titled triple platinum second albumm, KC and the Sunshine Band in 1975 came the group's first major U.S. hit with "Get Down Tonight". It topped the R&B chart in April and the Billboard Hot 100 in August. The sublime "That's the Way (I Like It)" also became a number one hit in November 1975 and the group did well at the 1976 Grammy Awards. The 1976 album Part 3 yielded two number one singles: the irrepressible "I'm Your Boogie Man", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" and "Keep It Comin' Love" peaked at number two.

Play that funky thang white boy!

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"Love's Theme" will forever make me think of golf.

LMAO!! Yes! I can see Jack Nicholas and Chi Chi Rodriguez on the fairway. You remember ABC's Wide World of Sports then. They loved playing that tune!

Wow..memory lane.

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You know the only thing on earth more boring than golf on TV?
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Golf on the radio.

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There's one aspect of disco you bods are all ignoring. The public thought they were being introduced to high fidelity when the systems used in discos were abominable beyond belief. All that foofa, foofa, tiz, tiz and horn loaded coloration had a generation trying to duplicate that noise at home (thinking that's what music really sounded like) with horrifying results.

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Dissily, I think there is apoint about this entire thread you are overlooking.

Google any of Geoff's sentences and you'll see he is merely a cut and paste troll.

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There's one aspect of disco you bods are all ignoring. The public thought they were being introduced to high fidelity when the systems used in discos were abominable beyond belief. All that foofa, foofa, tiz, tiz and horn loaded coloration had a generation trying to duplicate that noise at home (thinking that's what music really sounded like) with horrifying results.

You got that 100% correct. If them club DJ's did not have a 40 band parametric equalizer....THEY weren't DJ's

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Dissily, I think there is apoint about this entire thread you are overlooking.

Google any of Geoff's sentences and you'll see he is merely a cut and paste troll.


I'm deliberately overlooking it!

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Disco in the pure 70s sense? nah. but when I was in my teens about a decade ago, I could be found in all manner of dance/rave clubs doing things that would now make me shudder.

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Disco in the pure 70s sense? nah. but when I was in my teens about a decade ago, I could be found in all manner of dance/rave clubs doing things that would now make me shudder.

..and wearing & snorting things that would now make you shudder? Don't answer that on grounds it may incriminate you.
What I'd like to know though is were you so far out of it,like some audio reviewers get, that you actually thought the sound systems were fabulous?

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OK---Now I KNOW you are screwing with us. It's already been brought up before. Seriously- first Phil Collins, then Huey Lewis and the other self-embarrassing "fan" posts, and now Disco. This is like the Brilliant Pebbles, isn't? A long term Doctoral Thesis project on intersection of pop culture, commerce and Dadaism. Like how far can you go with punking your audience and still maintain that you are dead serious while hiding under the cover of self-humiliation.

Either that, I submit that you are in fact a former member of Monty Python's Flying Circus and your entire online persona is a side project. But either way, I ain't buyin' any of it.

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I thought that Disco Duck song sucked.

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it was certainly a bonus to my sex life.

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were you so far out of it,like some audio reviewers get, that you actually thought the sound systems were fabulous?

absolutely.

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Do you like disco?

Its closer to music than Rap...

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