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i saw some people stompin' around sayin' disco sucks*

Over at IHTOV, an essay on the real war that divided America in the 1970's. *

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In fact, bands like the Clash & the Pistols were adamant that the real forces of regression were bands like Zeppelin, the Stones, & Pink Floyd.

Strummer: "Disco is the New Wave of black music."

Robert Hilburn, the LA Times music critic & a huge fan of punk, defended disco, saying there was more emotion in I Will Survive & more raw energy in Hot Stuff than anything by the terrible trio of Styx, Boston, & Foreigner

I think I have an observation to make that has likely been made many times before. Rock N Roll is essentially the essence of pop music. Borrowed from the underground Jazz clubs, Rock became the real mainstraem craze. However, one thing lacked from Rock that I think has spawned all the offshoots (e.g., Pop, dance, disco, etc.); you cannot dance to it. Sure, one can groove to psychodelic stuff, or mosh to the hate rock of today. But it typically doesn't really lend itself well to a dance. People jumped onto Disco to dance. That is why all those boy bands and pop divas are so successful.
I love rock and would be proud to wear a "britney Sucks" button, but I must acknowledge the draw all of that other crap has.

Hey! I finaly figured out what the banner is! It's you asleep at your desk with your I-pod sitting ontop of your monitor!
/do I get a cookie?

I would listen to Styx's "Renegade" or "Too Much Time On My Hands" all day every day for a year before I'd even think about spinning up "I Will Survive".

I suggest you try Cake's version of "I Will Survive," it just might change your mind.

Don't get me wrong, my "Disco Sucks" tee shirt still hangs proudly in the closet. However, "Renegade" was purged from my playlist around 1980 or '81 after my stylus wore through the grooves of a few platters.

Disco. I hated it. BUT one day in '77 or '78 I came to realize chicks and cocaine were much easier to come by in glittery clubs dominated by the thumping 4/4 than in the arenas where I worshiped Kiss, Ted Nugent, AC/DC, The Clash, and others during the last half of the Seventies. It didn't take long before the voices of Gloria Gaynor and Barry Gibb served as stainless levers that released the food pellets of affection. After mindlessly pounding away at that lever, this monkey was conditioned to experience pavlovian responses below the belt whenever "Shake Your Groove Thang" blared through the loud speakers. It was a sad state of affairs, but at least I never wore Angels Flight pants, or platform shoes.

My disco tolerance was hidden deeply in the closet then, and I kicked the habit long ago. It was painful to come clean here, but I'm better for it. Thank you for listening.

Jello called.
He wants his "Dead Boys" records back, NOW!

Let's be honest, the genres can wage whatever conflict they like: disco was declared dead long ago. Rock will survive a short while beyond the boomer-generation. Both were doomed because neither were very good.

Disco as a whole wasn't bad. Sure you had some bad songs in it. But Disco laid the foundations for the 4/4 club grooves that are now in the form of House, Electronica, Techno, Trance, and other electronic music styles. People may laugh at K.C. and The Sunshine Band, but when you compare it to the pop swill of today, K.C.'s music is Beethoven. At least Disco featured musicians.