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9/23/2020 3:47:02 PM
Posted: 4/18/2006 9:38:43 AM EDT
Hindsight check:

Was the disco movement (the music, the hair, the clothes, the shoes, the dancing) actually something good and worthwhile and cool, or was it just another stupid trend?

While it was happening, everyone involved thought it was great and would last forever. Anyone that didn't get caught up in the whole thing was considered uncool by those involved. Trying to tell the disco people that it was stupid and bad music mad you the 70's equivalent of a 'hater'.

Then it stopped and people tried to forget they got caught up in the fad.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:39:16 AM EDT
like emo, with a better beat
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:40:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:43:43 AM EDT
Still is!!
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:43:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:
What are "disco people"?



The ones who bought into the lifestyle....wide collars, bellbottoms, platform shoes, listening to the music and going out to clubs.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:44:32 AM EDT
I'n no fan of disco, but anything would have had a hard time coming after the golden age of rock. Compared to the crappy 80's cocaine & synthesizers music disco isn't so bad.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:45:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/18/2006 9:46:08 AM EDT by Stealth]
I went to high school in the late 70's.  I was more into saying Disco Sucks since I was into the evils of rock n roll.

Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:45:48 AM EDT
Cool at the time, lame in hindsight.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:46:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/18/2006 9:48:06 AM EDT by MTUSA]
I dug disco for about a week or two. I was in High School
so I was into everything for about a week or two



Sergio Valente jeans for evereyone!


Anybody have advertisement pics of these fine threads?
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:47:07 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:48:37 AM EDT
I long for those simpler, innocent, beautiful, coked-up times.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:50:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
I long for those simpler, innocent, beautiful, coked-up times.







me too
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:51:42 AM EDT
I wore out my "DISCO SUCKS" tee shirt.  It was a well manipulated trend.  "Saturday Nite Fever", polyester, platform shoes.  Lots of girly guys that liked to dance.  Whatever. I was in a rock band at the time.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:54:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Ginger:
Cool at the time, lame in hindsight.


That pretty much sums up "popular culture" since the, oh, late Stone Age or so.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:55:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By bastiat:

Originally Posted By Aimless:
What are "disco people"?



The ones who bought into the lifestyle....wide collars, bellbottoms, platform shoes, listening to the music and going out to clubs.



Oh, you mean people who liked disco at the time and went out to the clubs? They're in their late 40s at least, for the most part. I don't know anyone that talks about that time anymore or listens to the music. Well sometimes I hear that stuff at weddings, but that's with people younger than me and it's played as a joke.

Disco may have seemed cool at the time (I was a little young for that) but probably lots of stuff seemed cool when you were pumped to the gills with cocaine.



That's what I'm talking about (except for the cocaine). Some people were so caught up with it and thought it was the coolest thing and those who thought it was lame were thought of as uncool...but history proved them correct.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:56:29 AM EDT
IMO - with the caveat that I was only 10 or 11 when the disco craze finally died - it was a decent music trend with a stupid lifestyle attached to it. I own no disco albums but I have to admit that the production values on some of those records was excellent.

/rock and roll!
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:59:20 AM EDT
Everything had the same "clapping" noise in it. I'm not a musician, but I think it was a 1-2 beat.

The worst part about is that you still here it in a lot of rap and urban music. Disco was really like smallpox on the face of music.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:59:30 AM EDT


Lame.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 10:00:43 AM EDT
I think dogs were fairly safe during the disco era.  Not so much so with hip-hop and rap.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 10:11:12 AM EDT
I still like some of the music.  It's neat having something that everyone is into and clubs where you know girls will be and you know how to act when you got there because you saw the movie.  I did it in the '90s with the cowboy / line dancing.   I worked a bar at a club, drank for free, learned and even taught some line dances and partied with coked-up waitresses at 6am on Sunday.  The country music was actually pretty good then too.  I bought two country discs and kept them in my car for the girls who visited the bar and didn't want to go home.  
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 10:12:12 AM EDT
Millions of years from now, alien archeaologists will conclude that Abba marked the pinnacle of human civilization and culture.

Link Posted: 4/18/2006 10:13:29 AM EDT
Disco sucked right out of the box.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 10:22:27 AM EDT
Disco was a "lite" version of Funk and was promoted by gay record producers and gay nightclub owners.  Google "Wham"  or "George Michael" if you don't believe me.

Believe it or not, some people actually danced to disco music without being coked out.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 10:28:08 AM EDT
It was better than some of the other popular shit around that time. Remember "Starland Vocal Band"?
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 11:00:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bastiat:
Was disco actually really good while it lasted, or was it just another stupid trend?  



I lived it!!!.................it was cool..............it was fun...............the girls were fun!  
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 11:10:20 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 11:15:35 AM EDT
I was 15 years too late for disco, but based on the documentaries you see about Studio 79, didn't women throw leg a lot more readily back then....and before AIDS?

Oh, and they didn't shave/wax the beaver back then, either.  That may be a separate poll topic.

Link Posted: 4/18/2006 11:16:20 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 11:21:00 AM EDT
It taught a lot of drummers how to hit the open high hat on "+"

boom-chick-boom-chick-boom-boom-boom-boom-chick......

Imagine where Neil Peart would be without that

Seriously, it did give us Earth Wind & Fire and Chic.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 4:56:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:01:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stealth:
I went to high school in the late 70's.  I was more into saying Disco Sucks since I was into the evils of rock n roll.




That reminds me of a rock station in Denver having a "smash-a-thon" every Friday night of disco records.  Hilarious.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:13:01 PM EDT
The people that hate/hated it are the ones who could not dance, period.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:35:20 PM EDT
One of the most inspiring moments in Michigan history is the disturbance at Tiger Stadium.  As Bob Seger said " Detroit , Michigan the home of Rock and Roll".
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 7:14:16 PM EDT
Disco never died in gay bars....
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 7:15:14 PM EDT
teh ghey
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 7:18:31 PM EDT
DISCO SUCKED!
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 7:20:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/18/2006 7:21:13 PM EDT by deej86]
I was born in '86.  Disco music to me is, well okay.  It's not bad, but it's not great.

I'm more of a rock and roll person.  The disco lifestyle is a little weird but that's just me.

I was born in the city that had the Disco Demolition Rally in 1979.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 7:50:06 PM EDT
I was driving through Maryland in the summer of 78 and I heard a radio ad. After playing some clips of the BGs the listener heard the announcer say this weekend you won't here this, after a another clip he came on and said you won't hear this tune either, yes here by popular demand we have scheduled a BGs free weekend.   It was so well done, I laughed so hard I nearly ran off the road.



Just remember DISCO SUCKS!!!!


Alvin
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 8:54:27 PM EDT
Disco sucked then and still sucks. Thank God it was short lived (still too fucking long though). Disco albums made great targets and I destroyed many.

Disco Sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:00:29 PM EDT
But it was a million times better than Rap!!
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:00:43 PM EDT
it was okay. Every era had it's dopey craze
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:02:56 PM EDT


If you cannot listen to "Dancing Queen" without at least tapping your feet, I pity you!





Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:06:03 PM EDT
It was a trend, just like watching "American Idol" is a trend now. Massively popular, but only a select group of folks did it or were into it.

It wasn't like people who 2 months before were listening to Rush & Zeppelin suddenly went polyester and started dancing down the fucking street.

It was a goofy fad, just like the millions before and the millions after.

The only people who find it cool now are the people too young to remember how gay it was when it was happening.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:06:27 PM EDT
I wasn't around for it.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:07:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NME:
I wasn't around for it.



w00t!

The avatar is back!!


Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:10:28 PM EDT
I missed it too much.

Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:19:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NME:
I missed it too much.





We all did.


Like we miss disco!

Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:28:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

If you cannot listen to "Dancing Queen" without at least tapping your feet, I pity you!








ABBA is OK, in my book, and those chicks were kinda hot in a funky Swedish '70s way.  

I think the only thing worse than people who get a bit "too carried away with" a fad, are those "anti-fad" people who ridicule anything new, or especially anything old that was once "faddish."

I have never dislike entire genres of music.  I don't understand the mentality of those that do.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:36:11 PM EDT
The music sucked,

The scene was smokin'. Major meat market, with the women dressed in tight lowcut silk stuff.

Link Posted: 4/18/2006 9:55:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CZ75_9MM:
It was better than some of the other popular shit around that time. Remember "Starland Vocal Band"?



Hey, I still have that 45!! "Afternoon Delight" Having been there and a teenager at the time, I have to say it was good for the teenagers. I have great memories of those times, maybe because I didn't have any polyester suits (just Marine cammies!) and never have used coke. Also I ditched the "stacks" and mongo bell-bottom jeans after high school along with all my hair!

I still like to listen to some of it occasionally, but a little goes a long way.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 10:05:26 PM EDT
Well, we can see from the replies all those that can't dance.
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