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A 1970’s Time Capsule

POP CULTURE

 

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DISCO

Ah Disco!  What does that one word conjure up in your mind?  Music of course but disco is so much more.  It was fashion, it was lifestyle, it was dancing and yes it was music.  Let’s start out with a little to make you want to get out on that dance floor.

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For me this song defines disco.  I was just entering my teen years when the movie Saturday Night Fever was released. Of course I wasn’t old enough to go see it.  I saw it much later but not seeing it then didn’t prevent disco from its influences.  What I remember most about the late 1970s is that you either loved disco or you thought disco sucked.  Sometimes you had to play it both ways dependent on what friends you were with.

When all the spectacular disco music hits were playing on the radio, I wanted to own them all.  What did you do when you were young and didn’t have much ready cash.  You bought 45s.  I can’t remember how many of them I owned but every time I had a little cash I went to the record store and bought a 45.  Record stores.  Those were memories.  I noticed recently that vinyl is making a comeback.  It seems to be a nostalgic phase.

I may have selected a subject for the letter D that is too big to do in a simple post.  I’ll just touch on a few aspects.

Disco is a genre of dance music containing elements of Rhythm & Blues, funk, soul, pop, and salsa.

Well-known 1970s disco performers included Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, Boney M, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Trammps, Gloria Gaynor and Chic.

Films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Thank God It’s Friday (1978) contributed to disco’s rise in mainstream popularity.

Disco was the last mass popular music movement that was driven by the baby boomer generation.

By the late 1970s most major U.S. cities had thriving disco club scenes, where DJs would mix a seamless sequence of dance records.  Studio 54 in New York is the most famous disco club.  It was very popular with celebrities.

Studio 54

Studio 54

Popular dances included The Hustle, a sexually suggestive dance.

Discotheque-goers often wore expensive, extravagant and sexy fashions.

Disco Fashions

Disco Fashions

There was also a thriving drug subculture in the disco scene, particularly for drugs that would enhance the experience of dancing to the loud music and the flashing lights, such as cocaine. Disco clubs were also associated with promiscuity.

By the late 1970s, a strong anti-disco sentiment developed among rock fans and musicians, particularly in the United States. The slogans “disco sucks” and “death to disco” became common. I previously wrote about Disco Demolition Night, an anti-disco protest held in Chicago on 12 July 1979, is commonly thought of as a factor in disco’s fast and drastic decline.

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Regardless of the fate of disco, some of the music will live on forever and always get us up dancing.

Here is one of my favorites.  It is quite early in the disco period.  TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” is a 1973 hit recording by MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother) featuring vocals by The Three Degrees.

 A to Z on the Music Charts

I won’t be including Disco Duck by Rick Dees.  I can hear the collective sigh of relief.  Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 7, 1976 where it remained for four week.  It is the performance of this song in 1985 at Live Aid in Philadelphia that is my favorite.

Not number one on the Hot 100 but it did reach number 3.  It was number one on the country charts and an all time favorite.  Please enjoy the Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band from 1979.

A to Z At the Movies

One of the most disturbing movies I have ever watched, Deliverance (1972) was nominated for three Academy Awards.  Although it didn’t take home an Oscar, the dueling banjos and that scary disturbing sexual scene is one you just can’t forget.

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19 responses

  1. I love to reminisce but my memories of those times are a bit different, I appreciate your sharing and ambitious A to Z posts. I did enjoy Disco in my day, and miss those cool bell bottoms, as well as hip huggers. Love your image-rich posts! Visiting from A to Z. http://stephanierosebirdstudio.blogspot.com

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  2. I think I was mostly unaware of disco when it was happening – it was a time when my sister and I were still really only listening to our parents’ record collection. I must have heard it on TV, but I remember it much more from later :).
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  3. rolandclarke says:

    So many memories again. Saw Saturday Night Fever at the flicks as old enough. Also loved Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, and even saw Kiki Dee live at a small London venue, when she was at her apex. Country numbers are great as well.

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  4. artistpath says:

    OMG this brought back so many memories! I was a teenager in the 70s and love disco! I’m enjoying your posts so much! And, your visuals are great! Oh, and thanks for the “Stayin’ Alive” music! Dancing with my coffee cup in hand!

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    • Thank you. That song will never go out of style. The other day someone commented on my post about bell bottoms and I pictured someone strutting down the street with Staying Alive as their personal soundtrack.

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  5. abetterjulie says:

    I was pretty young when disco was at its height, but I will annoy the kids by singing loudly whenever a song comes on the radio. 🙂 @abetterjulie from http://www.persephoneknits.blogspot.com

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  6. DonnaMcDine says:

    Disco reminds me of the Montvale Roller Rink! Unfortunately it doesn’t exist anymore. The land was sold to a developer who put in a shopping mall.

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    • I had to look it up. I am from NJ (southern part) but when I was a kid, my knowledge of any where outside my immediate area was very limited. There are a lot of internet posts about that roller rink. We had some good ones in southern nj too. Roller Skating was definitely very popular in the 1970s. Definitely part of the “hanging out” culture of that time period.

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  7. Birgit says:

    OH i remember disco well and, at the time hated the Bee Gees…they are still not my favourite. I remember trying to figure out how to do the Hustle and I always equated that song with The Love Boat. ABBA is one of my favourite bands. I do. Like the music you chose here and we have that film but also the classic Saturday Night Fever. What I also notice is watching many films that take place at that time period has the most ghastly music

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  8. jmh says:

    It’s hard to believe people protested over disco. If you don’t like the music, listen to something else–sheesh!

    I’ve wanted to see Deliverance for a long time. You’ve inspired me to make a point of it.

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  9. Arlee Bird says:

    I’ll have to confess to my guilty pleasure of enjoying disco music. I still like a lot of it.

    Deliverance is one of my favorite films. The book is also great and since the author James Dickey also wrote the screenplay, the movie is just like the book.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  10. greyzoned/angelsbark says:

    I so remember Disco. I was one of those who had both Rock and Disco friends. I was more on the Disco sucks crowd being a hardcore rocker but I also had a bunch of fun in the disco clubs. I was living in Niagara Falls and we used to frequent the clubs there and in Buffalo. Disco always reminds me of the Italian guys wearing their print silk shirts unbuttoned to show off their gold chains. ha!
    I didn’t particularly care for the Disco music then but I love it now…probably because of the memories…and the fact that I love to dance. Love The Bee Gees (but hated them back then). Crazy.
    Great post. Great memories.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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