Well, here we are at the end of 2013 and as I look back, there was quite a phenomenon that took place in the vast wasteland of "Pop" music. Disco has raised it's head once more to prove to all those "tragically hip" that demean this genre of music that it still lives. Disco continues to seep back into our culture every time the "hipster dufuses" relegate it to its place in the history of irrelavance in music history. Thanks to such artist as Parrnell and the elusive group Daft Punk with their mega-hit "Lucky". When did anyone think that Daft Punk would be influenced by Disco and yet Nils Rodgers, the leader of the 70's and 80's group Chic, had a hand in helping Daft Punk on their album. There is no song that is more set in the Disco style with the sound of the 70's than "Lucky". If you don't feel the beat and want to get up and dance to this song, then you must be dead and just haven't been put in the grave yet. Next comes Justin Timberlake's, "Coat and Hat" with the smooth sounds of the big band but with the sophisticated sounds that was prevalent during the Disco era and Justin's other song "Take Back The Night."is so reminscent of Michael Jackson in his hey day. What a great song. Next we have Bruno Mars with his Disco influenced song "Treasure" I almost forgot Pharrell who does the singing on "Lucky" and his follow-up hit from the GIRL album, disco inspired "Happy."
What is my point to this you say? I'm tired of the bad rap Disco gets and I know "How Cool" it is to bad-mouth Disco but the fact is it has made a major contribution to music. Rap artist have ripped it off and used it for their samples because they can't come up with anything original.
There is no music that could beat Disco for dancing. The fusion of every type of music style could be found in Disco. From Vicke Sue Robinson latin flavored "Turn the Beat Around " to the hard driving beat of Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real" which by the way, was released in a club version in 2013 by Promo Only, the company that supplies music to the Disc Jockey industy. There are so many songs this article would be a book. There is one mention of a group that never made it to the states(what a surprise) from Spain "La Bionda". Their song is "One for Me, One for You" could raise the dead .It's bass driven beat is so infectious and the words so simple, it was a song that should have made the charts and be number one.
Now to turn to another area that may floor you, TV. On the Fox network is a show called Brooklyn Nine Nine with a great line-up of stars from Andy Samburg (Saturday Night Live), Andra Braugher (Homicide:Life on the Street, Men of a Certain Age)and Terry Crews (Everbody Hates Chris, Bridesmaids, White Chicks and Are We There Yet). The intro music to this comedy is straight out of the 1970's black action movies. It has that scratchy sound like a well played vinyl record with a funk beat and could easily fit into Foxy Brown, Super Fly and Dolamite movie and the list goes on and on. So don't tell me Disco is dead. It's got more lives than a cat.
So when someone you know starts to bad mouth Disco you can read them the "riot act" and you won't be a "hipster dufus"
Update: Daft Punk walked away with the album of the year at this year's(2014) Grammy Awards. Nil Rodgers was up on the stage with them when receiving their awards. It was so good to see Nil Rodgers playing during the Grammys that night. That guy is as good as he every was in the 70's.
Also, as I was watching TV the other night amid the thousand commericials that interrupt a TV show to the point that I would like to file criminal charges against the networks for assault, there caught my eye from Target stores a line of clothing they were hawking by Pialotto and the music they used was Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" This commercial started in January of 2014.
Another update.May 22, 2014. Maya Rudolph of "Saturday Night Live" fame had a variety show on TV and her first number was so Disco influenced, it sounded like it was lifted from "Saturday Night Fever" During the routine a quarter moon was lowered down harkening back to the days of Studio 54 in New York City and like the song sez, "And the Beat Goes On" from the song of the same title by the Whispers.
I like to update this page as more info comes in. It's 2016 and Disco rears it's head again through a group made up of one of the Jonas brothers(whoda thunk?) called DNCE. Their hit is "Cake by the Ocean" and it is similiar sound to Daft Punk's hit "Lucky" from 2013. Go back and listen to Disco and see for yourself if "Cake by the Ocean"does not have similarities reminiscent of the 70's. Check it out
Written by Larry Bernstein owner of Disc Jockey Services in Richmond Va.(not a hipster dufus)
PS. If you every go to ME TV you will see the "Love Boat." It is being shown again. This was being broadcasted during the Disco Era and the title song written by Paul Williams is a disco stylized song.