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Peter Martin
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 7:08am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

As I said upthread, the Bee Gees were the patron saints of the uncool in the 80s, victims of the old aphorism that familiarity breeds contempt. Their disco success had been so huge, their exposure so inescapable that people got sick of them. And this forced them to channel their songwriting talents through other mouthpieces. So in the early to mid 80s we got Woman in Love from Barbra Streisand, Heartbreaker from Dionne Warwick, Islands in the Stream from Kenny and Dolly, Chain Reaction from Diana Ross. The funny thing is how easily you can recognise them as Bee Gees songs.




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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 11:23am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I Started A Joke,covered by Faith No More is a good song too!
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 12:31pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I honestly never expected a topic on disco to get so many replies. Thanks, guys.

And you all did it without being pretentious about disco (as I've seen elsewhere).
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 2:06pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Is it possible to be pretentious about Disco? Just
watched Star Trek Discovery,two charcters were
exercising in t-shirts with DISCO on the front,why did i
think of this topic?
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 2:58pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Maybe pretentious is the wrong word. I'm talking about folk who, much like those criticizing comics, think themselves too highbrow to enjoy anything as 'silly' as disco. 
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 4:06pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

You get those types in all walks of life, they're best
ignored!
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There are three particular areas of fandom that irk me.

The critics of wrestling who appear to have watched every PPV event and weekly show.

The critics of comics who appear to read them on a regular basis.

The critics of certain bands/singers who seem overly familiar with their work.

Truth is, they like such forms of entertainment, but can't bring themselves to admit it...

I'm not talking about sincere criticism, e.g. the wrestling fan who didn't enjoy a particular show or the fan of rap who hates certain forms, but the ones who pretend they dislike such forms of entertainment, but watch/read them, anyway.
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Karl Wiebe
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I worked for an NHL hocky team for many years and our offices were right in the arena.  So we would see these pop acts show up and the production values and work ethics on some of these shows is outstanding.  Plus a well-written son is a well-written song, whether it is county, or disco, or metal.  I think by now ABBA and Bee Gees are getting some respect, maybe because (in part) a new generation or two are hearing the songs in a different context (Youtube, in movies, commercials, TV) instead of a touring band on AM radio.

LOVE the Bee Gees - many of their most "recent" songs are excellent too!
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Posted: 22 December 2017 at 10:05pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I've always thought that the Bee Gees were awesome. Love just about every thing I've ever heard by them.

ABBA, on the other hand, are trash. I'd love to throw away Heidi's copy of the movie Mama Mia!....and I'm sick that they're making a sequel. Piers Brosnan singing was bad enough the first time.

(The only ABBA song I can stand...technically? "Dancing Queen". But only certain covers, not their version. And NONE of those covers are in my personal music collection, though I did have a punk cover on my mp3 player.)
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Brian,i saw the trailer for the Mama Mia sequel a couple
of days ago,it`s as bad as you can imagine with added
Cher!

I do like a few Abba songs though,SOS,Mama Mia,Take A
Chance On Me,Does Your Mother Know are great pop songs.

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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 10:36am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

"Ain't No Stopping Us Now" (1979) currently being played. That may well be the best disco song ever. It always uplifts me.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 11:46am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

WHAT??????? Robbie i expected I Was Made For Loving You
by Kiss from you! ;-)
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 2:12pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

That'd be second. ;-))
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I love all forms of pop and rock music from various eras, and disco is no exception.I get some of the reasons detractors hate it, but I like fun music as much as more weighty and emotionally resonant fare.
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Posted: 16 January 2018 at 12:29am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Matt,i like most types of music,if it`s good it`s
good.The thing with Disco and Rock from that era is that
certain songs bring back memories from the time.
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I agree with everything Matt and Bill just said.

I got the DYNASTY album for my 10th birthday, as it had come out a few weeks before. I had been a KISS fan since the age of 6, but also growing up with FM radio that played rock, pop, country, and disco hits (usually on the same stations!), I liked disco-poppy stuff, too. So, I didn't see a problem with KISS going that direction.

In retrospect, it didn't seem to fit with what went before (though I maintain their slick pop sound kinda started with LOVE GUN). But at the time, I was totally on board. And it's still a fun album to listen to sometimes.
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Posted: 17 January 2018 at 8:50am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

I like Dynasty,one of my favourite Kiss albums,if other groups did a Disco influenced song they`d be called Progressive,Kiss do it and they`re sell outs!Look at Rush,they dabbled in Ska and Reggae influenced music in the early 80`s,i loved and respected their experimentation.
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Posted: 17 January 2018 at 9:58am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Don't forget the WCW wrestler Disco Inferno helped keep disco alive, circa 1990s:


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"...if other groups did a Disco influenced song they`d be called Progressive,Kiss do it and they`re sell outs!"

The Stones got away with it.

Funny that the KISS "Disco" album has a Stones cover on it.

I like DYNASTY. Yeah, it has a pop sheen to it, but there are some good songs underneath. I'm a Gene fan, so I like "Charisma" and "X-Ray Eyes" even though one is kinda corny and the other is a thematic rip-off of The Who's "I Can See For Miles." "Dirty Livin'" is a rocker. As stated, I like "IWMFLY." The rest is kinda harmless, middle-of-the-road late 70's pop rock.


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I LOVE Chic. Great band. Funky as hell, "disco" or not. 

And KC and the Sunshine Band released some of the best singles of all time.

I mean yes, on the other hand, there's the Donna Summer version of "MacArthur Park." But all of her other brilliant singles make up for that one big error. 
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