Did disco ruin society...?

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  1. bgmacaw

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    And Sears was the Amazon of the day...

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    I don't think disco ruined society, but mankind's obsession with bloody stupid dancing certainly ruined music.
     
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    Even if it is true that "in the late 70s greed took over" ( I would be more inclined to say that was more an 80s thing) to blame Disco is quite of stretch.
     
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    I had an ice blue leisure suit back in the day, I can't believe I thought it looked good.
    A symptom of our sick society is decedence and self interest, I don't think disco was the cause.
    (Flame suit on) I actually liked some of the disco music performed by The Beegees and Donna Summer.
     
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    This argument is inane. If anything, disco was a symptom, not the cause.

    Disco was just club music that crossed over to pop -- EDM before the "E". Record companies came to hate it because it was expensive to record -- all those string and horn players added up. Non-urban white male blowhards came to hate it for the usual reasons they hate stuff that centers on non-white and/or non-straight and/or urban folks. The inevitable backlash happened and the stuff disappeared from Top 40, mostly -- but it continued to evolve in the clubs, where it had come from, and continues to this day.
     
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    beat me to it.
     
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    Society ruined disco .

     
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    KISS playing disco ruined society
     
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    phil Hartman and billy dee Williams ? wtf ? :eek:
     
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    I hated most disco (liked Play that Music and Funkytown, though) until rap came along. In comparison, I appreciate disco a lot more than I did when it was popular. They played real instruments with musical notes and everything. And the singers used melody and harmonies.

    "Well, Dick: it has a good beat and I can dance to it; I'll give it an 89"
     
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    I'd say that's inaccurate. Dance clubs were popular here in Outer Redneckia. Summer of '78 I worked at a company that went around south Georgia and north Florida installing dance floors and disco balls in bars.

    It became hated because of the over-commercialization of it. As such, it became one of the causes of the rise of alternative music from punk to Americana. The reaction against disco was hardly all rural...



     
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    I think the fact that the record companies hated paying for it is an under-appreciated factor.

    When I hear that Chic spent "only" $35k in 1977 dollars to record their first album because of various things they did to keep the costs down, it still seems like a huge sum. But Nile Rodgers has said they had "half the New York Philharmonic" on it -- and those folks got paid union rates, in NYC. That's how they did it!

     
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    punk was a reaction against prog not disco. and i remember very clearly who the "disco sucks" bullies in high school in small town new jersey were 76-80 - they beat up punks too...
     
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    Yes.

    re: disco - It was what it was. All things must pass, and disco presented (to the music companies and the masses) a fresh alternative to the long domination of rock. The zeitgeist demanded change, and the forces of nature provided. Me, it's when I started turning to jazz and classical for my radio musical entertainment.

     
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    That's what ruined music....when punk killed prog...well that's how I felt at the time!

    I've heard the opposite. rock bands were more expensive because of the time involved recording then. Disco could be produced rapidly and under control.

    That record companies liked disco because you dealt with a producer and a single artist, not a rock band. You got pro musicians in a studio - and not at the same time - under control of a producer and arranger.

    Also disco began the use of synth backing tracks; disco if the direct ancestor of all dance musics like hip-hop, rap, etc.

    And it was about the dancer, not the musicians. Hence all the performers over the years that danced instead of played instruments.

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/feb/26/disco-changed-world-for-ever
     
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    Different regional cultures I guess. Cool kids (aka the bullies) did disco, the rest of us listened to something else.
     
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    Record companies will pay for anything that makes money.

    The first "Chic" record went gold.

    It also had 2 hit singles, "Everybody Dance" and "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)".

    Disco production also set the stage for the sample-based music to come later, culminating in "drag-and-drop" music made by people that can't play an instrument other than a computer mouse.
     
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    I liked the Disco Ladies :)
     
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