Nine Disco Songs That Don't Suck
Even though disco gets a bad rap for its index-finger-pointing moves and
white polyester three-piece-suit fashion sense, the world of
ever-trendy dubstep, techno, and house would be nowhere without its
four-on-the-floor beat devotion and decadent party-till-sunrise excess.
Disco was actually a hip underground scene, prevalent in gay and black
nightclubs, before its proliferation onto mass culture and the
spawning of atrocities like the novelty hit "Disco Duck."
Three of the most eminent bands from the '70s disco movement take to the stage tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Hard Rock Live. Titled the "American Music Festival," this one-night-only event brings the Trammps, Village People, and Gloria Gaynor and infallible dance-floor igniters like "Disco Inferno," "Y.M.C.A.," and "I Will Survive" to our shores for one evening of glimmering mirror-ball nostalgia.
In our attempt to convince those who cannot see beyond the brothers Gibb and their perfectly feathered hair, the bell-bottoms, and dancing construction workers, we compiled a list of nine songs from the disco era that wouldn't sound entirely out of place in current-day dance floors at your hippest nightclub. Disco doesn't have to suck.
9. Amant - "If There's Love"
Famed producer Ray Martinez uses Latin rhythms and deep percussions in this studio group to create what would be coined the "Miami Sound." Being 1978, Martinez was one step ahead with his Latin-crossover ways -- many years before the Estefan's Miami Sound Machine would release its first English-language album, Eyes of Innocence
, in 1984.
8. The Flirts - "Passion"
Back in the day, some people might have called this New York City trio "the Go-Go's gone disco," but we think of them as precursors to current-day femme fatale beat-smiths like Le Tigre and Peaches.
7. Loverde & Patrick Cowley - "Die Hard Lover"
Those familiar with noir-disco act Hercules and the Love Affair will hear many similarities in Frank Loverde's baritone delivery on this debut single from 1982. Loverde was working the club circuit, DJing and performing from time to time, when he met producer Patrick Cowley -- who would lay down the four-four rhythms and slow-shifting electronics. His deep, glossy vocals and Cowley's perfect backbeat make this one a relevant number to this day. You can hear seedlings of Erasure, Soft Cell, and other overly emotional electro groups
in this dramatic number.
6. A Number of Names - "Sharevari"
Disco's evolution is made evident on this 1981 track from obscure group A Number of Names. Many credit this duo from Detroit's late-'70s underground party scene as giving birth to techno with its faster-paced beats and barrage of keyboard lines. The players who would make up Detriot's famed techno movement a few years later are listening.
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