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I'd have to say Classic. It gets lots of flak because it was very 'in your face' and very sexual, and, more importantly, there were no real 'album' artists. But who cares? Some of the best songs of the 70s, and of alll time, came out of that era.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:28 (seventeen years ago) link

There are going to be a lot of smarmy responses in this thread, but before all that starts, I'd like to say that yes, disco is classic.

Dominique (dleone), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:31 (seventeen years ago) link

yep, classic, all of it - even the crap stuff.

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:43 (seventeen years ago) link

yes, disco is classic.

and, more importantly, there were no real 'album' artists.

depends on your definition of "artist." but i'll let everyone else post the predictable dance-music-is-a-producer's-medium rhetoric.

stockholm cindy's secret world with martin bashir (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:44 (seventeen years ago) link

i mean i can post lots and lots and lots and lots of full-length disco LPs i love (that aren't just genre/label comps), but i'd be here all night.

stockholm cindy's secret world with martin bashir (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:46 (seventeen years ago) link

Some things can never be restated enough: Disco is Classic.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:46 (seventeen years ago) link

disco is classic.

stockholm cindy's secret world with martin bashir (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:47 (seventeen years ago) link


jed_ (jed), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:50 (seventeen years ago) link

disco that sounds like "love hangover": CLASSIC!
disco that sounds like "disco duck": DUD!

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:53 (seventeen years ago) link

wrong, both are extremely classic

stockholm cindy's secret world with martin bashir (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 17 February 2005 02:01 (seventeen years ago) link


Tito JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 17 February 2005 02:02 (seventeen years ago) link

nah, just kidding. DISCO IS CLASSIC!~!

Tito JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 17 February 2005 02:03 (seventeen years ago) link

oh my god it's so CLASSIC!!

Mike O. (Mike Ouderkirk), Thursday, 17 February 2005 02:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Some of it is amazingly CLASSIC, but most isn't.
Kinda like most every other type o' music I've ever heard.

peepee (peepee), Thursday, 17 February 2005 02:36 (seventeen years ago) link

do you mean kiss disco lp "dynasty " ?

La Camilla Henemark, Thursday, 17 February 2005 03:05 (seventeen years ago) link

disco is fucking classic.

i just started reading the new chic book.

it's tricky (disco stu), Thursday, 17 February 2005 03:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Disco is a total classic in every way.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Thursday, 17 February 2005 03:34 (seventeen years ago) link

disco might be the only genre where even the terrible stuff is still great. therefore CLASSIC.

joseph (joseph), Thursday, 17 February 2005 03:39 (seventeen years ago) link

this thread is silly. like anybody on ilm is going to risk looking rockist and say disco sucks. It is like somebody saying Kings of Leon are better than Britney's Greatest Hits...

Also, Chic made good albums.

Disco Nihilist (mjt), Thursday, 17 February 2005 03:42 (seventeen years ago) link

i'll take Kings of Leon over Britney.

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 17 February 2005 04:05 (seventeen years ago) link

For every "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,"


there's a "Le Freak"


and "Get Down Tonight"


and "TSOP."



ffirehorse, Thursday, 17 February 2005 04:15 (seventeen years ago) link



Tito JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 17 February 2005 04:45 (seventeen years ago) link

My apologies .....

Perhaps we can agree on this?


ffirehorse, Thursday, 17 February 2005 05:15 (seventeen years ago) link

And then there's this:


which has lived in my CD player longer than anything not done by a Libertine (so far this year).

James.Cobo (jamescobo), Thursday, 17 February 2005 05:28 (seventeen years ago) link

stoopid HTML

James.Cobo (jamescobo), Thursday, 17 February 2005 05:29 (seventeen years ago) link

I used to be so uptight about what disco I considered classic back in the 70s. Like it had to be either melodic and soulful or synth-heavy and" futuristic" or it sucked. What was wrong with me? Joseph is absolutely correct.

Guitarthur and the Ecstasy Defecators (Arthur), Thursday, 17 February 2005 06:26 (seventeen years ago) link

The first five seconds of the Trammps' "Disco Inferno" are possibly the most exciting first five seconds of any dance song going. The remaining 11:55 is just icing. Tasty, tasty icing.

More good LP-length disco acts: Machine, Hot Chocolate*, solo Moroder (well, anything Moroder)

*"disco" status debatable

Stupornaut (natepatrin), Thursday, 17 February 2005 06:34 (seventeen years ago) link

xpost It's Tricky, what's the Chic book you mentioned??

don, Thursday, 17 February 2005 06:44 (seventeen years ago) link

there were no real 'album' artists.

four words: Once Upon a Time


Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 17 February 2005 08:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Well, commercially speaking most disco LPs were a non-starter and the record companies'refusal to market 12-inch singles in response to consumer demand led to the market crash of 1979 and eventually the death of vinyl itself...
But AESTHETICALLY speaking we all know there are many great disco albums, starting with Donna, Chic and Cerrone's Supernature.

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Thursday, 17 February 2005 11:07 (seventeen years ago) link

This is so weird, I've been listening to a lot of disco lately and I was driving round thinking about it while listening to it, and i thought to myself I wonder if ilx cares much for disco. And i thought, nah they probably all think it's shit because it's kind of shallow and meaningless, so it's quite nice to be proven wrong. Some of my favorite songs are disco hits.

I Don't Know If It's Right but Evelyn King is a fucking awesome song and how can anyone deny the brilliance of sister sledge's (I wonder why) He's The Greatest Dancer?

kate/papa november (papa november), Thursday, 17 February 2005 11:15 (seventeen years ago) link

Been indulging in some Evelyn "Champagne" King myself lately.
"Babyoumakemy LOVE COME DOWN. Ooh you make my LOVE...COME DOWN."

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Thursday, 17 February 2005 12:06 (seventeen years ago) link

that song is filthy :-)

stockholm cindy's secret world with martin bashir (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 17 February 2005 13:22 (seventeen years ago) link


Disco is classic, in my opinion



Although disco was the most prominent form of popular music in the 1970s, it never got the credit it deserves as a serious musical genre. These pages aim to set that straight.

Scorned and ridiculed as feather-lite, escapist pap when it emerged in the mid-seventies, and now reduced to a kitsch scenario of Afro wigs, polyester suits and drunken singalongs at office Christmas parties and bachelor weekends, disco is just about the last place anyone would look for avant garde practice. [...] --Peter Shapiro, The Wire Magazine, Feb 2003.


Guest, Thursday, 17 February 2005 14:20 (seventeen years ago) link

this is the chic book

first impressions are not good

you know when it's cold and the buildings look all crisp in the night air? like , Thursday, 17 February 2005 15:28 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh yeah, that book. I think that's the one somebody was warning me about, although they didn't make it clear it was based around Behind The Music of Chic, blah blah (but maybe I'l try a used copy) A lot of people have highly praised Tim Lawrence's LOVE SAVES THE DAY, a history of NY disco/dance from 70-79, I think, and also Mel Cheren's KEEP ON DANCIN': MY LIFE AT THE PARADISE GARAGE (titles may not be quite verbatim but authors' names are). Also, Tim helped revive the career of disco pioneer Nicky Siano, whose excellent comp of early music-that-got-played-in-discos (although he doesn't like the label "disco") I reviewed at villagevoice.com recently. The new MUTANT DISCO #3: GARAGE SALE is mostly too true to its title, but 2-3 good tracks if you see it in the Used. But Ze's also got another comp (blanking on the title) of all covers, and that's better, although still uneven (and transitioning out of the disco-per-se era, like the MUTANT series). Their Cristina reissues (which yall prob know about, but just in case) are improvements on LP sound quality and good bonus tracks; I prefer August Darnell's production (mainly on the first) to Was Not Was predom on second. Also DISCO NOT DISCO and DISCO NOT DISCO 2, but Dan Selzer says that label (Strut) has bit the dust. Wonder if Midnight Rhythm's self-titled ever came out on CD, and if they ever did another?

don, Thursday, 17 February 2005 17:37 (seventeen years ago) link

The Loft box sets, my man, are IT.

The Argunaut (sexyDancer), Thursday, 17 February 2005 18:02 (seventeen years ago) link

My brother got me a "Disco Handbook" from 1979 for my recent birthday. It was written at the peak of disco, and contains all these tips on how to dance, how to dress, how to speak at a disco, etc. It's also names the stereotypical people you'd see at the disco, and I think one of them was called "Ronnie Rockist" or something like that.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Thursday, 17 February 2005 18:17 (seventeen years ago) link

how do you speak at a disco?

stockholm cindy's secret world with martin bashir (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 17 February 2005 18:35 (seventeen years ago) link

What is "Ronnie Rockist" like???

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 17 February 2005 18:36 (seventeen years ago) link

I'll fill you in when I get home tonight. There was a whole paragraph about him.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Thursday, 17 February 2005 18:38 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm wondering if Disco is finally dead. Is there any really "relevant" or "innovative" music being made today that's part of a disco-continuum? It seems like grime has wiped out any vestiges of disco in UK Garage, and in the US, we've got what - LCD Soundsystem - with a ironic-macho-retro-electro take on it?

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 17 February 2005 18:48 (seventeen years ago) link

but Spencer why does it have to be "relevant" or "innovative". Aren't those ROCKIST concepts? (insert winky)

Surely there is new deep house stuff coming out all the time, right? Even if it isn't hip on ILM. It's like that one Reynolds article from a few years back (it might surprise some to hear that I read the man, but I do)(I just disagree with him vehemently about tons of stuff)(except for the awesomeness of the Doors and Jefferson Airplane of course) where he details the deep house scene in NYC, and basically poo-poos their little retro 'let's-recreate-the-paradise-garage' scene. I mean, where is the harm in it? People are going out having a good time, dancing, to this functional music, much of which is new and continues to be created. I have a buddy who is a deep house dj here in chicago -- who plays tons of the stuff with the dreaded *real instruments*, guitar solos, piano solos, the whole jazzy nine yards -- and while I don't LOVE that music, every time I've gone out to hear him spin I can enjoy myself and every one else seems to as well. It IS a total Yupster scene, there's no doubt about it. But at the same time, you know, it EXISTS. Whether the hipoisie care or not.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Thursday, 17 February 2005 19:09 (seventeen years ago) link

Is there any really "relevant" or "innovative" music being made today that's part of a disco-continuum?

i am going to be contentious and say justus köhncke. also metro area/environ. lcd ss came to my mind too, but they strike me more as outsiders looking in at the continuum.

i enjoyed love saves the day even though it was a bit dry and analytical at times, but i will say that its seriousness is also its upside. to me it's a must-read because of the level of detail and because it has lengthy interviews with and commentary on mancuso, grasco, siano...all of the early djs. it was a totally eye opening read into a subculture i knew and glorified from afar. knowing the details makes it even better.

xpost w/stormy

you know when it's cold and the buildings look all crisp in the night air? like , Thursday, 17 February 2005 19:27 (seventeen years ago) link


jack cole (jackcole), Thursday, 17 February 2005 19:28 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't mind retreads at all, and I listen to old stuff all the time, but I'm mainly talking about a cultural moment where there's no innovative disco culture. Doesn't mean new deep house stuff, or new garridge or broken beat or whatever isn't amazing, I'm just lamenting the fact that there's nothing really new to excite us in a "hey, what's this crazy new sh*t???" kind of way. Everythings gone very macho - there's nothing really unabashed anymore.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 17 February 2005 19:30 (seventeen years ago) link

it's underground not underwater but if that's the analogy to use then let it drown imo


you know when it's cold and the buildings look all crisp in the night air? (disc, Thursday, 17 February 2005 19:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Sister Sledge's Thinking Of You is one of my
all-time favorite songs.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Thursday, 17 February 2005 20:51 (seventeen years ago) link

wow, who wrote the disco handbook? i need a copy of that more than i need a new bottle of ARAMIS aftershave. i love disco about as much as i love my mum.

Affectian (Affectian), Thursday, 17 February 2005 20:58 (seventeen years ago) link


Been listening to this a lot lately, any suggestions for similar (mostly) instrumental, brass-heavy disco in the vain of the above or Brass Construction's "Movin'"?

Tuomas, Sunday, 28 August 2016 21:17 (five years ago) link


Here's another tune in the same style.

Tuomas, Sunday, 28 August 2016 21:19 (five years ago) link


And this one of course.

Tuomas, Sunday, 28 August 2016 21:20 (five years ago) link


Wes Brodicus, Monday, 29 August 2016 15:06 (five years ago) link

some recent faves:

and probably my favorite gino soccio (this week):

TS: gino soccio "hold tight" vs. change "hold tight"

andrew m., Monday, 29 August 2016 16:15 (five years ago) link


all these early kleeer albums got gems galore.

i'll hand it over for a while now.

andrew m., Monday, 29 August 2016 16:24 (five years ago) link

New Tim Lawrence book on the way!


ǂbait (seandalai), Monday, 29 August 2016 20:42 (five years ago) link

that theo vaness lp is good, i love this one from the b-side


map, Monday, 29 August 2016 20:44 (five years ago) link

New Tim Lawrence book on the way!

― ǂbait (seandalai), Monday, August 29, 2016 8:42 PM (yesterday)

Oh, sweet! The introduction is available to read here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-0-8223-6186-2_601.pdf

I'd been meaning to find my copies of Lawrence's Love Saves The Day & Shapiro's Turn The Beat Around for my partner after they got hooked on The Get Down and it's Loft-equivalent scenes etc.

etc, Tuesday, 30 August 2016 04:15 (five years ago) link

@ Tuomas: I always file Brainstorm next to Brass Construction


los blue jeans, Thursday, 8 September 2016 01:56 (five years ago) link

this is such an outrageous jam, it just keeps building


until the next, delayed, glaciation (map), Thursday, 8 September 2016 02:16 (five years ago) link

those ladies could sing

until the next, delayed, glaciation (map), Thursday, 8 September 2016 02:24 (five years ago) link

This is really... not very good.
Not even sure if it counts as disco.

ArchCarrier, Thursday, 8 September 2016 19:54 (five years ago) link

mixcloud link if u wanna hear my radio set


he let me play all the songs in the end :)

flopson, Thursday, 8 September 2016 20:00 (five years ago) link

i put together 12 tracks of "classic" disco with diva leanings for an ungrateful boy who didn't even download them, so i'm gonna share them here. it's unmixed; they're all aiff from vinyl for the record lovers so the zip is kinda big.

1. Patrice Rushen - Haven't You Heard
2. Brainstorm - Hot For You
3. Loleatta Holloway - Love Sensation
4. Chic - Everybody Dance
5. Musique - Keep On Jumpin'
6. Bionic Boogie - Dance Little Dreamer
7. Change - Angel In My Pocket
8. Inner Life - Moment Of My Life
9. Loose Change - Straight From The Heart
10. Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real
11. Sister Sledge - Lost In Music
12. Phreek - Weekend


savvinesslessness (map), Wednesday, 14 September 2016 00:37 (five years ago) link

loving this one from celi bee

also, s/o to ytuber fredy amezquita! he's all over it with the vids.

andrew m., Tuesday, 27 September 2016 14:46 (five years ago) link

Lot of things I don't know on this list: 100 KILLER DISCO SONGS FOR A TENNER OR LESS

minimal hat spiritualism (seandalai), Friday, 30 September 2016 00:16 (five years ago) link

The well of disco never runs dry

flopson, Friday, 30 September 2016 01:21 (five years ago) link


savvinesslessness (map), Friday, 30 September 2016 02:51 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

New Tim Lawrence book on the way!

― ǂbait (seandalai), Monday, August 29, 2016 8:42 PM

Compilation/soundtrack for said book (Life & Death On The New York Dance Floor) on the way:


Part 1
A1 Dinosaur L - Go Bang! (LP Version)
A2 Tuxedomoon - Desire
B1 Gray - Drum Mode
B2 Alan Vega - Saturn Drive
C1 David Byrne - Big Business (Dance Mix)
C2 New York 88 - Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)
D1 Rammellzee vs K-Rob - Beat Bop (Original 12-inch Single)
D2 3 Teens Kill 4 - Hold Up

Part 2
A1 John Robie - Vena Cava
A2 James White & The Blacks - Contort Yourself (August Darnell Mix)
B1 Quando Quango - Love Tempo (Mark Kamins Mix
B2 George Kranz - Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)
C1 Loose Joints - Pop Your Funk (Instrumental Version) (7-inch B-Side Mix)
C2 Material - Bustin' Out (Long Version)
D1 Peech Boys - Don't Make Me Wait (Extended Version)
D2 Edwin Birdsong - Rapper Dapper Snapper

willem, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:59 (three years ago) link

That's not disco.

everything, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 17:27 (three years ago) link

Now That's What I Call Disco Not Disco!

Rad Macca (Craig D.), Tuesday, 27 November 2018 17:49 (three years ago) link

That's not disco.
Yeah you're right. Searched ILM for Tim Lawrence and this seemed the most appropriate thread

willem, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 09:10 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

This thread is a graveyard. Or maybe it's just not loading properly for me?

I've been listening to a lot of disco, boogie, italo, and post-disco lately. Most of it is pretty bad, and for disco I'd say most of what I like has already been covered here, particularly Jim in Vancouver's outstanding list.

It does seem like generally with the ongoing disco revival championed by the likes of Motor City Drum Ensemble etc that frankly the standards of quality are pretty low. I recently watched a video of a Joey Negro DJ set hoping to pick out something I hadn't heard before, I think I did find one or two standout cuts but overall quite a sad experience.

viborg, Friday, 5 July 2019 02:19 (two years ago) link

Thank you for your insightful contribution.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 5 July 2019 15:01 (two years ago) link


Chewshabadoo, Friday, 5 July 2019 15:53 (two years ago) link

I've been DJ-ing disco every Friday night for almost eighteen months, and disco fatigue is starting to kick in. That said, all the tunes in my boxes are CLASSIC.

mike t-diva, Friday, 5 July 2019 16:01 (two years ago) link

after a decade or so of extensively listening to disco, sometimes in a particularly trainspotting manner (looking up songs that appear in charts in books by tim lawrence and vince aletti, looking at discographies of disco artists who have a few songs i enjoy to find if they have anything else i like etc.) i still find myself encountering new (to me) and good stuff. i have a working turntable for the first time in quite a while so i might recommence crate-digging and discoging once I've sorted my finances out a bit lol

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 July 2019 16:05 (two years ago) link

from an ilx point of view there's a good thread on disco and boogie discoveries that has been updated a decent amount in the last year or so Rolling thread for your recent DISCO and BOOGIE discoveries, enthusiasms and obsessions

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 July 2019 16:06 (two years ago) link

Disco diggers could also look at https://jameshamiltonsdiscopage.com/ - an archive of all James Hamilton's weekly disco columns for Record Mirror, from 1975 to (currently) early 1983.

mike t-diva, Friday, 5 July 2019 18:31 (two years ago) link

also this book is very good, ny and la disco charts from 1973-78, i think it got a recent reprint and it's cheap on amazon rn:

The Disco Files 1973–78: New York's Underground, Week by Week Paperback – November 27, 2018
by Vince Aletti (Author), Fran Lebowitz (Author)

cheese canopy (map), Friday, 5 July 2019 18:55 (two years ago) link

yeah it's a good one to dig into

actually meant to write "dip into" but anyway

Cheers to the constructive posters. I saw a lot of contributions from you upthread and was gonna ask if you're still around seandalai.

I need to get those books. Especially the Tim Lawrence book, looks like a lot of folks cosign it here. I think the book Last Night A DJ Saved My Life was my initial introduction to classic disco etc charts but that was 10+ years ago and I don't have my copy anymore so can't comment on how it holds up now. That James Hamilton site is a good resource too, cheers for that.

Jim I'd appreciate checking out a few of your recent discoveries. I'll try to check my recent listening with what's already been posted and maybe I can update that other thread if I find anything worthwhile.

viborg, Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:20 (two years ago) link

These fools tho.

Thank you for your insightful contribution.

― ArchCarrier


― Chewshabadoo

Why do you have to do this here? Can't you shitpost on twitter, rate your music, reddit or pretty much anywhere else? I guess this is what people mean when they talk smack about ILM so much now...

viborg, Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:22 (two years ago) link

(And yeah I realize I didn't exactly offer a gold-star thread revive, my main inspiration was from checking out all the great music on the Afropop/Afrobeats thread posted mainly by breastcrawl and then seeing how they were kind of desperately appealing for other users to post pretty much anything...I don't know much about Afrobeats but I do know disco so here we are.)

viborg, Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:27 (two years ago) link

Love Saves the Day is beyond essential, completely transformed my understanding of the context behind the music.

Playlist of 100+ personal favourites: https://open.spotify.com/user/seandalai/playlist/4Xq5uVvrHhJ8l4YZlZTD9a (many are not obscure, above all they're the tracks I never get tired of)

i've been needing to read a good dance music/club culture history. i think i will start w/ love saves the day and see where that takes me

dyl, Saturday, 6 July 2019 01:31 (two years ago) link

Can't you shitpost on twitter, rate your music, reddit or pretty much anywhere else?

can't you? given the content of your posts here so far, wouldn't it be safe to assume you already do? please stay awhile if you actually want to discuss things or engage w/ 'the community' and can tolerate ppl being a bit unserious or quippy but damn.

dyl, Saturday, 6 July 2019 01:38 (two years ago) link

The whole attitude of “well I’ve scoured the internet for all the good music” is so depressing

brimstead, Saturday, 6 July 2019 02:36 (two years ago) link

Ugh, yeah

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 7 July 2019 23:55 (two years ago) link

my disco jams archive just keeps growing and growing

flopson, Monday, 8 July 2019 01:34 (two years ago) link

I only trust folks who say they like disco

spacedaddy, Monday, 8 July 2019 06:20 (two years ago) link

Would love a book compiling all of James Hamilton's articles. The site linked above is great but can't beat checking out the original pages in Record Mirror.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 8 July 2019 11:15 (two years ago) link

@RecordMirror80s on Twitter uploads high quality scans of James Hamilton's pages (amongst much else) on a daily basis; they also use the hashtag #JamesHamilton

mike t-diva, Monday, 8 July 2019 12:01 (two years ago) link

Oh nice, thanks for the tip.

Still would prefer something physical though. Which I'm sure is something the great man would have said.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 8 July 2019 14:32 (two years ago) link

I really enjoyed this a lot and learned a lot about the roots and culture around disco


two years pass...

Fantastic story here about a particular LA disco culture:


Ned Raggett, Saturday, 18 June 2022 15:51 (two weeks ago) link

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