In June 1979, the Bee Gees were on top of the world. Months before, their “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, featuring songs written and/or performed by the Australian trio, had won a Grammy for album of the year. The year before, it spent 24 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. And now the band was playing 60,000-seat arenas across America. Disco was king, and the Bee Gees — brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, clad in white suits and flashing gold chains — were its ambassadors. At the start of the tour, Maurice got hold of a T-shirt that made everyone
Comments: I liked a song or two from the Bee Gees.
I thought the article was going to explain why it happened. Instead, it was just an account of what happened. I already knew that. There were a few facts I did not already know, but nothing of interest.
FTA: "Homophobia fueled much of the hatred. White men between the ages of 18 and 34 who loved rock “felt excluded, even threatened, by the disco scene,” Spence writes. “The phrase ‘disco sucks’ was a clear pejorative..."
Good Lord, everything is not about homosexuality. If homophobia among white men was that rampant, how does one explain the ascendancy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, the international Stardom of David´s Bowie, and the whole androgeny schtick that was present in rock and roll?
I liked disco and enjoyed the BeeGees. They had great talent as singers and songwriters, and I much prefer their music to the unintelligible (and when you can understand it often obscene)stuff that passes for music today.
You people are missing the point with Disco vs. Rock. Occam´s Razor cuts yet again. You had to be a good dancer to dance to Disco music. You can be a lousy dancer (Mrs. Lakerman forced or coerced me to take a ballroom dance class for our wedding, that´s how bad I was and still am) but anyone can leap, wiggle, wave arms about, to rock music. There is no standard. (In the Saturday Night Fever movie, when John Travolta takes to the floor, other dancers leave. His female partner even sat down.)
Disco Demolition Night: Chicago had to forfeit against Detroit because the explosion rendered the outfield unusable. When Dahl was asked about it afterward, he calmly replied that the Sox would have lost the game anyway. And, yes, the media was quick to suggest that it was all attributable to angry white men lashing out against black culture.
I´m grateful to have been born but truly wish it had been some other time, like...during the Plague. College (1974-79), which should have been among the best years of my life, were perhaps the worst because of these clowns and the entire disco craze, when chicks were only interested in guys who dressed like flames and could "disco" out on the dance floor. No one was happier than this kid when the punk invasion knocked the whole scene into oblivion. God bless Johnny Rotten.
Article is info free pablum for people who weren´t born until 10 yeras after disco died. As for homophobia being the cause, did this idiot ever here of Studio 54? Disco was all about sex. Well, sex and cocaine.
I had a great deal of trouble explaining to my son why we hated disco so much. But we did, it was the attempted murder of the spirit of rock and roll, from quirky individualism to an allmost communist style conformity. And the "music", uggh it really didn´t matter what the melody was or who sang it, just turn up the drum machine until the speakers start to tear and nobody will notice anyway. Punk rock took off, in part, because of the musical and cultural emptiness of Disco.
The backlash was a cultural Tsunami, just look at John Travoltas career. He was a huge name after Saturday Night Fever, then couldn´t get a role for over a decade. Now he is an A-lister, since cultural amnesia has set him free.
Music is a very personal thing. I am glad to have grown up in the beginnings of Rock. The teen idol era, etc. Intitally, I enjoyed the Beatles, but when their music went into drug music and other fools followed, I lost interest. Melodies are what make music. Not, thump, thump, thump. I was delighted to see that old hag Madonna and her new cd is a total bust. Put on your pink hat and leave.
The Bee Gees had several peaks and valleys, but they ended well. The dynamite song below might have been their last great one before Maurice´s death in 2003. (In the video below Maurice plays guitar and Robin is the first one to sing. Barry is lying down at first.) And years from now they will still be providing pleasure to their listeners, myself included if I´m still around. I love the Bee Gees in all of their musical periods.)
Outlaw country was where me and my redneck crowd was at during the disco years. Willie, Waylon, David Allan Coe, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many others were cranking out sume great music. Later on in early 80s that faggy line dance crap took over but in the 70s freestyle ruled the dance floor except Texas where 2 step was always the way to get the best women.
Although the BeeGees were superstars (and continued to perform like them in that concert I mentioned up the thread, which was performed somewhat after their heyday), here were a few others whose names are memorable. 100 in this list.
Homophobia?! Threatened by the disco scene?! Pffttt.
I did not feel threatened nor homophobic. The hippy rock and roll scene of the late 60´s and early 70´s eschewed dancing. It wasn´t cool. (Except for the lone hippy chick dancing alone for us to watch.) Watch the Woodstock movie. There was no dancing (again except for lone hippie chicks) The rest of us were into the music. It was a time of music intellectualism. And looking back after many decades(and observing the state of music today) we weren´t wrong. There were many new types and styles of music. You really had to concentrate to take it all in. You didn´t have time to dance. In many cases it would have been considered rude to the band to dance. (Especially The Band who would down right admonish their audience if they didn´t sit and listen respectfully. And frankly they deserved that attention. Their lead singer just got a Nobel prize.)
So disco was immediately boring to those that had feasted on the intellectualism of rock. It was all the same formula. There was even an industry standard disco beat. (155-130 bpm) We listened a few times and had it figured out and went on to something else.
The BeeGees were only popular in the pop scene. Disco saved them - it didn´t destroy them. Their 15 minutes were over long before that movie came out. It gave them another 30 and made them bigger than they ever were. And then they faded away. What else could have happened? I Started a Joke turned out to be prophetic.
And don´t even get me started on the disco clothing style. I´m still certain that leisure suits cause cancer.
Growing up in rural WV in the 70s and 80s we didn´t have rap music on the radio. All we had was rock, country, bluegrass and disco. I liked the Bee Gees and I remember as a young boy looking at t he teenagers and older adult males trying to dress like them. It was a hoot and the girls liked it especially if you could dance. Music from that time has drastically changed because now you have Arianna Grande, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift being top notch these days.
The Bee Gees were wonderful back then - just wonderful. Everything they touched turned to gold. They had the world at their feet. Night Fever and More Than a Woman are my two favorite songs of theirs from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Before turning disco, they were better known for their ballads such as Massachusetts and Words.
The article over-simplifies their so-called demise. There was no banishment. What happened was punk and new wave and hard rock. Blondie hit big in 1979 and so did other bands like The Cars. The sound was changing. Then you had that explosion of New Romantic/synthesizer pop from the UK, such as Human League.
At the end of the day, the Bee Gees´ songs can still be heard as freshly as they sounded back then. Their secret was their harmonies, their arrangements, and the fact that they were a thoroughly decent bunch of lads.
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