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How the Bee Gees went from
No. 1 to national pariahs

New York Post, by Michael Riedel

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Posted By:MissMolly, 9/24/2017 9:13:02 AM

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

I liked a song or two from the Bee Gees.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 9/24/2017 9:36:22 AM     (No. 11393476)

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.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 9/24/2017 10:04:17 AM     (No. 11393516)

Ha! I was there at Steve Dahl´s disco protest at Comiskey Park. He was a DJ for a rock station WLUP, The Loop.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: harleynyc, 9/24/2017 10:16:37 AM     (No. 11393525)

I remember that. It really never happened in NYC, but whenever I left town for new england I was amused by the anti-disco sentiment, and was quite furious.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: harleynyc, 9/24/2017 10:18:54 AM     (No. 11393530)

edit above- I wasn´t furious, the anti-disco sentiment was furious. lol. * there really should be a 10 second edit window on this thing.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Aud, 9/24/2017 10:37:33 AM     (No. 11393548)

FTA "The Bee Gees, with their exposed hairy chests and high voices, were now the butt of “endless comedy sketches,” Spence writes."

I can identify with that --laughing, despite shuddering, whenever seeing photos of Burt Reynolds with way too much hair and the loathsome fu manchu moustache.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 9/24/2017 10:37:52 AM     (No. 11393550)

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?

Disco died because it felt fake and manufactured.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 9/24/2017 10:39:17 AM     (No. 11393552)

It was that stinking Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band movie that did them in.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/24/2017 11:16:58 AM     (No. 11393578)

They were wonderful. I recorded one of their concerts. Still like to watch it.

But then I loved to dance and enjoyed disco. Great fun for a time. All of these things have their time. How many do the Charleston any more?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 9/24/2017 11:31:24 AM     (No. 11393592)

This happens all the time in music. The 1950s were the most dramatic change when staid ballads, chirpy quartets, and mellow crooners were suddenly blown away by Rock N Roll.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: thomthomp, 9/24/2017 11:41:43 AM     (No. 11393604)

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.

And I hope #7 was kidding.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lakerman1, 9/24/2017 12:00:39 PM     (No. 11393642)

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.)

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Reply 12 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 9/24/2017 12:31:33 PM     (No. 11393696)

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.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: kono, 9/24/2017 12:48:14 PM     (No. 11393711)

I detested disco and was relieved to be free from the associated fashion nightmare. Shoulder-length hair, those polyester shirts and butt-hugging bell-bottom pants... shudder

Fair or not, I blame the contemporary genderconfusion on that godforsaken era.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: franq, 9/24/2017 12:54:24 PM     (No. 11393723)

Stale news. They were not a pariah, and have had one of the longest and most lucrative careers in all of pop music. Disco was just one chapter. Sadly only one brother remains.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: TexasAllTheWay, 9/24/2017 1:08:38 PM     (No. 11393740)

#14, you´re right, and they were three of the most down to earth people you wld ever want to know.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FLCracker, 9/24/2017 1:18:39 PM     (No. 11393758)

#6, and because disco really only had one tune and no substance. It is, however, "easy to dance to", as they used to say on "American Bandstand."

(Rap, OTOH, has lots of substance (for good or bad), but no tune, and is not easy to dance to.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Jennie C., 9/24/2017 1:24:47 PM     (No. 11393771)

My son had a great album called "Sesame Street Fever." It had a disco version of Rubber Ducky, and other original songs by, I think, Robin Gibb.

The cover art was identical to Saturday Night Fever, except Grover was dressed as Travolta, and in the same pose. Hilarious

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dman, 9/24/2017 1:30:35 PM     (No. 11393782)

Disco was a post-Vietnam post-Watergate release. We all had fun at the time.

But it was the Duck that killed disco.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dman, 9/24/2017 1:33:13 PM     (No. 11393787)

"Disco Duck" not "Rubber Ducky".

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 9/24/2017 1:47:26 PM     (No. 11393806)

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.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Smart11344, 9/24/2017 2:18:11 PM     (No. 11393842)

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.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Island Life, 9/24/2017 2:32:54 PM     (No. 11393855)

I liked them and their music. They brought us a different trend, and many other singers caught on. Very sad that only Barry is left.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hazymac, 9/24/2017 2:34:07 PM     (No. 11393859)

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.)

"This Is Where I Came In" (Bee Gees, 2001)


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Reply 24 - Posted by: doublesharp, 9/24/2017 2:35:49 PM     (No. 11393861)

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.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/24/2017 2:59:40 PM     (No. 11393888)

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.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: Pete Stone, 9/24/2017 3:00:01 PM     (No. 11393889)

Re #24: There was a popular country song at the time called "Disco Sucks."
"Take me to a honky-tonk bar, Where I can hear me a steel guitar. I´ll take country music any day!"
That said it for me.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/24/2017 3:01:01 PM     (No. 11393891)

PS. Pariah = outcast. They were never outcasts. One tried to go his own way which tended to change things somewhat. Often happens.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: question_complexity, 9/24/2017 3:20:58 PM     (No. 11393917)

I saw the Bee Gees in early ´74 at Lincoln Center, long before disco took hold. I already had their Greatest Hits album and music book. Their music took a wrong turn with "Jive Talkin´"

P.S. The warmup act was a little-known duo from Philadelphia (Hall & Oates).

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Reply 29 - Posted by: franq, 9/24/2017 4:24:23 PM     (No. 11393986)

Sorry, #28, Main Course was their best album!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: joew9, 9/24/2017 5:14:09 PM     (No. 11394024)

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.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: frenesi1, 9/24/2017 8:20:43 PM     (No. 11394167)

I, for one, loved the Bee Gees.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Fosterdad, 9/24/2017 11:47:56 PM     (No. 11394298)

#28, I saw Hall and Oates in May in St. Louis. After 40+ years they still have it.

The Bee Gees were actually quite good prior to Saturday Night Fever.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: broken01, 9/25/2017 9:30:21 AM     (No. 11394627)

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.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: anonymous, 9/25/2017 9:55:57 AM     (No. 11394671)

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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Fox News, by Caleb Parke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/15/2017 5:39:56 PM     Post Reply
Santa Claus, Christmas trees and the colors red and green are examples of inappropriate “religious iconography” during the holiday season, according to a paper distributed during a “Respecting Religious Diversity” event at the University of Minnesota."Jewish Hanukkah" is targeted, too, with menorahs and the colors blue and white also described as being "not appropriate." “Consider neutral-themed parties such as a ‘winter celebration,’” the handout read. “Decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.” It was part of a Dean’s Dialogues “Religious Diversity and Holidays” event within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource

CNN´s Amanpour: Trump´s Use Of "Fake
News" Label Undermines Credibility
Of Democracy, Our World Order

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Real Clear Politics, by Tim Hains    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/15/2017 9:15:05 PM     Post Reply
CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Christian Amanpour discuss reports that leaders of Syria, Myanmar Russia, and other authoritarian states have all used the term "fake news" to dismiss credible reports they disagree with. Ryan Crocker, who has served as ambassador to several middle eastern countries joins the conversation. Amanpour said that Trump´s use of the term has given dictators around the world license to paralyze the press and if it goes on, it will put democracy and the entire world order at risk. "This is really serious, and it just has to stop. Because it is undermining not just our safety, but

All I Want for Christmas...Is to Be as
Savage as Sarah Huckabee Sanders

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Townhall, by Brian L.    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/16/2017 5:24:57 AM     Post Reply
Democrats hate her (#Tolerance)... Feminists despise her (#GlassCeiling)... Progressives want her silenced (#Diversity)... And the liberal media dreads her. Who is she? She’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In case you’ve been hiding under a freshly broken shard of glass from one of the ceilings being broken all over Washington D.C. lately - keep reading, it gets better. She’s the 3rd female to ever hold the office of the White House Press Secretary. - Dee Dee Myers was the first under Clinton (1993-1994) - Dana Perino was the 2nd who served under Bush in 2007 And it’s no surprise that Trump put her there because she’s perfect for the job.

Kirsten Gillibrand, Long a Champion of
Women, Finds the Nation Joining Her

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New York Times, by Shane Goldmacher and Matt Flegenheimer    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/16/2017 3:21:52 PM     Post Reply
For much of the year, Kirsten Gillibrand’s critics — sensing a presidential aspirant in their midst — had assumed that the New York senator could not hear enough about herself. For one day at least, it appeared she had. It had been about 10 hours since President Trump accused her of “begging” for campaign contributions that she “would do anything” to secure, and the Ms. Gillibrand, driving with her 14-year-old son on Tuesday evening, flipped on the radio looking for an update on the Senate race in Alabama. The top story, instead, was her. The radio went off again. What, exactly,

NBC Made Payment To
Staffer After Sexual Harassment
Claim Against Chris Matthews

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Daily Caller, by Amber Athey    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/16/2017 9:49:43 PM     Post Reply
An MSNBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment. Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package. The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company

Cook County Commissioner Requests
UN Peacekeeping Forces to Chicago –
652 Homicides So Far This Year (Video)

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/15/2017 3:31:46 PM     Post Reply
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin has requested UN Peacekeeping Forces to the City of Chicago to cut down on violence in the Windy City. Boykin says peacekeeping forces are needed to fight the “quiet genocide” in the streets of Chicago. The joys of liberalism: 603 people have been shot and killed in Chicago so far this year. 3,454 people have been shot. There have been 652 homicides in Chicago so far this year. CBS Chicago reported: Some politicians in the past have recommended deploying the National Guard to help Chicago quell gun violence, but Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin went

CA Dems Proposing Spending $1 Billion
Giving Health Care To Illegal Immigrants

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Daily Wire, by Hank Berrien    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2017 1:22:17 PM     Post Reply
Democrats, who have a monopoly of power in California politics, are proposing to spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to illegal immigrants living in the state. Medi-Cal, which is the state’s Medicaid program, would eliminate legal residency requirements.The proposal was offered as part of a $4.3 billion proposal from San Francisco Democrat Assemblyman Phil Ting, the head of the Assembly budget committee. According to NBC Bay Area, 7% of people residing in California lack health coverage, many of them illegal immigrants. California has already eliminated legal residency requirements for Medicaid coverage for

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