legend has it that 1981 saw the very last days of disco, as documented in the 1998 film. of course, there is a huge flaw in this statement as costa-bound brits discoed until the late 80s. it was 1977 in spain until about 1991 everywhere else.
one of the very first bars i went to in the early 90s – a wine bar, no less – played disco and boogie. at the time i thought it was a quirk of soundtrack similar to amusement parks, where law dictates that all music played must be at least 7 years old. it was actually because i was 15 and i wasn’t supposed to be there.
the music was for the older crowd – the disco crowd. the ones who had probably wished they could dance on illuminated dance floors a la saturday night fever but had to settle for that funny 70s slightly glittery flooring they used in shopping centres. but encrusted with disco dirt and littered with fag ends, at their local ritzy.
the last days of disco may be a pretty accurate account of those days, i don’t know. its quite bleak for a disco movie, i suppose no one quite knew what to expect after the excitement of a new decade died down. its not as depressing however, as the reality of the uk in 1981 which was majorly depressing according those who remember. as a five year old i was oblivous to the riots, strikes and nuclear warnings i have since viewed thanks to ‘i love 1981’.
the disco sucks movement, perpetrated by greasy rednecks in lumberjack shirts, finally won in 1981, and disco became boogie…
aurra – nasty disposition
the duo started as aurra at the tail end of disco, and passed through the mid 80s jheri soul movement to become deja by the time new jack swing hit.
bb&q band – starlette
better known for their mid 80s tinkly jheri soul efforts.
class action – weekend
this was reborn as a house anthem later in the decade and remixed in the 90s by todd terry.
coffee – casanova
ravers baby d made their cover version the follow up to the huge ‘let me be your fantasy’. there was a nice jungle remix.
earth wind and fire – lady sun
not as obvious as ‘let’s groove’…
evelyn champagne king – if you want my love
not as obvious as ‘shame’!
inner life – moment of my life
imagine this on the dancefloor at studio 54.
madagascar – rainbow
perfect late disco classic.
patrice rushen – haven’t you heard
patrice might just be the most sampled artist ever.
rose royce- magic touch
proving she, and disco, still had it in 1981.
sharon redd – can you handle it
the line between disco and boogie was thin, at best.
slave – watching you
slave spawned steve arrington, who summed up the mid 80s with ‘feel so real’.