The War on Disco

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Capt.Obvious, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. I have struck a blow in our cause comrades. Disco will live again!

    As many of you may know I've been loyal to the cause for some time, that instinctual bass player drive to bring disco back. I vowed to insert a little bit of disco into every song I play and finally my plans are coming to fruition.

    'I Wonder,' Alex Ivy's smash hit sweeping the nation, well, sweeping Ireland, which is a nation according to Google. So ya, nation sweeping hit! Also getting some airplay in America too and yes, inernet radio totally counts damn it!

    I managed to subtly insert a disco groove towards the end of 'I Wonder!' :hyper:

    Alex is too young to know about the disco so she didn't even notice and our sound engineer kept his silence.

    Keep faith brothers! Disco LIVES!!! :bassist:

    Support the cause! Buy an album! Buy two!
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  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I didn't hear it!
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  3. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    War on Disco? Is that kinda like the War on Drugs or the War on Christmas?
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  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I still stand strong with Steve Dahl and Bill Veeck

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  5. Lol was that the disco riot at a baseball game in the 70's? I rememebrr reading about that. hahaha
  6. You don't HEAR the disco, you feel it, in your heart. Only when you accept disco into your heart, will you ever know peace.

    Know Disco
    Know Peace
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  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    1979 at Comiskey Park.
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  8. Exactly the same! Except kinda different!

    The war on Disco is far more damaging to bass players than the war on drugs or Christmas. Seattle struck a blow on the war on drugs by legalizing pot and now we strike a blow against the Disco heathens.
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  9. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Disco sucks! Disco sucks! Dis...
    Oops, wrong thread?
  10. See! Anti Disco people also hate Baseball and America. :(
  11. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Death to Disco.
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  12. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I wasn't at the event but I did listen to Steve Dahl at the time. A lot of musicians felt that disco was killing music as we knew it. It was another step in starting to replace live bands with DJs, etc.

    Ah well, I like a lot of disco now, and it's fun to play. But rock vs disco was a real cultural divide back then.

    I still don't like baseball.
  13. I slipped an arrangement of Sir Duke in to my big band! Can't stop, won't stop!

    We won't sound half as good as these cats but still. :rolleyes:
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  14. I can dig that, and frankly rock kicks ass too, it's not an either or thing for me. Disco was a bit of a back lash to rock from the predominantly minoriity community at the time. it was about dancing, which arguably has been what music has been about since it's inception. It was all about strong groove and the bass line. Surely it became a little mechanical and stale but hell, 4 on the floor gets old after a while no matter what tune it is, but the disco fundamental bass centered groove was winsauce in a bottle happy fun times.

    Guitar players are part of the conspiracy as their parts in disco we're pretty damn boring.

    Disco Guitar: Deet deetdeet deetdeet deet deet!

    Disco Bass: Boom boom, scoobee do bee bop ka ploom, bop a dooooooo pow boom bop weeeeeeeeeee!"
  15. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I loved funk back then. Nobody had a beef with Parliament or Ohio Players. Disco Duck on the other hand... This was not about people that enjoyed dancing. It was record companies seeing an opportunity to profit even more, while pushing the actual musicians farther into the background.

    I remember an interview with the band Kansas in the late 70's. They had a very balanced view of the situation, saying some "disco" music was very good and well produced, but that a lot of it was crap pushed out by record companies trying to cash in on the craze.

    Oh well, there will always be clashes between old and new. Remember the Bach-era chants of "well temperament doth suck it"?
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  16. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    Bee Gees disco. That sucks. 'Nuff said. Parliament is a whole 'nother animal. Most of the disco hate was directed at thump thump music that disco pop was. Interesting bass line? Nope, not in that stuff. It might as well have been an unbalanced washing machine thumping away, washing the unbuttoned polyester shirts with a gold plated razor blade rattling around to prove the owner was so hip he had a cocaine problem.

    There was a whole lot of really lousy music produced then. Hmmm... It sounds just like what happens now!
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  17. If we define lousy as fairly uninteresting music from a musicians stand point, then ok, but people bought it! People still by country western and polka too! They don't generally care about that sweet D dorian lick I just whipped out on whatever jazz standard we're playing. Sometimes they want more primitive music, the groove that compels you to shake your booty.

    Rock certainly can get you to shake your booty too, but disco has highwater bellbottoms.
  18. Naive! You speaketh folly! Meantone temperment or poverty!

    This well tempered clavier stuff is just a fad anyway.
  19. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I kid. Love the basslines. But Stripes is the best movie of all time. tumblr_liysmwfart1qi925lo1_500.jpg
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  20. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    Death before Disco!
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