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Is "I Feel Love" the Most Important Song of the 1970s?
Bowie reinvented himself for each album more of less, at least into the early 80s. Really a chameleon.
The bands I listened to, Boston, Styx, Blue Oyster Cult, didn't change at all. Boston released four albums over 30 years and they all sound exactly alike. I really backed the wrong bands.
Penn Jillette says you shouldn't trust your judgement on music you first heard within three years plus or minus of your first blowjob. So late seventies/early eighties are a tough time for me to call. I Feel Love was certainly innovative for the time (note that Carlos and Murphy and their ilk were in the neighborhood doing a lot of stuff with synths at the time, so it's not a complete outlier) but relistening to it last night on the drive home the one word I came up with for it was "minimalist". River Deep -- Mountain High it ain't. It has really simple lines. The question becomes this -- was that the intention, or the result of limited budget, time and machinery?
What I find most amusing is how so many bands felt compelled to release a disco track. Obviously, there's the disco Star Wars theme remix, which still cracks me up, but also Eagle's "One of These Nights" and (I'm prepared to have rotten tomatoes hurled at me for this) Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)."
It's well documented that a large part of the negative reaction to disco was homophobic
Nah man, that's totally revisionist. Back in the day, if you tuned into 10 stations, and that was absolutely the only way to listen to new music, 9 of them would be playing Disco. And half of that would be Donna Summer or the Brothers Gibb. Disco was a weed choking out the entire musical scene. If Disco crashed harder than most fades, it was only because it was so wildly successful. I rather doubt everybody just suddenly became homophobic, particularly since the AIDS scare was still a couple of years away. Besides, those of us in High school, and part of the "Fuck, not this shit again" anti-disco movement did not associate it with gays, but fat, sweaty, white males with too much jewelry and dacron. Disco just got old, like those desperate men in the dance clubs, and who the hell wants to dance to old man music.
I was quite young, but I recall a radio dj by the name of Steve Doll who headed most of the "disco sucks" crap on The Loop in Chicago at the time. Being so young, I naturally thought it was all his idea. All his motto.
My perspective on all this is a bit different than most I am seeing above. My dad was the only rock influence at the time, Floyd, frampton, steely Dan, Rush, Boston, Chicago, etc.
But living in the neighborhood that I did, disco was the "whitest" thing that you'd hear playing in the neighborhoods. Even that was dominated by Donna and not the bee gees in these areas.
I think my dad was too homophobic to appreciate ziggy stardust, sadly. Dad gave me some great musical influences, but he had his limits.
Earth wind and fire was likely the biggest and most listened to locally, not only because they were a black act, but also because they were from Chicago.
For me personally, I think the pinnacle of 70's disco was Michael Jackson's 'Don't stop 'til you get enough' from '79. How can anybody, even depressed, listen to this and not want to shake that thang? So god damned good.
I'd say it was the result of drugs.
Sagrilarus wrote: I Feel Love ...but relistening to it last night on the drive home the one word I came up with for it was "minimalist" The question becomes this -- was that the intention, or the result of limited budget, time and machinery?