reply to post by burdman30ott6
Explain KISS, please.
Are you seriously comparing the effete costumes of K.C. and the Sunshine Band, The Commodores, and even Parliament to the leather clad costumes of
KISS. While plainly cartoonish, KISS were too dangerous to be clownish. That said, I was not a big fan of KISS and besides Beth
marginal appreciation of I Want To Rock n Roll All Night
I couldn't tell you what songs they wrote and sang.
As for the big hair heavy metal phase, that wasn't nearly as fey as the skinny tie and thin cotton jacket phase of Duran Duran, The Fixx, and The
Knack. My point in this thread is that all the genres you point to did not spark nearly the reaction that disco did. Not even punk ired as many as
disco did, and even though there was something rather fey about Duran Duran, The Fixx, The Knack, and even bands like Poison, this music was not
embraced by the gay culture nearly as much as disco and what you effectively do is point to a bunch of white boys aspiring to be rock n roll stars.
While "new wave", punk and "classic rock" were primarily filled with white faces, funk was primarily filled with black faces, and there was, of
course, at this time, Micheal Jackson coming into his own and crossing over into that universal appeal of everyone, and Prince with his special brand
of Minneapolis funk was threatening to break out too, the rock n roll both of us seem to be talking about was white mans rock. James Brown,
Parliament and Funkadelic were different and considered "R&B" and didn't appeal to nearly as wide a crowd as Tom Petty, Springstein, Bob Seeger,
Kansas, Yes, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, and on and on and on.
What I find interesting is that just like Rock n Roll, preceded by the Blues, Disco was pioneered by Black musicians. Bands such as the Hues
Corporation, T.S.O.P. and others were Black musicians once again redefining American music. The Blues and Jazz were the first indigenous music of The
United States. It has been Black people who have shaped and defined American music, and yet, with each new incarnation, it is invariable that White
musicians co-opt it, and to the point that by the Sixties the Rock n Roll pioneered by Big Joe Turner, Chuck Berry and Little Richard had become
dominated by White faces, so R&B became "the Black thing" until disco was pioneered, and then once again we see a co-opt by White musical acts.
Across the nation, after only a few years of disco, "classic rock stations" were advertising themselves as anti-disco, and the expression "Disco
Sucks" is not a title invented by me. While there are some who will drop by this thread to announce - and without a hint of irony - how tired the
topic is, perhaps it is just too subtle of a nuance for some, but the backlash to disco was not some outrage by parents who had never before heard
such music as in Rock n Roll, the outrage was by the very people who considered themselves rockers or fans of Rock n Roll, and where The Rolling
Stones, Elton John, The Eagles and countless other rock bands could be forgiven by the influence of disco in their music, for some disco was an
abomination. A threat to a way of life.
This view is not my personal view, this view is chronicled in articles slapped all over the internet, and while some will jump in with their own
anecdotal memories and use this as an excuse to throw ad hominem attacks that are supposedly discouraged in this site, the back lash to disco was
real, and like the repeat of the final video I posted implies, and the express language I used before that, disco has survived.
Thank you for your adding your own voice to this thread.