Re: Disco 1000
ITA with you Dunc. There are early-disco 45s and album tracks that I only discovered by buying them in the 80s and even 90s and they absolutely delighted me. Even certain kinds of old disco-band records are starting to get me kind of open though at first listen I might actually say as a policy I'd prefer something in the more stylized disco-mix vein. [Thanks, Danny Boy!] A short list of such follows, as always:
Brothers and Sisters - Rita Fortune
Follow the Brightest Star - Voyage
Somebody's Gotta Go (Sho' Ain't Me)- Mike and Bill
Let's Go All the Way (Down) - Brenda & the Tabulations
As to your last point, Dunc, with experience, I now understand the subtext of what I saw on dancefloors like the Saint, Paradise Garage, Fun House, Reflections and even Boybar or Heaven, and why certain songs just fit the crowd and became their quintessential tracks. Every generation will have their own.
skiddly bop doo wow! (Billy Paul) Wake up and live! (Debbie Allen)
Bow-chick-a-bow, chick-a-bow-wow-wow!(Hugh Roy)
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