Are you on the Disco List?
Disco was a genre of music named after discotheques – clubs that played nothing but music for dancing – it emphasized the beat above anything else, even the singer and the song. Emerging from the gay and black underground clubs of early 1970s Manhattan the new disco sound fused elements of r’n’b and soul and revolutionised dancefloors with the introduction of double deck mixing. The relentless beat took hold…
By the mid 1970s disco’s popularity was in it’s ascendancy with most of its support coming from the clubs that catered to African Americans, Latino and Gay Communities in New York City and Philadelphia. Women embraced disco as well, and the music eventually expanded to several other popular groups of the time until it went mainstream. As time progressed from 1974 to 1978 disco was still on the move and many disco songs topped the charts.
Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Trammps, Van McCoy Gloria Gaynor, Chic, and Sylvester were some of the most famous disco acts, but underground 12” extended mixes of more obscure acts were tearing up dancefloors across the East Coast.
The hottest disco club were ones based in New York City: David Mancuso opened The Loft (1970), Nicky Siano opened The Gallery in 1972, Michael Brody founded Paradise Garage (1976) and Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager launched Studio 54 in 1977. The glamour and excess of Studio 54 signalled the peak of disco. In 1978 the charts were dominated by disco records and clubs had opened across the States and Europe.
Unfortunately this disco-saturation and its black and gay sensibilities led to a backlash in middle America. On July 12, 1979, an anti-disco protest in Chicago called “Disco Demolition Night” led to riots and the mass public destruction of disco records. Disco had become so successful the movement imploded. In the subsequent months and years, many musical acts associated with disco struggled to get airplay on the radio. Furthermore the advent of AIDS in the early 1980s tore apart the gay scene that was at the heart of disco.
But disco never went away. The 80s saw development of the funk scene in the States, the explosion of Euro and Italo disco on all the most fashionable continental dancefloors and ultimately led to the birth of house music in the mid 80s.
Here at DISCO our mission is to celebrate the music, the culture and the diversity of this unique movement in all its many forms and over it’s many decades. Join us on the dancefloor.
DISCO is pleased to be able to offer private hire and event services,
for corporate or private party purposes, including:
- Table Bookings (Wed – Sat)
- Section Hire (Wed – Sat)
- Exclusive Hire (7 days a week)
- Early Evening Hire (7 days a week)
- Food Catering (7 days a week)
For any enquiries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCO is very proud to only use vinyl spinning DJs every night – how it used to be back in 70s Manhattan.
Fortunately for you though, we record every one of our Friday & Saturday night DJ sets and post them on our DISCO Soundcloud. So if you’re unlucky enough to miss out on a night at Disco – our syncopated basslines and four-on-the-floor beat rhythms will be ready for you to enjoy for Monday morning and throughout the week.
Disco is a members only club. If you would like to become a member of Disco please fill in your details below and upload a photo of yourself.
Membership applications will be subject to review by our committee of disco legends.
Successful applicants will be notified of our annual membership fees.
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