By Leighton Ginn
I don’t remember a lot of Disco Demolition, but it’s one of the funniest promotions in this history of baseball. Maybe the funniest promotion in the history of promotions.
I liked disco. I still do.
So here’s a look at some of my favorite disco hits. But looking up some lists, there’s a lot of gray areas. I don’t consider Prince’s “1999,” or Rick James’ “Super Freak” disco, but more funk.
One list has Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” listed as a top disco track, but I look at it as essential 80s pop.
In fact, I’m restricting my list to 1980 and before.
TURN THE BEAT AROUND
This is a high-energy, fun song from Vicky Sue Robinson, although the crowd in the Soul Train is really mellow.
Gloria Estefan updated the song in the mid-90s to give it more of a Latin flavor. The song works.
A timeless classic.
I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE
Like Alicia Bridges, I want some action, I want to live.
Bridges bold voice and the fun beats makes it hard to sit still. It’s another odd look at an audience just sitting on their hands.
Just an infectious, fun son.
BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE
Something about this classic song from A Taste of Honey just really captured the genre and the disco movement.
This is actually one of the mellower disco songs, but the hooks are hard to resist.
The pinnacle of the Disco movement came with the hit movie, “Saturday Night Fever,” a movie that had a huge impact on the culture of 1970.
The Bee Gees became mega stars thanks to the soundtrack with numerous hits. Stayin’ Alive is the definitive disco hit.
The greatest mustaches in all of music are all in one group, The Village People.
Is there a song, that once you hear it, that instantly brings a smile to your face?
A staple of stadiums soundtracks, it’s a timeless classic. And I think everyone knows to spell “Y-M-C-A” when they hear it in public.
I WILL SURVIVE
Gloria Gaynor’s scorned woman anthem is a staple of karaoke. And for good reason. A great song in any genre.
I tend to think of the Australian movie “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” where the three drag queens are played by Hugo Wavering (Red Skull in the first “Captain America” movie and Agent Smith in the “Matrix” trilogy), Terence Stamp (General Zod in the first two “Super Man” movies in 1978 and 1980), and Guy Pierce (The Mandarin in “Iron Man 3).
It’s a little unfortunate one of the hooks, “burn baby burn,” is heard at riots. But “Disco Inferno” has found its way to many movies that look back in the 70s. The funniest was in “Kingpin.”
I know, if I’m going to have a disco song, why not “Boogie Wonderland.” I just like “September” better. Deal with it.
Donna Summer is the queen of disco, so there’s a ton to pick from. For me, I’ve always been partial of “Last Dance,” going from slow and wistful to danceable fun.