Revival No.1 ( Disco Edition.)

In the manner of all 'Neo' movemnts since 'Neo-Classicism', it has to be conscious revival (not survival) of certain ideas and motifs for a new purpose; - Charles Jencks. [The Second Annual Architectural Forum]

Novelty, improvisation, self-expression, and blinding inspiration are not neoclassical virtues; neoclassicism exhibits perfect control of an idiom. It does not recreate art forms from the ground up with each new project, as modernism demanded. - Wikipedia

Ten years is outdated, 20 years is retro-cool, 30 years is revival, and 40 years is classic. So It is disco's time to be in revival phase. Despite all cultural imageries associated with its last wane, imo, disco still have plenty of potential as an idiom. For one the 120 bpm beat is very dancable and the ba-dam-ba-dam rythm is infinitely enticing. On top of its ability to absorp other styles of music without loosing 'disco-ness', disco is still around. The bastard child of commercial music, fusion jazz, funk, and soul, this puppy will absorb electronica and IDM, mutate and give new batch of dance-pop tunes. bla bla.. whatever it is, it's yummy... and stop being such a snot about 'post-punk/punk vs. disco/house. The world can always use more fun idioms.

Ursula 1000 - Kinda' Kinky
Donald Byrd - Lansana's Priestess
The Bar-Kays - Son of Shaft
Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band - L.I.P.S.T.I.C.K.
Kid Loco - Relaxing With Cherry
Tosca - Annanas
Gaudi - Chaine A Chaine


  • At 10:00 AM, February 04, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    Houston we have a problem... link No.2 is broken. brb. this will take a while to fix.

  • At 12:22 PM, February 04, 2006, Anonymous squashed said…

    Note on Donald Byrd


    Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (born December 9, 1932) is an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter, born in Detroit, Michigan. He performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school. After playing in a military band during a term in the United States Air Force, he obtained a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music. While still at the Manhattan School he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, replacing Clifford Brown. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in 1956 he performed with a wide variety of highly regarded jazz musicians.

    In the 1970s, he moved away from his previous hard-bop jazz base and began to record jazz fusion and rhythm and blues. Teaming up with the Mizell Brothers, he produced Black Byrd, which was enormously successful and became Blue Note Records' highest-ever selling album. The follow-up albums, Places and Spaces, Steppin' Into Tomorrow and Street Lady were also big sellers, and have subsequently provided a rich source of samples for hip-hop artists such as Us3.

    He has taught music at Rutgers University, the Hampton Institute, New York University, and Howard University. In 1974 he created the Blackbyrds, a fusion group consisting of his best students. They scored several major hits, including "Walking In Rhythm" and "Blackbyrds Theme".

  • At 1:42 PM, February 04, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    Post-punk/punk vs. Disco House...there's a debate? Oh. I hope it's nothing too serious.

  • At 1:54 PM, February 04, 2006, Anonymous Monkiki said…

    that lipstick song was a nice find.
    Ain't Tosca and Kid loco outdated ;)

  • At 2:00 PM, February 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    have a present for you if you don't have this Szabo already! a constant reader ; )

  • At 9:48 PM, February 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    these ursula thousand and barkays are 2 disco funk greats.
    quite blaxpotty.

    nice post squashed.


  • At 10:49 PM, February 04, 2006, Anonymous squashed said…

    what about Donald Byrd? what about donald Byrd? He is the point of that list. .. hmmm, oh well.

  • At 6:14 AM, February 05, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    Oh yeah, sorry, Donald Bird is leet. Usually has lovely album covers too. I let my concerns about a war breaking out get the better of me. Where's Joe when we need him?

  • At 6:40 AM, February 05, 2006, Anonymous squashed said…

    lol. This is the first disco list i've ever made.

    I'll watch Gil doing his stuff insted. He knows his disco. Next week, I am back to regular programming. Posting rock, and new albums around the net. (one more revival list this weekend.)

    What happens to Blogspot.com last nite? It went poof. I coulnd't update.


Post a Comment

<< Home