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Dock

Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny

By Nile Rodgers.

I've loved Chic from being about 19 when a mate of mine was DJ'ing and he dropped 'Good Times' into his set and I had one of those great "Whatthefuckisthis?" Moments that music fans have.

Quite a short book and one that it would be hard for Nile not to be accused of name dropping throughout it. But I defy anybody not to be accused of the same thing when they have produced multi-million selling hits for stars (not singers, but stars) like David Bowie, Madonna, Diana Ross, and Michael Jackson to name but a few of the cast in this tale. Of course the stuff about the legendary New York clubs like Studio 54 in the 70's when Rodgers was a big musical hitter of the period are brill and the huge amounts of money that the record business of that era made is enough to make Midas blush with inferiority but it's also about Nile, his love of music, addiction, and where he's at now in his life. A story of one of the real 'Go-to guys' of the music business.
Frazier Cranium

Hated disco then, quite fond of it now, the classic American stuff generally.  I feel I should be embarrassed but you know what, I don't care, I Feel Love
fartcatcher

I hated disco on principle, as it was around at the same time as punk. One day a mate (who is a bass player of some note) sat me down and made me listen to it properly.

I defy anyone not to dance to 'Good Times' when pissed.
Grind

Or Ottawan's D.I.S.C.O.

* A.C.E.
Frazier Cranium

BTW I got the Nile Rodgers Chic compilation out not long ago, the extended disco mix at that.  I am definitely getting fucking mellower in my music tastes as I get older.  Rodgers is ace but I've enjoyed Giorgio Moroder's disco work more, probably due to the synths.

For me, Funky Town beats D I S C O, and I did always like Knock On Wood disco version as well as Ring My Bell.
Late Doors

It says nothing to me about my life, still.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
It says nothing to me about my life, still.


Not all music is supposed to reflect life as it's lived. Disco, soul, Rare
Groove or what ever other header you want to give is about rhythm and connecting with something stamped on our DNA from way back when we lived in trees and one of our more hairier ancestors said to his mate "So when I hit this stone with another stone it makes a sound n' that".* Get to the Brudenell and do some chin stroking yer feckin eejit.



*Probably didn't day it. Probably grunted or summat.
Dock

And yes, I do get the Smiths reference. 10/10
Late Doors

  Yes indeed, good point well put and from a personal point of view i like all kinds of rhythmic sounds that "say something" primordial and innate to me. Dub, African, Latino and jazz beats have always grabbed me. Many was the time you could also catch me throwing rug and cutting up the shapes down at the Tuesday night clarinet society's raves in the late '80s  off mi head on oat bran.

Disco however was something else. I'd go so far as to say that some of it is accomplished music, the lad himself no mean axeman with some great chops but the whole genre was a world populated by knackerknobs of the day and managed by even bigger Knackerknobs for The sole purpose of shagging young impressionable lasses. It was the litmus test of the day. If you liked it then clearly you were a tool of the highest order and experience bore that out time and time again. The disco dress rules, the disco "pulling" culture, the disco lyrics, the DJs, the shit disco dancing and those fucking awful disco lights were and still are the pits of youth culture.

And now we are all mature and eclectic as we look back and think we are so cool when we nod sagely to some choppy guitar repeating the same lick for twenty minutes whilst some star spangled floozies shake their  arses at the latest old 'biz perverts.

Yeah, i can just see the Pleistocene tribesmen banging stones together and dancing around the fire. One of them says, eh i know what, what if we hold a mirror up to the fire so the reflections bounce around the cave and can we chant about shit whilst pretending to row on the floor. He'd be tossed straight to the sabre tooth tigers and rightly so.

There, stock yer d*i*s*c*o up yer arses  

Sounds an interesting book though  
fartcatcher

Discos were a lot worse than disco music. Flat expensive lager, Brut aftershave mixed with sweat, imitation leather jackets, flooded toilets, having to scream at the top of your voice to be heard, smoke, 3 lads to very lass, girls who preferred dancing with their handbags, Nights in Feckin' White Satin.

Not that I'm bitter you understand.
Frazier Cranium

In Zaire, another classic.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
  Yes indeed, good point well put and from a personal point of view i like all kinds of rhythmic sounds that "say something" primordial and innate to me. Dub, African, Latino and jazz beats have always grabbed me. Many was the time you could also catch me throwing rug and cutting up the shapes down at the Tuesday night clarinet society's raves in the late '80s  off mi head on oat bran.

Disco however was something else. I'd go so far as to say that some of it is accomplished music, the lad himself no mean axeman with some great chops but the whole genre was a world populated by knackerknobs of the day and managed by even bigger Knackerknobs for The sole purpose of shagging young impressionable lasses. It was the litmus test of the day. If you liked it then clearly you were a tool of the highest order and experience bore that out time and time again. The disco dress rules, the disco "pulling" culture, the disco lyrics, the DJs, the shit disco dancing and those fucking awful disco lights were and still are the pits of youth culture.

And now we are all mature and eclectic as we look back and think we are so cool when we nod sagely to some choppy guitar repeating the same lick for twenty minutes whilst some star spangled floozies shake their  arses at the latest old 'biz perverts.

Yeah, i can just see the Pleistocene tribesmen banging stones together and dancing around the fire. One of them says, eh i know what, what if we hold a mirror up to the fire so the reflections bounce around the cave and can we chant about shit whilst pretending to row on the floor. He'd be tossed straight to the sabre tooth tigers and rightly so.

There, stock yer d*i*s*c*o up yer arses

Sounds an interesting book though  



I love LD me, FACT! Good point well made about 'Oops upside your Head'  and I wholeheartedly agree with the Rt. Hon member for Goldcar South that it is babakaka but that stuff gives a bad name to the better records. Some of the music was extraordinary. Especially by producers like Georgio Moroder and Patrick Cowley. Patrick Cowleys 1981 fifteen minute remix of 'I Feel Love' by Donna Summer still sounds fucking way way waaaaaaaaay ahead of its time. I'm lucky enough to have been in 'good' clubs (as opposed to the daft ones that LD and FC mention) with discerning crowds who go totally mental when that record is played.
Dock

Plus a lot of disco influenced New Order, so on that fact alone I rest my case for the defence.

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