Disco. Let me start by saying it did not suck. The only people who screamed that epithet in the late 1970s were monumentally douchie morons who dressed badly and couldn’t dance. They hated Disco because they were afraid of the unabashed sexuality and unbridled personal expression that dancing to this sensual, beat-driven music afforded so many people. Whatever. I was a teenager when Disco Fever struck the USA, and I loved every goddamn minute of it, all the crowds gathering to dance to this amazing and sexy music, bodies contorting, spinning, rubbing, bumping, and boogying. I kissed a girl for the first time to “How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees; that was not unusual in 1978. Disco did not suck if one embraced its magical energy and let go of inhibition. Dancing to me is such an important aspect of my life even now, some 40 years later.
Straight, gay, black, white, latino, Asian, whatever, Disco was for everyone. It was the celebration of life and the truest, most sacrosanct democratic principles of liberty, fraternity, and equality.
Anyhow, here are ten of my favorite Disco songs. I could list hundreds, but these are my go-to songs. Enjoy.
1. Dance With Me – Peter Brown
2. I Feel Love – Donna Summer
3. Everybody Dance – Chic
4. Stomp – Brothers Johnson
5. Shame – Evelyn “Champagne” King
6. Love Thing – The Whispers
7. Born to Be Alive – Patrick Hernandez
8. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
9. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Santa Esmeralda
10. The Groove Line – Heatwave