Sunday, June 21, 2009


U.K. paper The Guardian's blog has a story about the U.S. "disco sucks" campaign of 30 years ago. I agree with most of what the writer, Ben Myers, had to say (other than his condescending attitude towards Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath). 

I vaguely remember the "disco sucks" "rally" at a Chicago White Sox game - I believe it was reported on in the news, and it has certainly been included in lots of music documentaries.  I always find it comical that classic rock radio listeners - who apparently considered bands like Styx, Journey and REO Speedwagon to be "rock," but not The Stooges or The Velvet Underground - were lashing out against much more creative artists like Chic and Donna Summer. That's not what I thought about back then.  I just wondered, what is so bad about any kind of music that it would inspire a record burning rally?  Now I can look back at it and see the homophobia and racism of it. I guess it's good, in a way, that political correctness would prevent something like that from happening in such a public way. But on the other hand, wouldn't you want to know who the enemy is? The event was sort of sponsored by a "classic rock" radio DJ: I imagine some classic rock station people haven't changed much since then. 

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