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DISCO INFERNO… Dancefloors Of The 1970s

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Ask someone about dance in the 1970s and most people will mention northern soul, Saturday Night Fever, and possibly the Studio 54 nightclub. given what we know about the rich history of partner dancing so far, was there more to the dance floors of the 1970s than first meets the eye?

Be it on the dance floor or on the street, it’s the 1970s and the hustle is on. Given many names and seen in several permutations, the hustle was a staple on dance floors across the US. Just as east coast swing had been a codified, somewhat ‘watered down’ version of lindy hop in order to convert more people, so hustle had various versions with varying degrees of difficulty. There was the street hustle (aka Disco Merengue), the Latin (aka New York hustle), the continental (aka American hustle) and a tango hustle! It’s said that the tango hustle was created for – you guessed it – Saturday Night Fever!

Richard Powers, a Stanford University professor, and Hollywood choreographer writes about this era with fondness, having lived through it: “Both partnered and solo dancing were done throughout the disco era, but the proportions changed through the decade. During the first eight years, disco dancing was primarily partnered dancing, the living tradition of swing. That changed in 1978.”

He continues, “To quote Maria Torres, a disco dancer from NYC, “The thing which really killed partner dancing was Saturday Night Fever”. It is said that John Travolta himself pushed to include more solo dancing in the film, to ensure the prowess of his character’s dancing was not lost in a sea of talented dancers. It’s certainly the case that Travolta steals the entire show in several scenes!

One way to showcase one’s own dancing and include lots of dancers at once is a ‘soul train’. Still a current favourite at many dance nights that play blues, funk and soul music, this is a great ritual. More accurately a ‘strut your stuff’ train, it goes like this: two rows of people line up in a (dis)orderly fashion and pairs head down the middle of the line ‘doing their thang’ on a one-way catwalk. Great fun and a sure-fire confidence boost, even to wallflowers!

A partner dance that came to prominence during the late 60s and 70s, and which has remained consistently popular since, is west coast swing. As the name suggests, it was born on the west coast of the USA, in southern California, or SoCal as it’s referred to by locals. This dancing hotbed had already brought us balboa, swing dancing (a relative of lindy hop) and bal-swing (a fusion of the two), and now west coast swing was to prove just as popular.

Still termed ‘western swing’ in written materials on dancing at the time, west coast was growing in popularity due to its versatility. Though the footwork is syncopated (it borrows triple steps from lindy hop) it also fits well to most 4-to-the-floor rhythms. Generally, west coast is danced in a slot; originally this was done to aid filming of dancers in Hollywood, at the direction of Dean Collins, who we heard about earlier in this series. Today it makes for efficient and predictable use of space.

Northern soul requires a brief mention as we discuss dancing in the 1970s, as it was a staple in the clubs across the midlands and north in the UK during this time. Epitomised by packed clubs of people grooving out on their own to predominantly non-mainstream US Motown and soul artists, northern soul was uniquely ‘northern’. It was gritty, underground and all about the music. The more obscure the better.

This couldn’t have been in starker contrast to Studio 54. Glitzy, glamorous and full of super stars, the New York club gained infamy as many stars and their entourages partied hard under the spotlights. A centre for hedonistic nights out, the 1000-strong crowds got up to a lot more than dancing. And we shall leave that there!

The male clientele at dance nights would be seen in tight fitting suits across the torso down to the knees, often with bell bottom flares. Long, flowing yet manicured locks, off the shoulder dresses and striking fabrics were the order of the day for women.

There will always be those that are committed to partner dancing – investing in technically challenging dances such as Argentine tango and west coast swing – and there will also be those that are attracted to the proclamations of confidence and self-expression found in solo dancing.

Whether you danced disco swing, a 1950s-style swing step done with disco style and attitude, the Electric Slide line dance, the hustle or northern soul, one thing was certain – dance wasn’t going out of fashion any time soon!

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Sick And Tired Of Your Boring Cycling Playlist? Get Funky With This One

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Sadly, the air quality swirls with toxic fumes that inflame your lungs. Stop pollution now and avoid contributing to the problem with this cycling playlist. The healthy activity of riding a bicycle is a proven weight-loss strategy. Naturally, it blasts away at your intra-abdominal adipose tissue. So, if you’re into funky music while exercising, you’ll simply love the way I have curated the greatest Nu-Disco hits of 2020 on Spotify. (Follow this playlist immediately)

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Cycling represents a lot of benefits, from enhancing your digestion to making you smarter. In fact, the boost to your cardio-respiratory fitness can result in a 15% spike in mental test scores. Commuters who pedal to work also have a far lower risk of heart disease and early death than even pedestrians. Forget about those urban myths that the cardio benefits of cycling are negated by the fumes you inhale. Recent studies confirm that peddlers are the commuters least exposed to pollution.


With the COVID-19 crisis far from over, now is the time to hit the road on two wheels. There’s no better way to do it by listening to groovy tunes from the likes of Purple Disco Machine, Kylie Minogue, Dimitri From Paris, Horse Meat Disco, and more. Contemporary Disco music will make your journey easier than ever.

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Do You Believe In “Magic”? Watch Here Kylie’s Fantastic Music Video

Personally, I do believe in magic, and so does Sophie Muller the video director behind this fantastic clip from Kylie Minogue. Fans from all over the world are praising her second single taken from the upcoming album, ‘DISCO’.  

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Personally, I do believe in magic, and so does Sophie Muller the video director behind this fantastic clip from Kylie Minogue. Fans from all over the world are praising her second single taken from the upcoming album, ‘DISCO’. Mark your calendars, its release date has been confirmed for November 6th. Meanwhile, if you feel all the good vibes today, then turn up the volume and listen to “Magic”.

It doesn’t matter if the stars aren’t aligned yet for your good fortune. I think this great tune makes you realize you can unlock the magic of life. There’s joy in the escapist lyrics, and I simply love it. Let everything happen to you, energy and supernatural forces teach you to appreciate each moment. Get ready to break out those dance moves and live in the moment.

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Lyrics

I feel like anything could happen
The stars look different tonight
They glowing all around me
It’s flowing through my body
I can feel it, I can feel it

Don’t know if I’m awake or dreaming
There must be something in the air
The time is disappearing
This moments never leaving
I can feel it
I can feel it

You got me started
Aint nothing on earth can stop it
It’s crazy, I’m falling
I don’t know what else to call it
Oh do you believe in magic
Do you, do you, do you
Do you believe in magic
Oohhh
Dancing together
Aint nothing that could be better
Tomorrow don’t matter
We’ll make the night last forever
So do you believe in magic
Do you, do you, do you
Do you believe in magic
Oohhh

Free-falling it’s a new emotion
I swear there’s diamonds in your eyes
Come hold me like you mean it
Dont wanna keep this secret
Can you feel it
My heart beating
You make me wanna do these wild things
Your touch is supernatural
Oh I can’t fight this feeling
I’m floating through the ceiling
Can you feel it
I can feel it
Ohh

Chorus

Magic, magic, magic, magic
Do you believe in
Do you believe in
Magic, magic, magic, magic
Do you believe in magic

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A Brand New Lyric Video (Kinetic Typography) From Horse Meat Disco

It is almost customary for artists to opt for kinetic typography via lyric videos. Horse Meat Disco use this animation technique aka moving text so that you can sing along to their Nu-Disco single, “Jump Into The Light”. 

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It is almost customary for artists to opt for kinetic typography via lyric videos. Horse Meat Disco use this animation technique also known as moving text so that you can sing along to their Nu-Disco single, “Jump Into The Light”. What’s more, fonts come to life as they evoke emotions. If you’re looking for ideas to embellish your visual project, this music video could be a source of inspiration. Nowadays, it doesn’t matter the low budget for music videos, just with a vivid palette, you can catch the eye of anyone who appreciates your work.

Most importantly, vocals of the legendary Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge’s lead singer) still sound amazing. It lacks the groovy strings of the classic Disco anthem “He’s The Greatest Dancer”, however, it has the right beats required for maximum enjoyment. “Jump Into The Light” is an ear-pleasing jam that brings back so many good nightlife memories to mind. Not to mention, the delicious funky instrumentation was co-produced by Luke Solomon. Well, these London-based DJs never disappoint with their top-quality tunes.

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Video Premiere: Kylie Minogue – Say Something

Galactic Disco is back in style again! One of my favorite singers, Kylie Minogue just premiered her new visuals for “Say Something”.

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Galactic Disco is back in style again! One of my favorite singers, Kylie Minogue just premiered her new visuals for “Say Something”. The 15th studio album from the Australian popstar is entitled ‘DISCO’ and will be out in stores on November 6th. In the clip, I believe she plays the role of a cosmic goddess who charms everyone with her super sweet vocals. Add to this, the right amount of trippy electronics that let your imagination fly. Arguably even better are her lyrics which portray a beautiful message of love despite the distance. Like a fine wine, Kylie gets better with age. On a side note, she managed to do this piece of art in the middle of a global pandemic, well, she deserves a special round of applause!

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Lyrics

We’re a million miles apart
In a thousand ways
Baby, you can light up the dark
Like a solar-scape
And I can almost feel you coming
And your heartbeat race
Someone, somebody or something
In the choice we make
I, I think about you

Whoah whoah whoah whoah yeah
I can’t help thinkin’ ‘bout you
I’m always thinkin’ ‘bout you
Whoah whoah whoah whoah yeah
S, s, s, say something
Say something
Tell me how you’re feeling

Oh we all got wanderlust
In the darkest place
So we’re going with our heart
Yeah it’s all the rage
Oh we’re just
Just trying to find ourselves
In the storms we chase
Baby in an endless Summer
We can find our way
I, I think about you

Coz love is love, it never ends
Can we all be as one again
Coz love is love, it never ends
Can we all be as one again

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“Hypnotized” By Purple Disco Machine Gets A Retro Music Video!

Purple Disco Machine joins forces with Sophie and the Giants on “Hypnotized”. The retro music video looks wonderful and it surely brings back memories of the late 70s. 

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Purple Disco Machine joins forces with Sophie And The Giants on “Hypnotized”. The retro music video looks wonderful and it surely brings back memories of the late 70s. Moreover, the psychedelic visuals will literally hypnotize you, as well as the ear-pleasing vocals. Likewise, the chorus makes this tune a future classic. You can tell Purple Disco Machine guarantees good times putting his stamp of a funky groove. The producer from Dresden, Germany has received positive feedback from his fans who consider this Nu-Disco anthem his latest masterpiece. Without a doubt, the contemporary Disco scene is alive thanks to him. I can’t wait to discover more cool stuff…

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Lyrics

Feel buried alive, this city is airtight
Suffocatin’, lonely in the crowds
I’m surrounded by all the screens of their lies
Screamin’ into space to drown them out

I fell down so low, found nowhere to go
But I know you wait for me
You wait for me
So far out of sight, stepped into the white
But I know you wait for me

I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
‘Cause I’ve been hypnotized by the lights
But I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
Yeah, it’s taken time to realize
But I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight

So hold me tight, I just wanna fade out
Somewhere we can shut the world away
I’m ready to hide far from the fallouts
They won’t find us in the paradise we’ll make

I fell down so low, found nowhere to go
But I know you wait for me
You wait for me
So far out of sight, stepped into the white
But I know you wait for me

I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
‘Cause I’ve been hypnotized by the lights
But I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
Yeah, it’s taken time to realize
But I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight

Free fallin’ from the high
I’m followin’ the voice I know
Free fallin’ from the high

I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
‘Cause I’ve been hypnotized by the lights
But I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
Yeah, it’s taken time to realize
But I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight
I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ back down tonight

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