After much deliberation, I've decided to add a disco show to the Edgewater Gold Radio music mix. One of the reasons is that this era was an important time in music history. The music was infectious and so was the culture. Much of the music although repetitive has great orchestral elements. Unlike today's music which seems very choppy and fragmented, disco contained a defined beat and contained a variety of instruments and rhythm that makes you want to get up and dance.
The new show will be called Edgewater Gold Radio - Dance Fever 54. It will air Saturdays from 7PM - 12Mid Eastern time. A debut date has not be set yet but it will be within the next two weeks so keep listening for details.
Here's a brief history of disco.
Disco lasted only a decade but it initiated several traditions that are still with us today, most notably in dance and dance music.
1) While rock music in the 1970s was becoming a sit-down medium, with the stars up on the stage in the lights and the audience listening in the dark below, Disco reversed this, putting the audience in the spotlight.
2) The music changed to support this figure/ground reversal. Song lyrics became intentionally uninteresting, while the rhythm become more insistently driving. Two decades later, both of these trends would be refined even further in the 1990s rave scene, when minimalist music was given a dance beat, becoming Psy Trance, while House music continued the disco diva tradition.
3) Disco brought the return of partnered dancing, after the drought of the 1960s when the Twist and other solo steps mostly replaced couple dancing. As former disco dancer Joan Walton phrased it, "In the counterculture 60s the woman's attitude was, You're not going to lead me anywhere, buster! Then people rediscovered that collaborating with a partner to make a neat move happen was fun!" So this was not actually a new change, but rather a correction to the extremes of an earlier change.