Big artists with a 'sell-out' disco hit?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by TheLazenby, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. DaveinMA

    DaveinMA Forum Resident

    Still page one and the definitions of "disco" and "hit" have already been severely stretched.
     
  2. Fullbug

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    How is making a disco song selling out? For all we know, those musicians loved disco and just wanted to make a dance oriented record.
     
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  3. DanaDotCom

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    Neil Young's "Sample & Hold" belings in a thread about big artists who made a sell-out new wave records...or tried. Even Helen Reddy & Dolly Parton made new wave records...after their disco attempts were left in the disco era.
     
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  4. Rfreeman

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    Would not consider any of these songs sell outs, just musicians keeping on top of current trends and adding to their versatility rather than becoming fossilized relics perpetuating older trends.

    Were Respectable and Lies sell outs because they embraced the punk sounds becoming popular at the same time Miss You and Hot Stuff embraced the disco and Funk sounds becoming popular? If anything they were more out of character for the Stones, who had built their career from the beginning on adaptations of African American music (though they also dabbled in a smaller way with Country).
     
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  5. cquiller1

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    Any rock artist or band who did disco was considered to be "selling out" to many rock fans.
     
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  6. SirNoseDVoid

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    Seems odd that no-one has mentioned the Bee Gees yet, although they had a fairly succesful career before going disco:

     
  7. Dr_Robt

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    Gosh, I like almost every song mentioned so far! :)
    How about Help Is On The Way by Little River Band?

     
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  8. Raunchnroll

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    If these hits are 'sell outs' then by God I love selling out.
     
  9. ibekeen

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    The biggest sell out of all was when the forum's beloved Bruce started releasing 12" remixed singles from his Born in the USA album. Not really disco and not really good.
     
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  10. cquiller1

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    The thing about the Bee Gees is they went much further into disco than any rock band so I don't think they really sold out with "Jive Talkin'." But they most likely lost fans with the song since it was their first foray in the genre.
     
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  11. Record Rotator

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    In the booklet of his 1997 box set, Dan fogelberg described his hit single "Missing You" as having a discoey beat. Personally, I don't really agree, but I guess that it's "discoey" to people who don't really listen to Disco music.

     
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  12. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    While not 'big'....I DO consider The Residents 'artists'!
    Here's THEIR disco 'hit'!
     
  13. lc1995

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    Is it selling out, or just getting with the times? Maybe it made more sense to flirt with disco in the mid to late 70s rather than just make the same old roots rock.
     
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  14. SoporJoe

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    Oh god, those are awful.
     
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  15. dance_hall_keeper

    dance_hall_keeper Forum Resident

    Carmine Appice c0-wrote that song?
     
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  16. ibekeen

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    The guy from Laverne and Shirley?
     
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  17. MortSahlFan

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    Although The Doors - Peace Frog IS probably the first disco song.. Double-time on the hi-hat, constant pounding bass drum, the funky guitar and bass.
     
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  18. ibekeen

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    This comment hits the nail on the head. As Grandma used to say, talk about things you know.
     
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  19. cquiller1

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    LoL. No. That was Carmine Ragusa.
     
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  20. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    Ace Frehley - (Back In The) New York Groove
     
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  21. Jmac1979

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    Now the argument is "guitar" artists who sell out to pop music to get airplay in 2019. Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragons are three that come to mind who went completely pop.... it brought them wider fame and success but in a world where there's not a lot of successful present-day guitar-oriented rock artists out there, it's definitely got to sting them more than the days of disco when you had Van Halen and Foreigner on the charts for those who wanted an escape from disco.
     
  22. Jmac1979

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    I always thought that sounded more like early 70s glam rock than it did disco.
     
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  23. Cryptical17

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    The Grateful Dead’s cover of “Dancing in the Street” preceded Shakedown Street by one year!
     
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  24. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    That's fair. It wasn't a criticism, just for the record. I just always heard that shuffling beat as being disco, and I think that is really what inspired the change in direction with Dynasty. I think it was the only hit off the solo albums ..
     
  25. Cryptical17

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    Elvis Presley’s hit “Moody Blue” (1976) has a light disco feel to it.
     
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