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

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

  1. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

    My first thought was Pink Floyd -- "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2"

    But nothing can top this:

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  2. The Bishop

    The Bishop Forum Resident

    Dorset, England.
    Is it selling out to try different popular styles, if the song is really good?

    I certainly don’t see it that way.
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  3. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Athens, Tennessee
    Dolly Parton- Baby I'm Burnin' (RCA even released a revamped 12" disco mix single, pink vinyl even).
    Bill Anderson- I Can't Wait Any Longer. (also had a MCA 12" club single, Barry White meets Country, meets disco)
  4. Paul Rymer

    Paul Rymer Forum Resident

    Not sure, they were doing disco as far back as '74 with "My Mama Said", but it was very much in the European style. With "Voulez Vous" there was a much stronger US influence.
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  5. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    That people like Sexy I totally understand. Why they do? Not so much.
  6. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    Possibly my favorite disco tune. Generally I did not like disco partly because of the typically unvarying 4/4 beat. I Feel Love went beyond that. It works.

    The film American Hustle from a couple of years ago made great use of the song in the dance scene with a totally hot Amy Adams in it. Great combination.
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  7. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    The original version of Angel Eyes was vastly better. I had the lp with the original, and somehow lost it. So I got the cd and lo and behold they replaced the original with the disco version.
  8. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    Because it's a fun and catchy song? I love when people can't grasp someone is able to have a different opinion and like something someone else doesn't. I mean, I personally hate jam band music and it has zero appeal to me, but more power to someone who thinks a 41 minute version of Dark Star is as close to heaven as we'll get on earth.
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  9. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    From American Hustle:

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  10. Say It Right

    Say It Right Not for the Hearing Impaired

    Niagara Falls
    Wiki has turned this into popular mythology, which has been accepted uncritically by certain Hofffmanites. Exactly what disco clubs and disco radio stations played this song back then?
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  11. Say It Right

    Say It Right Not for the Hearing Impaired

    Niagara Falls
    Far be for me to McCartney-ize a thread, but "Goodnight Tonight" sure was aimed in that direction.
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  12. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    To be clear I understand the point you are making. But I felt from their first album Blondie was particularly adept at doing a variety of genres and, within rock itself, a variety of different types. No other punk band at the time had their ability to do different stuff as much and as well as they did. I mean they even covered Goldfinger! It was who they were from the beginning.

    You compare what they did on Parallel Lines, including Heart of Glass there, with the kind of career move Rod Stewart was in the middle of with D'ya Think I'm Sexy. For Rod, he essentially never went back to what he was doing (so very well, btw) with Jeff Beck, the Faces, and his early solo albums. Sexy was much more a part of an overall career change of direction, while Glass for Blondie did not signal anything other than one more genre in their mix. In fact they soon added some rap with Rapture and reggae with The Tide is High. But they kept doing great rockers like One Way or Another, too. Power ballads like Union City Blue.

    Rod sold out. Blondie? Not so much.
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  13. Weirwolfe

    Weirwolfe Forum Resident

    The Clash - Rock The Casbah.
  14. Say It Right

    Say It Right Not for the Hearing Impaired

    Niagara Falls
    Nobody, outside of RS magazine, took "Rapture" seriously as rap either.
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  15. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    That has nothing to do with my point.
  16. Moshe

    Moshe Forum Resident

    I’ve though of Hot Stuff more as funk than disco.
    I like Hot Stuff.

    Miss You was disco.
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  17. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    Rock acts attempting disco is like disco acts attempting rock. Fun, but not quite the full ticket.
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  18. rockerreds

    rockerreds Forum Resident

    David Johansen- Swaheto Woman
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  19. bob60

    bob60 Forum Resident

    London UK
    You know absolutely nothing about disco music do you?
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  20. elgreco

    elgreco Groove Meister

    Herbie Hancock had a few in the 70s and early 80s - not always strictly disco, some of them had more of a R&B feel: Motor mouth, Go for it, I thought it was you, Saturday night, Knee deep and Tell everybody.

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  21. Grant

    Grant Back to the 60s!

    United States
    So, why isn't Rod Stewart allowed to branch out into other musical styles by his fans? Is it because they cling to the former image and music they like? Is an artist supposed to conform to a certain music that makes the fans happy, or are they allowed to be real artists and do what guides their creativity?
  22. elgreco

    elgreco Groove Meister

    Ian Dury had a disco-ish hit with this song:

    Co-writer and Blockheads keyboardist Chas Jankel sure knew how to influence Ian's sound with funk and disco. In face, as a non-disco artist he produced several minor classics in the genre under his own name. Ai no corrida, Glad to know you and Questionnaire come to mind.
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  23. elgreco

    elgreco Groove Meister

    Now this one actually COULD be called a sell-out:

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  24. steve phillips

    steve phillips Forum Resident

    I saw a 12" single copy of the Stones' Miss You the other day. The outer sleeve
    said Special Disco Version.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
  25. Chuckee

    Chuckee Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY, USA
    I got that, used to play it quite a bit, I think it's really just longer, not sure they added any disco elements.
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