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“The Hustle”

Posted by purplemary54 on July 16, 2017

From Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco by Peter Shapiro

“At first blush, ‘The Hustle’ is hardly the kind of record that you normally associate with a dance craze.  After its great, almost mysterious intro, it devolves into the strangely rhythmless, inane, singing, prim and prissy instrumental equivalent of Starland Vocal Band’s ‘Afternoon Delight’–not exactly the fire and blood or latent, unrepentant hucksterism that marks a great dance craze disc.  But thanks to that infernal flute line boring into your skill with the savage ferocity that only elevator music can muster, ‘The Hustle’ was inescapable and inevitable, the kind of record that crawls under your skin, subliminally taking root to the point where you find yourself whistling it while masturbating.”


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Let’s Dance!

Posted by purplemary54 on June 18, 2013

No, not the awesome David Bowie song from the 80s.  I just felt like a little dancing music tonight.  I’m not a good dancer: I don’t know how, and I’m not sure I could get myself coordinated long enough to learn properly.  On the rare occasions I do dance, I’m one of those shuffle-and-sway dancers.  And most of what is officially classified as dance music is, frankly, unappealing repetitive noise to me.  I don’t like extended remixes or super heavy bass.  When I think of dance music, I think of cute 50s couple dance songs, like “Come Go with Me”.  Or Disco.

Now Disco is the genre that pretty much invented the extended dance remix, thanks to some smart and creative DJs.  But a lot of what got played in discos was standard three and half minute singles.  Before they began extending individual songs by repeating passages, DJs would extend the orgiastic frenzy of sweaty dance floor bliss by seamlessly blending the songs together.  They chose the music according to thematic and rhythmic similarities, using multiple turntables to carefully queue up the next song so outros and intros sounded like one long musical paradise.  (Of course, I’m pretty sure this is what led to such travesties as the Stars on 45, but that’s another story.)

I was having trouble settling on one Disco song to dance to tonight, so I was tickled when I found this terrific medley of songs.  I would’ve preferred Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You,” but beggars can’t be choosers (all the lovely ladies are listed at the original post).  And corazonazultw did a wonderful job of blending these clips.  The DJ at Studio 54 couldn’t have done a better job.

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