"...this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around." No, this is some serious stuff, my friends!
|Disco ball in blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Remember the saying "Disco Sucks"? Back in the day you could find T-shirts with the slogan and there was even a special night at a White Sox baseball game when a special anti-disco promotion was held. The "Disco Sucks" movement has been credited to Detroit rock DJ Steve Dahl who would "blow up" disco records on the air to the delight of his hardcore rock and roll fan base.
Some have made the claim that the Disco Sucks movement had undertones of hate toward certain groups of society. Maybe that was true for some people. For me I like music because I enjoy the listening experience or I dislike some music because it isn't pleasant for me to hear. As with any creation I don't necessarily reject it because of who made it or what that creative person believes or believed. If that were my criteria for accepting things or creations then I would be very limited in what I owned or liked.
As I've been discussing in recent posts my preferences in music are dependent on what I like to hear in music--what I look for in a musical work. So if I heard a song that was lyrically superb, expressing ideas with which I was in total agreement, and that song had one of the most beautiful melodies that I had ever heard and I had absolutely enjoyed this song for years and then suddenly one day I learned that the song had been composed by some horrible person--say like Adolph Hitler--would the sound of the song be any different?
Sure, it's possible that now with my new knowledge I might start to convince myself to dislike the song or just stop listening to it, but if the work had some endearing quality once, then how is that quality lost by learning something bad about the person who wrote it?
Again I'm rambling a bit, but there is a point in there somewhere and maybe you'll want to share your thoughts in the comments. Actually I started this line of thought because I just wanted to use that line "This ain't no disco" from the Talking Heads song "Life During Wartime". And I'm not using the line because that's going to be my next Battle of the Bands song choice, but because in my recent song choice "This is a party!".
That's what Battle of the Bands should be like--a fun party. Yes, we might get a bit snide to hopefully only a slight degree and we might poke some good-natured fun at one another or the song choices that are picked. We all don't have to like the same things and that should be expected. Let's just have a good time!
So now on with the winning version of "Garden Party"
I was not overly surprised by the results though I didn't expect Owl City to do quite as well as they did in this match up. Yes, I expected Johnny Lee to win this, not by a shut-out, but with a resounding victory. I was right cause that's what happened. My vote for Johnny Lee doesn't even matter all that much.
Owl City 15 Votes
Johnny Lee 27 Votes
A new Battle of the Bands will be here on Monday June 15th. I don't think we'll have the kind of trouncing we had in this most recent Battle. In fact, due to the nature of the song I don't know whether I'll get anywhere near the votes I got on this contest. I hope the next song doesn't scare away too many of you because it's a darn good one with versions by two excellent artists. If you don't like my next song pick then you must be a commie or something. For that matter you might even like it if you are a commie. My next song pick has been around for nearly 80 years with the more recent versions that I'll be featuring by a new wave prog rock band that turned it into a mega hit and a singer who was in his nineties when he made his own hit recording of this song that he had recorded decades prior. Those are the versions you'll be voting on.
Do you enjoy disco music? Did you ever "blow up" or destroy disco records? Any idea what song or artists I'll be coming up with next?