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Impacts of Disco

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Manisha Prasad

on 12 November 2015

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Mid 70s brought a boisterous era upon the world, the disco era. Disco influenced many societies; bringing change to the fashion, music, dance, cultural diversity and introducing new subcultures. It was a change from the previous era, the 60's, which was dominated primarily by fighting in the Vietnamese War. The majority of the population used dance as a means of escape from those day and relaxation, thus creation of disco.
Birth of Disco
The birth of disco began on Valentines Day, 1970. It initially started as an underground movement but expanded to everywhere. The reason for the creation of this era, was the teens' envy of the hippies. Disco, just like the hippies era, allowed for personal evolution and sexual revolution.
Impacts of Disco
"We had been reminded once too often that we were just not with it. Where they had long hair and Woodstock, we had nothing to clearly call our own. We needed a kind of shared activity, scorned by our elders, which would bring us together as a group. At the disco, we have forged a generational banner. It's great to feel special at last." (Powers, 2015)
• Fashion
• Music
• Dance
• Cultural diversity
• Subcultures

One aspect of the impacts of disco, was the new trends in fashion. The clothing became bright, tight and revealing. Disco goers broke the mould set from previous eras when it came to fashion, allowing freedom, creativity, and individuality to reign supreme (Mankowski, 2015). These new trends came from the availability of new materials, such a spandex.
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Disco significantly influenced and impacted dance, altering it from what was performed in the previous decade. In the 1960s, dance was very appropriate and not sexual, whereas disco dance moves were completely contrasting of the 60s. The dances of the 70s, were fast paced and high in contact. Some of the popular dance moves of the disco years include the Travolta, hustle, the Latin hustle, the Bump, YMCA and the robot. These popular disco moves are still used as frequently in the modern society, as they were in the 1970s.
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The disco era also had a large impact on the music made and played during the 1970s. The music in the 70’s was quite different from folk music, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll music in the 60’s. Disco emerged with more bass and electric guitar, than heard previously in any another decade. The point of the music was to be more happy, lively and easier to dance to. Which allowed many to forget the atrocities seen in the Vietnamese war fought during the 1960s.
With the emergence of disco, many famous bands and people left their mark on society then and today. Famous musicians on the 70’s disco include ABBA, KC, Village People, Donna Summer, the Sunshine band, the Jacksons, the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor and many more (The People History, 2015). Disco music significantly influenced the modern day house music, heavily. The house music genre adopted the funky, spunky rhythms that were associated with the 70s disco (Kearney, 2012).
Cultural Diversity
Disco also significantly impacted societies through cultural diversity, as it allowed freedom for the gays, Hispanics & African Americans, which was previously forbidden (Powers, 2015). Disco clubs allowed for every ethnicity to come and enjoy themselves. In the discotheque clubs, there was no racial or sexual discrimination, people could be themselves. Disco provided people with the freedom to express their true selves and their views on events and thoughts during the time. Disco significantly impacted the world, as from the 70s disco era, it was acceptable to be gay or another ethnicity.
Another facet of the influence of disco on the society, was the introduction and adoption of subcultures during the 1970s discotheque period. These subcultures include the drugs subculture and a sexual subculture. Many would use drug that would enhance the experience of dancing to the loud music and the flashing lights, such as cocaine (MediaWiki, 2013). Disco club also became the place where rampant promiscuity and public sex was seen. This was a big change from previous decades.

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A dance clip from the popular movie of the 70s, Saturday Night Fever.
Women most commonly wore:
• Tube tops
• Sequenced halternecks
• Spandes pants & short shorts
• Jumpsuits with flared pants
• Jersey wrap dresses
• Maxi dresses with long slits up the thigh
These flirty, tight, feminine, swirly skirts, pants, blouses and wrap dresses in cuts and fabrics that flowed with the dancer’s movements and shimmered under the disco lights were very popular looks for women, as it emphasised a woman’s figure (Mankowski, 2015).

Men commonly wore:
• Three piece suits with bellbottom pants
Other popular styles for men also included previously shunned embellishments such as:
• Extra-wide lapels
• Snugly fit, yet widely flared trousers
• Loud, bold patterns
• Boots with platform heels
(Mankowski, 2015)

Traditionalist vs Radical
Though many thoroughly enjoyed and supported disco, there were many who were absolutely against disco. Whether the ‘haters’ were against disco because the open sexual promiscuity and the diseases that were the consequences of the sexual behaviour or racism or homophobia. They all gathered together, when a Chicago DJ Steve Dahl wrangled their angst to his advantage in what would become a disco inferno for real: Disco Demolition Night (Sosnowski, 2014). Disco Demolition Night was the largest anti-disco rally during that decade.
Famous Disco dance troop- Pans people
Popular disco dance move called The Bump
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