Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Disco, Disco, Disco

We've been talking a lot about music and how our tastes vary.  When we were young, back in the late 70's and early 80's, disco dancing were the 'moves' to be had.  We love to tell our children how the floor was cleared as we strutted.  Chilly's adaption of "For Your Love" (originally performed by The Yardbirds 1965 - not that I had heard of them) was, and still is, one of our all time favourites.

The Machinist confirmed this today.  He took an early shower (brought on by the ferocious wind and rain) and came through to our home office, wrapped in a blue towel, looking somewhat like the Union Jack with his partly heat-scalded red and white (well, flesh coloured) torso.  I watched his face light with recognition of the song and immediately he started to strut.  And shuffle.  And strut some more.  And then, a few popular disco moves like "The Exit" and "The Mousehole", as well as "The lawn mower" and "The air hostess".  It helped that the previous day we had checked out (and practiced) some sweet disco moves

Getting back to the group, "Chilly": - we didn't even know who they were or what they looked like.  TV invaded homes in South Africa around 1975.  There was only one channel and it was conservative, as expected.  I sometimes think it was better that way, as music and rhythm and lyrics were loved (or hated) for what they were, not what they looked like, or the image they portrayed.  After all, who, pray, could enjoy shimmering lycra, lots of pale blue eyeshadow and perfectly (page boy) styled hair worn by women (and men).

Nowadays, I often prefer remakes of older songs, as the older ones sound so 'tinny'. Take "Funky Town", performed by Lipps Inc, and later, performed by Psuedo Echo for example.

Ok, so now, I'm going to strut my stuff...

Yeah, Baby....

2 comments:

ADRIAN said...

You be careful........therein lies the route to casualty.

Sarah~Mechelle said...

Need to come dancing with your chillens! Disco all the way I say!