Rock Songs With A Disco Beat

  

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By:  evilgenius  •  2 years ago  •  51 comments

Rock Songs With A Disco Beat
A raise says like you're good, you know? You know how many times someone told me I was good in my life? Two! Twice! Two fuckin' times! This raise today, and dancing at the disco! - John Travolta as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Feverr

In The Beginning


From the Philadelphia R&B scene in the 60's & 70's with African-American and Latino musicians and audiences to dance parties in the New York gay community disco made a big splash on pop and rock music. DJs started moving from underground house parties into main stream Discotheques like Studio 54 and Paradise Garage where these funky beats grew in popularity. It was only a matter of time before going more mainstream.

In 1997 the film Saturday Night Fever starring a young John Travolta hit huge with audiences and won 4 Grammy Awards including  Album of the Year. Suddenly everyone was a disco fan and even many rock groups wanted in on the radio action using that 4 4 disco beat.

Ten Rock Songs With That Sweet Disco Beat


Kiss - I Was Made for Loving' You

The Kinks - (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

Electric Light Orchestra - Shine a Little Love

The Eagles - One of These Nights

Greatful Dead - Shakedown Street

Paul McCartney & Wings - Goodnight Tonight

Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

The Rolling Stones - Miss You

Pink Floyd - Another Brink In The Wall - Part 2

The Downfall 


Soon Disco was critizied as empty consumerism and soon slogans of Disco Sucks and Death To Disco were popping up everywhere. Rock artists were accused of selling out and the gaining Punk subculture was actively hostile to Disco even as Diana Ross' Love Hangover was cited by many UK punks as a personal favorite.


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evilgenius
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1  author  evilgenius    2 years ago

I'm certainly not a Disco fan, but as I study pop culture and music more the more I appreciate what really went into the creation.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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2  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 years ago

I find it interesting that you posted this. I just watched Barry Gibb's documentary, "How do you mend a broken heart" and he talks about how when the Bee Gees did "The Main Course" they never intended to be a disco band. They just took in what they were hearing around them... which was advice from Clapton, who was a friend of theirs. 

Btw, that was a great documentary. It was heartfelt and honest, which in contrast to McCartney's new one, is a bit revisionist and I do love him, but he is not honest with himself. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    2 years ago

I watched the Bee Gees documentary a few months ago, and you are right it is a great documentary. One thing that stood out to me above everything is what great songwriters the Gibb brothers were. They've got about ten songs that are as good as anyone has ever written in pop music. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 years ago

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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2.1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.1    2 years ago

I love that song!

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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2.1.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 years ago

I totally agree John. They were amazing songwriters and I think very undervalued for their talent. 

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.2  author  evilgenius  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    2 years ago

I've seen it. I really enjoyed it.

How long the brothers went without talking to each other! It's so crazy when bands that do so well break up, but it's tough when it's family.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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2.2.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  evilgenius @2.2    2 years ago

It was really interesting to hear from other brother bands, like Liem Gallagher, from Oasis, talking about that it's a gift and a hardship working with brothers. I also felt so sad for Barry. Out of 5 sibs of which he is the oldest, they are all gone now. He really seemed very lonely. Even the opening was honest... when he said that if one of his other brothers had done this doc, they probably would have written it differently. 

Totally from the heart and brutally honest.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.2.2  author  evilgenius  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.2.1    2 years ago

You should check out Netflix's This Is Pop series. The episode on Sweden is particularly interesting.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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2.2.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  evilgenius @2.2.2    2 years ago

I'll check it out. Thanks!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3  JohnRussell    2 years ago

If a rock song has a disco beat isnt it a disco song played by a rock group? 

 
 
 
evilgenius
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3.1  author  evilgenius  replied to  JohnRussell @3    2 years ago
If a rock song has a disco beat isnt it a disco song played by a rock group? 

I don't know, but if you hum a few bars I'll dance to it!

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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4  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 years ago

Although I think Billy was talking more about "New Wave".

 

 
 
 
evilgenius
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4.1  author  evilgenius  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4    2 years ago

Nice picks!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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5  Trout Giggles    2 years ago

I disagree that the Eagle's "One of These Nights" has a disco beat. But I'm not musically savvy so I will just sit down and color.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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5.1  author  evilgenius  replied to  Trout Giggles @5    2 years ago

When the Eagles were recording the album in Miami they were sharing recording space with the Bee Gees and Don Henley is quoted as saying the "four-on-the-floor" bass-drum pattern is a nod to disco.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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5.2  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Trout Giggles @5    2 years ago

This may not be a popular sentiment, but I’m with the Dude on this one:

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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6  JohnRussell    2 years ago

WHAT DOES IT TAKE - Santana

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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6.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @6    2 years ago

STREET PLAYER - Chicago 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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7  JohnRussell    2 years ago

SHARING THE NIGHT TOGETHER - Dr. Hook

 
 
 
Ender
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8  Ender    2 years ago

This was interesting from Dave Grohl.

"If you listen to [Nirvana's epic 1991 album]   Nevermind ... I pulled so much stuff from the Gap Band and Cameo and [Chic's] Tony Thompson on every one of those songs," Grohl says as the instantly recognizable opening guitar riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" wells up in the background. And, just before the elephant marauding drums kick in, Grohl starts slapping his thighs in time, saying, "all that [mines drumming]... that's old disco!"

"WOW!!!" Pharrell says looking genuinely amazed and mind blown as an archival clip of the Gap Band's legendary 1982 hit " You Dropped a Bomb on Me " plays in the background. "That's all it is!" Grohl promises. "How did I not hear that?" Williams says, clearly disappointed that his eagle ears never picked up on the percussion pastiche by Grohl.

"Nobody makes the connection," an unburdened Grohl says, noting that he told Thompson as much when he came to his house for a barbecue one time. “I was like, ‘Man, I just want to thank you because I owe you so much I’ve been ripping you off my whole life.’ He goes, ‘I know.'”

 
 
 
evilgenius
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8.1  author  evilgenius  replied to  Ender @8    2 years ago

Nice post! Grohl really knows music and has helped more people do good. I good documentary with David Grohl in it is Sound City about where some of the best rock albums ever were recorded. Grohl bought the sound board before it could be trashed and installed it in his personal studio.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
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8.1.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  evilgenius @8.1    2 years ago

From Can To Can't, one of my favs

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CB
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9  CB     2 years ago

Foo Fighters - Dee Gees MSG Madison Square Garden 6/20/21 NYC

 
 
 
CB
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10  CB     2 years ago

David Bowie China Girl (Live by Request) HD

 
 
 
CB
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11  CB     2 years ago

Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Live At The Apollo)

 
 
 
CB
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12  CB     2 years ago

Loverboy - Turn Me Loose (Live: Aug 4 2019)

 
 
 
devangelical
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12.1  devangelical  replied to  CB @12    2 years ago

as a waiter, I insulted the lead singer of this band back in the early 80's when they were breaking out, and his canadian band mates thought it was hilarious. $200 tip. what instrument do you play? "I'm the lead vocalist" oh, tambourine?

 
 
 
CB
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12.1.1  CB   replied to  devangelical @12.1    2 years ago

What?! You did?!!!  He still got it, the voice, eh?  Yeah! I don't know, what do you think - would I have loved to be you that day for the financial tip, the embarrassment, or the oh so wonderful memory right now?

 
 
 
devangelical
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12.1.2  devangelical  replied to  CB @12.1.1    2 years ago

I wasn't embarrassed, a little envious of their collection of groupies maybe...

 
 
 
CB
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12.1.3  CB   replied to  devangelical @12.1.2    2 years ago

Now THAT sounds like the "Devangelical" I knowI jrSmiley_124_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
CB
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13  CB     2 years ago

The Cult 'She Sells Sanctuary' TOTP (1985)

 
 
 
CB
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14  CB     2 years ago

Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music (Live)

 
 
 
pat wilson
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15  pat wilson    2 years ago

I've never known of any rock music to have anything in common with disco.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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15.1  author  evilgenius  replied to  pat wilson @15    2 years ago
I've never known of any rock music to have anything in common with disco.

Anyone chasing the money will follow the trend and for a hot second Disco was king. As I've pointed out all the cool kids tried it.

 
 
 
CB
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16  CB     2 years ago

Rod Stewart - Young Turks - Live - The Colosseum at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas NV - March 14, 2020

 
 
 
CB
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16.1  CB   replied to  CB @16    2 years ago

Did you catch the drums near the end. Loved it!

 
 
 
CB
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17  CB     2 years ago

MY SHARONA. THE KNACK. LIVE 1979 !

 
 
 
Moose Knuckle
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18  Moose Knuckle    2 years ago

70's kiss used the disco temp!

 
 
 
evilgenius
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18.1  author  evilgenius  replied to  Moose Knuckle @18    2 years ago

This is the first video I posted in my original post above... Thanks for participating.

 
 
 
Moose Knuckle
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18.1.1  Moose Knuckle  replied to  evilgenius @18.1    2 years ago

Oops, missed it, trying again. disco infected the hippies too.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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18.1.2  author  evilgenius  replied to  Moose Knuckle @18.1.1    2 years ago

Hahahaha! That's up there too. Both good songs though. 

 
 
 
Ender
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19  Ender    2 years ago

This reminded me of this thread...Haha

 
 
 
CB
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19.1  CB   replied to  Ender @19    2 years ago

I love it! 24

 
 
 
Ender
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19.1.1  Ender  replied to  CB @19.1    2 years ago

They were good! I was impressed.

 
 
 
CB
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20  CB     2 years ago

Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd - Cover live by The Pink Floyd Project

EvilGenius, this one is for you!

 
 
 
CB
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21  CB     2 years ago

J. Geils Band - Come Back (Full Studio Version)

 
 
 
CB
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22  CB     2 years ago

Styx - Too Much Time On My Hands (Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas)

 
 
 
CB
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23  CB     2 years ago

Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In the Dark (from Born In The U.S.A. Live: London 2013)

 
 
 
CB
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24  CB     2 years ago

Frankenstein . Edgar Winters Group . 1973

Everybody 'owned' this one!  A #1 smash. Played even in "Heaven" and "Hell" overflow! Crossed all genres!

NOTE: The commercial (none live version) was a little more uptempo and lighter on the heaviness. Kids actually would dance to this song. Just check out a version of Soul Train where it was a featured song!

 
 
 
CB
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25  CB     2 years ago

18 Tina Turner Addicted To Love LIVE

 
 

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