What a Creep
“Disco Demolition Night: July 12, 1979”
Season 20, Episode 1
Margo and Sonia put on our boogie shoes and prepare to call bull shit on all of the excuses given for “Disco Demolition Night” on Thursday, July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL. A group of boring, racist, sexist, and homophobic idiots decided disco music had been popular for too long. For fun, Chicago shock jock Steve Dahl created a stunt to destroy LPs on the field of a White Sox & Detroit Tigers game!
Mayhem ensued due to the hyped (and hopped) up crowd of meatheads who had decided that things like Saturday Night Fever, partner dancing, and people who were not “musicians” should have any success, much less a part of pop culture.
All of this disco fuss (which coincided with Anita Bryant’s gay bashing on the news every night) makes us realize that fighting pop culture “wars” is a sad, furious (and deeply stupid) tale as old as time.
We have THOUGHTS about this one!
Sources for this episode
- The Guardian
- 1979 News Coverage YouTube
- ESPN story on Disco Demolition Night
- Weird History
- A variety of clips of local news coverage in 1979
- Black Girl Culture Blog
- HBO The Bee Gees: How Do You Mend a Broken Heart
- Cape Symphony “How to Disco Begin?”
- CNN Opinion Ad Campaigns Should be Inclusive
- Vox: The Bud Light Boycott
- Fox News: Sarah Huckabee Sanders “trolls” Bud Light with beer koozies featuring “Real Women”
- Art & Pop Culture: The first reporting about “disco” by Vince Aletti, Rolling Stone, September 13, 1973
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