|Stylistic origins||Experimental music
(namely soul and funk)
|Cultural origins||Late 1970s – early 1980s; New York City, Miami, Montréal, London|
|Typical instruments||Synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers, vocals, keyboards, samplers|
|Derivative forms||Dance-pop, Italo-disco, dance-rock, dance-punk, house, freestyle, techno|
|Artists, rare groove, electro, garage house, Chicago house, post-punk, Disco Demolition Night|
Post-disco (sometimes called club music or dance) refers to a disco music movement characterized by the heavy use of keyboard instruments, and more specifically, to a historically significant period in popular music history beginning with the backlash against disco music in the United States in the late 1970s and ending with the mainstream appearance of house music in late 1980s.
The stripped-down musical trends followed from the DJ- and producer-driven, increasingly electronic and experimental side of disco, and were typified by the styles of dance-pop, boogie, Italo disco and the early alternative dance.
- 1 Characteristics
- 2 History
- 3 Pioneers and followers
- 4 Legacy
- 5 Related genres
- 6 Non-exhaustive list of artists
- 7 Prominent record labels
- 8 Compilations
- 9 See also
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
Unlike disco music, post-disco usually lacked the typical shuffling hi-hat driven beat, walking basslines and/or string orchestration; it more featured drum machines, synthesizers, sequencers and 4/4 time signature commonly found in rock and pop music. Soulful female vocals, however, remained an essence of post-disco. The main force in post-disco were mainly one-hit wonders and short-lived collaborations, while record producers played a significant role in post-disco in general. The music that mostly catered to dance and urban audiences later managed to influence more popular and mainstream acts like Madonna, New Order or Pet Shop Boys.
The term "post-disco" was used as early as 1984 by Cadence Magazine when defining post-disco soul as "disco without the loud bass-drum thump." New York Magazine used the word in an article appearing in the December 1985 issue; it was Gregory Hines's introduction of post-disco and electronic funk to Russian-American dance choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov "who has never heard this kind of music." "Post-disco" is also an Allmusic editorial contributor's attempt to isolate a music genre in the era between the indistinct "end" of disco music and the equally indistinct emergence of house music.
|“||Midwesterners didn't want that intimidating [disco] style shoved down their throats — Steve Dahl||”|
Shortly after the "Disco Sucks" movement of disco bashing throughout the United States, the circulation of disco records almost stopped. American radio stations began to pay attention to other popular formats of music such as reggae, punk rock and/or New Wave while top mainstream labels and record companies like Casablanca, TK Records or RSO went bankrupt. Since disco music had been on the way of [its] electronic progression, it split itself into subscenes and styles like Hi-NRG, freestyle, italo-disco and boogie. The last one is closely associated with post-disco more than any other offshoots of post-disco.
A watershed album of post-disco was Michael Jackson's Off The Wall, produced by Quincy Jones, which helped establish a direction of R&B/dance music and influenced many young producers who were interested in this kind of new music. Other examples of early American R&B-influenced post-disco artists are Rick James, Change and Teena Marie.
Unlike in the United States, where anti-disco backlash generated prominent effect on general perception of disco music, in Britain, musicians continued to produce both "old-fashioned" disco music and the new music coming from America, thus creating a characteristic scene. According to Billboard, American post-disco was merely a crossover of different genres, while focusing on the electronic and R&B overtones, whereas jazz-funk was a crucial element of the British post-disco scene that generated musicians like Chaz Jankel, Central Line or Imagination.
1980s: Golden age
Compare "Open Sesame" (1976) with "Celebration" (1980) by Kool & The Gang, "Boogie Wonderland" (1979) with "Let's Groove" (1981) by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Shame" (1978) with "Love Come Down" (1981) by Evelyn "Champagne" King and "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" (1976) with "Give It Up" (1982) by KC & the Sunshine Band.
|Year||Song||Label||Artist||U.S. Dance ||U.S. R&B ||U.S. Pop ||U.S. M.R. ||U.K. Pop|
|1979||"I Wanna Be Your Lover"||Warner Bros.||Prince||#2||#1||#11||―||#41|
|1980||"Celebration"||De-Lite||Kool & the Gang||#1||#1||#1 ('81)||―||#7|
|1981||"Let's Groove"||Columbia||Earth, Wind & Fire||#3||#1||#3||―||#3|
|1982||"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"||Sound of New York||Indeep||#2||#10||#101||―||#13|
|"Love Come Down"||RCA||Evelyn King||#1||#1||#17||―||#7|
|1983||"Give It Up"||Meca||KC||―||―||#18||―||'#1|
|"Billie Jean"||Epic||Michael Jackson||#1||#1||#1||―||#1|
|1984||"Let's Dance"||EMI||David Bowie||#1||#14||#1||#6||#1|
|"Cool It Now"||MCA||New Edition||―||#1||#4||―||#43|
|"Dr. Beat"||Epic||Miami Sound Machine||#17||―||―||―||#6|
|1985||"Object of My Desire"||Elekra||Starpoint||#12||#8||#25||―||#96|
|1986||"Rumors"||Jay||Timex Social Club||#1||#1||#8||―||#13|
|1987||"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"||Epic||Miami Sound Machine||#27||―||#5||―||―|
2000s: Post-disco revival
During the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s, electronic and, especially, house musicians were influenced by post-disco. Some of these musicians are: Daft Punk, a French house music group, adopted elements of post-disco, disco and synthpop into Discovery, Another artist Les Rythmes Digitales released a post-disco/electro-influenced album Darkdancer. Canadian music group Chromeo debuted in 2004 with the album She's in Control. Similar Los Angeles-based musician Dâm-Funk recorded Toeachizown, a boogie- and electro-influenced album released in 2009. Another band called Escort, who hails from New York City, surfaced on the post-disco and post-punk revival scenes around 2006. The story about Escort appeared on New York Times in November 2011.
Contemporary compilation albums featuring post-disco and electro artists (e.g. Imagination, Level 42, Afrika Bambaataa) include The Perfect Beats series (volume 1–4). Another compilation series are Nighttime Lovers (volume 1-10) and the mixed-up album titled The Boogie Back: Post Disco Club Jams.
Pioneers and followers
|“||"Thanks To You" and "Don't Make Me Wait" came out and started the whole dub thing in disco. — Shep Pettibone||”|
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, DJ Larry Levan was one of the first artists who implemented dub techniques in his productions and mixes for various post-disco artists, including his own group The Peech Boys.
Sinnamon's "Thanks to You", D-Train's "You're the One for Me", The Peech Boys' "Don't Make Me Wait" — all these songs and its attributes and trends of post-disco later influenced a new "never-before-heard" music style. The House music.
The new post-disco and especially boogie sound was flourishing along many mainstream independent record companies, including West End Records, Prelude Records, Tommy Boy Records, SAM Records, and others.
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Although there is no exact point when post-disco started, many synthpop and electronic musicians of that time continued to enhance the raw minimalist sound, while focusing on synthesizers, and keyboard instruments. As noted by Darryl Payne, a 1980s post-disco music producer, percussion instruments also played an important part in the urban-oriented music in general.
While disco music was in its heyday, the horn and string sections were a main component of disco and pop songs. This sound is also called disco orchestration. However, some of the musicians and producers dropped the lavish sound of orchestra completely, which attributed a new direction of dance music.
After the success of Quincy Jones-produced album Off the Wall and other semi-mainstream urban-oriented music groups like Lakeside, other disco music groups either dissolved or adapted the new sounds (e.g. The Whispers, The SOS Band, Inner Life, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Shalamar in the U.S.; Nick Straker Band, and Freeez in UK). Other musicians influenced by post-disco include Stacy Lattisaw, Kurtis Blow, and George Duke.
Golden age post-disco era, where post-disco sound entered mainstream. However most of the musicians were mostly successful on the other charts, beside Billboard Hot 100.
The most significant post-disco album is Michael Jackson's Thriller, which also became the most best-selling album of all time. Larry Levan and the NYC Peech Boys recorded proto-house number "Don't Make Me Wait". New bands and musicians of the era appeared, including Imagination, D. Train, Skyy, Aurra, Komiko, Vicky D, Rockers Revenge, Dayton, and Unlimited Touch.
During this era, post-disco was at its highest peak. Meanwhile Madonna's commercially successful debut album was released, which was produced by Reggie Lucas of Mtume and Jellybean, another producers of this movement.
It also began to interfere with garage house and freestyle music, thus successfully shaping post-disco into electro. This change could be also heard in breakdancing- and hip-hop -themed movies like Beat Street and Breakin'.
During this era, post-disco had been dissolved in various music fields and scenes, including
As the post-disco reached its climax, overdubbing techniques as recorded by Peech Boys and other early-1980s artists were almost omitted by then and replaced by synthpop variants instead. The movement survived as a post-disco–freestyle crossover music that spanned Raww, Hanson & Davis, Timex Social Club, Starpoint and Miami Sound Machine.
The 1980s post-disco sounds also inspired many Norwegian dance music producers. Some rappers such as Ice Cube or EPMD built their careers on funk-oriented post-disco music (they were inspired for example by dance-floor favorites like Zapp and Cameo). Also Sean "Puffy" Combs has been influenced by R&B-oriented post-disco music in an indirect way.
In popular culture
- The word "post-disco" has been implicitly mentioned in a 1989 novel named Crazy Love by Elías Miguel Muñoz.
- American satirical magazine Spy featured the words "post-punk" and "post-disco" in their Spy's Rock Critic-o-Matic article, whereas spoofing various music reviews published by Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Spin.
Boogie (or electro-funk) is a post-disco subgenre influenced by funk music that was popular in the early to mid-1980s. Sean P. described it as "largely been ignored, or regarded as disco's poor cousin — too slow, too electronic, too R&B... too black, even".
Another post-disco movement is merely connected with post-punk/no wave genres with fewer R&B/funk influences. An example of this "post-disco" is Gina X's "No G.D.M." and artists like Liquid Liquid, Polyrock, Dinosaur L, and Disco Not Disco  compilation album. This movement also connects with dance-oriented rock; Michael Campbell, in his book Popular Music in America defines that genre as "post-punk/post-disco fusion." Campbell also cited Robert Christgau, who described dance-oriented rock (or DOR) as umbrella term used by various DJs in 1980s.
Dance-pop is a dance-oriented pop music that appeared slightly after the demise of disco and the first appearance of "stripped-down" post-disco. One of the first dance-pop songs were "Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life" by Indeep and "Love Come Down" by Evelyn "Champagne" King, whereas the latter crossed over to Billboard charts including Adult Contemporary, while peaking at number 17 on the pop chart in 1982. Another crossover post-disco song was "Juicy Fruit" by Mtume, peaking at number 45 on the Hot 100 in 1983. Same year also saw the release of Madonna's eponymous album that incorporated post-disco, urban and club sounds. British variation of dance-pop, pioneered by Stock Aitken Waterman, was more influenced by house and hi-NRG and sometimes was labeled as "eurobeat".
Italo-disco is a disco subgenre, mainly influenced by post-disco, hi-NRG and synthpop. Originally music mostly played by Italian musicians, but it soon made its way to Canada and United States. One of the earliest post–disco-oriented groups were Klein + M.B.O. and Kano, while New York-based Bobby Orlando was located abroad.
Non-exhaustive list of artists
Urban-oriented post-disco (boogie) musicians:
Post-disco/post-punk (dance-rock) musicians:
Prominent record labels
|2000||VA – Disco Not Disco||Strut||compilation|
|2002||VA – Disco Not Disco 2||Strut||compilation|
|2002–2008||VA – Opération Funk Vol. 1–5
(mixed by Kheops)
|mix album, compilation|
|2004||VA – Choice: A Collection of Classics
(mixed by Danny Tenaglia)
|Azuli||mix album, compilation|
|2004–2009||VA – Nighttime Lovers Vol. 1–10||PTG||compilation|
|2008||VA – Disco Not Disco 3||Strut||compilation|
|2009||VA – Night Dubbin'
(mixed by Dimitri from Paris)
|BBE||mix album, compilation|
|2009||VA – The Boogie Back: Post Disco Club Jams
(compiled by DJ Spinna)
|BBE||mix album, compilation|
|2010||VA – Boogie's Gonna Getcha: '80s New York Boogie||BreakBeats||compilation|
- Compare to the 1979 "traditionally"-sounding disco song "Boogie Wonderland" with string and horn sections arranged by Benjamin Wright.
- Demonstrates using horn section and drum machine rhythm at the same time.
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- One Hit Wonder Center - One-Hit Wonder Music of the 50's~90's: "There are also tracks to represent the rise of post-disco club/dance trend, such as Laid Back's "White Horse", New Edition's "Cool It Now", and Timex Social Club's " Rumors" ". Retrieved on August 12, 2009.
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* Julian: "Now we're going American. What's the name they've given this new thing we're doing?
- Joe: "Post-punk-post-new-wave-post-disco. . ."
- Roli: "post-country -post-rapping - post-post- post-Beatles."
- Lucho: "Post-Elvis-post-Simon-and-Garfunkel-post-Billy-Idol-post-British-Invasion-post-Cyndi-Lauper-post-Blues-post-Soul-post-Michael-Jackson-post-Hustle-post-Donna-Summer-post-Gloria-Gaynor-post-Prince-post-Madonna."
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