Take Me To Funkytown

Disco Dancing Tonite

Submitter: It pained me to weed this relic of a bygone era from our collection, but I figured if I didn’t get rid of it now, I never would.

Holly: It is quite groovy, but I’m afraid it’s time to let go.  There’s just no end to these disco books in libraries, is there?

Mary: As the designated baby boomer at ALB, I would like to say that I think we can safely weed these books and or hand them off to an archive.  I know that I would rather not be reminded of some the poor fashion choices of that decade.  As an aside,  any other Midwestern old timers remember Steve Dahl and Disco Demolition Night?  Hint:  Comiskey Park July 1979.  Since I married South Side Irish, I am thinking this is probably some kind of holiday.  Comments?



  1. Hey Submitter, any chance you’re selling that? I really want to learn to do The Hustle! I’m serious here, people. Remember, I love disco!

  2. You can’t seriously say you don’t miss the tight bell bottom pants on those disco guys? Never have packages been so fully explored/exposed/exploited than they were in the 70’s

  3. I remember Disco Demolition well! I still listen to half of the responsible duo, Garry Meier on WGN 720 from 3-7.

  4. It cracks me up how, between the vest and the boots, the woman is covering everything up EXCEPT the area south of her waist and north of her knees. But there’s nothing to worry about there, is there?

  5. @Moklspa – Or the fact men wore the waist of their pants at their actual waist! I know I’ve pointed this out before but I can’t help but point it out again – men’s 70s outfits are far superior to the baggy pants on the ground look of today!

    I am serious about wanting this book. We have a disco book from the 70s I begged our adult librarian to discard so I could buy it. Instead he had it mended and recovered and put it back on the shelf.

    Funny thing is, when I put it out as part of my New Years Resolution display along with some other dancing and excercise books & dvds, it was the first one checked out.

  6. Oh yes, I remember Disco Demolition. I had a friend who took his (then) 12 year old sister to her very first White Sox game that day.

  7. I had the official “Disco Sucks–Support Your Local Rock&Roll Band” and “Insane Coho Lips Anti-Disco Army” buttons from The LOOP.

    And Terri–my husband and I listen to Garry on WGN, but it never fails to crack us up that Steve and Garry mocked the WGN guys mercilessly back in the day, and now Garry is right there doing what he used to mock Spike O’Dell, Eddie Schwartz, and Wally Phillips for.

  8. I remember that Steve Dahl stuff! I still have my copy of Coho Lip Blues on a 45! “Insane Coho lips…”

  9. I’m sticking with “Disco rules, rap drools.”

    Next time you think disco is dead, ask yourself who you would rather listen to – Gloria Gaynor singing I Will Survive or Rebecca Black singing Friday.

    Yeah, disco is alive and well and does not suck. Thank you very much.

  10. Haha! I’m Southside Irish as well (I’m only in my early 20s, but grew up loving the music from the 60s and 70s… still have a huge and kind of creepy crush/obsession with Jim Morrison..) My parents went to Disco Demolition together. I am kind of proud of them for that 🙂

  11. @Jami — try Amazon for a used copy. I picked one up for a friend there (FOURTH time I’ve purchased a book featured on this site).

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