Remi: Okay, all. For tonight, this is the main floor of Studio 54, and I'm the dwarf riding a greyhound, with a nine-foot braided-and-beaded wig cascading to the floor.
D-Money: A braided troll riding a dog? So, it's a regular Tuesday night for you?
Remi: Sigh. So many ways I could go with this, D-Money. But I won't. 'Cause I'm a child of the Lord. Alright, as thine STD King, I invite you all to the Disco SoundTable Discussion. (Second time in a row, the STD title is surprisingly apt.)
D-Money: Too easy.
Remi: You're used to hearing that, D-Money. It never shamed you in the past, so why start now?
Remi: Anyway, we're here because Daft Punk and Pharrell dug up the disco dred king himself, and made some fire happen last week. "Get Lucky" hit #1 on the iTunes charts in 46 countries. Which raises the question: can disco make a comeback?- Advertisement -
Zo!: I'm feeling the "Get Lucky" joint.
Butta: It sounds like a lost Chic song, for real, for real.- Advertisement -
Remi: Yup. I'm not mad at the Heidi Slimane for Saint Laurent styling, either. It's like Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Chic all in that bitch.
Ivory: Nile put his stamp all over this one.- Advertisement -
Zo!: Nile's stamp was undeniable on it.
D-Money: Yeah, from the guitar lick alone, I knew I'd love that joint.- Advertisement -
AudioDiva: I live for Nile's basslines.
Ivory: I do NOT, however, live for Pharrell's "singing."- Advertisement -
Remi: I always say, there are three types of singers:
Good Voice/Good singer (your usual suspects, Luther, Mariah, Whitney, etc)
Bad Voice/Good Singer (Keith Sweat, T-Boz)
Good Voice/Bad Singer (Amerie/Ameriie)
Remi: I love Amerie, but she can get screechy sometimes. Anyway, I always felt Pharrell was in category two. He hasn't got a real voice, but he knows how to rock what he's got.- Advertisement -
Remi: He isn't trying to be Teddy Pendergrass or anything, but it works.- Advertisement -
Butta: OK, but Pharrell's voice clearly isn't the draw here.
Zo!: Hell nah it's not.
D-Money: I like Zo! already.
Ivory: Yeah, it works in the song, but hearing him sing it live would not be necessary. And as Butta said, it's not his voice that makes it good.
Remi: But he's working with Daft Punk. So it's not like he was competing for lead vocals there. Dreamgirls, this is NOT.
Butta: It's the sound of the track and that straight up disco flavor that makes it what it is and has me so personally crunk about it and its success.
D-Money: Yeah, I'm ready for a disco revolution. I always felt like it got such a bad rap.
AudioDiva: People just care about Daft Punk's return. That's really the big draw, then that rhythm. It's perfect for the summer.
Zo!: This joint is showing that there is always room for "feel good" music -- always has been. And that's what disco was.
Remi: Yes, but again, the US is behind on things. It was #1 in a bunch of countries, of which the States was not one.
Ivory: It hasn't been completely gone from the scene though. I always felt like Jamiroquai stayed in that realm a lot. "Little L" was straight up disco.
Remi: True. "You Give Me Something" was even more disco.
AudioDiva: Exactly. Disco never really "left" in my opinion, it just got morphed over the years.
Zo!: Yeah. Disco showed up as different genres/subgenres.
Remi: But again, Jamiroquai is not eating off the US market.
Zo!: Not at all. Hell, WE'RE barely eating off of the US market! But that's a different discussion.
Butta: HA! Word, Zo!