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The Disco Box

(Rhino)

I remember a time in the not-too-distant-past when there wasn’t a dirtier word around than “disco.” But the tides of pop culture always change and what was yesterday’s embarrassment is today’s hot trend. Probably more than anything else, house music and Boogie Nights have resurrected disco. House treads on similar funky, dance grooves—only, surprisingly, disco may have had more fun doing it. Probably as a result of licensing snags, the collection doesn’t include any tracks from Saturday Night Fever kings, The Bee Gees, but every other “crucial” disco track is there. From Gloria Gaynor’s proud pep talk “I Will Survive” to the stadium theme song “YMCA” (The Village People), The Disco Box has all the hits and plenty of obscure disco precursors to boot.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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