Does It Make You Dance? Proto-Disco in the Early '70s
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In this week's episode Tim and Jeremy consider the numerous musical and cultural currents of the early '70s that fed into the emergence of 'Disco' as a genre. They discuss the important antecedents of Soul and Rhythm and Blues, consider the yearning, future-facing qualities of Gospel, the musical influence of the Latin community in the city, and the imminent insistence of Funk.

Tim and Jeremy also consider the important role of romance, eroticism and sensuality on this developing musical form, discuss the appeal of longer tracks to dancers and DJs, and end with a friendly disagreement over that age-old question: what was the first disco record?

Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert are authors, academics, DJs and audiophile dance party organisers. They’ve been friends and collaborators since 1997, teaching together and running parties since 2003. With clubs closed and half their jobs lost to university cuts, they’re inevitably launching a podcast.

Produced and edited by Matt Huxley.

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Tracklist:

Erma Franklin - Piece of my Heart
James Brown - Sex Machine
The Doobie Brothers - Long Train Runnin'
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
Joe Bataan - Latin Strut
Osibisa - Survival
Barry White - I'm Gunna Love You Just a Little Bit More, Baby
Ultra High Frequency - We're on the Right Track

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