Like Casey Kasum in that big studio in the sky, The Nest keeps counting ’em down. These are the songs that ring the joy bells of my heart… the Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing countdown! We’re into the Top 3 now, and it’s time for me to show my undying appreciation for a song that helped launch one of the most reviled movements in popular music history…
#3. “You Should Be Dancing” – The Bee Gees
People are very passionate about their music, and that passion swings both ways. For all of the fans of each type of music, you’ll also find a lot of people who can’t stand rap, or country, or easy listening, or even the iconic rock and roll. But if there’s one genre that has come to represent the universal whipping boy of American Top 40 radio, it’s disco. It was the predominant music of the late 70’s, and its uptempo beats and eye searing fashion sense took over the pop culture of that era…
The backlash was quick, forceful, and permanent. While a few disco songs have survived to still be played on radio today, even forty years after disco was demolished by an embarrassed public, you’re more likely to see someone sporting a Hitler mustache than wearing a leisure suit. Among the fallout from the great disco smackdown was the reputation of the group that became the poster boys of the movement… a British born, Australian raised trio of brothers known as The Bee Gees.
Already stars on adult contemporary radio, the brothers Gibb were among the very first non-disco musicians to dabble in the up and coming new style. In 1976, two years before they would cement their disco legacy and infamy in the movie Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees recorded their first song, “You Should Be Dancing.” And while it’s not their best known disco classic… as far as I’m concerned, it’s far and away their best.
Featuring Barry Gibb’s iconic falsetto vocal, an awesome guitar solo, and an amazing bongo drum beat all backed up with the 1970’s signature horn section… this is a musical masterpiece and one of the greatest dance songs ever. And if you don’t agree with that…. well, that’s too bad! Long live disco, and long live this song!!!
Come back next Monday for number two! No, not THAT kind of number two… I mean, another kickass song!