Secret Disco Revolution, a documentary, tells the story of the rise and fall of the disco craze in the 70s, and includes archival film footage of the music, dancing and fashions of the time. Up front, I have to say this is not a movie to be taken too seriously. Insanely, a trio of disco masterminds, dressed in silver polyester, platform shoes and gold chains, are shown toting a glittering disco ball around with them as they are purported to bring about a disco revolution. No, it doesn’t make any sense, but did any of the 70s make any sense? Along with music clips, there are some interesting, if choppy, interviews with disco greats such as Gloria Gaynor, Evelyn “Champagne” King, and Thelma Houston, and if you ever wonder what happened to the Village People, this is your movie. I found this movie to be funny, but you do have to be in the mood for silliness. It would probably help to invite some friends over, serve a giant cheese ball and Harvey Wallbangers, and have a good time, which I think was what disco was all about. After a Wallbanger or two, you might find yourself doing the Hustle (or think you are doing the Hustle), or singing along with the Bee Gees in falsetto. Anything could happen.
Then bring out some Chex Mix and Bugles, along with some guacamole, and make it a double feature by watching Saturday Night Fever, which at least has a plot and decent acting and the charismatic John Travolta, and remains a movie classic.
Disco had a precipitous fall. On July 12, 1979, Disco Demolition Night was held at a Chicago White Sox game, and it turned into a shambles, as disco records were set on fire and the crowd surged onto the field. Another sort of low was reached when Ethel Merman recorded a disco album. Musically, the end was signaled after The Knack released My Sharona, on June of 1979. The song soared to #1 on Billboard, and, just like that, the era of disco was over.
What was the first disco song? It’s debatable, but some say that Manu Dibango’s ‘Soul Makossa’ was perhaps the first.
“The Secret Disco Revolution’ is unrated, but I recommend it for adults, and the following trailer contains a bit of racy language.