Supposedly the date that marks when disco died was July 12, 1979. At Comiskey Park, as part of a promotional stunt for a radio station, a local radio host had his listeners bring disco records to a double header baseball game with the intent of blowing them up. The plan was to fill a crate with the records and blow them up between games. The host followed through with the stunt, and the ensuing explosion was so large it damaged the field. The crowd was in such a frenzy, they stormed the field and a riot ensued within the stadium. The crowd had to be dispersed by Chicago PD who arrived in full riot gear. In all 39 people were arrested for disorderly conduct.
The best part of the story, 30 years later Disco/Dance music is still going strong.
“Is This Disco?” Playlist
1.) “1973” – James Blunt
2.) “Everything Now” – Arcade Fire
3.) “MacArthur Park” – Donna Summer
4.) “Julien” – Carley Rae Jepsen
5.) “Never Can Say Goodbye” – Gloria Gaynor
6.) “More Than A Woman” – The BeeGees
7.) “Kill the Lights” – Alex Newell, Jess Glynne, DJ Cassidy, and Nile Rodgers
8.) “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk, Pharrell, and Nile Rodgers
9.) “Dim All the Lights” – Donna Summer
10.) “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes