Disco Rock – 10 of the Best

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Led Zep and the Stones liked to up the tempo, Blondie blazed a trail that led to Duran Duran and the Gossip … but was it all dreamed up by George Harrison?

7. Duran Duran: Hungry Like the Wolf
Most pop-culture movements reach a natural end, but disco is perhaps unique in having had a direct hit put out on it. While some may still deny it, the subtext to the β€œDisco Sucks!” campaign was an effort to reassert the supremacy of supposedly straight, white rock music. The campaign, sadly, succeeded in its short-term goal – dislodging disco from its pre-eminence – but in the long term it proved a failure. Duran Duran were disco-fied to the nines. Rio is the greatest disco-rock album ever made. What other giants of the sub-genre ever committed to a complete album of the stuff? It had the snarl, the razor-toothed bite, of good rock music, and the glossy, synthetic delirium at which latter-day disco excelled. If you have to pick a single track to represent it, which I do, then Hungry Like the Wolf – simultaneously absurd, exhilarating, carnal, exotic and relentless – is bound to be the one.

See the rest of the list via the Guardian