Wednesday, November 16, 2005

On my turntable: Disco Noel

OK here's the deal. I bought this album as a joke, thinking it would be mildly entertaining. The truth is, it's wildly entertaining, and quite good. I love Disco Noel's blatant cheesiness. This album was quickly tossed together in 1979 to cash in on the last gasp of the disco craze, but its formulaic approach to these songs is part of what makes it so great. I imagine all these stuffy leisure-suit-clad business men sitting around the Pickwick Records board room: "What we need is disco Christmas record, see, 'cause that's what all the kids are into, see? Who doesn't love disco? We'll sell millions of 'em!" In the twelve months after this album's release the 'Disco Sucks' movement would effectively kill the disco era.

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