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Friday, July 23, 2004

Sorry I Missed the Anniversary

The 25th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, that is. I was watching the Detroit Tigers' pregame show (they're in Chicago playing the White Sox), and they did a segment on the night that ended boogie nights for ever. There's even a commemorative web site! So what happened on Disco Demolition Night?
On July 12, 1979, while music was blaring at the legendary Studio 54 in New York City and “Saturday Night Fever” records were being played in homes across the country, another movement was taking place; thousands of people gathered on the South Side of Chicago chanting “Disco Sucks.” The night was orchestrated by then 24-year-old DJ Steve Dahl, and became known forever after as the Disco Demolition.

What began as an effort to sell seats at a White Sox/Detroit Tigers double-header turned into a mass anti-disco movement that would later be credited as the official “day that disco died.” Fans were encouraged to show up with an admission of $0.98 and a disco record that would be blown up at center field between the games; chaos ensued when an estimated 90,000 baseball fans and listeners crammed the ballpark, the surrounding neighborhood streets and the Dan Ryan expressway, creating traffic jams for miles.
Click here and you'll know--the REST of the story! (Actually, I kind of like disco, especially since I learned to dance the hustle a few years ago.)