But what I’m dancing to tonight, when I’m not swirling in the air on my besom, is this great generic mutation of Mussorgsky–very apt for the hedonism of the 1970s New York club scene.
1970s hedonism..is this the antithesis of gothic? I was busy listening to prog rock and so relieved when punk happenned and then the Smiths – the miserabalists and geeks finally won out!
Disco is very life-affirming! It saved me from prog! I can’t think of any Gothivky disco off hand, though it’s a big influence on much post-punk New Wave–some Bowie, Depeche Mode, perhaps?
Disco really scares me. I prefer the English whimsy of 70s prog rock – its almost folk gothic (‘Nursery Cryme’ and ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’). Different drugs, different sensibilities I guess.
This music is all a little before me. However, I find Donna Summer’s songs very hypnotic and almost witchy. They are like spells that entrance the body and the soul.
Disco is timeless, Kaja; it is the food of love and life.
Donna Summer, with Giorgio Moroder, is fabulous and, as you say, hypnotic. But Nile Rodgers, too!!
Piper at the Gates of Dawn? The first, brilliant Pink Floyd album, which is full of English whimsy and some scary stuff, too, courtesy of Syd Barrett. The name comes from the Pan scene in Wind of the Willows; there is a song called ‘The Gnome’; SF songs like ‘Astronomy Domine’; and one named after a cat, ‘Lucifer Sam’. It’s full of folkloric, mythical, and fantastic references. But I’d call it psychedelic rather than prog.
Yes, psychadelic folk gothic I would say. I am sure the Cambridge folk scene must be involvecd along the way….aww Syd …’shine on you crazy diamond’ ….
Nursery Cryme also brought us ‘The Return of the Giant Hogweed’ so monstrous plants and botanical references for me!
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