There is something about disco that refuses to die. It rose to prominence in the 1970’s subsequently falling out of favour in a quite spectacular way. But it never really goes away and disco was certainly back with a vengeance on Saturday night at the New West End Club.
If you read the article on disco in Wikipedia you will find the following sentence “According to music writer Piero Scaruffi the disco phenomenon spread quickly because the "collective ecstasy" of disco was cathartic and regenerative and led to freedom of expression.” Avatars in the club seemed to be enjoying this “collective ecstasy”, expressing themselves by dancing to disco classics by Evelyn “Champagne” King, Barry White, Gloria Gaynor, and of course the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer. (I don’t recall hearing “Disco Duck”. )
Avatars grabbed the opportunity to don huge afros, palazzo pants, platform shoes and glitter. The club decor was equally dazzling, with magenta walls, multi-coloured floor and ceiling and mirror balls.
Theme nights are very popular and no doubt the star of theme nights will always be disco. Nothing succeeds like excess, and that’s what disco is all about.
(You can also see a great film of this night made my Roberto Highfield, click New West End)