Two weeks ago I suggested that if records like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Music’, ‘Silver Star’ and ‘Fernando’ were being requested but not danced to, they did not deserve to be included in a disco chart.
DJ response was varied though fairly united as to the non-danceability of the records mentioned. Only Steve Lloyd (SL Discos, Llanelli) found that his 16 to 19 year old audiences danced to the whole of the Queen and ABBA sides.
Stuart (Raquels, Wakefield) said “no, no, no” they don’t dance, and observed that the records mentioned were requested mainly by fellas who had no dress sense and were generally untidy – not the sort of guys that a girl would look at, let along dance with! When ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was current he in fact refused to play it because he knew it would upset the people who were dancing.
“Dirty Harry” Park (Corner House, Heaton), Frank Wavish (De-Luxe Disco, Plympton) and Les Aron (Seagull Club, Selsey) play the popular non-dancers at the start (and sometimes at the end) of the evening, and having got them out of the way then get on with the real disco records. But they don’t chart the non-dancers.
Ian Walton (Caesars Lodge, Nailsworth, Stroud) recommended making a diplomatic excuse about not playing the non-dance record requested (“Sorry, I broke it!”), and then playing something else by the same artist that is danceable. Another way in his eyes is not to buy the dreaded record in the first place! He finds that ‘Music’ is a good closing record if faded up from a slowie into the “classical” break and voiced-over before the final climax.
Predictably, the dancers’ angle was represented exclusively by some female fans of Freddy Mercury and Queen. Elizabeth Fletcher (Egham) thinks ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is bliss and the ideal accompaniment for a lovely intimate smooch with a dishy male. Kathleen Easton (Catford) finds it the most perfect accompaniment for free expression. In fact, her idea of free expression is to rehearse for days to the music and then dance in a trance before three hundred college students, none of whom could dance to it at all. That makes it a disco record?!
Yvonne Castle (Charlton) doesn’t request Queen because her local DJ won’t play it, but he does play the flip which she can dance to. In any case she finds that she can dance to all these records just by “doing her own thing” regardless of tempo changes, which is as good an answer as any. Continue reading “May 15, 1976: “That makes it a disco record?!””