The movies Saturday Night Fever and its sequel Staying Alive are so indelibly intertwined with the music of the Bee Gees that we can’t imagine them any other way. But the guys at Auralnauts like to subvert expectations, so they edited John Travolta’s big strut scene at the end of the movie, removing the trio’s trademark disco sound.
Cake already proved that the Gloria Gaynor track I Will Survive could do quite well with the addition of a trumpet. NYC bands Too Many Zooz, Lucky Chops, and the High & Mighty Brass Band teamed up to perform the disco classic primarily on brass instruments, and it sounds pretty stellar.
Sparkling above the Sunset Strip’s hottest dance floor is a disco ball art installation by the Ian Schrager Company for the underground club Sunset at Edition, at the West Hollywood Edition hotel. The collection of more than 400 varying-sized mirrored balls was made by America’s last disco ball maker, Yolanda Baker.
Disco and heavy metal. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate. At least that’s how we feel after listening to Bill McClintock’s unlikely mashup, which combines Donna Summer’s 1979 hit Bad Girls with Glenn Danzig’s Mother. Toot toot, hey, tell your children not to walk my way.
The 1977 Bee Gees track Stayin’ Alive is one of the most famous songs of the disco era. Musician Charles Berthoud remembers the song a little differently than we do, with way more flourishes for the bass guitar part – and a funky prog-rock synth solo sandwiched in the middle.
Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin’s 2021 Hanukkah Sessions continue to entertain us throughout the holiday. On the third night, they performed a faithful cover version of Barry Manilow’s 1978 hit Copacabana complete with a disco ball, shimmer curtains, and a cheesy lens flare filter. (Thanks, Harriet!)
For those too young to remember, Leo Sayer was a maestro of disco-pop music in the 1970s. To make things interesting, mashup artist Bill McClintock melded the pop sounds of You Make Me Feel Like Dancing with Metallica’s Sad But True for a combination as delicious as chocolate and peanut butter.
Yes, Foo Fighters have made a Bee Gees cover album. The special-edition LP titled HAIL SATIN was made for Record Store Day 2021 and features the “Dee Gees” performing five disco tracks on one side, and five live songs from Medicine at Midnight on the other. Enjoy their excellent cover version of You Should Be Dancing.
(PG-13: Language) When the feeling’s gone and you can’t go on, it’s tragedy. Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli presents an angry version of the Bee Gees’ 1979 disco hit Tragedy, a song which seems to be exceptionally relevant during these frustrating days when we can’t always be with our loved ones.
Musician Luca Stricagnoli takes on yet another genre and proves that it can sound great on an acoustic guitar. His fingerstyle cover version of The Bee Gees disco hit Stayin’ Alive will have you busting out your white polyester suits and busting out your best dance moves.
We love it when a musician manages to replicate the sound of a classic TV theme. One we haven’t heard in ages is the theme from CHiPs. KOSmusic knocked it out of the park with his cover of the season 2 version of the theme, which captures the disco spirit of the 1977 primetime cop drama. His Knight Rider is equally impressive.
(PG-13: Language) If Trent Reznor was making music during the 1970s, it might have sounded something like this industrial-disco smashup by editor William Maranci, who once again proves that there are no two genres that can’t be combined as Lipps, Inc’s Funkytown and Nine Inch Nails Closer become one.
If Van Halen made disco music, it might have sounded something like this crazy mashup by DJ Cummerbund that blends together the hair band’s rock hit Jump with Gloria Gaynor’s dance floor anthem I Will Survive. It’s hard to believe these songs were released just 5 years apart.
Daft Punk are true maestros, but so much of what they’ve achieved wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the funk, soul, and disco songs which provided sampling material for so many of their tunes. Tuneid compares some original tracks with Daft Punk’s remixes.
It’s been a while since we checked in with dancer Marquese Scott, and it’s good to know that he’s still got all the moves. In this clip for Ed “Gusto” Greene & Scott Trent’s modern disco track, his crisp and clean choreography is further accentuated with the addition of colorful moving lines. Download the track here.
Pomplamoose continues to infect our ears with joy with yet another awesome performance, mashing up Jamiroquai’s Virtual Insanity and The Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive. If you don’t want to get up and dance to this right now, we don’t know what’s wrong with you.
Paweł Zadrożniak’s retro-mechanical orchestra The Floppotron is back with another great cover. Listen up as it performs a Bee Gees’ disco classic. If you prefer something a bit more modern, he also dropped a cover of Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger this week.