Disco is so distinct, it should have an origin right? There isn't a truly first "disco" song. The distinction between early-mid 70s soul, funk and "disco" is difficult to discern. But I'd say the closest thing would be The Love I Lost, because of the drums and tempo. Others had used a 4 on the floor beat before but not as the backbone of the entire track the way Gamble and Huff did on that song. The baseline, strings and wah-wah guitars set a precedent that was readily imitated by other acts for the remainder of the decade.

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In "Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco" by Peter Shapiro, the first two disco songs, in his opinion, came out in 1973:

The Temptations "Law Of The Land" Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes "The Love I Lost"

Of course, there was dance music before that but he was referring to the coalescence of disco as a musical style/genre.

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Plenty of quality rums and gins <$20/bottle

If you have a hispanic grocery store near you, can typically get lemons and limes for cheap [4/$1 at most, in Chicago I found limes 10/$1]

Sweet Vermouth is used in a lot, <$10

Basic Triple Sec <$10

Simple syrup is really cheap, assuming you already have sugar and water at home

Tonic water/Ginger Ale [get something better than Vernons and the like]

If you [or a friend/family members] has Herbs you can get those and throw into your drink. Mint is most common, I love thyme or Rosemary in Gin

We all start somewhere, I've still got Apple and Watermelon Puckers, less than great "Razz Cordial" and a few other silly things from my earlier days.

You can make good (well, decent anyway) Daiquiris and a personal favorite The Contractor for super cheap.

Get sugar at Aldi for like $2, make simple syrup. Get some Cruzan rum on sale for like $8-$12. Go for the handle to stretch the dollarz. Get some limes at your local mexican/hispanic grocery for like $0.10 each

Also, you can make kahlua-like coffee liqueur for cheap:

  1. Grain alcohol
  2. A bunch of brown and white sugar (and a little molasses)
  3. Some cheap coffee (Aldi whole bean is adequate, go 2/3 cold brew, 1/3 japanese ice brew)
  4. Some vanilla extract.

Throw some cheap vodka and half-and-half in there (I say sobieski, but whatever you do don't spend more than $15) and you've got a Caucasian.


Homophobia and racism played a part in the backlash against disco and its eventual mainstream downfall.

Disco was gay, it was black, it was electronic, it was hedonistic, it was coke and ecstasy fuelled, it was producer and DJ led. It represented 'the other'. It was equally as anti-rock establishment as punk in many ways.

This didn't sit well with people.

Despite this, I believe the main reason reason that the backlash was as strong as it was, was simply due to over saturation.

In the late 70s, bars, pizza parlours clubs and pubs across the country were being transformed into discos. It was every where at the time; there was disco christmas, disco star wars, disco duck and all other sorts of ridiculousness. Plus all the big stars of the 60s and 70s were doing disco tracks too: Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton and Paul McCartney just to name a few.

It was invasive.

People were just sick of it, and it had reached a point beyond gimmicky.

The exact same thing happened to commercial dubstep. It got lame real fast. This made it an easy target for the rock-establishment, just like Justin Bieber is today for example.

But, disco had hit on a winning forumula and despite the backlash, it never really went away (especially in Europe].

And here's why...

Disco never really went away – it’s just that it’s always meant different things to different people in different places at different times, and has slipped in and out of favour depending on which aspect is highlighted.

Having lost its cool following the post ‘Saturday Night Fever’ feeding frenzy of the late 70’s, a bandwagon which, unfortunately, has provided the mainstream symbolism ever since, it was always on the back foot. For many years its cheesier connotations were emphasised whilst its sheer creativity and versatility was circumvented. The ‘Disco’ the media portrayed and, to a large extent, still portray, isn’t the Disco that survived.


I had one of these in a bar in Copenhagen while I was going through Europe during my college years, they are called Mezcal, and I asked the bartender for the recipe.

  1. 1.5oz Mezcal
  2. 0.75oz Fresh Lime Juice
  3. 0.75oz Small Hand Foods Pineapple Gum

Stir on ice, strain into cocktail Coupe.

Otherwise, look up the Oaxacan Old Fashioned and the Division Bell.


We've gone to Burning Man several times. Usually we will take the truck out there, we've been there about ten times.

When you go to Burning Man there are some things to consider.

  • Accept that you'll never, truly ever get all the dust out. Consider it a reminder of your awesome time at the event.
  • Knock the air filter to remove dust. Presumably you're not driving around a lot, so this is not a biggie if you don't.
  • Soon after you arrive home, wash your vehicle. You don't have to go crazy on this, but the playa will start rusting away at exposed metal. Don't neglect the undercarriage.
  • DON'T USE A CAR COVER AT THE EVENT. Want to keep that paint shiny on your car? Don't add a car cover as dust will get under the cover and scratch up the finish.
  • You may want to check your battery a few weeks after the event. Remember in science class about acids and bases? You may have a mini experiment happening to the battery terminals with the playa inducing a fuzzy, bluish growth. Scrub that out with a bit of vinegar (note: you're playing with acids and bases here, so wear gloves and some eye protection).

The playa is not going to kill your vehicle. All it needs is a good wash once you return.

Right before you hit playa, put the air on re-circulate and for god's sake keep the windows closed. Try to take everything out of your car all at once (preferably not during a dust storm) and open your doors as few times as possible during the week.

We wrap our seats in sheets before we even leave home, and I keep silver reflective windshield shades in both the front and back of my car all week.

When you get home, make sure to wash underneath your car. If you don't have the tools, pay extra for the fancy car wash that includes undercarriage.

Bring spares (keys and tires) and get triple a gold if you can. Blew up a car several years ago, paid 60 in cash to get towed to Bruno's, and with triple a gold you get a free 100 mile tow, which is pretty much Gerlach to Reno.

Note that even with intense vacuuming you will never actually get the playa out even if the seats were covered. Think of it as a souvenir.


When I was a kid I never understood why their jeans back then were pretty from fitting for the most part, while their slacks and dress pants looked like they were designed by Steve Harvey.

Yet, it makes some sense.

Perhaps because slacks/dress pants were dress-up clothes, the style of which was dictated from on high as to what was appropriate. Whereas, their jeans and 'street' clothes are in opposition to that as a sort of rebellion.

I mean, this was a time where wearing just a t-shirt in public could be looked at as rude (since it was underwear then). Jeans, too, would be strictly thought of as blue-collar workwear and not something to wear "out".

All a part of low-level youthful rebellion.

Fashion doesn't magically switch with the decades. Something might become real big in 1968 or 69 (to stick with the above time frame) and would be worn in varying degrees over the next 5-10 years. Which decade did it really belong to then?

In all honesty I like the look the style.

And I would honestly see myself dressing like that, though I wouldn't want to sit in a bath full of cold water o get them to shrink.

LVC is Levi's in house reproduction line, but I think some of the Japanese repro brands do a better job.

Several of them were actually sued by Levi's for trademark infringement for things like the red tab, arctuates (back pocket stitching) and patch of two horses pulling apart a pair of jeans.

For other versions of the old Levi's (usually the 1947s like you have) look at the "Osaka Five" of Studio D'artisan, Denime, Warehouse, Fullcount, and Evisu (who have since started doing gaudy jeans that put Diesel and True Religion to shame) as well as Sugar Cane, Real McCoys, 3sixteen's CS line, etc.