Re: How the Bee Gees went from No. 1 to national pariahs
Posted by Bruce NZ on 9/24/2017, 6:23 pm, in reply to "Re: How the Bee Gees went from No. 1 to national pariahs"
I am guilty of being a very fickly fan of the Bee Gees. I loved their early work including Spicks and Specks, Massachusetts and NY Mining Disaster 1941. But disco didn't appeal to me at all as I had moved into heavy rock and long (very long) guitar lead breaks. |
Later I saw them more as a cabaret act, but very polished. I did however think Maurice chose well with Lulu as a wife.
Barry Gibb still seems to perform fairly regularly in New Zealand at outdoor concerts at major vineyards. He comes across as an extremely nice man. But musically, I have moved on.
: Excellent article. By the time I was 10 (in
: 1970), I had become concerned at the way
: that some of my favourite artists had very
: suddenly disappeared from the music scene,
: at least to the extent that I was aware of
: it. I even cared about the way this had
: happened for artists that weren't favourites
: of mine.
: As for the Bee Gees, I especially remember
: how they went from being huge on Toronto
: radio, to being basically non-existent. I
: bought their single Living Eyes and thought
: that they did a great job of moving on from
: disco, but if it wasn't for CKOC Hamilton
: (which always had a broader playlist) I
: wouldn't have even heard it. They finally
: recovered to some extent in the late 1980s,
: but it was very unfortunate that there was
: such a backlash against them, especially
: considering that (as Mark said) the same
: type of sound ended up being called dance
: music and that made it ok again. ABC's The
: Look Of Love particularly comes to mind in
: that regard.
: --Previous Message--
: n June 1979, the Bee Gees were on top of the
: world. Months before, their “Saturday Night
: Fever” soundtrack, featuring songs written
: and/or performed by the Australian trio, had
: won a Grammy for album of the year. The year
: before, it spent 24 weeks at No. 1 on the
: Billboard charts. And now the band was
: playing 60,000-seat arenas across America.
: Disco was king, and the Bee Gees — brothers
: Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, clad in white
: suits and flashing gold chains — were its