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Originating Location: USA
Originating Era: Early 1970s
A genre of music that grew out of 1960s and 1970s Funk and Soul. disco was a popular form of dance music, known especially for its thudding 4/4 beat, and typically lush arrangements. Many lyrics were about sex, dancing or just having a good time, though there were a few socially conscious disco songs. The genre was very much a singles format, and was one of the genres to take full advantage of the 12" single, usually putting extended mixes of songs for dancing on either the B-side or even the A-side. There was a huge backlash against Disco -- some people see it as a form of culturally-acceptable racism and homophobia, as disco was an important part of both Black and Gay subcultures, but other people think it was just a case of over-exposure. Disco as "disco" went away in the end of the 1970s/early 1980s, although it never went away, reforming as Dance, Electronica and mainstream Pop. Some acts even openly embrace the "disco" label, and "disco" has stopped being as much of a "dirty word" as it was in the 1970s and 1980s.
In the 24th century Beverly Crusher enjoyed disco dancing as a more freestyle alternative to tap or jazz, she indulged in the dance style in the Bridge Club, the setting of the holodeck program Crusher 54. Disco music played in the Bridge Club included the song "I Will Survive". (TNG comic: Captain's Pleasure)
Star Wars and other Galactic Funk - also referred to as the "infamous disco version" of A New Hope was an album produced in 1977 by Meco who would later also produce the equally famous Christmas in the Stars.
Apart from the fifteen minute long medley, the album contained a disco-funk tune called Other Galactic Funk, which was composed by Harold Wheeler and Solomon Smith and two shortened remixes of the medley.
The music primarily falls within the funk and disco genres, teeming especially with disco music clichés. However, the Cantina Band sequence is more jazzy and there is a sequence of hamony twin guitars, which is typically associated with hard rock and classical heavy metal.
It was re-issued in CD form in 1999.