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The Joy of Disco

Documentary about how disco music soundtracked gay liberation, foregrounded female desire in the age of feminism and led to the birth of modern club culture as we know it today.

Documentary about how a much-derided music actually changed the world. Between 1969 and 1979 disco soundtracked gay liberation, foregrounded female desire in the age of feminism and led to the birth of modern club culture as we know it today, before taking the world by storm. With contributions from Nile Rodgers, Robin Gibb, Kathy Sledge and Ian Schrager.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 12 Feb 2017 00:50

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

    The Love I Lost

  • Sister Sledge

    Lost in Music

  • Jan & Dean

    Surf City

  • John Barry

    Theme from Midnight Cowboy

  • Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

    Nowhere to Run

  • The Temptations

    Ball of Confusion

  • Love Unlimited Orchestra

    Love's Theme

  • The Temptations

    Law of the Land

  • Bernard Herrmann

    Taxi Driver - Main Title

  • Eddie Kendricks

    Girl You Need A Change of Mind

  • MFSB

    Love Is the Message

  • Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

    Don't Leave Me This Way

  • MFSB

    TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) (feat. The Three Degrees)

  • Al Wilson

    The Snake

  • Gloria Jones

    Tainted Love

  • Vicki Sue Robinson

    Turn the Beat Around

  • George McCrae

    Rock You Baby

  • Donna Summer

    Love to Love You Baby

  • Labelle

    Lady Marmalade

  • The Andrea True Connection

    More More More

  • Gloria Gaynor

    Never Can Say Goodbye

  • Chic

    Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)

  • Cerrone

    Love in C Minor

  • Giorgio Moroder

    The Chase

  • Donna Summer

    I Feel Love

  • Bee Gees

    Jive Talking

  • Bee Gees

    Stayin' Alive

  • Sylvester

    You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

  • Village People

    YMCA

  • Boney M.

    Rasputin

  • Chic

    Le Freak

  • 00:02

    Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band

    A Fifth Of Beethoven

  • 00:26

    Vicki Sue Robinson

    Turn The Beat Around

  • 00:34

    The Andrea True Connection

    More, More, More

  • 00:42

    Donna Summer

    I Feel Love

  • 00:59

    Chic

    Le Freak

Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Producer Ben Whalley
Director Ben Whalley

Broadcasts

The Joy of Disco BBC Music Playlist

The Joy of Disco BBC Music Playlist

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