Can’t Get Enough of Disco? After Parties Can Help

What to wear on the dance floor: how to choose your music, how to dance and how to drink.

The 70s were a decade of two things: disco and after parties. If you want to know how to dress for both, read on.

A lot of people who grew up in the 1970s are still wearing costumes from that time. But some people, who are a little older, are still trying to get more 70s.

After the 1970s ended disco was supposed to be dead but it wasn’t. At first, after great parties were held at discos all over the world, everyone went home, then gradually the scene became more and more of a formality. Nowadays you can go out with someone who dresses like you think a 70s person should dress, or with someone who dresses like they want to dress.

There’s nothing wrong with either approach. Both are an attempt to recreate what it was like to be young again in the late 70s.

In the 70s, you could get a ton of fun out of a couple of things. You could get high on drugs. You could take off your clothes and dance to disco. Or you could go to a party where everyone was dressed like they were in the 70s.

You could have all three, or any combination.

The seventies were a bad decade. It was the most economically bankrupt decade since the twenties, with high inflation and unemployment, and it was punctuated by assassinations and wars. But if you want to escape, you can stay in the seventies: there is still plenty of style and music; people are still interested in fashion and beauty; there are endless all-night dance parties.

Disco, for example, had its good moments but mostly ended up as kitsch, a kind of bad imitation of the real thing. The best contemporary disco is not a valueless throwback but an artistic response to disco’s fall from grace. (If you wanted to see a magnificent live performance of disco, look up “Disco Coda” by Kraftwerk.)

In the 70s, one of the great events was a new kind of music. No one had ever heard anything like it; a lot of people thought it was going to be the end. The event seemed to come out of nowhere, and no one knew why or how it happened. The music might have been something anyone could have written – if only anyone had tried. At any rate, it was easy to make and cheap enough to produce. And because so much other good stuff was around, people wanted it.

In fact, they wanted too much: the supply didn’t meet the demand; record companies couldn’t keep up with manufacturing. There were always new ways that records could have been made: more expensive, at least initially; better quality, at least with respect to their mechanical parts – but these things weren’t allowed to happen. Instead record companies tried to get people to buy more than they wanted.

One way this happened was a trend called “overdubbing.” (Technically overdubbing is when you use several different tracks for each instrument in a recording; especially in pop music, it usually means using several different singers.) It’s not possible to do over dubbing now: on a computer you can’t even hear the difference between two tracks

If you dress for the job you want, not for the job you have, you are more likely to get hired. If your goal is to get the job of your dreams, you probably won’t be able to find it in this economy. But if you can take a step back and find a way to make your dream job feel more like a dream than a nightmare, you will enjoy yourself more than if you just tried to keep your head down and do the best job possible at work. The same applies to hobbies-if what makes them fun is seeing your friends or getting together with old people and making new friends, that’s going to be better than keeping them all secret.

You can’t expect companies to give you all the creativity and flexibility and freedom that an artist would have, but at least they can give you some space.

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