|Artwork by Chris Strouth|
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories
of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and
Disco has gotten a bad rap, in spite of the fact that a lot of commercial rap is based on disco. People love to tell you disco sucks and they only listen to techno, or funk, or any of the other cousins of disco. The reality is that not only does disco not suck, but it has been the third tine of the trident of popular music, next to alt-rock and hip-hop. It's the throbbing 4/4 behind every dance hit, and the base of every boy band. We just call it pop so that no one imagines white polyester suits and black satin shirts. Folks like LCD Soundsystem and Har Mar Superstar might take a tongue-in-cheek approach, but whenever you hear a four on the floor beat -- as opposed to the 4onthefloor -- it's disco coming out to say hi.
It's pretty rare in this millennium for the release of any record to be a particularly big deal. We saw a little wave of it earlier this winter when David Bowie released his first record in a decade. That may have lit up the fan boys, but the announcement of a new Daft Punk record seems to have lit up the world. Everywhere you go, people are talking about it, in a way that almost makes it feel like the '90s, when people would line up outside a store to buy a record at midnight the way they do now for Gears of War sequels.More »