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How many times have you heard someone say that? How times have you wanted to slap that person? “I like all music, except country and rap” is the verbal equivalent of posting a picture that starts with the words “Keep Calm…”. Rap and country music are the two hottest genres of music right now. In the past week, I’ve attended a country concert and a rap concert.










And they’re two of the best shows I’ve seen.

Here’s why: now country and rap aren’t my favourite genres (I’m more of an R&B/Soul kind of guy*) but if there’s a major country or rap star playing a show in your area, go! They are one of the best places for people watching. The amount of amazing stuff that happens at these shows is unbelievable.

A country show is the only place where you will see an intoxicated grown man run across a stage dressed like a cowboy (outside of halloween) and then get hauled off like a flailing wild animal. I hate to say it but country shows are way better than rock shows. When you go to a rock show these days, all you get is an aging musician lecturing you about the dangers of fracking and an old guy telling you to sit down.

At the Drake concert I saw one of the grossest things ever. Now it’s common knowledge that men tend to not wash their hands after going to the washroom. The young bro-like gentleman standing at the sink next to me in the washroom of the Canadian Tire Centre did in fact wash his hands, but things went horribly wrong during the drying process. The paper towel dispenser was out of paper towels. Most guys would dry their hands off with a “jazz hands” technique but this guy was too much of a man for broadway theatrics. He reached into the garbage pulled out a used paper towel, dried his  hands off and put the paper towel back in the garbage. Drying your hands on the inside of your underpants would have been a more sanitary option. At least the germs are yours.

Now that’s something you will never see at a rock concert.


*Miguel opened up for Drake and that dude has some Marvin Gaye level panty peeler slow jams. Look him up, he’s going to be big.


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“Disco Sucks!” a common phrase from the late ’70s, used by everyone from Dr. Johnny Fever from WKRP in Cincinnati to Geddy Lee of Rush. “Disco Sucks” hit its peak in 1979 with the infamous Disco Demolition Night, because blowing up records with drunk rock fans is always a good idea.


Once the 80s hit, rock carried on and disco pretty much fizzled out. Rock music has always been the same since the Beatles, 4 or 5 guys, guitars, bass and some drums. Disco was a little more complicated. You’ve got your guitar, bass, drums plus some violins, keyboards and even some backup singers. Disco was basically the dance music of the 70s and has slowly evolved over the years. With the introduction of computers into music, disco lost it’s “human touch” with loops and overdubs. When you add loops and overdubs to disco music it becomes house and EDM. (That’s electronic dance music for those of you over 35) More about this in a bit.

One of the few success stories from the disco era was a man named Nile Rodgers. First known as the guitarist from the band Chic, who had hits such as “Le Freak” and “Good Times”. “Good Times” was a huge hit on it’s own but it was also sampled by the Sugar Hill Gang on their song “Rapper’s Delight” which is commonly known as the first mainstream rap song to chart. After putting up cornerstones in rap and disco, Rodgers then went on to produce albums for David Bowie, Madonna, INXS and more recently Daft Punk.


Nile Rodgers: Hundreds of hits, one guitar riff.






Don’t believe me? Here’s a comparison.

Chic – “I Want Your Love” (1978)

Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” (2013)

Same guitarist, pretty much the same riff, 35 years apart.

So that brings us to the present, May 21 2013. Daft Punk’s fourth studio album Random Access Memories came out and there’s a lot of hype around it, including the numerous collaborators. (Including Rodgers)  The reviews are mixed but they all say the same thing: “It’s an EDM album but it’s recorded with real instruments”. If that’s the case, they’re taking a step back in time. To a time where dance music was made before computers. So if you put the instruments back into dance music…


That would make the  new Daft Punk album a disco album. But here’s the thing, is disco really that bad?

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