After disco died, club DJs were still playing dance music. By 1980, there were DJs playing funk, dance-oriented R&B, early b-boy/electro and a new sound called “Hi-NRG” which was simply an extension of pure disco.
DJs around the country played many of these including here in Chicago. While many of the songs were considered ‘gay club’ exclusive, that’s quite a fallacy. Many suburban clubs where ‘disco’ dancing (couples) was still performed had to play this for them to ‘swing’ to disco style.
Many of the songs would cross over into city clubs and hot mixes on radio stations across the world including Chicago’s legendary WBMX.
We’ve curated a great history of that sound here for you to enjoy anytime.