We are approaching the 30th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a zany promotion that was intended to hasten the demise of a fading musical genre but instead nearly destroyed Comiskey Park in Chicago.
What could be more scary in a Major League ballpark than LP records being flung like Frisbees by an unruly mob? Disco records being flung like Frisbees. Nobody wants to be offed by a Village People trajectile.
What Disco Demolition Night couldn't kill was the spirit and perseverance of Minneapolis songwriter/producer Steven Greenberg, who spent years honing his musical skills and self-promoting music that would lead to a No. 1 song the following summer. On this date in 1980, 10 months after the mayhem at Comiskey, "Funkytown'' put disco back on top of the charts for a spirited four-week run.
The Billboard Top 5:
1. Funkytown, Lipps Inc.
2. Call Me, Blondie
3. Coming Up, Paul McCartney
4. Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer, Kenny Rogers
5. Sexy Eyes, Dr. Hook
With "Funkytown'' disco received another jolt that forestalled its death, and the White Sox -- with no disco promotion to spike attendance -- averaged only 14,819 fans a game and finished with a 70-90 record in genius Tony LaRussa's first full season as skipper.