Discotheque-goers often wore expensive, extravagant and sexy fashions.
There was also a thriving drug subculture in the disco scene, particularly for drugs that would enhance the experience of dancing to the loud music and the flashing lights, such as cocaine and Quaaludes, a drug that was so common in disco subculture that it was nicknamed "disco biscuits".
While performers and singers garnered much public attention, record producers working behind the scenes played an important role in developing the "disco sound".
Many non-disco artists recorded disco songs at the height of disco's popularity, and films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Thank God It's Friday (1978) contributed to disco's rise in mainstream popularity.
Disco Demolition Night, an anti-disco protest held in Chicago on July 12, 1979, remains the most well-known of several "backlash" incidents across the country that symbolized disco's declining fortune. Studio 54, a venue popular among celebrities, is a well-known example of a disco club.
Popular dances included the Hustle, a sexually suggestive dance.
Disco was the last mass popular music movement that was driven by the baby boom generation.
Disco was a worldwide phenomenon, but its popularity drastically declined in the United States in 1980, and by 1982 it had lost most of its mainstream popularity in the states. cities had thriving disco club scenes, where DJs would mix a seamless sequence of dance records.
Mobile Discos referred to Disc Jockeys for hire that brought their own equipment to office parties, weddings and the like. Simon Reynolds has described Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll Part 2 as the first hybrid disco-rock song. stood for "Mother Father Sister Brother"; to the tough areas where they came from it was understood to stand for "Mother Fuckin' Son of a Bitch", a reference to their playing skill and musical prowess.
By 1964, discotheque and the shorthand disco were used to describe a type of sleeveless dress worn when going out to nightclubs.
In September 1964, Playboy magazine used the word disco as a shorthand for a discothèque-styled nightclub.
Disco has had several revivals, including in 2005 with Madonna's highly successful album Confessions on a Dance Floor, and again in 20, as disco-styled songs by artists like Daft Punk (with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers), Justin Timberlake, Breakbot, and Bruno Mars—notably Mars' "Uptown Funk"—filled the pop charts in the UK and the US.
The term disco is derived from discothèque (French for "library of phonograph records", but it was subsequently used as a term for nightclubs in Paris).