Monday, May 21, 2012

Discobit: Robin Gibb

It's been expected for a while, but it doesn't make it any less sad: Robin Gibb has died from his cancer.

Although they allowed themselves to slide towards easy parody, you can't ignore that the Bee Gees were as pivotal to music in the late 70s as The Sex Pistols were. Neither created their genre; neither moved it along creatively, but just as the Pistols created a High Street version of punk that made a saleable product, the Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever soundtrack took the potentially incendiary sound of disco and made it fit into a Woolworths rack. For that, if nothing else, they were a pivotal band.

And this, inarguably, is a great record:

Robin Gibb was 62.

1 comment:

Robin Carmody said...

Robin had actually done most of his best work - with his brothers and solo - by the time he was 21. If they'd split up for good in 1969 the early Bee Gees really would be properly recognised.

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