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Deader Than Disco is a problem trope for many reasons. It leads to edit warring and confusion over what qualifies. In this thread we'll look for bad examples, and look for feedback. Here are the guidelines for this trope:

  1. The franchise has to be truly popular and loved at first. Things that are So Bad, It's Horrible don't count.
  2. Simply losing popularity isn't enough. We need to see an actual backlash, with liking it being considered bizarre.Otherwise, every not-so-famous film or concluded television series would be here.

Let's go!

Spinosegnosaurus77 Troy & Abed in the morning! from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
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Jun 28th 2016 at 1:56:24 PM

[up] Found it.

edited 28th Jun '16 1:58:16 PM by Spinosegnosaurus77

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Jun 28th 2016 at 1:58:21 PM

EDIT: Wait, It's fixed. Don't worry!

edited 28th Jun '16 1:59:10 PM by harryhenry

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Jun 28th 2016 at 2:54:01 PM

Alright, let's give the comics page a look...

  • The Comics Code Authority: Keep, remembered only as a cautionary tale about censorship.
  • Silver Age Superboy: Keep, best known for its narm nowadays.
  • Dreamwave Transformers: Keep; imploded under the weight of its own shady business practices.
  • WildStorm: Definitely sounds promising but I don't know much about it. Any takers?
  • Ultimate Marvel: Keep, and a very good encapsulation of the trope; popular once, then quickly went belly up and now has people wondering why they ever liked it to begin with.
  • Chuck Austen: KEEP. I'm not sure much more needs to be said, but suffice to say he's often considered the worst superhero genre writer, period.
  • Identity Crisis: Keep, another good encapsulation; sold like hotcakes, now remembered mainly for the bad-taste shock value plot twists and people suggesting it made the DCU Jump the Shark for a while.
  • Crisis Crossovers: Eh, too general for me. Leaning cut.
  • Sonic stuff: No idea; any help?
  • Romance comics: Leaning keep, but are any positively looked back on?
  • Rob Liefeld: Definite keep; often said to have played a major role in ruining a whole decade of comics.
  • Image superheroes: No idea, but note the entry mentions MacFarlane, who was cut.
  • Tintin in the Congo: Keep; only ever talked about for the Values Dissonance now.

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Spinosegnosaurus77 Troy & Abed in the morning! from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
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Jun 28th 2016 at 4:13:55 PM

For what it's worth, LaptopGuy's post about the hip-hop page missed two examples: DMX & Far East Movement. I'd cut the former (more forgotten than hated) and keep the latter (punchline), but I'd appreciate feedback.

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Jun 28th 2016 at 5:07:31 PM

I'd agree with cutting DMX; there was definitely a backlash against him for a while, but not a strong or universal enough one for DtD status IMO. I know some folks who still like him just fine, and his music still shows up in the occasional licensed soundtrack (in my local theater's showing of Deadpool, "X Gonna Give It to Ya" was met with cheers).

I'm not sure about Ultimate Marvel; most agree that it jumped the proverbial shark after a certain point, but AFAIK the early stuff, especially Ultimate Spider-Man, is still reasonably well-regarded. I'll leave it to more dedicated comics fans than myself to make the final call, but if my personal experience is any indication, it's fallen off but not quite DtD material.

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Jun 28th 2016 at 5:19:22 PM

[up] It's been my experience that when it comes to Ultimate, Spidey's the exception, not the rule. Even the earlier stuff, especially the Mark Millar-written parts, is viewed much more negatively these days than it was before.

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Jun 28th 2016 at 9:57:12 PM

Responding to @Largo Quagmire:

Nashville sound - Cut. The Nashville sound may not be made very much by modern artists, but I doubt you'd find people mocking Dolly Parton or Loretta Lynn for singing that style. Bakersfield sound - Cut. Similarly to Nashville sound, Bakersfield is not made much today, but Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are legends, and the Bakersfield sound is practically a mythic country era. "Outlaw" sound - Cut. See Nashville and Bakersfield sound. Class of 89 - I really like how this paragraph outlines a shift in country music, and how it leads into two subjects via the introduction. Only thing is, the entry itself states that the Class of 89 doesn't count. Thoughts will be needed. Hat Acts - keep. Branson - keep. This whole Class of 89 and fall out entry is fantastic, best writing I've seen so far in these subpages. Bro country - I'm actually leaning cut. There's no doubt there's been a backlash to bro country. There's also no doubt that ladies are finally filtering back into country and trying to strangle the bro country trend where it stands. HOWEVER, bro country is still HUGE. People don't advertise Luke Bryan with his ballads; they play that Shake It For Me song. It hasn't been long enough to determine if the backlash to bro country is lasting.

I cut the other sounds above. The Bro-country entry can probably be reworked to show how it seems more that bro-country has killed traditional styled country, which is certainly on its last legs.

Country Subpage - Male Artists Tab Rod Atkins - cut. He just flamed out. Billy Ray Cyrus - this needs a HEAVY trim, but is a good keep. I'm adverse to adding one hit wonders usually, but Achy Breaky Heart was pervasive AND is still mocked to high heaven. Toby Keith - iffy, leaning cut. His lasting legacy seems up in the air. I personally hate the guy, but I don't think country music hates him at all. I can get behind writing an entry on "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue", a song that's been thrashed in recent years, but I think Keith himself doesn't belong here.

Rodney Atkins has a serious hatedom in country circles due to his weird voice and overly narrow subject matter, and you hear literally none of his songs except If You're Going Through Hell. I trimmed the Toby example.

Country Subpage - Female Artists opening paragraphs - the intro has got to go. Most of the information is factual - country has become wildly misogynistic and non-inclusive of women - but that means women never had much of a chance to establish careers that lead to DTD. It's good information that's not on target for the trope. Faith Hill - cut. I think that alienating her country fanbase is not nearly bad enough of a "scandal" to qualify for DTD status. Martina Mc Bride - cut. This entry baffles me a lot. I have NEVER heard complaints about her activism songs or belting, and I hear Independence Day CONSTANTLY during the 4th of July despite the subject matter. Jo Dee Messing - cut. She had a number one hit after the alcoholism that the entry posits as DTD worthy. Not really seeing it. Leeann Rhimes - Keep, but trim deeply. The focus needs to be more on the affair, which genuinely ruined her and made her both hated and mocked.

I cut the intro, plus Martina and Jo Dee as while they both have hatedoms, they both still have fans. Faith seems to have been swept under the rug, so I think she can stay.

Country Subpage - Groups Dixie Chicks - very easy keep. The entry can be cleaned up a bit, but they are a good example of DTD, with a clear rise and fall. Lady Antebellum - cut. They're still getting #1 Country hits, so someone likes them. Lonestar - cut. This entry is more about Executive Meddling than DTD. Muzik Mafia - cut. Something this entry doesn't note is that Muzik Mafia ended up writing basically every hit country song that came after it and permanently fused rock in popular country. They changed the landscape. Sugarland - the entry's focus needs to be put on the accident at the festival, as that basically ended their careers and made them very hated. Keep but rework.

Lady A has not had a #1 hit in several years and is on hiatus while Charles is going solo. Their last few singles totally bombed, and Golden in particular was torn apart by critics.

Lonestar has a serious hatedom for their narm, and almost no one in the fandom respects them anymore — seeing them only as a band who

Muzik Mafia I cut. They did shape the rock sound that's still there, and are more a victim of novelty than anything else.

edited 28th Jun '16 9:57:32 PM by Twentington

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Jun 29th 2016 at 1:42:52 AM

Re: Avril Lavigne - I actually started writing out this post with the intention to advocate for keeping her (ended up deleting a rather large paragraph about how nobody I know will admit to liking her music when it came out without qualifying it with something like "I know my music taste sucked back then" and how almost everyone had forgotten that she was still recording music until "Hello Kitty" came out), but now I'm not sure. We're going to be entering the period of 2000s nostalgia in a few years, and maybe people will have softened their feelings about her music. But I think it's very likely that "Hello Kitty" has damaged her reputation to the point that even the inevitable forces of nostalgia won't be able to redeem her music in most people's eyes.

While I personally think she fits the criteria right now, I won't be upset if she's cut. The "safest" way to go would be to wait until 2020 when everyone starts rediscovering 2000s pop culture, but I'd hope we'd have moved on from this by then. evil grin So as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't really matter what we do with her entry.

Re: other stuff -

I hate Family Guy, but the fact that it's still airing precludes it from being DTD.

I have no opinions either way about the Jonas Brothers, anything on the hip-hop subpage, Phineas & Ferb, or the comic book stuff. Sinead O'Connor might count from what I've heard about the SNL incident, but I'd rather we focus on cleaning up what's already on the pages before adding new examples.

[up] Looking at your post, I think you might not quite understand what Deader Than Disco means. Keep in mind that I know almost nothing about country music (even though I live in the southern US, cultural osmosis only goes so far), so all I really have to go on is what's already on the page and what's been said in this thread.

"The Bro-country entry can probably be reworked to show how it seems more that bro-country has killed traditional styled country, which is certainly on its last legs."

It's not enough for something to not be popular anymore. It has to be a target of derision and scorn by people who previously liked it. Do people look down on traditional country as a result of bro-country? If not, then there's no reason to keep anything about bro-country on the page. I'm wondering the same thing about Faith Hill—you say that she can stay because she was "swept under the rug" (which to me just says "forgotten", not "deader than disco"), but from my perspective, what I've seen about her here doesn't indicate that she has the kind of vitriol directed towards her/her music that would justify keeping her as an example on this page.

Having a hatedom, even a particularly vocal hatedom, does not mean that something is deader than disco. Lots of artists have hatedoms without being deader than disco thanks to also having large, or at least not tiny, legitimate fandoms. In order for something to be deader than disco, the hatedom has to completely and utterly eclipse the (non-ironic) fandom.

Maybe my interpretations of your post are wrong, and I'm sorry for misreading if that's the case. I just want to make sure we're all on the same page as to what makes something deader than disco.

Also, the last part of your Lonestar sentence appears to have run away. tongue

LargoQuagmire I've come home and I'm so cold... Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
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Jun 29th 2016 at 6:22:31 AM

I will admit that I know little about country, but I agree that traditional country is not Dt D.

Gonna argue for cutting Far East Movement, as I feel like they fall squarely into our informal One Hit Wonder rule.

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Jun 29th 2016 at 6:23:38 AM

Also I am squarely for cutting Phineas and Ferb. Kids moving on to watch other shows is not the same as having a massive hatedom. Hell, the show is pretty high rated on Netflix.

Jun 29th 2016 at 11:11:18 AM

  • Rodney's career just fizzled out. He hasn't released an album in nearly five years and the only stain on his rep was his divorce from his wife.
  • I don't think Lady A are really "hated". They're not as massive as they used to be and have been on hiatus for a while, but I think they're mostly respected.
  • Faith just hasn't been active in ages. That's like calling Shania Twain "deader than disco" because she hasn't released new music in a long time. Not being relevant in today's music world does not necessarily mean that you're "deader than disco".

edited 29th Jun '16 11:14:52 AM by LaptopGuy

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Jun 29th 2016 at 11:28:40 AM

@Sonic stuff, anything Ken Penders did was popular when it was first introduced, but is now seen as filled with Mary Sues and too heavily focused on echidnas to the detriment of basically every other character. His attempt at suing Archie for the rights over his characters just made things worse. No one openly admits to liking Penders stuff anymore.

edited 29th Jun '16 11:30:14 AM by PhiSat

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Jun 29th 2016 at 11:55:53 AM

Btw I will be at a con this weekend, so I may not have time to do the full write ups for my Hip Hop opinions. I will still offer opinions on specific examples.

I will emphasize again that we should maybe make Sandboxes for the huge pages.

Edit: Faith Hill also had a residency in Vegas until recently (or maybe still does?), and it lasted/has lasted for at least two years, meaning it sold very well. Residencies in Vegas end QUICK if demand isn't there. I think she's a firm cut, as I already said.

edited 29th Jun '16 11:57:57 AM by LargoQuagmire

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Jun 29th 2016 at 6:52:46 PM

[up]#61: However, Rodney does have derision. People hate his whiny voice and overbaked country boy cliches, and none of his singles are remembered as being any good.

Lady A also has derision. Their singles have very, very little recurrent play even on country radio, and almost all that anyone seems to remember them for is "Need You Now" and a bunch of sleepy sounding ballads.

Faith I'll concede on per the Vegas connection.

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LargoQuagmire I've come home and I'm so cold... Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
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Jun 30th 2016 at 6:20:14 AM

I mean, his own post contradicts it. I'd they're remembered for more than one song and not for being terrible, they've failed the DTD test. Derision is not the same as indifference, fading away, or being part of a trend that died out - I am a bit more than certain that bro country had more to do with Lady A fading away than any sort of hatred towards them.

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Jun 30th 2016 at 6:33:01 AM

[up] But if they were known for only one song, they'd also fail the DTD test (the one-hit wonder rule).

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Jun 30th 2016 at 7:59:39 AM

[up] I didn't elaborate, my bad, but I'm pretty sure we agree [lol]

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Jun 30th 2016 at 8:44:22 PM

I would think that the negative reception of Golden and 747, the reputation of having nothing but sleepy ballads, and a consensus of "Need You Now was their only good song" are just enough to push Lady A over the line as being DTD.

Rodney I'm seeing as more of a flameout now, since he still did have critical acclaim even if a lot of fans didn't like him.

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Jul 1st 2016 at 4:56:39 AM

Did the negative reception of those influence people's opinon of the earlier works to the same degree? Does listening to any of those make you a target for mockery?

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Jul 1st 2016 at 8:31:59 AM

Twentington, I think you aren't getting the most important piece of the DTD puzzle. Mockery and derision is an ESSENTIAL part of the trope. People saying that Lady A only had one good song retroactively, and having that song still be played regularly, is not derision. They have simply been reevaluated over time.

When looking at a DTD candidate, keep someone like Milli Vanilli in mind. They were caught lipsyncing their songs, and the response was to have their awards stripped, a class action lawsuit brought against them by consumers, the destruction of their career, and instant mockery from all corners - news, music, and comedy.

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Jul 1st 2016 at 1:49:23 PM

"Need You Now" is still beloved, so they don't meet DTD, is what I'm getting.

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Jul 6th 2016 at 4:57:40 AM

We're not done the music subpages yet.

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Jul 8th 2016 at 10:04:16 AM

Can we cut out anything that's basically "Thing used to be popular, but something more advanced took its place"? I mean, that would be obvious.

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