Go to dance. A french over 50 woman exactly what is meant. People remember how they got dressed up 40 years ago, weekend after weekend, and went to the hottest spots in frankens between – be careful, no claim to completeness! – moggast and modschiedel, between gunzendorf and schwingen have ridden. Where they not only rocked out with their long hair, bell-bottoms and wacky shirts, but also had their first smooches in dim corners and tried something like the gab-mob.
Genghis khan in modschiedel
Lucky if one of the clique had a car – all locations were somewhere in the country and with one or two of these beer-cola-cognac-mixtures one would rather fall on the backseat. Of course there were also those who never went to dance, and never saw any of the legendary places from the inside. But heard about it. Yes they all did!
In the newspaper there were whole pages full of advertisements of the "tanzcenter", how the dancefloor of the modern times hieben. They advertised live performances of bands that had all the top 40 hits on them and that the fans followed across france.
"People still talk about the dance scene in the 70s", says alfons deuber from the dance center in modschiedel (lichtenfels district). Young people still meet there since the 66-year-old converted his hall into a disco zone in 2012. Now he also wants to organize more live concerts again and build on earlier successes. "The 70s were the glory days", says the restaurateur.
"When the strong regional bands like the sound city group, happy jack, melodas or anywhere played with us, the place was full." The "flippers" attracted a different audience than the rock and cover bands who used to perform every six weeks on sundays in modschiedel. "The whole frankenwald came." Besides local bands, he had also hired show stars like drafi deutscher, costa cordalis or dschingis khan, and thomas gottschalk was the first star guest at the black-white ball 45 years ago.
Germany’s dance stronghold
Deuber tells about the small hall of the old economy, where weddings and carnival were celebrated, about the first annex and the rough new building at the edge of the village. Room for 2000 dancers. "Who came in the 70s at 20 o’clock, has already got no more place. At that time the events were also at the latest 2 o’clock to end."
Young people from the villages often came together in groups. "There were the villages in the niches and everybody looked out for each other." Of course there have been scuffles, but not to the extent of today "where you have to call the police and the ambulance right away." Many young people were also brought by their parents. While their offspring were rocking out in the hall, mom and dad spent a nice evening in the dance cafe and packed up their kids again after the party.
The dance floors in franconia are a speciality, and the deuber dance center in modschiedel is by no means the only one. But for erich schramm it was "the former dance stronghold of germany". The 65-year-old grew up as the son of a dance hall operator in rossach (coburg county) and was until recently co-owner of a rough company in the entertainment catering business. He knows the scene and the competition, and he appreciates the dance halls: "i admire the restaurateurs in knetzgau and unterpreppach, for example, who have been firmly established in this unusual market for 50 years."
1000 cars – in the middle of the forest
Other former upper franconian sale in gunzendorf, walsdorf, drosendorf, zapfendorf, schwingen, maineck, frohnlach, rossach and the lower franconian ones in zeil am main, ebenhausen, heidenfeld, rothhausen, heugrumbach and zellingen as well as tens of others started the dance scene. "Modschiedel was something special. You were driving through the forest and suddenly you see 1000 cars in this hamlet in the middle of nowhere. It is unimaginable today that such a thing exists. What happened back then is irrational", says schramm.
Only a few people are aware of the unique and almost unbelievable dance culture that manifested itself in franconia. "There was probably nowhere such a well-known and comparable phenomenon, as it was observed in the entire frankenland over decades", tells schramm and is still enthusiastic. "Where every weekend probably up to 100000 dance hall, festival and hall visitors pilgrimaged to the local strongholds, countless fans followed their favorite bands and were often up to 100 kilometers on the road."
The french miracle
This "french miracle existed mainly in the 70’s and 80’s. "Without this flat fire in a positive sense, it would not have come to the spread of such an extensive band scene in our french homeland", schramm is convinced. "It was probably unique in the world." The great french bands of those years "talented artists who could only be produced by a generation shaped by the big bang of world pop music at the beginning of the 60s."
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