You seen that music doc about Belgium and their dance scenes? Their contention is (or something like this anyhow) that dance spots are linked to the growth of the road network, they seem to claim that it was a particularly good set of roads whatever that might mean, or simply that lots of Belgians travelled a lot and often quite far and as a result bars sprung up along the way, I guess booze food and maybe beds were available - but also they always had dancing in these places. First just random stuff, then you get yer popcorn scene of slowed down soul records and learning dances and stuff, then new beat and then techno. All linked to travelling, which I suppose meant that if there was a place that was good people didn't mind going across half the country to get there cos driving there was already almost part of the night - and also there no laws to restrict night life and drinking or anything so they clubs could stay open for days on end...
I bet I like new beat more than most, and I do like dancing for days.... but even I would go mental if I had to dance to new beat for 72 straight hours.
As to what wrong I dunno. With new beat it became so popular and market oversaturated... piles and piles of records trying to cash in, novelty records, comedy records, that one where the speech of the kidnapped pm was used etc I think they might have also tightened the laws to stop people having so much fun.
One thing it didn't address though - that I've always wondered about - is, why is it that Belgium has two famous dance scenes and they both involve pitching records down from the speed at which they were intended to be played? Coincidence or is there something in the Belgian psyche, or something in the local conditions (eg a downer drug although I don't think it wasthat specifically) that tended to favour slower music?