Earlier today I was listening to Blue Rodeo’s great, groovy cover of Go Go Round by Gordon Lightfoot. One verse goes:
In her cage she danced for him,
although a hundred eyes were turned her way
And before the set was through he knew
She would be his loved one
All sexism aside for a moment, I got to wondering who invented the disco cage, and where the trend started? I see some smarmy guy in LA in 1967 going “hey, I’ve got a funky notion, dude. Let’s put the gogo girls in cages!” I did a little searching, but came up empty. Anyone have more luck? I think I’m going to make it a personal mission to uncover the origins of cage dancing. Why, I may even start a Wikipedia article on the subject.