The second edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
COLIN CURTIS – A central figure in three distinct dance music movements; Northern Soul, Jazz-Funk and House, Curtis was one of the most significant DJs in the UK in regards to his role in its development during the ’70s and ’80s.
STREET SOUNDS RECORDS – Morgan Khan’s Street Sounds label was instrumental in bringing the fresh and exciting sound of the US underground dance and hip-hop scene to the UK’s mainstream via it’s affordable compilations.
THE MUSIC BOX – Chicago’s lesser-known but equally important House music club inhabited the same space where the more famous Warehouse had been. As Frankie Knuckles made way for Ron Hardy, the venue took on a new name and new life on the rougher, rawer side of House.
THE TEARS OF A CLOWN – A classic single that almost never was, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ ‘Tears Of A Clown’ is now regarded as one of Motown’s seminal hits, yet it was overlooked by the label as a single initially, until the UK-based Tamla-Motown showed them its worth.
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