The eleventh edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
ALFREDO – Born in 1953 in Argentina, Alfredo Fiorito emigrated to Spain in 1976, and established himself as a DJ at Amnesia, influencing the acid house explosion in the UK via Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and co. Holding further residencies at Manumission and Pacha, DJ Mag dubbed him DJ of the decade in the 1980s.
CUTTING RECORDS – Bursting onto the New York scene at its 1983 zenith via Hashim’s seminal electro cut ‘Al Naafiysh (The Soul)’, Cutting Records was primed to ride the electronic dance music wave right through the ‘80s and on into the ‘90s, pushing the electro sound forward and pioneering dance music’s Latin influence.
THE TIMEPIECE – A myth has grown that everyone in the North of England was into Northern soul during the ‘70s, but that’s simply not the case. On Merseyside funk held sway at Roy Carrington’s club The Timepiece, with the music DJ Les Spaine played there during the mid-‘70s filtering down to other venues throughout the city.
THE MEXICAN – Given that it sold much better on the other side of the Atlantic, and was a key track at the origins of both disco and hip-hop, you’d be forgiven for thinking the group behind 1972’s colossal rock/dance crossover, ‘The Mexican’, originated Stateside. However, Babe Ruth hailed from the unlikely location of Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
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