The eighteenth edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
FRANKIE KNUCKLES – Bronx-born Francis Nicholls was an honorary Chicagoan bestowed with the title ‘Godfather Of House’. Having started out playing soul, funk and disco in the mid-’70s New York, he moved to Chicago in 1977 to take up residency at The Warehouse. By the early ’80s the music Knuckles had unwittingly planted the seeds for the birth of the house dance music movement that continues to fill floors worldwide.
TROJAN RECORDS – Founded at the perfect moment to unleash a torrent of Jamaican music, Trojan was an unrivalled force when it came to reggae in the UK. A parent label licensing the output of producers like Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Leslie Kong and Edward ‘Bunny’ Lee, to complement Duke Reid’s, it struck a chord with the mods and skinheads and continues to be a reggae powerhouse to this day.
CLUB ZANZIBAR – Situated in New Jersey’s Newark, the legacy of Club Zanzibar and its ‘Jersey Sound’ are often obscured behind the big New York clubs of the 1980s, however its influence in the formation of house cannot be ignored. Hosting the latest R&B and disco acts, as well as a residency from esteemed Tony Humphries and guest slots from other leading DJs, it managed to hold its weight against the NYC benchmarks.
WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) – This Grandmaster & Melle Mel track, with its cocaine theme, was such an unusual record when it first appeared in 1983; way different and leftfield even by electro standards. The overall sound provided a totally new aural experience – it was rap, it was electro, it had funky brass sounds, but it was also laced with a flavour of ‘50s doo-wop.
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