The twenty first edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
ELECTRIFYING MOJO – The musical landscape of Detroit would change forever when The Electrifying Mojo first landed his ‘Mothership’ in 1977, transmitting his cosmic sounds across Michigan. Under the influence of Mojo, DJs like Jeff Mills, Darryl Shannon, Delano Smith and Carl Martin would lay the foundations for Detroit techno in the city’s clubs.
ISLAND – Founded by Chris Blackwell in late-’50s Jamaica, Island soon relocated to London and issued music from Jamaica’s leading producers. In the ’60s, Island would branch out into rock but would return to reggae with artists like Bob Marley, Third World and Grace Jones, merging their sound with rock and new wave sensibilities.
THE SANDPIPER – Located on New York’s Fire Island, and catering to an affluent gay audience with a discerning taste in music, mainly soul and funk, The Sandpiper was crucial to the evolution of New York disco, and also DJ culture in general, thanks to the ground-breaking mixtapes Tom Moulton programmed for its special parties.
DON’T STOP ‘TIL YOU GET ENOUGH – 1979’s irresistible disco favourite, ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’, announced Michael Jackson fully-formed as artist/songwriter – his joyous video performance, highlighting seemingly effortless dancing skills, key in his assent to superstardom – a single taken from the multi-million selling ‘Off The Wall’, produced by Quincy Jones.
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