The twenty fourth and penultimate edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
PAUL MURPHY – Paul Murphy emerged in the late ’70s / early ’80s to take his place at the jazz dance vanguard, his most famous residencies at Camden’s Electric Ballroom and the West End’s WAG. Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove has stated that; ‘from a Southern perspective…everything that happened historically – jazz wise – leads up to Murphy, and it was never the same after’.
FANTASY – Founded in 1949 San Francisco by brothers Max and Sol Weiss, Fantasy was initially an outlet for jazz pianist Dave Brubeck but soon branched out into other jazz, and later rock and roll before making its mark on dance music with music from the likes of The Blackbyrds, Idris Muhammad, Fat Larry’s Band, Philly Cream, Sylvester and Cybotron.
LIME LIGHT – Against a backdrop of social/political disputes between Montreal’s French and English-speaking communities, the city’s disco movement provided much-needed escapism – Lime Light epitomised this, helping position Montreal as ‘disco’s second city’. Launched in 1973 by Yvon Lafrance, who’d wanted “a club that was at the forefront, based on emotion: the emotion of music, sound and lights”.
BRASS CONSTRUCTION – When Brass Construction dropped their self-titled debut LP in late-1975, they immediately took their place at funk’s top table. Right from the opening brass stab this nine-piece band meant business. The album included six tracks, all with single word titles – ‘Movin;’, ‘Peekin’’, Changin’’, ‘Love’, ‘Talkin’’ and ‘Dance’.
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