Before I get into anything else, make sure you scroll down and dl Emil’s Bounce Mix that’s causing so much controversy on the nets.
Yes, people who work on Wall St. have opinions about music, and if we spend enough time on the hollerboard we are in peril of listening to those opinions.
But anyways, I am going to the Jersey Shore tomorrow to get away from my not-very-stressful life for a week. I will be in Wildwood, NJ… Sick, huh?
“Watch for the tramcar please, w-w-w-watch for the tramcar please…”
At one point in time (before my time) Wildwood was a center of nightlife and music culture on the East Coast, especially doo-wop. Dick Clark would do American Bandstand down there. “Rock Around the Clock” was first performed there by Bill Haley and the Comets, and so was “The Twist” by Chubby Checker. Did you know Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Chubby Checker all graduated from South Philly High? Apparently they all used to party/perform in Wildwood all summer. Serious movement going on back then.
Pretty amazing stuff, if you want to read more click this, and just roam a little. I definitely feel like I missed out on that era. Could have found love back then or something. But I digress…
Nowadays, every club down there is a straight Trance jump-off with maybe a Hip-Hop room if you are lucky. Coincidentally, I have also been reading this “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” (google it) book that Emil lent me. Now, when I was younger, I was a huge rave hater (proud wigga- bitch!), and I guess I still kind of am. I had never given much thought to how all this nonsense (E-Music) had happened and where it came from. More recently I have gotten a better idea of where it came from, but not in a sense that I knew any of the artists or anything like that.
Now, I have an idea of what early House sounds like, but not really early Techno, and Techno seems to be a closer cousin of Trance than House. Basically, Wildwood, Trance, that book, etc. got me thinking and I decided to dl what was called the first Techno compilation from the Detroit OG’s imported to Europe that birthed the international electronic scene that we have now. I’m planning to listen to it with an open mind, because if ever Techno was good, I’m thinking the original Detroit shit must have been it. I figure listening to it will at least give me some insight about how House–>Techno–>Trance etc.
OK, I’m done making excuses for why I’m listening to this crap. But trust me, I will be lounging at the Shore getting red with this in my Ipod next week.
Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit V/A 1988