The good news about Luke Howard’s, “Sleaze” disco mixes? – There are fifteen volumes in this expertly curated disco reference tool. How wonderful to have an encyclopedic knowledge! Personally I am downloading all of them twice and having one set etched onto titanium plates as binary code then stored very deep underground at a classified location. The other set I’ll be mounting in the meditation room of my sacred disco temple where I frequently commune with and keep up with the dearly departed dancers from The Saint. Oh yes, they are still dancing and yes, Gay, there is flag dancing in heaven….it’s not easy because a lot of these guys have those big wings…sort of like the circuit queens’ costumes but…well they’re not actually costume wings…anyway…wings can make a lot of the old flagging moves difficult due to tangling, lost feathers, even broken wings from what I heard during last week’s session. oh yes girl, it’s heaven in heaven but shit still happens…from what I hear…and girl, did you hear who nearly fell through her cloud at last week’s High Tea?…I mean, how high does she need to be? This is heaven…top floor sweetie…GET OFF THE ELEVATOR! Bitch is dead and gone and still nearly killing herself on the dancefloor….she IS sweet though.
Do you know Mister Leatherman Disco? He’s from Mixcloud…A must know!! Mixcloud, hun. What I do is, I eat sorbet when I listen to this and that really works for me. Raspberry, today. mmmm. yeah. Thanks, Leatherman.
I can’t believe I forgot to play this at the Laforce and Stevens party at The Eagle…
This is truly classic gay disco. It’s like disco Scarlatti. The arpeggios in the breakdown bring the classical drama and the arrangement is superior. The feeling is melancholy but energized – fully alive. The lyrics encourage abandoning your concepts of your own lifetime and living only for “these few hours.” Wow. As I look at it now what seemed then to be so shallow and fleeting appears to be so deep and enduring… or am I (still) just too much?
Ladies and gentlemen, from 1984 and Beyond, Profile Records recording artist, Miss Lorraine McKane…
coming up! Earlene Bentley. And now back to your DJ, Anonymous.
Enjoy over two and a half hours of non-stop funky, swishy, classy New York City style disco-era classics. Every one of them is a personal favorite of mine. These are the exciting sounds and intricate rhythms of Manhattan – City of Satin. The mood is elegant funk that leads us to an elevation in spirit – a higher level of disco-teric understanding. There is celebration in the music but it’s not without it’s natural counterpoint, a certain disco sadness. There are instrumental journeys, empowering chants, soaring vocal duets and there is The Hustle. Throughout the collection there remains an authentic musical mastery of the form that is as powerful and magical today as it was thirty-five years ago.
This is serious disco, people.
“Semper Disco Semper Boogie Semper Amare”
My cover model is the embodiment of elegant funk, Miss Pat Cleveland.
I’ll be there tonight from 6 to 10 PM filling in for Bunny. The last time I did this the staff freaked out and the dance floor was full from 6:30 onward. I’m not the type to boast so I won’t tell you I received a very gracious and surprising round of applause after my set! I do it all for the dancers.
Come and dance – I’ll be doing it all for you.
The legendary MONSTER NYC – 80 Grove Street – ( Gay Ground Zero )- from 6PM till after dark.
It’s their 32nd Year on the Square , Sheridan Square.
I’ll be there next Sunday too but it might be very crowded after tonight!
“I don’t need no symphony. I hear music when you’re lovin’ me”
I offer for your re-consideration a classic dance track that is actually a song. Imagine? A melody and a lyric that together create something more than their respective parts. Like, wow!
The appropriate dance to this “beat” is the simple and elegant dance known in nightclubs from L.A. to New York as “Two Step.” If you need to learn about it and you are in L.A. just ask the best DJ in town, Victor Rodriguez. He is a master of the style and the current West Coast authority on the subject. He will love you forever for asking. If you are in New York then you should make your way over to Dino or Karen and they will fill you in on this simple yet sublime dance trend of yesteryear. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the steps. D and K are both masters at it’s subtleties and their finesse with it’s variations do amaze. Watch them. Learn from them.
One, two, step. One, two, step.
The definition and origin of “Two Step” (AKA The Nightclub Two Step, NC2S, sometimes Disco Two Step or California Two Step) makes me glad there is a Wikipedia. CHECK IT HERE – God I love it when people get all technical about disco!~ Now listen to Minnie deliver her plea in signature style complete with those fifth octave acrobatics (but just a enough to remind you that, for a long while, it was only she that had this trick in her throat.) Did that sound dirty? I’m sorry – I didn’t mean for it to. I just get a little ( more ) highbrow when it comes to this particular genre of disco. FYI – This song was co-written by Minnie and her husband, Richard Rudolph and in case you were wondering, this is a Stevie Wonder collaboration. Helleaux. Stevie. [did somebody just drop something? Did you just hear something drop? I thought I heard something hit the floor…] – Eyebrow up and a very soft disco snap before swirling onto the floor with an “I’m too happy” layback spin. We are now arriving in Disco Heaven with our angel Minnie as our guide…isn’t she pretty?
P.S. – To expound upon the tragedy of Minnie’s early death would be too heavy a vibe for this post but to not mention it would be wrong. It suffices to say that we all lost out on what surely would have been a lifetime of magical music when Minnie left us in 1979. Even her most joyous sounds are now enjoyed with a drop of sadness that is an honest sadness brought on by the remembrance of our own impermanence and how somethings so enduring and beautiful as her voice and her music seemed to be silenced way too soon. Disco dancing can be enlightening at times. One, Two, Step – Minnie’s heroic work for The American Cancer Society was righteous and is to be remembered with gratitude. Sadly she was fighting a losing battle with the disease at the time of this recording. She left behind two children, Marc Rudolph, a music engineer and Maya Rudolf, a much loved and greatly talented entertainer.
One, two, step, one two, step, rock together, rock to the side, one two step moving up now, through the passing clouds…
Rest in Bliss – Minnie Riperton – Perfect Angel on this Earth for a While The Magic she left behind, our gift forever.
Lord knows I love me some Minnie…and a good two step will always make me go up. When it’s in a close hold with a sexy partner it really takes me beyond… quite simply beyond. ,,,swish!