It occurs to me that most people don’t know The History Of House Music. Maybe you don’t care. If so, page down for today’s offering.
House Music, because “Warehouse Music” was too long. The Warehouse was a dance club, in Chicago’s West Loop, where under head DJ/Music director Frankie Knuckles House Music was born. Disco had been going on for 10 years, and it was firmly in the hands of the suits in the American Music Industry, and it ended – justly – in the Disco Sucks campaign and the Disco Demolition. But people still wanted to dance. So some of the European electronic influences were picked up (think of as Depeche Mode) and a new club scene emerged. House Music.
A similar evolution was going on at the Paradise Garage, in New York City, but it was different too.
Right from the start there was a difference in approach between New York and Chicago. “All of the records coming out of New York had been either mid or down tempo, and the kids in Chicago wouldn’t do that all night long, they needed more energy” commented Frankie Knuckles after his move to Chicago. The Windy City was seduced to a far greater extent by the European sound and when the records started to come, it showed.
Techno (from Detroit) grabbed some of the aspects of House, and influenced the whole rave scene, including industrial dance music (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and maybe My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult are probably the only groups you’ve heard of.)
Jamie Principle was one of the early producers of House Music, but he actually never got much credit at the time; Knuckles ended up with a lot of the credit, mostly because it was played at the club he was managing. That changed some eventually, when a couple of record labels were stared to specifically get some of the music on vinyl.
This song is “It’s a Cold World” by Frankie Knuckles featuring Jamie Principle. As far as I can tell it was originally released in 1987. It’s a little hard to listen to today, but the 1980s also brought us Post Punk/New Wave (Take a listen to Bauhaus, or early Talking Heads.)