Playing tracks by
Jamie Principle, Adonis & The Endless Pokers, J.M. Silk, MR. FINGERS, The House Master Boyz & The Rude Boy Of House and more.
After last week's tape, I felt like it was time for some ACTUAL house music, so here goes...
The stories about this genre have been told a bajillion times, so go google them if you want the in-depth version.
The short version is this: there was a guy from New York named Frankie Knuckles who moved to Chicago in '77 to play at a new discotheque called the Warehouse. He played lots of very odd, deep, drum-oriented disco, which soon became the dominant sound of early-'80s black Chicago (and spawned a lot of other, even weirder DJs—most famously Ron Hardy, who played at the Music Box).
By 1981, Chicagoans were referring to the Philly Disco, Italo, Quebecois disco, and new wave records heard at the Warehouse not as "disco", but as "House Music".
By 1985 you have a bunch of local Chicago kids attempting to MAKE this type of stuff on their own, with loads of crummy equipment culled from thrift... (full text at http://yearofmixtapes.blogspot.com/2010/02/week-38-chicago-house.html)