A few weeks ago my DJ daughter Sammy Jo asked me to fill in for her one night @ MR. BLACK. She said, "Daddy, why don't you play old disco? -the REAL stuff though".
I called it the "IS IT ALL OVER MY FACE DISCO JAG".
(In 1981 I used to do a party by this name at the legendary SQUAT THEATRE on W. 23rd Street. The party started at 4AM. I used to go on after Sun Ra and the Arkestra. When you went to the theater, it was closed with a sign on the door that read "RING THE BELL FOR JOHNNY DYNELL". When you did this, the door opened and one of the genius mad Hungarians from The Squat Theatre greeted you. It was a funk-filled Disco Cabaret with strippers, show girls, drag acts... in other words, the family. It was sick.)
So Sammy Jo's Friday night party at Mr. Black (called "GARY 49" -don't ask) seemed like the perfect place to resurrect the "IS IT ALL OVER MY FACE DISCO JAG".
The night was a smash. PACKED! Everyone really got into the joy of that period in New York. The oldsters remembered and the young ones learned. It was great. (thanks Sammy Jo!)
I mixed up some of the old disco classics like Partick Crowley's with some of the "new" disco classics like Goldfrapp's. They blended flawlessly.
New York is NOT dead.
It will never be what it was but as long as there are new kids willing to get stupid (and think they invented "stupid") life as we know it will go on.
I thought I would start a "Disco Topic".
I don't know why exactly but it feels right.
James White and the Flaming Demonics at The Squat Theatre (December 28, 29 1979)