Youtube, glorious Youtube…
Another short one this time round – on Tuesday I had the absolute pleasure of chatting to one of Jersey’s absolute House pioneers, Ace Mungin. We talked about his early days in Jersey, setting up Ace Beat records and working with Blaze on their first records – with any luck I’ll get that written up for the next post.
In the meantime, I’m going to become even more indebted than usual to Mr Richard Jefferys by sharing a few youtube videos (I’m still calling them videos…) he posted recently. Richard’s RJJNY youtube channel is probably the source of about 75% of what I now know about New York house music, so this is a good opportunity to say thanks for all the music Richard!
The first clip is this 1994 radio interview with Tee Scott, talking with the show’s host about a benefit for Larry Levan at the Sound Factory bar. It takes in all sorts: how important the Garage still was in NY 7 years after it closed, how crap music had got by ’94, how Larry’s mum would stay in the club all night long, a cameo from Joey Llanos digging out Tee for blowing up The Garage’s speakers… It’s a great listen
The next video (this one’s definitely a video…) is some wobbly footage from an old show about New Jersey House that Richard shared on my facebook page. Part one has Abigail Adams and Tony Humphries amongst others chatting about the Jersey Sound and the Zanzibar, with footage (with a bit of a delay!) from what looks like both outside and inside the club. Part two focuses on some of the vocalists like Ceybil and Dee Dee Brave and their hopes for the New Jersey Sound – “This is like the beginning of Motown right here”
Finally, I spotted a few weeks back on the Movin discogs page that Kerri Chandler has released a “best of” mix called Movin’ Non Stop back in 1995, so I ordered a copy on the spot. It finally arrived on Wednesday and although it’s not the greatest mix I’ve heard (how many DJs would play 17 tracks from 1 label in a row in a club? Jeff Mills doesn’t count…), it does include this wonderful intro to the label by the Dance Music Editor of Billboard at the time, Larry Flick:
I doubt Larry had something quite this amateurish in mind when he was considering what “some tangible format in cyberspace” might look like (dial up internet was only just coming out that year), but a volume’s worth of Movin’ music seems fair enough to me.
Oh, and with it being included in both the CD and the New Jersey House documentary, I’ve not been able to stop playing Dee Dee Brave all week, so here’s that too (via RJJNY of course, who else)! Laters