07.10.2008

LARRY LEVAN

Last weekend I played together with DJ Supermarkt in Leipzig were i played a Peech Boys song and he said that i have to post more of this funky disco tunes. He is right. More old funky music on Berlin Battery alongside all the new dance, pop, nu-disco and whatever stuff.
One of my heroes of the golden disco-age is the DJ legend Larry Levan. He founded the Paradise Garage (together with Micheal Brody and Mel Cheren), a club which has influenced a lot of following discos (like the Panorama Bar/Berlin) and gave the name for what we call know "Garage House". 
Larry played the records with two Thorens recordplayers, the mixes wasn't so tight like today but he created a special atmosphere by doing the lights (!) and spinning a extatic sound that made the people go wild. After being the Paradise Garage resident for 10 years he designed the sound system for Ministy Of Sound and played some gigs together with his old buddy Frankie Knuckles, although he was still dependent on heroin.  Larry died 1992 of heart failure caused by endocarditis, an ailment common among intraveneous drug users.
Beside a lot of remixes for all big disco artists, he founded his band the "Peech Boys" (later the N.Y.C. Peech Boys). "Don't make me wait" (1982) is one of my favorite tracks:


This is how it looked at the closing weekend 1987 at the Paradise Garage. Larry Levan plays Sylvesters "Over and over" (12" Version). Give me a time machine, I want to be there! Yeah.
More about Larry here


Kommentare:

Anonym hat gesagt…

Fuckin GREAT SONG! DONT MAKE ME WAIT TOO LONG FOR ANOTHER SONG LIKE THAT, Come'ON GUYS, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!! DISCO!

dj supermarkt hat gesagt…

yes yes yes...

more more more...

Manuel hat gesagt…

hey guys,

i /really/ admire your admiration
for the roots of it all.

kep doin' the do! :-)

most kindly
manuel @ discorocker.net