So I'm a little late to the Frankie tribute game. But I'd have to say that it's because I've been beside myself. But by now I've cried it out and I'm ready to share, like I always do here in Disco Vinyl.
YOUR LOVE DUSTY KID EDIT
I feel like Frankie Knuckles is the soundtrack to my years in New York City. He was freshly back from Chicago and spinning in The Crystal Room at The World in 1988 when I was just coming up in the club kid scene and working the ticket ripping post at The World's v.i.p. club IT.
FRANKIE MIX SOUND FACTORY 1991
Then magically he got to take over the wheels of steel at The Sound Factory for a period in 1990 to 1991. Definitely the period in which I went to factory the most. Why? Because with Frankie you could be insured the pretty. You knew you'd get female vocals and not just bitch tracks. You knew you'd never get pots and pans. Frankie had a dreamer's touch. The magic of a man who loved what he played and wanted you to love it too.
And when the spot got snatched back and returned to Junior Vasquez, Frankie made the ex Private Eyes, Sound Factory Bar Fridays into the primo dance spot that it was for those years in the early 90's. A cozy spot and a great night out with his sweet buddy Manny Ward spinning downstairs.
SOUND FACTORY BAR 1993
He got a gig in Philadelphia at a circuit party. I can't remember the name other then it had colors in the title. But I do know that agroup of my friends and I went down and had a great time.
THIS TIME FRANKIE KNUCKLES BOMB MIX
I remember I went up to the booth once at Sound Factory Bar and even though Frankie and I had only said a few words in passing over the years, he knew exactly who I was. And when I handed him a cassette he gladly recorded the next 90 minutes and what a 90 minutes that it was. I played that tape out! If only I could figure out what I did with it.
A HOT ZIP OF FRANKIE MIXES
Oh and the tears on that last Friday night in 1995. I remember a gorgeous moment when rose petals fell from the ceiling during the peak of This Time by Chante Moore. One of the definitive Frankie Knuckles mix masterpieces.
NOTGONNACHANGE CLASSIC CLUB MIX
I also remember that night at The Roxy on a Saturday when Frankie debuted his mix of Swing Out Sister's NOTGONNACHANGE. Oh my God it was simply astonishing. I was dancing yet I felt like I was being transported into the heavens. I might've had a little help in reaching those celestial heavens but I was in my 20's and that was then.
GROOVE ON wild pitch mix...another dance floor fave from that era
Tracklist Sound Factory Bar mix from 1991.
- Michael McDonald - All We Got (Shep Pettibone Remix) [Reprise]
- Frankie Knuckles - Workout (Original Demo) [Virgin]
- Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives (Red Zone Mix) [Arista]
- Basscut - I'm Not In Love [Charisma]
- C&C Music Factory - I wanna Rock and Roll ]Sony]
- Sounds Of Blackness - The Pressure (Frankie Knuckles Classic Mix) [Perspective/AM:PM]
- Mike Wilson Feat. Shawn Christopher - Another Sleepless Night (Red Zone Mix) [BMG]
- Fast Eddie - Let's Go [D.J. International]
- Trilogy - Love Me Forever Or Love Me Not [ACTO]
- Frankie Knuckles - The Whistle Song [Virgin]
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