... and many many more to the diva of all divas! Love from Disco Monk
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
So sad to hear the shocking news of the passing of DJ extraordinaire Peter Rauhofer! Every remix this amazing Austrian Dj and producer put his hands on became big room anthems and took the dancer into an intense journey on the dance floor. His residency at the Roxy was legendary as he re-defined late '90s dance music and pretty much ended it when the famous space closed it's doors during the mid '00s. His moniker Club 69 and Size Queen became essential during any big space club event as well. He won a Grammy for remixing Cher's "Believe" and the list of artists he worked with was top notch including, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Adele, Rihanna, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Yoko Ono, Pink, Tori Amos, Mariah Carey and many more. Although I was not a big fun of the lengths of some of his re-mixes and a few of the hard house stuff he did, I understood it and appreciated it whenever I would go to the Roxy. He was brilliant and I will never forget how his passion spread like wild fire of on that dance floor. Here are two songs that show the spectrum of his brilliance. His recent remix of Adele's "Skyfall" epitomizes his unique trademark and my favorite by him, the Pet Shop Boys amazing collaboration for bringing the house classic "Break 4 Love" into new form. You will be missed and your legacy will never be forgotten. You are probably turning it out up there in the cosmos! RIP.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
So sad to hear the passing of one of the greatest disco composers, Mr. Vincent Montana Jr. Two years ago I did a posting celebrating his eighty third birthday here: Happy Birthday Mr. Montana which included a few bits of extensive legacy. He touched so many people with his greatness and genius pioneering the art of music scoring that transcended grandly on the dance floor. His music was epic in every sense and on the dance floor, it brought the dancer to a different emotional plateau and new heights. A true legend! Thank you for all the amazing music you gave us. Your legacy will live on forever!
|Vincent Montana Jr. 1928 - 2013|
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
|Madonna at the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1982|
The song that jump started her career. It was 1982 and DJ Mark Kamins who sadly passed away recently played it during his residency at Danceteria then took it to Sire Records who signed her a two song deal. It was huge in the clubs, her voice was not polished at all and yet the sense of urgency in her voice put a spell on the dance floor, the song itself had an amazing R&B infused beat, it was raw and you couldn't escape it! Here is the Dub version. Enjoy
She sounded black and the cover added to the mystery.