After I’ve read Loves Saves The Day I started buying music that was mentioned in the book or was remixed by Larry Levan. As Gwen Guthrie was introduced as “the first lady of Paradise Garage” at the club”™s closing party, she is on top of my list this month. Larry Levan did alot of her remixes. I bought Padlock as a re-issue vinyl album, where the first LP has the original versions produced by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and the second LP has the remixes by Larry Levan. You just need these two records to DJ. Switch between them all night long. This will make everyone happy. The original versions are very funky and crisp, the remixes ar a little bit more disco. Fantastic. And I like Gwen’s lyrics, as she can’t decide what she wants:
Don’t teach me, I’m electric, And If you touch me, I’ll shock you (Hopscotch)
Come On, Spread Yourself, All Over Me, Like Peanut Butter (Peanut Butter)
It is a shame that her first two albums are not available on CD. I will try to get the vinyl…
On a related note, Identify NYC Clubs has pictures and information on 22 NYC clubs.
- Gwen Guthrie – Padlock – Original on Larry Levan’s Garage label
- Sparkle – Handsome Man (Remix) – from the double CD Larry Levan – The Definitive Salsoul Mixes ’78 – ’83
I love the lyrics of the song, very gay! And it does sound a little bit like Homer Simpson is singing (in a very good way). Other great tracks on the compilation are: Bunny Sigler – By The Way You Dance and Logg – I Know You Will.
- Kids In The Streets Ft. Chez Damier – Keep On Turning (Motorcitysoul Original Dub) – Stir15
This is such a Chez Damier classic! Wow!
- Voices – Bring Down The Walls – Nu Groove 107
- House Of Peace – Such A Feeling – Nu Groove 106
- Louie Vega – V Gets Jazzy (Dance Ritual Mix) feat. Mr. V – Vega Records
- M.I.A. – Bucky Down Gun, Sunshowers, Pull Up The People – XL Recordings
Every time I’ve been to Nancy’s place in recent months, she played Arular for me. So finally, these are my favourite tracks from the CD.
- Glashaus – Haltet die Welt an – 3P
I always fall for Glashaus. Very hängengeblieben.
- Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle – EMI France
- Tiefschwarz – Damage (featuring Tracey Thorn) – Fine Records