“Disco Double Take: New York Parties Like Its 1975” by Simon Reynolds, Village Voice, July 10, 2001

Reynolds, Simon. “Disco Double Take: New York Parties Like Its 1975.” Village Voice, July 10, 2001. http://www.villagevoice.com/2001-07-10/news/disco-double-take/ (accessed June 10, 2013).

Simon Reynolds examines New York house music parties that are inspired by parties of yesteryear like The Loft and the Paradise Garage including Bang the Party and Body & Soul. Reynolds notes that while this subscene of parties may have been inspired by these legendary parties they lack the musical progressiveness of these older parties. Instead of embracing leftfield musical choices like Liquid Liquid and Nina Hagen, this form of NYC house solidified into a genre called “garage” characterized by soulful, “organic” sounds that are often marked by Latin percussion and a jazzier sound. Reynolds feels that this “retro” New York disco-house tradition has been too conservative by its emphasis on “musicality” and has prevented the New York’s dance music scene from having the musical breakthroughs that other cities with thriving dance music scenes had made in recent years.


Bruce Forest interview by Bill Brewster

Forest, Bruce. Interview by Bill Brewster. DJhistory.com, November 17, 2010. http://www.djhistory.com/interviews/bruce-forest (accessed June 5, 2013).

Best known as the straight white DJ who replaced Tee Scott at the black gay club Better Days, Bruce Forest discusses his DJ career with Bill Brewster. He claims to be one of the first DJs in New York City to play house music after he received a copy of  JM Silk’s “Music is the Key” from Steve “Silk” Hurley in early 1984, whom he was introduced to by his girlfriend of the time, Lesley Doyle a few months earlier. Bruce also shares his memories of DJing alongside David Cole playing on the keyboard.