Woebot Throws a Black Riot

Jul 18th, 2007 // 9 Comments

A typically insightful and erudite, if also typically contentious, rundown of the early discography of late-’80s/early-’90s house music maestro Todd Terry is at Woebot. If you, like your Idolator editors, are obsessed with the point where Latin freestyle becomes house, Todd is essential listening, music that can still cold rock a party full of wallflowers two decades after its original release. No MP3s, sadly, as is Woebot proprietor Matt Ingram’s wont, but worth reading for the color commentary (and the colorful sleeves) alone. For your A/V fix, here’s a weirdly hypnotic YouTube clip of a turntable rotating while Todd’s eternal “Can U Party?” blares in the background. And, uh, that’s it. It’s like the “Bastards of Young” video, except no one smashes up the turntable at the end.

Todd Terry [Woebot]

  1. loudersoft

    “To The Batmobile! Let’s Go!” may only rank second in house music to Larry Heard’s “Can You Feel It” as the essential house track. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Chris Molanphy

    Whenever I hear Todd Terry’s name I instantly recall the P.M. Dawn track from their first album (“Shake”) where they’re chanting various nonsense phrases, and Prince Be suddenly starts repeating, “Everyone, thank Todd Terry!”

  3. Ned Raggett

    I love that bit as well, Dennis — great track. So there is a ‘hip house’ comp anywhere?

  4. jess h.

    @Ned Raggett: Ned, this is excellent.

  5. Michaelangelo Matos

    Todd Terry remixed “A Watcher’s Point of View” and produced “Shake,” the song in which he’s thanked by Prince Be.

    I recently picked up a box set called Essential House, drab white box with five CDs; it’s apparently a series (there’s boxes for trance and trip-hop and more) on Moist Music, a NYC label. They’re obviously sell-throughs for stuff they couldn’t unload otherwise. But the House one has, in addition to a mix by one DJ Cer featuring a lot of Todd Terry productions, a double-CDs called ’80s Underground: tracks by Slack, Konk, Dinosaur L, Class Action’s “Weekend,” basically a lot of big Funhouse and Paradise Garage stuff from the pre-house ’80s. And there’s another double-disc of Royal House’s Can You Party, with a bonus disc of remixes and extended versions. My copy, purchased in Seattle, was $16; I imagine it’s similarly priced elsewhere.

  6. Dan Gibson

    @jess h.: There’s a second volume that’s equally excellent.

  7. Ned Raggett

    Sweet, and thanks to you all.

  8. loudersoft

    I’m conflicted about writing an expose on my many long nights at The Tunnel, MK, Le Palace De Beauty, Quick, The World, Sound Factory and other NYC nightclubs to this music. Would anyone read this or would it be self-indulgent?

  9. KinetiQ

    @loudersoft: Can’t it be both?

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