Dave Pearce Celebrates Dance Music on Radio 2
Lucky old me, I'm sitting here surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of 12" singles trying to work out which ones to play on my new Thursday night series on Radio 2. Listening to the early classics so many great memories keep flooding back. It's a tall order in an hour long show to even begin to touch the surface but over the coming weeks I'll do my best to share a selection of some of the finest moments from Disco, Jazz Funk, Electronic 80s,House, Rave, Trance, 90s and Ibiza anthems.
In the first show I'm throwing a spotlight on Disco, which after being berated for years is now officially cool again. (I never fell out of love with it myself but now you too can enjoy Disco guilt free!) Disco has influenced countless dance producers and djs over the years and of course was reinvented as House Music. David Guetta, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga -they are all at it! My earliest Disco memories as a teenager were listening to "live" radio broadcasts from The Best Disco in Town at the Lyceum ballroom in the Strand, wishing I was old enough to go.
I'd love to know about your Disco memories, we've all heard stories of Studio 54 in New York but how about all the nights in the UK? If you were strutting your stuff on the dance floor in the 70s where did you go, who were the djs? Anyone want to own up to being a disco dancing champion? Maybe you fell in love at your disco? Have you kept your old disco 45s or did your friends turn them all into ashtrays and does anyone care to own up to what you were wearing back then?
I'd love to hear from you, you can drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow me on twitter @dj_davepearce or join my facebook group. Moby joins us on the first show to tell us about the Dance track that most influenced him and Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood has a rummage through his records to pick his ultimate 12". So I hope you can raid your record collection and tell me some of your faves too!