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I caught word of an 18 piece live disco band performing in SF - and you know I had to check out that action!

This is me and my hott man on bart on our way to the show. I wish we'd thought to take before and after photos - would have been a good night for it.

It was a lovely night. We met our friends Pup and Tag and had a great time running around the club, dancing, and hanging out. The party was at Mezzanine in SF. It's been a while since I've been in a big overcrowded nightclub like that and I'd completely forgotten how annoying it can be (must be why so many people get so fucked up, because then you don't care as much.) I'm still fairly adept at clubbing though.

I'd never been to Mezzanine before, but I'd heard it tended to be overly full (which was true) and that the crowd was mostly made up of very young hipsters (which was also true.) I have to say, though, that these kids really did bust it out as far as dressing for the party!

Lots of people went totally all-out in their disco looks - enough so that the folks who just showed up in jeans were in the minority. Clothing-wise it actually resembled the mix of styles you'd see in a club in the earliest '80s, during the last days of full-on disco (the '80s revival hipsters in their H&M stuff just fit right in, let me tell you. It looked like 1982 out there!)

Personally, I wore PVC pants - for the first and last time EVAR. (They were free from a clothing exchange, and as soon as I get a chance to wash 'em they are going right back to the next one I attend!) Admittedly, my ass did look great, but OMG were they ever schweaty and oogy! Vinyl is for records - not for pants!! And that is all I'm gonna say on the subject.

There were several "perfect moments" of dancing and laughing... right before our friends left, we were all dancing and the DJ put on Disco Night / Rock - Freak (you can hardly go wrong with Chic) and then just as Jovino and I were taking off we had to run back in to dance to a version of "Don't Leave Me This Way" (with a male vocalist) which I had never heard. We then bounced out of the club to a favorite Sylvester song (Mighty Real) - leaving on a high note. Shortly before that, one of the DJs also dropped the track containing the sample used in the Bucketheads' "The Bomb" ("Street Player" by Chicago.) It was awesome. I just love hearing (and spinning!) the original tracks that familiar samples come from (there are a ton of Salsoul track that were made into the 3rd generation house music which I loved so much.)

The band we saw tonight (Escort, out of NY) was quite good. As far as I could tell, all their material was original, but they had the classic sound nailed right down. We also heard Bus Station John, who seemed to remember us from when we used to be regulars at his Thursday night club, Tubesteak Connection. To my delight, he was throwing down the funky/groovy ~120 bpm stuff that I like best. I've heard him doing the late disco period High NRG stuff which is just not my bag. The music he was spinning tonight was just what I like!

Honestly I've got to admit that I'm a bit jealous of those vinyl disco DJ boys - I know there is so much stuff I would love that is only on old records... but I can't afford to go down that road, at least not right now. Hopefully it'll still be possible to even get this stuff, when I am finally able to afford it (and the technology to play it.) ;-)

We also saw two different sets of tag-teaming DJs. I don't mean to be snarky, but I have to say that technically I am a better disco DJ than I tend to give myself credit for. I would like to think that I would manage to spin without breaking the beat as badly as I heard a few times tonight (though god knows there are no perfect DJs - or if there are, I am certainly not one of them!)

All in all, an awesome night! We also have big plans to join our friends for an all-out classic SF party weekend some time in the not to distant future (though it may have to be post FC) which should include some crazy all-night party, the endup, hot tubbing, and possibly even a late-night (or late-afternoon!) chill out walk on the beach. I am really fucking looking forward to that!

I may be getting old (my feet hurt enough at the end of the night that I had the taxi go clear down our block instead of stopping at the corner) but I ain't dead yet, and it has been far too long since I had one of those weekends. One of the few things I miss about living in SF is how much easier it was to do these things when I lived there.

I do have to realize that it was made all the easier not only by living in the Haight (with my own hot tub, no less) but also by having the budget to just take cabs if I wanted to! There's nothing like climbing out of a cab, hiking up the stairs to your awesome 3rd floor flat (half a block off of Haight Street) then kicking off your shoes, kicking on the DJ rig, and hopping into the hot tub for the ultimate chillaxing. (I really can't complain... we're even going to have a hot tub here, as soon as we take the time to get it repaired and set up. And my life right now is pretty goddamn good, even without a hot tub!)

So anyway! Another awesome night with my awesome boyfriend and our awesome friends! (Last seen at the club being awesome and sucking down expensive cocktails.) Aww yeah. I am a lucky girl - and I fucking love my man!!!

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16 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
Comments
zoe_serious From: zoe_serious Date: December 1st, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a great post and little snapshot of your evening. That photo of the two of you on the BART is wicked, you're damn cute together (well and apart, but really super together). It's also fun to read a post about the music at a club from a dj that knows her shit, it's a more intimate description and enjoyment (and I suppose non enjoyment with trainwrecks).

big smiles from me this morning on this one, it was nice to wake up to your post :)
From: catwoman69y2k Date: December 1st, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
PVC still has potential but there has to be soem better backing for it so that you have something less sweaty that is directly against your skin. I know that I can never find PVC pants that will fit me (Im too big in the hips) but at least a skirt has alot more breathing room (except for pencil style skirts).

PS: You guys look so cute!
pyrokitten_mew From: pyrokitten_mew Date: December 1st, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
yay for fun nights out!

do you think those pvc pants would fit me? if so, i'll take 'em!
From: drunkenhauswife Date: December 1st, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

vinyl

I don't know if this would suit your needs, but on thinkgeek.com there is an affordable vinyl-to-digital turntable that you use to digitize records. The key there is affordable, and then also you don't have to shlep around fragile records. They also have a slightly more expensive, but still affordable, cassette-to-digital converter I want (I have so many cassettes from the 80s).

I'd love to sneak out and meet y'all at a club sometime.
jessicaberlin From: jessicaberlin Date: December 2nd, 2007 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Don't leave me this way (one of my fave disco-tunes evah)

Jimmy Summerville covered it in the mid 80s. That might be what you heard (even though he hardly sounds like a man). It was a big hit in Germany and they always played it in the club I used to go to when I was 15/16.
jessicaberlin From: jessicaberlin Date: December 2nd, 2007 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Don't leave me this way (one of my fave disco-tunes evah)

He covered Mighty Real too by the way, same time.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: December 2nd, 2007 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Don't leave me this way (one of my fave disco-tunes evah)

Of COURSE! Thanks for the hot tip! I read a great interview with Jimmy S once... he talked about disco/"dance music" (what we called disco after it became Officially Uncool) and how Sylvester made it possible for him to have the career that he has. Very smart, deep, sensitive and aware fellow, he seems to be.

Thanks for the comment, I am sure it must have been his version!

I'm working on a disco demo CD and a soul demo... when I finally get 'em done I'll make sure you get copies since I know you love this music like I do.

:-)

Missed you tonight!

robotter From: robotter Date: December 3rd, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cute pic!

Are you letting your hair grow out, or has it just been a while? Do I need to fly out there and bleach it for you?

To dovetail the conversation, one time when you and P-ter were out of town, Joyce was housesitting for you and I came over and she bleached my hair and dyed it orange, and I bleached her hair and dyed it pink!

I miss being close enough to do those kinds of things....
From: lord_kook Date: December 4th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
great pic. also, disco at mezz ftw!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 4th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Escort are loosely tied to DFA Records, btw, which explains the hipsters!
From: constructchris Date: December 4th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Escort are loosely tied to DFA Records, btw, which explains the hipsters!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 5th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Don't Leave Me This Way

Hey,

I enjoyed reading your review of Paradise. I was the DJ that played that cover of "Don't Leave Me This Way." Its the non-album 12" by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Was definitely a thrill to see the spot lights blast the audience during the chorus-part. If you liked that part of the night (i.e. when I was mangling the transition into "Mighty Real") then you should check out our other events. We're not trying to ape anybody, were just trying to have a good time!

Derrick Love
thegeminidisco.com
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: December 5th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Don't Leave Me This Way

Wow, thanks for the hot tip! I'm curious how you found my post. Will definitely check out your site (and your other events.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 5th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Don't Leave Me This Way

You left a link to your blog on the Jaded Gay Dj's page. Wasn't too hard to go from there!

By the way the name of the club we are throwing Electric Boogie at is "The 222 Club" at 222 Hyde and turk st.

-D
thecatsmeowww From: thecatsmeowww Date: December 14th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fab pic!!!
thecatsmeowww From: thecatsmeowww Date: December 14th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
a version of "Don't Leave Me This Way" (with a male vocalist)...really, cool...I haven't heard that before either...was it good?
16 smooches or Gimme Some Love!