Craig's Pop Life: 6.18.22
Hey, party people!
Hope you had a great week. Mine has been, um, interesting. I posted one simple tweet suggesting that it was a micro-aggression to refer to all dance music as "oontz oontz” music. I explained that it was reductive. Also, most of the younger people using the term don’t know enough about club music to make distinctions between what they should respect and what they should critique. It is very simply a way to dissmiss an entire genre of music—with Black queer roots—and the people who listen to it.
I’ve gotten thousands of racist and/or homophobic responses and even a coupla death threats, where I had to get Twitter involved.
All this to say, please don’t use the term, and when you feel comfortable, ask others not to use it.
On to happier things, I have an extraordinary Pride edition of the Craig’s Pop Life podcast. It’s an interview with singer Marc Sandane (some might remember him as the original vocalist that Luther replaced on “The Glow Of Love.”) Anyway, this legend has crossed paths with a number of cultural luminaries, including James Baldwin, Phyllis Hyman, Sylvester, Larry Levan, Cissy Houston, her daughter Whitney, and Labelle. He has stories! (And some pictures).
Check it out. It’s a whole kiki-filled history:
Mr. Sadane also figures in my recent story, “How Black Gay Men Changed Pop Music”
Some people had trouble reading the pdf, so here are links to read and share. Thanks!
DO YOU REMEMBER HOUSE?
HOUSE IS ALIVE
Distant People Ft Leah- Blessings (Francois A Remix)
Stoim & Lee Wilson - Thankful (Dj Kone & Marc Palacios Extended Remix)
Jesse Saunders & Josephine Banig Roberto - “Rock It (Til The Dawn) [Stranger Danger Deep Gruv Remix]”
Loleatta Holloway - “All About The Paper (Extended Mix)”
Marc Sadane - “One Minute From Love (Extended Mix)”
P.M. Dawn - “Reality Used To Be A Friend Of Mine (CJ Mackintosh Club Dub)”
Black Box (w/o Martha Wash) - “Native New Yorker (Steve “Silk” Hurley House Remix)”
J. Supreme w/ Cheryl Lynn - “Your Love (Encore) [Knee Deep Remix]”
The Banks Brothers - “God Will Take Care Of You”
Thanks for hanging out again. I hope you enjoyed the letter. Until next week, be cool, be kind, be creative, be yourself. Love, Craig