Less than three years after Bianca Jagger celebrated her birthday just days after the club's opening in 1977 (see The Night That Changed Everything Post below), Studio 54 was shuttering its doors after a wild ride hosting New York City's elite. The closing party at Studio 54 came to be known as "The End of Modern-Day Gomorrah."
The Date: 4 February 1980
The Place: Studio 54, NYC
The Event: The original closing night of Studio 54 and the party called "The End of Modern-Day Gomorrah"
The Guests: Diana Ross, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson, Richard Gere, Ryan O'Neal, Reggie Jackson, Mariel Hemingway and more.
The Scene: The disco era was ending as the musical landscape welcomed the grittier punk and new wave scenes. Studio 54, the epicenter of disco, closed with one final party called "The End of Modern-day Gomorrah". An A-List of stars gathered and packed the dance floor one last time. Soon the club's owners (Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell) would be imprisoned for tax evasion.Shortly after the nightclub's closing, cocaine and money were found in its walls.
For one last night however, Studio 54 was the place to be. Imagine the scene, as the night grew longer and the music played on and on. By the time Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" dropped, the dance floor was packed and the party had started.
Listen to the playlist here: The End of Modern-Day Gomorrah
We make playlists for many different reasons. Sometimes it is to capture a mood or introduce friends to new music. Other times, our mixes can chronicle certain events. One of our favorite playlists captures a particular night at Studio 54, the infamous New York's night spot.
The Date: 2 May 1977
The Place: Studio 54, NYC
The Event: Bianca Jagger's 32nd Birthday Party
The Guests: Mick Jagger, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, Tina Turner, Truman Capote and more.
The DJ: Nicky Siano
The Scene: Studio 54 had been open just one week when club owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager agreed to host Bianca Jagger's birthday bash on a Monday night in May. With his club (The Gallery) closed, Nicky Siano was at the turntables. Over the course of more than six wild hours, the nightclub scene....and the music scene...were forever transformed. Siano spun a mix of soul, funk, reggae and rock. As the night wore on, Siano worked the crowd into a frenzy--on and off the dance floor--and those lucky enough to be there experienced an epic musical event. The music sizzled..and dance music and nightlife were never the same again.
Listen to the Playlist:
We love that spicy Cuban sound. If you like the tasty soundtrack to Chef, we are here to take you to the next level of groovin' Cuban beats. This is a great mix to cook to! Música picante at its finest!!
David Mancuso's private "loft" parties during the 1970s in New York City were legendary for their mix of great music and a vibrant disco scene. Mancuso had an unusual style of playing records. He was known for leaving space between each track, playing them fully from beginning to end with no adjustments. He had a reverence for music, especially good, new music and his DJ style told the stories from the songs. He used each song to create a profound musical narrative to generate and reflect a changing mood.
It's November and the holiday season is almost upon us. Here's a playlist of songs keeping our turntables busy while we prepare for the mad rush. As we like to say "music has no rules" and this month's list is no exception. New or old...it just has to be good to be included. Some of our favourites this month includes the retro sounding "Kingdom of Beauty" from Courtship Ritual, a fantastic track from The 2 Bears called "Get Out", and new songs from Daniel Wilson and Asgeir. Enjoy the sounds of November!
Don't let the approaching dreary days of winter get you down. We have the cure for the wintertime blues: Sunny Day Reggae Gems. Here's a collection of some of our favourite sunny reggae songs. From many unknown hidden reggae gems to some of the genre's bigger hits, this list will put you in the island state of mind (no matter the temperature outside).