Today’s track is a re-issue that Dark Entries Records releases today. Why this track? Here is a a quick explanation.
Dark Entries’s mission is said to release forgotten tracks of the ever changing undergrounds of subcultures. Josh Cheon, the guy who gave birth to the label, stumbled upon the recordings of Patrick Cowley during a party in 2009. Cowley, who died from AIDS-related illness at the age of 32, became an icon for gays in San Francisco and inspiration for new disco productions from groups such as Pet Shop Boys or New Order.
Coming back to Dark Entries, the label has issued four compilations of Patrick Cowley. Being such a significant contributor to the gay scene, no surprise that Cheon played on a few parties during last weekend’s PRIDE in San Francisco.
Today’s re-release fits into Dark Entries’ mission to release “long forgotten” music that contributed to and formed a specific culture, specifically the gay culture, in the past. From Dark Entries’ website, here is the story and reason for the re-issue of “Qu’est c’qu’il a (d’plus que moi ce négro là?)” from Krootchey:
Philippe Krootchey was a musician, DJ, radio and television host born in Versailles, France in 1954. In the early 1970s he joined political gay liberation movement Revolutionary Homosexual Action Front (Front Homosexuel d’Action Révolutionnaire) that gave radical visibility to homosexuals. Turning to the decadent nightclub scene of Paris, Philippe became one of the most important disc jockeys of the late 70s and early 80s holding residencies at les Bains-Douches and the Privilège. Philippe’s look was striking and his elegance and charisma massive. In 1981 he formed the band Love International with Philippe Chany and Fred Versailles and released the hit disco single “Dance On The Groove (And Do The Funk)”. […] Reversing the racial scales, Philippe (who is black) would get the girls and the fame, making white people jealous. It was Philippe’s tactful way to joke about racism he had experienced and overcame.” The result is a slick synthetic funk and electro boogie reminiscent of Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambata. Philippe rap and subverting racism at the same time. […]