28 January 2011

House Music - 1980s Origins...

House music was a brand new dance music genre which originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. House was influenced by Disco, just as Disco was influenced by soul, funk, etc.

So, how did "House" get its name? There are several answers to that!

Was it named after Frankie Knuckles' disco, The Warehouse? The Warehouse played Disco music, but in the early 1980s some patrons were apparently referring to the Disco music heard there as "house", simply because it was heard at the WareHOUSE! Did this name then pin itself on to the new Chicago music, the first true House sounds?

Was it thus named because some people were producing these new sounds using machines in their own homes?

There are other theories, but it's really of no consequence. The origins of the name are actually quite blurred, and perhaps the "House" tag originated from more than one source.

Blasting out of early '80s Chicago (the Channel 4 documentary Pump Up The Volume cites 1983 as "Year Zero" for the House music genre), the new sound became increasingly prevalant and popular. The first House track to chart in the UK was Jack Your Body by Steve "Silk" Hurley in 1986. 

This new popular music genre depended greatly on the new and affordable technology on which music could be made in the early-to-mid 1980s!

So, good things did come from the decade so many people like to priggishly revile!

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