International Womens Day Tribute- Aretha Franklin – Respect (1967)

March 4 is Internaianl Womens Day & what better way to pay our musical tribute then with this.. Aretha, belting out R.E.S.P.E.C.T!..

The theme song for the Womens Libeartion & Civil Rights movements throughout the 60’s & 70’s + one a ‘one of he greatest songs of all time’

Forty-four years ago today,

Aretha Franklin belted out a song that set her career afire, gave an anthem to a growing movement and stole some thunder from one of the biggest Soul singers around.

It was on this day in 1967 that Franklin stepped into the recording booth at the Atlantic Records studios in New York City and recorded her cover of Respect.

The song comes from a different angle than the previous hit released by Otis Redding in 1965, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when looking at the history of this great song.Aretha Franklin

Redding wasn’t even supposed to record the tune. At the time, Otis’ good friend and touring partner, Speedo Simms, was set to put the song onto wax. He co-wrote the song with a group he was in, which planned to record the tune. When the group broke up, he was left with the song. But get this, Respect actually started out as a slowed-down ballad.

Simms went to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to record it. With Redding in the studio, Simms tried his best to sing the song. But while Simms was known as a great stage performer, he had never recorded much. … Especially on his own. He folded up and couldn’t perform when the mic was turned on.

Redding then suggested that he should sing the song, with an up-tempo twist. He told Simms they’d be put on the credits as co-writers, but when the single was released on August 15, 1965, Redding was the sole writer listed.

Simms can be heard on Redding’s version, before several choruses, yelling the “Hey, Hey Hey” lines in the background.

Simms never argued with his friend or tried to sue for credit. Two years later, when Redding passed away, he let the matter go to the grave with the great singer.

But just a few months before the plane crash that took Redding’s life, Aretha Franklin recorded her own version of the tune. While Redding’s song was a plea for recognition from his woman, Franklin’s was an amped-up call for respect for herself and all womankind. The song was released in April of ’67 and quickly became the rallying cry for the growing women’s liberation movement and a signature tune in Franklin’s stage shows.

Before performing the song during concerts after Franklin’s release, Redding would often tell the crowd that he was about to sing a song that he once had, but had it stolen from him by a good friend. He truly did. While Redding’s version is a masterpiece, Franklin’s sits upon the mantel of great Soul songs of all time.

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Sloppy Seconds comes to Sydney!

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Greetings!  We come in peace!

I’m a recent Sydney transplant.  Born and raised in Hawaii I have spent most of my adult life in San Francisco (I’ve also lived in San Diego and Chicago).  I can be a bit reserved at first, so I thought no better way to introduce myself and tell you about my background than through my record collection.  I have been religiously collecting those round discs of plastic since the early/mid 80’s, so we have a lot to cover.

If Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel was what opened my eyes to the world of DJing, then Grandmixer D.ST.‘s “Megamix II:  So Why Is It Fresh?” is what caused me to purchase my first pair of turntables.  “Megamix II” was a collage of snippets and excerpts of records taken predominately from the genre shattering Celluloid label with some brief flashes of Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” thrown in (D.ST.’s first megamix was a similar working of songs mostly taken from Herbie Hancock’s “Future Shock” album as a promotional tool by Columbia to promote Herbie’s album.  Here’s another tidbit of useless information – “Rockit” was the first fusion of hip hop and jazz on wax.).

The liner notes on the back of the record listed the equipment used for “Megamix II”, and I remember it being not much more than two turntables, a mixer, some sort of recording device, a couple of keyboards and a drum machine – a perfect example of it’s not what you have, but it’s what you do with what you have.

Grandmixer D.ST. “Megamix II:  Why Is It Fresh?” @ 320

Here are some of the records used in “Megamix II” in its original form.

Coming up next  – how I discovered something called house music.

(I heart Paddy’s!)

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Track Of The Weekend#4: Inner City – Good Life @ RESPECT Warehouse Party Sat 20th Mar 2010

Played at the ‘RESPECT’ warehouse party @ 4am

Year: 1988

Style: Acid House

Mixed By – Magic Juan (Juan Atkins)

ProducerKevin Saunderson

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Sampled Track of the Day By DJ Phil Toke

Teddy Pendergrass (R.I.P)- You Can’t Hide From Yourself

This is a classic version of the great Teddy Pendergrass (R.I.P) performing; ‘You Can’t Hide From Yourself’ on Soul Train in 1979.
This was the sample used in 1997 by CHICAGO HOUSE legend ‘DJ Sneak’ in the seminal filtered disco-influenced house track ‘You Cant Hide From Your Bud’.

Teddy Pendergrass- You Cant Hide From Yourself

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DJ Sneak- You Cant Hide From Your Bud


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Also for anyone into classic Chicago House & Disco stuff like this come check out the RESPECT warehouse party this Sat 20th March

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Venue Details:

Loft/Warehouse Space in Sydney CBD, 5 mins from central station, Check here on the week for venue details

Mar 20th 2009

Music: Soul, Disco, Classic Chicago House & Detroit Techno

DJ’s: George Kristopher / Mr X / Phil Toke / MikeKon

Tickets: $10 Here or or email us here for more info :


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History of House Music Doco Video


Phil Toke @ Our House 2008

Music: Lil Louis – I Called U (The Conversation), (Epic, 1990)

Arty @ Our House 2008

Music: TJM- Small Circle Of Friends (House Works, 2005)

George  @ Our House 2008,

Music: Patrice Rushen– Haven’t You Heard (Elektra, 1980)

Our House Classic 1st B’day Video

Music: Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (House Music Anthem), (D.J. International Records, 1986)

If you dig the sound, be sure to check out Phil Toke, Mr X & George playing Chicago HOUSE DISCO Classics all night @ the ‘RESPECT’ Warehouse Party, (Sat 12th Sept 2009)

Our House Classics 101 Video Channel

Our House Presents: ‘RESPECT’ Funk, Disco + Classic House Music Warehouse Party, Sat 12th Sep 09, Sydney CBD (deep soulful jazzy house sydney)

Details: Loft/Warehouse Party (Sydney CBD)

Music: Soul, Disco, Classic House & Detroit Techno

Date: Sep 12th 2009

DJ’s: George Kristopher / Mr X / Phil Toke / MikeKon

Tickets: $10+ BF HERE  & Store DJ Shop (#9,Oxford Square, 63 Oxford St Darlinghurst)

Contact Info: PH: 0415 164 425 E:

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HYS & Our House present an inner city loft/warehouse party: ‘RESPECT’…

You are  invite you to our throwdown for fun, freedom & joy in a unique loft space till early morning.

Inspired by the pioneers; Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, Kerri Chandler & Danny Krivit… Expect the DJ’s to pay respect to their musical spirit & pay tribute to the last 30 years of house music & all its beautiful roots.

Expect everything from New York DISCO to Chicago HOUSE & Detroit TECHNO... Continue reading