Soundtrack: Frankie Knuckles Live At The Sound Factory In 1990

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Soundtrack: Frankie Knuckles Live At The Sound Factory In 1990

Last month, the electronic music community tragically lost one of it's founding members- Frankie Knuckles - due to complications form diabetes.  The New York born, Chicago based DJ and produced is aptly coined the "Godfather Of House Music" after he essentially started the genre in the early 1980s.

House music began at the Warehouse Nightclub in Chicago as a response due to a severe decline in output of disco records by the major record companies.  This was due in part to a 97.9 WLUP-FM (CHI) radio stunt, called Disco Demoltion, where shock jock Steve Dahl blew up thousands of disco records in between a White Sox double-header at Comiskey Park.

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In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Frankie Knuckles said "I witnessed that caper that Steve Dahl pulled at Disco Demolition Night and it didn't mean a thing to me or my crowd. But it scared the record companies, so they stopped signing disco artists and making disco records. So we created our own thing in Chicago to fill the gap."  People soon began reference to the new sound as "the type of music they play down at The Warehouse" or just "house music".

A week or so before his passing, Frankie Knuckles recently shared with XLR8R an archived mix of a live set recorded live at the Sound Factory in NYC in 1990.   The mix is an hour long collection of house classics, capturing the depth of the genre that he was so instrumental in creating.

Use this mix as you see fit in your medium intensity workouts- it hovers around 120 bpms, so it we see it working well for longer, endurance training. Let Frankie's love be your strength and inspiration.

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