"Clap your hands if you like the dick," sings Reggie Hall on Parris Mitchell's soulful 1995 piano anthem "All Night Long." "Baby girl, won't you suck me? I want to cum in your mouth," Reggie propositions in the song's second verse, singing so sweetly that even your uptight auntie couldn't take offense at it.
Chicago house has always had a naughty side, but since the mid-90s, nobody has put sex center stage like Dance Mania, the label that is synonymous with the city's short-lived but widely-cited ghetto house movement.
After 200 releases and a catalogue that spanned nearly two decades, the label ultimately ran into financial trouble as the new millienium approached, and its former brick-and-mortar headquarters on Chicago's West Side went into foreclosure. While high-profile label artists like DJ Funk, DJ Deeon, and DJ Slugo have pulled strings to put the Dance Mania stamp on more recent one-off releases, the label has essentially been a closed shop since about 1999, with a release schedule that has slowed to barely a trickle.
But in the spring of 2013, the label announced that it was back in business with an extended re-issue of Parris Mitchell's Project EP, the 1995 record that contains the aformentioned sexing single "All Night Long," as well as an EP of classic juke and footwork jams from Traxman. And in the first month of 2014, British record label Strut Records will team up with Dance Mania to release a compilation that follows the Chicago label's groundbreaking catalogue from the earliest proto-house records through acid house and aggressive techno and into ghetto house, juke, and footwork.
On the occasion of Dance Mania's imminent revival, we look back at our favorite Dance Mania moments—the ones with no filter, the songs that celebrate what we all (or at least most of us) came to the party to do: drink, smoke, and hump somebody. So without further ado...
PAUL JOHNSON - "SUCK MY CANDY CANE"This track opens with Paul Johnson waxing philsophical about "knob slobbing" in the voice of a high-minded Afrocentric poet: "Peace, my brothers. Keep the dicks... sucked." As if that wasn't enough to make this totally bizarre and uncomfortable, the hi-fidelty slurping sounds start to filter into the mix, and then there are vocal harmonies and... I just... it's a bit too much for my fragile disposition. Catch the legend live in New York City at our THUMP Party at Output this Thursday, November 21, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Merry Christmas!
PARRIS MITCHELL FT. REGGIE HALL - "ALL NIGHT LONG"
TRAXMEN - "FUCKIN'/SUCKIN'"
DJ DEEON - "DICK & BALLS"
DJ DEEON - "YO MOUF"
DJ FUNK - "DIK WORK"
DJ D-MAN AND BILLY BOY - "DOOKY BOOTY"