12 West Mix
The 2nd mix in the series based on the club charts of Vince Aletti’s book Disco Files. This one contains records spinned at the legendary New York gay club 12 West during the last week of 1975 and the first ones of 76, seemingly the culmination point of a particularily bizarre period in music history. This is when the disco remake subgenre was at it’s peak and all kinds of dance versions of hits and unlikely hitettes flooded the market from all over the globe.
One would have thought the shirtless guys at places like 12 West and The Flamingo would go for tough tracks but no, they embraced the camp excesses of “Baby Face” by The Wing and A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps and “My Way” by The Bobby Azeff Orchestra. Talking of which, even Frank Sinatra himself decided to update his repertoire with a discofied interpretation of the standard “Night And Day”, included here along with then-hot diva dance tunes by flamboyant gay icons Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand.