Jussi Kantonen – Taxi Driver mix
The report to the commissioner states that taxi driver Travis Bickle and Iris, the teenage prostitute he was trying to save from her pimp, went disco dancing on several nights prior to the shootings on Lower East Side. Travis Bickle or Iris were not available for comment, but according to a friend of hers, she liked to frequent clubs like Infinity and Boombamakaoo.
As documented in Vince Aletti’s book The Disco Files the programming was quite surprisingly eclectic in New York in 1976. Iris and Travis could have been doing the latin hustle to salsaesque tracks (Ruis Ortiz: Hot Blood, the opening cut of the mix) along with Salsoul-style orchestral titles (Night Journey by Doc Severinsen which follows the Ortiz track, Darkness by The Zacar Orchestra, All I’ve Got by Astrud Gilberto, among others), pracing up and down wildly to eurodisco (Disco Do Brazil by Paolo, Desperado by Sgt. Cracker’s Band etc), as well as oscillating free form to fast tempo jazz disco like Sugar Free by Hank Crawford. Travis can’t have been much of a dancer, though.