In 2007, I walked into another world, located inside the heart of San Francisco. It was 1964!, the rowdiest dance party I have ever been too. I was introduced to a tableau of young folks dancing faster and harder than I had ever seen before, to songs that seemed sacred: rare, raw, girl groups, and soul 45’s from early to mid-1960s. It all happened in a 50ft x 50ft room, painted black, with zero ventilation and barely any lighting. It was magic, my first time dancing to 60s soul music outside my bedroom, and it changed my life.
But, that’s how everyone else seems to refer to 1964!: “life changing.” After years of hearing stories and also larger than life declarations of devotion to 1964!, I knew that I needed to start recording these recollections.
In honor of the 12th anniversary of 1964!, as well as its ending, I produced a short documentary(ish) of some of the more wild and tender memories of the night, from the mouths of the DJs and dancers who were involved in 1964! over the years.
You should listen — it’s the closest you’ll get to actually being there:
Favorite quotes to look out for:
“It looks like a German Beerhall that has hit its head and gotten confused and thinks it’s Scottish.” - Nick Waterhouse
“Watching the clock that’s over the doorway and wishing I could slow down the hands so we could go longer.” - Jackie Sugarlumps
“We called it ‘Church.’” - Tyla Jones (DJ Tylawave)
“That’s what I’m going to remember, in my paisley pajamas at 95.” - Troy Corduroy
“1964 made a home for me in San Francisco.” - Alison Leddy (DJ The Biz)
It was such a blast to interview so many folks about a topic that I’m so passionate about, and try to turn experiences that are so personal into a piece that would be fun for anyone who listened. My non-stop mission to communicate the magic that dance floors have here in the Bay Area, to a larger audience, keeps getting more complicated and more enjoyable…
Producing radio that only I could make is the most satisfying experience I’ve had in my career. I hope that remains a constant.
Congratulations to everyone who made 1964! such a life-changing experience for so many — especially the one and only, Matt Bonar.