I'm from Chicago and I'm here to tell you the artist of
the Percolator. His Name was then Cajmere but now he is
known as Green Velvet. Green Velvet (birth name Curtis Alan
Jones) is one of the Icons of Chicago House A.K.A. Deep
house in the world. Green was close to completing a Chemcial
Engineering Masters when scrapped it to become a DJ. He
Started Cajual Records on which he produced Instrunmental
tracks for himself and others.
The song which is on one of your music list titled "What's
it all about? The Top Forty Songs of All Time That Leave
More Questions Than Answers." is mostly known as"The
Percolator" or "It's Time For the Percolator"
but its original title is called "Coffee Pot".
Which should relieve a lot of scratching heads of the last
10-15 years. This song is considered by far a staple club
joint to most House fanactics.
There is also a dance that is done with it which when I
was asked once by my
mother "Why is it done like that?" I said "It's
simulating what the
percolator of a coffee pot does." The actual dance
calls for massive amounts
of coordination, rhythmn and energy. To do the dance you
turn to your side.
Put your hands up and out as if you're going to give a great
big huge and
you titter totter them up and down. All the whilest your
front leg is bent
and moving the upperpart of your body up and down in a bouncy
motion. There is also a double action version is "The
Percolator" but only
the most experienced of us can do that version!
Now I'm sure you're probably wondering as to where the
term "House" comes from as well. "House"
came from a Chicago night club called The Warehouse. I knew
of it's notariaty but was too young to go! Frankie Knunckle,
Dj Sneak, Cajmere, Carl Cox and any and all DJ's of merit
spun there. The Warehouse sarted in the mid-80's and by
1993 it was but a dream. The Warehouse was to house music
what Club 54 was to Disco.
So there you have it a brief but accurate history on 'The
Percolator." Green Velvet is now a cosmopolitan DJ
that travels and tours the world 24/7/365. -- She'ry Denae
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