I have a friend, a skinhead girl turned mod, who has lived out in Brooklyn for many years now, and she says that when friends come out to visit from west coast she's reluctant to take them to local soul nites because, in her opinion, the music is way below west coast standards, which is funny because when I come back from London and going to a 'do there, I think the same about our clubs, how the english clubs play way better music. I think a lot of that too, is US DJs are so preoccupied with "rare" records that oftentimes they play stuff that is rare but not any good.
Yeah, no kidding. Nothing I hate more than watching a dance floor empty because the pretentious DJ stops spinning the stuff people like and spends 20 minutes showing how cool he is because he found some obscure Leslie Kong-produced track that probably hasn't been played since it was first recorded 40 years ago. I've got to the point where I just don't bother anymore. There's nothing wrong with wanting to dance to the classics, dammit!