I don’t like to go out much anymore because I’ve come to think it’s mainly an unproductive waste of time, but I’ve started making it to some of the newer Phoenix “DJ nights.” It’s almost a whole new generation of people, with nary a familiar face(which is both good and bad.) On Saturdays people seem to go to Black Forest Mill on 52nd st and Indian School. The night is called “Cheap Thrills.” The guys that run it know how to put on a great party. I try to have a good time when I go, but its certain i don’t belong in these times and places. Back in the days of “Hot Pink” and before that “Panic” and before that the L.A. nights I used to frequent, I used to know 90% of the songs,(assume a slight margin of error in that estimate) but now at these newer events I don’t recognize a single jam. In fact I can barely even detect when one song ends and the next begins. It’s just straight up mechanical dance music with a bunch of remixes of various genres all hodgepodged together and run through a zillion computers. It’s just very inhuman, and somehow must be related to the general depersonalization personified in the newer generation. Almost every single person who attends these events is unapologetically sleazy, with the remainder being merely apologetically sleazy(ie they regret it the next day.) In my observations the people have absolutely no loyalty to one another and go home with whomever. They just sort of go with the flow and have no qualms about anything. The whole thing has sort of “dark side of free love” ambianic feel to it. When I was a kid in the late 80′s there used to always be that commercial where the guy said “I love disco, and I hear it’s making a comeback!” Well, a few years ago my friend Lawrence and I were talking about music trends and said that disco was now coming back except that it would be “disco with balls.”
I was never as huge fan of disco as someone like Whit Stillman, but I would have to say I prefer it in it’s older, melodic, romantic… dare I say “castrated” form.
I’ve been trying to go to more random places to broaden and get out of my element a bit. Phoenix is a huge city with millions of people, yet everyone just knows the same 50 people. Surely there are interesting people out there somewhere if we seek them out and give them a chance. Or like that episode of the The Twilight Zone are people really alike all over?