PRINT October 1994


the Remix Generation

DANCE MUSIC HAS BEEN associated with young people and with youth culture throughout modern times. Dance music gets you through your teens, 20s, and beyond, and through the working week. Intrinsically hedonistic, it is closely tied to the body and to sexuality. Dance music brings people together across all social barriers. Sometimes it also constitutes barriers of its own, including some, excluding others. It is going-out-late-afterwork music, weekend-in-the-city music, and its themes are simple and direct—love, loss, lust, dancing. As Sheryl Lee Ralph sings on her 1994 dance-floor remix of her earlier techno dance classic “In The Evening,”

New York—life in the city can be so hard, But after dark . . . I light up like a star. In the evening the real me comes alive, I can feel it, something happens that I can’t describe,

But it helps me to survive.1

The remix single is the central form of much

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