I’m extremely proud and honored to start off this new monthly article segment for TRILLVO, so thank you RayTrill for this opportunity and for having faith in me. Now let’s get started, shall we?
“Lost In The Shuffle” will be a look into tracks that have helped pioneer and build the dance music culture. The music I plan to introduce may be songs of yester-year, tracks that you may or may not have ever heard before, and also some bangers that have been long forgotten in the archive of your favorite DJ’s hard drive.
I’d like to kick this month’s segment off with a track that holds sentimental value, and is near and dear to me. So, grab your “Popcorn”. We’re going back, way back in fact. Before the days of “EDM”, before the rave culture movement in the 90s, before house music was introduced into the 80s, and even before the glory of disco days in the 70s – there was “Popcorn.” A track that was written and produced by Gershon Kingsley in 1969. I was first introduced to this majestic wonder via 8-track cassette by my grandmother when I was 3 years old back in 1979. At such a young age, I hadn’t been exposed to a wide variety of musical genres, but for some reason this track made me smile, dance and definitely grabbed my attention.
Hot Butter, later on, re-recorded a more well known version of this hit in 1972 and brought the song to a global mass appeal status. Back then there was no such thing as “EDM” or “techno,” and there wasn’t any other track out there of it’s kind, so it couldn’t really be labeled. All you could do is like “Popcorn.” With its quirky popping sounds and infectious hypnotic synth, this song became an instantaneous radio hit and mainstay of your local discotheques throughout the 70s. You will definitely hear various remixes of “Popcorn” on YouTube, my favorite being Adam K’s 2009 progressive house take on the classic.
This song shows you just how far back the dance music culture of today originated from. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some “Popcorn.”