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Michaelangelo Matos

Michaelangelo Matos is at work on Can’t Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop’s Blockbuster Year for Da Capo Press (fall 2019). He is the author of The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America (Dey Street/HarperCollins), Rolling Stone’s number-two music book of 2015, and scripted Do You Remember—A Podcast About Hüsker Dü, a five-part documentary you can download at thecurrent.org/collection/husker-du. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

"A History of the Male Orgasm in Dance Music"
Relax . . . it’s a presentation, not a demo. Ever since David Mancuso turned out the lights, spiked the punch bowl with acid, and dropped the mid-section of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” during his all-night sets at the early editions of his foundational party The Loft in 1970, the disco floor has been a consistent site of the performed male orgasm. Sometimes it’s been right on the beat, as with Patrick Cowley’s “Menergy”; sometimes it’s held its own rhythm, against or across grid-like beats, as on Loose Joints’ “Is It All Over My Face (Male Version).” This presentation will dig into the history of the above-mentioned songs as well as others such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” and 2 Body’s “French Kiss (Gay Version),” as well as suggesting that certain widely-sampled male vocal ejaculations (e.g. the James Brown yelp) represent, well, just that.