‘The House That Chicago Built’ Trailer

This is the first official trailer for the new film, The House That Chicago Built.

The film covers House Music’s history, from its birth in Chicago through its evolution to becoming the world’s top genre of music.

The film ‘brings together the entire field of House music icons, brought together for the first time, from its biggest superstars to the real unsung heroes who contributed to this international phenomenon.’

See the film site for more info.

16 thoughts on “‘The House That Chicago Built’ Trailer

  1. If none of these “experts” in the field can answer the question, then the first house record can’t have been very memorable. Probably because it was as unlistenable as everything that followed!

  2. That’s kind of like asking who the first person was.

    House evolved from disco B-side instrumentals —> custom tape edits of those instrumentals by a club’s resident or “house” DJ —> early productions by DJs that slowly replaced the disco records —-> classic House singles —-> modern man, walking erect.

    None of it was well documented so whatever record is held up as the first does not come with 100% scientific consensus. Maybe the first single that features an 808 paired with a synth baseline, piano and vocal sample?

  3. The reason non of them know what was the very 1st house recored is because the 1st house recored wasn’t from Chicago ,
    it was actually from NJ (New Jersey ) . I’ve been doing research on this for a very long time .

  4. 102.7 WBMX, and to a lesser extent, 107.5 WCGI
    Hot Mix Five
    When WBMX went off the air (sad indeed) 96.3 B96 took over the duties as they just completed their format change from Top 20 pop to Urban/Dance around 1988/89
    At that point house went from the innovative b-side, italo, r&b, gospel, jazz, disco (yes, with a smattering of rock, industrial, new wave) fusion to the commercialized C&C Music Factory, DeLite, Eurodance/Techno and stuff of that nature…along with that the look: Z. Cavericchi pants, CrossColors appearal and that jazz
    Don’t need to do the research, I just come from Chicago and witnessed it firsthand…I miss all my mixtapes: sitting on the edge of my seat every Fri/Sat night by my dual tape deck with my fingers on the digital tuner buttons set to 102.7 & 107.5…also the free lunch mix during the weekdays…hearing Armando say,” Now let’s get in the mix with ________(fill in the blank with Farley Jackmaster Funk, Marion Smokin Diaz, Kenny Jammin Jason, Mickey Mixin Oliver and the rest) on 102.7 BMX”
    Italo degenerated in Euro, Rap degenerated into Ganster (c)rap (think Whoodini/Curtis Blow to Public Enemy/NWA), New Wave was smashed by Grunge, and Depeche Mode tried to get all rock god after Violator
    It’ll never be the same, not with any of the elements in the world today…totally sucks. I credit WBMX, George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, and that sexy Nick Rhodes as the main influence for me getting into synths!

    1. Great track, but that’s pure italodisco. And a few years early. ‘House’ and ‘Techno’ were really stamped with those labels with those “House: the future sound of Chicago’ and “Techno: the future sound of Detroit” samplers that came out in about 88. These were ‘post fact’ labels, of course. Made it seem like a bunch of different things (reality) were in fact, one thing (which is marketing, reductionism, simplistic, insert word for dumbing down and rewriting history here).

    1. I don’t think they’re scared, bro. The music played at the Warehouse parties was called “house” music. It’s tough because all of the music Frankie played there was called house. I think if you heard some of the cuts that back in the day were called “house” music, you may not identify as relating to that style. It’s sort of a question of opinion as to which cut you think first exemplified what we now call “house music”. Maybe, “On and On” by Jesse Saunders.. I think it’s tough to say. It’s easier to identify changes in the genre, like “acid”, “garage”, etc. According to my recollection, Frankie Knuckles’ sets at The Warehouse gave rise to the term. It’s debatable which record was the first “house” record.

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