As can be seen with blues, jazz, and hip-hop, Americans ignore their musical heritage until the rest of the world has already canonized our greatest artists. When the Berlin organization Love Parade decided to visit San Francisco and throw one of its infamous dance parties this fall, it was a step toward proper recognition for electronic dance music, another homespun product. House stalwart DJ Dan manned the OM Records float there, looking a bit regal atop that motorized heap. It was a well-earned moment of splendor. Dan has been playing chunky, party-igniting house for well over a decade, yet most seasoned clubbers wouldn't recognize him on the street.
Dan got his start in the West Coast breaks scene, and he distinguished himself by mixing rock records into his sets -- his calling card for a while was dropping "Teen Spirit" right at the peak of the night. He's also produced a number of dance-floor workhorses, including "That Zipper Track." These days, he releases at least one mix CD a year and tours like a presidential candidate. In another 40 years, America may wake up to the rich heritage of house and techno, toward which it has so far turned a deaf ear.
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