Ooh, Bill, you're such a Bad Boy
When a DJ mixes, his records become Buddhist prayer wheels, spun for souls and salvation. We dance to celebrate the DJ in his moment of ecstasy.
In the beginning-1980s Chicago, in this case-Bad Boy Bill helped design the city's pioneering dance sound, mixing tracks by house- music architects like Steve "Silk" Hurley and Marshall Jefferson with the Beastie Boys and Cover Girls.
My friends and I came of age with Bad Boy Bill, cruising weekend nights with the Hot Mix 5 bangin' the box. George Lucas had Wolfman Jack; we had Bad Boy Bill kickin' it live from the holy WBMX studio.
While other kids bought guitars, we got decks, mixing boards and wax.
Bill's mixes jumped-still do, 20 years later. You have no choice but to jack your body. While most DJs are scratching their heads deciding what to play next, Bill has already seamlessly cut and mixed two or three tracks. If Paul Oakenfold were an Easter egg, Bill would be Faberge.
Last year he was named America's Number One Favorite DJ by BPM magazine. Soon he will begin a monthly residency at Avalon in New York City.
House music without Bad Boy Bill would be like rock 'n' roll without Eddie Van Halen. Not as many souls saved, including mine.Bad Boy Bill spins at Montage on Oct. 8. 619-294-9590.