I never went to my high school prom. But I guess I can still participate in today’s Old School Friday theme by jamming to some of my favorite songs to dance to during high school.
Really, I cannot recall going to a single dance sponsored by and/or held at my high school. I suppose my friends and I thought ourselves too cool to actually show up at something sanctioned by administration. But we sure were some dancing machines. Where I grew up, the big thing was “clubhouse parties.” Someone would find someone with a contact at an apartment complex with a really nice clubhouse or party room. They’d rent out the place (or give the money to the kid whose parents or other resident contact lived there), find a DJ, and get out the word (pre-Facebook and Twitter, mind you).
Then on the night of the Clubhouse Party, instead of a nice, intimate gathering of friends and family gathered together for little junior’s 8th birthday party or Dad’s retirement dinner, there’d be a huge city-wide shindig of preppy, perfume and cologne-infused young Black teens all ready to get their groove on.
(The police showed up more than once at these Clubhouse Parties.)
Wish you could have been there. Actually, it is a small world so maybe you were…
Zapp “Doo Wa Ditty”
Heatwave “Boogie Nights”
A Taste of Honey “Boogie Oogie Oogie”
Earth Wind and Fire “After the Love Has Gone”
Prince “Do Me Baby”
Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove”
Cameo “I Just Want to Be”
Switch “I Call Your Name”
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