This Week On All Songs Considered: America In The Grips Of Dance Fever

Pete Tong and Gilles Peterson of BBC Radio One.

Pete Tong and Gilles Peterson of BBC Radio One. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artists

For this week's electronic edition of All Songs Considered, we bring in Gilles Peterson and Pete Tong of BBC Radio One to talk about the beginnings of electronic music in Detroit, Chicago and New York, its move to the U.K., and its recent resurgence in the States.

For those who are unfamiliar with their work, Peterson has been a DJ and label owner for more than 30 years. Through his labels Acid Jazz, Talkin' Loud and Brownswood Recordings, and on his weekly radio program, Peterson has built a reputation for having wildly eclectic tastes.

Tong is celebrating his 20th year with BBC Radio 1. World-renowned in the club music scene, Tong's weekly essential mix features the latest electronic dance music, and has made him a hugely influential force in the house and techno communities.

In tracing the legacy of house and techno in America, Tong and Peterson introduce a long list of names that influenced the club scene in America. Here are some cuts from the names that were mentioned in the show.


Liquid Liquid




Larry Heard (aka Mr. Fingers)


Frankie Knuckles


Carl Cox


The Prodigy


Sasha & Digweed


Joy Orbison



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from