Dance Music Pick of the Week: Charles Feelgood at Focus (With MP3 Link!)


Listen/download “Charles Feelgood vs. Michael Jackson” here.

Revealing a favorite DJ can date you like an exotic
entertainer who plays Bon Jovi for her pole-dancing finale. (She thinks
she's rocking out like it's 1988 on the Sunset Strip, but she's really
putting on a sad bio-drama.) Likewise, sometimes it's embarrassing to
admit that my favorite spinners–John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, DJ Dan–all made their first splashes deep within the Clinton era. Kids
raised on Steve Aoki, A-Trak and Diplo don't know vinyl from a fetish.
Still, it's a consolation prize to see some of my all-time 1990s jocks
taking the two-turntable medium to new heights in the late '00s.

Charles Feelgood's bootleg goodness is always contemporary in its
energy and familiarity. With Feelgood, Michael Jackson gets
memorialized in loopy bliss as the DJ cross-fades back and forth like a
hip-hop champ. Feelgood, in fact, was campaigning pop vocals mashed-up
with house music (illicitly so) long before the blog house craze hit
the American Apparel generation. One of my favorite showcases includes
Feelgood's performance at a party on the rooftop of a Miami club in
2000. As lightning lit up the tropical night sky in the distance, a
bevy of West Coast spinners (including DJ Dan, Terry Mullan and Eric
Davenport) traded off deck duties like Lakers coming off the bench. It
was Feelgood, however, with his relentless box full of reworked '80s
classics (The Police, “When the World is Running Down”), who stole the

Sure, I'll bow to the irreverent highs of the Black Ghosts, Guns N
Bombs, and MSTRKRFT: The new kids are bringing fun back. But on a warm
summer night, nobody tickles the good foot like Orange County's own
Feelgood. Trust me, by the time he's done throwing down promo after
promo (Bill Withers' “Lovely Day” anyone?) you'll be writhing on the
floor begging him to stop. And that's cool, even if your haircut isn't.

Charles Feelgood DJs Tuesday, July 7, at Focus at Tapas, 4253
Martingale Way, Newport Beach. 18+. Doors at 9:30. $5 before 10:30 with
RSVP, $12 after. Info:

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