Filed under: Chicago Party | Tags: Assorted Losers, Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee
As the news spreads regarding Survivor’s intentions of suing Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee over their unauthorized use of their seminal hit “Eye Of The Tiger,” we have enjoyed seeing bandleader and Berwyn native Jim Peterik’s name appear in nearly every incarnation of the story. “The song has motivated thousands through the years to reach beyond their limits,” Peterik told NBC. “Its use for the release of Kim Davis does not support my views or my politics.”
In addition to “Eye Of The Tiger,” Peterik penned “Vehicle” for Ides Of March. We reached out to him during the conception of Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party in search of a suitable master for another one of his compositions, “Fire In The Groove,” performed by Marzette Griffith during Episode 3 of The Chicago Party. Jim found a piano demo featuring Marzette’s vocals, then a more elaborate version of the song voiced by Dave Bickler of Survivor, but could never put his hands on Griffith’s broadcast version. Despite Peterik’s provenance in the world of anthemic rock, he was always very cool with Numero staff and very generous with his time. So the Numero Group would like to officially announce our endorsement of JIM PETERIK for victorious party in this lawsuit. Good luck, Jim! May we suggest playing “Eye Of The Tiger” as you enter the courtroom?
Filed under: Chicago Party
During the editing, vetting, and researching processes for Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party, we watched A LOT of footage from the CopHerBox II archives. But with increased familiarity, a few of us began to develop a unique fondness for some of the elite ladies who attended these 1982 tapings. Only being two years of age during The Chicago Party 23-week run, I felt like I should commemorate some top-tier contenders for Miss Chicago Party.
Veronique appeared almost weekly on The Chicago Party, emceeing frequent fashion shows by local designer Carolyn Peoples. During the same period, Veronique was also a radio personality on influential frequency, WBMX. In my opinion, Veronique is the complete package—gorgeous, stylish, charismatic, PLUS, a WBMX profile from the era reveals her to be have been a high school basketball star, and a graduate of the University of Guadalajara [so she’s fluent in Spanish]. There was lots of lovely people running around the CopHerBox II, but Veronique’s profile plus active role in The Chicago Party gives her top billing.
#2 This Woman
This is where things get a little difficult. Unless you were a performer on The Chicago Party, your identity remains obscured. So what name do we put on each individual tenderoni trophy? Returning from a commercial break, this woman is immediately striking, but her attitude and full-eye-contact camera antics score off the chart on the personality meter. These rankings could fluctuate a little, but it always makes me happy to see this particular lady doing her thing.
#3 Sorta Southside Lady Miss Kier
This woman’s oversized jewelry, asymmetrical retrodelic hairdo, and lime-sherbert evening wear seem like something that Deee-Lite’s leading lady might have fashioned for herself were she ten years older and 100% more African-American. This lady’s moves are kind of understated as well. In terms of ranking, this could be an upset in the making.
#4 Rainbow Dancer
This certified dime can be seen dancing with a tall/dark/handsome gentleman who could be mistaken for Alexander O’Neal (who did record in Chicago in 1982). A trippy close-up reveals that this patron’s complexion to be flawless.
#5 Tie: MC2
It’s a matter of Lennon/McCartney taste/opinion which of MC2’s breathy vocalists is the most fine.
Verdict: Too close to call.
#6 Terry Gengis’s Back Up Dancer
When Terry Gengis arrived at the CopHerBox II to mime his MCA single “Ooh Sha Sha,” he had two tenders in tow (which we’re told was not uncommon). The Mary Jane Girl-meets-Mariah Carey look is working for this lady, who decorates Terry’s set with this controlled hippy shake.
#7 Nicest Smile
A nice smile can go a long way. That’s why you should apologize to your parents for being a brat about getting braces in middle school. Wearing a retainer paid off for this patron, who just seems like an all-around fun lady to hang out with.
#8 Leather Pants
Here’s yet another example of Chicago Party producers using compelling shots and engaging scenes to return from commercial break. This attendee’s nonchalant twist make her seem like she should be dancing at a loft party, only to be discovered by David Bowie.
#9 Rainbow Dancer #2
I don’t have to tell you that this woman is beautiful.
#10 Could Actually Be #1
The Universal Togetherness Band’s modern renaissance would have been impossible were it not for one crucial event—the group’s appearance on Episode 21 of The Chicago Party. These small steps onto the CopHerBox II’s illuminated dance floor translated into giant leaps for band-kind. For it was this very performance that ignited our own obsession with the undocumented quintet. For Universal Togetherness Band freaks/aficionados, there is one track that is not available on their self-titled LP, nor does it appear on either side of their infectious 45. That song is “Pull Up,” which Pitchfork described as “nearly tone def.” As if that’s a bad thing! It was this very loose-clutch quality that led us to believe that the Universal Togetherness Band might have been on to something special back in 1982. So if you want in on some of this action, you’re gonna have to pick up our tribute to 1982’s official place to be… Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party.
Tuesday night was not our biggest release party, but it was quite possibly our best. Nestled into the elegant Chopin Theatre, we witnessed 90 action-packed minutes of nightlife delight amongst friends, fans, and a few of the alchemists who made it all possible. There was a certain Mystery Science Theater 3000 element to the evening, as audience members toggled between on-screen action and real-time commentary/karaoke courtesy of Willie Woods, Donnell Pitman, Andre Gibson, and Jesus Wayne.
Afterwards, Woods spoke briefly about The Chicago Party, its purpose and importance. Andre Gibson, whose entire Universal Togetherness Band archive was exhumed while reviewing Chicago Party footage, testified. There were lots of hugs.
Woods, Wayne, Pitman, and Gibson with their respective pieces of the Chicago Party pie.
Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party is available now. Get home safely, Donnell!
Filed under: Chicago Party, Universal Togetherness Band | Tags: Chopin Theatre
We are excited, pleased, and proud to announce that Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party is available on-line, off-line, digitally, physically, and visually as of today, March 3rd, 2015. Surely you’ve noticed the mighty mess of 15-second clips on our Instagram page, the flattering articles, or youtube advertorials? And I’m guessing you’ve already streamed the album, in its entirety, for free over at our Soundcloud page? If you happen to live in the Chicagoland area, it goes without saying that we’ll be seeing you tonight for the celebratory screening of Ultra-High Frequencies at the Chopin Theatre at 7:30 pm. Host, CopHerBox II owner, and Chicago Party creator Willie Woods will be on hand, as will performers Donnell Pitman, Andre Gibson (Universal Togetherness Band), and Jesus Wayne. The moral of the story is, Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party is here. Don’t touch that dial!
When applying for an internship, writing a flattering rap about your prospective employer is guaranteed to give you an edge over the competition. So learned Paris Ross, who penned a bouncy tribute to her favorite radio station, WBMX, in the Spring of 1982. Program Director Lee Michaels was impressed; he not only brought Ross onboard for the summer, but recorded her song for play over the station’s influential airwaves. When Ross performed her WBMX rap at the station’s summer beach party, The Chicago Party was there.
Paris Ross’s untitled tribute to House music’s childhood home is just one of many Chicago memories preserved for eternity inside our forthcoming compilation Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party. We will stack history on top of history text Tuesday when we screen the DVD component of Ultra High Frequencies at Wicker Park’s historic Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division St @ Ashland). Doors open at 6:30 and the program starts at 7:30pm. Admission is only $5, records will be available (and discounted), and refreshments will be refreshing.
Filed under: Chicago Party
In cooperation with the Chopin Theatre, The Numero Group is excited to present the hometown screening of the Chicago Party. We will gather at Wicker Park’s historic Chopin Theatre on Tuesday, March 3rd, coinciding with the release date of our anticipated CD/LP/DVD collection, Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party. Admission will only be $5 and we will have discounted copies of The Chicago Party on hand. Doors open at 6:30pm, at which point we’ll listen to hits and outtakes from the Chicago Party soundtrack while enjoying items from the bar. At 7:30pm we’ll screen the DVD component of Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party, plus a bonus reel of too-hot-for-TV material not included on the compilation. We anticipate more than a few CopHerBox II celebrities to be on hand, and maybe Andre Gibson will play us a tune on the baby grand? Surprises await, at the Chopin Theatre…
Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party
March 3rd, 2015
Doors at 6:30/Show at 7:30
Admission: $5 at door
Chopin Theatre: 1543 Division St. (b/t Ashland & Milwaukee)
Blue Line: Division