Follow me in this trip down memory lane. Go backwards with your calendars up to 1980 and shift your geographical coordinates to a little city in Northern Italy called Gambara, Brescia. To make a long story short, the 70’s brought to Italy a cultural melting pot where “alternative music” was the evolution of the hippie movement with a sprinkle of Saturday Night Fever. This means that principles of peace and love were somewhat going hand in hand with the boom of venues that played a blend of genres from afro to funk, disco and more where long haired people were welcome. Take note that just having long hair for a man in that period was quite a revolutionary statement, let alone if that same man had earrings.
In such scenario a disco stood out as a music temple with a priest whose sermons were driven by a pioneering passion. It is with a deep respect that I introduce you Typhoon and his resident DJ Beppe Loda. It is hard to figure out but in that pre internet era it was a matter of traveling for everyone: from people attending the events based on a word of mouth promotion to the DJs. Beppe Loda is a man taking trains to connect dots all over Europe, looking for specialty vinyl stores to dig in the crates until he can come home with bags full of records. There was a bit of everything inside, from Tribal African chants to British new wavers Japan hit “Canton”.
It was street music no doubt. Typhoon fans was stressing principles of freedom refusing ordinary people standards, expecting nothing but joy from social gatherings where music was the reigning force. You can dig YouTube as you want and you will find a bunch of DJ sets (back then available on cassette tape). Like this one, where Loda mixes Grandmaster Flash “The Message” with a couple of other tracks.
Typhoon aficionados had outfits that blended handmade wool pullovers with silk foulards from India, wearing brass neck pendants with the leaf with Bob Marley tees, fringed Native American-style suede jackets with bell bottom second-hand Levi’s and Clark’s. It is a movement that belongs to a lost era of legendary large dancing venues such as Cosmic, Melodj Mecca and Chicago Disco (these were the essentials) but someone still carries its torch.
DJ Mauri wanted to pay a tribute to the recent release of a double vinyl LP by the Maestro titled “The Sound of Typhoon”, so he connected with Beppe Loda and they worked on Sound T-shirt, an official merchandising pack that includes Typhoon t-shirt and poster. Not available on any website, just get in touch with DJ Mauri and he’ll find a way to send you this reissue of a sacred grail.