If there’s one thing that grinds our gears just a little bit more than everything else at Ears To The House, it’s historical accuracy. Let’s face it – those people who were around in house music’s early days didn’t think their scene would last, so they didn’t do a terribly good job of writing things down for the history books.
In a way, this is understandable. Due to the way house music only started to really blow up once it reached British shores, those mostly American pioneers didn’t see much of its success first hand. Hence why a lot of what we know from that period came out of music periodicals written by journalists who, in a lot of cases, didn’t really understand what they were writing about.
This is why, for many years, the so-called Belleville Three were able to get away with claiming they basically invented techno. Occasional acknowledgements of the influence of the likes of Kraftwerk did emerge, but they mostly disappeared without a trace – even though they are still out there if you search hard enough. Juan Atkins can threaten us as many times as he wishes, but attempting to silence legitimate journalism through intimidation perhaps reveals more about him than he’d like.
But we digress. As we mentioned earlier this week, Frankie Knuckles was a man with an extensive list of achievements in dance music. And despite the suspicion since his untimely death in 2014 at the age of 59, there is no vast archive of unreleased music by the man himself – although one recording was found in the DJ International archives in 2021.
Called “I Want The Love Of My Own”, the song talks about sexuality at a time of huge social change in the 1980s and fever pitched noise over AIDS – then a poorly understood disease whose spread was falsely blamed on promiscuous gay men. The exact reasons for the song not being released in the 1980s remain unclear, despite numerous enquiries from Ears To The House.
We first wrote about this in August 2021, then again in January 2022 and May 2022. So, nearly 20 months after the announcement that the song was finally going to be released, we pose an increasingly familiar question – where on earth is it? Over the past week, we’ve posed this question to a few people who might know the answer.
So far, however, everyone we’ve reached out to has either said they’ve got no knowledge of the matter or they haven’t commented at all. It’s disappointing, but it’s the way these things sometimes go. Rest assured that Ears To The House won’t be letting this one go…