OK, tell me about your background. I was born in Maine in 1955 and I had an unusual childhood, my parents where what we term in the US ‘snowbirds’ which means we would spend the winters in Florida and summers in Maine. I had two completely different lifestyles, went to two completely different schools. I would start the school year in Maine and Christmas break we’d go to Florida and then go back to Maine for the summer. Two sets of friends, but it was quite normal for me because I didn’t know anything else. I had two brothers, but one went to private school so didn’t move around, but the two younger ones did. I had no formal musical education whatsoever. In fact, I lived in a very unmusical household. There was very rarely a radio on or records being played. It wasn’t until I got an automobile of my own as a teenager that I started listening to the radio and started exercising my tastes. I remember my early tastes leaned towards Carole King, Carpenters and Aretha Franklin was very high on my list; the Supremes, pretty much all the Motown sound. By the time I was buying the stuff, it was already old [Motown]. I came out in 1973 and started hearing music in nightclubs.
What was your first clubbing experience and where was it? You could do worse, I must say. I went to a club in Boston called Cabaret After Dark. It was on 15 Lansdowne St. it’s still a nightclub but it’s changed names many times. This was in 1973. So the music of the time was very Philadelphia.