The 1980s were a turbulent period for San Francisco's dance music community. The euphoria of the disco years were replaced by the uncertainty and loss suddenly brought on by the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. Yet, through this decade of tragedy came a reshuffling of the city's club scene that birthed one of its most lasting, yet oddly unsung contributions to the development of electronic dance music.
This is the story of Razormaid!, a quirky remix service whose voluminous edits, sharp artistic direction, and fearless humor helped to guide San Francisco through its darkest hour. Along the way, its releases informed the direction of underground dance music throughout the '80s and '90s, by turning people on to the darker and weirder electronic undercurrents of Europe. Today, the service's releases are considered valuable secret weapons by house and techno DJs alike, which is reflected in the absurdly high cost of vinyl copies on the secondhand market.