In Advance of his 12-Hour 12/12/12 Extravaganza, Peanut Butter Wolf Picks His Top 12 12" Inch Singles He Bought at Age 12
Since unleashing his metal-themed 666 mix and DJ set on June 6, 2006, Stones Throw chief Peanut Butter Wolf has spent the last half-dozen years watching the signs of the beat.
Peanut Butter Wolf A Young Peanut Butter Wolf and his Friend, Steve
July 7, 2007 brought forth his 777 spiritual podcast mix, following by performances on seven consecutive nights in seven clubs featuring seven genres of music. August 8, 2008 found him upping the ante to eight nights, eight clubs, eight genres. But this time videos were added to the mix. September 9, 2009 brought nine nights in nine clubs in nine area codes with all '90s videos. The finale featured guest DJs including A-Trak, Arabian Prince, Dam-Funk, and J Rocc.
Over the last three years, the events have become ritual. 10/10/10 brought 10 DJs in 10 hours, including Madlib and Prince Paul. 11/11/11 trotted out the Gaslamp Killer, Cut Chemist and Jason Bentley. And now, Wolf is at a numerological impasse. 12/12/12 -- the last in the series. To celebrate, he's planning the most ambitious assault yet, spinning for 12 hours with all 12-inch vinyl records, broadcast live on Boiler Room from 8 a.m. this morning until 8 p.m. tonight.
For the after-party, he's hosting and performing at Lincoln Heights' Low End Theory. The bill promises 12 DJs, 12 records each, all 12-inch singles. You get the gist. In honor of the event and numerological law, we asked Wolf to pick his 12 favorite 12-Inch records that he purchased when he was 12.
In his words:
1982 was a big year in my record buying "career". It was the year that my buddy Steve and I really got into buying 12" singles and we were ironically 12 years old. Before that, we'd rarely buy them because for the same price, you could buy three 7" singles. By 1983, I learned about new wave with The Cure, Yaz, Depeche Mode, New Order, etc, but 1982 was pretty much the year when electro-funk ruled my tastes. Kinda worked well with the video games like Tron, Xevious, Galaga, and Zaxxon that I was playing at the time.
1. Planet Rock- Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force (Tommy Boy 1982)
This was the record that changed everything in dance music when it came out. I didn't know at the time that it was basically a cover of Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express," which predated it by five years, but I did know it was a JAM. We used to prefer the instrumental version to the vocal and still do.
2. Scorpio-Grandmaster Flash (Sugarhill 1982)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five were the best rap known group out at that time and to hear them go "electro" made me feel that maybe rap WAS in danger of going extinct. It was all about the "space jams." This was a pop lock anthem.
3. Big Apple Mix Vol. 1- Big Apple Productions (bootleg 1982)
This was a bootleg DJ mix on vinyl that taught me about Djing. It was probably the first time I heard songs mixed together on beat, which made me want to be a DJ. My friend Steve and I didn't have DJ equipment, but we did have a pause button on our tape deck and would do "pause mixes." This is a great mix of soul, disco, new wave, electro, funk, hi-NRG, Italo, etc. You could only buy it at the flea market. Not at record stores. These bootleg mixes went for $8.99 when 12" singles were $4.99, but it was worth every penny.
4. Pack Jam - The Jonzun Crew (Tommy Boy 1982)
The Jonzun Crew's music was all pretty much dark, evil, minor chords with the best sounds. It took the west coast like 4 or 5 years to catch up to this sound. Kinda ironic that someone making this kind of music would go on to produce syrupy boy band pop music like New Edition and New Kids On The Block. Which reminds me, a young Bobby Brown is pop locking in one of the Jonzun Crew's music videos.