In the beginning, there was Jack, and Jack had a groove.

And from this groove came the groove of all grooves.

And while one day viciously throwing down on his box, Jack boldy declared,

"Let there be HOUSE!"

and house music was born.

"I am, you see,

I am

the creator, and this is my house!

And, in my house there is ONLY house music.

But, I am not so selfish because once you enter my house it then becomes OUR house and OUR house music!"

And, you see, no one man owns house because house music is a universal language, spoken and understood by all.

You see, house is a feeling that no one can understand really unless you're deep into the vibe of house.

House is an uncontrollable desire to jack your body.

And, as I told you before, this is our house and our house music.

And in every house, you understand, there is a keeper.

And, in this house, the keeper is Jack.

Now some of you who might wonder,

"Who is Jack, and what is it that Jack does?"

Jack is the one who gives you the power to jack your body!

Jack is the one who gives you the power to do the snake.

Jack is the one who gives you the key to the wiggly worm.

Jack is the one who learns you how to walk your body.

Jack is the one that can bring nations and nations of all Jackers together under one house.

You may be black, you may be white; you may be Jew or Gentile. It don't make a difference in OUR House.

And this is fresh.

From: sybase! (David Trumbull)
Subject: Re: Lyrics to Jack's House
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 92 17:53:39

May Jack have mercy on you blasphemers! The song that you are referring to is old school Chicago House by none other than the legendary Fingers. I believe that the 12" came out on Trax records, and is virtually priceless due to the inclusion of the acapella, which used to be played at EVERY house function.. Ya know the peak of the evening, when you and everyone else are just as out of your heads as you're going to be, and the DJ throws on that HYPE break (it used to be Elevations by Expansions or vice versa, now I don't know what the peak break is anymore..) anyway, what 'they' used to do is throw on the acapella of that song, at which point everyone in the house would stop dancing and gather in a huge circle and hold hands then raise the hands to the stars... THEN, the DJ would drop the fattest beat in his/ her crate and the whole circle would just start jumping like mad.. Quite an amazing feeling - I wish that they still did it - that track is the perfect anthem for the house generation/vibe. I can't even describe the feeling of everyone in the house having cut loose their bullshit games and just riding the vibe of love and sharing - the energy of several hundred people coming together as one and rejoicing is something that we rarely get a chance to experience in this day and age (now you know what my idea of a good rave is) which is what is so special about the house movement/techno nation.. Word has it that some of the deep house dj's in NYC still religiously play that track, and religiously is an apt word indeed. Oh yeah, the track is "Can you Feel It" and can be found on the "In the Key of E" comp as well as the Trax records Fingers, Inc. double album If you find the original 12", consider yourself blessed (although it must have been bootlegged by now). I'll post some more info that I have archived around here somewhere as soon as I locate it. And now for the corrected version (props to Leah for typing the whole thing in and getting it DAMN near perfect!): (p.s. (parenthetical script) see you at B's lunch tomorrow. Love, superhigh) ((p.p.s. If not, see you at Wicked on Sat. I'm the REALLY TALL GUY i.e. 6'9"))


Subject: correction
From: (DJ Pelon)

The actual artist is RHYTHM CONTROLL - title MY HOUSE on CATCH A BEAT
Records Chicago 1987. Was sampled over MR. FINGERS - CAN U FEEL IT
originally on Trax Records Chicago 1986.The first version with RHYTHM
single, I believe came out in 1988 on DESIRE Records UK.

From: Mike Brown 
To: Brian Behlendorf 
Subject: correction (fwd)

Good trainspotting!

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