" I would like the people to dance. I play anything interesting that I think the crowd
would enjoy. I also try to mix my music culture with what the people are generally
From his participations to Boogie Down Productions with KRS-1 to eclectic
collaborations and remixes (Sade, The Orb, Lisa Stanfield, MC Lyte, Deee-Lite, Blaze,
Ronald Burrell, Dana Byrd, Danny Krivit, Kerri Chandler & Jerome Sydenham...),
Joseph Longo alias Pal Joey products his style at each record. Active New-York aesthet,
he's Dj, runs music labels (Loop D' Loop, Cabaret, Foot Stompin') and composes again
for others. Pal Joey owns a skilled vision in music unfairly unknown. In Hip Hop, House,
or Nu Jazz, his releases are made of a rare and precious refinement. Last but not least, his
prestigious collaborations hasn't prevented him to build his fame of leader in the
underground dance music scene from the beginning of the nineties... Spend The Night is
one of David Mancuso's favourites. Listen again to "Dance" by Earth People released in
90 or discover "Shake Dat Booty" by Three Kings recently compiled by the Masters At
Work and playlisted by many others...
"I Remember…My old stomping grounds - Central Islip - New York. Parties at the Rec
Center. Breakdancing, handball... Who had the biggest box? The loudest? I hooked a
turntable into a box (Boombox) and did my first scratch. "Lets Dance To The Drummers
Beat". I started making pause button tapes. Mixed tapes from Amityville with breaks
being cut up, I was hooked. Blasting the music in the house, the candy dish fell off the
speaker, fell to the ground, broke and I got my ass wooped.
Borrowing records from everyone in College was a great way to get them to come to the
parties. Then we did the College circuit. Purchasing a 4 track reel 2 reel and editing with
the razor blade patterns that I would make on a drum machine mixed with an accapella,
then do another mix, splice them together and make a smooth transition. My first record
in 88 was this type of medley. Working at Vinylmania Record Shop in N.Y.C. Larry
Levan would hang out in the store in his pajamas. House Music all over the walls of the
store, the streets, the clubs, cars. Working part time at Power Play Recording Studio in
L.I.C. New York. Assistant engineering sessions like Eric B & Rakim "Follow The
Leader", meeting KRS-1, producing "Love's Gonna Get'cha", studying recording
techniques, and making beat, living in the basement in Astoria, New York and it was on!
Productions landed me my first travel Gig to London, England to produce and remix
songs for Dave Lee's label Republic (AKA Joey Negro). Remixing for Sade, really made
the bell ring. Playing Soho "Hot Music" usually caused kaos. Loving every minute of it.
Well, not every minute. Hard work, passion, no sleep, getting in the studio and creating.
My dad told me that I had a gift."
* jussumen - Feb 9, 2003
Pal Joey was also the singer on 'An Electric Storm In Hell' by WHITE NOISE ( under his
real name Joe Whitman). It's good to have people like him around , who keep influencing
the music scene with their individuality and non conformistic attitude.
* Chadski - Jun 10, 2003
There is no way that Pal Joey is the vocalist on White Noise's "Electrical Storm In Hell".
First of all, Pal Joey's real name is Joseph Longo, not Joey Whitman. Secondly,
according to allmusic.com, the vocalist for White Noise is JOHN Whitman, not Joey
Whitman. Third, White Noise are from England, Pal Joey is from NYC. Fourth, the
White Noise record came out in 1969, and according to press clippings on Pal Joeys own
website, he was 27 in the late 80s/early 90s, which would have made him approximately
5 years old in 1969.
* cglee - Jun 21, 2003
Gee, where to start with this cat. Well, first and foremost to settle the debate above,
Joey's real name is Joseph Longo III, not Joe Whitman. His productions are some of the
most influential I have ever heard in HOUSE. He has inspired me and taken my thoughts
and sounds to a new level. Hands down, this man is a legend even if he flies under the
radar of most people. Truely an innovator in every sense of the word, Joey's early work is
sure to go down in house music history (if it hasn't already). With a discography longer
than most peoples biographies and an extraordinary number of quality releases, you just
can't f*ck with this cat. On top of this, Joey is a fabulous DJ with a record bag you'd love
to run off with. I heard Joey say once, "Sometimes its just to easy...you gotta push
people, gotta challange them on the dancefloor, fo' real son"