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The broader New York City party scene ended 1982 in rude health. The drive to integration and synthesis drew on and inspired recordings that were largely recorded in the city. Indeed it even appeared as though the history of dance was being recast as “Don’t Make Me Wait” begat “Planet Rock” begat “Go Bang!” begat “Thanks to You” in just a couple of months, with “The Message,” “Situation,” “Buffalo Gals,” and “Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop)” following in close succession. The relative absence of the corporates provided independent labels with the kind of market freedom that had last existed...

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