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[Set It Off (1984) by Walter Gibbons] was one of the best examples of New York Underground Music circa 1984. A small label from Brooklyn finds itself with a unique electro-funk cut that has every DJ in New York playing it in heavy rotation. This was in an era where The Paradise Garage & The Fun House clubs in Manhattan were running two different scenes. First being Larry Levan spinning to a more mature and sophisticated gay crowd and Jellybean who was spinning to the kids of The Bronx, Brooklyn & Queens (Later known as Bridge & Tunnel and included New Jersey). This song found huge success within both camps and with heavy radio support, it became the classic it is right up until today. Walter Gibbons provided the mix and was welcomed back to the scene after a long hiatus. This would be his last before his passing. The dub mix was long and had weird dub effects which made it an excellent mixing tool. --DJ Frankie Bones

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Frankie Bones (real name Frank Mitchell) is an American techno and house music disc jockey from New York City. He is best known for bringing the rave culture to the United States after playing at a hangar party in the UK during 1989.

He got his first inspiration from his father's vast Vinyl record|record collection after his father was murdered. Later on, after he had started producing records, he was offered a gig to play for 5,000 people in England on the strength of his compositions. As the event started on August 26, 1989, the projected attendance had gone through the roof and Frankie played for 25,000 people as the sun came up. Being profoundly moved by the experience, he brought it back to Brooklyn with his series of "Storm Raves".

At one of these parties, a fight broke out and Frankie got on a speaker, screaming at the fighters "If you don't start showing some peace, love, and unity, I'll break your fucking faces". With the subsequent discussion of this event on the Usenet newsgroup alt.rave, Respect was added to the three virtues Frankie was speaking of, creating the hippie-esque raver credo of PLUR: Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect.

His brother, Adam X, is a well-known techno DJ and producer. Frankie Bones, Adam X, Heather Heart and others are associated with the record label Sonic Groove. He owns, with Adam and Heather, a record store with the same name as his label at 41 Carmine St in New York City.

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