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 Post subject: The VYNIL JUNKIE Newsletter!
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:34 pm 
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This is a subject near & dear to my heart. Jose"Pepe"Salvaje would read the charts and comment constantly about how bogus they were. So he used my knowledge, and ability to PICK records, to start this Newsletter that was sent out to all the Labels, record companies, promoters, radio stations. It was an impressive mailing list of industry insiders and executives. You were a powerful person, if you received it. What it did, was not "sugar-coat" the charts or the new product. If Atlantic or Arista(for example) sent me something, it received an honest evaluation of the product. If it sucked, I BLUNTLY said it sucked! It was SO INCREDIBLY ACCURATE, that It gained a Huge reputation and following. THE VYNIL JUNKIE Magazine was directly responsible for acts such as EXPOSE, THE MIAMI SOUND MACHINE, SEQUAL, EROTIC EXOTIC, WILD MARY'S and many others getting signed, picked up, by major labels(never got my gold records!!). If I told David Jermaine, or Vince Pelligrino, or Ray Caviano(as examples) that their product was bad, it got canned, put on a shelf, not pushed. They simply stopped putting money into it. It was extremely powerful little rag. Even the local Miami Newspapers wrote about The VYNIL JUNKIE. It ended due to me, literally, getting stabbed in the back. But while it was around, MIAMI was a happening spot. It was where the record companies "tested" their product, even before New York City got it. I have always been proud of it, so much, that I lent it my Nick-name!! Great Times, those VJ days!! These were what real charts should have been!!

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If you had a Top 20 or 50 from a record pool chances are there were a few company pushed lame ducks in the charts. But too many people who worked the labels it did not matter as long as they had a chart position to show their boss and more importantly to take to radio to try and get a second shot from the programmers. I remember opening night at Zanzibar John Robinson came to the booth with a record and said " this record was only played 1 time last week in a Texas radio station and no one in NY has played it yet will you play it". Now opening night we were doing a live remote from the club on radio station WNJR. So I said sure. I put the record on got an instant response then spent the week tryin to get KTU. KISS and WBLS to play Rappers Delight. Back then the stations use to take certain DJ's top 20 over the phone (I guess to keep an ear to the club scene).

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 Post subject: Sylvia Robinson?
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:46 am 
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Of Course you know Sylvia Robinson. I Fu***D up bad with her. It was 1977, I would have DANCE HALL DAYS everywhere(Check Out The Piece called DANCE HALL DAYS in the VARIOUS section here in the Forum), including every other Friday at the Imperial Manor in Bergen County. I had done dozens of these DISCO nights, renting a salon room, and going the mobile route, and would get a couple of thousand people. Sylvia was a favorite of mine and I of hers. I received every new release from her, and invited her to the next function. The Friday came, she called me to verify. All was cool. Then at 5pm, the Imperial Manor for some lame reason, canceled. I couldn't get a hold of her in time. She went, and it ruined her night. She never sent me another record, never talked to me again. Like I said, I fu***d up!

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LOL sorry to hear that Pete. Of course they must of learned from you cause they turned around and F%$!ed their artists out of there royalties. LOL so don't feel so bad.

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