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- Engineer – Jonah Lawrence, Louis Scalise
- Keyboards, Programmed By – Arthur Baker, Lati Kronlund
- Other [Cover Design] – Johnny Dynell
- Other [Photography] – Dick Darling, Len Whitney
- Producer, Mixed By – Arthur Baker, Johnny Dynell, Lati Kronlund
- Saxophone, Flute – Paul Shapiro
- Vocals – Paul Alexander, Richard Move
- Written-By – Arthur Baker, Lati Kronlund, McKoy (2), Paul Alexander, Richard Move
It's Tuesday night in the meat market - New York's Wild West and home of the Jackie Hustle. Rows of freshly butchered beef hang on hooks, running blood into the streets as transvestite hookers stroll by, drumming up business. Just before the river, you stop dead at a glimpse of nine-inch spiked red heels. Intrigued, you approach their owner, a tiny venus in patent leather who sits guarding a battered door. "It's Jackie 60", she answers, and it begins for you that night.
Downtown New York, the birthplace of movements from glam-rock to shock-art, hasn't made good on it's nightlife legend for years. By the 80's end clubs were oversized and stiflingly mainstream, with virtually no live performance. Late in 1990, two New York club veterans - writer/investigator Chi Chi Valenti and her DJ/producer husband Johnny Dynell - began to shape a weekly party taht was decidedly uncommercial and performance oriented, that would challenge it's patrons to become an audience again. With their friends and eventual partners, English fetish clothes designer Kitty Boots Domination and dancer/performer artist Richard Move, they evolved the Jackie 60 format, with its weekly, often obtuse themes, stream of consciousness MC's and ambisexual references. Jackie 60 is less a club than a clubhouse, the spawning ground and home to a variety of sub-sub-cultures : Mother Kitty and her House of Domination (the club resident Dominatrix Go-Go Troup), offer evenings of classic fetish; "verbal abuse", the monthly poetry/spoken word series, lures fledgling poets out of the closet and legendary writers back to the late night stage; "Jackies Playhouse", the clubs amateur theatre company, redefines the method for an audience raised on lip-synch. The three club MC's - Move, Valenti and the quick witted Paul Alexander, add a constant stream of verbal suggestion over DJ Dynell's eclectic house mix.
Sex, in all it's many and magical variations, hangs in the air as thick as patchouli. So does fame, Jackie 60 style : the house pantheon includes Miss Naked Hollywood (women in male drag), and master chef Marco, a boot licking five star chef, to name a few. Some stopped going to clubs years ago and some have never left. They live for Jackie because she's little, dark and different. They live for Jackie because she feels like New York again.