NYC 80's Hip-Hop Club Flyer

Afrika Bambaataa 1983 Club DJ Set At The Roxy NYC

This is a 6+ hr DJ Afrika Bambaataa set list from tunes he would put down at the Roxy ( a roller disco) in NYC circa summer ’83 where the flyer proclaimed:  No Skating! Just Dance Your pants Off Every Friday Night! – B There! 

NYC 80's Hip-Hop Club Flyer

Hosted by Fab Five Freddy, with live Graf art provided by Futura 2000, while the Double Dutch Girls & Crazy Legs from the Rocksteady Crew would be Breakdancin’ down on the floor Jazzy Jay & Bambaataa would man the wheels of steel and a DJ battle featuring Grand Wizard Theodore vs Grandmaster D.S.T. ( made famous via Herbie Hancock’s Rockit) would soon be scratchin’ up a storm. To get a sense of the vibe, this clip posted below from the 1984 film “Beat Street” has a scene shot there featuring Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force performing their electro funk rap song “Same” with cameos from the Rock Steady Crew.


This 6 hr+ mega mix I have made available as a playlist on either Spotify or Amazon Music recreates the crate diggin’ sequences of contemporary music one might experience in a hot early 80’s club that kept beats pumpin’ until the sun came up.  This old school tracklist featuring soul , electro funk, rock, new wave & early Hip-Hop faves of the day was compiled from archival playlist info provided by Bambaataa himself. The original posted mix included 80+ Songs, but rights holders have begun pulling catalog songs from shady silicon sucka streaming platforms, so results may vary on your music apps.

I listed all the O.G. 80’s club mix tracks below, whether currently available, for completists to seek out and so you can find out what you’re missing from artists as varied as Newcleus, Marley Marl, Strafe, Egyptian Lover, Reggie Griffin, Re-Flex, KRS One, The Fantastic Aleems ft Leroy Burgess and even Foreigner whose recordings may no longer can be found on Spotify.

2009 pic of the Roxy in the old Meat Packing district on edge of Chelsea before it was demolished to make way for a modern residential highrise
Photo By Aloughman –
Bambaataa Playlist on Spotify
Tracklist  :
Billy Squier – The Big Beat
The Treacherous Three – Yes We Can-Can
Afrika Bambaataa – Jazzy Sensation – 12″ Remix
Shango – Zulu Groove (Edited Version)
Trouble Funk – Trouble Funk Express
Hashim – Al-Naafyish – Radio Edit
Strafe – Set it Off …
Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Bambaataa’s Theme (Assault On Precinct)
Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Gals
Foghat – Slow Ride
Ram Jam – Black Betty
Queen – We Will Rock You – Remix Ruined By Rick Rubin
Rush – Tom Sawyer – Z-Trip Remix
Gary Numan – Cars – Live
Liquid Liquid – Cavern
Jimmy Spicer – The Bubble Bunch – Original Jellybean 12″ Mix
Cheikh Lô – Shakara/ Lady (Part One)
Love Childs Afro-Cuban Blue Band – Life and Death in G and A
Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song
Larry Graham – Now Do-U-Wanta Dance
KRS-One – M.a.r.l.e.y. (skit)
Afrika Bambaataa Nation Soul Sonic Force – Zulu Nation Throwdown (Soul Sonic Force)
Malcolm McLaren – Double Dutch
ESG – Moody
The Flying Lizards – Money – Edit
Herman Kelly – Dance to the Drummer’s Beat
Defunkt – Razor’s Edge 12″ Version
The B-52’s – Mesopotamia
Culture Club – Time (Clock Of The Heart) – 2003 Mix
Sequence – Funk You Up – Long Version
Re-Flex – The Politics Of Dancing
Man Parrish – Hip Hop Be Bop (Original Version)
West Street Mob – Break Dance – Electric Boogie
Yazoo – Situation – Us 12″ Mix
The Pointer Sisters – Automatic (Album Version)
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
New Edition – Candy Girl
Kool & The Gang – Jungle Boogie
The O’Jays – For the Love of Money
Prince – Controversy
Rick James – Super Freak
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime – 2003 Remaster
Run–D.M.C. – It’s Like That
George Clinton – Loopzilla – Broadcast Version; 2000 Digital Remaster
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Mickey’s Monkey
Afrika Bambaataa – Renegades Of Funk
Blondie – Rapture
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock
Afrika Bambaataa – Funk Jam Party
Cameo – Flirt
Lyn Collins – Think (About It)
Grace Jones – My Jamaican Guy
Yellowman – Zungguzungguguzungguzung
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
Michigan & Smiley – Diseases
Nicodemus – Boneman Connection
The Bus Boys – Did You See Me
The Rolling Stones – Start Me Up – Remastered
Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride
Grand Funk Railroad – Inside Looking Out – Remastered
Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You – Live
Foreigner – Urgent – Radio mix
Madonna – Everybody
James Brown – Papa Don’t Take No Mess
The Fantastic Aleems – Release Yourself
Newcleus – Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)
Kraftwerk – Numbers – 2009 Remaster
Reggie Griffin – Mirda Rock
Ronnie Hudson – West Coast Poplock
The Egyptian Lover – Egypt, Egypt
Shriekback – My Spine Is The Bassline
Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
James Brown – Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved – Pt. 1 & 2 / Mono
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Head to Toe
Daryl Hall & John Oates – I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
Re-Flex – The Politics Of Dancing – Extended Version
Donna Summer – I Feel Love – Edit
Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul
Freeez – I.O.U. (12″ Version)
The Sequence – Funk You U
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