Goin’ Home: The Gay Porn Soundtracks of Patrick Cowley

 

As a part of the 10 year anniversary weekend for Honey Soundsystem we present our final chapter of the Patrick Colwey porn soundtrack releases with an early evening event at the newly renovated CounterPulse in San Francsico.

Alongside the screenings of the Fox Studio porns matched with newly re-mastered Cowley soundtracks, director John Coletti will be interviewed by the owners of San Francisco's legendary The Magazine. We will also be joined by Michael Zodorozny of Crash Course In Science who will sing two covers of Patrick Cowley songs. Theresa McGinley, one of the Four Beauties and close friend of Cowley, will be joined by Juanita More! and Brontez Purnell to read never before heard passages from Patrick's diaries (yes, you heard that right). Bobby McCole, owner of Pyramid Records will be creating a pop-up shop and exhibition space selling music and displaying never before seen Cowley ephemera. A limited run of two-sided hand screen-printed posters made specifically for the night by Berlin based artist Gwenael Rattke will be on sale at this event only.

This will be an evening event celebrating the life of Patrick Cowley, a musician who we have bonded over and has influenced us on various levels including our sound, aesthetics and cultural upbringing in San Francisco. Often credited as the American Giorgio Moroder, Patrick’s legend has become a symbol for a time when free love and technology would come together to forever change the social landscape. On this evening we come together to celebrate the journey and genius of Patrick to appease all the disco spirits of so many like him who fell victim to the AIDS crisis during the early 80’s.

In 1979 Patrick was contacted by John Coletti, owner of famed gay porn company Fox Studio in Los Angeles. Patrick jumped on this offer and sent reels of his college compositions from the 70s to John in LA. The result was the VHS collections “Muscle Up”, “School Daze” and “Afternooners” released in 1979, 1980 and 1982. For the year of what would be his 67th birthday we will be honoring our sonic mentor with a celebration and memorial to the life, music and legend of Patrick Cowley. Additionally, this will mark as a celebration of the release of “Afternooners”, a collection of Cowley’s instrumental songs recorded May 1982 finally seeing the light of day after 35 years via Dark Entries Records/Honey Soundsystem Records.

A little background: In the late 70’s into the early 80’s, inside a music studio tucked away in the back lots of downtown, a handsome young man slaved away in a room full of synthesizers perfecting sounds that would transcend history and continue to resonate today. Outside of this studio was a city experiencing a cultural renaissance fueled by electric nights on the dancefloor in the midst of a burgeoning queer rights movement. Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the canon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music, “The San Francisco Sound.” Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. He studied at the City College of San Francisco where he founded the Electronic Music Lab. He would make experimental soundtracks by blending various types of music and adapting them to the synthesizer. By the mid-70’s, Patrick’s synthesizer skills landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco superstar Sylvester, including hits like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, “Dance Disco Heat” and “Stars.”

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