Flash Your Lights: The Music Of The Electrifying Mojo What has happened to the motor city post riots of 1967, a city which originally was designed for 4 million where only 1 million nowadays remain, where something unique and extraordinary has occurred instead of what every other city has, Detroit has space and it's not just empty space full of the artifacts of the American industrial revolution but a place like no other where its provides food for peoples imagination. Forever in the hearts and minds of the people of Detroit, The Electrifying Mojo broadcasted his radio shows on a nightly basis from the late 70's and throughout the 80's inspiring a whole generation of musicians, producers, DJ's and music listeners. Born Charles Johnson, in Little Rock, Arkansas was a one man American radio legend. Based in Detroit, Michigan and through musical and social enlightenment he single handedly guided a generation of music-lovers in Detroit and throughout southeastern Michigan and Canada and is often attributed with the development of Detroit Techno. The trio of artists widely cited as the founders of Detroit Techno, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May have all made mention of Mojo's influence on their musical direction, as have second generation Techno artists like Eddie 'Flashing' Folkes, Anthony 'Shake' Shakir, Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Theo Parirsh, Moodymann and Omar S. Mojo was an early supporter of the Detroit Techno sound, playing tracks like Cybotron's (Juan Atkins) Cosmic Cars, Derrick May's Strings of Life and Good Life by Kevin Saunderson's Inner City. He introduced or broke many artists into the Detroit radio market, including Prince, The B-52's, and Kraftwerk, and on one occasion Prince granted Mojo a telephone interview following his sell out birthday concert at Cobo Arena on June 7, 1986, at a time when Prince rarely gave interviews.
Flash Your Lights CD