In The Beginning There Was Jack

In the beginning there was Jack … and Jack had a groove
And from this groove came the grooves of all grooves.
And while one day viciously throwing down on his box,
Jack boldly declared “Let There Be House” and House music was born.
“I am you see, I am the creator and this is my house
And in my house there is only House Music.
But I am not so selfish because once you enter my house
it then becomes our house and our House Music.
And, you see, no one man owns house
because House Music is a universal language spoken and understood by all.
You see, House is a feeling that no one can understand
really unless you’re deep into the vibe of House.
House is an uncontrollable desire to Jack your body.
And as I told you before this is our House and our House Music.
And every House you understand there is a keeper.
And in this house the keeper is Jack.
Now some of you might wonder who is Jack and what is it that Jack does.
Jack is the one who gives you the power to Jack your body!
Jack is the one who gives you the power to do the snake!
Jack is the one who gives you the key to the wiggly worm!
Jack is the one who learns you how to whop your body!
Jack is the one that can bring nations and nations of all Jackers together under one house!
You may be black, you may be white, you may be Jew or Gentile.
It don’t make a difference in our house. And this is fresh!”

– Chuck Roberts
Chicago – 1987

First appearance in ‘My House’ by Rhythm Control (Catch a Beat rec) 1987

Second appearance in ‘Can You Feel It’ by Mr Fingers (Larry Heard) 1988

33 Comments on In The Beginning There Was Jack

  1. The most deep and meaningful speech in my life and long may it last. Totally iconic. :)

  2. jack is drugs. ecstasy and acid.

  3. These words have stuck with me for years now…

  4. This is my favourite quote of all time. And a pure expression of what house music is: transcendent.

  5. fuck jack. jack got jacked.

  6. Classic!

  7. jack is so right. house music is everything, thats where im goin when i die baby! :) cant understand the music today, there are more house lovers than ANY other music. if only they knew… there wouldnt BE music if it wernt 4 house

  8. Amen!

  9. Anna Molly // June 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm // Reply

    And if you were there…you were there. The veterans know what I’m talking about. Our little anthem

  10. …And this is Fresh!

  11. Yes Jack, You make me want to jack my body, when i’m playing house music!!!!!!!

  12. The Year – 1988

    The Place – Fac51 – Whitworth Street West – Manchester

    The Event – Nude

    The Nights – Fantastic

    The Memories – Eternal

  13. maori_woman // March 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm // Reply


  14. i never loved any other music like i love deep is a feeling thats there forever.

  15. “House Music is something we all can hear, but only the sensitive can feel it “

  16. House Music is ultimate!!

  17. The way popular music is heading today, I would not be surprised to see this speech re-popularized by 2015. But that’s just me an my hopes and dreams, of course. Most people walking in the street have never even heard of people like Danny Howells or Frankie Knuckles. If everyone knows Elvis, why cant they remember our generation?

  18. Having reviewed carefully the previous eighteen contributions, I am in a position to say the following:

    Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but we still require an explanation of the “Wiggly Worm”. – The people demand to know!

  19. This reminds me of another song from back in the day…
    Trying to find out who sung it.
    Started out with “Can you feel it”
    Then female vocal ” let the music take control”
    “only your love can take me away”
    “Can you feel, it in your soul, its starting to take control. Let it move, let it inside, let the music take control…
    Any ideas?

  20. Ozgur Sendir // November 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm // Reply

    @Hooj Choons
    i guess it’s “Fingers Inc. – Can you Feel it”

  21. jack,,,saved my life! My life wouldnt get any better withut him,,,coz ther wouldnt be house,,,the soulful food which i live for!!! Thanx jack,,,i owe u a castle

  22. @ hooj choons…
    Your tune is P.K.A – “Temperature Rising”

  23. <3 <3 <3 May house music live forever!

  24. And i was born.iam house,come to my house and become our house

  25. I drop this as an acapella all the time!!

  26. Hahaha listen to house for long enough and when u cannot, not move, u will understand

  27. Well folks, it has been one year since I was here last, and still my question has not been answered.

    Persistence is a virtue, apparently, hence I ask again:

    What is the “Wiggly Worm”? – The people demand to know! – Will there be an answer this time, or will I have to ask again in another year’s time?

  28. Facety, I was under the impression that the “wiggly worm” is some sort of dance move.

  29. Hi Bill! – Thanks for responding: I have the same suspicion as you.
    Chuck Roberts mentions three other dances in the same segment, namely; the snake, the wop and jacking.
    But the wiggly worm is something I’ve never knowingly seen before.
    Maybe someone who’s seen it or done it can describe what it looks like.

  30. Dj House Fanatix // August 31, 2012 at 12:32 am // Reply

    Thts wat we mean wen we tlk bwt house music… Long live Jack’s Groove

  31. I fucking hate this stupid sample.

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