On the back of the duo’s project — the album, their regular Berlin events and an upcoming DJ tour — the GI clubs of the 1970s and 1980s are being rediscovered as legends of “Westalgie” folklore. However, Kuts says that despite the significant role they played in shaping modern West German music, the nightclubs have been largely ignored by social historians of West Germany. “It’s a shame the GI club culture in Germany is kind of a black hole in history writing. That’s one of the main reasons we started this ‘G.I. Disco’ project,” he told SPIEGEL ONLINE.
The academic silence on the topic is surprising considering the special function the clubs played for the African-American soldiers and African-Germans in Germany. “Most of the guests at Chic were African-American GIs performing the latest dance moves fresh off the US dance floors and German women interested in meeting these guys,” says Kuts.