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Peter Rauhofer’s Lasting Legacy: The DJ Who Defined NYC’s Nightlife

In Loving Memory of Peter Rauhofer: A Tribute to a Dance Music Pioneer

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Peter Rauhofer, an Austrian-American disc jockey, remixer, and producer known by aliases such as Club 69 and Size Queen, hailed from Vienna, Austria. He gained fame for his remarkable remixes, notably Cher’s “Believe” and multiple Madonna tracks, including “Nothing Really Matters,” “American Life,” “Nothing Fails,” “Nobody Knows Me,” “Get Together,” “Impressive Instant,” and “4 Minutes,” along with her collaboration with Britney Spears on “Me Against the Music” and several joint efforts with Janet Jackson, including “Throb” and “Just a Little While,” among others. Rauhofer’s talents extended to remixing for artists like Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Yoko Ono, Pink, Tori Amos, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Book of Love, Soft Cell, Duran Duran, Mariah Carey, and more. He also founded the tribal house record label Star 69 and contributed significantly to its releases. Peter Rauhofer left an indelible mark as one of the most influential dance music remixers globally, epitomizing the dynamic nightlife scene in New York City.

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“It’s No Good,” a track by the English electronic music band Depeche Mode, was released on 31 March 1997 as the second single from their ninth studio album, “Ultra” (1997). The song enjoyed commercial success, securing the number-one spot in Denmark, Spain, Sweden, and on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. It also reached the Top 10 in several countries, including Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Scotland, and the UK, where it peaked at number five. On 15 May 1997, the band performed the song on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, and a recording of the performance was made available on the official Depeche Mode website. The B-side of the single is an instrumental track titled “Slowblow.” Tragically, Peter Rauhofer passed away at the age of 48 after battling brain cancer. He primarily resided in New York City, leaving a lasting legacy in the music world. Rest in peace, Peter Rauhofer.

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