Sylvester, Cowley is considered the daddy of hi-NRG music — an up-tempo blend of industrial-bodied disco that brings parties to its peak.
Basically, the moment when you’d want to hit the poppers on the dancefloor.Born in Buffalo, New York, he found himself on the West coast. “Menergy” serves as an ode to LA’s ’80s gay scene, where Cowley honed his sound as a producer and musician.
But just as his star was taking off, the HIV/AIDS epidemic was silently taking hold, and Cowley became one of its first victims.
A New York Times article recalls a wheelchair-bound Cowley at the listening party for his third studio album, Mind Warp, in October 1982. “Mr.