The first wave of Detroit techno reached its peak in 1988-89. The city was pumping, thanks to clubs like the Shelter and the legendary Music Institute, where Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, and Chez Damier spun. At the same time, the Detroit sound was hugely popular on the European rave scene, where "Strings of Life" achieved anthemic status in '89 (several years after it was recorded) and Inner City were veritable pop stars.