Author of Acid House – The True story Luke Bainbridge looks back on the early days of house music culture. In the late 80s, acid house became the biggest youth revolution for decades, uniting one ecstatic generation while horrifying parents, politicians and police.
Several years ago, for the 20th anniversary of acid house and Britain’s “second summer of love”, I interviewed some of the main players of those early days for the Observer Music Monthly magazine. It was a brief oral history, weaving together snippets from the main DJs, promoters and original ravers. “No one’s really told the story of acid house like this,” Haçienda DJ Mike Pickering told me.
When the 25th anniversary came around, it felt like the right time to speak to those people and others to pull together all their stories, many of which had never been told, for a book. I interviewed more than 80 people, from DJs such as Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and Andrew Weatherall, musicians such as Boy George and 808 State, to promoters, ravers, dealers and police. Everyone had a slightly different take on proceedings, depending on where their initiation came.
Each had experienced their own epiphany. ”That’s why acid house spread so quickly,” DJ Terry Farleytold me. “Whenever it hit a new town, the first people in that town felt like they had the best secret ever. But it was a very evangelical secret, so they had this desperate itch to tell everyone and spread the word.”
for The Observer
Here’s a set recorded for the 25 Years of House Music event in Birmingham. In 1988 a sound called Acid House spawned a youth culture that has seen it’s legacy continue till this day. House music had been played in Birmingham since 1985, but in 1988 a weekly night called Hipnoziz at a club called The Hummingbird set the ground of what was to come. The following year the Snapper Club continued and truly cemented The Hummingbird as part of the city’s House history.
The original creators of those early Hummingbird parties invited our own Phil Dockerty to play a DJ set that features many of the classic house moments of the 1990′s and early 2000′s, a period he spent Djing in the city, while running the Urban Hero label, before forming Futureshock (with Alex Tepper) and launching the Fuju label with Junior Boys Own.
Dave Seaman’s career was kickstarted when he won a competition to attend the New Music Seminar held in New York. The competition was arranged by DMC who owned a certain fledging dance music magazine called “Mixmag”. Within a year he was the editor and his DJ bookings now included a regular appearance and Shelly’s in Stoke. Playing alongside Sasha and Laurent Garnier, Dave held down a residency, at the legendary venue, while building his studio skills along side production partner Steve Anderson working as Brothers in Rhythm. His remix credits include music for David Bowie, Michael Jackson, U2 and New Order and he’s also managed several labels: Stress, Therapy and now Selador Records.
This mix brings the BPM’s down a little to focus on quality mid tempo dark disco inspired house. Enjoy!
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