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can you remember?
on 18 August 2013
Can you remember hearing house music for the first time in the late 80s or early 90s? Can you remember waiting for the next big gathering to happen? Can you remember dancing all night with wild abandon, without a care how you looked or if you could dance or not? Can you remember trying to dodge the plod while getting to the next venue, field, warehouse, hanger? Can you remember the excitement in your belly as the traffic got more dense with more ravers heading to the same destination?
Then you might like this album, very, very much.
For those young enough not to have experienced the halcyon days of the second summer of love, let me enlighten you.
Basically we were bored, bored with being skint, bored of being repressed, bored of chintzy nightclubs and stuffy rules, bored of the same old humdrum, but then ecstasy reached our shores, and along with ecstasy and LSD, and some amazing house music coming from the states and at home, and some revolutionaries, a whole new scene was born, Acid House, which evolved into the rave scene, and the rest is history.
We partied until the next day, not just til 6am, but through the next day as well sometimes, remember White Waltham Airfield? Emerging from the darkness all wide eyed and spaced out, and we were very spaced out, drugs were a massive part of the scene, everyone took them, there were casualties inevitably, but most of us came through it unscathed thankfully.
BUt if it wasn't for the music, there would never have been a scene in the first place, the beats were intensified by the ecstasy, and the 303s were warped by the Acid. Vocals of peace, love, togetherness, unity, they were the themes of the day, sweet singalong vocals infused with a musical juxtaposition, with breakbeats being recycled from old, almost forgotten tracks, such as the Amen break from Amen Brother, the seminal piece by The Winstons.
Listening to these tracks now, it is evident that no drugs are needed to enjoy these sounds, i dont take anything like that anymore but i still adore classic house music, and i always will, it was the sound of my youth, in 1988 i was 14 years old and very clued up with acid house music already, thrilled by the emergence of detroit techno, electro infused wizardry which seemed to encapsulate the very essence of LSD perfectly, deep, deep house music.
There wont be many tracks on here that you wont know of, almost all are classics, from Hardcore Uproar, the northern anthem from Together, to that Hacianda classic The Theme - Unique 3, there are just so many tunes here that you will remember fondly, and some you almost forgotten about.
It is now exactly 25 years since that revolution began, twentyfive years! The music has not aged one bit, it still sounds fresh, it still sounds new, it still sounds relevant, and it still moves you, it still jacks your body and makes you do the wriggly worm. Never again will we see such a revolution take place, those unique circumstances during that crucial moment in time were responsible for changing the way we lived, a new generation got wise and desired to seek the truth out for themselves.
There has never been a better time to reflect upon this magical era, now lost to the past but with a flame still flickering in the eyes of everyone who ever went to an all night illegal party and danced and loved and shared and didnt give a toot about what our superiors thought, we were having it large!
Peace - Love - Unity - Respect ☺