May 29, 2015

How minimal can you get? #94

A Guy Called Gerald
“I was trying to keep it quiet from the dudes in 808 State, because I was still working with them but wanted to do my own thing. It was fun just slipping out of their basement and taking the drum machine. They'd be like, 'Where are you going?' I'd say, 'Oh, I'm just going home to do some programming,' then nip off to another studio. I was trying to get a tribal sound and found this sample saying 'Voodoo rage'. That was originally the title but the old sampler I was using didn't have that much memory. I just about had enough for 'voodoo ra…', so that's what it became.” Gerald Simpson


A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (1988)

“It [Acid House] was more important than punk because it was more egalitarian. Punk in Britain, in its essence, was just a few people in London. Acid house was totally egalitarian, and quite quickly, it spread to small towns, too. It really revolutionized the country.” Luke Bainbridge

“I loved the anarchy of the early parties. It was as if all those years we spent trying to jack the system through things like punk and aggression had had no effect, and then all these kids who’d never consider themselves political were creating this revolution. It was more punk than punk ever was.” Neville Watson

For further reading, please check out The True Story of Acid House: Britain's Last Youth Culture Revolution.

1 comment:

the saucer people said...

While I agree that the acid house scene changed far more lives than punk or any other UK sub-culture before it (or at the very least changed how they spent their weekends) - it is important to state that it didn't emerge in a vacuum and many of the key players and early participants had their roots in early scenes such as punk, post-punk electronics, the traveller/festival scene of the seventies and eighties, the avant-garde/experimental art scene of Psychic TV and the Mutoid Waste squatting scene, the seventies northern soul and disco scene and so on.

As an early free party organiser, and avid clubber, I actually first encountered acid-house through the band Psychic TV around 1987 and at the same time, through the post northern soul/disco scene that were putting on early house music events around the same time - the founding mythos of Ibiza is simply one thread of the narrative.

In fact, I remember an early pirate radio show the members of 808 State did in Manchester around this time that was blending the new beat sound of Belgium with eighties electro and experimental UK synth based post-punk music - that had very little to do with the London/Ibiza scene.

Anyway, look forward to reading the book and many thanks for posting some info about it.