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.