Tenth birthday historical snapshot
These are the top threads for each of the first ten years of UK-Dance's history. 1992-1993 Universe's spring rave in Wiltshire: "10 Towering tents of entertainment, 5...
These are the top threads for each of the first ten years of UK-Dance's history.
- Universe's spring rave in Wiltshire: "10 Towering tents of entertainment, 5 Monumental Musical Arenas and 13 Hours of full on fun."
- One Dove's debut album Morning Dove White and expressions of desire for Dot Allison.
- Warp's Artificial Intelligence album — pretentious noodling or good music? Either way, the discussion got ripped off by Warp for the cover of their AI2 compilation.
- UK-Dance T-shirts — remember them?
- Favourite DJs to go and see, like Seduction, Slipmatt, Brian G, Mike E and Top Buzz.
- Footage of Universe with UKD members on ITV's BPM programme.
- The Aphex Twin EPs.
- Woodstock 2. In Milton Keynes. "Who in their right minds wants to travel to Milton Keynes?"
- Universe's summer Time Machine rave near Bath: "Time Travellers, Day Trippers, Night Owls, come forth, congregate and celebrate with Universe for a feast of infinite fun on a spiritual voyage of discovery to the fourth dimension."
- Megadog Midi Circus — the techno tour with Orbital, Aphex Twin ("who was alone on stage and didn't even hit the start button on his sequencer - he just stood in the centre of the stage and moved in mysterious ways"), Spooky, Drum Club, Transglobal Underground, Eat Static, Underworld and more on one single night.
- Future Sound of London, their Amorphous Androgynous and Lifeforms album and their groundbreaking overnight shows on Kiss-FM.
- Richard James — is he mad?
- Hardcore versus Intelligent Dance Music: "Sometimes a thumping bass at 180+ is what I want. Hardcore isn't dead or dying... just fighting."
- The Sabres of Paradise — the first album, the Septic Cuts compilation and the Sabresonic nights.
- Why are The Orb mentioned in every article about ambient music?
- Richard James — he's still mad isn't he?
- Warp Records — the full discography. In mind-numbing detail.
- Richard James — oh yes, definitely mad.
- The legal situation with raves: "The Criminal Justice Bill is still going through Parliament at the moment. It's a pretty horrible bill altogether: a small-minded, Daily Mail reading, stay at home, never have any fun, go to bed at 7pm, Conservative voters charter basically." says, erm, oh it's me.
- Police attitudes towards raves and comedown chilling in service stations.
- Promoting a rave on the net? Watch out for the police reading your messages.
- Tribal Gathering in Oxfordshire: "the first legal rave for two years with over 60 DJs and 20 live acts."
- Is there anything as annoying as Whigfield?
- Ian Smith on Boy George: "a loud-mouthed talentless 'DJ', trading on former 'pop star' glories who can't be bothered to learn even the basics of mixing."
- Goa trance — something new, do we like it? Actually I don't think we do...
- What's that "giving them drugs taking their lives away" tune?
- Prodigy — have they got a web site?
- What's that "let your mind be your sun" tune?
- Glastonbury — is there going to be any dance this year, where can I get tickets, and shouldn't there be a UK-Dance sound system there?
- David Anderson: "Not wanting to start an analogue vs. digital argument, but I couldn't let this one go..." That debate. For the very first time.
- What are The Shamen up to?
- Underworld — Darren Emerson drops into UKD, we all love the live shows and Tom Churchill tells us "I'm not going to preach about what an important band Underworld are." But then people take exception to their music being used in an advert for the Telegraph and Darren is off.
- Trance is shit (first sighting).
- Trainspotting — the book, the play and the forthcoming movie. Not the hobby.
- Megadog get the props for their tour and all-nighters, but nobody seems to like MC Teabag. Tim Cunnell tells us "It was brought to my attention that MC Teabag was standing not 6 feet away on my left. He was clutching his radio mike and was in mid rant. All I had to do was saunter over to him, punch him on the nose and snatch the mike and that would have been it."
- All-boy techno clubs are intimidating. And Lost isn't as good as it used to be.
- Niz, Bat, Stuart and a heated debate on clubbing elitism. Borth: "New Romanticism, said to the majority of people 'you're not good looking enough to join our elite, go away you plebs'. The baggy scene of the late eighties came along and said 'hey you, put on your mother's curtains for trousers and come along and dance, I don't care who you are, what you look like. 'I jumped on board dance culture due to its inclusive nature, rather than its elitism."
- Carl Orff and his influence on modern electronic music.
- Racism in dance music and clubs — and is racism an appropriate subject for UK-Dance?
- HMV — now they've got decks!
- What's that track on that Judge Jules mixtape that goes "You are my shining star, yes you are".
- What's the name of that funky house track from around 1991/92 with a guy saying "baa baa, baa baa, dee dee, dee dee" in it.
- Triology — the first event, combining three vibes under one roof: "Kult being the looooooose yer body house / techno ting; Flame being the tear it up junglistical mayhem ting; Raya being the no-rules no-boundaries pure-music pure-being ting."
- Paranoia, comedowns and charlie habits.
- Dub gets slagged for his tips on where to by clothes: "Top Man on Oxford Street. Cheap and good variety. People who think they know Top Man and haven't been for a while will be surprised at what you can get there."
- Glastonbury — who's on the bill, is it going to be good, has anyone got a spare ticket, it was wicked, Daft Punk rocked.
- What TV programmes have you been on?
- Garage ("you know, that slow stuff with pianos and girls singing about chucking their bloke cos he's a no good two timing piece of shit").
- Religion Is Arse.
- Danny C — is he really Lancaster's finest DJ? Oh, and colonialism, the role of religion and racism.
- Gripper — playing in front of 10,000 people at Manumission. Yeah, right.
- Simon Green's family holiday in Barcelona. Repeated forty times due to mail problems.
- What's that track that goes "she sells seashells on the sea shore, he sells e's on the dancefloor".
- Dictation & Bambatta — the remix versus the original.
- Can Stardust live up to its hype as the most fantastic disco-style house track for years?
- Baxter on Derrick May: "Twig out to the tight programming, marvel at the quirkiness of May's sounds, and sob without shame when the legendary strings [of life] come to be".
- I've been conned. The Shining isn't as frightening as I'd been led to believe, says Iain.
- This year's new scary drug: flatliners.
- The death of the dance scene: "Health and Safety regs have not killed it off, we have, every single person who pays to go to a superclub has killed it off, everyone who told their mates about the next rave or the next Wiggle has contributed to blowing the scene out of the water. Unfortunately it was inevitable, deal with it!" says Nick G.
- We all hate Mixmag for their role in the decline of dance music. Mixmag answer back: "We're owned by the Government. We're part of an enormous conspiracy to have every club in the country closed down within the next six months. Once we've done that, we'll all be out of work, so then we can sit on our idle arses all day writing unbelievable shite on the Internet".
- The curse of the HTML e-mails.
- Is there any good trance music? Does it have a credible underground? Isn't it just a name invented by a Mixmag journo?
- Rising High — they got better once they started releasing trance but they never paid any royalties.
- Danny C on why trance and techno are the same thing (though, rather out of character, he failed to give any reasoning to back up this claim).
- Underworld's new album: "It's not that Beaucoup Fish is bad record - far from it — but it doesn't move on, much, from what's go on before" says Tobias Peggs.
- Everyone's first club, first dance record, first DJ experience - and no doubt a collective rewriting of history...
- MP3s go big and everyone ponders what's going to happen to the music industry as a result.
- Roo: "Why does Horlicks taste like Shreddies?"
- "Would anyone out there be knowledgeable (and brave) enough to define the term 'funk' or 'funky' in the context of modern dance electronic dance music?" says The Urban Fox. A flame war ensues.
- Is fishing a blood-sport?
- Kosovo — Dr Eric explains the background to the war in two pages of A4.
- Two-step: "Just like Luke Vibert jungle without the unnecessary clatter, and with some funk, rhythm and sultriness thrown in for good measure." says Catweasel.
- Why doesn't UK-Dance ever talk about music? What's the industrial revolution got to do with anything.
- Jaguar — techno, trance or just plain rubbish?
- Bat: "I'd call the 'kind-of-semiotic' psychological experience [on ecstasy] the 'real' level rather than the biochemical MDMA reaction level. Reason being that we experience the former directly, whereas the latter is merely one of many contextual factors that trigger the former."
- Novelty rap records.
- Cars in London — bad driving is blamed on listening to two-step.
- Triology: "Is everyone gonna kiss and make up at T7 then?" asks Aiden Harris.
- Aly Us — another garage track ruined with a UK garage remix?
- What's wrong with DJs playing 'I Feel Love'? Well, except when they follow it with Boogie Wonderland.
- Roo: "Jeff Mills is boring, minimal Techno is a load of poncy intellectual guff with no soul, I mean who the hell would want to listen to the same beat for 8 hours?"
- The sad death of UK-Dance member Neall Campbell.
- Festive tunes... Like Outkast and Moodyman.
- How does deep house differ from prog or tech-house, or are they the same?
- Niz: "What human being would turn down the occasion of the all-night dance ritual? It is US who have been the savages all along. Us: with our suits and computers and office developments. Us: with our lager and mass-processed food. Us: with our narrow streets and tube-trains and dogshit in parks — US!"
- The Hardcore Way versus the Balearic Way.
- The rebirth of electronica: Boards of Canada, Bola, Pub, CiM and more.
- The Provincial Ghetto Myth: gangsta rap versus consciousness, Baxter versus Green.
- "Sid Vicious died for me? He needn't have bothered..." — the importance of punk to dance music.
- Is Triology dead or just sleeping? Was lack of interest from UKD a factor in events drying up?
- Fox hunting. I think you remember this one.
- Celebrity Survivor — absolutely appalling, the decline of culture in this country, but I wish it wasn't so horribly addictive.
- Wasn't handbag great! Fluffy bikinis, cheesy tunes, it just can't be beaten.
- "There are too many boys on UK-Dance": a female techno lover writes in to condemn electroclash.
- The eighties revival must die.
- Nic: "The rise in irony-based DJ'ing, which amounts to chucking on any old shit randomly and claiming to be 'eclectic' and 'fun', is the most disturbing trend in Dance Music in years. I'm glad someone has finally spoken out."
- The UK-Dance elite — a lurker is finally moved to write.
- The rebirth of Drum 'n' Bass after seven years in the wilderness, house versus techno, black versus white, oh and Jaguar: techno or trance?
- Pianos and trumpets — get them out of dance music NOW!
- Hoxton, Nathans, web designers, fashion victims and a general dislike of same.
- We All Hate Flash. Except Dub.
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Written by Stephen Hebditch.
Published on Wednesday, 1 July 2009 at 15:16.