Let me tell you a story…
Music has always been a special part of my life, my Dad loved music and my earliest memories are listening to Motown classics, Trojan anthems and Soul gems from George Benson and the likes. Going out in Birmingham, we were exposed first of all to 80’s classic soul, slowly progressing into Hip Hop/Electro and then House Music. It was a natural progression, anyone from that era knew, or at least recognised, everyone from the scene. Too many clubs to mention, too many DJs to name check.
It’s a very condensed passage here, but for me, I recall going to a place called Bonker’s one Friday night, and then being taken to a place called The Hummingbird. Much had happened in town up to this point, but I am sure many will agree this venue was a defining part of Birmingham’s story.
The music played was outstanding, slow jams like Kariya’s “Let me Love You”, through to outright bangers like “LFO”.
I have compiled a mix of tracks that aren’t necessarily the biggest or best known, but they all allow me to be transported back to those Friday nights and beyond, to places like Spectrum and Amnesia. These are times before the hardcore revolution, a time where you didn’t have to pledge allegiance to being ‘hardcore’ or ‘mellow’, to a time where you just went out, danced, and lost yourself in whatever it was you ‘did’
I dedicate this podcast to the army of people that I have stood and rocked next to in a venue, or lay next to on a carpet or sofa… I love you all !
Arnold Jarvis – Take Some Time Out (1987)
Tony Terry – Forget the Girl (1989)
Electribe 101 – Tell me When the Fever Ended (1989)
Culture Beat – Cherry Lips (1989)
Robert Owens – Visions (1990)
Tribal House – Motherland Africa (1990)
Bang the Party – Bang Bang (1989)
Twin Hype – For Those Who Like to Groove (1990)
Addis Posse – Let the Warriors Dance (1990)
Circuit – Shelter Me (1990)
Clubland – Let’s Get Busy (1990)
Mayday – Wiggan Remix (1993)
Aftermath – I’m for Real (1990)
Dr Baker – Kaos (1990)
SSR – To be House (1991)
ICP – Free & Equal (1992)
Kariya – Let me Love You (1990)
BBG – Some Kind of Heaven (1990)
Electra – Autumn Love (1989)