Blog 92

15
Aug 07

Blog ’92: Introduction

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Rave 92On my eleventh birthday I received a copy of a tape called “Rave ’92” through the post from my sister Grace, who was away at university. It was the second tape she had made for me whilst she was away, (the first being a random mix of grebo, soul, indie and ‘Love Shack’ by the B52s) and the 4th tape I owned in total – tapes 2 and 3 being the Best Of The Seekers and Roxette’s Joyride.

The inlay sleeve for my new tape had the tracklisting neatly written out in capital letters: black biro for the track title and red for the artist name all the way up until track 2, when the track titles were black and the artist names were red. On the inside of the inlay was written:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHERINE!!
p.s. Mum & Dad will really hate this! So PLAY IT LOUD

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18
Aug 07

Blog ’92: I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE

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1. The Prodigy – Fire

The opening song of any compilation is vital to its success and coherence. It must draw in the casual listener that might not otherwise consider investing the mix (perhaps opting for one containing ‘Sesame’s Treet’ instead), but also give an honest representation of the rest of the tracks to avoid resentment (and the inevitable trip to Music & Video Exchange).

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29
Aug 07

Blog ’92: JUMP UP JUMP UP AND GET DOWN

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2. House of Pain – Jump Around

Is this the most ubiquitous student disco song ever recorded?

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11
Sep 07

Blog ’92: NAUGHTY NAUGHTY VERY NAUGHTY

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Ebenezer goode3. The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode

‘Ebeneezer Goode’ could theoretically have been about a man who was cheerful and who enjoyed the music of Vera Lynn…

I was eleven years old and even I knew it was entirely about drugs. So what? I was about as likely to drop an E as I was to grow another head. Never mind the fear of instant death (remember Leah Betts, kids!) or complete cluelessness of how Aussies, too, can get their hands on some Modafinil and other such substances – the fear of getting into trouble was enough to put me off even smoking a cigarette until I was 18, let alone dabbling with illegal drugs. Just as with ‘Jump Around’, I loved the quickfire verses of ‘Ebeneezer Goode’ but had no idea what ‘veras’ were (something terrible, no doubt). I duly learnt the mystery words anyway and sang them in the playground to impress my mates, but in all honesty ‘Goode’ was never among my favourite rave tracks. The associated comedy legends* and constant wink/nudging made it difficult to appreciate at face value. Only when I finally got round to purchasing a copy of Boss Drum some years later could I disassociate The Shamen from our friend Mr Goode, and objectively consume the rest of their material, for better or worse.

The public outcry surrounding the song (banned from airplay, censored by the BBC, Daily Mail readers hunting down Mr C with burning torches etc) was obviously an overreaction to a simply structured catchy play-on words. Compared to the potentially riot-inciting clarion calls of ‘School’s Out’ or ‘Another Brick In The Wall’, I doubt ‘Ebeneezer Goode’ will have irreparably tainted many of the nation’s youth. In fact, this particular song makes drugs sound so uncool that it probably had an inoculative effect, ensuring any wayward teenagers who were possibly considering a future filled with reckless hedonism would stay firmly put in their bedrooms for the next ten years, strumming away on a £12 half-sized acoustic guitar from Argos. Scare-monger hacks and concerned parents alike should have been thanking The Shamen!

Watch the video to ‘Ebeneezer Goode’ on Youtube

*The most famous of which still deserves repetition: during their TOTP performance, Mr C changed the lyric ‘Anyone got any salmon?‘ to ‘Anyone got any underlay?‘ When accosted afterwards by furious BBC chaps, the singer explained that it was “a gratuitous rug reference”. Oh come on, it’s still funny.

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2
Oct 07

Blog ’92: YO DJ PUMP THIS PARTY

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4. Bizarre Inc – I’m Gonna Get You

I played my first gig in the autumn of 1992. Myself and my fellow bandmate Karina told our army of loyal fans (Helen, Emma, Helen and Emma’s little sisters, and Helen and Emma’s little sisters’ two mates) to assemble at the edge of the playground by the netball court post at afternoon break. Our audience waiting with baited breath, we plunged into our first* number:

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15
Oct 07

Blog ’92: HAIL MESSIAH!

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5. Messiah – I Feel Love

After four tracks which could reasonably be labelled as ‘pop’, Rave ’92 finally starts the transition into hardcore proper.

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31
Oct 07

Blog ’92: U-U-U-UTAH SAINTS

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6. Utah Saints – Something Goodsomething-good.jpg

Another mainstream chart hit for Rave ’92, one which has cemented itself into the consciousness of the Great British listening public thanks to that stuttering name-check announcement.

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14
Nov 07

Blog ’92: I WON’T LET THIS FEELING GO

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7. Mello Core – Good Feeling 

Another great transition here – the final note of ‘Something Good’ dies out, exhausted after the Saints’ techno onslaught. In floats a soothing female voice over dreamy strings: “And my mind’s wide open baby, I won’t let this feeling go…” Hippy mush celebrating the pleasurable effects of substance abuse, perhaps –

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27
Nov 07

Blog ’92: THAT’S WHAT I AM

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8. 2 Unlimited – The Magic Friend

I have a terrible confession to make. Much as I love 2 Unlimited, I have never rated Ray’s rapping.

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10
Dec 07

Blog ’92: WE’VE GOT 1MB OF RAM AND WE’RE NOT AFRAID TO USE IT

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9. The Orb – Assassin

Another brilliant transition takes us from Anita’s dying echoes (“Don’t be afraid, it’s just the magic friend, friend, friend, friend…“) into a track that could be its polar opposite.

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