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"...but thanks to the brilliant hardcorewillneverdie.com, you can still listen to some of Sasha's earliest sets online. The site offers a free archive of 1,066 old-school DJ mixes from 1989 to 1995, taken from tapes clubs sold afterwards. They include two of Sasha's 1990 sets at legendary Stoke rave night Shelly's, and early Hacienda sets from house pioneers Mike Pickering and Graeme Park - the British Library's National Sound Archive should definitely pay a visit." The Guardian, 11th May 2005
"If you find any hoop-la about nu rave mystifying and can't understand why anyone would even want to hark back to the days of glowsticks and gurning anyway, just visit the site http://hardcorewillneverdie.com/ and check out the archived rave footage. An eruption of madness on a mass scale, rave was the last blast of full-tilt futurism in mainstream British music."The Observer, 21st January 2007
The revival of old-skool dance music continues apace at this cunningly titled site, which houses a celebration of smiley-face culture. Everything... includes histories and reminiscences from those who were there for the start of what has become a global, semi-corporate phenomenon, but was once much more intimate. The party spirit is nowhere more evident than in the great array of flyers collected here. - The Independent newspaper, 1st February 2003
‘Adamski had just played a wicked set as we walked on to the stage. I started to come up really fast on the E. I started this pathetic little keyboard line. It sounded so shit I said “Turn up the bloody drums Chris!” He looked back at me as said “What drums?”. It was 8am and everyone at this huge rave was off their head waiting for us to be brilliant and we were barely audible and shite. After that I didn’t dare perform for months’ – Nigel of N-Joi on doing his first E at World Dance, 1989
‘The spontaneous street paries have been continuing wherever three or more acid house fans get together, especially after club one-nighters. They’ve partied till 5am in Trafalgar Square, 8am in a London Bridge car park, and blocked Tottenham Court Road for the fourth week in succession after the final night of the Trip club … hundreds of happy acid fans swaying yelling “Street Party! Street Party!” in unison. The police were less than amused but stayed cool under pressure, but the traffic-jammed car drivers were totally mystified’ – Time Out magazine, Aug 10th 1988
After the Hacienda you’d go to an illegal after-hours club called the Kitchen on one of the Crescent housing estates in Hulme. The biggest death-trap waiting to happen in terms of fire hazards, but if you’re talking about the true underground scene, that’s where it started in Manchester. One night we were there, the police were trying to get up the stairwell and people were throwing sofas and chairs at them –all good-humoured stuff to keep the party going’ – Paul Roberts of K-Klass
‘Future never got the respect it deserved. It wasn’t trendy like Shoom so no trendies were interested in it. Shoom was a Saturday-night club for trendies. We were running Spectrum on Mondays and Future on Thursdays. You had to be committed to come to those nights. Future was the workers club. One Saturday Ian St Paul organised a coach trip to Gravesend that would go to Shoom on the way back, and when we got to Shoom Jenni wouldn’t let us in. That was it we stopped going after that.’ – Paul Oakenfold
‘Lucozade became the drink for no other reason than because it was the thing they sold at the Fitness Centre when Shoom were there – if they only sold milk stout it would have been that’ – Steve Proctor
‘Beheaded pigeons littered the floor after Sundays party. Youngsters were so high on Ecstacy and cannabis they ripped the birds’ heads off. Their bodies lay among thousands of empty soft-drink cans and pieces of foil which had contained the drugs. Also littering the huge building were leaflets advertising other acid house parties at future dates and venues’ – The Sun “Ecstacy Airport” (Sunrise @ White Waltham)
After the publicity, no-one wanted to give us a site. By luck we found this farm, did the deal and got our crew off there really early in the morning. By this time the police were following our crew round. They followed our scaffolding people who built the stage and discovered the venue. The farmer doesn’t know what to do; were saying to him “You don’t have to stop it we aren’t breaking any laws, we’re a private members’ club”. They’re saying to him “Stop It, otherwise were going to prosecute you!”– Dave Roberts (Back to the Future) talking about Sunrise/BTTF Dance Music Festival
‘People always argue that raves have successfully united blacks and whites, but in reality that argument’s bollocks. Everyone at raves in on a fucking E. If you took the drugs out of raves and everyone was just on spliff and drink, you know what would happen? There’d be fights. In fact, if you took E’s out of it the rave scene wouldn’t exist’ – Carl Hyman (ShutUp & Dance)
‘Rage was magical. It was a really awesome vibe, spine-tingling, the hairs on the back of your neck would stand up – it was really emotional. It was one of the most innovative clubs; Fabio & Grooverider would have the new music every week and that would be exciting. At the end everybody would be talking about what they’d played. When we got home we would switch on pirate radio and dance all night in Kemi’s kitchen then go to work in the morning. We were devastated when in finally closed’ – Storm (Kemistry & Storm)
‘As the day progressed, the busier it became and the beats hardened up. The night returned and out came the fire eaters and jugglers. Whistles, horns and shouts from the overwhelming crowd could be heard echoing out over the moors, merging into the musical mayhem of hectic rhythms and wailing synths coming from the Spiral sound system. From that day forward I was hooked’ – Aztec (Spiral Tribe DJ) on Camelford free festival.
A girl chatting to Prince Charles at an unemployment training centre confided in HRH about the friendliness of ‘raves’. She told him, if he was interested, that everyone puts their arms around each other. To which the Prince replied: “Ah, one does not have to be introduced” – The Independent, 1993
"After the initial start of Acid House I could go to a place and play more or less what I wanted. I miss doing that sort of thing. I used to like dropping 'Why?' by Carly Simon just after playing an Acid record and they would have it. I was playing the original 7", but you couldnt do anything that diverse nowadays" - Ellis Dee
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Quotes taken from:-
Altered State (The story of Ecstacy culture) by Matthew Collin (ISBN 1-85242-604-7) * Recommended reading if you are even vaguely interested in Rave history.
Class of 88 (The True Acid House Experience) by Wayne Anthony (ISBN 0-7535-0240-2)
Once in a Lifetime (The crazy days of Acid House) by Jane Bussman (ISBN 0-7535-0260-7)
Many from various magazines (Eternity, Mix Mag, Time Out, etc)
Some from national newspapers (Sun, Daily Mail etc)