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262 / London Club Playlists #19 / Boy`s Own Playlists #11 / Spring 1990 Part 1

Bass heavy sound system Soul (II Soul), Pop Reggae, and Reggae Pop covers. “Rootsie & Boopsie” was impossible to find at the time. Now you probably couldn`t give it away. Foxy Brown`s “Fast Car” has me on the dancefloor at The Yellow Book, near the end of the night, where it might be played back to back with Weatherall`s mix of Saint Etienne and the remix of Diana Ross` “I`m Still Waiting”. Moments serene in self-indulgent melancholy. A ticket to anywhere. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” also reminds me of the smile on Ali`s face, whiskey and orange in each hand as he cajoled Andrew into playing it at a Farm gig, a Flying Christmas party, at the Astoria, before the Flying / Farm thing went pear-shaped. All the West Ham chaps upstairs in the seats. I think it snowed during “All Together Now”.

I bought both of those early Heavenly releases, the Saint Etienne and the Sly & Lovechild, from Steve Lee at Future Records in the Garage on The Kings Road (as advertised cleverly in the fanzine on the page facing the charts). I was well chuffed. I`d go into Flying Records in Kensington Market, with a similar list and never come out with anything on it. Everything would have gone, and instead I’d end up buying whatever they were playing in the shop. I was pipped at the counter for Steve`s last copy of the Babakoto bootleg though.

“I Am Stretched On Your Grave” is Weatherall and Farley at a Flowered Up gig at the ICA. The Chimes is getting fucking high in a basement on Islington`s Almedia Street. Loved-up in the Red Zone. “You`re Gonna Get It” is an East End tune for me.

I`m not sure that I ever heard “Flotation” in club. Maybe in the warm-up at The Soho Theatre. I remember seeing it listed in an Ibiza `90 chart compiled for the NME by Weatherall, where it stood alongside Hypnotone`s “Dream Beam” and Meatbeat Manifesto`s “Radio Babylon”. Perhaps the first time I heard it was at work when (ooh) Gary Davies played it on Radio 1. I still think it sounds like “Peter & The Wolf”, it was, however, a key track on a tape I made and distributed to friends; one side of Italian Scream-Ups (stuff like A.S.H.A.`s “J.J. Tribute”, DJ H & Stefy`s “Think About…” and Double Dee`s “Found Love”), labeled “A Good Night Out”, intended to be played while dressing, polishing shoes, etc., with a group of associates in readiness pre-club, the other, with The Grid, on it, labeled “A Good Night In”, intended listening for (most likely) slightly lower numbers of persons whilst undressing post-club. Fun could also be had flipping the tape and doing the do to the Scream-Ups I might add. Personally, by 1990 the coming home had become as much of an event as the going out. Abandon on the Tulse Hill Estate.

The Frasier Chorus is The Raid at Limelight. Everybody concentrating too hard on being cool. Paul Smith Linen shirts and Saturday`s on Floral Street. The song is warning of a drug-induced apathy. The means of the revolution could rob a rebel of the cause.

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