I`m in conversation with Glenn Gunner, I`m pretty sure we`re in The Gardening Club, with Saint Etienne`s “Nothing Can Stop Us” playing in the background.
Me: “What have you been listening to?”
G.G.: “All sorts really. Anything as long as it`s not too dark or heavy. I haven`t seen you for a bit. Where have you been?”
“Following Weatherall around.”
“Ah, so you like it dark and heavy?”
In London a divide had opened. What had been brought together by an inclusive spirit popularized by Alfredo, and encouraged by the drug, split, at least briefly (all of this moved so fast in hindsight).
Perhaps it was because more people had started making records. Up until this point, with only so many tunes to go round, everyone, to a certain extent, was playing similar stuff and, by necessity, across the board. Once people began making their own music, the increase in choice allowed divisions, and sub-divisions, to appear.
There were those that followed “The Outsider” (Weatherall’s pseudonym at the time – Ed) on his journey away from the light, over the precipice and into an inky blackness of Detroit Techno and European Trance. Marching to a pummeling metallic military tattoo.
There was the Chemical ne Dust Brothers Mantronix tribute, that looked to replace the much-loved “Balearic chug” with a fusion of Hip Hop and Rock, birthing Big Beat and Trip Hop, depending on the perpetrators` favoured substance.
And then there was a new homegrown House, taking its inspirational from Disco, and its lead from the Black Science Orchestra, and DJs like Glenn and Harvey, listening to “all sorts”, as they looked for samples and referenced their pasts. Whacking Nancy Ames into a New York groove.
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