This was the last issue. In the six years since Boy`s Own`s inception “The Staff” had moved from clubland “foot soldiers” photocopying and stapling, to back room DJs, to main room DJs, to promoters, record label owners, and into the studio. At least 50% of “The Sound Of Spring” had a direct route back to the creators of the fanzine and their friends. Lemon Interrupt, Farley & Heller dubs, the two Kevs, and Fabio Paras. Fabio was the man of the moment. Weatherall had co-produced a Mercury Music Prize winning album (though the Scream promptly disappeared with all the cash to continue what was described at the time as their “ridiculous lifestyle”). Boy`s Own Recordings had signed “proper” bands, One Dove and Underworld, who could tour and required management. “Junior” was born with Ashley`s edits and re-works of Disco and House`s history, educating everybody, and with Fire Island, whose sound defined the `90s dancefloor. Effort and enthusiasm had lead to opportunities, and everyone just got too busy. Cymon said to me at a party at The Park, that they were looking for younger people to take the fanzine on, and forward, but unfortunately, that didn`t happen.
I have to admit that the records here don`t hold so many memories for me. I did dance to Mass Order and “Big Mouth” at Full Circle. “Hey Boy” is Danny on the radio, on a treasured tape sat next to Happyhead`s “Digital Love Thing”. Martika`s “Spirit” is yet another drug offensive on Islington`s Almedia Street, but it is walking out of there and starting anew. Maybe because their weight ain`t so great, I could easily play any of them in a set now. Twenty-two years on and they`re not so dated (no Figures On A Beach or Trance Dance`s in here), though I`d flip the Lemon Interrupt for “Eclipse” and I`d pass on the Sunscreem. “Seas turning turtle” kinda messes with my inner poet. “An Instrumental Need” is still irresistible.
“Boy`s Own. The Complete Fanzines 1986-92” is published by DJhistory.com and can be purchased directly here. The compendium has also been released as an expanded iBook. You can find more information over at Bread & Circuses.
We`re looking to continue this series of London Club Playlists. If anybody has any of the weekly charts that Flying Records used to hand out, please get in touch.
Thanks to Gordy for the Ten Men Dead.