Friday, February 15, 2008
An exciting new era begins here today, er possibly, for I have at last worked out how to 'rip' vinyl to MP3. So I'll be up to the loft in a minute to have a dusty rummage for those lost 12 inch singles...
This one has definitely not been gathering dust under my drafty eaves however, oh no, but resting safe and sound and grime and heat-proofed in my nice shiny silver record box, for it is a treasure.
I worked with a guy once who was crazy, crazy into early House music when most of us were still listening to the Jesus & Mary Chain; he did me a tape (of course) and this was the first thing on it and I loved it from the moment I heard it. I went straight out and bought it.
Do all great dance records need an inner core of heartbreak? Oh I think so. I gotta dance to keep from crying after all. And like the man said, the blues is about getting outside of the blues. And House came from disco, and disco was made for people who knew all about heartache and hard times and getting glammed up on a Friday and Saturday night and hitting the floor to forget them both.
I bloody love this record - can't fault any of it, but the stunning vocal from Billie Ray Martin deserves a special mention.
Sure nuff your Friday night starts here.
Electribe 101 - 'Tell Me When The Fever Ended' (12") (1989)