‘The Third Summer of Love’
Since Centreforce was first conceived it has always been a pioneering station. It’s had that unique instinct that drives it to the right places at the right time and 2018 is being the year where Centreforce is helping to usher in the Third Summer of Love.
Many Centreforce listeners were there during the Second Summer of Love, which means 1988 for some and 1989 for others. I went to my first acid house party in late 1988. Four mates and I went to, from what I can remember, some sort of warehouse type building. It was big. It was possibly somewhere near the A3 (but none of us can recall exactly where). I have no idea who put the party on but I do remember acid being played all night long and loving it. That night set me up nicely for 1989, which I mostly spent locking on to 88.3, sitting in a mates car, hurtling around the M25 in a convoy of several more cars made up from my Maidstone crew and eventually (although sometimes not) ending up at some rave. Personal fave raves from that period for me include the Centreforce parties held in Clinks, the first KAOS weekender, the first dance music tent at Glastonbury in 1990, Dance 90, the first Freedom to Party rally and party that night in Radlett and countless places I have no idea where they were (sports hall’s, disused railway arches) meeting points including a huge one on Blackheath Common where people danced on the roofs of their cars before eventually being told where the rave was and being part of the chaos as hundreds of cars raced off into the darkness of the night. I don’t remember much after that and don’t have a Scooby doo which rave we found. The thrill of the hunt, the search, the trying to evade the Old Bill was all part of the fun back then and we had FUN! Our hope at Centreforce is that new people, young people, people anywhere in the world can get a taste, however small, of what we had back in those late 80’s summers. HELL YEAH let’s campaign to ban mobile phones from the dancefloor. They aint needed! All they do is distract people from what the DJ is playing. Just enjoy the music and the moment. Take your selfies on the tube on the way home eh
Football’s back! And kicking off with their weekly show are Ryan and Nicky. Each show will be chatter about the beautiful game as Ryan and Nicky review who did what to who, what games stood out and of course the results. Football and music have always gone hand in hand (shout out to the Casuals of the 80’s) so Ryan and Nicky’s show also includes tunage too.
A massive highlight for the month for Centreforce was The RiZe Festival. Formerly known as the V. Festival this year Centreforce took charge of the VIP area on 18/08/18 and what a day it turned out to be and what’s more the force of the station had thousands of people rockin’ to the best in dance music from the past thirty years. Hopefully the station picked up a few more fans too. On the day the Centreforce DJ’s line up included: Carly Denham, Rooney and Jonny C, Artful Dodger, Mister Pasha and Master Pasha, Ray Keith, 2Shay and Tango, Max Fernandez, The Acid Brothers and Majestic.
Starting this month Colin Hudd, Trevor Fung and Ray Keith otherwise known as the House Legends kicked off their weekly show and this promises a constant delivery of tip top tunes. August also saw the release of a new album that Colin was involved with. The Summer Of Love is a three CD album. CD one is a collection of songs selected and mixed by Paul Oakenfold to best represent Spectrum. Paul’s selection includes tracks like Move Your Body-Marshall Jefferson, Energy Flash-Joey Beltram and I Just Can’t Wait-Mandy Smith.
CD two is Colin’s song choices that capture the Land of Oz. Colin’s lifts off with Meltdown-Quartz before sliding into Tears-Frankie Knuckles. By the time track 18 kicks in with Renegade Soundwaves Thunder, you just know you’ve done the right thing by purchasing the CD.
CD three is where Nancy Noise comes in to provide a feel for what Future was all about and she provides a real mixture with songs like Jesus On The Payroll-Thrashing Doves, Oh Well-Oh Well and City Lights-William Pitt.
For those people fortunate enough to have frequented any of those nights, the Summer Of Love will surely take them on a trip back in time. Enjoy the trip and it is a trip!
FROM The Centreforce Towers
Danny Swallow (Master Pasha)
I don’t think we was prepared for the response that we’ve actually had in such a short space of time and having a DAB licence. It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s also been great to see other stations revealing their figures and its showing that an increasing number of people are now listening to DAB. And we have an idea of where our bench mark is and needs to be within a three-year target. I’m really happy with the team that we’re building and I truly believe that we can really give it a good go and get Centreforce back to being the number one station in London. The listeners have been fantastic too and we know we’d have nothing without those people locking on to the shows.
BACK CHAT FROM the Centreforce Family
Kelly Gannon ‘I was a Centreforce listener when it first came on back in 1989. I would listen to that and some of the other pirate stations around at the time. At the time I was going to the back-street flats parties that were happening. People like Jack Bass would be at those parties. I’d also go to Labyrinth and Strawberry Sunday’s I went to quite a lot. There was a lot going on around at that time; raves all over the place. I remember a lot of basic parties being held in dark rooms with just one deck in. The smaller venues were good. It was often a matter of go out on Saturday and get home on Monday.
I liked house music because you could sing along to as well as dance to it. It was good for us women because as you know we like to sing along to songs. At the time we were wearing Kickers and Wallabees and dungarees. I lived in my dungarees, I loved them and even wore them to school. I liked it when people started waving glow sticks around too. It made it all fun and people had a good time back then.
I’m so pleased that Centreforce has come back. At a personal level its helped me out. I remember finding out about the Facebook live streams that were being held from the Dovecote pub and I started going along. It became a regular thing and I started bumping into people like Jack Bass again. Centreforce is now on the radio again and I’m always listening to it. It’s brilliant!
IT AINT NOTHING BUT A HOUSE PARTY
Aiden’s Trust Rave Up Part 2-is on 22/09/18 at 4 degrees Bar, Royal Star Arcade, Maidstone. Tickets are £10 on the door. DJ’s playing the best of house from 1986-1996. And yes-this is a rave in a shopping centre…have you done that before. Doors open at 8pm and slam shut at 2am.This is a fundraising event for a local lad.
WHAT IT USED TO BE-28/09/18 9PM TO LATE AT Luna 64-68 High Street, Hornchurch. RM12 4JD. DJ’s on the night include some of Centreforce’s very own: Nicky Brown, Jack Bass, Master Pasha, Hermit, Ritchie Eames, Richie Hill, Swift, Chrissy P and Daniel Ward. Tickets £10 in advance from 07702597609
FEATURED DJ’S AND MC’s
Introducing this month’s Centreforce family members
‘In 1988 I was doing Spectrum, that then changed its name and went into Land of Oz because of the bad press it got. I became aware of Centreforce after that. Up until Centreforce there’d really only been soul stations but then Centreforce came along and was the only one that played just house music. Centreforce existed because of house music and the rave scene. It was born out of it.
By 89 I was guesting on Legends on a Saturday night and was going to raves in Slough and doing Sunrise parties. I also did the first World Dance. I think they secured some field that was owned by Boy George’s brother or cousin.
I came up through the soul and funk route but started listening to house music in 1986. There’s a mix cloud recording of me playing house music in 86. I didn’t play it all the way through my sets. Back then it had to mixed up with other stuff from jazz funk to soul. It would be tracks but the likes of Marshall Jefferson. Attitudes varied when it came to house music. People like Paul Oakenfold were into playing hip hop and weren’t into the house thing at that point. But I remember playing ‘Oakey’ a load of stuff in 1987 and it was after that that he asked me to come and play some house music for him and this led to Spectrum.
It was the tempo of house music that grabbed my attention. Back in the disco days I had liked those records and a lot of the gay stuff. I really got the faster tunes so when house music came along I knew that was for me. 120 bpm was a good tempo for me and house music was away from the norm and it seemed so fresh at the time.
By 1989 there were so many good house tunes coming out. There’d be loads of new stuff week after week. I was buying new records every week. It was great. And then the hip house stuff came along and I loved all that too. That was fun and not like the moody hip hop stuff.
I don’t think I went to any of the early Andy Swallow parties because by that time I was working in different places. I was doing Monday nights for ‘Oakey’ and then I started doing the garage night on the Friday and Saturdays I was down at Legends. There’d be occasions when I’d leave Legends at 3 or 4 o clock and go to some rave. On one night, whilst on the way to a World Dance rave, I remember passing the chaos in the streets and the bridge where the Marchioness had just gone down. And then Limelight started on the Sunday and I was just busy all the time.
Another thing that I liked about that 1988/89 period was that there weren’t all these pigeon holes. There wasn’t any of this happy house. No one said this is that or that is this. It was just a matter of saying ‘that’s banging’ and that was enough for us. My rule of thumb was if it sounds good I’ll play it.
By early 1990 it changed. I remember my mate asking me to go with him to the Freedom To Party rally and I said to him ‘they’ve just stuck a fucking landing strip in the Falklands, do you think the government are going to do anything for you and your right to party?’
By 1990 it did start to get moody. I started to hear stories of people, nice people, who were putting on parties but were getting threatened and told to hand over money. There was a heavy-duty element of guys coming in and they wanted some of what was going on. Also, cocaine became the drug of choice. Cocaine held the wall up because people just stood around propping the wall up and looking at each other. I saw the love go from the parties and I knew it was all over, but it had been good whilst it had lasted.
Rooney the Roonsta:
‘My connection to Centreforce came about because my sister was seeing one of the DJ’s. I started going up to where the station was and hanging about. This was when Centreforce were based in Dennison Point and I can only describe it as being rough and ready. It was basic. I have a memory of that time that has stuck in my head and it’s off seeing DJ Kirky D sitting with a hoody up with headphones on.
The station then used my sister’s flat for a short period of time too. This was a nice set up because there were some decks set up in the bedroom and they got used to have a little practice before starting the show.
I then started doing sets with people like Scratch Master Steve and DJ Seeker. I remember there was one day when they hooked up all the decks and Seeker was on them and you had me and my sister handing him records that we thought would be impossible to mix but he did mix them and he made it look easy. He was shit hot! Seeker knew what he was doing.
Centreforce was the nuts at the time. It was all about getting the music out and the music was important to us. I had got into acid house early and it meant everything. It was my mate Simon James who got me into it. We used to get cheap tee shorts and spray smiley faces on them and take them to the clubs and sell them on. Those days were brilliant.
I was on Time FM when there were the Centreforce sessions and I was part of Chillin FM but now its brilliant because we don’t have any worries. Back in the days of the pirates we worried that we’d have our records taken away from us. Mixing and deejaying was what I knew I wanted to do from an early age-its been a passion. And then it happened and it was my mum who gave me my DJ name and I with it and I stuck with it even when back in the Centreforce days they called me Hot Rod.’
Frankie Love’s Your Love…still and always will sound amazing!
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