They named it Shoom…and the rest they say, is history. Timeless acid. Acid Trax is the ultimate defining acid track. The atmosphere was electric and everyone wanted to know what the track was. French Kiss is the track that every DJ and producer would have loved to have created. Such an uplifting spiritual production with a gospel vocal feel.
A quarter of a century on, its impact can be felt in everything from fashion to film, to interior design. It redefined our notion of a night out. It even changed the law of the land. Talking to the protagonists for a new book on those halcyon days, many talked about how revolutionary acid house felt when it first exploded in the UK - but many also talked about how quickly something that felt so ground-breaking became commercialised. The roots of the revolution had been laid since the early 80s, but when it really began to talk hold in late , it took little more than six months for the scene to go from a few pockets of clued-up clubbers, to a nationwide explosion. Warehouse parties were holding 20, ravers by the summer of For a while, the weak became heroes, and everybody felt love. Every generation is desperate for something to call their own - something their parents don't understand - but was is inevitable that the early euphoric scene would get dragged into the mainstream? With the odd dutiful exception, they were places where people went to get drunk, and nights ended in either fighting or fucking.
A loving reflection on this zeitgeist-shaping genre by someone who was actually there. Much comes from London where the scene took hold most. This is the scene that has led to what we now understand as normal and what we see and hear and feel everywhere. The first steps were in London in , with music largely imported from Chicago — or so they say. I was 21 sliding into In London and other spots it was magnified by being at the centre. But there were many outposts, and my first memory is of acid house being strange. It sounded very strange at first. It sounded mathematical. I remember a day after a night before waking up in the afternoon and hearing mathematical patterns in my head and it was hard to understand, but great to dance to, the clockwork rhythms all sliding around in the mess and clarity of the floor, faces and light-beams poking through the strawberry smoke, connected and distant, all night.
Ah, the Summer of Love, a period of time in where hedonism, ecstasy and care-free raves set the precedent for everything else that followed. House, techno and acid house took over and 30 years on, we thought we'd look back on the tracks that defined a period of celebration and joy. We asked the guys to share some of the most seminal tracks from the legendary summers of and , just when the scene starting to explode across the UK and Europe. David Seaman: The ultimate summer of love classic.