Saturday, 10 September 2016

Tommy D Funk 1995 @ Dry Bar 201 Manchester

Emerging out of the blossoming House / Acid House scene in the late 1980's, early 90's was a DJ destined for a great future.  Tommy D Funk took his place as a renowned DJ playing as resident DJ at DRY Bar 201 - the Haçienda's sister bar, before subsequently progressing to take a weekly residency at the Haçienda and going on to international acclaim first Djing in Seoul and on to New York City!

Tommy began his DJ career with a residency in a Manchester pub where he was influenced by the emerging scene that had exploded in Manchester.  Tommy went on to win a DJ competition organised by DRY Bar 201 which helped establish him as a sought after DJ.  Playing deep, funky and soulful US/UK house music, his mixing skills and energy soon revved up the crowd and Tommy soon found himself gracing the decks of Manchester clubs such as the No1 Club, Sankeys and Home which soon brought him attention from Haçienda influencers such as Angela Matthews, Manager of the Haçienda!  The only way forward was a residency at Faç51.... the Haçienda! 

This set was recorded at DRY Bar 201 in 1995.  A superb vocal led House / Garage set with stomping pianos and lush house cords mixed to perfection, a perfect start to a night for clubbers before hitting the Haçienda!  Listening to the mix it is easy to see why Tommy was next to take his place behind the hallowed decks at the Haçienda alongside Graeme Park, Roger Sanchez and Tony Humphries to name a few.

Today Tommy is active on the New York House Scene, regularly playing alongside other great DJ's such as Eric Kupper, Marshall Jefferson, Kerry Chandler, Robert Owens, Lenny Fontana, CJ Mackintosh, Miguel Migs and DJ Disciple amongst many others!  Club credentials include DJing at The Discoteque, Cheetha Club, Late Late Bar, Le Souk, Barrio 47; along with his own Legendary nights 'Sounds of the Dance Underground'.  Tommy is also a reviewer for DJ Times and Club World Magazine....

For more recent mixes head over to Tommy's Soundcloud page by touching the following link: Tommy D Funk

Download : Tommy D Funk 1995 @ Dry Bar 201 Manchester Part 1
                 Tommy D Funk 1995 @ Dry Bar 201 Manchester Part 2

Special thanks goes out to Tommy for the DJ set... much respect!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Do You Own The Dancefloor?

Anyone who reads the warblings in my BLOG51 can see what impact the Haçienda has had on my life, there isn't a day where the place, the music doesn't enter my thoughts or ears!   It is easy to think that this is boardering obsessive and sometimes I do wonder about myself lol!  Not only have I amassed an array of tapes but also Haçienda merchandise, along with mementos such as badges, posters and flyers that are still highly sought after even today but there are some things that are just that bit more special.....

A few years ago a few Hacienda devotees asked a question;  'Do You Own The Dancefloor?' Subsequently they went on to make a film that in my eyes, hits the nail right on the head as to just what the scene was about!!   The film not only documents aspects of the Haçienda itself, the music and the design,  but also the passion, the energy and the devotion of the people, clubbers and instigators that made the Haçienda the phenomenon that it still is today.  In my eyes that is a special and rare thing......  see the trailer below......

To quote the makers of the film "In November 2000, many of the key elements from the iconic venue the Haçienda ended up as 69 lots at a charity auction before it was demolished to make way for a block of apartments. It resulted in parts of the nightclub - the epicenter of Manchester’s pop culture in the 1980s and 1990s – being scattered across the world.
As well as the auction, our film tracks down what happened to the parts of the club itself, whose famous industrial design by interiors guru Ben Kelly included motorway cat’s eyes, traffic bollards and hazard signs.

The documentary isn’t just about the Haçienda. It’s also about the people so affected by their times there, that they had to come to Manchester to bid for bricks, toilets, exit signs and even pieces of the hallowed dance floor – and also about where those mementos are now". 

Website: Do You Own The Dancefloor?

Every time I watch the trailer I get goosebumps.... a tear in my eye and a grin as wide as a Cheshire cat!  Emotions flow - It makes me feel sad due to it's closure and so elated as I was able to take part in the club that changed the world - enjoy!

Lovingly the  proceedes raised from the film go to Kidneys for Life & Cancer Research.

My piece of the dancefloor, some flyers from the shiva Saturday night in 1991 and a piece of the staircase trim plate

Thursday, 1 September 2016

David Morales 1993.05.21 @ Haçienda 11th Birthday Party

A timeless set from David Morales recorded at the 11th Birthday Party night back in 1993.  Seemlessly mixed and full of energy.  Morales played in the basement of the club; a dark, dirty and hedonistically sweaty room perfect for messing with the mind, body and soul! playing tracks from MAW, Todd Terry, Pfantasy and Marshall Jefferson to name a few.

To quote 'Trackhead' to whom I owe thanks for the original upload of this set 'Stripped to the waist, wearing a skull cap & tattooed muscles, Morales played street tough New York City house music, and there's lessons in here for modern DJs'.... Morales rocked and always will do!!

Sadly as far as I can recall, Morales never played the Haçienda again due to a joyless squirmish involving the throwing of a bottle!  At least we have this superb set to remind us how great these nights were, how Morales ruled the dancefloors and once again another Haç memory for us all to enjoy.

Download: David Morales 1993.05.21 @ Haçienda 11th Birthday

Morales captured in the mix in the basement DJ booth

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Home Of House Music Forum Live On Rokagroove Radio 30th may 2014

HOMEOFHOUSE dance music forum proudly presents a night of unpresidented mayhem and revelary live on Rokagroove radio.  7 hours, 7 DJ's playing a range of the best dance music spanning 30 years of H.O.U.S.E..... from oldskool to US garage and house to funky disco house....

Get locked in from 6 pm GMT until late (or when they kick us off the decks).... Just follow the link below, join us in chat or listen in on one of the links found on the Rokagroove radio  website....

I am playing from 22.00 until 23.00 hours or until they kick me off... A taster of what I play can be heard on the my mixes link in the places I like to go!! 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Russ 1992.06 @ Shine, Haçienda, Manchester

Another Blog51 exclusive.  A new set from a shine night in 1992 from Russ.  Regularly DJing alongside Mike Pickering and Sasha, Russ soon had a strong influence and following in and around Manchester.  He ran his own record shop and a few years later had one of the most influencial nights called 'Out In The Sticks' at a small club called the Blue Note in Todmorden just outside of Manchester.  It may have been small but that basement room had one of the sweatiest most uplifting dancefloors of all time, with Russ and Craig attracting the likes of Brian Tappert and Full Intention to join them on the decks.   When the Haçienda sadly shut it's doors in 1997 this is where we and many of the Haçienda regulars headed off to.  Russ and Craig ran an excellent night in the most unlikliest of places - the northern mill town of Todmorden.  Indeed within a month of the faç51 doors closing Graeme Park played his first set at the Bluenote.

Download: Russ 1992.06 @ Shine, Haçienda, Manchester.mp3

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Frankie Knuckles 1994 @ Haçienda, Manchester, Def Mix Tour

In the beginning, there was Frankie, and Frankie had a groove.
And from this groove came the groove of all grooves.
And while one day viciously throwing down on his box, Frankie boldy declared,
"Let there be HOUSE!"
and house music was born.
I am, you see,
I am the creator, and this is my house!

Frankie, you are in our thoughts, our hearts and in the beats.... you live on forever x

Download: Frankie Knuckles 1994 @ Haçienda, Manchester Def Mix Tour.mp3