Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Graeme Park 1990.12.22 @ Haçienda Manchester

A particularly mental night this one, again coming up to Christmas with Graeme Park spinning in top form.  There was an edge to this night if I recall correctly, you kind of avoided the alcoves and behind the DJ box! In the main this set is much slower than the usual bassline driven Haçienda anthem.  Personally I think this was a bid to reduce the tension that was building as Parky played a more balearic style set, lowering the pace tune after tune.  It certainly seems in line with moving the excellent 'Nude' night from a Friday night replacing it with Dave Booth's 'The Mix' in an attempt to reduce the tension as certain elements were moving in, that along with pressure from Manchester's finest constabulary made it a potentially tense time! Little did we know but in a month the place would temporarily close!

Classics such as 'Natural Thing' by Innocence, Carly Simon's excellent 'Why' and the much sought after 'Hoomba Hoomba' by Voices Of Africa slowed the tempo considerably but didn't take away from the night as Parky demonstrated skill owning the dancefloor. Great tunes though and hopefully a new mix for many people, some true Haçienda classics in this one.... enjoy!

Graeme Park 1990.12.12 @ Haçienda Manchester Side A

Graeme Park 1990.12.22 @ Haçienda Manchester Side B

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The image is from a limited run of badges produced by factory records.  Given its own number FAC120 there were only 400 produced, 200 of each colour - crimson and black.  A true collectors piece and as rare as hen's teeth!  

Each badge has stamped in it the cataogue number assigned to it.  This is the black enamel Factory 'smokestack' image badge, it is photographed alongside the crimson badge showing the logo stamp on the back.  They were designed by Peter Saville Associates in 1984.  From my personal collection.


  1. You are a nerd buddy!! ;)

    Keep up the AWESOME work - the blog is top notch Andrew!

  2. Haha.. I know mate.... a nerd with a grin on my face, soul in my bones and a love of the finest space ever to pump music :O)have I got some cracking new sets coming for you though 1995 in the H.O.U.S.E