Love him or loathe him - gobby, charismatic, flirty, cocky, arrogant, loveable, funny, polemic, cheeky, blunt, twat are but a few of the politer words that could be used to describe a true Manc character. No, I’m not talking about Anthony H Wilson but another television presenter who became a bit of an icon back in the day. Arguably you could say that this someone could easily have been pulled direct from the loins of Mr Wilson!
Radio DJ, television presenter, band manager, music journalist and general shit stirrer. This person is none other than Terry Christian. Terry was to dominate our late Friday night television viewing for the next 5 years. The name of the show was 'The Word,' named after articles Terry wrote for the Manchester Evening News show-casing Manchester’s up and coming music talent. There is no getting away from the fact that Terry Christian played his part in bringing the story of Manchester's youth culture to a wider audience - a parallel drawn here with Mr Wilson me thinks!
By the end of the late 80's, popular youth culture had gone stale. Shows such as Top of the Pops along with the Hit Man and Her, were frankly crap leaving a gaping hole in entertainment for youth culture. Friday nights consisted of getting home munted from the pub then switching on the television to find The Hit Man & Her dismally showing us what a good time we could have. It was like watching peacocks dancing round handbags trying to attract the opposite sex in the failing hope of having a pissed up one night stand at the end of the night! Oh, what a lifeless good time we could have! It was enough to make you scream. It’s little wonder that a new underground scene emerged but that’s a story for another Blog51 post.
Wind on a couple of years... 1990, the Haçienda was at fever pitch, kids were dancing in fields and aircraft hangers; Madchester was biting the ankles of the music industry, gripping firmly at the sinews of colourless music moguls, when along came a new youth culture show that snarled, shook and spat out the remnants of all we had known before. Anarchy was raising its beautiful chaotic head once more. We switched on to a show certainly was chaotic, definitely in the moment, as if you had brought your night out back home with you to be replayed on the tv and definitely not to be screened in front of your mam and dad!
Dani Berr, mark Lamarr, Katie Puckrik and Terry Christian
What has all this got to do with the Haçienda? From my clubbing days I had stashed away a small box of tapes bought from the DJ box or handed out between friends. Tapes that had been played over and over and I had always yearned for more. Fast forward to 2000, I was listening to Century 105.4 FM radio show when Terry Christian announced he was airing a Haçienda set on New Year’s Eve.
Terry Christian - Radio DJ on Century 105.4 FM in the North West
Known on the net as the 'Century FM' recording, this is perhaps the go to tape for anyone wanting to hear what the Haçienda was like. 2 hours 50 minutes of pure Haçienda delight. Everyone has it or has played it. However, this recording has a little something extra. Introduced by Terry Christian himself, there is no mistaking the broad tones of his best Manc accent. Terry leads us through a description about Madchester, setting the scene before introducing the infamous Nude night at the Haçienda, £3.50 to get in, Friday the 18th of August 1989 to be precise. Broadcast on NYE 2000/2001, I recorded this over three minidiscs. This set is different from the one you may have already listened to. It has an extra 40 minutes or so not heard on the internet and brings in the NYE chime bells. Here you will find part of the set that may be new to you. What a night! I have kept the recording as is. Should you choose to play it in its entirety, you will hear that part of the night has been looped and played twice. This brings the total recording to approximately 4 hours long as was originally broadcast by Terry Christian on his show aptly named 'the Haçienda Sessions.'
The second summer of love 1989 was special, Terry's broadcast made it extra special - Enjoy...