Month: October 2021

As part of this blog’s Halloween celebration, a look at the Transmat House Of Horrors starring Derrick “Ghostly” May…

Should you be in the American city of Detroit this weekend, you may well indeed be looking for something to do to get you in the mood for trick or treating tonight.  Well, this blog knows of a fine place for precisely this purpose. Sadly, access is very restricted - for example, I probably wouldn’t be allowed in, but a source has helped me put together this guide as to what to expect. The address…

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Here’s a scary prospect on this Halloween! Bad Boy Chiller Crew seriously think a bassline remix of 1979 song “Are You Ready For Love” – so does Elton John have the courage to say no?

As far as trick and treats go, this most certainly is not what this blog would consider a treat - not by a long shot. There’s a trio in Bradford who call themselves the Bad Boy Chiller Crew. And they make bassline house records. They gave an interview to NME during the week and stated they wanted to remix “Are You Ready For Love” by Elton John. Apparently, they’re seriously under the impression that this…

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Here’s One They Made Earlier – Halloween special: the time Armand Van Helden asked whether we were afraid of the boogie monster…

Yes, I know this is a series which features on the blog tomorrow - and fear not, you will still get your regular Monday edition - but my blog, my rules and all that. I thought I’d commemorate Halloween by referencing this old record. These days, Armand Van Helden seems to make a rather nice living out of playing the sort of music which wouldn’t be out of place on a Ministry of Sound classics…

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Singer Kenny Thomas thanks fans for their support as he continues his recovery from Covid-19 – and even cracks a joke!

Time now for an update on Kenny Thomas. As you might remember, Thomas was admitted to hospital after getting a real battering at the hands of Covid-19 earlier this month. And although he was discharged a few days later to continue his recovery at home, news has been in short supply since. Until now. The man himself has made an appearance, posting on Facebook that "Just want to say a massive thank you to all…

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Would you pay 49p per minute to listen to “Higher State Of Consciousness”? If you wanted a preview of the Josh Wink song before it was released in 1996, you could – by getting on the phone!

These days, listening to music has never been easier. It’s on YouTube, it’s on Spotify, it’s on iTunes, it’s on Bandcamp - and a million other sites. Most songs now have a presence on the majority of these sites in some form. They often come with track previews, and you can often listen to the entire song there and then. But things weren’t always like this. I remember coming across Juno Records in or around…

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The Saturday Recap – 30th October 2021

So that's another week over and done with. Welcome to the weekend! Your Six On Saturday column is having a break this week - selections are a bit too thin on the ground even for me. So let’s quickly recap some of what’s been on Amateur’s House during the week. Seven days a week, unlike the dance music press... Southport Weekender accidentally announce their 1995 lineup...The singer and the ridiculous requests...Derrick May and Sofia Spin…

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Danny Tenaglia publishes social media rant about not confusing a remix for an edit – so is he still annoyed about Glasgow Underground’s cover of “Music Is The Answer”?

The more I look at Danny Tenaglia's social media feeds these days, the more I dislike what I see. His output over the past 20 years, after quite a prolific 90s, has been sporadic - frankly, he increasingly comes across as someone perfectly happy to trade on past glories whilst not creating any new ones. It's with this in mind that I noticed this clip on his Instagram page earlier this week. He thanked Treehouse…

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Going clubbing this weekend? You might want to stay away from granny afterwards – the advice from Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer (but isn’t Granny triple jabbed by now?)

Medical types getting overexcited seems to be a theme this week across the Irish Sea. Yesterday, this blog reported on utterly hysterical comments that a representative of the British Medical Association in Northern Ireland made - the gist of it being that young people's refusal to get vaccinated against Covid was putting Granny at risk. And now I see that the Chief Medical Officer of Ireland, Dr Tony Holohan, has been spouting off something similar,…

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1995 called, it says it wants its festival back! Southport Weekender announce Butlins Bognor Regis event for March 2022 – and it’s just as much of a sausage fest as you’d expect…

Festivals are facing a lot of stick right now due to their apparent refusal to book more women for their lineups. Excuses lined up for this have previously included "we're just honouring bookings cancelled by Covid" and "we can't find female talent" - as well as the traditional response of taking no notice of what anyone says. Quite what Southport Weekender's excuse is for its 2022 event at Butlins Bognor Regis being so male-dominated is…

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“F*** the streaming platforms!”: garage and house don Scott Diaz pulls his music off Spotify, Apple Music and other listening services, saying “I’m tired of giving away my work for nothing”…

This blog's problem with streaming is, quite simply, this isn't how it was meant to be. Streaming was supposed to be help make music more democratic and give everyone an equal chance of being discovered - whether you were signed to a label or not. And it was also supposed to pay a fair rate to the artists, because without their music on these platforms, they would be nothing. After all, a music streaming service…

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