Month: January 2022

Who came up with that, Danny Rampling? Faith fanzine’s Terry Farley announces an event for Easter weekend – but the “Natural Immunity” name leaves a sour taste in the mouth…

It may be a new year, but it's back to an old subject here - in more ways than one. With many hoping this is the year we can finally say goodbye to Covid-19, plenty of events taking place later in the year are already being advertised. So promoters have a tough job ensuring that whatever they're plugging stands out above the rest. An unusual name for an event might…

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Will 2022 be the year the Nervous ad department joins this century? Label finally responds to accusations of sexism, denying claims of objectifying women…

Ever since I started speaking out about the painfully outdated advertising that Nervous Records stubbornly persist in using, the label has responded in the way it always does - by doubling down on its strategy whilst ignoring the criticism. But it's a tactic which only works if you're right to begin with. And unfortunately, Nervous aren't. If other labels in house music used the same sales tricks as they did,…

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Remembering Eddie Eaze Coleman, who died three years ago – one of my first ever supporters and the man who sowed the seeds for Amateur’s House…

Three years ago on this day, the death occurred of a man whom I didn't know a great deal about, but who still had a seismic influence on what I was going to become. His name was Eddie "Eaze" Coleman, and he was a DJ, producer and songwriter. And he was one of the fairest people I've ever known. When I started putting music out under the Amateur At Play…

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So who was the plague rave DJ who wanted a taxi home? Ravers rented out a 12th century Co Meath castle to hold an illegal party – and just look at the sorry state they’ve left the place in…

Two years ago, I remember speaking to a friend who used to organise illegal raves in the 1980s. He told me there were a number of unspoken rules they used to follow - work with the landowners and not against them, show respect for the property you are on and leave no trace behind when you leave. Absolutely none of this was on show last weekend. On December 26th -…

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As a new year begins, Amateur’s House takes a look into his crystal ball to make some not entirely serious predictions about what 2022 might have in store…

Welcome to a brand new year. Some things may change over the next 12 months and some might remain the same. Now, other sites are filled at this time of year with predictions of who will become big in 2022 and so on. But not here. Instead, here's Part 1 of my more light-hearted (and altogether less likely) predictions for what the next 365 days have in store... In January,…

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In Soviet Russia, the record plays you! How bootleggers used to get around a ban on Western music in the communist state by cutting records onto used X-ray scans – just don’t ask about the sound quality…

If there's one thing which will always get my interest at Amateur’s House, it's history. Because whilst people may disagree over stories currently in the news, they tend to disagree even more when interpreting historical events. Wonderful for a mischief maker like me! Time was that I used to receive a large amount of Woolworths vouchers for Christmas. The majority of these were subsequently used for buying music - this,…

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Told you it wasn’t just him! This blog has found Danny Rampling a new friend in the form of old ravers Baby D – and their views on the pandemic are almost as crazy as his…

Whatever you choose to call Danny Rampling - the Runny Dumpling, Danny Rambling and other less printable suggestions have been made by others - there's one thing you can't deny. He loves being with other people. And given that human beings are traditionally highly sociable creatures, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this. So it's in the spirit of bringing people together that I present this post on behalf of the…

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