A Guy Called Gerald
has maintained a career in the transient world of dance music through constant innovation. He made drum & bass before the genre even was invented. Prior to that the Jamaican born Mancunian scored the first British house hit with «Voodoo Ray» and he also was a founding member of cult-act 808 State. Boundaries are set to be torn down, must be Gerald Simpson’s motto.
«Tronic Jazz The Berlin Sessions» was released in 2010 on Laboratory Instinct.
It was like post new-vogue punk that was going on at the time. I think the reason it stood out for me was because it was very percussive - it had this real tribal thing crossed with punk. I just remember kids turning up at school with war paints on, hair plaited and them being sent home.
Makes me want to drink loads of booze.
I was 3 or 4 years old, sat on the couch at home and the music would have been on a Blaupunkt radiogram hi-fi thing. Early 70’s in Moss Side Manchester.
I’m working on it.
It was the summer of linos and windmills into headspins. I was living in Rusholme Manchester and hanging out dancing, building a soundsystem with some friends.
This song was an early lover's rock tune – the kind of music they used to play at blues parties and Jamaicans have a way of dancing to this music called «whining» where you dance together crotch to crotch and you’ve got to be able to girate on time very slowly.
The song where they imitate birds.
I've got images of the Bee Gees walking around in chorlton in Manchester.
I was so into the movie at the time I went and bought the record. But somehow by the time I got home the record had managed to slip out of the sleeve!
It’s got a cool lyric that repeats over and over again.
Any Stevie Wonder track.