Name Joseph Saddler aka Grandmaster Flash.
Origin Barbados, although he grew up in the area of the South Bronx (New York) called Throgs Neck.
Didn't we have some reference to him a couple of months back? Yes indeed, way back in September when we spoke
about Melie Mel who was in the Furious
Five, the rap act inextricably linked to Grandmaster Flash.
Let's see if I can remember - seminal rap outfit who recorded ’Whitelines' and 'The Message"! Right again, Flash was the DJ behind the rappers, and his pioneering skills were responsible in no small part for their success.
So he's a bit nifty on the decks? Outrageously so The speed of his spin backs and quick cuts are legendary which is why he’s called ‘Flash'.
How did he get started? He Died at parties about the Bronx, setting up in derelict blocks, ripping the wires out of the street lights and using the municipal power supply to feed the decks and sound system.
Wasn't that a bit dangerous? Flash knows all abdut electronics; his mother made him study the subject as a teenager.
So he ltnow's what's going on inside the mixing desk then? He customises his own equipment, just like when he started, picking up parts from the store, fixing them together with crazy glue and then banging away at the cross fader like a man posessed.
How inﬂuential is be? Well, he created the scratch/sample style on ’Adventures on The Wheels of Steel' in 1980, regarded by many as the most important record of the decade, which threw together Chic, Blondie and Queen. Many say he invented rap music (although he doesn't rap).
So where‘s he been for the last dozen or so years? The Furious Five and he split in 83 amid court battles over the name Grandmaster and royalty payments. He tried to reform with the Furious Five in 87 but the results were
just not the same as five years earlier. He
still DJs every week in New York. I Grandmaster Flash 015 at the M60 Urban Carnival, Trash, on 27 Dec.
92 THE LIST 19 Dec 1997—8 Jan 1998
GLASGOW CLUBS: SAT continued
I The Cathouse l0.30pm—3am. £4 (£3.50; £2.50 before ll.30pm). Three ﬂoors ()f rock. grunge. contemporary indie and indie dance. Bit cheesier and tnore accessible than before. Cue Spice Girls. Drinks promos. Open throughout the festive eriod.
I Classic M at Fury Murry‘s.
I lpm—3.15am. £5 (£3). Club classics in the main rootn with DJs Jim Downie and Sean Webster. Quality indie music from Twister u stairs.
I Club GSRocksy's Basement. |()pm—2.3()am. £5. Martin. Wilba and Barrie of Rub-A-Dub playing the best and deepest from the underground. joined frequently by guests of high standing. Well worth the taxi fare out from the city. but note the midnight curfew. 20 Dec. Andrew Weatherall who is also playing with them at the Subbie on 23 Dec. Rth A Dub are also holdin ' a ‘Hooray Hogmanay' at Club 6‘). I Clu Cubana at The Bedsit. lOpm—Zam. £4 (£3). 20 Dec and fortnightly. More Latin sounds by the inimitable DJ Tchico. one of the hottest clubs of its type in the city. All proceeds to the Scottish Cuba Defence Campaign. The Bedsit is closed 2l Dec—5 Jan.
I Club Iris at Bennet‘s. l L30pm—3am. £6 (£4). DJ Sara with a good dancey mix. Drinks promos. Gay.
I Cool lemon at The Arches. llpm—4am. £ l0 (£8). 20 Dec and monthly. Trevor and lain are joined by one of their more popular guests. Justin Robertson of Lionrock fame. back for more hard house action. See Cool Lemon every Friday night at Jet too.
I Cream at The Tunnel. [0.30pm—4am. £15. 27 Dec only. First of two festive Creams. tonight featuring Paul Oakenfold. Nick Warren. Pattl and Russ from K Klass and the Tunnel residents Colin Tevendale and Steven McCreery. I Cul De Sac Cul De Sac Bar. ‘)-l lptn. Free. Spin-back king Jitn Hutchison frotn Teknotis with hard house and techno. Drinks promos.
I Definition of Dance at The Marlborough (Shawlands Cross). l0pm—2.30am. £5 before midnight. £4 after. Banging house and funky techno sounds with guest DJs each week.
I Divine at Glasgow School ()f Art (downstairs). lOpm—late. £3.50 (£2.50 Glasgow School OfArt students). Andrew Divine and Hush Puppy with Northern soul. Hammond grooves. bubblegum pop. wah wah funk. moog power and chemical breakbeats.
I Easy Street at CCA Cafe Bar. 9.30pm—midnight. Free. DJ Gordon Allan with a house/dubby pre-club.
I Free Form at The |3th Note. lOpm—3am. £3 (free before llptn). Steven and Paul Watt with two floors of soul. Latin. jazz and funk. The |3th Note has now moved to Clyde Street and is open as a bar from 8pm.
I The Garage l()pm—3am. £6 (£4); £l off before llptn. An honest-to-goodness top night out with charty dance sounds downstairs from Dave Ross and alternative sounds in the attic.
I Inside Out at The Arches l0.30pm—4am. £I2. 27 Dec and monthly. Inside Out celebrate their first birthday in style with Tall Paul. Seb Fontaine. Sister Bliss plus residents Michael Kilkie and Simon Foy.
I Knucklehead at Glasgow School Of Art (upstairs). l()pm—late. £4 (£2.50 Glasgow School ()fArt students). Underground electronics presented by detn DJs Jilkes and Hatch. into its fourth year and consolidating itself as the club to hear true funk technology. Freaky dancing actively encouraged.
I Lure at R.G.‘s. Spin—midnight. Free. DJs Ziggy and Bob get housey for a crowd heading off to Archaos and Sub Club. Pre-club.
I Polo Lounge at The Polo Lounge. l0.30pm—3am. £5. Take the choice of the Polo Lounge upstairs. open until 3am. or downstairs for DJ inn with a camp mix of housey faves and anthems. Gay.
I Reds l lpm—3am. £6 (£5). A packed night specialising in mainstream dance.
funk. rap and house. Intimate. smart and friendly.
I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 9pm—3am. £5 (£4). Party night with retro sounds.
I Stereo at The Asylum (Caledonian University Union). 9pm~2am. £3. Alternative indie night with DJs Rowan and Angela. Note that the Asylum is closed 2| Dec—5 Jan.
I Sub Culture at Sub Club. l().30pm—5am. £8. Harri and Domenic lord it over the legendary night of nice 'n' groovy. hard hittin'. funky house in the radically changed Sub Club. 27 Dec. DJ Dimitri from the Roxy in Amsterdam guests. 3 Jan Nick Holder frotn Toronto makes a guest re-appearance at the club. I Tonka at let. I lpm-3am. £6 (£5). The legendary Tonka returns after a brief absence. fired up and ready to party. Features resident Tonka DJ Colin Walker of New York Alliance fame (Sugarcube Records) plus monthly guests.
I Trash llpm-3am. (£7) £5. House in Room One with DJ Matt. ftmk in Room Two frotn Paul N'Jie plus eclectic beats by lanes in Rootn Three.
I Triumph at The Tunnel. l().30pm-—3am. £6 (£4). A huge night of Italian and UK house at one of the country‘s best looking venues. Colin Tevendale and Steven McCreery take on the tnain room while Kevin McFarlane offers tip a different vibe with a wide tnix of soul. funk and dance classics in Rootn Two. 27 Dec. Cream guests — see separate listing.
I Velvet Rooms l()pm—late. £8 (£4 before midnight). DJ Skud in Room Two with house. garage and club classics. Joint Lyons in Room ()ne playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat and classic soul.
I Wired at Strathclyde University Student Union (Level 8). l()pm-3atn. £2 (£ I .50). Dance. indie and 60s. Drinks promos. Union is closed 23 Dec—5 Jan.
I Bamboogie at Babaza. l lpm—3am £2. Garage and swing frotn Scott anti Geoff. Drinks promos.
I Bill & Ben's Flowerpot Men at The Garage (ttpstairs). llpm-3am. £2 (£1). DJs John and Gavin with indie classics. Drinks promos.
I The Birthday Party at The l3th Note (Clyde Street). 8.30pm—close. £2.50 (£1.50 with ticket to the MOD Urban Carnival). V Twin play live joined by funky electricians Kersland plus the Lazarus DJs.
I Bubblelicious at Reds. llpm—3am. £5 (£3). Cltib classics and a touch of soul plus drinks promos.
I 8.0.P. at Fury Murry's. I Ipm—3am. £3 (£2). Music your mother would know. frotn DJs Desperate Dave and Weird Phil. Drinks promos.
I Club Jamaica at The Venue. l0.45ptn—3am. £2 (£ l ). Reggae night from Sweet T playing dub to soul. all with a reggae tinge. Drinks promos.
I Club Zebra at Nice ‘n' Sleazy (upstairs). Spin—midnight. Free. ()rbitally. Sneaker Pitnpsy sort of night. I Code 99 at The Brewery Tap. 7.30pm—midnight. Free. Dub techno pre- club from Andrew Taylor. Richard Nolan. Alan Atkins and Paul.
I Contact High at Nice 'n' Sleazy. 8.30pm-—midnight. Free. 2| Dec and fortnightly. Northern soul. garage. funk. ska and soundtrax.
I Cream at The Tunnel. l().3()pm—-lam. £8. 28 Dec only. Second of Cream's Glasgow festive assaults with the mighty Roger Sanchez joined by Phat Phil Cooper and Tunnel residents Colin Tevendale and Steven McCreery.
I Divine at Brel. 830—! lpm. Andrew anti Alan Divine (Glasgow School ()f Art) play you the stuff they play for themselves at home. Retro soul. Bobby Gentry. movie themes etc. Pre-club.
I Feel The Buzz at Bennet's. |l.30pm—3am. £2.50 (£ l .25). Up-tempo high energy. Drinks promos.
I First Contact at The l3th Note. l()pm—3am. £2 (free before I lptn). A blend of drum 'n' bass from Rob G and
Highs and lows 97
l 2‘- . Stuart McMillan Slam, Arches, Glasgow Highlight of the year ’Playing live at T in the Park.‘
Lowpoint of the year 'All the speed garage hype'
Kemal. The l3th Note has now moved to Clyde St and is open as a bar from 8pm. I Glasgow Lesbian Line Party at The Polo Lounge. l()pm-Jam. Price the. 21 Dec only. The biggest women only event of the year with all proceeds going directly to the Lesbian Line. Music from DJ Michelle.
I Ground Control at Jet. l lpm~2. 15am. £4 (£3). Kevin Dillon and Norden of the Ground Control sound system take up residency here every Sunday instead of Wednesday for the finest hip hop and drum ‘n‘ bass night in the West End. Drinks promos.
I MGD Urban Carnival at Trash. l().30pm—3atn. £ [0. 2i Dec only. Special one-off featuring the legendary Grandmaster Flash joined by Grotwerider plus DJs from Elements. Jengahcads. and Phar Out. Live show from Damaged Goodz. breakdancing and graffiti show. Hip hop meets drum 'n' bass with two of the mightiest headlining. See Phactfile. I Optlmo at The Sub Club. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). New night that replaces Aquaplanet with Twitch (Pure) and Jilkes (Knucklehead) for techno/electro action. Claude Young is pencilled in for 28 Dec. btit is yet to be confirmed.
I Polo lounge at The Polo Lounge. llpm—3am. £3. Take the choice of the Polo Lounge upstairs. open until 3am. or downstairs for DJ Annie with a harder house mix than the other nights. 28 Dec Poptastic returns with an indie/disco extravaganza from Michelle. Tony. The Lounge Lizards and John Pop. £5.
I Shirley's Temple at Archaos. llpm—3am. £5 (£3). A trippy mix ofcatnp theatricals and hard house soundtrack from the radiant Ms Alston. joined every week by the force that is Maggie from Joy. Prepare yourself for sortie pretty insane antics like trapeze acts and fire eaters. Pattl Traynor in Bar l with RMJ. hip hop. swing and soul. Drinks promos.
I Sorted at The Cathouse. l0.3()pm—3am. £2 (£l.50; free before |l.30pm). indie/alternative vibe in the new Cathouse with drinks promos. ()pen throughout the festive period.
I Strawberry Rock at Strawberry Fields. ()pm--3am. £2 t£l.5()l. (30s to 00s rock music.
I Sunday Hang Suite at Trash. llptn—3am. £5 (£3). Building on the success of the Sunday Soul Session. the night combines garage. soul and mellow ltotise in two rooms.
I Tunnel Sundae at The Tunnel. llpm—3am. £5. The Shy brothers with a night of pumping house pushing the boundaries of the weekend to the max. I Velvet Rooms llpm» 3am. £5. Alan Ronald in Room Two with an open tnix from classic house to soul and Martin Hesketh in Room ()ne playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat and classic soul. All drinks £ 1.
I White at The Apartment. llpm—3am. £3. Chris Biguzzi back on the decks joined by Jim Hutchison for Detroit techno and Chicago house. All drinks £L I Winterbond at The Winter Gardens.