l Phactfi I e A decade on, here’s the essentials on diicago‘s Phuture 303.
Name Phuture 303.
Age Ten years old.
Place of origin The suburbs of Chicago. Occupation Inventors of acid house. What really? Pretty much so. The original lineup began in l987 with Spanky, DJ Pierre, Herb Jackson and Marshall Jefferson acting as executive producer for Trax Records. Mucking about with a bass machine (Roland TB 303) they didn't know how to work, they pressed all the buttons and came up with Add Trax’.
Has the line-up changed much? Very much so. Spanky is the only original member, with six others coming and going over the last decade.
So why all the changes? DJ Pierre left in 1990 to pursue a solo career after his 'Generator Power' track on Strictly Rhythm. Jackson left around the same time when he got married.
Who else became involved? Roy Davis Jrjoined in 91 for the anti-drugs record 'Rise From Your Grave' and stayed until 96. 'Professor Trax' joined in ’93 and stayed, Skull joined briefly in 96 and then left with Roy Davis Jr in 97 after the two of them had made a track as Phuture Next Generation.
Phew, bit confusing. So who is Phuture 303 now? Basically just Spanky, but it expands to him, Damon ’Professor Trax' Neloms and LA Williams when they tOur live as a band.
What are the classics to listen out for? ’Acid Trax’ (which they never really got paid for), 'We Are Phuture' and 'Slam’. Any relation to the Glasgow Slam? In a way, yes. They got their name from the track and remixed ’We Are Phuture‘ in 96 on a release that also saw CJ Bolland and Joey Beltramgiving their interpetation of 'Slam'.
Are Phuture 303 releasing anything now? A line-up of Spanky, Professor Trax, Roy Davis Jr, DJ Skull and LA Williams made an album called Alpha & Omega which wrll be released later in the year. (Rory Weller)
I Phuture 303 play live at Cool Lemon (The Arches), Sat 21 Mar.
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GLASGOW CLUBS: FRl continued
I Polo Lounge at The Polo Lounge.
1 lpm-3am. £5. Take the choice of the Polo Lounge upstairs. open until 3am. downstairs for DJ Michelle in main club with 90s club and indie or upstairs in the Trophy Room with lain for a more commercial mix. Gay.
I Pure at Sub Club. llpm—3am. £7 (£5). 21) Mar and monthly. Edinburgh uber techno club Pure back for another monthly night with residents Twitch and The Bill.
I Radio City at The Attic. l().3()pm—3am. £3 (£2). The original retro club. playing Stax. Motown. Stones. The Who. me.
I Rapt at The Apartment. llpm—3am. £8. Jim Da Best playing a wildly eclectic mix of big tunes. crossing genres like nobody's business.
I Reds llpm—3am. £5 (£3 for students before midnight). Easy-going mix of disco. funk and contemporary chart dance.
I Shag at Fury Murry‘s. llpm—3.15am. £4 (£3). The sexiest. cheesiest tunes from Mark and James G.
I Skint MF at Queen Margaret Union. lOpm—2am. £3 (£1 before 11.30pm). Indie night with Redstripe for a quid. QMU closed 20 Mar—20 Apr.
I Slam at The Arches. 10.30pm—3am. £7. World famous DJ and production duo Stuart and Orde with their last few weeks of this legendary underground dance night.
I Spank at Tin Pan Alley (second ﬂoor). llpm—3am. £7 (£6). House night featuring Trevor Reilly and George Bowie.
I Spectrum at Archaos. 10pm—3am. £7 (£5). Latest outing for the Colours crew with house for a glammed-up crowd. with residents Jon Mancini. Crosby and Boney. Drinks promos. 27 Mar. Graeme Park guests.
I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 9pm—3am. £5. Party night with 60s sounds.
I Tangent at Sub Club. 1 1pm—3am. £7 (£5). 27 Mar. A-man and Panic continue their hugely popular night of eclectic. funky techno shenanigans to a loyal crowd. All drinks £1 before midnight.
I Trash llpm—3am. £4. Funky house in Room One. street soul. swing and classic grooves in Room Two from DJ Grahame. I Upstairs Lounge at Tin Pan Alley (first floor). 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£2). New night at Tin Pan from outside promoters Clear Station hooking up with 23rd Precinct‘s Billy Wood and Kris Keegan for perfectly mixed soulful underground garage and deep house.
I Velvet Rooms 10pm—3am. £6. Alan Ronald in Room Two with an open mix from house anthems and disco to soul. Martin Hesketh in Room One playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat and classic soul.
I Worldwide Ultimatum at Queen Margaret Union. 8pm-2am. £10. 20 Mar only. Number one international DJ Mr Carl Cox headlining with dance floor friendly drum 'n' bass purveyor Earl Grey plus Shades Of Rhythm live. Nick Slater and Craig Walsh.
I Apartment at The Apartment. 11pm~3am. £8. Robin Burrows with club classics in this stylish and snug venue.
I Archaos at Archaos. 1 lpm—3am. £8 (£6). Chris Harris and AL mix up garage and house for a busy. moderately dressy crowd. with Scott and Geoff playing club classics in Betty‘s Mayonnaise (part of Archaos). Paul Traynor playing R&B. swing and hip hop in Room Three.
I Bar 10 9pm—midnight. Free. Busy hard house pre~club with Nick Peacock and guests.
I Bargo 8pm—midnight. Free. Dancey pre-club night with guest DJs from some of the better underground club nights in the city.
I Bennet's 11.30pm—3am. £6 (£5). DJ Sara with a good dancey mix. Drinks promos. Gay.
I Brilliant at The Underground (formerly The Venue). 10.3(1pm—3am. £3 (£2.50). Gordon Tennant back again fora commercial mix of chart dance and indie offerings. Drinks promos.
I Budda at Budda. 8pm-midnight. Free. Solemusic's Stevie Middleton and Andrew Wicks taking it weeks about for garage and deep house. Drinks promos. I The Cathouse 10.30pm—3am. £4 (£3.50; £2.50 before 1 1.30pm). Three floors of rock. grunge. contemporary indie and indie dance. Bit cheesier and more accessible than before. Drinks promos.
I Classic PM at Fury Murry's.
llpm—3. 15am. £5 (£3). Club classics in the main room with DJs Jim Downie and Sean Webster. Quality indie music from Twister upstairs.
I Club 69 Rocksy's Basement. l()pm—2.30am. £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. 21 Mar is a secret and they're not telling us what‘s happening. possibly nothing. possibly something dead big. who knows'.’ 28 Mar they‘re letting slip it‘s Brett Dancer from Trackmode Recordings (Previously Black Nation) playing super deep house. I Club Cubana at The Bedsit. l()pm—2am. £4 (£3). 28 Mar and fortnightly. Latin sounds with all proceeds going to the Scottish Cuban Solidarity Campaign.
I Cool Lemon at The Arches. 1().3()pm—4am. £10. 21 Mar and monthly. The Lemons celebrate their third birthday at the Arches with the mightier titan mighty Phuture 303 playing a full live set plus. of course hard house residents Trevor Price and Iain Paterson. See Phactﬁle.
I Cream at the Tunnel. 10.30pm—4am. £15. 21 Mar and monthly. Give it up in a wild frantic way for Pete Tongjoined by a merry band of Cream regulars (Guy Ornadel. Les Ryder and Dave Haslam) as Cream gets broadcast live to the nation over Radio I. See Hit list.
I Cul De Sac Cul De Sac Bar. 9—1 lptn. Free. Spin-back king Jim Hutchison from Teknotis with hard house and techno. Drinks promos.
I Divine at Glasgow School ()fArt (downstairs). IOpIn-late. £3.50 (£2.50 GSA students). Andrew Divine and Hush Puppy with Northern soul. Hammond
Worldwide Ultimatum welcomes big necked Mr Cox, Queen Margaret Union Fri 20 Mar
grooves. bubblegum pop, wah wah funk. 11100 t power and chemical breakbeats.
I E wards at lidwards. 8pm—midnight. Free. Brian McGarry with commercial garage and house.
I Easy Street at CCA Cafe Bar. 9.3(1pm—midnight. Free. DJ Gordon Allan with a house/dubby pre-club.
I Free Form at The 13th Note Club. l()pm—3am. £3 (free before 11pm). Steven and Paul Watt with two floors of soul. Latin. jazz and funk. Note that the 13th Note has moved to Clyde Street and is open as a bar from 8pm.
I Full On at Tin Pan Alley. 11pm—3am. £8. Joe Deacon. Billy Reid and guests with happy hardcore and banging house. I The Garage l()pm-3am. £6 (£4); £1 off before 1 1pm. An honest-to-goodness top night out with charty dance sounds downstairs from Dave Ross and alternative sounds in the attic.
I Home Cookin' at Babaza. 5.3(me—3am (DJs from 1 1pm). £5 (free before 1 1pm). Pumping mix from Grahame Wilson of funk. rare groove and hip hop.
I Inside Out at The Arches. l().3()pm—4am. £12. 28 Mar and monthly. Big. bold and glammy hard house night featuring both Nick and Paul of TWA. Darren Stokes (Club For Life) and residents Michael Kilkie and Simon Foy. I Knucklehead at Glasgow School Of Art (upstairs). l()pmolate. £4 (£2.50 GSA students). Underground electronics presented by dem DJs Jilkes and Hatch. lnto its fourth year and consolidating itself as the club to hear true funk technology. Freaky dancing actively encouraged.
I Legless at Bom. 10.30pm-3am. £7 (£5). Upfront house and garage night in this new venue.
I Lime at The Lime. 1 1pm—3am. £6 (£4). DJ Fitz with a commercial clubby mix plus £1 drink promo.
I Lure at R.G.'s. 8pm-midnight. Free. DJs Ziggy and Bob get housey for a crowd heading off to Archaos and Sub Club. Pre-club.
I Numb at The Basement. 1 lpm-3am. £6. New York Alliance's Colin Walker taking this deep house night weekly until the end of the month when four well known promoters take it in turns. 28 Mar. Paris‘s DJ Deep (F Communications) guests in his Moody Man/ Louis Vega style. See Hit list.
I Polo Lounge at The Polo Lounge. 10.30pm-3am. £5. Take the choice of the