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The Acid Grandads

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It is indeed the much awaited return of Italosaturday.  Thanks to everyone on twitter, particularly , for tracking this down.

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A message from Trax

In respect to the passing of Frankie Knuckles, I am planning to donate all my personal proceeds of the purchase of “Your Love” to his family estate or a worthy charity. In order to donate 100% of my royalties, purchases from the Trax Records version is needed. I will be more than happy to get this on the right track and see to it that Frankie’s estate or the charity get what they deserve. Recently, “Your Love” has hit number 29 on the UK charts but we want it to hit number 1! Most of these sales are being bought from indie label, Nocturnal Groove and that is great! Either way, I am happy as long as Frankie is getting that recognition. But to fully donate all of my monies from the Trax Records version, please go buy Frankie Knuckles “Your Love” here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/your-love/id729930130?i=729930517
I hope that Nocturnal Groove plans to donate a portion of their proceeds to his estate as well. 


Thank you so much for the love. It is much appreciated, especially to the house music community for keeping this great man’s legacy alive.

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I’m in there somewhere.  Or I may have gone home by then, depending on when it was shot.

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Frankie Knuckles, 1955-2014 – an appreciation by Terry Farley

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The godfather of house music died last week, aged 59. Fellow DJ Terry Farley looks back at one of dance music’s greats

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/apr/06/frankie-knuckles-1955-2014-appreciation-terry-farley

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Not currently playing on the Acid Grandad’s gramophone.  But it would be if I had a copy.

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Frankie Knuckles, a tribute.

The word ‘legend’ is a word that we bandy about with so much frequency these days that often it loses its meaning.  Frankie Knuckles was a legend , in every sense of the word.  He started with Larry at the Continental Baths, and when America was telling everyone that disco sucked they were taking it to another level.  Larry went to the Garage and Frankie went to Chicago. The rest is history. Together they lit the touchpaper for an explosion that would reverberate for decades to come.

Whether Frankie or Ronnie truly fathered house is academic.  Both inspired a generation of willing amateurs to take up machines and make their own music.  That was the music that took its name from his club.  It took a couple of years to catch on outside of the windy city, but when it hit London and was mixed with the right drugs, it created a cultural revolution that was a big as rock ‘n’ roll - the last great youth cult, and one that changed the face of society forever.  It certainly changed my life, certainly for the better.

So, now they’ve all gone.  Larry, Ronnie, Frankie.  Personally, I’ll celebrate the music and the good times that they gave us, directly or indirectly. I won’t shed a tear.  But then again, I’m a real good actor.  This is a heavy role.

Bless you Frankie Knuckles.  Thank you for the music.

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Frankie’s gone. RIP.

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It’s Italosaturday, actually.

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Perpetually playing on the Acid Grandad’s gramophone.

If you hang around and read the blog long enough, you might get the impression that we’re a little bit obsessed with DJ Pierre.  You’d be right.  Not just for the fact that he (and Spanky) invented Acid House, but also for his hand in Wild Pitch.

Anyway, a discussion was recently started on Facebook by Terry Farley about Wild Pitch, so I chucked in my two pennethworth - which was this, Phuture’s ‘Inside Out’.

However, reader, I implore you to seek out a copy.  Then flip over from this mix (the most often played and most excellent ‘Roys Rad Nomad mix’) and have a listen to the Wild Pitch Beats mix on the other side.  It’s like this version, recorded from a room down the corridor, with someone playing a cowbell over the top.  Pure dirty, filthy, deep house music.

And its not even on youtube.  Sometimes, life is cruel.

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The Acid House Gang Who Changed British Clubbing

Of course, its not as good as that interview with Terry that I did for Propermag.

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/how-boys-own-changed-british-dance-music

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