|5th December 2003||#1|
legend Greg Wilson Music is better Dec 20
Mate Recordings International and Computer Controlled Recordings present
MUSIC IS BETTER
The Attic, Oxford Road, MANCHESTER. 9PM-2AM. Tickets: £5.00 / £4.00
MUSIC IS BETTER DECEMBER: Saturday December 20th
The Legend Returns...
Very, very special guest DJ, GREG WILSON - The Godfather of UK Electrofunk
Residents: Danny Webb, The Science Block, Roger
Visual Art: Mongrel Associates [Helsinki]
MUSIC IS BETTER: providing a full-range sonic spectrum of electronic music in all its twisted forms.
MANCHESTER DJ GURUS - THE FACE 1990
"Greg Wilson is an honorary Manc born in Liverpool who is generally acknowledged as the godfather of the early eighties Manc electro scene. He is one of the first British DJ's to have used three turntables. Remembered for his nights at Legend and the Hacienda".
SLEAZE NATION MAGAZINE 1998
"By 1982 he was established at Wigan Pier, thrilling all and sundry with his brew of electronica and soul. He was given a dying Wednesday at Legend, Manchester's most influential black music venue, and blew enough life into it to spread queues round the block and gain punters countrywide. Forget the Hacienda, where Wilson began the first full-on dance night - Legend was the start of it all. His secret? The dastardly mixing techniques he'd picked up in Europe plus this weird and wonderful new form of music sweeping across from New York".
FROM THE BOOK 'AND GOD CREATED MANCHESTER' 1990
"'The whole black side of Manchester has been completely ignored' says Greg Wilson, Manchester's first electro DJ... Legends stepped out a whole 18 months before The Face's (electro) cover feature caught up...By the start of '83, white hipsters were changing channels, switching from doom-rock to dance beats. ACR, New Order, Swamp Children and the like tuned into Legends...'In all things that have been written about Manchester, the thing that led the way hasn't even been mentioned! The black-white mix! Even when the students arrived (on the scene) the black side kept its identity and everyone began bouncing ideas around' ...
'SHAUN RYDER, HAPPY MONDAYS, BLACK GRAPE & OTHER TRAUMAS' 1997
"Kermit was here there and everywhere. Everyone knew Kermit. Everyone knew Kermit stories. Everyone knew that one day this man would turn into something important. The story begins way back in the early eighties, at Manchester's Legends nightspot. On Wednesday night Manchester grandmaster of Electro, Greg Wilson, held hardcore funk sessions sussed enough to educate even the hippest of dudes from old Hulme. All the while, down the road, the Hacienda remained a vast, cold, empty shell, full of echoey indie sounds and a few straggly raincoated students. Greg Wilson was where it began"...
SKRUFFF E-ZINE 2003
On Manchester1s Piccadilly Radio, Wilson became acknowledged as a key expert on electro and early hip hop, becoming synonymous with the term that summed it all up back then. And 20 years on it1s a similar term that1s reinvigorated him and brought him back into the folds of clubland - electroclash.
3I1m interested in the openness of the electroclash scene,2 he explains. " It1s so varied, and it1s taking its influences from different directions. It1s not a specific form of music and that1s really helpful, especially since we1re coming up to 15 years since the 2nd Summer of Love, which means we1ve had 15 years of house music domination. I1ve got nothing against house music but it1s such a long period and for me the music was going stale maybe seven years ago. Maybe it1s one of those periods of time now when we can go back to go forwards and it seems like there1s a renewed interest in what was happening musically from before the house period....2
THE MAN HIMSELF, IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION ON THE ELECTRIC CHAIR FORUM NOV 2003
"Yes, I'm appearing at 'Music Is Better' on the 20th December. It's like a debut, of sorts, for although I've made the odd appearance down the years (I haven't really regarded myself as a DJ since I stopped doing it professionally in 1984), it's always been a totally retrospective thing. However, although Electro-Funk will form the basis of my palette, so to speak, this is definitely a new approach I'll be taking. The last time I played in Manchester was at Dry Bar's 10th Anniversary in 1999, so it will be good to be back."
Contact: email@example.com / danny: 07947 583234
The last MIB of the year [sniff], so "Cheers" to everyone who's supported us over 2003, and here's to the artists and DJs, without whom...
Bynatone... Andy Davidson [Slow Graffiti]... Bonnie and Clyde... Error Plains... Performance... Dot.Matrix... Tim Roach... Avant Jon... Audiomonster... Troubleshooter... Jamie Thomson... Robot Arm... Andy Woods... Sven ilektro... TVH-3... Ralph and the Ralphettes... Kath O'Toole... Alcohell... Casa Electro Novo... Helen Lagoe... Shorty...
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