Twisted peeps, this is a shocker and a piss take! Back in ‘95 ‘96 as a 16 year old I had the immense pleasure of being around when Twisted/ TIP/ BR/ Dragonfly released their first records and the scene was kicking off. The launch night of twisted at bagleys ( still have the art work ) and following gigs at the fridge completely changed the course of my life ( thank you)! I can remember the excitement of leaving parties ( and college after Bagleys, hehe ) and then falling around London to various record stores looking for the tunage I heard the night before ( spending 3/4 hours in a record store, talking to people and not a computer screen!- nice comedown! ). I have all hallucinogen 12” singles/ albums etc and some 400 other vinyls of the time!( the only thing I would save if my house burnt down- I can’t see many peeps racing back in to save an iPod as its all replaceable ). This is a collection of outstanding tunage and artwork from a scene in its infancy! I still have all these tunes and the sound quality is ace, the great thing is you can pick them up, read the little quirks and reminisce! Something feels hollow and disposable about the digital releases! Twisted has always been a bench mark and pioneer for electronic music and it would be a great shame to see it go!!
The workmanship that went into these tunes really stands out today- especially when you listen to a lot of the automated digital rubbish that’s around at the minute. The old stuff has a soul, told a story and took you on a trip! The Spongled albums stand out in particular because they are produced by real musicians which a knowledge and passion for recording and a hands on approach! I have and will always buy a genuine copy of any musicians work that I like. I was involved with a label a while ago and it left me completely dismayed ( skint! ) as all funding came out of our pockets- peeps loved the tunes but couldn’t find a tenner to buy them and support the artists and labels that were essentially providing a soundtrack to their journey!
I wish you every success with your latest album and up coming shows, and I’m sure there are still enough people out there who will support the label ( you could always put on a few more Twisted events in London hehe?? ). The scene may loose its direction ( if it hasn’t already ) and disappear up its own backside without labels like Twisted to guide the way!
Thanks again for all the brain twisters, look forward to many more!