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Teenage DJ aka Greg Wilson 'Time And Place (Disco Break)'

gregwilson on July 14, 2011 06:40

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    Teenage DJ aka Greg Wilson ‘Time And Place (Disco Break)’

    124 bpm

    Previously limited vinyl only 2005.

    Another of the Acid sketches I put together in the years prior to my DJ return(more detailed lowdown here: Teenage DJ aka Greg Wilson ' I Was A Teenage DJ Pt 1 (extended)' by gregwilson), this time drawing on the groove from Oliver Cheatham’s 1983 release, ‘Get Down Saturday Night’.

    My working title for it was ‘Twister’(Twist via Oliver) and, having immediately spotted its commercial possibilities, I resolved to develop it further . However, I left it on the backburner too long, my plan biting the dust good and proper when I realised that someone had well and truly beaten me to the punch - an Italo-Belgian DJ called Vito Lucente, who’d score a #1 hit in 2002 with the Room 5 single ‘Make Luv’, which also featured part of the original vocal to great effect. There was no point pursuing the ‘Twister’ idea now, so with a ‘such is life’ shrug of the shoulders I resigned it to the ‘what might have been’ file.

    However, when I started deejaying again I realised the ‘Twister’ would come in handy, so I began to play it here and there. The Room 5 was too housed-up for me to consider using, not to mention the fact it had been played to death, but ‘Twister’ retained the early 80’s feel that fitted my vibe – it was a useful track to drop when you needed to give the dancefloor something familiar, but with your own twist. Subsequently, it was an obvious candidate for the ‘Teenage DJ Disco Best’ 12” EP I pressed up in 2005 – with ‘I Was A Teenage DJ Pt 1’ providing such a strong lead track, it could play an important subsidiary role, which is exactly what transpired. It was at this point it became 'Time And Place (Disco Break)', referencing some of the samples I'd dropped in.

    I actually met Oliver Cheatham when ‘Get Down Saturday Night’ was released in the UK back in ’83. His record company, MCA, brought him to my night at Legend in Manchester, where he made a personal appearance, performing the single on the club’s dancefloor. Wigan Pier and Legend hosted numerous PA’s in the early 80’s, none of which we paid the acts for, their record companies footing the bill as part of their promotional budget, wanting to get their artists exposure in the most influential dance venues.Other PA’s included Gwen Guthrie, Imagination and David Joseph (it was a consequence of the David Joseph PA that I was invited to demonstrate mixing on the TV show ‘The Tube’: .

    Greg Wilson July 2011


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