With the new Electrofunkroots site just launched a week ago, I thought this would be a good time to share this edit of David Joseph’s ‘You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me)’, a track I’ll forever have a strong personal association with, given that it was with 2 copies of this 12" that I made my claim to fame as the 1st UK DJ to mix live on TV – on February 25th 1983 at Newcastle’s Tyne Tees TV studio, on the classic British music show, ‘The Tube’. Full story and YouTube clip (curly perm and all) here at Electrofunkroots:
Last April I was sent a link to an edit by Italian DJ Moplen™ and was, as you can imagine, intrigued when I saw what it was - David Joseph – ‘You Can't Hide (Your DUB From Me)’. Utilizing the Larry Levan mix (I’d used original UK twelves on The Tube, the Levan mix wouldn’t come until later, when the track went big in the NYC clubs), Moplen had done a fine job, but unfortunately I couldn’t play it.
I replied to his mail, explaining that because of my connection to the track I would need the vocal in there at some point, otherwise the dancefloor might feel short changed. The whole dub vibe teases things up a treat, but the money shot of the song is a must for my own purposes. Moplen was getting a great reaction to the edit as it was, and rightly so – check it out here:
So, for my own personal use, I edited Moplen’s edit to incorporate the full vocal, and the resulting version became one of my big festival tracks of 2011, and something that’s appeared in a number of my live mixes here, most recently last weeks ‘El Diablo’s mix’:
This track has come a long way with me since I was first sent a UK promo by Island Records 29 years ago. Here’s a couple of sections from the ‘On The Tube’ piece, about that fateful and fortuitous February day:
“David Joseph, lead singer of one of the top Brit Funk bands, Hi-Tension, having just released his solo debut, ‘You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me)’, had headed North for personal appearances at my main venues, Wigan Pier and Legend. He’d been booked for a forthcoming ‘Tube’ dance music special and some of the researchers from the programme had come to Manchester to catch his performance at Legend. Blown away by the scene they encountered and suitably impressed by my mixing, I was approached about the possibility of giving a live demonstration on the show nine days later, when the dance edition would be aired. The prospect both thrilled and petrified me – if all went well it would bring me much prestige, but if I messed it up I’d look like an idiot! It wasn’t as though they were recording it for a later transmission, it was a one-shot chance and as soon as the cameras started to roll there’d be no turning back. Being a dance special, I knew that practically every DJ in the country would be tuned in. Nothing like being thrown in at the deep end!
They wanted me to do a live ‘turntable mix’ of the David Joseph track, which I’d been doubling-up at Legend on the night of the PA. I also brought my Revox B77 reel-to-reel along so I could add some Dub type echo effects. The idea was that as soon as I’d done my bit they’d switch direct to the Camden Palace where David Joseph would be up on stage with his band, ready to perform. He must have thought he’d hit the jackpot, getting so much exposure on one show. It certainly helped the record take off in a big way, hitting the top 20 in within a matter of weeks.
Friday tea-time, February 25th and my head was wrecked as I stood waiting on the stage with Jools Holland and Mike Shaft (who was there to talk about his magazine, ‘N.O.W’). When I heard the words “on air in 10 seconds” and the voice began a steady monotone countdown, I was drenched with fear! What particularly fazed me was that my records were both cued up on the decks and everything was set to go, but a cameraman (with a hand held) kept moving perilously close to my equipment. I was sure that at any second he was going to bump the decks, jumping the needles, and I was beginning to anticipate my worst nightmare. Before I knew it the interviews had begun, first Mike then me. I could barely concentrate on the questions I was asked, my eyes were continually darting down towards my decks and that dreaded cameraman. Then Jools gave me the go-ahead to start mixing, and my moment had finally arrived.
Thankfully, the disaster didn’t happen and it all went to plan. Once I was on the decks I felt fine, the panic lifted and I was back in control of the situation. The cameraman did manage to bang into the decks; Jools and Shafty, who were commentating on what I was doing, saw this happen and mentioned the fact. It was quite a bump too, but the records didn’t jump. God bless the SL-1200Mk2, no wonder it’s the Daddy of all turntables. Sturdy as fuck!"
You can view the Tube footage and read the full piece here: