Track A1 from my original piece of vinyl.
The female saying "beats time, beats time" was a stunning french exchange student staying with my sisters mate for a couple of weeks, we had some fun together and she cried at the airport when we said goodbye - never to be seen again bless her!)
The tune was made on an Amiga using Noisetracker (a soundtracker variant) At the time I wasn't trying to get the tunes released had no real idea of what I was doing and had just started making tunes for fun. I sampled things from everywhere, off cassette tapes, from TV shows copied on to VHS, talking/shouting into headphones rather than a mic. Crunching four breakbeats into one channel as Noisetracker only allowed you 4 channels to play with and basically just throwing stuff together.
One of my mates Chris (infamous for being on acid at my house for the first time when my parents were on holiday and seeing a picture of me and my sister at Madame Tussauds in the living room stood next to a waxwork of Benny Hill, and saying "fuck me your Dad doesn't half look like Benny Hill!!!) showed me an issue of Amiga Format magazine asking for rave tunes to be sent in to a record label that were made on the Amiga.
I sent a tape off and out of 2000 odd tapes that were received by the record label (Delirious Records most famous for The Moog Jungle Muffin) my one got chosen, mainly I think because one of the tunes that was on the tape (not on this EP) sampled the drums from the guy that ran the label's first tune - Rotor Kaleidoscope (love that tune to death still)
I wanted to call myself as an "artist" Arkham Asylum as in the Batman jail for the criminally insane and really liked the way the letters fitted together , both words starting with an A and ending in M with the same amount of letters inbetween. However the label wanted to use my real name "Simon Harris" so as to confuse people into buying it thinking it was by the Simon Harris as in "Bass How Low Can You go".
1000 copies were pressed and split between two distributors, one of the distributors went bust a few days later and 500 went missing and then because of the really bad sampling quality from me not really knowing anything about production or sound quality, the vinyl was never of a high enough quality to play out loud. The tunes were good but just sounded bad through a loud system.
I never heard the tune out raving (although my sister claimed to hear it once but I reckon she was just off her head!) and it all died a death.
A few years ago I googled the EP and was amazed to find some people talking about it on backtotheoldskool. I put up a few tunes that I had knocking about that were never released, a few people liked them and that inspired me to start producing again.
I'm amazed by the response that my tunes get (I still think most people think I'm the more famous Simon Harris) and feel that I should have put more effort into getting myself out there back in the day but was far too busy with E's, trips and whizz!
But all of this just all goes to show never give up. I have always loved this sound, was never into music before I heard Eon - Spice on some walkman headphones wandering though Harlow town centre. I will always love this sound and am so glad that so many like minded people out there actually appreciate the crap that I throw together. Thankyou!
Anyway enjoy this tiny piece of history,,,,,,,,,,,,,,