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Wildchild - Bad Boy (Ultra Records)

Preserving (and remastering) the original Bad Boy

Posted on April 1, 2017

Should you be super old, like me, you may well remember living through those halcyon days that were the late 1980’s and early to mid 1990’s. Days of carefree and misspent youth. Days spent gaming, nights spent raving. Or in my case, nights spent playing records that I’d chosen to play, loudly, to fee-paying customers that wished to shuffle and gyrate in front of me. Awkwardly and inhibited at first, and somewhat more wackily as the evening passed and they became more inebriated.

Yes, I was a DJ, ‘spinning platters’ on the ‘wheels of steel’ of a Friday, Saturday and occasionally a Sunday night circa 1996. This continued throughout the late 1990’s and in to the early part of the 2000’s. I’d play at nightclubs both regional and national and also co-hosted a weekend show on a city pirate radio station (back when pirate radio truly was about taking over real radio waves and not simply hosting a Shoutcast server). I wrote a few tracks, simple stuff as I haven’t a note in my head, which met with reasonable acclaim and distributed on a microscopic scale. At one point, on a train home from London, and having picked up a music magazine to read on the journey, I discovered that on page 69, there I was on the new release reviews, rubbing shoulders between the Beastie Boys and David Morales. I even scored 4 out 5 stars in their review of my work!

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Pi-ump Up The Volumio!

Posted on April 19, 2014

Firstly, may I apologise for the rather tabloid-esque headline to this entry. Secondly, I have a confession to make. I’ve owned a Fiio E09K and a Fiio E17 sat gathering dust on my desk for nearly 18 months and I’ve not even powered them on once. Until today.

This morning, while supping on some cold coffee I forgot I made at the crack of dawn, I was somehow drawn to watching endless YouTube videos about the failed Sinclair C5 electric bicycle car. From endless test drive footage, to heartfelt restoration projects, heck I even revisted the excellent BBC4 documentary Micro Men to round off my mornings entertainment on a high! What followed about 5 minutes later was utterly absurd. Watching this endless stream of media about a failed project suddenly sparked an overwhelming sense of guilt of failed projects that I may have left lurking in the furthest outposts of my homestead. I switched off the television and disconnected my phone from Chromecast and scurried about the house, looking at several of my failed projects, each one tugging at my overwhelming sense of guilt, begging to be picked up and finished.

Well, yesterday evening I did finish restoring my PC Engine GT console, which was nice. One project down, thousands to go. But what next?

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