In 1989 at a friend's party I met two crazy British dudes from Oswestry who were visiting SF and we got on like a house on fire, both of them with a ridiculous sense of humor and incredible taste in music. At one point toward the end of the evening they informed our crew that they were leaving for LA the next day. You're WHAT? No..no... Obviously we weren't going to let that happen. We trapped them in San Francisco for the rest of their stay, and those days we spent together were some of the craziest memories of my teenage years. We called ourselves the Mad Hatters, never leaving the house without a hat on our heads.
The next year, both of them were at school in Manchester and we planned a visit. My brother and I were already organizing a little tour of Europe and we decided to swap out our plans for London in favor of a stint in Manchester. It was to be the final stop of our month-long tour, and throughout Paris, Geneva, Munich & Amsterdam, me and my bro were gearing up for our visit to the musical motherland with a tape I'd made featuring the likes of The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, Ride, Happy Mondays & My Bloody Valentine.
Our arrival and subsequent week in Manchester is a complete blur, visits to The Hacienda and the Northern Quarter for record shopping seem like a dream now, if it weren't for the vinyl purchases to prove we were actually there, I wouldn't remember any of it. We bought so many records we had to ship them to SF, and opening the packages was like Christmas day, instantly turning our West Coast friends on to the new sound of England.
I've kept in touch with the Brits (Jesse & Julius) over the years, largely thanks to facebook, and last year I had the pleasure to visit them in London for a Mad Hatter's reunion. It was like time had stopped, we were as retarded as ever. Jesse is now an accomplished writer, most famous for his series Peep Show with partner Sam Bain, and Julius is most famous for being on another planet entirely, his tweets are crazy cool, we're bound to see him gracing the mainstream airwaves with his obtuse humor anytime soon.
This mixtape covers everything I love about the Britpop scene, the attitude, the funk, the dissonance, the grooves... I hope you enjoy it too. Here's the link http://bit.ly/pophattersmix
Cheers big ears,
|Mad Hatters Reunion Tour, chilling with Jess and Jules at chez Armstrong in London last year.|
|Me in 1999 on one of my DJ nights 'Tomorrowland' at The Orbit Room SF|