2008-09-03

Weird Science

For now, I am not going to dig TOO deep into this topic but it will be a reoccurring tangent throughout this blog's lifespan and even brought up in my other projects. I LOVE certain subcultures and their relationships with dance music. Amazing stuff really.

And when I say subcultures, that runs the whole gamut, from music aficionados to the gang related : Junglists and Jungle/DnB, Cholos and "oldies", Skinheads and 60's reggae, "Gabbers" and Hardcore/Gabber music and sooo many more that i'll definitely talk about.

For NOW though, I would like to bring up my bloodline/family tree theory... See, these subcultures all have that one thing in common linking them all the way back to the same "tree". And that's Soul baby. What you talking 'bout Justin? I'll explain...
In the tumultuous 60's a lot of things were happening that you are well aware about. Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement etc.

UNDER the radar, in the inner city is where my interest lie though.

In America, street gangs were forming, some even as political parties(the Blackstone Rangers/Conservative Vice Lords) with soul music as the soundtrack to their movement.

In Jamaica, Rocksteady tunes praised and condemned the "rude boy" culture that was growing in shanty towns surrounding Kingston.

And England's "mod" subculture danced the night away to both soul and reggae, ate(they were legal at the time)speed and fought with ANOTHER UK cult, the Rockers(the british form of our Greasers). The mod movement and the rude boys would give birth to the original traditional skinhead cult. A group I have been a proud member of since the early 90's.

But wait! There's sooooo much more. I dont even want to get started right now. I got shit to do. Check dig though, here's a good one, im like a music/subculture conspiracy theorist....


*A little known soul band from the 60's, The Winstons would end up giving us a little tune called "Amen,brother". This would go on to become the backbone of Jungle known more commonly as the Amen Break.

*And B'more and Nawlins Bounce tunes are built on specific breakbeats as well. Lyn Collins Think(about it) and the Showboys "Drag Rap"(triggerman) respectively.

*In the 70's. Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc brought the sound system aesthetic of Jamaica to th Bronx thus, giving birth to hip hop. ALSO, his sound would convince Afrika Bambatta to convert himself and other members of the violent street gang the Black Spades into the Zulu Nation. Real talk.

I love breakbeat culture. Its origins, its spinoffs and its evolutions. More on this soon. PROPER.

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