UK FRESH 19 JULY 1986 – Live from Wembley Arena Featuring Dr Dre & World Class Wreckin’ Cru/ Word of Mouth & DJ Cheese/Steady B/Captain Rock/Sir Mix-A-Lot/Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde/ Lovebug Starski with Brucie B/ Grandmaster Flash/Just-Ice/ Real Roxanne/Mantronik & Afrika Bambaataa.

As far as we are aware, these old broadcasts have never been shared in their entirety on the web in the past. These are ALL OF THE ‘UK FRESH 86’ PERFORMANCES that were broadcast by Mike Allen on Capital Radio over the course of the 1986 August Bank Holiday weekend.

And tell ya kids, this was Dr Dre, 3 decades ago !!!
For DL’s please go to https://hiphopradioarchive.org/

Tapes of Dre & World Class Wreckin Crew UK Fresh 1986

If you are from outside of the UK, this may be the first time youve heard of the UK Fresh 86 shows. These were at Wembley Arena [NB: ARENA Rap in the UK in 1986] and were billed as ‘The event of the decade’. Following the Fresh Fest template on offer in the US from the previous year, and with only 16000 people witnessing what became a pivotal performance of iconic 80s artists, this has arguably become the largest and most important LIVE event in old school UK Hip Hop history. These recordings are all that seem to be available, at least, they are all that Mike Allen broadcast as far as we know….

Household name Dr Dre, performed alongside [fellow NWA member DJ] Yella and the rest of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, as did park jam pioneers Grandmaster Flash, Lovebug Starski & Brucie B. Bambaataa and the Family also played as did the legendary Mantronix with MC Tee! One of the most incredible DJs to walk the planet, the ‘master of the crossfader’ Cutmaster DJ Cheese, scratched his way through his set along with KMC and MC Original G, the unsung heroes from the Word of Mouth crew as did pioneering space age sounds of Captain Rock. Tickets were available for both an afternoon and an evening show, but so many kids in the UK were affected by it as the festival energised future generations with its impact. It also made British fans aware that Rap and Hip-Hop wasnt just blastin outta boxes in New York, with Sir Mix-A-Lot from Seattle and World Class representing LA.

The World Class performance is polished and Dre is tight on the cut. Sir Mix-A-Lot drops his novelty track and retains credibility with b-side bangers. Mantronik gets busy on the version excursion, triggering drum machine pads in addition to whats on the decks. Steady B is outta breath at times and Roxanne is impatient while Howie Tee enjoys his time behind the wheels. But all of the performances are to old school Hip Hop entertainment. And of course, the whistle posse was in full effect at this party.

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The Bambaataa performance is reminiscent of a school disco, it’s a classic show, it’s an alluring and appealing snapshot of the period, but be warned, it was 86, and it sounds insanely amateur at times. Especially when Bam and the Soulsonic Force take the stage. Maybe Bam was busy during rehearsals…it’s clunky in its arrangement, the sound is all over the place, the levels are waaay off and if you have a keen ear, or affection for these classics, you’ll barely recognise some of the keyboard riffs and synth licks.

HUMUNGANOID propers to Mark Devlin for truly helping out with this incredible collection of recordings. They are a composite of various pause tape recordings from my own and others archives, but the majority of the segues are intact. As ever, massive respect to Simmo for keeping the spirit of Allen’s Army preserved. You can find loads of info and images from the event, and alot more about a British broadcasting hero; Mike Allen, over at http://www.mikeallencapitalradio.com/

1 –

Word of Mouth & DJ Cheese
Intro
King Kut [Version]
Trouble Funk – Pump Me Up Scratch Session
Run DMC – Peter Piper Scratch Session
Chic – Good Times Scratch Session
Doug E Fresh – The Show Scratch Session

MC Boob [Steady B] & DJ Grand Dragon
Intro
Do The Fila And The Peewee Dance

Captain Rock
Intro
Cosmic Blast
Mic Break

Sir Mix-A-Lot
Square Dance Rap
Fast Rap Session

Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde
Genius Rap
A.M. / P.M.
Butt Naked
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2 –

Lovebug Starski & Brucie B
Eighth Wonder Intro
Saturday Night
Say What You Wanna Say
House Rocker
Amityville [The House On The Hill]

Captain Rock
Capt. Rock To The Future Shock
The Return Of Capt. Rock
Mic Break

Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five
Superappin
U Know What Time It Is
The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel [Version]
Freedom
MS. Thang

Just-Ice DMX & Mantronik
Latoya
Put That Record Back On [Version]
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3 –

World Class Wreckin’ Cru
B.S.
Mission Possible
Juice

The Real Roxanne & The Hitman Howie Tee
Intro
Bang Zoom!
Untitled
Freestyle
Romeo

Mantronik & MC Tee [Not Tricky Tee as Mike mentions LOL]
Fresh is the Word
Needle to the Groove
Hardcore Hip Hop

Sir Mix-A-Lot
My Studio
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4 –

Word of Mouth & DJ Cheese
Intro
Untitled [Live drum machine]
Coast to Coast

Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five
Fastest Man Alive
Style
The Message
Zodiac sign routine

World Class Wreckin’ Cru
World Class [Version]
Surgery
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5 –

The Real Roxanne
Bang Zoom Let’s Go
Untitled
Mic Break

Sir Mix-A-Lot
My Studio
Square Dance Rap [Version]

Afrika Bambaataa & Family [Prince Ikey Cee/ Mr Biggs/ GLOBE/ Shango]…
Intro & Scratch Session
Bambaataa’s Theme / Assault On Precinct 13 [Version]
Planet Rock [Version]
Looking for the Perfect Beat

The Skinny Boys – Jockbox Rap Attack World Premiere Feb 1986

Listening back to these Rap Attack World Premiere power-plays is precisely what RRR is all about. The excitement of hearing ‘World Premiere’ or ‘Exclusive’ stings and drops has stained our brains to the point that a chosen few of us remember the placement of those drops to this day when we hear the original tracks. That’s some pretty powerful shit that the FCC couldn’t regulate. Just tuning in and hearing them in the knowledge that whatever was played was brand new, was exciting enough. Thousands of people tuned into these weekly shows religiously, and globally, whether it was a DJ Red Alert show on WBLS in NY, a Westwood show from London or a Rap Attack with Super-Producer Marley Marl alongside the first Rap radio presenter, Mr Magic.


This example is a double-header, it’s crazy short, and raw like sushi but it’s so so dope. Marleys’ near-perfect mixing was great, so inventive, and in terms of creating a soundtrack for so many of us, an absolute blessing to be able to share again. The opener is from a group called The Skinny Boys, in particular, the track Jockbox. Members included the memorably named Shockin’ Shawn, Superman Jay and The Human Jock Box ! The tape is dated 1985, but also has some other bits on there too. As far as we can tell, the World Premiere dates back to February 1986.It was taken from an alblum called Weightless [Partly produced by another superstar of Rap radio, DJ Chuck Chillout] and even though the groups name was a straight response to The Fat Boys [arguably the most popular and ahem, biggest beatbox crew from the period], Weightless was big time within the Hip-Hop community, and considered far from novelty.

If pre-1990 beatbox singles on independant labels outta Bridgeport, Connecticut are not your specialised subject, don’t sweat it. Alotta people will recognise the track from the Comedy Central hit show Workaholics. To series creator Blake Anderson we say thank you, and also, if you didn’t pick this, and assuming that your Music Supervisors [Who dont look like their in their 40s either] didnt choose it, how come such a powerful chunk of the tune ended up in the credits ?
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As well as the World Premiere, Marley takes it upon himself to tease the listeners with a back & forth ‘Mastermix’ of the seminal MC Shan track The Bridge, and The Honey Drippers Impeach the President, just doublin up for the hell of it. As casual as it was, hearing these specials in 2015 allows us to vibe off these dusty classic sounds all over again.

HUMUNGANOID propers go out to both the 2015, and the 14 year old Eric Johnson for having the prescience to record the show, and for hooking us up with the tape.

Happy Birthday Run

Joey Simmons, DJ Run, Joseph Simmons, Run or Run Love, it made no difference what the name was, the first time you heard this cat, alongside the late great JMJ and the devastating mic controller DMC, you knew he meant business. In celebration of this Rap icons birthday, Random Rap Radio are sharing a couple of treats for the first time outside of the tight-lipped trade channels of tape swaps. As way of a thank you to one of the greatest [most energetic and possibly the loudest] that ever did it, we wanted to divvy up a few bits that you might not have heard before.

The live set is from an after-hours show in London during the Krush Groove Tour in 1986,  its made up of two sections of Westwood broadcasts, one from the time, and another culled from another section of the ‘8 Hour after party’. Simply hearing Run beatbox, or hearing DMC drop a rhyme about droppin a deuce in a hotel bathroom is folly enough, but some of the wide-eyed freestyle rhymes on here are beyond expectations. Also featured on the set are DJ Hurricane who rhymes his ass off, Grandmaster Dee from Whodini, LL & the Beastie Boys.

Mike Allen was the pre-cursor to Tim Westwood on Capital Radio, bringing an eccentric twist to Hip Hop airwaves way-back-when, and the Together Forever Tour ad is just a Florida based bonus.

There are true classics and lots of seriously good music on the Mike Allen tape, so check the Soundcloud for tracklisting.

Huge propage to Ev Boogie from UpNorthTrips, Complex Lee & Simmo from Mike Allen Capital Radio

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