Westwood/ Dave Pearce/ Stu Allan – March 1989 [Pause Mix Tape]

Westwood & Dave Pearce - March 1989 Pause Tape J-Card - Copy

For the last day of March, here’s something a little left. This is a pause tape, for those unaware, a pause tape is like a tangible ‘vintage’ version of Soundcloud, and something that was created when the middle-agers of 2014 were young, and probably while they did their homework. Way back when, before hashtags and laughing gas, the working class youth of the 70s, 80 and 90s had string, sticks, cassettes and magazines to keep them occupied. Across the UK, we also had the radio, we’d tune in to specific shows, patiently hovering over the play and record, waiting to unleash the pause button like an impatient butchers blade. We’d tune in to hear the music we wanted to hear, while enduring the sounds being broadcast that we werent so keen on. Resigned to the fact that we’d have to wait another 20 minutes to hear something interesting and before we could release the pause button again, we’d then capture the sounds to replay in the playground or behind the bike sheds the next day. When Rap radio appeared in the late 80s across Britain, the game done changed. When we werent outdoors playing football, discovering spin the bottle or stealing BMXs, we’d be at home, taping specific styles within the genre, avoiding the burgeoning sound of poppy crap Rap. If you had a 90 minute cassette, you could create the soundtrack for the Summer, or at least a trip to the local forest park. The other bonus was gettin to know the lyrics way ahead of owning the record. If you remembered and could any part of the raps months later when a pal owned and played the 12″, you had preeminence amongst plebians, even though you may have still been in your teens.

Westwood & Dave Pearce - March 1989 Pause Tape  TAPE

The tapes were shared across peer groups, names and styles were forged and standards of quality control werent cemented. They usually had launch parties outside local swimming pools, or when the dogs were taken on a ‘long walk’ for Mum & Dad. And usually got played on ghetto-blasters or re-played while huddling round Sony Walkmans with built-in speakers, temporarily ‘borrowed’ from someones Dad. We patiently created personalised compilations of lovingly edited music and sounds from a variety of sources; radio broadcasts, movie dialogue, random soundbites, comedy and cartoons.

This tape was made for a friend in 1989, its stitched together from bits of Dave Pearce on GLR [Greater London Radio] and Tim Westwood radio shows from Capital circa March 1989. There are also some segments of a Manchester radio show with presenter Stu Allan. Featured on this tape are a phone call from WNYUs P-Fine, keeping the transatlantic listeners in tune with all the hot talk of the time [Twitter aint got nothing on phone calls with week old gossip]. Also on the tape are the winning DMC UK Championships session from Cutmaster Swift and DJ KCJ dropping an 83-84 themed mini-mix. East-Londons Overlord X drops into the studio on Side B and rocks up a rage with a live version of Rough in Hackney and there’s another live set, this time from Salt n Pepa, also from Manchester. Lookout for the Slayer ‘Version Excursion’ on the ‘Break to the Beat Competition’ [a highlight], and congrats to Steve H for the winning entry. Get your spits ready for Rapline competition, the subject tonight is the Tyson/ Bruno fight.

The original tapes were sent to me in 1989, by a ‘graff writer pen-pal’ by the name of Lyrical from Manchester in England, they worked in radio in Manchester in later years by all accounts. If anyone knows were this person is today, dont hesitate to get in touch.


Dave Pearce – A Fresh Start to the Week [Feat Public Enemy live in London] 28 December 1987

Long before Dangerous Dave Pearce was rockin at 140 BPM, he was amongst the royalty of Rap radio on the airwaves of London town back in the 80s. Listening back to Dave and his DJ Roger Johnson scratch and mix their way through some of the most energising Hip-Hop from late 1987 is a blessing, thanks to Ruse One and Arjan/ Dutch, so trumungous propage to them for this gem of a show [which RRR have edited and remastered for your listening pleasure].

87 Def Jam Tour

The corny drops are fun, the tracks are classics and the general feel is goosebump inducing. The playlist [avail on the Soundcloud] is great, but the broadcast of arguably the most historic live Rap ever [thanks to its insertion as the opener to Public Enemys Nation of Millions LP] allows us to hear virtually the entire show again in all its deafening, whistle underlying glory [RRR urges that the ‘whistle-posse’ is one 80s trend that does NOT require a comeback].

Bobcat, Cut Creator & LL Cool J were the headline act with Eric B & Rakim in support of them, but its odd to think back to a time when PE werent second, or even first choice for top billing for a Def Jam Tour, it was November 1987 after all. Regardless, their position as the biggest Rap group ever is unquestionable listening back through these seminal tracks. The energy is evident on stage at Londons Hammersmith Odeon, Chuck referring to London as the ‘capital of Hip-Hop world’. Flavor Flav as usual is hopped up on Hip-Hop goofballs sprinting from one side of the stage to the other droppin mad throwback terminology like ‘Cold Medina’ in his quintessential white sweatshirt. The iconic ‘Yall Wanna hear that beat right/If Y’all Really Like to Rock the Funky Beats’ lines are here amongst many many more chunks utilised on the Nation of Millions LP. Even Flavor doing his ‘god damn dance’ much to the pre-staged hindrance of Chuck and Griff is here with Chuck dropping rhymes from Terminator X to the Edge of Panic over a Paul McKasty Dub !!

For more Dave Pearce check out here or listen to Gilles Peterson explaining how the clubbing information of the day was shared, pre-Twitter. http://goo.gl/7ExuK

For the full insight behind the evidently exhausting Tour, check the full ‘First London Invasion Tour 1987’ below.