Thirty years ago in Manchester a club opened which changed the way people enjoyed, listened and made music.
The Haçienda opened on Whitworth Street West in the city centre in May 1982 and despite famously being hideously mis-managed and disorganized, it remained open until 1997. Largely made financially viable by funds from Joy Division and New Order record sales, it gave rise to acid house and rave music which became such an important social movement in Britain.
So as 6 Music ends its celebration of dance music, we at Now Playing thought it only right to honour this wonderful home of electronic music by asking you to share your memories of the club, the artists who played there and the music which spawned from it.
You could go for:
* Bands and artists synonymous with the Manchester club like New Order, 808 State and The Happy Mondays
* People you may have seen perform there from Madonna to Spiritualized who were the last live act at the venue
* Musicians on Factory Records like Joy Division, Quando Quango or A Certain Ratio
* Acid House classics which sent the venue wild from Voodoo Ray to Infinity via Rhythm Is A Mystery, Don't Scandalize Mine and It's Alright
*The bands who played there pre the acid-house explosion, The Smiths to Nico via OMD, John Cale and The Fall
As always, the power is in your hands so let us know what you want by Tweeting us using #FAC516Music, leave a comment on this blog or on our Facebook page, e-mail us or drag a track onto our Spotify playlist – and be sure to tune in on Sunday from 6pm to relive the Haçienda.
There’s no other musician quite like Damon Albarn. After all, who else can claim to have headlined Glastonbury with two different bands in two consecutive years, to have won the pinnacle of music awards from the Grammys to the BRITs or to have written an opera or two alongside some of Britain’s best known pop songs?
Putting it simply; he’s unique, and that’s we love him at BBC 6 Music, and we know you feel the same way too.
So, with an exclusive interview on Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone this Sunday night at 8pm along with extended broadcast of his Dr Dee opera and co-conspirator Tony Allen joining Gilles Peterson on Saturday April 28 to talk about their African adventures – what a better opportunity to celebrate this British cultural icon, and ask you to create the Ultimate Damon Albarn playlist?
We want your suggestions of
* Your favourite tracks from Damon’s bands – Gorillaz, The Good the Bad and the Queen, DRC Music, Rocket Juice & The Moon, his Monkey opera...oh, and Blur of course
* People he’s collaborated with from Dan the Automator to James Murphy, De La Soul, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Kano
* Inspirations which range from The Kinks and XTC to Pavement and Malian Music
* B sides, rarities & lost gems from his vast back catalogue.
The world is really your oyster with this one, so let us know what you want us to play by Tweeting us and him using #Damon6Music, leave a message on our Facebook page or here on the blog, e-mail us or add a track to our collaborative Damon playlist on Spotify.
And remember to listen into all the Damon Albarn programming all this week on 6 Music and Now Playing from 6pm on Sunday
Today, 11 years ago, Joey Ramone sadly passed away and so after brief consultation with you on Facebook and Twitter we thought it only right to celebrate the wonderful work of The Ramones.
Tom also welcomed The 405 onto the show who picked the music for half an hour of the show and we rounded up the biggest stories online of the week including Coachella being streamed live.
Six of the biggest music news stories online this week
Pulp – Razzmatazz [watch their Coachella performance on YouTube]
Friends – Mind Control [listen to the track on Soundcloud]
Spiritualized – Too Late [stream their new album at the Guardian]
Jay Electronica – Dear Moleskin [check it out at Hypetrak]
Hole – Awful [see their impromptu gig on YouTube]
The Savage Nomads – Tension in the Middle [download it as part of Tom’s BBC Introducing Mixtape]
#Blog6Music – from The 405
Field Mouse – You Guys Are Going to Wake Up Mom
Dive – How Long Have You Known
Rudi Zygadlo – The Deaf School
Hundred Waters – Boreal
Perfume Genius – Take Me Home
Weird Dreams – Holding Nails
The Ramones - Rockaway Beach
The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird
Helen Love - Debbie Loves Joey (Kid Karate Mix)
The Cramps - Human Fly
The Ramones - Pet Semetary
The Donnas - Take it Bacl
Green Day - Welcome to Paradise
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
The Ramones - Sheena is a Punk Rocker
Television - Marquee Moon
Frank Black - I Heard Ramona Sing
The Ramones - The KKK Took My Baby Away
The Vaccines - Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
Sleater Kinney - I Wana Be Your Joey Ramone
The Hives - Walk Idiot Walk
The Ramones - Baby I Love You
To kick off 6 Music Celebrates Dance Culture in April, our new Sunday time slot on BBC 6 Music, and the fact Dig Your Own Hole was 15 yesterday – we thought there’s no better way but to do a show built around the marvelous electronic big beats of The Chemical Brothers.
A lot of the show was built around Block Rockin’ Beats, but we also ventured into hip hop and some of the UKs most beloved pop bands of the past.
We began the show rounding up some of the biggest online music stories of the past seven days, including Jai Paul and Soundgarden’s return and the new video from Jack White.
The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats
Soundgarden – Live to Rise [they’re back – and this is what they sound like]
Jai Paul – Jasmine (demo) [which is on Soundcloud and causing a stir]
Jack White – Sixteen Saltines [check out the video here]
Toodar – We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea [Part of Tom’s new Introducing Mixtape]
#Chems6Music - the Ultimate Chemical Brothers Playlist picked by you
The Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar
Manic Street Preachers - La Tristesse Durera (The Chemical Brothers Remix)
Rockmaster Scott and the Dynamic Three - The Roof is on Fire
The Chemical Brothers - Leave Home
Primal Scream ft. Denise Johnson - Don't Fight It Fell It
The Chemical Brothers - Out of Control
Mercury Rev - Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp (The Chemical Brothers Remix)
Public Enemy - Miuzi Weighs a Ton
The Chemical Brothers ft. Tim Burgess - Life is Sweet
Spiritualized - I Think I'm in Love (The Chemical Brothers Remix)
The Chemical Brothers ft. The Flaming Lips - The Golden Path
Oasis - Falling Down (The Chemical Brothers Remix)
The Chemical Brothers - Got Glint
The Chemical Brothers - The Private Psychedelic Reel
What The Chemical Brothers haven’t done in electronic music frankly isn’t worth doing. They’ve had dancefloors across the world jumping in time to Block Rockin’ Beats, they’ve headlined festivals from Glastonbury to Japan, they’ve had number one albums and recently had people dancing in the aisles of cinemas with their film Don’t Think.
So as 6 Music kick of their celebrations of dance culture through April – what better way for Now Playing to celebrate than with a show dedicated to one of Britain’s best products – The Chemical Brothers, 15 years and a day after they released their incredible album Dig Your Own Hole. This record featured Noel Gallgher on track Setting Sun, and also brought Don’t Stop the Rock and The Private Psychedelic Reel into our lives.
Childhood classmates Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands started their production lives as The Dust Brothers after the production duo made famous for their work with The Beastie Boys, before a legal threat and the release of Leave Home gave rise to The Chemical Brothers we know and love.
They’ve gone on to produce some of the most seminal dance records of all time and have developed one of the most pioneering live shows around.
We want your help constructing the Ultimate Chemical Brothers playlist, there’s so much to choose from but you could suggest:
* Your favourite Chemical Brothers tracks from Galvanize to Star Guitar, all the B-Sides and rarities – you put them forward and we’ll try and dig it out.
* Vocalists who have sung on Chemical Brothers tracks like Bernard Sumner, Noel Gallagher, The Magic Numbers or Wayne Coyne.
* Some of the other acts, which helped bring big beat to the masses – Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, Underworld etc.
* Perhaps some hip-hop which was their first musical love – Tom describes Public Enemy’s Yo! Bum Rush the Show as life changing.
* Or some of the new breed of electronic music producers who are trying to follow in their steps like Rustie, Scuba and L-Vis 1990.
Let us know what you think we have to include in the Ultimate Chemical Brother Playlist by leaving a comment here on the blog, joining the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using #Chems6Music, by e-mail or dragging a track onto our Spotify Playlist.
And remember to tune into the show at our new time of 6pm on Sunday afternoon.