Comedy writer Jane Bussmann was a champion raver, a regular at Shoom, mates with the Farm and once thought that the dancefloor at Heaven was in fact a galleon, with Anton The Pirate its captain. These days she's an award-winning comedy writer whose credits include Brass Eye, Smack the Pony, The Fast Show and South Park. She also wrote one of the best (and certainly the funniest) books about rave, Once In A Lifetime: The Crazy Days Of Acid House And Afterwards. We caught up with Jane to discuss Interpol, wearing dungarees to office meetings, half a century old acid, and how faxing the fire department doesn't really work.
How did you first get involved in the rave scene? I was going out with a bloke who was much older than me and who was friends with a bunch of people from the Limelight club. They also had a brilliant drug dealer and one night at dinner he put and E on the saucer of my coffee cup and it sort of went from there. I also found out at the same time that a bunch of school friends from Muswell Hill had started going to Shoom and then we just started going absolutely everywhere. I went from going to like stuffy, shitty you know London post-’80s clubs where you all wore black suits to full on dungaree mayhem in about a week and it was just.... brilliant!