Trouble Funk – Drop the Bomb Trouble Funk had that Washington DC mixture of hip-hop, funk and jazz. When they covered Kraftwerk’s Trans-Europe Express, they dipped into the early stage of electro music, too. At the time, in the 80s, music was getting kind of boring and too neat – and artists were searching for new ways to make music so they were mixing things together a lot: Trouble Funk felt fresh.
The pioneering DJ and producer picks five songs from book Electrochoc – his account of 30 years of dance music history – that have shaped his love for electronic music, from the Pet Shop Boys to Fade II Black and Justice
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls When I was living in London in the mid-80s, West End Girls was a massive hit in the clubs. I would always meet my friends before going to the Mud Club – and you had to be especially dressed-up, otherwise the club’s host, Philip Salon, wouldn’t allow you through the doors, so we were pretty eccentric. And when I remember those days, West End Girls is one of a few tracks that we would be listening to all the time.
It arrived before house and techno, when everyone was listening to lots of different types of music. It’s not that I’m a big Pet Shop Boys fan, but West End Girls is one of the markers for that period. I was part of a big community of French people, and a song talking about a certain area we knew meant a lot to me and my French friends. And of course we had a lot of English friends, but I can’t say I was hanging around with too many proper West End Girls at the time!