Late 88 Acid House swept a cross the UK, as it took its hold in The Midlands. 17 year old budding DJ, locally know as Carl Boy was easy influenced by this amazing new sound and decided to purchased as much Acid as he could get his hands on and put on his own Acid House night. 2nd Sep 1988 ‘The Ecstasy Club’ club night road block a small function room upstairs at The Power House nightclub in Birmingham. Lots of fun was had by all, the crowds chanted ACID ACID ACID into the night as they danced franticly to new funky sound of Acid House.
Less than 2 days later Birmingham’s own tabloid The Sunday Mercury ran with the headline ‘SEX AND DRUGS DANCE CRAZE HITS BIRMINGHAM.’ The story went on to tell the tail of youngsters being corrupted by this evil new scene at The Ecstasy Club 2 nights before. “This craze should be stamped on from a great height” was one Conservative MP’s comment. The owners of the club the ironically named MECCA Leisure Ltd shut down the function room and banded Acid House from all its venues.
This controversy caught the eye of Birmingham independent record label Swordfish Records who suggested this should be followed up by The Ecstasy Club’s release of an Acid House single. Dj Carl Boy was thrust into a local studio with a Roland 101 an 808 a sequencer and an engineer. 3 hours later a track was written recorded and mix and 3 weeks later in Nov 1988 ‘Jesus Loves The Acid’ by The Ecstasy Club was release on Swordfish Records as a 12” single.
The track became one of 1st ever UK Acid House releases, sighted and favored by the likes of Aphex Twin, Carl Cox, Dave Clark, 2 many DJ’s and Derrick May, over the years its also been reworked or remixed by CJ Bolland, The Glimmer Twins and The PSI Division. The track went on to sell over 30,000 copies in the UK and countless more with a multitude of European licenses. It became one of the biggest dance tracks of the time in Belgium this help with the confusion of at the time, that lots mistook it for a European Acid tune invading the UK.
28 years on The Ecstasy Club releases the 1st true new version of the track in as many years, remade from scratch using Ableton live and TAL 101 Baseline to mimic the original track, in a fresh new take on this Acid House Classic, ACCCCCCCCCCIIIIIIIIIIIID.
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