This poxy year just gets better. So sad to hear of Denise Johnson’s untimely passing.
Heard the news a few days back and thought it was wind up like when the news of Andrew Weatherall’s death hit. It wasn’t.
Just 56, (like The Guvnor) when she died, Denise was the voice of Screamadelica. No question.
She owned those songs on that long player and made the Scream soar – yes, really. It was Denise and Andrew Weatherall who took that band out of the indie ghetto.
Not forgetting how she brought shining soul to A Certain Ratio, whom she collaborated with for nearly three decades. Denise played a critical part in reinstating ACR’s long overdue position as post-punk pioneers.
Now that got very emotional but we kinda expected that…
It was beautiful to see many folks at our Goodbye To The Guvnor, Andrew Weatherall celebration at JamCafe, Notts on Saturday 7th March.
Big DDS nods to everyone who boozed, bopped ‘n bunged cash in the pots for Notts Samaritans. Nice to see some bods reppin’ Sherwood too.
Extra special hugs to Bradley Jam ‘n his lovely crew for letting us have their sweet space ‘n keeping The Guvnor juice flowing all night.
And some of The Guvnor’s tunes we dropped (but not all) for those nice peeps who asked and didn’t know. Bless:
Ghosts Again Andrew Weatherall
Dark Heart (Sabres mix) Bomb The Bass
Open Up (AW mix) Leftfield
Trainspotting Primal Scream
A Huge Pulsating Brain… (AW mix) The Orb
Flotation (AW mix) The Grid
Out The Window (AW mix) Confidence Man
In The Heat Of The Moment (AW mix) Noel Gallagher
Separate From The Arc (AW mix) Solar Bears
Wilmot (Red) Sabres Of Paradise
Only Love Can Break Your Heart (AW Mix) St Etienne
Hallujah (AW mix) Happy Mondays
Raise… Bocca Juniors
Come Home (AW mix) James
Soon (AW mix) My Bloody Valentine
Weekender (AW mix) Flowered Up
The World According… (AW mix) Sly And Lovechild
Come Together Primal Scream
Loaded (Dub) Primal Scream.
Since then, life’s taken a right ‘ol diversion. Not gonna ramble on about (enough noise out there…) but maybe – just maybe – The Guvnor knew. Thinking “Fuck this, I’m off to that ALFOS party in the sky’. Who knows?
We’re lined up to spin at Malt Cross on Saturday 21st March, Disco ‘n edits sesh. Still on as we write this. Checking in with our friends there regularly to get a line.
Obviously, bigger things are getting kiboshed all over. Makes sense as this situation gets more serious.
We’ve put our disco ball back in the box for a few months. Far more important stuff at play now. The party can happen another time…
‘Til then please stay healthy ‘n safe, people. Look out for each other too.
And if ya need tunes to keep goin’, jump in below. Working for us. Some of the time…
We just couldn’t believe fathom it when we saw the tweet late afternoon on Monday 17th February. Thought it was a wind up. Not the best one either.
We dug in then it hit as the tweets piled in from all over. Not a wind up, Andrew Weatherall had died in the early hours. He was 56 years old. No age.
So much intense love and emotion has been shared throughout this week. Overwhelming. It was beautiful to see so many memories and tales being offered up by so many.
We’ve got our own vivid memories of The Guvnor and his musical legacy. Yep, “Loaded” was the first drop we noticed. When his My Bloody Valentine rework landed then we got hooked.
Followed him hard since then. Backed off around time of Two Lone Swordsmen (too abrasive even for us…) then headed back in early 00s. In the last ten years or so, he was on a massive ride going to all sorts of destinations artistically, musically and thematically. Maybe he knew.
The dubs, remixes and sessions just kept coming. A Love From Outer Space became his church alongside ALFOS partner, Sean Johnston.
Now he’s left us way too soon. No one got near him. No one will ever get near him.
Nearly a week on, we’re still struggling. Had to do something. So we’re collab’g with our big mates at Jam Cafe’ to celebrate his peerless legacy on Saturday 7th March.
Dropping a messy cocktail of his sublime remixes, solo tunes ‘n key connections from 9 ’til late.
Join us as we say goodbye to The Guvnor by raising several glasses and having a dance floor chug or two. Taster of what to expect (or not…) is here.
And one of our favourite Weatherall mixes is just below. Rockabilly vibes drop. Via The Guvnor.