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.
Thought we bung down some lines. Must tighten up that slack.
What we been up to? All sorts for sure. DJ gigs at various places including our usual resi at The Angel Microbrewery, some great sessions at Broadway Cinema, The Golden Fleece and others besides.
Recent standouts were a massive Notts Pride ’18 in July (3 slots that day!) and two fundraising sessions in June for Framework – The Get Down with NG83 crew and The Big Spin arranged by Synthetic Pro Audio fellas. Fantastic to be part of all those special bashes.
Also been to some crackin’ gigs in the last few months. Bonobo at Ally Pally, London and A Certain Ratio at Hare and Hounds, Brum. Yep, A Certain Ratio. Both were amazing for very different reasons. Still buzzin’ from those…
Bit impulsive we know but we’ve set up a record listening club with our mate, Chris, and will be spinning Massive Attack’s “Blue Lines” on our first night plus cuts taking in the Bristol scene and much more. Connections, influences and fab stuff we think will keep the NottsVinylSocial vibe going.