Inspired by my GYBO RIP show (well that’s what C-Tel told my anyway his Acid Ted blog is interviewing all the legendary Bastard/GYBO crowd from the early days – he’s already had great interviews with Ben Soundhog (part 1 and part 2), Frenchbloke (part 1 & part 2) Andy Dunproofin (part 1 and part 2) and most recently Mike Cartel of Cartel Communique – wha ran the legendary King Of The Boots and Bastard nights that kicked off this whole mashup (then bastard pop or bootleg) scene so many years ago.
King of the Boots was too early for me but I was a part of Bastard’s sweaty wonderful nonsense and can attest of their brilliance – and like Soundhog & Mike states, a lot of the ‘career’ and money/business side is what eventually killed it – a bit like podcasting did at around the same time with Apple and iTunes, you had the likes of MTV & big media muscling in and it all got a little nasty and strange. At the time those (who aren’t seen for dust now) who wanted to ‘monetize’ their mashups, nights and podcasts thought it strange and we were being intentionally ‘indie’ and jealous of their ‘success’. I think in both spheres, mashup and podcast, that the originators still have a love for it and support it in the main is testament to what we were trying to do, and that we all had a different and more radical ideas of a possible future in mind. Putting money to that seemed to profane the messy, chaotic, lo-fi, impossible and illegal wondrousness of it all.