Hacienda as pictured in ’24 Hour Party People’ – great film btw
…and the Hacienda, and piano house in general.
I’m sure at some point acid house devotees will become annoying as punk bores, but with piano house on the rebound a and late 80’s house references on the come back (see Hercules and Love Affair, Surkin, Math Head, AC Slater, Jack Beats, Juan Maclean (especially the remixes), Axwell even Eric Prydz!) it seems like the Summer of Love is on the comeback at last…moving away from the nu-rave chancers who tried to tag guitar music as rave, and into true piano chord bliss.
Of course it’s been a long time coming; from when I heard a Math Head Passions mix in 2007 and halfway through I shouted PIANO!!!! and started dancing manicly, to Axwell and then Eric Prydz massive Pjanoo from last year, the rehabilitation of the piano in dance music has taken a long time…yeah trance had a sort of pizzi fixation but that’s not bouncing hands-up-in-the-air whistle-blowing piano break that we all know and love. So welcome back the piano 🙂
So I present to you Mike Pickering and Graeme Park at the Hacienda, August 1989, a bit of dance music history and . (via iainh and someone who uploaded an excerpt to Soundcloud, I love Soundcloud…shame no download, but more about that in a sec)
I’m listening to this in the sunshine and it’s perfect.
And if you like that, some kind soul has uploaded the whole 3 hours to Archive.org. Get em while it’s hot, or still there.