Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Nu Wave Of Old Rave

All Photos ┬ęDavid Swindells/PYMCA. L - R. Raver, The Trip, Astoria, London 1988. Danny Rampling, Joy at Shoom, Fitness Centre, London 1988. Acid House Ravers, London 1988. Raver with E Mask, Roller Express, Edmonton, London 1992. Acid House girls at Shoom, The Arena Club, London May 1988

I thought I'd change tack for this post and showcase some of the best youth culture photography there is. This is going to be the first of a series of posts of images and music based on the history of youth culture in the UK. All the images will be come from PYMCA, the Photographic, Youth, Music, Culture, Archive. It's the best archive of youth photography there is, but I'm just biased because I work there!

Future posts will include Original Mods from the 60's, The Psychedelic madness that was the UFO club circa 1967, Original Punks at the Roxy Club in 1977, Skinhead and Ska styles and sounds from the 70's and 80's, New Romantic styles and Synth Pop from the blitz and Taboo and Old Skool Hip Hop images from the mid to late 80's.

To check out more images from the archive go to where you can search the archive and purchase any of the images for your wall. for more info email

But first up it is the styles and sounds of Acid House and Rave, the movement which changed the face of clubbing and music forever. The images above were taken by legendary club photographer David Swindells who has been at the top of his game for over 20 years. His images from Shoom, The Trip, Spectrum plus all the original raves have defined the era.

Every 20 years or so culture and fashion recycle themselves and currently Rave styles and sounds are back with avengence so what better opportunity than to post some of my favourite Rave anthems. All these classics utilize the breakbeat which came to define the Rave sound and was the prototype for Jungle and Drum n' Bass. Just check the 'Strings of Life' breakdown on E-Vapour-8, nicked wholesale from the Rhythim is Rhythim classic!

So check these next tracks out, you got Asterix in space, watch yer Bass Bins I'm tellin' yer!

Nightmares On Wax - Aftermath Warp 006 12" 1990

Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202 (Vertigo Edit) Network 7" 1991

Altern 8 - E-Vapour-8 Network 12" 1992

Shut Up & Dance - The Green Man (Rum & Black Mix) XL The Third Chapter - Breakbeat House Compilation 1992

Liquid - Sweet Harmony XL The Third Chapter - Breakbeat House Compilation 1992

Digital Excitation - Pure Pleasure (Rave Mix) R&S 12" 1992

aftermath - AMAZING. thanks for posting.
YES! I've been waiting for someone to rock out the originals...REWIND!
where are the huge pants?
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