The Original Store/Faithfanzine 25 years of London House T-Shirt - white
Around five years ago some of members of the Faithfazine forum community decided to do a 'House Tree of London,' it was based on something similar that designer Wigan had done for the 10th anniversary edition of The Face magazine . As with these things it caused a whole heap of controversy with people demanding props for missed nights or challenging who came before who or what branch led to their favourite club. Last year the London House community lost one of it's founders and favourite sons Kenny Hawkes, as a tribute to him we asked the guys to jiggle the tree and bring it up to date for T-Shirt and poster print.
If you believe the stories up until 1988 London was a sea of homophobic Rare Groovers who chased Frankie Knuckles off the decks in a hail of stolen VW Beetle badges. The truth however as always is out there and this time on a T shirt. We start with Pyramid and Delirium at Heaven (Frankie Knuckles was a resident there during the summer of 87), The Raid club where DJ's Pete Tong and Oakenfold would drop JM Silk and Raze alongside Def Jam and GO GO anthems. The Jungle, a gay night that morphed into the intense Troll, and Hedonism a iconic party that was touted by many as a real starting block. Then came along RIP , Shoom plus Confusion and suddenly we had a summer of love 88 style. Almost overnight instead of select crews in on a shared and hushed secret we had thousands upon thousands all screaming "Can U Feel It?"
The next 10 years saw the scene in London grow then split into a million pieces and the music we loved that was once all played together turned into niche movements with DJ's all championing their own brand of this thing of ours - House became Soulful house, Progressive, Techno or Garage. The Ministry had its critics but hell it had Tony Humphries as its weekly resident, brought Larry Levan over and it's friday night 'Techno' was musically a forerunner to Fabrics playlist. Around 1999 a new breed of kids and promoters came along, which is when the sunday scene took hold - Lazy Dog had hundreds outside on a Sunday afternoon in Notting Hill, while London's OG Italian promoted party Vertigo filled out the Cross and the mighty Fabric opened .. then along came SecretSundaze and the game changed again.
Things moved East and once again crowds of young House heads were filling up great parties such as Mulletover, Need2soul, Superfreq and the edgy Kubicle. All these clubs taking the Acid House principle of Warehouse parties and Loft spaces over traditional clubbing environments . 25 years of House culture for a real House city, a city that loves House as much as Chicago, Berlin or New York. 25 Years of House Culture on one T shirt, a T shirt for a great cause. 25 years of being in the Deep House trenches does take it tole and many of us proudly sport our war wounds as a badge of honour. When people talk about the 'good old days' just point them to the latest branches of our Tree - things always change, faces change and the music morphs but always stays HOUSE .
Kenny was about as HOUSE as anyone could be in his attitude and DJing style - we miss him.
All monies raised from the sale of the T Shirt and posters will be donated to a fund for a bench in Brighton in memory of Kenny Hawkes. We're also aware that the bench idea is a long way off from maturing because of various council related obstacles that have to be overcome. If our original idea cannot be realised we will use the money for another suitable memorial piece. You will find details on Facebook, Faith Fanzine and Beyond The Stars of all updates in the future.
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