Perhaps you know the 1988 classic acid anthem by its proper name – Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald. AKA: Gerald Simpson of 808 State fame.
I can’t say I was ever into acid house music, but I always loved this track. I heard it on the car radio the other day and it took me right back to my halcyon nights at the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.
Apparently, Gerald sampled a Derek and Clive radio sketch by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Cook actually says: “Voodoo rage”, but Simpson’s recording equipment only had enough memory to catch the “Voodoo Ra…” part. Thus, an acid-house legend was born.
The emphatic “Later!” is sampled from Dudley Moore’s character, Bo Dudley.
The hypnotic, trance-like vocals are by Nicole Collier.
And, on days like today, when it’s blowing a howling gale and lashing with rain, it makes one feel all the more grateful.
Apparently, there are about 380,000 people in Britain who don’t have this luxury.
When I lived in Ireland I worked on a guerilla campaign for a homeless charity called Focus Ireland. The idea was based on using the plaques where famous people lived and doctoring them, using real people’s names, and placing them on the streets where homeless people slept rough. The concept being: Everyone has a right to a home.
It was hugely successful in terms of raising money and awareness.
N.B. Plaques in Ireland are brown unlike the blue ones in the UK.