what like liquid? that is a good counter to my thesis then.
No man completely falls in line, jump-up , hard dnb . Although if you go a bit further to breakcore and gabba, I'm not talking the proper original gabba nights but the music taken on by breakcore heads, there was allot less. I'd say that was purely down to culture, more K and people too self conscious / scared to look off their head.
I actually like both tunes though I can see they are coming from totally different aesthetic places.
I have a fondness for the crap Euro pop end of dance music/balearic. I don't particularly want to listen to it now, but I like the idea of clubs playing things like Pete Wylie's "Sinful", Chris Rea's "Josephine" (which I still love) or, the ultimate deal breaker, Phil Collins. I actually remember hearing "There's something in the air" at a night at the 4 Aces in Dalston a million years ago. I've always like the idea of cross-genre contamination, perhaps it reflects my own background.
William Pitt "City Lights" is another one. Perhaps these are records that only sound good when you're in the Mediterranean?
(not the extended club mix which was the popular one - this is about as far from pillhead music as it's possible to go I think)
You're right to say that this stuff never had legs in the UK and London like black music did. A few DJs tried to imitiate the Ibiza moment but it's hard to say it had that widespread appeal.
Thirdform, have you seen that new Jeremy Dellar documentary? On iPlayer at the moment. He very much makes link between the proletarian culture of the miner's strike and its suppression and raving. Worth watching for the haircuts and fashions alone.
Tbh I don't think we need more raves we need more riots. Pure chaos kicking off till they throw us all in jail. That's the counter culture I want. Massive violent civil unrest.