The Tidy Boys remix of Hooked has been floating around for a few months now, debuting at last years TDV20 celebrations. Nicholsons anthemic 90s style trance update is set to join the Tidy Boys remix on a limited edition 12 inch vinyl pressing on the Tidy Boys latest imprint Hard-Drive, out later this month here.
To commemorate Tony De Vit’s life 20 years after his passing the Tidy Boys commissioned remixes of some of his classic tracks for the ‘TDV20 Tony De Vit Remixes‘ album in a limited edition mix CD and USB (mixed and unmixed in WAV and MP3) formats. There are 14 new remixes, 13 of Tony’s classics and an added bonus of the 99th Floor Elevators ‘Hooked’ tweaked and remixed by the Tidy Boys.
TDV20: the official commemoration event for Tony De Vit, marking his 20 years memorial was held in July 2018, 2500 people attended in Birmingham and the DJ line-up was a veritable who’s who of hard house!
As for the Tidy Boys remix of ‘Hooked’ you can hear a clip in the short after movie from the #TDV20 event.
The Elevators ‘Rain Your Kisses’, original vinyl release quickly vanished without a trace, released as it was between two national UK chart hits in ‘Hooked’ and ‘I’ll Be There’ and it is sounding its age these days, like the 90s Italo house flavoured chugger that it was. There are elements amongst the three mixes which hint that maybe a revamp could be on its way soon so if you’d like a prod at it do drop us a line!
The ‘Heavenly and Ivory’ version does it for me with the ravey piano breakdown
Check out the even cheesier 90s Euro Pump Mix!
People have often asked, where on earth did you dig up that bloody 99th Floor Elevators name then? In truth I was having a rather drunken browse through the record collectors emporium in Croydon that was the legendary Beanos.
Alongside the pioneering Euro dance mecca, Trax Records in London’s Soho, they were the two best record shops on the planet for me at the time. Anyway, I was thumbing through the ‘Garage Punk’ vinyl section and came across “The Psychedelic Sounds Of..the 13th Floor Elevators”. The sixties acid influenced design of the sleeve interested me as did stories I’d heard of Roky Erickson.
Originally based in Austin, Texas, the 13th Floor Elevators played frequently throughout the state and in the San Francisco area at clubs such as Filmore West and the Avalon. Young musicians like Jerry Garcia and Grace Slick watched them play. Janis Joplin, another Texan, jammed with the group twice and considered joining the group but ended up fronting Big Brother & the Holding Company.
After a second album, ‘Easter Everywhere’ and a few drug busts, the band lost direction. Roky was arrested in 1969 with about six joints on Mount Bonnell in Austin. It was his second arrest for pot. Rather than serving a short term in prison, he pled insanity and was sentenced to the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Austin.
While in Rusk, Roky started a band with fellow inmates (The Missing Links) wrote nearly 100 songs, befriended Jimmy Wolcott (an Elevators fan who had murdered his family while high from sniffing glue) and was subjected to electroshock and liquid thorazine treatments. Roky was finally released three years later. He now lives in a federally subsidized house in Del Valle, a tiny suburb southeast of Austin. Apparently he keeps several TVs and radios going at any given time, presumably to drown out his internal noise. He takes no medication, although he is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic.
I always found the whole story of Roky fascinating, though out of my circle of friends nobody had heard of the 13th Floor Elevators (or their ‘big US hit’, ‘Your Gonna Miss Me’) so I was freely able to manufacture a different story of where the 99th Floor Elevators name had originated from. The most widely spread rumour was that I’d gone on a trip to New York and had got stuck in the elevator on the 99th floor. When ‘Hooked’ was in the UK top 30 even BBC Radio 1 fell for that one.
Thanks to Paul Rydeen for the Roky background
If you’re looking at firing up your own website you’ll be needing a unique URL and you’ll probably find that getting hold of the desired .com or .co.uk is getting harder as millions of best monikers have already been snapped up.
If you want to be a little more exclusive and are willing to spend a bit more for the domain name registration (a .com typically will cost less than $10 a year) there’s a few lesser known domain name extensions worth looking at.
Easily the best for dance music is the little known .dj extension (which works exactly the same as a .com) which is the country code for the East African country of Djibouti. Register at the official site and pay no more than $50 (or 40 Euros) a year.
Alternatively, for around £68 a year you can have a .cd (from the Congo) and for new Podcasters, or net radio stations, consider getting a .fm (from the tiny country of Micronesia), though at $95 a year they’re not cheap !
Moving on from the first national pop hit, ‘Hooked’ we struggled to come up with a follow up that PWL were happy with, then we finally finished ‘I’ll Be There’ which actually crawled onto the BBC Radio 1 playlist.
Their John Lennon penned single, ‘Real Love’ , only the second Fab Four single since their split in 1970, despite entering the midweek charts in the top ten, had been left off the playlist to make way for “less established chart names” such as Goldie, Gat Decor and the 99th Floor Elevators.
Paul McCartney went on to say “The Beatles don’t need our new single to be a hit. Its not as if our careers depended on it” Too true of course but still a grin of self satisfaction that something you wrote had a hand in ‘banishing’ the Beatles from the national radio playlist!
The story even made it into the Keith Badman book ‘The Beatles Off The Record Volume 2: The Dream Is Over (Beatles Off the Record)’