DJWuggs - deep house, acid and techno in Glasgow from 1988 to 1992

This blog is a tribute to Glasgow clubs The Warehouse (DJ Paul), UFO at Tin Pan Alley (DJ’s Adrian, Lars and Boydie) and Europort (my own club).

Hi,;xNLx;;xNLx;My name's dj wuggs and I was what was known as a raver in Glasgow in the late 1980's and early 1990's. I then turned my hand to a bit of dj'ing when I thought there was better music out there than I could hear in the clubs. My friends and I organised a few illegal raves and a few club nights in Glasgow under the short lived "europort" banner.;xNLx;;xNLx;All in all we didn't conquer the world but we did our little bit in the story of the Glasgow club scene.;xNLx;;xNLx;I've been out of music for many years and my vinyl collection's been gathering dust in the garage. But recently I discovered that youtube had a fantastic archive of tunes from that period. This inspired me to start [my YouTube Channel](http://www.youtube.com/user/djwuggs?feature=mhee) ...more for my own listening benefit than anything else, and it really got me to thinking about the fantastic music that was out there at that time.;xNLx;;xNLx;I've had a look about online, and there really isn't that much out there documenting those days. At the time we were just mucking about and having a good time, but later the scene grew into something truly world class. Hence perhaps the need for [my blog](http://djwuggs.wordpress.com) - an archaeological study of the Glasgow techno scene . My aim over the next few weeks and months is to record what I did, when I did it and what I was listening to at the time!;xNLx;;xNLx;Hope you enjoy...

Launch of the Europort Club Night

The launch night featured Twitch from Pure and Lex from Blast Off. There was also a DJ set from Belgium's CJ Bolland and a DJ set and live performance from my good self.

launch of lysergic night

Trans Euro Cartel's techno night at Circa 2, featuring yours truly and Pussy Power's Jason and Terry

Launch of Code 6 night

Club night at the now defuct Circa on Clyde Street, with The Orb's Scott & Boydie. I did a guest spot on the opening night.

Lil' Louis - Blackout

The lights come on. The lights go off. Blackout at the flick of God's switch! Nuff said.

Tin Pan Alley Mix Tape March 1991

Another trawl through google comes up with this Mix Tape from here, courtesy of Shad.

The dream of Europort is born

In early 1991 my brother and I decided on our first trip to Amsterdam. This was before the advent of cheap flights, and involved a National Express coach from Glasgow to Hull, an overnight ferry to Rotterdam, a bus trip from the ferry terminal to Rotterdam station, then finally a train up to Amsterdam. All in all it took about a day to get there! One of the reasons for going to Amsterdam was to buy records. We managed to find several record shops in Amsterdam, and in Rotterdam on the way home. In the days before the internet, this involved literally pacing the streets of the city centre, asking about and generally being lucky enough to find a shop selling the latest in European techno. We brought back a load of top tunes, many of which it turned out would not be available in 23rd Precinct in Glasgow for up to two or three months afterwards.

Beginnings

Glasgow in the mid 1980’s was a different world. It’s sometimes hard to remember but large parts of the city resembled a post-industrial wasteland. I grew up playing in abandoned steelworks and derelict sawmills. The place was just beginning a massive refurbishment programme of the old tenements, and half the city was still thick and black with 200 years of industrial pollution. Communism was alive and well in Eastern Europe and most people here still believed in the socialist ideal. Miner’s strikes, football hooliganism, the threat of nuclear holocaust, and near civil war in Northern Ireland gave the 80’s an end of the world feel. Forget champagne yuppies, porsches and Krystle Carrington – Glasgow was a city on the edge.

History of House 1985-1989

Click below for a History of House from 1985 to 1989

Trans Euro Cartel and the Europort Story: Part 1

Our wee crew of ravers turned from partying to party promoters during the course of 1991. We dubbed ourselves the Trans Euro Cartel – inspired by the musical soundscape of Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express and the rebel yell of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel.

Optimo Podcast 11 - Twitch 1991

JD Twitch’s reminisces of 1991….

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