I live in Brixton and have always wondered about the tiny shops that can be found tucked away in various corners of the market. What a nice surprise to find a cool little film interviewing the owners and telling their interesting stories.
I might have been young but when this was on TV (around 1990/91) but my older cousin lived at my place at the time and being 18 or so she was out clubbing a fair bit and was well into dance music. She was responsible for getting me into a lot of this stuff and we’d always watch Dance Energy on TV whenever it came on (Friday nights, I think?) It’s odd to think that this was on BBC2 back then, not sure they’d put anything like this on any more.
I always used to love the bit when they’d stick some tunes on and film the audience dancing. I’d try and do the moves at home, with mixed succes (my running man was pretty on point) and always wished I had all the cool trainers & clothes that the people on the show had. Watching the videos now I was expecting everything to look far worse and dated than it actually does. Some of the fashion is obviously terrible, although much of it is what some people actually wear nowadays, but I didn’t cringe too much at all.
The show regularly had lots of awesome tunes on it. Loads of hardcore (that I won’t bother posting here) but also plenty of decent underground stuff from the time. I never remembered what any of the tunes were at the time but I reckon this was probably the first time I’d heard much of the stuff that I’d later get into in a much bigger way.
Big house beats from Joey Negro
Some Hijack on a UK hip hop tip. The guy who raps second would later resurface as the Unknown MC (ha!)
The show was always a welcome break from Top of the Pops and a reminder that there was actually decent “youth” programming on UK TV at one point. Not sure the same can be said now!