‘… one night we suddenly went mad together again; we went to see Slim Gaillard in a little Frisco nightclub. Slim Gaillard is a tall, thin Negro with big sad eyes who’s always saying ‘Right-orooni’ and ‘How ’bout a little bourbon-arooni.’ In Frisco great eager crowds of young semi-intellectuals sat at his feet and listened to him on the piano, guitar and bongo drums. When he gets warmed up he takes off his undershirt and really goes. He does and says anything that comes into his head. He’ll sing ‘Cement Mixer, Put-ti Put-ti’ and suddenly slow down the beat and brood over his bongos with fingertips barely tapping the skin as everybody leans forward breathlessly to hear; you think he’ll do this for a minute or so, but he goes right on, for as long as an hour, making an imperceptible little noise with the tips of his fingernails, smaller and smaller all the time till you can’t hear it any more and sounds of traffic come in the open door. Then he slowly gets up and takes the mike and says, very slowly, ‘Great-orooni … fine-ovauti … hello-orooni … bourbon-orooni … all-orooni …how are the boys in the front row making out with their girls-orooni … orooni … vauti … oroonirooni …”
‘Jack Kerouac’ in “On The Road”.
Kerouac was part of the Beat Generation, a group of poets and writers who toured 1950s America. My old boss used to call me a ‘Beatnik’ and in a way I am a bit of a modern day hippy. DJs are today’s beat generation and this mix suggests a journey, so hop on your bike, in your car, on your plane, boat or helicopter and turn on, tune in and drop out…
1. Kate Bush – Running up That Hill [EMI Records]
2. Luke Chable – Melburn (Original) [Bedrock Breaks]
3. Wez G – D for Damager [Shuffle Records] FREE DOWNLOAD: http://www.last.fm/music/Wez+G/_/D+for+Damager
4. Nick Muir – G Platz (James Harcourt Remix) [Audio Therapy] 5. The Junkies – Quartro Uno Sei (Original Mix) [Noir Music] 6. Erphun – Tu Sueno [Rekluse] 7. Danny Howells – GVibe [Dig Deeper] 8. Bent – Always (Ashley Beedle’s Black Mahavishnu Remix) [Godlike and Electric] 9. The Ravens – Strange Little Girl [White] 10. Doves – Jetstream (Sasha Subdub) [White] 11. Syco – Danaka [Additive Records] 12. X-Press 2 – Tranz Euro Xpress (The Ride) [Junior Boys Own] 13. Giorgos Gatzgristos – Pencils for the Weak [Bedrock] 14. Stanton Warriors – Good Vibrations [White]