Private Party

As Hardcore Ur-texts go they don't get more revealing than the Private Party 12".

First of all here is, indisputably, an example of UK Hip-Hop. 808s and samples. It's not a Reggae track. 'Nuff said.

Secondly we have Shut Up And Dance's PJ & Smiley in the same group as DJ Hype. As if to underline the inescapable notion that we are witnessing the birth of something. Mind-blowing, really.

Thirdly, contained within are just the same kind of cheekily-pillaged samples which characterise Hardcore. The Muppet Show and The Addams Family. Looney.

Finally, the nutty mugging on the back of the sleeve - that's classic 2-Tone-styling. Knee-deep in Madness, The Selecter and The Specials. There's your Reggae influence if you can call it that...

Oh, and "My Tennents" - it's a spin on Run's "My Adidas". Advertising. Not a red flag in sight.

This came out on the short-lived Islington Music Workshop label. This stalwart institution based, funnily enough, about 50 metres from my front door. I had no idea what was in that building!