SF DJ Dance Party Temptation Pays Tribute to Manchester's Rich Musical Legacy

Posted by Billyjam, December 18, 2010 11:23am | Post a Comment
"And God Created Manchester (Pt 1)" from Rock Family Trees

As the above excerpt from the the Rock Family Trees series about the history of the Manchester music scene (see Pt 2 and Pt 3) nicely outlines, and as most of us Smiths/Joy Division etc. fans already well know, Manchester, England has an incredibly rich musical legacy. It spans several decades with a seemingly never ending stream of talented bands and artists including (to name but a handful) New Morrissey, Manchester UnitedOrder, The Stone Roses, James, 808 State, The Durutti Column, The Happy Monday, The Inspiral Carpets, The Fall, Autechre, The Ting Tings, and Herman's Hermits.

Also well aware of this are the music loving folks who throw the ongoing Bay Area electro/80's/indie/goth themed Temptation party. So for tonight's (sure to be hella fun) Temptation party at Cat Club, the theme is Manchester and that's what the DJs will be spinning all night long. I caught up with Temptation DJ/promoter DJ Damon, who co-produces the Bay Area club night with Dangerous Dan and Skip, and who holds a special place in his heart for Manchester's rich musical history to ask him about tonight's party and Manchester music in general.

Happy Mondays "24 Hour Party People" (produced by John Cale & released by Factory in 1987)

Amoeblog: Why did you decide to do a Manchester themed night and is this the first Manchester themed Temptation?
DJ Damon: This is the first Manchester night at Temptation. Joy Division is one of my favorite bands, so almost anything I can do to steer a night towards playing some Joy Division, I will do. I really like Morrissey, New Order, Electronic, The Ting Tings, the Whip, Oasis, the Chameleons UK, The Chemical Brothers, the Stone Roses, etc.

Amoeblog: Is there one common thread that connects all the Manchester bands' music for you?

DJ Damon: I find much of it beautiful and I am moved by it emotionally. I think the post punk 80's Joy Division/New Order and Smiths/Morrissey resonates with me on an emotional level, and I get to sing along to these songs on the dance floor or the DJ booth. I like to sing along, it makes me happy and puts a smile on my face.

Amoeblog: What would your personal Top Five Manchester songs be?

DJ Damon: Five? Really? (laughs)

Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures
1) Joy Division "New Dawn Fades"

2) Joy Division "A Means To An End"

3) New Order "Temptation"

4) James "Laid"

5) Chemical Brothers "Leave Home"

Herman's Hermits "I'm Into Something Good" (1965)

Amoeblog: I see you listed the Hollies on your flyer. So is it 1960s up to present?

DJ Damon: I will be playing some Hollies and Herman's Hermits, I can't decide if playing the Monkees is The Whipgoing too far. I used to watch the [Manchester born] Davy Jones and The Monkees on Saturday mornings as a child.

Amoeblog: Which decade do you think will be represented the most at Temptation tonight?

DJ Damon: The 80's most likely, followed by the 90's and 00's, I think.

Amoeblog: Which two or three Smiths songs do you find work best for the dance-floor?

DJ Damon: Off the top of my head I'd say "This Charming Man," "There Is A Light Which Will Never Go Out," and "Ask."
The Smiths "This Charming Man" (second single by the group on Rough Trade, 1983)

Amoeblog: And which Joy Division songs work best for club audiences?

DJ Damon: "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Disorder," "She's Lost Control," "Shadowplay,"" Isolation," "A Means To An End," "Dead Souls," "Warsaw."

Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart Again" (BBC version from Peel Sessions, 1979)

New Order Blue Monday
Amoeblog: What age/demographic tends to show up at Temptation, generally, and do you think it will be any different for tonight's Manchester party?

DJ Damon: I'm thinking our crowd is mostly 25 to 45.

Amoeblog: Have you placed any musical restrictions on your DJs for the Manchester night (like don't play Take That) or is it totally freeform and unrestricted?

DJ Damon: No restrictions, man, we gotta be free!

Amoeblog: Will you utilize the video screen at Cat Club and if so, what will you be playing? I know there are a lot of films made about Manchester music, especially the Madchester era.

DJ Damon: We're gonna play music videos in the back room at the Cat Club and we'll be playing Joy Division, James, New Order, The Ting Tings, The Smiths, Morrissey and many others like we do every month, kinda like MTV used to. The DJ's might sneak in some 24 Hour Party People video when they are mixing a set of songs that they don't have a video for, I suppose. Let me suggest that to Dan, actually.

Amoeblog: Anything to add?

DJ Damon: I don't get to spin at Temptation usually, so I am really glad to be doing this with the other DJ's, who are super to work with -- Mario, Dan, Skip and Ryan all bring a lot of DJ talent to the event.


Temptation Manchester happens tonight, Saturday, December 18th in the two rooms @ Cat Club, 1190 Folsom St. (near 8th Street) in San Francisco from 9:30pm to 3am. 21+ $5 before 10pm $7 after 10pm Hosted by Randy Maupin, it features sets by DJs Damon, Mario Muse, Dangerous Dan, Skip, and Ryan B. More info. Temptation's next party is their NYE bash again at the Cat Club and featuring Kurt Harland of Information Society.  More info here.


The Ting Tings "Shut Up And Let Me Go" (2008)

New Order "Blue Monday" (1983, Factory Records)

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