A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1996

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When the worst thing happpens

As I reminisce about my DJ journey spanning 25 years, Newport remains a distant memory as I return to Falmouth College of Arts in 1996 to continue my Broadcasting Studies degree. However, life took an unexpected turn with the sudden loss of my father.

1996 began with the harsh reality of grief, as I grappled with a range of emotions following my father’s passing. Despite the turmoil, my resolve to return to Falmouth was met with resistance from my family, who saw it as a crucial step in my personal growth. Their unwavering support, coupled with moments of solace by Gyllyngvase Beach, helped me navigate through a tumultuous period.

Radio therapy

Inspired by my broadcasting aspirations, I embarked on a mission to establish Flavour, Falmouth College Radio, collaborating with students across various disciplines to bring the project to fruition. Though it didn’t broadcast in the traditional sense, it symbolized resilience and creativity in the face of adversity.

The big tunes of 1996

Musically, 1996 was a diverse landscape, from the Britpop wave to the resurgence of dance music and RnB on Radio 1. Let’s delve into the standout tracks of the year:

– Robert Miles – “Children”
– A hauntingly beautiful instrumental that transcended dance floors, resonating with its poignant origins and ethereal melodies.

– Underworld – “Born Slippy”
– A sonic journey epitomizing the experimental spirit of the ’90s, immortalized by its inclusion in the film “Trainspotting.”

– Mark Morrison – “Return of the Mack”
– A timeless classic elevated by remixes, igniting dance floors with its infectious groove and irresistible charm.

– Fugees – “Ready or Not”
– A departure from their debut, this track captivated with Lauren Hill’s vocals and a rap that exuded swagger and sophistication.

Radio Tune:
– George Michael – “Fastlove”
– A radio gem that captured attention from the get-go, seamlessly blending elements of pop and RnB into an irresistible groove.

As I bid farewell to 1996, I extend heartfelt thanks to my family for their unwavering support and to the memories of my father, who continues to inspire me. Join me on this journey through the decades, fuelled by music, memories, and gratitude.


Written by: Ian.Lamsdale

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