Friday, June 10, 2005

NEWLY DISCOVERED... Trip City - reviewed in Record Mirror SIXTEEN YEARS AGO...

From the long forgotten publication, RECORD MIRROR - defunkt in the UK for over a decade...

Everybody has heard of Film Soundtracks – But what about Book Soundtracks? A Guy Called Gerald is providing some aural stimulation to accompany Trevor Miller’s novel ‘TRIP CITY’ – and one of those tracks ‘FX’ is out as a single (on the CBS Label).

Craig Ferguson puts down his copy of `The Beano' and takes notes.

You may have been to the party. but have you read the book and heard the soundtrack? The Party? That's warehouse party to you bud. Y'know - acid house, scourge of our respectable society, perverter of pure young minds. The book is 'Trip City'. the debut novel by Trevor Miller, hailed by some as the voice of a generation. The soundtrack, available on cassette in a special edition package with the book, comes courtesy of A Guy Called Gerald, arguably the leading light of the British House scene. It all sounds like a marketing executive's dream, more so now, since CBS have decided to release one of the tracks 'FX', as Gerald's first major single. One wonders, in one's smiley T-shirt and one's bandana, whatever next?

Trevor Miller is fairly certain what's next. He and his publishers are looking to sell the film rights, and the signs are, there will be no shortage of takers. So who is this guy? It should come as no surprise to learn that this naturalised Londoner is a one-time DJ promoter, and -- wait for it, scandal fans - organiser of warehouse parties. And we all thought that it was the work of the devil himself.

"When we started doing them, we never thought that the whole thing would ever get as big as it is now, I think it'll probably evolve into an even bigger monster."

'Trip City' goes where even our beloved tabloids fear to tread, plunging deep into the horrific excesses of big city party life. and taking a swipe at the young high-powered class that both promotes it and revels in it, While all the hype has understandably associated the novel with the acid warehouse phenomenon, neither - of these actually figure directly in the scheme of things. But it is that same 'life-is-a-24-hour-party' attitude that forms the basis of the book. That said, it's doubtful that anyone could lead the 'Trip City' lifestyle of the London drug culture without paying a hefty price.

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