I was an altar boy at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Little Hulton, Manchester from the age of 7 to 17. There was an older altar boy called, “Bob Longworth” who was, and still is, into serious tune-a-roonies. I looked up to him especially when it came to music after introducing me to The Stranglers, so one Sunday I asked him would he make me a tape cassette of the latest new tracks he was listening too. The next Sunday at mass he handed over the cassette that, literally, changed my life.
I got home with eager anticipation drooling to hear what was on it. I sat down, put in the tape cassette, and listened. New Order, Joy Division, A Certain Ratio track that his friend who had 2 turntables had phased using two copies. That in itself blew my mind. Then I heard it. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. I couldn’t stop playing it, I didn’t have a clue what it was and I’d never heard anything like it before.
The next Sunday at mass I simply couldn’t wait to see Bob to ask him what the track was. When we met he could see my face was brimming with excitement and smiled. It’s called, “Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5.
Bob Longworth, the tape cassette and Grandmaster Flash are the reasons why I became a DJ.