I’d travelled via overnight coach and ferry from Ireland, to see the Beastie Boys and Davy D at Brixton Academy. I’d been working in a record store at the time, and I was helped out by one of the sales-reps, he put me in touch with someone that worked for MCA Records that I only knew as the son of legendary Irish radio presenter Candy Devine and co-presenter of a local [Downtown radio] show that played 15 of Hip-Hop every Friday night.
I ended up [as an 18 year old] going to the show on my own because there had been some unrest in Brixton that week, and the guy from MCA was too shook to take me to the show as planned.
While I was staying at his house, I recorded the Mike Allen Hip-Hop Show on Capital Radio the night before the show. It’s remastered here for you, and for the record, it’s one of my MOST played cassettes: With classic tunes from CIA/ Almighty RSO/ Schoolly D/ Professor Rock/ Skinny Boys/ Masters of Ceremony and of course, the Beastie Boys & Run DMC.
What’s memorable about this set is, as well as Mike casually chatting to the Kings of Rap, he describes himself as ‘Your Homeboy Beat Mechanic’ and explains that he was gonna play the ’12” stylee, Rough & Tough’ sounds of LL later in the show. He also mentions that the Beasties were planned for an interview the following night [I was out with a bounty of Buntlack in my coat so I couldnt record that one]. During the conversation with Run & DMC, they talk about a forthcoming album called ‘Run DMC Presents’ and a Soundtrack to the Tougher Than Leather movie that they ‘are finishing up’. Yet more unreleased gems we may never get to hear.
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Travelling At The Speed of Thought
Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded
LL Cool J – Get Down
Skinny Boys – Feed Us The Beat
Schoolly D – Do It Do It
3 Wize Men – Refresh Yourself
T La Rock – Lyrical King
CIA – Ill-Legal
Derek B – Rock The Beat
Davy D – Keep Your Distance
Ice T & Afrika Islam Promo
Masters of Ceremony – Cracked Out
LL Cool J – Go Cut Creator
King Tee – Paybacks A Mutha
Run DMC – Proud to be Black
Run DMC In Conversation
Run DMC – It’s Tricky
Groove Hip Hop Sales Chart 20 – 11
CIA – My Posse
Almighty RSO Crew – Just Call Us The All
Groove Hip Hop Sales Chart 10 – 1
LL Cool J – I’m Bad
Beastie Boys – She’s Crafty
MC ADE – Nightmare on ADE Street
MC Shy D – Rap Will Never Die Part 2
Public Enemy – Your Gonna Get Yours
Professor Rock & The RCC Roxbury Crush Crew – Stop Look & Listen
Princes Trust Royal Gala
World Class Wreckin Cru – Cabbage Patch