I give you a killer 1996 HARDCORE bootleg of a ROCK anthem that I’m sure you know, even if you’ve never seen WAYNES WORLD.
ARD N NASTY VOL 1
DOWNLOAD: Ard N Nasty Vol 1 – Track A “Bohemian Rhapsody” (RIGHT CLICK>SAVE AS)
With it, I’d like to pose a question: Is this HAPPY HARDCORE, or is it GABBER???
The emphasis on the stompy, distorted kick drum would suggest Gabber, but the lack of distortion on the padded synths, and its UK origins point towards HHC.
The correct answer to this trick question is that it’s both. You see, in 1996, the Dutch Gabber scene was being heavily influenced by the Northern England and Scottish “BOUNCY TECHNO” scenes, where they were combining heavy gabber percussion with the euphoric harmonies of Southern England Rave music. This combining of opposing forces completely changed Dutch raving, for several years. During that time, the Hardcore scene, as a whole, experienced a period of unity, before it splintered off into many different sub-genres. Everyone was dancing to the same groove, and sharing a truer sense of oneness than has ever been felt in the Hardcore community before, or since. It was a very special time to be a Raver, and ARD N NASTY VOL 1 remains a wonderful piece of nostalgia, and near perfect representation of the music from that very distinct year.
Incase you’re wondering, there were no further volumes in the Ard N Nasty series, and the record’s producer remains anonymous to this day.BUY THIS RECORD!
Do you think we’ll experience that level of unity in music ever again?