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I’d go back to what I already said about SF at the time – it’s affordability & appeal to those innovative folks seeking new horizons & a less mainstream way of life. Add to that SF’s free-sprited music, art & counter-culture history, and you’ve got a fertile base for something new to grow.

This is where the dreams of America end, on the Pacific, there’s nowhere else to go, but to turn back & look at what this country’s become, for better or for worse, and find a way to reconnect with it. And so the empathy culture of the 90s, as antidote to the heavily individualistic and somewhat superficiality 80s was in my opinion inevitable. And for us cultural refugees from the UK, what we added to the mix was some some spark & some guts, that helped fire things up, and provide a blueprint of sorts. If we hadn’t come here, things would have still happened I’m sure, but in a noticeably different way.

7. What’s your top 10 tracks from SF artists from that era?

I might have to take some small liberties with your criteria as there wasn’t a great deal coming out of SF in the early/mid-nineties.

The Residents – Kawliga

Thomas & Tim Love Lee – No Hassle From The Man

Garth & ETI – 20 Minutes of Disco Glory

God Within – Raincry

Daisy Glow – Sunday in the Park

Freaky Chakra – Transcendental Funk Bump

Central Fire – Central Fire (Yes People It’s Time)

Ultaviolet Catastrophe – Trip Harder

Astral Matrix – Torture Vibes

Mad African – Dance Lil’ Sistah

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