RIP DJ Man-X, founder of House Nation Under a Groove

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Right now, I am thinking about how much I owe this guy. The fact that he let me produce things well before I was of legal age to go to them, that he wanted to make sure that I knew the music, its roots well deeper than my "acid house summer of love" entry point. Thomas was the guy who always got on my case for not paying myself what I am worth, a problem I still have today -- and, truth be told, when I hear my subconscious telling me that it's in Spiegel's voice. He was complex and difficult, a day trader in dreadlocks, a fighter with a rather large collection of Fred Flintstone items. People are complex, and Thomas wasn't any exception.

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The golden age of anything in music seems to last for 3- 5 years and I don't know that was any different for house. For a time, it was utter and complete fucking magic. If you were there it changed your life, and if you weren't than it sill sort of did anyway, we were surfers on a wave of drum machine inevitability.

"From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day." sure Shakespeare was using this as a rallying cry to battle. But I think it covers the battles already fought.

Bon Route, brother I hope Heaven has enough Bass bins for you.

Spiegel's services are at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 3 at the Adath Yeshurun Cemetary, 5608 France Avenue, Edina. Full obit here.



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theRoyal1
theRoyal1

" It's the downside of a culture based so much on the" now" that we forget the how, and ultimately the "why." "


So sad but so true. rip TS

HNUG_Mike
HNUG_Mike

Chris - those we beautiful words for a man who was inspiring, contradictory, confounding, generous beyond measure, gracious, demanding and particular, steadfast, imaginative and resourceful.  I could continue with adjectives to describe our friend - and we probably saw similar and different sides of him and were probably surprised by each aspect of his life.

Thomas was my friend.  I'm glad that I can say that.  I'm glad he came into my life.  He has now slipped out of it.  I am happy that we were here together.

RIP Thomas

jeffdachis
jeffdachis

You will be sorely missed my friend. I'm sorry you left so quickly.

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