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