#87 - Spanky
The whole global dance community reeled in shock that Acid house pioneer Earl Smith Jr. aka DJ Spank Spank died earlier this year. As a co-founder of the massively influential Chicago trio Phuture, alongside DJ Pierre and Herb J, their 1987 record Acid Tracks on Trax Records has become one of the greatest and most influential dance records of all time. But they didn’t stop there, ‘Slam’ (which was later used by the Scottish duo Orde Meikle and Stuart Macmillan on Soma Records as their group name), ‘We Are Phuture’, ‘Your Only Friend’, ‘Spank Spank’ and ‘Rise From Your Grave’ cemented their legendary status. Spanky’s voice is forever etched into House & Techno music. His instantly recognisable deep rumble was not only heard on many of their own releases but also on tracks such as Lil Louis’s classic ‘Blackout’.
As well as celebrating the genius of Spanky and Phuture we are also encouraging fans of Earl Smith Jr. and Phuture’s music to help raise funds towards the medical bills that his family continue to pay. If his music or the words ‘acid house’ mean anything to your life we hope you can make a donation to help reach the target of $3000 USD. You can make a donation here.
If you make a minimum pledge of $20 USD you will be entered into a draw to win one of the following items that friends of Spanky and Phuture have kindly donated:
1. Phuture 303 package: Alpha & Omega' album German release on Container original CD inc the original master DAT tape from Spanky + 'Survivals Our Mission' (Music Man) CD.
2. Movement Torino 2016 festival t-shirt (which lists the line up on the back) comes with a hand written, signed note from DJ Pierre explaining the meaning of the t-shirt. "This was from Movement Torino and it's special because it was one of the last gigs Spank was booked for before he passed. We ended up doing the gig in his honour and it was amazing." (Afro Acid)
3. Robert Hood 'Minimal Nation' album promo CD & Floorplan 'Victorious' album vinyl - both signed by Robert Hood
4. HYTE package inc 2x tickets to any HYTE event in 2017, HYTE goodie bag, Loco Dice '’Underground Sound Suicide’ vinyl.
5. EPMMusic package.
6. Dirt Crew Recordings ‘Dirt Crew 100’ (double vinyl signed by Dirt Crew):
7. Detroit Grand Pubahs package vinyl and signed CD
When news of Spanky’s passing broke, DJ Pierre shared a statement with THUMP: "Spanky is the reason why the group Phuture was formed," he said. "The world has no idea how talented he was and how much I depended on him. He texted me last night saying he was working on music and how excited he was to have this opportunity to perform again. We were working on our album project and he was so excited about that. I'm just speechless right now. He lived for this music. So we will make sure he forever will live in this music we created together. He will be in a better place. Love each other people. Love life."
Having worked with Spanky for the best part of two decades EPM are deeply saddened by the passing of one of dance music true greats and true gentlemen! Our hearts go out to all his family and friends. The Phuture will never be the same.
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