Together (British band)

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Together
OriginLondon, England
GenresElectronica, acid house, breakbeat, hardcore techno
Years active1990-1996
MembersSuddi Raval
Past membersJon Donaghy

Together were an English electronic/rave group, best known for their hit single "Hardcore Uproar", which made number 12 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1990.[1]

Members[edit]

The band was created by Manchester Hacienda regulars Suddi Raval and Jon Donaghy along with Rohan Heath, formerly of A Guy Called Gerald and later the driving force behind the Urban Cookie Collective. Raval and Donaghy went on to do remixes for the Durutti Column before the latter's death in a road accident in Ibiza in 1990.[2]

"Hardcore Uproar"[edit]

The band's only hit, "Hardcore Uproar", was originally intended as a white label to play at The Haçienda in Manchester,[3] but grew in popularity such that it climbed to number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by Jon (Jonathon) Donaghy, Mark Hall and Suddi Raval though the underlying chord sequence was based on featured samples from John Carpenter's "The End",[4][5] a 1983 Dutch scratching Italo disco 12" (itself a reworked version of Carpenter's theme tune to Assault on Precinct 13).[6][7] "Hardcore Uproar" also included sound effects of whooping crowds recorded live at an illegal rave-party in Nelson which was, coincidentally, raided by police the same night as the recording had been made.[8] The song's title was taken from the popular name of these Blackburn raves.[9]

The song's vibe and catchy title meant it was also applied to a popular compilation of what were then mainstream rave, techno and pop tunes by artists as diverse as 808 State, Betty Boo and A Tribe Called Quest[10] helping to popularise the term hardcore for this type of rave music.[11] The song has since appeared on at least four other compilations.[12]

In 2011, "Hardcore Uproar" was reworked in various versions by Manchester rapper Trigga and Italian vocalist Sushy.[13]

Discography[edit]

  • 1990 "Hardcore Uproar"
  • 1991 "Ffrree At Last EP"
  • 1991 "The Luv Bug"
  • 1992 "The House Sound Vol. 2" / "Coming on Strong"
  • 1994 "You've Got to Have It"

Remixes[edit]

  • 1990 "Hardcore Uproar (Raid at Dawn Remix)" by Together (Ffrr)[14]
  • 1990 "Contraindications" by Durutti Column (Factory Records)[15]
  • 1993 "Something out of Nothing" by Love to Infinity (Pigeon Pie)[16]
  • 1994 "Planet 2" by Alien Sex Fiend (Cherry Red) [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 561. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Together". Discogs.com. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Together - Hardcore Uproar". Discogs.com. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Listen to John Carpenter's The End on which Hardcore Uproar was based". YouTube. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  6. ^ "John Carpenter's adventures into electro". Funkyjeff77.wordpress.com. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Listen to the original soundtrack for Assault on Precinct 13". YouTube. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Daily Mirror article 9 August 1990 reports the raid on the rave". Mdmarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Manchester Music Archive". Mdmarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Hardcore Uproar". Amazon.co.uk. 18 March 1991. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  11. ^ Reynolds, Simon (26 June 1999). Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415923736 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "Together : Hardcore Uproar : Appears on". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Hardcore Uproar". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Together - Hardcore Uproar (Remix)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Vini Reilly - The Together Mix". Discogs.com. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Suddi Raval". Discogs.com. Retrieved 26 June 2020.

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