A Guy Called Gerald
A Guy Called Gerald
b. Gerald Simpson, 16 February 1967, England. Simpson’s solo career has failed to ignite as many predicted, although he remains a maverick and influential presence on the UK’s dance music scene. Simpson, who once sold copies of the left-wing newspaper Socialist Worker on the streets of Manchester, England, first recorded with the Scratchbeat Masters (who included Nicky Lockett, the future MC Tunes) before joining the Hit Squad. The latter mutated into the seminal 808 State, but Simpson left following a dispute over writing credits for what would prove to be the group’s breakthrough hit, ‘Pacific State’. His most notable contribution to the UK’s fledgling dance scene was ‘Voodoo Ray’, which reached number 55 in April 1989 before re-entering at number 12 two months later. Those statistics barely reflect the reverence with which it came to be regarded on the club scene.
Simpson was subsequently offered the chance to remix for Cabaret Voltaire and Turntable Orchestra, and signed a major label recording contract with Sony Records for the release of 1990’s Automanikk. The label rejected the follow-up and Simpson was released from his contract. He retreated to his home studio, the ‘Machine Room’, where he continued to record club-orientated material at a prolific rate. He put together a tape to accompany a book by Trevor Miller entitled Trip City, and set up his JuiceBox/JuiceGroove Records label. The hardcore breakbeats on 28 Gun Bad Boy (1993) and Black Secret Technology (1995), the latter featuring a pre-fame Finlay Quaye on vocals, found favour as acid house was displaced by the new sound of jungle. With his name once again prominent on the UK dance scene, Simpson signed a recording contract with Island Records. His run of bad luck with major labels continued, however, when Island was taken over by PolyGram Records. The owners dropped A Guy Called Gerald shortly before a new album was due to be released. An unperturbed Simpson carried on with his busy recording and DJing schedule into the new millennium.
Hot Lemonade (Rham 1988) ٭ ٭ ٭
Automanikk (Columbia 1990) ٭ ٭ ٭
28 Gun Bad Boy (JuiceBox 1993) ٭ ٭ ٭
Black Secret Technology (JuiceBox 1995) ٭ ٭ ٭ ٭
Essence (!K7 2000) ٭ ٭ ٭
To All Things What They Need (!K7 2005) ٭ ٭ ٭
Proto Acid: The Berlin Sessions (Laboratory Instinct 2006) ٭ ٭ ٭
various artists Juice Box Concentrate (JuiceBox 1998) ٭ ٭ ٭
The John Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit 1999) ٭ ٭ ٭
Cyrogenix: A Decade In Dance (MP3.Com 1999) ٭ ٭ ٭ ٭
Blueprint Presents Volume Two (Blueprint 2001) ٭ ٭ ٭