Kraftwerk – Tour De France (Original Red Label Version) as our little tribute to the first Australian Tour winner..
Not much needs to be said about Kraftwerk really as im pretty sure everyone who knows anything about music will know exactly what electronic music today owes Kraftwerk. I doubt there is a BBoy in the world who wont get amped hearing this on a floor or a record enthusiast that wouldn’t have this in their collection.
Along with being one of the releases that shaped electronic music, Tour also has its small spot in clubbing/rave history here in Sydney too. I have heard from a few people over the years about watching in awe as local DJ Stephen Allkins (Love Tattoo), regularly sample & played this back & forth with Salt & Peppers Push It at Sydneys infamous R.A.T parties at the Horden in the late 1980′s.
Check this info on RAT parties in Sydney from Powerhouse museum online;
During the 1980s in Sydney’s inner-east, a series of more than 35 parties organised by the Recreational Arts Team (RAT) formed a key element of an emerging subculture. The core of the self-styled Recreational Arts Team was Jac Vidgen, Billy Yip and Reno Dal. Vidgen, an energetic party-thrower who had come to Sydney from Brisbane, became the de facto promoter and organiser of these so-called RAT parties. Yip was an artist with a wildly creative imagination who developed well co-ordinated themes and design concepts for the parties. His striking graphic concepts were applied to posters, fliers, badges and banners. Reno Dal was the team’s original technical designer and producer, who started the events with Vidgen and Yip in 1983 and remained involved until 1986. Mark Taylor was the technical producer for the peak period 1986-1990, while Wayne Gait-Smith was technical designer.Vidgen threw his first public party for 200 guests at a rat-infested house on Cleveland St on 2 October 1983, because his own private parties had become too large and expensive. He had no idea he was setting in train a phenomenon that led to a multitude of dance parties every year. Each party had a special name, usually conceived by Billy Yip, incorporating the word ‘rat’ in its title. The first official RAT party, titled ‘Ratsurrect’ and advertised through word-of-mouth, was held at the Bondi Pavilion on Easter Sunday, 22 April 1984. The early parties, particularly ‘Ratizm’ at the Paddington Town Hall (April 1985), created a buzz, attracting an inner-city party-going crowd that included heterosexual bohemians as well as gay men and drag queens. RAT parties typically had audio-visual presentations, bizarre props, party drugs, innovative lighting, underground cabaret groups, the best DJs in town and unusual live performances by people like Martin Harsono and Simon Reptile, who performed at most of these events.What began as a creative exercise became a business. In 1987 Vidgen registered Recreational Arts Team Pty Ltd as a company. The events became larger, and were no longer exclusive eastern suburbs affairs where it was necessary to know the right people to obtain a ticket. The parties became famous for their spectacular entertainment and celebrity guests. ‘A Ratty New Year’, held on New Year’s Eve 1988 and featuring a 4am live performance by Grace Jones, was so popular that it filled both the Hordern Pavilion and the Royal Hall of Industries. The audiences ranged from 200 to 14,000 guests, with budgets from $5,000 to $400,000. However Vidgen’s motivation was not financial gain. Business was risky, profits were slim, and money made on one party was frequently lost on the next one. Vidgen described himself as ‘an event producer committed to celebration’ (Sydney Morning Herald 13/9/89).
RAT parties provided a venue for a circle of creative people to express themselves on a larger scale than had previously been available, providing a stepping stone for some to move to other levels of expression. Billy Yip is now a painter of fine art. Tobin Saunders, who is now better known as Vanessa Wagner, used to help on the decor team and performed at many of the parties with his dance group. Other contributors were the visual artist Anthony Babicci, the entertainer Ignatius Jones, and Tim Gruchy, who was responsible for much of the video production and recording at the events, particularly in the later years. The parties were vividly documented in photographs by William Yang.
The RAT parties were forerunners of the dance parties and raves of the 1990s. In the early 1980s pub rock was still the mainstream, and dance music was an underground phenomenon. Any music that utilised electronic instruments other than guitars was regarded as weird or avant-garde. RAT party enthusiasts eschewed rock, preferring recorded electronic music and dance music provided by pioneering DJs like Tim Ritchie, Robert Racic and Pee Wee Ferris.
Spearheaded by these DJs, Australian dance music took off in the 1980s. Ignored by major record labels, the dance movement followed the same path as the punk ethic: do-it-yourself. Following Vidgen’s lead, competing independent promoters booked nights at tired old venues like the Hordern Pavilion and transformed them into vibrant, packed palaces. Sydney’s gay community, in particular, took to dance parties. As well as RAT parties, the Mardi Gras, Sweatbox and Bacchanalia are now spoken of as some of the best parties held, featuring DJ sets from the likes of Ritchie, Racic, Ferris, Stephen Allkins and Paul Holden. The buzz of these parties spread to the UK with that country’s top DJs keen to take part. Warehouses emerged, some becoming the foundation of local rave culture. By the end of the 1980s parties flourished all around the country, with promoters booking a constant flow of influential overseas DJs such as Paul Oakenfold. While established rock venues suffered from lack of attendance, dance parties were frequently sold out.
The RAT parties altered Sydney’s night life, starting a craze for giant dance parties that lasted in to the 1990s. They provided a diverse range of entertainment based on visual and aural stimulation, provided a creative outlet for talented people and set the tone and style of Australian dance music culture.
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Cadel Evans to be crowned Tour winner
Cadel Evans will become the first Australian to win the Tour de France, having secured the yellow jersey in the penultimate stage of cycling’s most famous race.
Starting the day trailing Andy Schleck by 57 seconds, Evans produced a masterful performance in the 42.5-kilometre time trial in and around Grenoble to seize an advantage of one minute and 34 seconds.
Evans finished second in the time trial with a performance of 55:40.26, just seven seconds behind Germany’s Tony Martin.
The last stage to Paris is traditionally a procession for riders in the overall classification with the main action coming from the sprinters on the Champs Elysees.
Evans scorched around the undulating course in the heart of the French Alps in overcast conditions.
After near misses in the 2007 and 2008 editions of the Tour, Evans’ triumph is a massive moment for the sport in Australia.
The victory makes the 34-year-old the oldest winner of the Tour in the 88 years since Henri Pelissier finished on top in 1923.
Such has been the dominance of Europeans at the Tour, that Evans is only the third champion to have come from outside the continent’s clutches.
Evans’ performance also ticks one of the few remaining boxes on Australian sport’s ‘to do’ list.
The weight of the achievement must be considered up there with the nation’s finest sporting moments such as Australia II winning the 1983 America’s Cup.
It completes a remarkable journey after growing up in the Northern Territory and almost being killed at the age of eight after being kicked in the head by a horse.
Evans moved to Victoria in his teenage years and made his name as a mountain biker before transferring his talents to the road.
After being less than a minute away in 2007 and 2008 from capturing cycling’s holy grail, Evans struggled with favouritism in 2009.
However only months after his disappointing 30th finish, he became the first Australian to win the men’s road race world title.
He changed teams in late 2009 and went to BMC, but a fractured elbow from a crash at last year’s Tour ruined his chances of challenging the leaders.
On this year’s tour, he has not been under as much pressure and Sunday morning (AEST) was the first day that he had worn the yellow jersey.
He had been happy to mark his time before the time trial with spirited pursuits of lead groups in the final two mountain stages proving pivotal to his success.
Evans’ cleanskin reputation is a bonus for cycling’s image as it tries to clean up its reputation following decades of drugs controversies.
Ex-team-mates of seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong have accused the American of taking banned substances, while three-time winner Alberto Contador tested positive for anabolic agent clenbuterol at last year’s Tour.
The Spanish Cycling Federation cleared him of any offence and Contador’s appeal will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport next month.
Brian Kirkham was the first Australian to ride in the Tour in 1914, with the legendary Hubert Opperman participating for the first time in 1928.
But it was not until 1981 that an Australian slipped on the yellow jersey for the first time in Phil Anderson.
Since then several Australians have worn the famous jersey, but only Evans has threatened to climb to the top step on the Champs Elyses with it on.
- ELECTRO FUNK: Kraftwerk – Tour De France (1983 Red Label Full Version) (sydneyunderground.org)
- Interview: Alex Gopher (undeleted.wordpress.com)
- Friday, 22 July 2011 – Tour de France (jkirkby8712.wordpress.com)
- Le Jour de Reckoning, mes Amis! (atomicsaddles.wordpress.com)
- Sydney weather! Take your umbrella (stevemarshallphotographer.wordpress.com)
- Party Rats (neatorama.com)
- Jack Vidgen “Australia’s Got Talent” I have Nothing (Video) (sugarslam.com)
- Versus Tour De France 2011: Andy Schleck Takes Yellow Jersey After Alp D’Huez (bleacherreport.com)
- Versus Tour De France 2011: Stage 20 Preview Features Sprint Through Grenoble (bleacherreport.com)
- Andy Schleck Has Time on His Side, but Showdown Favors Evans’s Style (nytimes.com)
- Battle for Tour de France victory down to 55 seconds (csmonitor.com)