Be My Friend

Cream nightclub, Liverpool.

This song- a long forgotten end-of-the-night, scouse house classic- would be more suited to being posted on Saturday night but I’ve saved it for a Monday morning in December. Maybe that journey to work will be improved slightly. People Get Ready were a Liverpool group (collective, few people, one man and a drum machine operator plus some dancers- lines got a bit blurred in the early 90s). I knew someone who was mates with someone and was given a copy of the 12″ not long before I left Liverpool University in 1991. I’d forgotten about it until recently when I randomly heard the main vocal line on my head. It’s got a crunchy drum sample, one of those great early 90s piano parts and a big, positivity-vibe female vocal- ‘Be my friend, treat me well, take my hand, be my friend’. It used to get played at Cream, in the early days. It puts a smile on my face. maybe it’ll put one on yours.

This one below was the pick of the remixes for me although many swore by the Sure Is Pure Golden Dub. All the versions are at this Soundcloud page, some to download for free . The breakdown and drum rolls in this one provoke massive hands-in-the-air moments.