That was 2004. By
2006, I was seriously thinking about getting something going
again. I'd seen my name mentioned on some 'cassette-culture' forum and
posted a comment saying I'd heard I was dead. Suddenly, I found myself
in touch again with some of the very underground legends that had
inspired me so much in the beginning, surely that would be enough to
light a proverbial rocket in the backside?
Apparently not. But
it didn't stop me persevering with my procrastination. March 2007 would
have been the 20th anniversary of our first releases, so I dutifully
earmarked that date for the beginning of an online magazine to celebrate
the glories of underground culture. Then I thought about it, maybe the
21st anniversary had a bit more of a ring to it, maybe I should put the
idea back till then. Only something else came up and I should do that
first and it wasn't the right time and this and that and the other.
And so came 2008.
Now what? I think I must have used every excuse in creation to put it
off by then, surely I wouldn't be able to think of another good one? How
about 50 years after I was adopted, I was tracked down by my
birth-mother? And that's exactly what happened, which, as you can
imagine, was something of a distraction. Half a century as an only child
and I find myself with a brother. As luck would have it, one that
persuaded me to go on Facebook, where I suddenly rediscovered huge
numbers of former underground contacts. Surely this would be the
inspiration I needed!
Apparently not. But
it did at least inspire me to put together a United World Underground
page for Facebook and start learning how to make a website. Oh boy, this
was it, it was really going to happen! No, it was. Really. Only
it turned out that doing websites is a whole lot more complicated than
desk-top publishing a newszine. I may be very clever, being a Doctor Of
Psychotronics et al, but I didn't know my arse from my elbow when it
came to cascading style sheets. So I bought myself a nice big book home
study course on web design. Soon, the global internet would be mine.
So I spent about a
year studying from this book, learnt lots of new swear words and finally
felt brave enough. I purchased a domain name and put aside the entire
summer of 2010, this would be it! Only then I accidentally tripped over
my birth-father's family and suddenly had two more brothers and a sister
and all sorts of wholly unexpected new issues to deal with, which, as
you can imagine, was something of a distraction. Then Sam and I got
married and now we're in the process of moving to the other end of the
country, BUT... I just couldn't put it off any longer. I mean, come on,
the 25th anniversary! Today, I are mostly been swearing at the computer,
but I wanted to get something done, from little acorns and all that
stuff. It begins here...
All good things,
Well, okay, that's
not exactly it, BUT...
'twas indeed 25
years ago today, way back on 11th March 1987, that I released the three
demo cassettes that started it all;
Moments At Twilight Time"
C-4002 "W20 Advance
C-4003 "State Of
Five years later,
what began as an outlet for my own Magic Moments At Twilight Time stuff,
had transformed into the Music & Elsewhere label, releasing the diverse
sounds of the global underground. Sixteen years after that, in the May
of 2003, our final batch of releases went out, taking the grand total to
599 (it would have been 600, only the Rise 2003 edition of the UWU
Audiozine was never released). At that point, the United World
Underground project rather ground to a halt. Admittedly, it'd been
faltering for a while before that, but its ultimate demise was never
planned, it just sort of happened. Looking back at some old mail, it
looks like I was planning to get something going online within a year of
that. I deserve a good spanking, I know. Or maybe that's just wishful
thinking. Either way, nothing happened.