One man who had a pretty big role in dance music’s development in the UK back in the 90s was Judge Jules. When he wasn’t the A&R man at Manifesto or taking advantage of “opportunities” throwing themselves in his direction, he was out in clubs pushing the house and trance sound he believed in.
In addition to all that, he also worked on the radio. Starting out at Kiss FM in 1990 when it was still a pirate station – they went legal later that year – he was hired by Radio 1 in 1997. At that time, his show went out between 5pm and 7pm on Saturdays, thus still allowing him to do a full weekend of gigs.
The show quickly became known for Jules’s use of cheesy one-liners, usually referencing events in the news at the time, and jingles taken from other shows. One of those was Eric Cartman of South Park shouting “kick ass”. And with the news that Jules has been hired by Kisstory, the question has to be asked – will listeners be able to hear these jingles and one-liners again?
Jules has been approached for comment to see whether it’s happening. But one refrain from the Radio 1 shows of the 90s is probably best, well, refrained from use. Regular listeners might remember one particular jingle where Jules played a clip featuring the voice of a famous Australian saying “it’s time for house”.
And who was that famous Australian? Er, Rolf Harris. Given subsequent events, that one is probably best left consigned to radio history…