Saturday, 12 September 2009

The Mitchell Tapes [2]

In his late twenties, Mitchell Hampton was in the habit of giving live readings of esoteric 17th century poems in techno clubs around Glasgow. This one snippet finds him performing a poem by London-born poet Robert Herrick (1591-1674) entitled, "A Night-Piece to Julia."

This sentimental piece sits well with the surrounding drum 'n' bass cacophony from local noisemakers The Slit Nipple. The music becomes louder towards the end, drowning out the text, but most of the original poem is intact and the crowd of stoned listeners were no doubt enthralled by Mitchell's reading.


  1. Kind of sounds like Michael Jackson's Thriller.

  2. Well, he was a techno God, was Jacko.