By Nigel South
This authoritative review of gear and society this present day examines: even if a means of `normalization' of substances and drug use is below method; the controversy over prohibition as opposed to laws; `drugs' and `users' as `other' or `dangerous'; medications and dance cultures; drug use between younger women; photographs of `race' and medicine; clinical responses to medications; policing options and controlling drug clients; drug regulate and recreation; and the query of prohibition as opposed to liberalization.
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A p a r t from overt references to t h e d m g in such songs as 'Ebeenezer G o o d e ' b y the Shamen, Ecstasy h a s i n f o r m e d just a b o u t every aspect of w h a t h a s latterly been d u b b e d Ecstasy culture. This takes m a n y forms, including the u s e of relaxing a m b i e n t m u s i c , a gentle b a c k d r o p of easylistening s o u n d , almost aural w a l l p a p e r in chiU-out areas w h e r e p e o p l e might b e recovering from a l o n g n i g h t of Ecstasy-driven d a n c i n g .
In contrast to 1970s disco a n d funk, this harsher, industrial s o u n d (additionally s a m p l i n g from the w h o l e tradition of black music, especially the soul s o u n d s of James Brown) a p p e a l e d to y o u n g black city dwellers, reflecting as it d i d the grim realities of u r b a n life. The street DJs w h o invented the style often overlaid the s o u n d t r a c k s with their o w n lyrics or ' r a p ' , a tradition b o r r o w e d from their Jamaican reggae counterparts. H o u s e m u s i c b e g a n to filter across the Atlantic to v e n u e s in the north-west of E n g l a n d w h e r e u n d e r g r o u n d black music like N o r t h e r n Soul h a d always f o u n d a ready audience.
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