Bomb The Bass: Tim Simenon

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Tim Simenon

Bomb The Bass: Tim Simenon

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Tim Simenon's music career began in the mid 1980s, DJing at London's Wag Club. Inspired by his hunger for new music, following early experiments with keyboards and beatboxes and a short stint on a music production college course in North London, Simenon was quick to take up the offer of a two-day recording session. Working alongside Pascal Gabriel, who would later go on to become a major name in programming, the fruit of the pair's labour became Beat Dis, the debut single by Bomb the Bass.
 
Reputedly costing £500 to make, the track followed the emerging, hip-hop inspired cut-and-paste method of collaging samples together. According to the BBC, which featured Beat Dis on their clip-based TOTP2 show, the track contains an alleged 72 samples, including lifts from old school hip hop, funk (including The Jimmy Castor Bunch), alongside samples from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Thunderbirds soundtracks.
 
Whilst Simenon continued to earn money stacking supermarket shelves and DJ'ing, Beat Dis first appeared on the Mister-Ron imprint: a ruse designed to suggest that the record was a U.S. import, fresh out of New York. The record went straight into the UK singles chart at number two when released by Rhythm King records. Its smiley artwork - borrowed from the Watchmen comic books - influenced much of the imagery surrounding the 'acid house' and 'rave' scenes.