Maurice* ‎– This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)

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The original "This Is Acid" was a stark, relatively minimal Chicago acid house track found on the B-side on the Maurice Joshua With Hot Hands Hula* - I Gotta Big Dick release, and was soon thereafter featured on original editions of Various - House Hallucinates Pump Up London Volume One on the other side of the Atlantic.

The track was then remixed by Les Adams in London, prompting its release as a single in its own right. Adams' "K&T" mix, a relatively dense and upbeat pastiche of house music styles in vogue at the time, became a smash hit on radio and in dance clubs around the world in the first half of 1989.

Versions (13)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VE 7016, VE-7016 Maurice* This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)(12") Vendetta Records (2), Vendetta Records (2) VE 7016, VE-7016 US 1988 Sell This Version
VE-7016 Maurice* This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)(12") Vendetta Records (2) VE-7016 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
USAT 650 Maurice* This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)(12") Breakout USAT 650 UK 1988 Sell This Version
USAT 650 Maurice* This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)(12") Breakout, A&M Records USAT 650 UK 1988 Sell This Version
VE-7016 Maurice* This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)(12", Promo) Vendetta Records (2) VE-7016 US 1988 Sell This Version
USA 650 Maurice* This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)(7", Single) Breakout, A&M Records USA 650 UK 1988 Sell This Version
VV-1416 Maurice* This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)(7", Single) Vendetta Records (2) VV-1416 US 1988 Sell This Version
TS-1416 Maurice* This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)(Cass, Single) A&M Records TS-1416 US 1988 Sell This Version
CD 17804 Maurice* This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze)(CD, Promo) A&M Records CD 17804 US 1989 Sell This Version
ZYX 6086-12 Maurice* This Is Acid(12") ZYX Records, Westside Records (2) ZYX 6086-12 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
560 176, 560176 Maurice* This Is Acid(12", Maxi) Watch Out !, Watch Out ! 560 176, 560176 France 1989 Sell This Version
TXR 2 Maurice* This Is Acid(12", RE) Trax Records TXR 2 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
TXR2 Maurice* This Is Acid(12", RE, RM) Trax Records TXR2 UK 2014 Sell This Version

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ian_s

ian_s

October 8, 2017
referencing This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze), 12", VE 7016, VE-7016
K & T stands for "Kevin & Trevor", two typical English boy's names and was used as this was the harder mix. S & T stands for "Sharon & Tracey" as this was the mix for the girls.
djsid86

djsid86

April 17, 2017
referencing This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze), 12", VE 7016, VE-7016

It's a stretch to call this acid house. It seems like the mixes are more deep house. As strange as it sounds when it came out it was very popular and people preferred this to actual acid house tracks like Get Real or Acid Over. Strange.
MentallyMad

MentallyMad

July 31, 2016
referencing This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze), 12", VE 7016, VE-7016
Haha yes I remember when this record came out! It created lots of confusion about just what "acid" music was. The real house music DJ's knew that the B-side of this record was in fact, not an acid track at all. But your average club hopper thought that the B-side represented acid. The B-side is just a Todd Terry New York style remix of a classic Chicago Acid track. To this day, people still hear songs like "A Day In The Life" by Black Riot (Todd Terry) and they think that is acid track. And then I laugh as they desperately try to debate that!
pop75

pop75

February 26, 2014
referencing This Is Acid, 12", Maxi, 560 176, 560176
I love this craze hit One of its kind unduplicated artistic Club mix
sbpstudios

sbpstudios

September 3, 2011
referencing This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze), CD, Promo, CD 17804

This promo CD apparently does not come with any paper inserts. Just a basic blue silkscreen on the CD with track information listed. I obtained the release date from a laser etched "5/89" on the inner hub of the underside of the disc. The catalog number CD17804 is also etched into the aluminum of the inner hub.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

July 19, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze), 12", VE 7016, VE-7016

"This Is Acid (K & T Mix by Les Adams)" rocked the blocks Worldwide (and most specially here in Sao Paulo, Brazil) back in the end eighties on the clubs - but in fact, the first time I heard the classic was through Belgian friends' tapes during high school with all repertories including all that Megamixes and singles from Europe and USA.

Funny as it may seem, I only heard the original version some years after - and I have to confess it's simply amazing as well!

"This is acid!", "I'm gonna give you acid!" will stay on the minds of the fanatic clubbers of that time forever.

Big respect for you, Maurice.
spork

spork

April 29, 2004
referencing This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze), 12", VE 7016, VE-7016

This record should be called "This Ain't Acid." All three remixes by Les Adams pretty much completely strip this track of all the raw, dark, 303-driven power of the original, and what we're left with is just generic, forgettable house music.