At the peak of Weekend Rush FM’s supremacy. Broadcasting from the high rise tower blocks of the Nightingale Estate, in Hackney, East London. The Jungle music sound became a phenomenon that was widely followed by late night revellers and ravers inner city, the suburbs and up and down the UK. Weekend Rush FM reached the front page news and evening television because of the government and local authorities bullish and somewhat unfair approach to pirate radio in London. Note this was at a time that followed London recession 1990/1991 and the years that followed it the government was eager to raise more capital through taxation of radio licenses and also controlling what the radio played and promoted. It is fair to say that pirate radio stations didn’t toe the line and operated in a maverick fashion but they attracted thousands of listeners. Getting to the point, DJ Remarc was an established Jungle music producer releasing scores of tracks which are now considered as classics. Back then he was dropping them on dub plate, with exclusive mixes that were unreleased which is a trait that most Jungle DJs adopted, making tracks exclusive to them. Remarc released tracks on White House Records, Dollar Records and Suburban Base Records. Producing the following classics: Remarc – Help Me (1993, Dollar Records), Remarc & Lewi – Ricky / Cape Fear (1994, Dollar Records), Remarc – Drum N' Bass Wise / Sound Murderer (Remixes), Remarc – Ricky (Remixes) (1994, Dollar Records), Remarc – R.I.P. (1995, Suburban Base Records), Remarc – Menace / Thunderclap (1995, White House Records), Remarc – In Da Hood / You And Me (1996, Suburban Base Records). Out all the Drum & bass heads just a little fact for you. MC Eksman is in fact Remarc's younger brother. Turns out they have music running in all their veins.
DJ Funky Flirt started out as MC, known back then as Dirty Den, on Sunrise FM 88.75, he was part of the Champagne Sound System with DJ SL (A Team Supreme Team – Kool FM 94.5). Also doing sets on Hardcore FM which succeeded Sunrise FM on the same dial. Around 1992 Dirty Den put the mic to become DJ Funky Flirt on Weekend Rush FM 92.5 and 92.3. It was on Weekend Rush that Flirt got his DJ residency @Telepathy, Wax Club, Stratford, London. Then joining Kool FM in late 1995 he then became a resident DJ at Kool FM’s Jungle Fever and Kool Skool. Funky Flirt is still a career DJ and didn't have his fingers in music production. The closure of Weekend Rush saw an exodus of DJs and MCs move block to their neighbour station Kool FM 94.5. MC Shabba D and MC Shockin’ B made that switch to Kool FM around late 1995 and the rest was history. It was on Weekend Rush FM that Shabba mastered his craft also landing a residency @Telepathy. In later years a lot of hype on the streets of London was generated around the lyrics and performances by Shabba D, which in turn got him more bookings. It was on Kool FM Shabba formed his MC partnership with Skibadee and old friend Shockin’ B, forming the SASAS in 1998/99. Out to all the London FM pirates of the past. Although they aren’t about now their contribution to the British music industry and to the London music scene has been immense. Here's a list of some of our most loved pirate radio stations in frequency order from 1989-2005: Flava FM 87.6 / Shine FM 87.9 / Rude FM 88.2 / Impact FM 88.2 / Centreforce FM 88.3 / Unity FM 88.4 / Conflict FM 88.4 / Ice FM 88.4 / London Underground FM 89.4 / Defection FM 89.4 / Raw FM 90.0 / Raw Mission 90.0 / Raw Blaze FM 90.0 / Pure Magic FM 90.2 / Pulse FM 90.6 / Chicago FM 90.6 / Mission FM 90.6 / Y2K FM 90.6 / Rinse FM 91.8 / Passion FM 91.8 / Format FM 92.3 / Weekend Rush FM 92.3 / Kik FM 92.3 / Deja Vu FM 92.3 / Weekend Rush 92.5 / Taste FM 92.5 / Mac FM 92.7 / Freeze FM 92.7 / Touchdown FM 94.1 / Stompin’ FM 94.2 / Kool FM 94.5 / Origin FM 95.2 / Entice FM 95.5 / Heat FM 96.6 / Rinse FM 97.6 / Flashback FM 97.6 / Cyndicut FM 97.8 / Divine FM 97.9 / Shake FM 98.0 / Fantasy FM 98.1 / Fantasy FM 98.6 / Future FM 99.1 / Upfront FM 99.3 / Rinse FM 100.3 / Pressure FM 100.4 / Don FM 100.5 / Eruption FM 101.3 / Erotic FM 101.3 / Industry FM 101.3 / Freek FM 101.8 / Temptation FM 102.4 / Chillin’ FM 102.9 / Delight FM 103.0 / Flex FM 103.6 / Smoove FM 104.0 / Rude FM 104.3 / Ruud Awakening FM 104.3 / Time FM 104.6 / Don FM 105.7 / Shadow FM 106.5 / Force FM 106.5 / Girls FM 106.8 / Dream FM 107.0 / Freedom FM 107.3 / Dream FM 107.6 / Don FM 107.9. #TakeMeBackPirateRadio #DnBMovementUK