The Quiet Boys - on Acid Jazz Records
Chris Bangs was one of the founding fathers of the acid jazz concept and the Acid Jazz label, he even designed the original Acid Jazz logo; the irreverent, graffitti’d-up take on the acid house smiley face!To many, ‘Bangsy’ was one of the most radical and exciting DJs that the UK has ever produced, one of the first to radically mix sounds, styles and genres. From mambo and bossa through to funk, soul, boogie, two-step or hard-core jazz and early electronic bleeps; the man was a pioneer. His mid 80s gigs at the Special Branch or the Bournemouth weekender or with Gilles Peterson at the seminal Cock Happy or Mambo Madness nights were the stuff of legend. Chris hung up his headphones on New Year’s Eve 1989 to concentrate on his prolific studio output under various monikers – Bangs A Bongo, Grass Snakes, Lay-Zee Muthas and the Quiet Boys to name a few.Chris was behind many of the early Acid Jazz releases and in particular was a regular contributor to the Totally Wired series. The production experienced he gained at the label stood him in good stead to produce the like of Paul Weller and Galliano’s later albums.
The most influential of all the acid jazz creators, in 2010 Bangs returned to DJing, establishing the Soul In One night that mixed the early Acid Jazz feel with a broad soul music policy.