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The Subterraneans

The Subterraneans

Marco Nelson – of The Young Disciples – and Max Beesley – later a successful actor in the TV series Survivors and Tom Jones – were the backbone of the Subterrraneans. Nelson, a successful rare groove DJ on the London circuit played bass on the b-side of the first ever Acid Jazz single by Galliano and Piller would have probably signed the Disciples to Acid Jazz if it hadn’t have been for Peterson’s departure to set up Talking Loud. Beesley was a very talented multi-instrumentalist who was first spotted as a 17 year old vibes player in the Paul Weller Movement but went on to play keyboards with the Heavies and percussion for Take That before switching to a highly successful acting career, although not before he recorded a track with Gil Scott Heron’s bass player, Robbie Gordon for the label under the moniker Max Beesley’s High Vibes.Despite Taurus Woman being one of the most popular tracks to be featured on the Totally Wired series, it was a flop as a single and whilst Acid Jazz had intended to record a full album, the Subterraneans remained as a one off project. Marco and Taurus Woman’s vocalist Carleen Anderson were – alongside Femi Fem – The Young Disciples whose only album, Road To Freedom, is one of the truly great records of the 90s.

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