I’ve been a fan of Gerald Simpson for many years (even Stereogum had a drum n’ bass period). Save for the Hacienda years, however, A Guy Called Gerald was always more influential than popular. With AGCG’s 808 State days long behind him, the acid house luminary has become an in-demand remixer and producer. Which allows Gerald facetime on my iPod, as nobody listens to techno. But if there’s one person who could get me to consider an entire album of 303 doodles, it’s this Guy. His latest is called Proto Acid – The Berlin Sessions (8/22 on Laboratory Instinct), though I imagine most people who buy it will be hearing it on ecstasy. I’m giving you Proto’s final and best track (which sweetens the breakbeats with jazzy piano), but first a round of James Liptony Q&A.
A Guy Called Gerald
1. What is your favorite word?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
NATURAL RHYTHM / PURE TONE / A SEQUENCE OF RELATIVE MELODIES
4. What turns you off?
5. What is your favorite curse word?
WHAT THE RAAS CLAAT
6. What sound or noise do you love?
THUNDER AND STORMS
7. What sound or noise do you hate?
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
TO WORK FOR THE MEN IN GREY SUITS
9. What profession would you not like to do?
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“SORRY ABOUT THAT RELIGIOUS BULLSHIT”
Bonus classic featuring the ever-enchanting Lou Rhodes of Lamb.