December 24, 1991 - Stu Allen live at Amnesia House in Shelly's
Stu Allan is a British dance music DJ who worked for Piccadilly Radio and Key 103 in Manchester in the 1980s and 1990s. His hip-hop, house music and hardcore techno shows were a significant influence on the local music scene at that time. Stu Allan today is a major contributor to the UK hardcore scene.
In 1982 Stu Allan took up DJing. Between 1984 and 1986 his mixes/remixes were featured on Piccadilly Radio, Manchester on various shows including Timmy Mallet, Chris Evans and Tim Grundy.
In July 1986 he was given his own show on Piccadilly Radio. He was originally filling in for the regular DJ on a 6 week vacation, but the reaction was so great from listeners that he was signed on permanently. He began featuring Hip Hop and a new style of music called House. "Love Can't Turn Around" by Farley Jackmaster Funk was the first record Stu played on the radio. This track got the attention of the people in charge of the station and Allan was asked to explain why he was playing this "music". He said he believed this was what listeners really wanted to hear (having seen clubbers going wild to tunes like "Jack Your Body", "Jack The Groove" and many other underground Chicago label tunes at his gigs), and convinced them that his choice of music was right when the station's ratings improved massively. During this period Stu produced a soul show called "Souled Out" and a hip hop show called "Bus 'Diss". He would also have a house hour which would feature the seamless mixing he is known for.
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