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Thunderdome - School-Edition (1997)

God! I completely forgot about these bad boys! This makes me feel old: the Thunderdome School Edition CDs! Who ever owned an agenda, which came with a free CD? Who was a cool student, walking around with this agenda, showing your love and dedication for Thunderdome and Hardcore music? Or who bought this and didn't even go to school? Well, I was that kid (who went to school) and was a proud gabber. Not bald, because I still lived at home and my mum would have beaten the crap out of me, but still die-hard Hardcore fanatic. So proud of this memory though.

As expected, magpie303 uploaded the actual CD onto Soundcloud, and the memories came pouring back into me. I decided to check Discogs, because I was wondering how long they actually did this for, and to my amusement, they only released it for 2 years, and they even had a HAPPY HARDCORE agenda + CD! No freaking way, why have I not bought all of these? You had the 'Happy Hardcore' School Edition and 'Happy Dance' School Edition. Well, at least I showed my appreciation for Hardcore in general, eh?

The one I still have was the 98-99 edition of the Thunderdome edition. This edition wasn't a mixed CD, and it only contained 4 records, unmixed. Not less exciting though, but not what was released the year before: a 16 minute long megamix! Well, more like 17 minutes long, but containing 16 records, so indeed a megamix. Brutal to the core, and containing extremely tasty records. One commenter on Discogs thinks it was DJ Weirdo who mixed it together, and it does indeed sound like it.

Before we delve into the tracklist: can my fellow student from 1997 return this CD to me? I forgot who 'borrowed' it from me, and sadly never returned it to me. I think it's the same student who borrowed Thunderdome 96 and broke it. You know who you are, just return it. Thanks.

01. Mindcrimers - Madman

02. Pulp Shock - Far Away (DJ Sim Hardcore Remix)

03. Wasting Program - Bring That Shit Back (DJ Arduna Remix)

04. DJ Sim - Cartoons In Progress (Original Mix)

05. Tails & Noizer feat MC Drokz - Boom-Shaka-La

06. DJ Delirium & Da Grimreaper - Gangsta Sound

07. DJ Weirdo & DJ Phil Omanski - Young Birds (Original Mix)

08. DJ Delirium - No Turning Back

09. Critical Mass - Believe In The Future (DJ Weirdo & DJ Sim Future Mix)

10. DJ Sim - No More Shit

11. Naughty Boys - 1 2 3 Fuck

12. DJ Buzz Fuzz - Dreamgirl (Just A Dream Remix)

13. DJ Waxweazle - Brainscan (In For The Kill Mix)

14. 50% Of The Dreamteam - Fatal Morgana

15. DJ Weirdo & Mt-Ness - Metrodome (Weirdo Hardcore Mix)

16. Pino D'Ambini - Up & Down Ballz (Buzzy Goes BZRK)

This still brings a smile on my face, and at the same time it makes me scared: how the fuck has time flown by so damn quickly? This CD is 22 years old! 22 years. Can you Adam and Eve it? I cannot. I have only turned 36 the other day, and being 14 feels like yesterday (the year I went to Mysteryland on my own, raving amongst 25.000 ravers). Hearing this mix takes me back to school, when I was an idiot, being the clown mostly. And look where I am now? 22 years later, sitting in London, behind my computer, enjoying life, and not missing school one bit.

The mix isn't the best I've ever heard. It's alright, but not great. Too rushed. And if you still have the original cover, you can see that they made a few mistakes on the back. But I think that has happened a lot during the 90s. I think it was a running joke, right? Who would be in their right mind to not be able to typ the artist correctly, or even typ the title of the song correctly? A joke, right?

The records on their own are amazing. I forgot about a few, like 'Fatal Morgana', 'Metrodome', 'No Turning Back', 'Boom-Shaka-La', and more. But when I heard them in 2019, I was teleported back to 1997. Big anthems, but the biggest one has to be 'Cartoons In Progress'. DJ Sim. Do I need to say more?

A wonderful bit of my youth, and this will be an eternal memory. Not the best mix, but it made me who I am, and still has the power to light up the Hardcore spark inside of me.

Artist: Various Artists

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber, Happy Hardcore

CD Info: Thunderdome - School-Edition 1997

CDs: 1 (one)

Length CD: 00:16:53

Tracks: 16 (sixteen)

Label: ID&T

Product Number: 320004

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