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The original line-up included 2 Glaswegians and a Londoner Alan, Dave and Paul AKA Professor Collie, Chemical Engineer and Dr. Dub. Their weekly gig took place on a Wednesday night at UV (Under Venturer) the basement of the Cafe Bar Ventura which now resides as the 13th Note on King Street Glasgow. Despite their other residences at the Glasgow School of Art (upstairs), The Vic bar (downstairs), a stint at the Cathouse (when it was located on the Broomielaw!). UV remained their spiritual home and the weekly Wednesday nights always remained free which went hand in hand with their ‘dub for all’ policy and mantra.
Having to compete in Glasgow (a Techno/dance city) encouraged Rampant Sound to appeal to this crowd and developed an unsoundsystem type of playing records. They would mix n scratch much more than traditional sound systems, speed up many of the tunes and coined the phrase ‘dubjockeys’ to appeal to this techno bias audience. They introduced the siren box, echos chambers and many other haunting sounds (including a WWII air-raid siren) to accompanying the deep thumping bass rhythms which remains their calling card to this day.
They were the first in Glasgow to encourage the likes of Zion Train, Revolutionary Dub Warriors, Nick Raphael (Manasseh) and many others to venture north of the border and check out the Scottish reggae dub scene. At the same time Soundclash Republic were playing in the original 13th Note on Glassford St, Unity Reggae and Messenger Sound System (Edinburgh) were maybe the only outlets for Roots & Reggae music in the central belt. Some of the combined gigs with the other sounds are still well remembered to this day especially those nights at the Bongo Club Edinburgh with Steve Messenger.
In the 90s the club scene was under severe scrutiny and the authorities clamped down in Glasgow. The Criminal Justice Bill came in, you had a curfew in Glasgow, you had to be in the clubs by 12. The illegal parties and gatherings were really clamped down upon. It was quite heavy in those times and this meant Rampant travelled to London on many an occasion to ‘play out’ then back underground in Scotland. They started to do more ‘parties’ like the Beach Coma Parties and at various outdoor venues like on the Ardfen Estate a precursor venue to the Festival scene.
Early 2000s saw Rampant link up with Stevie Muir (a Sound engineer) and move towards becoming a fully fledged Sound with a system. Sound Systems were still thin on the ground and more gigs followed at various venues plus some visits back to the Art School and gigs with the Dub Dentists (now Mungos HiFi) amongst others.
However in more recent times with the emergence of some excellent and proper sound systems, a greater cultural mix in the West of Scotland, the world wide success of Mungo’s HiFi has helped and encouraged the Dub Scene to explode in and around Glasgow. Rampant Sound have been asked to collaborate with many of the up and coming artists/sounds and have also gone into the studio themselves to record some dubplates of their own and will continue to play out and about in Scotland for as long as possible!