It was a sad weekend for London clubland as news came through that acid house face Gary Haisman had passed away. Haisman was the distinctive voice that featured on D-Mob’s track, one of the first acid house cuts to penetrate the mainstream — it cracked the top three in the UK charts.
His cry of “Acieeeeed’ would light up not only radio airwaves and Top Of The Pops, but also clubs like Shoom where he was a regular — taking Terry Farley there for the first time in late 1987.
Gary was a club promoter himself initially, as well as a London club ‘face’ and dancer, and soon became part of the Boys Own fanzine crew with Terry Farley, Andy Weatherill et al. He was one of the people behind the jokey clubbing phrase of the time ‘It’s all gone Pete Tong’, which would later be used to title a major dance music movie — and eventually co-opted by Tongy himself for his nights in Ibiza.
Danny Rampling, Terry Farley, Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay MBE were among those paying tribute to Gary.
RIP Gary Haisman... one of the original soldiers of the Acid House movement... Shoom ... Rage... legendary clubland hero https://t.co/ndPBw5WcAv
— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) December 1, 2018