Battle by Wookie

Battle & World Headquarters

Battle is a UK Garage classic that came out in 2000. Produced by Jazzie B from Soul to Soul, it was an instant smash with us in the Club & still is today.

At the time of it’s release, we were already aware that our building was getting flattened & we were gonna have to move the Club.

So we were well into the stress of trying to relocate World Headquarters from our original, tiny Marlborough Crescent location, next to the city’s Gay quarter, that had been home since 1993.

However, we had no clue at all, of where we might be able to shift World Headquarters to, where the money would come from, or if we would even be able to manage it all & survive as a Club. We knew might go under & WHQ as we all knew it then & know it now today, would have simply ceased to exist.

So, we battled… Hard. Really hard & this tune, Battle by Wookie, was the soundtrack to that three year nightmare.

The full, blow by blow account of the entire story is over in the History & Culture section.

Below the tune, just down the page, there are some of the images we took towards the end of the three, sleepless, strung out, high pressure years, it took to acquire & convert, a then massive derelict warehouse, into the Club & building we all know & love today as WHQ & Curtis Mayfield House.

There is also the formula we used to do it…

Lack of money, lack of time & the constant threat of going bust, were all against us. Even the bank we used to use turned against us & laughed at our ideas.

The only thing we had left on our side, was our determination, to shape the world around us, so we could force it all to actually, eventually happen.

By 2003 it did & this is our tune…

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Wookie – Battle

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From total pain in the arse – to underground #1

If you click the you tube clip of the tune above, by the time you have scrolled down, seen the pics below & read the scrollovers (assuming you are on a desktop, as they won’t show up on your mobile phone) you’ll see it all fits together & it soundtracks it just dandy…

1. Curtis Mayfield House being converted, in it’s heyday as a stressful money pit…

2. On the top floor with Anth, contemplating what a run down old dump it was & the fact it wan’t a nightclub & was in fact a Pigeon Hilton…

3. What we need is to get some men in, to plan how to make a proper mess…

4. Welding in the half constructed lift shaft…

5. A ghostly builder dashes around, urgently creating more mess…

6. Smashing out the old narrow concrete stairs, helped a great deal in mess enhancement…

7. About where the front doors are today…

8. Welding more stuff in the lift shaft…

9. Weld frenzy…

10. Now he’s gone for a little snack…

11. Downstairs under construction…

12. It too was a mess…

13. We worked late into the night creating more mess…

14. We became really accomplished at it…

15. Looking from the upstairs Dj box, over to where the Ali mural & upstairs bar are now…

16. Arty, still life mess…

  

17. Preparing to do the walls…

18. Plan for the Dj booth, which appeared to involve only Djs who were really skinny, wore suits & had their hands in their pockets all the time…

19. The start of building the Dj booth…

20. Dj arrives to spin tunes several months early….

21. The ladies toilet at the start…

22. Tiling the floor in there…

23. Putting cubicles in…

24. Progress…

25. More progress…

26. A happy ending…

27. Downstairs carpentry…

28. Mission control / tearoom…

tearoom

29. Keith the builder being an absolutely hilarious comedian, as was his way… (audible yawn)

30. Cracking on with fitting the dancefloor…

31. Motoring now…

32. Starting the upstairs bar…

33. Ooh..! Hello… this is starting to come together…

34. Best mess it up a bit…

35. Really starting to get there now…

36. Juicing up the DJ booth…

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always keep your eyes on the prize

37. Lets open tomorrow… Ha!