Welcome to part 2 of the Rave Memorabilia mini-series. In the first instalment, I looked at some of the most dynamic (and expensive) flyers from the ’80s and 90’s dance music scene. Some were wacky. Some are now worth a small fortune, and some are just super-cool.
In this feature, I delve into the weird and wonderful world once more and take you all on a trip down memory lane with a menu of other rave collectables and merch!
Merchandise was all the rage in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The famed movements took advantage of the early rave craze, adding new and profitable revenue streams to their armoury. Many purchased the popular brand products that now can fetch eye-watering amounts of cash.
Speaking to a couple of old skool ravers whilst researching this piece, it is evident that as much as the buying of the merch was a cool thing to do, their hard-earned cash was splashed on other rave enhancing lines (excuse the pun).
To warm you up, I look at a couple of the more ‘typical’ products available. Several are reproduced items but are still in high demand!
T-Shirts | Mugs | Badges
As you would expect, T-shirts were all the rage. A chance to represent your chosen brand with pride. Today, you still see the old skool clubbers donning their clubwear from the acid house days. This one is a reproduction to commemorate Fantazia!
Next up, a popular part of the production line. Mugs always sold well. Drinking your warm beverage out of a ‘raving memory’ is a constant trip down memory lane when re-living the early dance years. This example follows on nicely from my previous article that looked into the flyer world. This particular drinking vessel showcases a selection of early rave flyers!
Badges have grown in popularity. They are a true collectable in the world of rave memorabilia. Believe it or not, some collect big pots of cash as the chance to own a piece of rave history is too good an opportunity to turn down. Below is a famous Shoom badge. Some of these go for serious cash. Recently, one sold for over £200! Yes, you heard that correctly!
Memories and recordings of your favourite sets from DJs at events you attended. What more could you ask for? A chance to relive those special musical moments that you may or may not remember! Once those little sweets kick in, it is always good to grab yourself a recording of what you enjoyed but also missed! These clumpy and hard-wearing tins can reach north of £40 on auction sites.
Every DJ booth in the world is decorated with event stickers from around the globe. DJs and events take the chance to push their brand to the fore. It is a beautiful thing. Placing stickers on vinyl cases and DJ booths is an unwritten rule in the world of dance music. The sticker phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down and, again, can be BIG in value. These stickers are slightly more modern and showcase the iconic Ibiza nightlife scene.
Let’s push on. It’s time to take things to the next level. These items range from the rarest of merchandise to super-cool items available to furnish the home.
Building a ‘rave cave’ in a small and unused room in the humble abode is something we all aspire to achieve. Coating the drinks bar in the stickers is one thing, but why not add other touches, such as this vinyl wall clock.
Gatecrasher in Sheffield will always be hailed as a legendary club in the world of dance music. The converted warehouse played host to numerous iconic nights that feast in the memory bank. Their merchandise and emblem are some of the most distinctive clubbing sights. This piece of history, ideal for those lazy beach days whilst watching the famous sunrise in Ibiza.
Two more items are remaining on the menu. The first serves up a treat.
When I was just a young boy walking to school with my parents, I always remember other children’s fathers sporting these fine garments. I only recently clicked and realised just how adored the early clubbing scene was. The famous events of the ’80s and ’90s paved the way for the modern-day scene. The passion around this era of dance music is rooted deep in many souls. Who remembers these? The Bomber Jacket.
Lastly, but by no means least, I bring you a real collector’s item. Scanning the auction sites, this popped up. One of the most influential groups on the electronic music scene wore these as part of their brand. Daft Punk was known for its use of helmets to conceal their identities.
An authentic part of history! Whilst this may not be an original, these helmets still reach staggering amounts of money. This example sells for almost $3000. Wow.
I hope you have enjoyed this feature, and the mini-series has taken you on a trip down memory lane. Never forget and always look back!