DJ Pete Tong reading his full website address in 1995 is a classic …


Many, many moons ago, there was a time when the Internet was brand new and brilliant.

Back then, terms like Twitter, LOL, and broadband weren’t even on the radar and it would be six years before you could search Wikipedia for information.

It was a dark and confusing time – even standard web addresses were used to wow people.

If you want to get a glimpse of this weird and ancient world of the nascent internet, look no further than that of DJ Pete Tong 20 years ago.

Someone found the sound clip of the veteran artist reading his website address on his Essential Mix radio show …

“It’s very complicated, but here it comes,” he said. “Http, Semicolon, Slash, Slash, www dot, BBCNC org dot, UK dot, BBCTV slash, Radio 1 slash, P slash, Tong slash, slash index, period, HTML.”

“I know this doesn’t make sense, but if you have a computer and you’re on the Internet, you’ll understand what I mean.”

We can imagine that in 1995 this caused serious panic and confusion among the already baffled ’90s rave crowd.

It’s a slice of history right there.

M / T @MichaelHogan


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