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Pete Tong - Saviour of Cockney Culture

Author: Jonty Adderley (
Saturday, March 29, 2003
Veteran Guardian columnist Simon Hoggart confessed that he'd been wrong to suggest cockney rhyming slang had disappeared from London after a reader reminded him that 'Pete' means 'wrong'.

"Apparently this derives from Pete Tong," he sniffed. "Of whom 95% of people haven't heard, but who is a cult disc jockey on Radio 1."

Chatting to Skrufff recently the 'cult disc jockey' revealed the term had been invented by Gary Hayesman, the man who did the Ac-eeeeed shout on D Mob's legendary rave anthem.

It was actually from pre house days from when me and Paul Oakenfold were doing a club called Raid," Pete told Skrufff.

"It rolled on, caught on and I suppose the heyday of its usage was the mid to late 90s when everything was so large. Someone told me recently they want to call a film that now."

Fashion TV Presents Pete Tong is out on March 31st, on Fashion TV and is also available on Fashion TV's website.

Pete Tong's compilation is available from April 10th exclusively via his site:

Pre-order for his Trustthedj mix here on