At the risk of being accused of being boring (moi?) I must say the 100 Club was excellent last night. Ady had announced that the five resident DJs would be in action together on the same night for the first time. The night was notable for the return of Mick Smith after several months away. I guess Mick is an oldies DJ, hope he doesn't mind me saying that, but to use Pete Smith's expression, he's a thinking man's oldies DJ. He certainly played quite a few records that I didn't know, not that that means anything, what do I know? Towards the end of his third set he played the Magnetics' Count The Days, a hypnotic record that always gets me up dancing.
Keith Money did three sets, and as usual, kept the floor busy, playing some of my favourites including She Doesn't Love Me, Job Opening and Ask My Heart, what a beautiful love song that is!
Joel did two sets and kept the action going with tunes like Lost In A Crowd, instrumental version of Make My Love A Hurting Thing and The Price by the Sherrell Brothers.
Butch did his two sets as usual. Not much you can say, he's had all the accolades. But I was very pleased that he played more of my favourites, Just Like The Weather, Sha La La, Shake Cheri and the great United Sounds' It's All Over Baby. Great to hear his Chuck Jackson cover up, as he said proper Northern Soul.
And of course there was Ady, doing one set in the middle of the night and his usual ending piece. One that he played was the Gerri Grainger acetate Why Can't It Be Tonight, heard that played at Prestatyn by Carl and Maria Willingham. And he played the Demures' unreleased I Wanna Be Good To You, I do hope that will be issued eventually. In his last set he included If You And I Had Never Met by Magic Night and Charlie Rich's Don't Tear Me Down and the San Francisco TKOs' Make Up Your Mind; ending of course with Baby I Need Your Loving. Next year it will be 50 years since that was originally issued, still sounds as good today.
At first I found the dance floor incredibly slippery, almost went over, did anyone else have any problems with it? Might have been my leather soled shoes I suppose. Got less slippy as more danced. There were some tourists, one must be tolerant, buy why do they always seem to "dance" next to me, lol? I did notice the bouncer requesting people not to take drinks on the dance floor, and they all obeyed straight away.
It began to thin out around 2.30ish, leaving the old stagers to carry on. The silver lining to that is that there was more space on the dance floor.
As per normal it was good to see so many of my friends, only a week since I saw some of you at Prestatyn. It was nice of Liz to come over and introduce herself to me, hope we meet up again soon.
Thanks to all the DJs and to the 100 Club staff, once again you have triumphed.