As first one for a while, bit of a rambling thing as takes in event and more
Yep, 6 months on and it was back to the Springfield, a long time coming, enjoyable feeling?
Well not till about 9pm to be honest, the run in to this was not entirely trouble free (see elsewhere for background)after a exyended gap and problems with dates, clashes and all sorts of stuff, have to say was a slight element of doubt creeping in to the run up to this one.
Anyway things fell together and on a sunny North Wales evening found meself back at the springfield car park.
Think it was Dave Rimmer who once called Springfield a "brilliant venue" well after the recent refurbishment, it is now just a bit more smarter, espically the main room, which also now appears even more roomer, walking thru door and it even smelt smart
The Two Dave's and Eddie as always were there and getting sound system sorted out, dunno if were new lowered roof but sounded best I ever heard it thru out the night. Top job there.
And thanks to them the nite saw the return of the exiled monkey banner, which for last 6 months was in hiding somewhere in depths of Manchester.
As said was suffering fom the pre-event clear head doubts, even Sue my wife had done a runner from this one, thankfully Steve and Julie f answered shout for help earlier on and took care of door side for the whole nite. Thanks go out for a great job.
DJ wise, aim as always to give you best in quality exciting rare soul, no change in policy or ought, but now at the point where at every nearly all the djs invovled are monkey regulars as well
Annie A kicked off the first shift, and did a cracking job with nice mix from her box getting things underway,
ten plays from Ann below
Anthony&The Aqua Lads ,I remember,Gold Bee
Barbara Brown,So in love,Carnival
Contessas,I keep on keepin' on,George Clements Prod,
Leon Haywood,You don't have to see me cry,Decca
Barbara Jackson,Big man,Warner Bros
Ertha Kitt,Anyway you want it, baby,Musicor
The Kittens,It's gotta be love,ABC
Reparata + The Delrons,I can hear the rain,Rca Victor
Mark Thatcher,Tell him you got someone else,Diamond
Danny Boy Thomas,My love is over,The Groovy
Thanks to Ann for getting things under way,
First thru the door think were Sid, Bernadette and mucker - bit of a relief as nightmare scenarios were running thru head. Place slowly got busy and then round 9 ish pace picked up, most suprising turn up was Colin and Shirley as last weekend was putting some haphazard plan to get them over involving hot air balloons over pennines so chuffed to see made it.
Andy Killock walked thru door at 9.15 picked up the torch round 9 16, his set went something like Bang Bang Bang Bang - rare soul ear assualt
here's Andy's plays
Devotions - De de do dop - Nation
Delites - Lover - Cuppy
Intensions - She needs somebody - USA
Cashmeres - Don't let the door - Hem
Timmy Carr - Workin - Kee
Deltour - Sweet and lovely - Starville
Shaddows - Together again - United Audio
Jimmy Burns - I really love you - Erica
Lou Pride - Get the message - C/U
Blendels - You need love - Dontee
Intensions - You say that you love me - USA
Celebreties - I choose you - Boss
Precisions - Sugar ain't sweet - Drew
Utopias - Girls are against me - Lasalle
Shametts - Don't waste your time - Gold Dust
Jesse James - Are you gonna leave me - Shirley
Empires - You're on top girl - Candi
Caveliers - Tighten-up baby - Shrine
Emory and the Dynamics - Lets take a look at our life - Peachtree
Vicky Labat - Gotta keep hanging on - Shagg
Professionals - Thats why I love you - Groove City
Victorians - I want to belong to you - Rowena
Damon Fox - Packin up - Fairmont
Again many thanks to Andy for dishing out the above
By now the pre-event fears had been washed away by lager and the sight of many regulars. Steve T fellow DMSC team bloke couldn't show till later on due to work but quickly made up for it.
All Era Room - was on the go at this time, after the last one went so well, feeling was it was goining to be more of same, but while music continued in same upward vein, attendance wasn't up to last one. Possibly just plain down to way ratio of 60/70s fans on the nite. Chico Pete Bangor,Phil Blacknell, Mark Speakman were players on nite and continued music wise from where left off
Pete Bangor (Roberts) Plays below
Frankie Knuckles-What's going on
Siani-Get Up on The Floor
Kashif-About To Fall In Love
Patti Labelle-New Day
Joe-More and More
Stacey Mallory-People Of The World
DJ Pope-My Way
Teena Marie-I'm Loving You
Back to main room Ritchie Andrew was up at 10 and after Andy K set the pace, picked up th etorch and kept the nite moving with a great selection and a great mix
peoples choice -saving my lovin for you -palmer
pat and blenders - just because - fast eddie
archie bell -1000 wonders -atlantic span
brice coefield - ain't that right -omen
virginia blakly - let nobody love you - mojo
temptones - girl i love you -artic
johnny maestro - stepping out of the picture - sceptre
oracles - I ain't got time - OM
Topics - hey girl -chadwick
spiedels- dream girl - providence
enchanters - there'sa look about you- tee pee
gentlemen four -you can't keep a good man down -wand
chubby and turnpikes - I know the inside story - capitol
matadors -say yes baby -chavis
clasic sullivans - shame sham e shame -master key
age of bronze - i'm going to love you -guava
betty lloyd - Im catching on - bsc
lad teens - keep on rollin -cadillac
mamselles -open up your heart - abc
athens rogue - she could love me- stop
jo ann garret -whole new plan - chess
chevrons - Love i love you - mmc
Again have to say thanks to Ritchie for the above, great stuff, by now it was 11pm and so far night was on a roll
John Weston up and at them next, gave out a bit more of a 70s feel after Ritchies more 60's based spot. By now floor packed as it should be with stuff he was pushing out and am sure stayed that way right to end
Almost a part of the dmsc furniture Carl Willingham was up and at them for last hour, someone once said prove of a great dj is how wide a range and Carl did this with yet another set which had a different feel than others caught recently. Great stuff,.
New management and new staff of hotel, meant it had to be a on the dot finish which Carl did with "can't get over these memories" finishing the nite followed by all in showing their appreciation to all the djs for what to me was a tremendous night.
Crowd - well with chaos had getting this one of the ground thought be touch and go, but though slow at first it picked up and while not the busiest have had, after all probs reckon was a good one
Usual dodgy regulars showing up from all over Uk,
Few think online name checks not mentioned above off top of head
Joe Dunlop - he is monkey
ztsc crew - zero tolerence sc smiling here as every time hear name keep having visions of them going round giving it "what you looking at"
Kev and Karen S
Gaye and Colin
Cel Colin Jean -will email you photos
Chris, Stevie C and gang
Joan and Tony - hope car sorted?
bound to missed loads
ZTSC -Zero Tolerence Soul Club- good things about their recent Black Lion Hotel event in Manchester - sounds like on a winner
On the Scene - new one out with new mod section
New Weekly Summer Soul Nite on Thursdays to be launched soon at Kinmel Bay - more details when get them
Soul-Seek: Gaye passed on that events inc Station, Royal and Warrens all going well - details www.soul-seek.co.uk
camera - results from digital camera mean it is time to be sacked or at least dig out the manual
ok think its now about 2 years since kicked off monkey, as said at begining we're just doing things our own way, all based on us all getting a nite of exciting quality rare soul, and having a laugh with muckers when doing it
thats it bottom line
Think thats what got last nite, feedback got on nite said so
Of course as always say my view on things is always a bit different as involved in organising things, all organising stuff and so on makes it so.
So feel free to pass on your view if there
Hopefully get plays from John and Carl later on and will add
In a rare spirit of organistaion had confiirmed the next date and annouced it so on nite, unfortunately it seems that there may be a unforseen problem with this and are currently sorting..business as normal there!
Will annouce soonest
We had a Brilliant night last night, the All Era Room was Better than ever, shame there weren't more people there. Probably something to do with the cup final !!
Well Done another Great night out ! We will be there on the 9th July.
Ang&Jon Caddick - Deeside
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As always thanks to all
Mike and Steve