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Look back xmas monkey dec 2002


Lookback Xmas Monkey Dec 2002

Ok here we go with a look back at last nites xmas monkey. 8 o clock doors open, few early people already in, Not attempting much vinyl info, as still scrambled and as a lot of nite was spent darting about, was a case of missing a lot of vinyl going ons First up was Colin Wood one of promoters of the great Halifax Yorkshire Riders Club, got to say many thanks to Colin, fairly long story but end of day Colin put in a lot of effort to do this spot and know myself and Steve really appreciated this. And so it seemed did the early punters, numbers bit sluggish at first, so dancefloor bit underused. But Col dished out a great set, with many passing on appreciative comments .

Nice one and many thanks again for the support Colin. Have to mention Shirley as always good bounce and just when thought had finally got rid of riders flyers…. Big things going on at bar by now, with the monkey 2 4 1 bar promotion going on to 9 30. Numbers were picking up, and also the Chameleon (second) Room with new format “all era soul” was into full swing. Sue with help from Janine at first then Julie had the door thing going well smooth, cash, free cd, xmas raffle, Dave F doing his bit as well

Next up was Brian Ellis, resident just down the road at Broughton along with Soul Sam. This outing hitting a more 60s format, from bits what I saw/heard all really good stuff. And since have heard a fair few well good remarks. DMSC Regular Rob Thomas up and at them next, vinyl retention at alltime low at moment, even his first 45 which can remember saying no way will forget this has gone.Help! By now crowd wise numbers were up on last one and as had passed that oh so satisfying mark called “break even” it was a case of relax

Main guest Dave Rimmer was up for next hour and did a great set, afterwards said how much he enjoyed it says lines of “had a feeling of being let loose”. Vinyl managed to grab top 5.from nite. 1. Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman 2. Magnetics - I Have A Girl 3. Vondells - Hey Girl 4 The Caressors - I just cant stay a 5. Little Charles and Sidewinders -The Loner - Decca - think Dave said first time he played this - could be dodgy info Steve T on hearing Caressors did his now familar trick of letting it slip that has a copy of this at home somewhere, I did my now familar reaction of shaking my head and wondering if he was sent to torment me! And then was sure that he was, as said cost him 4 quid. Was going to reply stroking my chin, popular Rotherham spin possibly round 1980 but as didn’t know that till 15 mins ago didn’t

Andy Rix returning from his travels was back on main stage and pushed out a great set, interesting one of nite was a “other” version of “I’d think it over twice” which said recently aquired, of course straight away asked Andy details and then, yes straight away forgot them, some other interesting sides, hopefully Andy will fill in details (cop out yeah i know !) Crying Time, The Hurting Is Over, and more monkey were out and about. Great stuff top form.

Finishing off nite was the 30 min “monkey till you drop” spot, bit of a change, in past guy doing local dj spot did it, but steve and meself do it now as felt was missing a bit of contunity.

First had the xmas raffle to get outta way and first winner was Stuart from St Ives who won the ten 45s soul pack, the next up winner choose as prize the bottle of wine, then 30 secs later sent back by his wife to exchange it for one of those furry Monkeys

The wine was later on claimed by Ann A Some current and popular north wales coast stuff got dished out.over the last 30 mins, “Monkey till you drop” meaning anything goes Crowd wise, was good to see numbers up compared to last one, especally as a fair few other events were on as well. A fair few travellers from all stops North West, Yorkshire, St Ives, Kent, Midlands Cambridge, and beyond To me seemed a well good buzz to the nite, all feedback that heard so far was/is highly positive Chameleon Room - The second room format changed (some may note the name ) , this time went for all-era soul format Chico, Mark S and Phil B had volunteered to supply sound kit for this and supply the main sounds, Along with guy who’s name missed apoliges delivered a great mix of sounds Paul Baldwin was the guest dj and caught a fair bit with some quality year 2k+ stuff.

From all heard the format worked really well, with a great mix of all-era stuff, the full range.Awaiting some plays from the djs and will push up all info as know there’s some who are interested. Along with full report of going ons and views from this room. Big thanks to Chico for getting equipment and sorting out.

Already had a lot of good feedback, big thanks to all djs and crowd ……….more soon. Namechecks - Gotta say just too many to mention, Regards to all Thanks - All Djs, as said all feedback on the nite given it a thumbs up, door crew - all things well smooth, members - one of the enjoyable things about the monkey is the support we get, like people just popping in briefly to show support, plus many helping us out in many ways. Promotion - As always doing this show flying on the seat of our arse, most of cash goes on making sure that we deliver the best in quality soul and djs, cause of this main promotion is just word of mouth and flyers. If can spread the word, be it on fanzines, telling muckers, internet email lists,and so on be a help. Future -

Watch out for future event date, djs locations and more soon Endline - Thought attendance may have been dodgy with xmas, events on close by, similar events elsewhere, and all that. Turned out no worries, numbers were up on last one. Own feeling of it was a great nite, of course as co-promoter my view always just that bit different than others. Feel free to post up yours

cheers mike

Plays from 27 Dec 2002 xmas feast — site admin (site admin), in

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The Drunken Monkey Soul Club, North Wales, 27th December, 2002.

Colin Wood

8pm to 9pm

Four Sonics - Easier said than done - Sport

Joe L - Worried - Clissac

Ambers - I love you baby - Verve

Danny Williams - Whose little girl are you - Deram

Ravenettes - Since you’ve been gone - Shurfine

 Bouquets - Welcome to my heart - Blue Cat

 Connie Questell - Give up girl - Decca

Rivieras - You counter feit girl - Riley’s

Jesse Boone - I got to love you - Soul Potion

Buckinghams - You misunderstand me - Columbia

 James Bell - Amazing love - RoJam

Gladys King - Orange - ABC

Billy Butler - Sweet darling - Brunswick

Echoes - Million dollar bill - Pulse

Vows - Tell me - VIP

Garland Green - Angel baby - Uni

Intruders - Check yourself - Gamble

Jades - Hotter than fire - Cherry Red

Maximilian - You’d better - Magic Circle

 Sandra Phillips - You succeeded - Broadway

Creations - Oh baby - Globe

Shadows - My love has gone - Golden Sound

Enjoyables - Push a little harder - Capitol

Victors - Hurt - Philips

Dave Rimmer

11pm to 12pm

Larry Davies - I’ve Been Hurt So Many Times Before - Kent

Joe Tex - I Wanna Be Free - Dial

Frank Foster - Harlem Rumble - Triode

Patience Valentine - If You Don’t Come - SAR

Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl

Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay

Jimmy Washburn - Into Your Heart - C/U

Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise

Fabulous Apollos - The One Alone - Valtone

Donald Jenkins - Somebody Help Me - Cortland

Pat Brown - The Good Got To Suffer For The Bad - Seven B

Brooks O’Dell - Standing Tall - Columbia

 Jimmy Hart - Tea House In China Town - Mercury

Sam Fletcher - I’d Think It Over - Tollie

Mill Evans - Why Why Why - King

Sparkles - Try Love - Old Town

Betty Turner - The Winds Kept Laughing - Crescent

Caressors - I Can’t Stay Away - Ru-Jac

Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra Sel

Little Charles & The Sidewinders - The Loner - Decca

Vondells - Hey Girl (You’ve Changed) - Airtown

Jimmy Wallace - I’ll Be Back - Alpha

Andrea Henry - I Need You Like A Baby - MGM

Johnny Mae Mathews - I Have No Choice - Big Hit

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