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The Guardian Does Popcorn

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The Guardian Does Popcorn magazine cover

A look at the 'Popcorn Scene' could be read in the Guardian yesterday and while its a mainstream take it read quite well to me.

A few preview clips...

Belgium's 'Popcorn': the last underground music scene in Europe

Antwerp's answer to northern soul has a drowsy, decadent vibe and its DJs favour eclecticism, jive music and playing records at the wrong speed. Bob Stanley gets into its strange groove

... DJ plays Eartha Kitt, the Skatalites, something that sounds like a northern soul record at the wrong speed. The atmosphere is friendly but exclusive, and the musical mood dark and opulent. This is a Belgian Popcorn club.

... really do have the wrong idea about Belgium," says Bill Brewster, the author of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life. "Musically, it's been far more innovative than people give it credit for, possibly due to the push and pull of the Flemish and French split..

Here's the link...


The documentary featured.


purist Feb 07 2014 01:49 PM

worth reading/watching, although like the northern scene I suspect you really need to live it to fully get it. Having said that I have come to really enjoy a lot of Popcorn tunes in the last 15 years or so.

TailorMade Gaz B Feb 09 2014 01:13 PM

The very first Manchester European Soul weekender started off with a popcorn day. It was fantastic.

pikeys dog Feb 11 2014 03:32 AM

The article mentions the "Kingpin" in Sheffield,this is a miss-print, it should read "King Bee".

DooWopShopper Feb 11 2014 09:37 AM

Let's hope, the popcorn scene will not be detected and exploited by hipsters and fashion victims 😄

However, I like to mix up popcorn with Norhern Soul and Rockabilly - just good "Oldies": 😉




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