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Xmas At The CSC Dome - View From The Floor

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A great view from the floor Intown Mikey

Capitol Xmas Bash 14/12/01

How many Northern Soul fans does it take to change a light bulb? Two !

One to change it, the other to say it isnt as good as the original. An old

joke, I know. But it does make the point that sometimes we dont appreciate

what we have in our hands.A great view from the floor Intown Mikey

Capitol Xmas Bash 14/12/01

How many Northern Soul fans does it take to change a light bulb? Two !

One to change it, the other to say it isnt as good as the original. An old

joke, I know. But it does make the point that sometimes we dont appreciate

what we have in our hands.

The C.S.C. has come in for its fair share of criticism in 2001. Thats inevitable I suppose, after the unqualified success of the previous 30 months or so, that sooner or later some people would start to have their twopenneth.

So, here we are freezing our "Stoke Kings Halls" off, in the Dome North

London. We need warming up good and proper. Step forward Mark George,fellow

Gloucestershire exile. We grew up at the same clubs, so it was inevitable I

would love every track in his set. I did. But the following view was passed

to me: "He played some absolute top Stafford tunes, some Id even forgotten

about." Sums it up perfectly. A well thought-out set that would appeal to

Dome regulars and anyone whod climbed the steps to the Top of the World.

Next Alan H and "Santas Little Leprechaun" Greg took to the decks, and

between them played just about every tune that has kept the dancefloor

buzzing since the early days in Shoreditch. Tonights crowd was a little

lower than usual, no doubt due to the time of year, but soon you were trying

to inch politely past dancers, trying to find a few spare feet of dancing

space.

Keeping the Gloucestershire connection going, Dave Flynn took over. With

some of the other djs opting to double up on the decks, Flynny decided he

wanted to play with himself!! And what a spectacle it was. Now sweat (I did

say sweat) stuck to the walls where only a few hours earlier icicles

resided. I dont like picking out tracks, but Dave as usual played a great

set of imaginative oldies, Dome Faves and some exclusive "one offs" like the

incredible: September Jones - "Give me all your love" (Unissued Pied Piper).

Flynny is responsible for me nearly losing my seat, because I didnt return

to it for so long someone thought I had gone home. Not a chance.

The party was in full flow, and next up was, Capitol regular Carl and one of the

London crowds favourite spinners Shifty. With London having had soul night

every day this week, it already had the feel of Sunday night at Cleethorpes.

So with Carls enthusiastic intros and Shiftys verbal ramraids, "You

havent got this one in Australia", the Dome was taken to another level.

With Ady C dancing, all it needed was someone to stick on "Interplay" and

say "This one goes out to Trickster, its his favourite record", and I would

have been signing the police statement confirming I had spent the evening at

the Beachcomber. The rest of the night was a blur. The Antellects, The

Jokers, TC Lee, Younghearts, Tommy Ridgley etc, I could go on but you get

the picture.

I had the best time. Some people would disagree. Thats fine.

We all have our own ideas on what makes our favourite soul night. But for me

Capitol is one of the best soul nights I have been lucky enough to visit

over the last 25+ years. Its one of those I do my damndest not to miss.

Even booking holidays 1 week earlier or later, so as not to miss one. And,

just like the entry stamp you get on the back of your hand, these Capitol

boys are gonna stick around for a long, long time.

Mikey.




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