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COMMUNAL HANDCLAPPING

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Lets go back, way back, back into time......

Three questions:

When did this behaviour [on the rare soul scene] start?

What records inspired it: I always think of 'Tainted Love' but there must be many more?

When did it fade out? I remember it at late Ritz all-dayers but not at Morecombe or Stafford but I could be wrong.

Anybody got a memory or two to share.

dean

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can remember "love is a good foundation" at the pier people clapping and a few other songs but did slowly drifted away when pier shut and moved to the carelton inn. personally miss it used to be great to here it added to the songs and atmosphere. 

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always thought of clapping as a 'unique' sort of group communal remixing!

as in at its peak the way it could change completely the way some records 'worked'  was quite extraordinary!

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, dean jj said:

Lets go back, way back, back into time......

Three questions:

When did this behaviour [on the rare soul scene] start?

What records inspired it: I always think of 'Tainted Love' but there must be many more?

When did it fade out? I remember it at late Ritz all-dayers but not at Morecombe or Stafford but I could be wrong.

Anybody got a memory or two to share.

dean

didn't attend but have heard it on Stafford tapes,  keb encouraging with 'let hear those hands clapping'

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Still plenty of clapping today at oldies venues.... Cause your mine - "dadadadadadada  CLAP!", Outro to That's Not love, "You Should have held on...CLAP!....a little tighter" seems to be Wigan oldies and earlier though - any later discoveries with the clap?

 

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3 hours ago, dean jj said:

Lets go back, way back, back into time......

Three questions:

When did this behaviour [on the rare soul scene] start?

What records inspired it: I always think of 'Tainted Love' but there must be many more?

When did it fade out? I remember it at late Ritz all-dayers but not at Morecombe or Stafford but I could be wrong.

Anybody got a memory or two to share.

dean

Hi Dean

pretty sure there's a couple of old threads on this - with sound files. Have a quick search

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14 minutes ago, Peter99 said:

Hi Dean

pretty sure there's a couple of old threads on this - with sound files. Have a quick search

You are right Pete,last one was early last year I think. I quite like to see / hear a collective clap to a record,what  sometimes I find slightly irritating is the random clappers who clap away during any record for what appears no apparent reason, especially if my backs to the dancefloor and they have what I'd call a firecracker clap. Obvious candidate as far as records go Crying over You

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2 hours ago, mike said:

always thought of clapping as a 'unique' sort of group communal remixing!

as in at its peak the way it could change completely the way some records 'worked'  was quite extraordinary!

 

crowdremixing! 

different venues, different claps
but ain't it all like a lot of northern related stuff... as it gets popular it gets not so popular, yep?

 

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Great topic Dean,

I loved the hand clapping in the early days of my visits to Wigan Casino during its first year (stopped going after that) and the Blackpool Mecca too.

Then we had The Cleethorpes Pier during its short couple of years and of course The Cleethorpes Winter Gardens.There were many other venues at that time that had this wonderful Hand Clapping at all the right moments in a song, why or when it stopped is a mystery to me as the atmosphere was electric at the time. Just may be that some just could not be bothered and eventually it died out, would be great to see (hear) it revived, wouldn't take much i wouldn't have thought.

Clapping seems to be now reserved for the end of a tune being played that was well received  or with the showing of appreciation of a DJ playing something nice for the first time or a less played quality oldie, and of course at the end of a good set being played to show how much it had been enjoyed and appreciated which also is very welcome, that for what it is worth that is my take on it, interesting point would be looking back would be did the dancers hand clap while dancing or was it just the ones off the dance floor observing or both, fast hand clapping and dancing must be quite hard do do at the same time and keeping in step with the track being danced to would be very difficult i would have thought.  

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Ultimate clapping record ever imho................ Blackpool Mecca circa 72 ..................FRED HUGHES "BABY BOY" 

group remixing on a different level, the record just ain't half as good without the handclaps.

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Station Rd, 1978, 4am and I'm on a full dance floor clapping and dancing to 'You Better Believe it Baby' - Joe Tex.  Didn't get any better really.

........ and No, the ending never caught me out, Honest.

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Broke my first decent watch (a JW Benson) hand clapping at the Casino. One end of the leather strap went and off it shot across the dance floor.  I got it back but it never worked again. :(

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The Jades - I'm Where It's At is literally made for clapping to at the start and in the break.

Also Mel Wynn & The Rhythm Aces - Stop Sign.  A clappin' Casino classic.

 

 

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Still lots of happy clappers ( me included ) at The 100 Club. Few that spring to mind are:-

Charlene & The Soul Serenaders - Can You Win

Ben E King - Getting To Me

Cresa Watson - Sweet Temptation

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, hornet said:

Allways had my hands over my ears when this was played ! Awful 

I guess it had it's time and place.

Never my time and never at my place though - it is utter shite.

:hatsoff2:

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1 hour ago, hornet said:

Allways had my hands over my ears when this was played ! Awful 

In 78 we had Derek & Ray. Today of course we've moved on from that all that pop crap and now have quality sounds like Bob Sinclair and DJ Genitals filling the floors.....

Think I'll stop in tonight and listen to Interplay. :lol:

 

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Hiya, one I love is me and my mate terry ( wheel goer) is stepping through imaginary frame to ' steppingg out of the picture' and that little fast round of applause ( applause  not for us by the way) hundred club thing but great.  Cheers

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100 Club still has a fair few clappers, in the right breaks I may add, always tell the divs, they have no idea where to clap or where you spin or drop....dead give away.....in an atmospheric venue, it creates an amazing atmosphere for sure.

Russ

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Always loved the atmosphere the clapping created, totally recognise the tailing off of its popularity, but it does still hang on, and for me is one of the things I can still contribute to, never having been much good at spins, and with stamina and knees not what they once were!

I take the point made earlier in the thread about claps that might come out of the blue from someone dancing near you, but maybe that's a personal response to how the record takes you, can't say it's ever spoiled things for me (but maybe it was me doing it!).

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10 hours ago, Russ Vickers said:

100 Club still has a fair few clappers, in the right breaks I may add, always tell the divs, they have no idea where to clap or where you spin or drop....dead give away.....in an atmospheric venue, it creates an amazing atmosphere for sure.

Russ

Do divs still exist Russ? I guess they must do. Also once known as "plastics" around our way. 

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Explain div ! Is it someone who wears Spencer's & dances 2 interplay , A rare soul snob who looks down on the oldies scene who Carnt dance 4 toffee , or some one who dosent attend any scene who rips the piss on A key board  ??? Fecked if I know !

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34 minutes ago, hornet said:

Explain div ! Is it someone who wears Spencer's & dances 2 interplay , A rare soul snob who looks down on the oldies scene who Carnt dance 4 toffee , or some one who dosent attend any scene who rips the piss on A key board  ??? Fecked if I know !

if you really want to go down that road, then maybe better if you try doing it via a new topic

though going by past similar topics, it may be a short lived topic 

 

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