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What is the "boogie scene"?


Simon T

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Boogie is a term that has been around for years and describes that early 80s synth-driven dance sound (for the most part as there are always exceptions). Not really an offshoot of the modern scene but 'Post-disco disco tracks' is actually a pretty-good description!!

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I suspect, about 20 blokes in there late 20, early thirties form Germany and the like (probably yellow jean wearers!) who've got too much cash to spend on crap late disco tunes, to play to another 20 enthusiasts (Mainly blokes) in a room above some beer Cellar in Dusseldorf. But its dead cool. 😉 

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Boogie is typically more mid-tempo than Disco - but like many such genre descriptions, it came after the music itself, so there aren't strict definitions.

The three 'Groove On Down' CDs were good primers years ago from Soul Brother (I think, could be wrong). There have been compilations since on XYZ Records -those these are generally more oriented to the dance rather than Soul aspect.

Although often associated with synths, many of the tracks are full of strings being influenced by Chic and Salsoul.

A lot of Soul artists made songs tagged later as Boogie just due to the era.

It has followers and collectors in France and Japan.  It's also now incorporated into a lot of south based UK Soul scene.

I don't think it has a 'scene' as such, there have been occasional nights dedicated to it - but it's really incorporated into Soul scenes as one style alongside such as 2-Step, Disco, Soulful House, Funk and more. A fair number of the vocal-led tracks cross over between 'scenes' such as New Jersey Connection with 'My Love Don't Come Easy' - late disco, electric funk, Boogie, Modern Soul?  It's all and none of those, which are just labels we put on later.

 

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2 hours ago, geeselad said:

I suspect, about 20 blokes in there late 20, early thirties form Germany and the like (probably yellow jean wearers!) who've got too much cash to spend on crap late disco tunes, to play to another 20 enthusiasts (Mainly blokes) in a room above some beer Cellar in Dusseldorf. But its dead cool. 😉 

You might have danced around to some boogie tunes in your yellow jeans not even realising they were classed as boogie tunes 😆

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Tunes that come to my head as boogie 

Active Force. Give me your love.

Omari. After loving you.

Webster lewis. Let me be the one.

Passion. Dont stop my love.

Kashif . Rumours.

Mighty Figher. Sweet Fire/ Just a little bit.

Remember these getting played Clifton hall, Stafford modern/boogie all great tunes.

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Ok

I think I might have got it now.

The backing to these records from this period is definitely different to earlier disco tunes.

Sound great loud with a lot of bass.

Obviously the tunes at 30 to 40 years old now, to hear them again,  must be a specialist scene because I've never heard them at a soul night since they were new releases.

Forgotten. 

Just like a previous thread about the 1980 ish Jazz funk scene. The records never got absorbed enmasse into the northern/70s soul scene.

I'm glad somebody is playing them out again, yellow trousers or not:)

Ed

 

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16 minutes ago, Tomangoes said:

Not a million miles away, could this could have been an early boogie tune?

Was definitely played in the jazz funk rooms at release...and charted I believe.

Ed

 

Just like the "Northern Scene" records were "stolen" and played on different scenes, this track being "Afro Beat"......great tune and this is why records should not always be classed as certain styles as it was definitely played on the "Jazz Funk" Scene

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11 hours ago, 21 again said:

Tunes that come to my head as boogie 

Active Force. Give me your love.

Omari. After loving you.

Webster lewis. Let me be the one.

Passion. Dont stop my love.

Kashif . Rumours.

Mighty Figher. Sweet Fire/ Just a little bit.

Remember these getting played Clifton hall, Stafford modern/boogie all great tunes.

Rumors is fantastic example. One of the best.

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There's a reasonably big boogie scene in France, where UK band Delegation remain popular. The retailer and record label "Boogie Times" (still trading under that name on Discogs) put out a lot of reissued and unreleased stuff about 10 years ago, including 18 volumes of mostly obscure boogie tracks as well as various LPs (Rhyze, The Horne Section, Paradise, Cool Notes, Gee Bello and Light of the World).

Re definitions, post-disco disco, underground bass heavy funk, synth-heavy soulful dance ... the boundaries were and are quite fluid in practice. Ed's point above re Players Association is a good example. Boogie as a genre took the place of disco after the record burning event in Chicago which effectively redivided popular music along racial lines in the US, with boogie as a name serving as a sign of a kind of "cleaned up" disco with all the commercial dross taken out (e.g., Ethel Merman, James Last, even Sinatra).

Soul Brother's "Groove on down" comps are well worth a look. Ed's mention above of the Jam & Lewis produced stuff of the mid 80s is particularly relevant here. SOS Band's Jason Bryant produced this R. B. Hudmon boogie classic in 1983:

 

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