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    Some may also know me as Aldo Moravcik on Facebook (nothing mysterious about covering myself up there, I just didn't want extended family and work-types being exposed to compromising tales and pics of my misspent youth on the Northern Scene that crop up from time to time . Well, what to say.  I learned to dance to Len Barry - 123 in my bedroom; first niter was Wigan 5th Oldies Anniversary on 15th Feb 1981, second was the 'official' last one in September '81. In between me and my big bro Steve snapped up every possible Northern & Motown compilations we could get our hands on - which in those days was only the 3 Grapevine LP's and a brilliant Motown 'Mod' compilation. Totally hooked by that point, and under the guidance of peers who were dedicated 'newies' men, Clifton Hall became the go-to venue. Then Stafford TOTW. Steve and I started the Right Track Soul Club (I know, I know...) for all dayers at The Crown Hotel in Thornton, Fife. Niters followed, with a policy of promoting a much 60's, 70's/Modern newies we could get away with, a decision that set us on a collision course with what was essentially an oldies-orientated crowd in Scotland, and ensured every single promotion we staged would be frought with the fear we wouldn't get enough bodies in to cover costs.  The Crown Hotel niters were born to self destruct - a function suite, surrounded by homes in a tiny village was never going to last, so after enticing Rob Smith, Tony Clayton, Gary Rushbrooke, Chris Plant, Dave Thorley, Keb and, for his Scottish debut, Guy Hennigan to grace the decks, the Council pulled the plug. A couple of niters were held in the Exit Centre in Glenrothes - one of which was covered in a Stuart Cosgrove feature in Echoes in '85 - before we moved to our new home at Glenrothes YMCA., and our newer, much cooler Solid Hit Soul Club, complete with pale blue plastic membership cards. We ran niters there for a couple of years until it was kiboshed by the inevitable police/Council intervention. I started collecting very early on, then dj'ing warm up spots at The Crown. Because of the good taste of our Edinburgh & Tranent peers, I was as at home with 60's oldies as with brand new US indie releases, but was and am still proud to be a Capo of sorts in the New 60's Mafia. I dj'd pretty much everywhere in Scotland for about 10 years from the early 80's, including all but 2 of the much loved Allanton niters, and a few guest spots in England, including various 100 Club forays, Keb's first wedding, and a residency downstairs at Leicester Oddfellows for a year (more often than not when Keb was on in the main room, frustratingly), the highlight of which was doing 12- 1 in the Main Room at a Christmas niter, just before Gary Rushbrooke came on. Gary was the first DJ whose records I could identify him by, kind of a first DJ hero, and he stood with me at the decks for most of the hour, being supportive with wee words of encouragement. I finished with The Inticers - Since You Left and he said something incredibly complimentary on the hand over that I immediately forgot and regretted not asking him to repeat! The other real highlight was playing the upstairs attic room in Stafford at a TOTW anniversary: I didn't deserve it - I was strictly B-List as a newies DJ - but I think being invited to play was a recognition from Dave of the missionary work we were doing in Scotland, spreading the newies gospel, and a wee thank you for our support of Stafford. Allanton's demise in the early 90's was a hammer blow. It had become widely acknowledged at the No.1 All Nighter on the scene: I mean no disrespect to the venerable 100 Club in saying that, but the 100 Club just seemed to trundle along, ploughing it's own furrow; always reliable but not so often thrilling, where as Allanton was a blast; an event worth looking forward to, every single time. Being so involved in it and so close to promoter Jim O'Hara, it closing knocked the heart right out of me. Plus I had just started going out with a girl who lived in London at the time, a gal not on the scene, so I just kinda drifted off. It should be said the lure of exciting new electronic music coming out of black America, the exciting clubs it was played in and the accompanying, highly exciting pharmaceuticals played a significant role at this juncture *ahem* To be continued...  

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    Uddingston, near Glasgow
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    today, it's Larry Wright - 'Sweet Sweet Kisses'

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  1. 7 Fine 60’s fo’sale So anyway, I eventually arrange to have my decks MOT’d, which means the set up in my den need disassembling, disconnecting, dismantling blah blah blah. A pain in the arse, so imagine my surprise to find a little collection of Stafford-era goodies which had slipped down the back over the years – see the pic! I took that to be a sign from the Sales God to get ‘em listed, so here we go… I’ve added YouTube clips so you can to treat your ears to something new, or to remind you how good a tune sounds, but they’re not my records: the one’s I’m selling are pictured
  2. 70’s & 80’s Style Dancers, bouncers, floaters; uptempo, mid and the odd down tempo sweet thang. All are in at least Ex condition unless stated otherwise. I’ve added YouTube clips so you can to treat your ears to something new, or to remind you how good a tune sounds, but they’re not my records: the one’s I’m selling are pictured. *** PLEASE READ THE TERMS AT THE BOTTOM IF YOU’RE BUYING SOMETHING – IT’S NOT JUST A VAGUELY AMUSING READ, THAR LIES IMPORTANT INFO *** The Escorts – All We Need Is Another Chance / Ooh Baby Baby / Look Over Your Shoulder / By Th
  3. Felice Taylor, Ultimations, Superiors & Josephine Taylor SOLD
  4. Strictly 60’s Bumper list today, all sorts of 60’s: Northern, Sweet, Deep; Teeth Gnashers, Fist Pumpers, Tear Jerkers; Bangers, Honkers, Bonkers and Stonkers - they’re all here! Lots of double sided twofers too, check ‘em out. I’ve added YouTube clips so you can to treat your ears to something new, or to remind you how good a tune sounds, but they’re not my records: the one’s I’m selling are pictured. *** ALL ARE IN EX CONDITION UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE *** *** PLEASE READ THE TERMS AT THE BOTTOM IF YOU’RE BUYING SOMETHING – IT’S NOT JUST A VAGUELY AMUSING READ, THAR LIES
  5. *** November Northern - Guy Fawkes’ Special - 60’s Rockets ‘n Bangers! As usual I’ve added YouTube clips so you can to treat your ears to something new, or to remind you how good a tune sounds, but they’re not my records: the one’s I’m selling are pictured. ALL ARE IN EX CONDITION UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE *** IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THE TERMS AT THE BOTTOM IF YOU’RE BUYING SOMETHING *** *** SOLD *** Otis Clay – Show Place – Onederful £20 hard as nails, grunting, teeth gnashing pounder. And that’s a good thing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p76wF8MP5y0 *** S
  6. Sweet 60’s Souldies A new theme for me, a list of out-and-out 60’s sweet soul charmers and gentle ballads. As a wee chap starting out on the Northern scene, I soon developed a particular love for the male vocal group sound, fast dancers and mid-tempo finger snappers alike, which eventually evolved to include the kind of sweeter tracks that were unplayable on the scene but which sounded irresistible at home. I’ve found such tracks on the flip sides of many in my Northern collection, and some are listed here, but with prominence given to the sweet side. As usual I’ve added You
  7. Northern of every hue… All manner of 60’s Northern sounds here. As usual I’ve added YouTube clips so you can to treat your ears to something new, or to remind you how good a tune sounds, but they’re not my records: the one’s I’m selling are pictured (apart from Chessmen and Johnny Nash) *** ALL ARE IN EX CONDITION UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE *** *** PLEASE READ THE TERMS AT THE BOTTOM IF YOU’RE BUYING SOMETHING *** *** SOLD *** Alex Brown – What Would You Do Without Someone To Love / I’m In Love – Tangerine vg++ £15 lovely uptempo dancer, every home
  8. Howdy y'all, found this old thread in a general cyber trawl for info on this particular M-111 release. Not listed in Manship's book, not in Discog's Maurci listing, no reference to it on Popsike. In fact, the only internet reference to it I could find lead me to this page, and I see it get's a reference above. 'I Wouldn't Believe' is , indeed, an inst of Monique M-108, and there's plenty of references to it's M-112 release, with 'Teapot' on the flip, but M-111 has this weird, gritty inst 'Tracking' on the flip, which kinda reminds me of the unreleased Alvin Cash chugger 'Sweatin' ,
  9. 60’s Crunchers, Grunters ‘n Grinders (and the odd jaunty Northern groover). I’ve added YouTube clips so you can to treat your ears to something new, or to remind you how good a tune sounds, but they’re not my records: the one’s I’m selling are pictured. *** ALL ARE IN EX CONDITION UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE *** *** PLEASE READ THE TERMS AT THE BOTTOM IF YOU’RE BUYING SOMETHING *** 1. ZZ Hill – You Just Cheat And Lie / Everybody Needs Somebody – Kent £25 you gotta love old ZZ, a trooper for occasions. That warm voice never sounded better than on this 6T’s rhythm ‘n soul sw

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