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About casinoboy

  • Birthday 07/12/1960

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    The Group-`I Don`t Like To Lose`

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  1. Douglas, I can tell you without any doubt whatsoever that `I Don`t Like To Lose` was first played by Richard Searling at the Casino in 1978. It was discovered by John Anderson on a trip to Detroit. the Anderson/Searling partnership gave the Casino 90% of all the incredible discoveries (both `60s AND `70s) that were played during the clubs` last three years: Jackie Beavers, Court Davis, Little Ann, Larry Clinton, Eddie Holman, the list is massive, as is the debt of gratitude that those of us who were there owe to Mr. Anderson and in particular Mr. Searling. As for Cecil Washington, it will always be `Joe Matthews`, and in my opinion is still the best record ever made. KTF, Casinoboy (AKA Dave Shaw)
  2. Aah man this is so sad... Lowton, as you said, was always there, thank you for so many great times... KTF x
  3. Beautiful. That`s the sort of thread that makes us better than the rest. Dave Shaw
  4. Please pass on to Steve Whittle, Lovely piece mate, are you ok? I know how much you loved the guy, and I feel for your loss my friend. Gimme a call some time ok? God bless you Steve. Dave Shaw
  5. Oh no! Another of our heros is gone. I will never forget him at the Top of The World All-nighter in Stafford. He made us see where the genius that we call Northtern Soul was born, where it came from. My thoughts and my gratitude go out to his remaining family for his wonderful life, and to my friend Steve Whittle, who had such a fantastic fiendship with the man. God bless you `Popcorn` Casinoboy
  6. IT`S ON THE KARATE LABEL DOOH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. That`s a very thought-provoking idea!! No, it wouldn`t bring the scene to its knees, in my opinion it has been there for years. The constant replication of the same set of oldies played each week at most venues has made the scene stale and boring. There is no longer a vibrant, forward-looking scene that we lived for back at the Casino and through much of the eighties at venues like Stafford and the 100 Club, a scene that broke new material every week. Todays` scene is little more than a social gathering for 40-plus people who have grown up with Northern Soul and could no more give it up than fly through the air. The few exceptions (Burnley, Holmes Chappell etc.) form only a fraction of the venues still running in 2008, that try to break new material. But consider this: how many `oldies` that have not been played on the scene for 25-30 years would not grace any dance floor today? There is a whole new undiscovered scene waiting to be activated by the right promoter with the right attitude that if you play an oldie to someone who has never heard it before it becomes a newie. 90% of the records that I fell in love with at Wigan Casino were at least ten years old in 1975 when I started going. To ignore sounds like The Lovables `You Can`t Dress Up A Broken Heart` or Bobby Lester `Hang Up Your Hang-ups` in favour of another repetition of `If That`s What You Wanted`or `Get It Baby` is worse than stupid, it`s criminal (though not racist, mate!) As to your general point of staying fiercely loyal to one genre of music, I guess that is up to the individual, but given the massive part of our lives that we have all spent on Northern Soul, is staying with the music any different to staying with the same woman? Thanks for your original idea man, you have certainly started something here, but I have to say no to the racist connection. I hate racists more than I hate West Bromich Albion fans, and being a loyal Gold & Black that is saying something. Shit, I can feel the rumble of keyboards of Albion fans from here!!! Honest To Goodness, Casinoboy
  9. I`ve got a great idea for completing your CD collection: take them all outside and use them as improvised frisbees to attack the neighbours` cat who has just crapped on your lawn. Then go out and buy some worn-out scratched original `60s vinyl RECORDS. It won`t do much for your bank balance, but your soul will be so much purer for getting the real thing instead of some digitalised, sanitised and soul-less replica of what the real music (and the real artists) were all about. Oh dear I think I must have offended at least 50% of the current rare Soul scene with this email. Didn`t mean to have a go at you personally Karen, but this is one of my dyed-in-the-wool old fashioned Casino opinions. Good hunting (for vinyl of course!) Casinoboy x
  10. You got that dead right mate! We used to call it a bad night at the Casino if only 500 people turned up! How many venues today can boast that kind of attendance, even on a monthly basis? We got that every week!! Keep the faith bro! Casinoboy
  11. Can I give you a totally biased answer to your question about anti-Casino people? It aint` rocket science man, it`s just plain old-fashioned green-eyed jealousy. The only people who would or could ever denegrate what you rightly call the pinacle of the Northern Soul scene in this country are the tiny-minded, self-obsessed people who never went to the place. Wigan Casino was the Northern Soul scene. True it encouraged many other venues, many new DJ`s and a whole new generation to the music of Black America, a lot of which are still a part of the scene today. But in the whole history of Soul music in this country, the Casino stands head and shoulders above any other era, venue, or stupid opinion voiced by those who were not a part of those wonderful seven years. Look at your `whats` on` guide for the next month then ask yourself; without the legacy of Wigan Casino, how many venues would still be running on a monthly or weekly basis? Without the Casino, Northern Soul would have died with the closure of the Torch and the Catacombs, there would have been no Cambridge, no Yate, no Stafford, no Keele, no Kings` Hall: Northern Soul would be as dead as Punk Rock and Jazz Funk. I can only feel sorry for those who slag the Casino today, because the scene that they claim to be part of is just a ripple in the pond that once was hit by a hurricane. I hope that answers your question man, if not it was worth the time to remember the `Emp` as my old mate Steve Whittle still calls it. Believe me, as someone who was there and would still give anything to return there for just one night, they didn`t call it the Heart Of Soul for nothing.

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