Hi, I am one of those stompers from Mr Ms that are supposed to have killed off the northern scene way back in the early 70s - but we had fun whilst doing it. Since my return from Asia in 1998 I have been part of the soul scene here in Germany, especially in Hamburg. I think it could be of interest to know that the german rare soul scene developed out of the "roller scene" or the scooter scene. This scene I am told was at its peak in the 90s with up to 1000 scooterists meeting at a "scooter treff". The music covered a wide spectrum from Billy Ocean to the Yum Yums. Since then the numbers have dwindled and now we probably have around 30 "hard core" in Hamburg and only a hand full in each of the major cities - the great thing is that most of us know each other so that the allnighters are nearly always a big reunion - which makes the scene so special. Music includes oldies, modern and R&B, classic Uk oldies were frowned upon but are slowly making a come back as the prices for everything else rocket. This is my personal impression of the german scene. Maybe some one else would like to chip in?