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  • Birthday 17/10/1969

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  1. Really sad to hear that Richie passed away. What a musician.
  2. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Really sad to hear that Richie passed away. What a musician.<br /> View full article
  3. Very sad news indeed. I was lucky enough to be at that 100 Club perfomance back in the early 1990s. A total legend.
  4. Great observation Barry. I think there's a couple of things going on here - Terry Hall sumed it up well: All you punks and all you teds, mods, rockers, hippies and skinheads... I'd say today's kids don't have the benefit of the tribalism that 'youth culture' had back in the 60s & 70s: you were a mod, ted, skinhead, soulie or into your reggae or jazz funk etc - and you took that music very seriously - it went hand in hand with your identity and style - and you did your homework, you read the right magazines - you listened to the right radio stations: you could have gone on Mastermind you knew that much. In the 70s politics got thrown into the mix too, so hippies, oi punks added to the mix - NF marches, CND, feminism, rock against racism, Thatcher etc... all shaped musical taste to certain extent for young people. Kids in the 70s that were into prog rock, glam rock, Bowie were replaced by kids in the 80s that were into synths, new romantics, goths alonside all those other tribes. Add to the mix those tribes that didn't really dig music but went along for the journey: casuals, foootball hooligans ICF etc and you get the idea. Then something really strange happened - it even silenced Morrisey for a while: the ecstacy tablet and the nightclub conqured all (well almost all - there are some exceptions). That tribalism seemed to vanish. Even the anarchists got into the rave scene - and football hooligans hugged each other on the terraces. Who would dare to be different? Post the House and dance boom there's not been much to unify or separate kids in terms of 'youth culture'. A second factor which is probably more fundamnetal and has been the way kids now get hold of thier music - that illeagal or legit download verses a purchase of physical record changes your relationship with music. When I first started buying records in the late 70s it was a spiritual experience - the smell of the vinyl, taking care of the disc, the actual visit to the record shop - nothing could compare. Kids just don't have that emotional relationsip with music anymore. They don't have to store their stacks of 7"s or have many shops to buy them in - they just make sure thier Itunes library is up to date with whatever is doing the business. That's also reflected in the music media which has gone the same way - online as opposed to print format (were even doing it online here) - and a really narrow choice when compared to even 5 -10 years ago - even Smash Hits folded and ToTPs and MTV took a hit as broadcasters. This change had a massive affect on the music industry which clearly didn't see the MP3 revolution coming. Profitabilty went out the window - and so did big marketing budgets and all those big advances for second rate dance tracks (that's not knocking the dance scene either). Major labels were in real trouble in the early 2000s as illeagal downloading began to bite and artists realised that they could easily sell their own music online. The solution for the record compaines was to change tack - use cheaper online channels for targeting youth market rather than CDs and vinyl - YouTube is now one of the most important marketing channel for major labels. Just look at what's happened to PSY's Gangnam Style over the last month - online driven and picked up by the mainstram media - a fairytale for some record exec! So where does that leave kids today? It's not surprising that XFactor is so popular - most kids wouldn't know where to look if they did dare to be different. But the WWW is a wonderful thing, very democratic - it can make and destroy Simon Cowell, so who knows what's around the next corner. Long live the revolution! Three artists that made an impression: Jimmy Cliff, The Clash and The Specials (Jerry Dammers).
  5. Interesting and nice sentiment but I think you're overplaying the significance of a Northern Soul legacy. Certianly in the last 30 years the Northern scene has been about the retrospective appreciation of black american music (and second hand copies) that was so undervalued in it's country of origin - but I'm not convinced that much of this has trickled down to artists. Music publishers and record company execs might have a better story to tell on those that were licenced for comps or reissues. You could also say the same about House and New York disco (The Loft/Gallery/Paradise Garage) scene that flourished after the demise of 1970s disco boom - ignored outside black gay club scenes in New York, New Jersy and Chicago but lapped up over here. A little bit of history repeating itself? And what's more ironic is that those very artists appreciated so much on the Northern Scene were still recording and largely ignored by the NS scene in the 1970s and 80s because black america had left the sixties sound behind. I think the 'legacy' remains with the dancers and people who still buy the music - mainly on this side of the pond (myself included).
  6. At the top of my modern playlist at the moment Let Your love Rain Down On Me - Jewel Bass (...and the David Ruffin version are both doing it for me at the moment. I can't make my mind up which version I prefer tho). All That Matters - Tony Owens I Wanna Be a Part of You - Ray Crumley Take off your Makeup - Chuck Jackson The morning after - Curtis Hairston I'm so lucky - Prince Gideon So sweet - Loleatta Holloway Saturday Night, Sunday Morning - T-empo (madhatter's RnB mix) what a stunning mix! Give a little lovin - Joshie Jo Armstead And two hidden gem LPs recently imported to my itunes library: Really wanna see you - Invisible Man's Band Make it good - Phillip Mitchell
  7. Robin -- what a shame I missed this. I was headed in this direction just to hear your set but didn't manage it - gutted. Long time since those days back at Bradford, glad to hear you played Bridge reminds me of Queens Hall! All the best Ken
  8. No doubt about it - what a talent! What You See Is What You Get - Volt
  9. Spot on Mark, I think you've been taken to the cleaners... ouch.
  10. Great advice - I bought this today but haven't listened to it yet. I shall seek out those optimum conditions over the weekend and let you know how I got on!
  11. KGF - absolutly ace. As it was recorded in stereo - it's bound to offend some here LOL.
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