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About ScooterNik

  • Birthday 24/01/1965

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  • Gender
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  • Interests
    Soul, Scooters, Leigh Centurions Rugby League Club, Ska and erm... thats it
  • Location
    rattling the keyboard again
  • Top Soul Sound
    Too Late - Larry Williams & Johnny Watson
  1. There's a plain white label, no print at all, bootleg of this. I've no idea where i picked it up, I've had it at least 20 years, but it was probably in a soul pack or something like. IIRC (not played it for a while) it's a four track 7". Can't remember what else is on it though.
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q54FOTFlpvU One that I've always loved, don't think it's that pricey?
  3. I think Two Shoes has touched on a large part of the answer to the question 'is the interest in music still there?'. In common with his son, I have a huge passion for current ska music, a scene which - if you paid any attention to 99.9% of the music press - is dead and buried. If that were the case, I'd not have attended half a dozen sold out gigs this year, be attending an almost sold out three day weekender in a few weeks with thirty or so current bands (The only nod to the past is Madness's sax player Lee Thompson and his new outfit), be finding new bands and releases weekly by a method not too dissimilar to the classic crate digging, but using small and obscure download sites etc etc etc.... And this is far from being the only scene that is thriving by these means. What does seem to be a common denominator with these obscure scenes is a willingness to go 'up you' to the charts, they're not interested in playing off against companies with huge PR budgets, it's word of mouth a lot of the time. Information is hard to find, you need to follow your instincts (for me, there are one or two producers I follow, small DIY labels I'm aware of, and an expanding network of likeminded people of all ages from 14 to 50.... The passion for music is still there, it's just ignoring the so-called mainstream. Does any of this ring any bells?
  4. Not quite the cock-up-behind-the-decks type thing, but I got a scooter club booking. Wrote down the details, then on the Friday I sorted out a couple of boxes and loaded the car for the Saturday nights shenanigans. I was just heading out of the house at about 7.30 to have my usual Friday night meet up with the mates when the phone rings. "Hi Nik, what time are you getting here?" "Eh?" "You've not forgotten you're DJing tonight?" Hurridly check the details, swear, leap in the car and nail it 80 miles up the road, getting there five minutes before it's due to start.... Between six of us, we had the rig up and running in 15 minutes. Did I learn the lesson? No. Two years later, the same club asked me again. The year in the middle it had been a Saturday and I'd not been able to make it. This year I assumed the same and then got the same phone call, this time an hour earlier 'Coz we remembered what you did last time'. Didn't do that gig again..... Done all the others at one time or another, and have also been holding a mic when a drunk got alcohol all over the decks, sending it live, and 240 volts up my arm!
  5. ...so just the one Stafford one, and no Morecambe ones? Like I said, I appreciated the Morecambe one would by its nature be more oldies orientated, but there were tracks unique to the venue AFAIK. And Chalkie... it was the podcasts that got me thinking about it, you've done a spot on job there Thanks.
  6. Avoid vistaprint.
  7. Rugby league.
  8. Apart from the one that's on Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Stafford-Story-Twenty-Northern/dp/B00005220Y - are there any decent compilations of Stafford material? There must be hundreds of tracks from that era that need compiling? Ditto Morecambe, although maybe more oldies orientated, surely there must be enough great tunes to make a CD worthwhile?
  9. Sitting in a cafe after Morecambe allnighter, waiting for the bus home to turn up, a mate and me used to get accosted every month by a bloke from (I think) Preston who'd see us as he came in and come and join us. He'd then regale us with tales of his huge record collection. After a couple of months of this, my mate suddenly started mentioning records he'd picked up recently, all stuff I'd never heard of and that I didn't know he'd bought (and that I never saw, funnily enough). This guy had every single one. He'd had them for years and reckoned he was the first person to play a lot of them. On the bus, an hour later, I started to ask my mate where all these records had come from. He grinned at me, opened the paper he'd been reading in the cafe and pointed names out, and lines of print - these were the obscure artists and records that he'd been on about! Next month, we both had stacks of amazingly obscure records to go on about... He never twigged, and amazingly always had a good 90% of the records
  10. God, I hate that introduction.
  11. It wasn't that they weren't that interested as such, more that they didn't see the need to associate themselves with it - in the same way as The Animals never really did, even though a lot of mods loved their sound. Nice lads, but I doubt we'll see much more of them as they seem to be happy to be a covers band, so enjoy them while you can.
  12. Tyre kickers.
  13. There are/were some Wigan ones done by a friend of mine, primarily for sale on the scooter scene. These were done roughly 1990 or maybe a little earlier. They were deliberately done using slightly incorrect yarns for the fine detail to keep them separate from original, genuine patches. I've no idea how many he did, but last I saw he still had them for sale.
  14. When did these stop being called 'tailor made'? Let's see how great they sound in twenty years time.
  15. God, I'd forgotten that. Got to drag it out for a proper listen one day.

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