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    Helsinki, Finland
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    Phyllis Hyman, "The answer is you"
  1. Mickey Finn

    Calling it a day.

    My apologies.
  2. Mickey Finn

    Calling it a day.

    This is disappointing. I've enjoyed your positive and constructive way of doing business on here and I think it's contributed a lot to a more enjoyable experience. You won't have made your decision lightly so I'm unlikely to be able to persuade you, but in the hope that there's a small chance you'd change your mind, I thought that this song is probably the most appropriate under the circumstances:
  3. Mickey Finn

    Blackpool Mecca (Memories Reunion Event in the South)

    Hi Les, many thanks for the Folkestone weekender last October ... Too young to have been at the Mecca but assuming that's no barrier to entry I'd be interested in what comes out of this. Hope you get a good response.
  4. Mickey Finn

    The most hated song on the scene. Is this it?

    I can see why you might not want that, but all the same there are regular comments and agreement on these throughout the forum about the dire quality of some records that managed or still manage to fill floors on the scene. A thread like this might be more useful if there would be some kind of insight as to why e.g. Tribute should be so popular, when there are so many better properly soulful tunes out there that don't get a look in. Going back a bit, why would a record as (to my ears at least) transparently terrible as that Pierre Hunt nonsense have been acceptable to dancers who might otherwise take the hump at records with a far more soulful pedigree? I get the novelty of Joe 90, but there are some records that filled floors despite having no obvious joke value, never mind soulful content. It's also interesting to see how opinions diverge sharply over someone like Helen Shapiro. If we can discuss it rather than just post something simply to slag it off then is that not a good use of the forum? Before the gates are locked once and for all, is there anyone on here who has while deejaying ever played out any of the above nominations? If so, why? What sort of crowd gets down to them, do you get down to them, is there something we're missing, are we all just mindless snobs?
  5. Fair point - maybe the better way to do it is some sort of Q&A like at the summer Blackpool festival.
  6. Professionals get paid. Some of those artists might never have got paid in the first place. Discovering there's a bunch of people crazy about your work that you thought was long forgotten, and who are prepared to pay to see you in person, must be really uplifting. Easy to knock promoters for seeing the angle, but without them the artists might be none the wiser, and a lot of punters denied the pleasure of seeing and even meeting their heroes. As for those who keep on recording, I wasn't too wild about much of Aretha's stuff on Arista but there was a big audience for it, apparently. It doesn't have to take away my shelf space or listening time that's better used for more worthy releases.
  7. Mickey Finn

    What makes this soul scene great

    It's certainly working out better for them than it did for a previous generation of heirloom owning offspring:
  8. Mickey Finn

    The most hated song on the scene. Is this it?

    Richard Searling just published a book like that! Great idea - it would be a good way of sharing memories of the scene in addition to bringing some insight and maybe even generating new appreciation for the well worn, the rare, or simply the underplayed obscurity. I don't think this place is so negative at the moment, although I don't scour every corner. For me this thread has been a good laugh and Ed deserves our thanks for starting it off and giving us yet another chance to enjoy "Tribute". Can somebody kick off a new "Personal favourites" thread?
  9. Mickey Finn

    The most hated song on the scene. Is this it?

    Apparently not: https://www.discogs.com/artist/120167-Peter-Shelley
  10. Mickey Finn

    The most hated song on the scene. Is this it?

    If I may be permitted to nominate a standout contribution to the dung pile:
  11. Mickey Finn

    James Ingram R.I.P.

    Absolutely. I don't think he came near to fulfilling his potential on record - the highlights featured above hint at what could have been done if he'd been discovered a few years earlier, before the music became overly programmed, or if a different producer like Michael J. Powell had been able to work with him on a full album, rather than just a track on an album. Having said that, his work with MAW was terrific and there could easily have been more along those lines. Grateful for what he left us.


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