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Joey

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  • Birthday November 10

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  • A brief intro...
    On the scene back in the early 70's, left it at the end of '75 when it died. And I nearly did!  DJ'd at a few places in 74 and 75, and co-started the Oldham soul club, Wednesday nights at the Magnet.  Returned in the mid '90's, doing the all nighters thing again. Stopped when I reached fifty, and found myself slowly dying for a week after every AN. The music has never left me though, and is still all I listen to.  Been perusing this site for a while now, and there are one or two old souls on this forum who may remember me! The few remaining alive, that is!

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  • Public Real Name
    Joe
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Kirkcaldy, by way of Oldham and other points north, south, east and west.
  • Top Soul Sound
    Moses smith. Girl across the street, Jackie Lee, Oh my Darlin', Duke Browner, Crying over you. And about 347 others.

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  1. As early as March eh? Christ but it was a long time ago now. I could have sworn that AOTR was a couple of months later. Memory ain't what it used to be! If Tim doesn't get back to you, the first night was, for most, so-so. Nowhere near full, just the usual few hundred you'd expect. Mainly Torch crowd with a few younger ones thrown in. Tunes also mainly what you'd have expected to hear at the Torch/Mecca/Cats etc. To be honest, I cant recall that much about it, owing to my "diet" back then, but I was just glad to have somewhere with a good dance floor, and a better vibe than that godawful place VaVas.
  2. And a DJ line-up that would put those that followed to shame. Several DJs are now feted as Gods, and regardless of their reputation, they couldn't hold a candle to any of those three. Oh to listen to me old mate Martyn for one more hour. I'd die a happy man.
  3. Don't think it was a dream. I'm also pretty sure I remember seeing an ad in B&S for something like that. Was it Whitchurch possibly? ISC were doing several things at the time, mostly, from what I can recall, all-dayers on Sundays.
  4. If you weren't on the scene in 75, then yes Wigans decline was indeed academic, as you'd have had absolutely no idea of what happened, why it happened, who was responsible, and how it affected almost everyone, etc. etc. And it wouldn't have made a 'happorth of difference to your enjoyment of the scene either, which is all to the good. It was a very turbulent year or so, which in addition to the shenanigans at the Casino, also saw the rise of competition out at Cleethorpes beginning, the closure of long established venues such as the Catacombs and Pendulum, and also Mr. Levine trying to turn the Mecca into the Fylde coasts answer to Studio 54. The list that you've just provided is almost certainly from the summer of 74, just one year or so prior to the list published in the article. (Eddie Foster and Mike Post weren't discovered and played before this time). Two others which immediately spring to mind are The Drifters You gotta pay your dues, and Lee Andrews Nevertheless. Anyway, anyone can see the sheer difference in tune quality, and it shows how far, and just how quickly, Wigan had slipped. That was the point that I was initially trying to make. The overall drop in quality had to have a reason behind it, and to me, the events of late 74 early 75, plus the individuals involved and their probable reasons, were a major factor in all of this. Another interesting thing about the list you've provided, is that roughly a dozen or so of those top sounds were actually almost played out well before anyone had the idea of running a Niter at Wigan. Most of this dozen being Torch/Cats/Mecca sounds from 72/73, with the occasional VaVas biggie. An interesting list, which will be closer in quality to one from mid 73, than to the one at the top of the page.
  5. The first year at Wigan was incomparable. Just fantastic, and the best atmosphere I ever experienced. Anywhere. After that, and the decision to go public, it just died a very rapid death. My last year there was 75, and every minute possible was spent up in Ms. The main room was diabolical. Certain people, some of whom who are now revered as Gods, really shafted everyone, Purely in the name of personal financial gain. What we had could never be reclaimed after that.
  6. Not 100% sure what you mean. Cynical? Moi? Thumb a Ride was indeed a Torch monster, and had also been played extensively at the Casino from 9/73 onwards. Played just about everywhere in fact, and was probably, at the time, the most recognisable instrumental on the entire scene. Never heard 6x6 played at the Torch, (someone will no doubt correct me on this) but Sliced Tomatoes was, for a while, even bigger than TaR. Can't recall it ever being played in the main room at the Casino, although it did get occasional plays in Ms. My point referrred to why R&R would "recommend" a tune that by mid 75 had been a staple of the scene for nigh on four years? Very odd, unless you're an old cynic such as myself. Taking another look at the list of twenty, and I can see why that period is one that I struggle to look back on with even the merest touch of fondness or nostalgia. It's also indicative of the type of tunes being played, and why so many of the older crowd left the scene at that time. Compare it to the top twenty Casino sounds of just a year earlier, or even the top twenty at the Cats, Torch, Pendulum, and there's a world of difference. Easy to see why many of us spent the entire year of 1975 at Wigan up in Ms. Then departed in disgust. Flower Shoppe. FFS.
  7. Some real tripe on that list. Indicative of the sort of stuff being played then, and how far the scene had descended into little more than a money making exercise at Wigan. That bloody Sharonettes track still puts my teeth on edge. "Hot Tips" down at the bottom. Earl Wright. Really? Lol. Maybe Russ and Richard had forgotten all about 1972 by then. Or were certain people expecting a few quid in their back pocket from pushing the UK reissue of Thumb a Ride to the new audience of newbies who'd arrived post '74? Or am I once again being a tad too cynical?
  8. Not played much on the northern scene in 72, (that I can remember anyway) but very much staple fare at places such as the Cats Whiskers in Oldham, and many other "ballroom" type places around the north. Even remember it being played to death in the main downstairs room at the Mecca that summer. One that I enjoy more now than almost 48 years ago.
  9. Great little place, basement of The Palace Hotel. Upstairs in the bar was a pretty decent selection of northern tunes on the juke box. Went whenever I was there on holiday, plus the odd weekend here and there if I could blag a lift in the back of a scooter. Five massive tunes there in the summer of '71 were Archie Bell, Joy Lovejoy ( obviously! ), Love, Love, Love, I got the fever, and Love on a mountain top. Very happy memories indeed.
  10. Never fails to take me back to the summer of '71, and The Orbit club in Rhyl. Top tune.
  11. I haven't DJ'd since '75, and we were all a bit younger and more athletic back then. My go-to tune for a thinning floor was always Eddie parker "Love You Baby". It never failed.
  12. Merry Christmas and a very happy 2020 to every single one of you.
  13. A difficult one this. Easy for those of us of a certain age to boil it down to one of two, either George Carrow, or Darrell Banks. I'm going to go for George Carrow. As mentioned by others, this is the first version I ever heard and danced to. It brings back incredible memories of long ago days, (and nights), a VERY misspent youth, and for me, just shades Darrell's version by a whisker.

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