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  1. Rob Glover

    Rob Glover Blog from 2008

    It All Seems So Long Ago! Posted by Rob Glover, 07 March 2008 I first started out DJ'ing at Lodge Farm Youth Club in Loughborough way back in 1982. I remember some young chap bringing in a load of soul 45's and me picking up a copy of "10 Miles High" - David and The Giants for 50p. A couple of years later I braved it to the Leicester Oddfellows All-nighters and first came across 60's newies and modern, blimey. After that it was Hinckley, Notts Palais and the mighty Stafford so that's something every weekend covered. I moved to Northamptonshire in 1987 and started the Northern Soul Brat Pack at The Ideal (now Silk) in Wellingborough. Lenny Dopson and I then moved on to the Embankment Club and ran the Soul Time Promotions there for a couple of years. I then went on to start a new breed night called The Buzz in Northampton, Kettering, Bedford and Leicester and also DJ'd for Blow Up and started guesting for Eddie Pillar (Acid Jazz) and various other Deed Funk nights across the country. In 2000 The Buzz won the best alternative/retro Club Night at the BBC awards for the first time and since then we have won it again on two other occasions. This year my new breed friends and I started to think about running a new breed soul night that we have called Yum Yum and formed the Northampton Lost Souls. I'll let you know how we get on with that ;0) My motto is "If it's a good dance tune I don't give a monkeys when it was recorded" Music from the 1960's still sounds fresher than most of the new MTV crap of today. Anyway I look forward to seeing some of you out and about in the next few months and if you do manage to make it along to one of my nights I promise that you will take home with you some fond memories and plenty of new friends. Tally-Ho! dazdakin Semi known gem Posted:Jun 04 2008 03:07 AM My god, you may or may not remember myself but i to dj'd at that venue at that time. Seem to remember it was run by Graham ????? used to work on Aly's indoor record stall in Leicester he did, well into modern soul he was. Used to go along with little malc smith in his clapped out old mini. Kin'ell its years ago... daz dakin is my name and i do remember you. p.s. David & Giants... its Ten miles high lol. Like This Rob Glover Semi known gem Posted:Jun 29 2008 07:44 AM Bloomin' hell Daz how the devil are ya. Opps I was think of The Birds then wasn't I lol, not David & The Giants. I must have gone all-psychedelic on myself then. I remember Graham well mate. I bought most of his 60's stuff from him when he went down the modern route. Fabulous times buddy and I am very proud of my musical routes because of those great venues and stunning DJ's. I remember Malc Smith as well and the revelation he was also a massive fan of Toya Wilcox whilst waiting outside the Oddfellows. And Ally turning up at Hinckley All-nighter late one night with a few records to sell cause he's had a barney with his missus. Happy day's andy tedd Second Issue Posted:Nov 04 2008 10:07 PM that`d be graham ellis,also known as des havnae seen him fer years,he used tae have a fantastic record collection infact i`ve still got some of the cassets he made fer me,kin awesome amounts of modern soul,crackin bloke
  2. Soul Superman - Brand New Mix Is Online Posted by mattfox, 03 November 2008 SOUL SUPERMAN MIX: PLAYLIST: 1. EDWIN STARR - RUNNING BACK AND FORTH 2. THE EXCITERS - MOVING TOO SLOW 3. MEL & TIM - FOREVER AND A DAY 4. THE FIVE WAGERS - UNTIL I FOUND YOU 5. TOLBERT - I'VE GOT IT (UNRELEASED 12" VERSION) 6. NORFOLK - TOGETHER 7. LOU RAGLAND - SINCE YOU SAID YOU'D BE MINE 8. R.B. HUDMON - THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT 9. INGRAM - WITH YOU 10. ELEANORE MILLS - I'M GONNA GET YOU 11. THE HESITATIONS - SOUL SUPERMAN 12. FELICE TAYLOR - I CAN FEEL YOUR LOVE 13. LIL BOB & THE LOLLIPOPS - YOU KNOW IT AIN'T RIGHT 14. LOU JOHNSON - UNSATISFIED 15. GENO WASHINGTON & RAM JAM BAND - I'VE BEEN HURT BY LOVE 16. DAVY JONES & THE VOODOO FUNK MACHINE - SOPHISTICATED SISSY 17. FABULOUS TRAITS - LOVE IS STRANGE ok, let's talk about the musical content: Norfolk's cover version of The Intruders' song "Together" rocks my soul. What do YOU think??? "I've been hurt by love" - Geno Washington's best song ever??? yes! IMO R.B. Hudmon is an amazing cheapie, isn't it??? Davy Jones - is this choon too funky for you??? cheers, M. Soul Convention Feat. Alex Corbi (uk) - 01.11. - Saturday! Posted by mattfox, 27 October 2008 · Hi, next show is on air: Saturday. 01.11.2008 @ 9pm CET / 8pm in the UK Soul Convention feat. Alex Corbi (UK) on http://soulsender.de his set is an awesome selection of breaks, soul, funk & some nu school soundz feat. artists like: Mulatu Astake, Marlena Shaw, Bollywood Breaks, Clea Bradford, Lack of Afro, Sylvers, Marc Mac, Jazz liberatorz und Last Poets feat. Dead Prez & Common ... enjoy it and tune in!!! it's a fresh mix that is really "open minded" IMO (e.g. compared to my own show that features only soul choons)... no style police rated it ... whatcha think? cheers, Matt Fox! Soul Convention | every 1. Saturday: Germany, France, Sweden, Italy: 9pm UK, Portugal: 8pm Denmark: 10pm Russia: Moskow 11pm Canada: (Ontario) 4pm USA: NY 4pm | LA 1pm Brasil: Rio 6pm Australia: Sydney 7am (Sunday!) Japan: Tokio 6am (Sunday!) New Soul Mix Online By Matt Fox Posted by mattfox, 20 October 2008 · PLAYLIST "GET ON DOWN" 01. EBONY JAM BAND - GIVE DANCE A CHANCE 02. MEADOWS BROS. - GET ON DOWN (LIKE SOUL FOLKS DO) 03. NOTATIONS - BILLS BREAK UP HOMES 04. STEP BY STEP - SO VERY NEAR YOU 05. COLLINS & COLLINS - TOP OF THE STAIRS 06. SOUL LIBERATION - TOUCH ME AGAIN 07. TRUE REFLECTION - WHISPERS 08. BRUCE CLOUD - CALIFORNIA SOUL 09. BARBARA HOWARD - LIGHT MY FIRE 10. GARLAND GREEN - GIRL I LOVE YOU 11. BOBBY HUTTON - LEND A HAND 12. BOBBY FOSTER - WHERE DO YOU GO 13. BROTHER TYRONE DAVIS - SO DOGGONE GOOD 14. BILL BRANDON - BABY, LOVE IS A TWO WAY STREET 15. DEBBIE TAYLOR - NO IF'S, AND'S OR BUT'S http://rare-rillen.de (podcast link!) Does someone know the Soul Liberation - Who Are You - LP on Rainbow Rec??? it is a really rare one - on ebay at the moment (last time it went for more than 1.000 bucks...it's a modern soul/80s soul album flavored with some kinda gospel lyrics - but classic 80s style! no gospel sounds anyway...great one! don't miss it (in my opinion)...btw. I am not the seller Step By Step "So Very Near You" is an awesome non 45 track! don't miss this amazing modern choon! All in all a very nice LP !!! Whatcha think? Collins & Collins "Top Of The Stairs"...what a classic track!!! can't get enough of this 80s evergreen...what about you: tired of this one??? Do you like the cover versions by Bruce Cloud & Barbara Howard??? and last but not least: did someone ever heard about "So Doggone Good" by Brother Tyrone Davis...? Brother??? It's a strange and obscure LP outta England...never seen this before? Awesome choon! great LP! But I need some more info about this one, please!!! a.s.o. feel free to leave feedback! please cheers, Matt Rare Soul - 1st Anniversary Rare Rillen Web Radio Show! 19.10.2008 Posted by mattfox, 09 October 2008 · 1st anniversary show!!! loads of soul choons - by artists like: Step By Step, Lou Ragland, The Hesitations - Soul Superman! for sure , Davy Jones, Geno Washington, Bobby Foster, Ebony Jam Band, Ingram, Collins & Collins and Soul Liberation! the next Rare Rillen web radio show will be on air: Sunday 19.10.2008 @ 6pm CET | 5pm in the UK | soulsender.de (repeat) Wednesday 22.10.2008 @ 7pm CET | 6pm in the UK | soulsender.de more general info: http://rare-rillen.de 2h of awesome soul music for ya mind! you won't be dissapointed! maybe I'll spin records on my own without any guests - like I did in my first show last year...but it's possible that a guest dj (won't tell how it will be) gonna have his appearence in my show to support me with rare soul choons...you better tune in! let's talk about the musical contents - please write some lines...your opinion is for me very important to do every month a better show for my audience!!! does someone know the Soul Liberation - Who Are You - LP on Rainbow Rec??? it is a really rare one - on ebay at the moment for 700 bucks (last time it went for more than 1.000 bucks...it's a modern soul/80s soul album flavored with some kinda gospel lyrics - but classic 80s style! no gospel sounds anyway... Step By Step "So Very Near You" is an awesome non 45 track! don't miss this amazing modern choon! All in all a very nice LP !!! Whatcha think? The Hesitations "Soul Superman" is a fantastic choon that I will always love! What about you??? Ingram is a great & underrated 80s LP - did you ever give it a listen??? Collins & Collins - Top Of The Stairs...what a classic track!!! can't get enough of this 80s evergreen...what about you: tired of this one??? a.s.o. cheers, Matt rare rillen | every 3rd sunday on air: Germany, France, Sweden, Italy: 6pm (Sunday Evening) UK, Portugal: 5pm (Sunday Afternoon) Denmark: 7pm (Sunday Evening) Russia (Moskow): 8pm (Sunday Evening) USA: NY 12pm (Sunday Noon) | LA 9am (Sunday Morning) Australia: Sydney 2am (Monday Morning) Japan: Tokio 1am (Monday Morning) Brasil: Rio 10am (Sunday Morning) Soul Convention Web Radio Show Feat. The Genuine Crew (sweden) Posted by mattfox, 29 September 2008 · hi, this blog will announce venues, podcasts and radio shows. but it shall be a blog where we can write down our thoughts, requests, helpful suggestions a.s.o. about the things I am posting! e.g. this brand new entry got some facts we could discuss about: 1. whatcha think: is it acceptable to spin soul & funk gems on one floor??? I like this idea if the funk got soul... 2. a great combination in my opinion: having (fresh seafood) dinner and a soulful venue as your dessert...or what do you think? 3. does anyone got some more info about the swedish soul scene or the djs/venue I am writing about below? and here is the info: Soul Convention Web Radio Show feat. The Genuine Crew (Sweden) | Saturday | 04.10.2008 | 9pm CET 8pm in the UK | http://Soul Convention This month I wanna promote a great DJ team from Stockholm, Sweden: the Genuine Crew aka Jens Chreisti & Mr Jay! They recorded a dope Saturday night mix. Great funk gems in the first part & the second one is a straight modern soul set. So don't miss it! Check out their next venue: Thursday, October 16, @ Musslan, Dalagatan 46, Stockholm. Just like home but with more beer, great seafood and much better music collection of rare soul, modern, boogie, deep funk and that sweet sweet jazz. Soul Convention | every 1. Saturday: Germany, France, Sweden, Italy: 9pm UK, Portugal: 8pm Denmark: 10pm Russia: Moskow 11pm USA: NY 3pm | LA 12am Brasil: Rio 1pm Australia: Sydney 5am (Sunday) Japan: Tokio 4am (Sunday) Soul Podcast Online - It's All Over! Posted by mattfox, 22 September 2008 · NEW MIX ONLINE - IT'S ALL OVER PLAYLIST: 1. THE PRESIDENTS - IT'S ALL OVER 2. THE MANHATTANS - I CAN'T STAND FOR YOU TO LEAVE ME 3. LOST FAMILY - BLOW MY MIND 4. WE THE PEOPLE - MAKING MY DAYDREAM REAL 5. SMOKE - HAVE I REALLY LOST YOU 6. INNER SPACE - BREAK THE CHAINS 7. UNIVERSAL MIND - SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON 8. THE O'JAYS - ONE NIGHT AFFAIR 9. THE MONTCLAIRS - UNWANTED LOVE 10.GENERAL CROOK - THANKS, BUT NO THANKS 11.RHYTHM MAKERS - SOUL ON YOUR SIDE 12.WHATNAUTS - HELP IS ON THE WAY 13.WAX - YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM LOVE 14.SUPERIOR MOVEMENT - WIDE SHOT 15.DONALD ALBERT - THE HARDEST PART 16.CAROLYN FRANKLIN - CHAIN REACTION 17.JONES FAMILY - YOU'VE GOTTA FEEL IT BABY 18.DARREN GREEN - CHECKIN ON YOU PLEASE LEAVE SOME FEEDBACK...ENJOY YOURSELF... http://rare-rillen.de Rare Rillen Web Radio Show | 21.09.2008 | 6pm Cet Posted by mattfox, 08 September 2008 · next show: Sunday, 21.09.2008 @ 6pm CET or 5pm in the UK // on soulsender.de Rare Rillen Show feat. Skilatchy (France) Matt Fox & his guest will spin awesome & soulful choons of: BOBBY SHANNON, ELLIPSIS, CLEVELAND ROBINSON, MONTCLAIRS, JONES FAMILY, THE PRESIDENTS, WE THE PEOPLE, DONALD ALBERT & SUPERIOR MOVEMENT ... make sure to tune in! a great mix of crossover/northern/modern soul/boogie ... from the hard to find records to the just plain good ones ... tasty soul food for an easy sunday evening! you wanna listen to a particular track? just send me an email...and i am going to spin this one in one of my next shows! for more info about my show please visit http://rare-rillen.de (and click the Ã…¾radio show" link) cheers, m. rare rillen | every 3rd sunday on air: Germany, France, Sweden, Italy: 6pm (Sunday Evening) UK, Portugal: 5pm (Sunday Afternoon) Denmark: 7pm (Sunday Evening) Russia (Moskow): 8pm (Sunday Evening) USA: NY 12pm (Sunday Noon) | LA 9am (Sunday Morning) Australia: Sydney 2am (Monday Morning) Japan: Tokio 1am (Monday Morning) Brasil: Rio 10am (Sunday Morning) Soul Convention Radio Show Posted by mattfox, 28 August 2008 · hi fellas, it's time again for the "Soul Convention" ... incl. a great mix by the Rien Ne Va Plus DJ Crew | Germany modern/retro funk combos will be mixed with the sounds of the golden era...deep funk tunes & funky reggae vibes flavored with some hot soul choons...a little bit of everything. you better tune in...you won't be dissapointed! more info about the webradio show: http://www.soulsender.de - Soul Convention next Saturday, 06.09.2008 !!! Germany, France, Sweden, Italy: 9pm UK, Portugal: 8pm Denmark: 10pm Russia (Moskow): 11pm USA: NY 3pm | LA 12am Brasil: Rio 1pm Australia: Sydney 5am Sunday Japan: Tokio 4am Sunday Podcast & Playlist | Rare Rillen By Matt Fox Posted by mattfox, 20 August 2008 · Hi, I've published a brand new podcast...enjoy! cheers, matt fox check: http://rare-rillen.de SOULFUL DREAMS COME TRUE PLAYLIST: 1. BARRINO BROTHERS - LIVIN' HIGH OFF THE GOODNESS OF YOUR LOVE 2. ERNIE HINES - OUR GENERATION 3. JOHN GARY WILLIAMS - I SEE HOPE 4. SKIP MAHONEY & THE CASUALS - A TOWN CALLED NOWHERE 5. FORMULA IV - IF WE CAN'T GET ALONG 6. DON JULIAN & THE LARKS - MESSAGE FROM A BLACK MAN 7. TOMMY BUSH - PUT OUR TOGETHER'S TOGETHER 8. DALE DARBY - TREAT A WOMAN RIGHT 9. BILL CODAY - GET YOUR LIE STRAIGHT 10. OTIS CLAY - I DIE A LITTLE EACH DAY 11. GEORGE JACKSON - ARETHA, SING ONE FOR ME 12. KENNY DOSS - SUGAR 13. CIRCLE O' FIRE - GLO-LOVE 14. WATER & POWER - MR. WEATHERMAN 15. CHARLES BEVERLY - DON'T YOU WANNA MAN 16. BOBBY GLENN - HEY LOVE 17. THE NEWCOMERS - TOO LITTLE IN COMMON TO BE LOVERS 18. NORMAN FEELS - MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU 19. CHANGE OF PACE - PEOPLE 20. JAE MASON - SONG FOR THE PEOPLE 21. LARRY SAUNDERS - THIS WORLD 22. SONNY TIL - COLOURS Isaac Hayes R.i.p. Special Webradio Show On Sunday 17.08. Posted by mattfox, 13 August 2008 · hi, we decided to do an isaac hayes special with loads of great gems by "black moses" - this special will be on air - Sunday 17.08. @ 4pm CET or 3 pm in the UK!!! 2 hours with awesome soul classics...tune in! after this special you can listen to the brand new issue of my "rare rillen" show on http://soulsender.de ... cheers, matt by the way. want to be honest: it's been a really fokkin' long time ago that I've listened to "Black Moses" - and it's a shame...cause he was an awesome musician! what about you, soulies??? when was the last time you did it ... by the way: this special is only about his recordings from 67-76. cause we had to decide. this is the first part of our tribute! we only got two hours - that's not enough for mr. hayes one more show later this year will be about his work from 77 till today and a third part will include his productions with davis porter and the mar-keys for stax (sam & dave, masquerades and many more!) cheers, matt Great Soul Choons @ Rare Rillen Webradio Show, Sunday 17.08. Guest Mix By Dj Melismo | Sweden Posted by mattfox, 07 August 2008 · Barrino Brothers, Ernie Hines, Change Of Pace, John Gary Williams, Larry Saunders & Jae Mason to name a few choons you are going to listen to!!! Quality soul by Matt Fox and a superb guest mix by DJ Melismo (Sweden)! He's a singer, composer, musician, DJ and journalist within the field of black music since the 80s. His set will include choons by GALAXY, NATURAL HIGH & KENNY HAMILTON ... Melismo is great collector and a well known soulie in the european scene - You better tune in! It will be an amazing trip through the decades of soul music... Sunday, 17.08.2008 @ 6pm CET or 5pm in the UK // on soulsender.de for more info about my show please visit http://rare-rillen.de (and click the Ã…¾radio show" link) than choose the english version to check all my playlists! soulsender.de is a german webradio everyone can listen to: very simple handling - just click the play button and you won't be dissapointed...great music - short voice overs and a lot of soul music in my show! It's all about the right groove... by the way fellas: if you got a facebook account, just join my brand new facebook group!!! http://www.facebook....gid=41067811456 Cheers, Matt Fox PLAYLIST RARE RILLEN 17.08.2008: MATT FOX 1. BARRINO BROTHERS - LIVIN' HIGH OFF THE GOODNESS OF YOUR LOVE 2. ERNIE HINES - OUR GENERATION 3. JOHN GARY WILLIAMS - I SEE HOPE 4. SKIP MAHONEY & THE CASUALS - A TOWN CALLED NOWHERE 5. FORMULA IV - IF WE CAN'T GET ALONG 6. DON JULIAN & THE LARKS - MESSAGE FROM A BLACK MAN 7. TOMMY BUSH - PUT OUR TOGETHER'S TOGETHER 8. DALE DARBY - TREAT A WOMAN RIGHT 9. BILL CODAY -GET YOUR LIE STRAIGHT 10. OTIS CLAY - I DIE A LITTLE EACH DAY 11. GEORGE JACKSON - ARETHA, SING ONE FOR ME 12. KENNY DOSS -SUGAR 13. CIRCLE O' FIRE - GLO-LOVE 14. WATER & POWER - MR. WEATHERMAN 15. CHARLES BEVERLY - DON'T YOU WANNA MAN 16. BOBBY GLENN - HEY LOVE 17. THE NEWCOMERS - TOO LITTLE IN COMMON TO BE LOVERS 18. NORMAN FEELS - MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU 19. CHANGE OF PACE - PEOPLE 20. JAE MASON - SONG FOR THE PEOPLE 21. LARRY SAUNDERS - THIS WORLD 22. SONNY TIL - COLOURS DJ MELISMO (SWEDEN) 23. AL WILSON - FIFTY-FIFTY 24. BLACK ICE - YOU´RE ALWAYS ON MY MIND 25. CAROL WILLIAMS - JUST FEEL 26. DANNY JOHNSON - TAKING MY LOVE FOR GRANTED 27. FIESTA - THANKS FOR THE SWEET MEMORIES 28. GALAXY - A LOVE SO STRONG 29. JAMES WELLS - THERE´S NOTHING SWEETER THAN SUCCESS 30. KENNY HAMILTON - SEEMS A MILLION YEARS 31. NATURAL HIGH - I THINK I´M FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU 32. PAT PETERSON - SATISFIED MATT FOX 33. EDDIE HARRIS - IT'S ALL RIGHT NOW Free Tibet With Soul Mix - Soul Convention Radio Show Posted by mattfox, 25 July 2008 · Hi fellas, this month you are going to listen to the "Free Tibet With Soul" Mix by DJ Moneyshot (UK | Ninja Tunes), Funkopathe (France | Podomatic), Papito (Italy | Radio Pelle Nera) & Sir Matthew Fox (Germany | Soulsender.de) a strong 100min. set with a great selection of political soul & funk gems!!! Soul Convention Radio Show | Next Saturday | 02.08. | 9pm CET | 8pm UK | http://soulsender.de Playlist Free Tibet With Soul | Soul Convention Special FUNKOPATHE (FRANCE) 1. IMPRESSIONS - STOP THE WAR 2. MAGNUM - EVOLUTION 3. GIL SCOTT HERON - THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED 4. UDO JÃÆ’¼RGENS - PEACE NOW 5. THE CHECKERS - GET UP STAND UP MATT FOX (GERMANY) 6. LARRY SAUNDERS - THIS WORLD 7. CHANGE OF PACE - PEOPLE 8. JAE MASON - SONG FOR THE PEOPLE 9. SKIP MAHONEY & THE CASUALS - A TOWN CALLED NOWHERE 10. FORMULA IV - IF WE CAN'T GET ALONG 11. EDWIN STARR - WAR DJ MONEYSHOT (UK) 12. ROBERT MARCUS - IF I AINT GOT YOU 13. JOHN GREGORY - FACE IN THE CLOUDS 14. SOUL ANGELS - IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND 15. JAMES YOUNG AND THE HOUSE WRECKERS - YOU'RE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE 16. CAREEL AND THE GROOVERS - CAN WE RAP 17. THE BLACKBRYDS - THE RUNAWAY PAPITO (ITALY) 18. DENIECE WILLIAMS - FREE 19. SEAWIND - FREE 20. LUTHER DAVIS - TO BE FREE 21. TONY PABON & LA PROTESTA - FREE MATT FOX (GERMANY) 22. ERNIE HINES - OUR GENERATION 23. JOHN GARY WILLIAMS - I SEE HOPE 24. SAM DEES - CHILD OF THE STREETS 25. SONNY TIL - COLOURS 26. THE RUFFIN BROTHERS - HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER Read Full Entry â ' 1 Comments Options Podcast & Playlist | Rare Rillen | Soulful Web Radio Show, 20.07. Posted by mattfox, 21 July 2008 · 6 views here we go. the playlist of my latest show! the first part is published as a podcast. but not the whole show! this time I've just wanted to spin great records - I didn't give a fokk about the fact that some of these vinyls were no rare ones! only the strong survive (in my show)...you will have one last chance to tune in on wednesday, 23.07. at 7pm CET or 6pm UK on soulsender.de!!! the part of my guest dj is awesome - so don't miss it!!! cheers, matt fox for the brand new podcast check: http://rare-rillen.de ANY COMMENTS OR SONG REQUESTS FOR MY NEXT SHOWS?????? FEEL FREE TO LEAVE FEEDBACK!!! PLAYLIST RARE RILLEN SHOW 20.07.2008 SIR MATTHEW FOX (GERMANY) 1. LOU JOHNSON - WALK ON BY 2. ANNA KING - THAT'S WHEN I CRY 3. JERRY BUTLER - CAN'T FORGET ABOUT YOU, BABY 4. DONNIE ELBERT - GET MYSELF TOGETHER 5. STOVALL SISTERS - YES TO THE LORD 6. GEATER DAVIS - WHY DOES IT HURT SO BAD 7. THE CHIMES - THE BEGINNING OF MY LIFE 8. THE INCREDIBLES - MISS TREATMENT 9. TIMOTHY WILSON - LOVE IS LIKE AN ITCHING IN MY HEART 10. STRUTT - SAID YOU DIDN'T LOVE HIM 11. TOMMY HUNT - GET OUT 12. HERMAN GRIFFIN & THE BOYS IN THE BAND - ARE YOU FOR ME OR AGAINST ME 13. SABORIAN & THE LOS - BLOW MY MIND 14. MOTHERLODE - WHAT DOES IT TAKE 15. WEST WING - GAVE YOUR LOVE, GAVE ALL YOUR LOVE TO ME 16. WILLIAM BELL - YESTERDAY I LIED, TODAY I CRIED 17. OLLIE NIGHTINGALE - I DON'T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU 18. ANGELO BOND - HE GAINED THE WORLD (AND LOST HIS SOUL) 19. GENIE BROWN - CAN'T STOP TALKING 20. BEN E. KING - WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO 21. BROCKINGTON SINGERS - STRETCH OUT DJ ALFIE (ITALY) 22. HERB GELLER FEAT. MARK MURPHY - THE POWER OF A SMILE 23. WILLE ROGERS - WAKE UP 24. TOMMY WILLS - KANSAS CITY 25. BILLY WATKINS - I'M TIRED 26. JOHNNY COOL - LOVE BOUNCE 27. EXSAVEYONS - RUNNING WILD 28. MARGE DODSON - BE YOUR BABY 29. TOJO - BROKEN HEARTED LOVER 30. HARVEY AVERN DOZEN - THINK IT OVER 31. THE MIGHT MARVELOWS - TALKIN ABOUT YA BABAY 32. MIXED EMOTIONS - AM I IMPOSING 33. NEIL REED - NOT AS BEAUTIFUL AS YOU 34. SHARON JONES - SOMETHING CHANGED 35. SOUL BROTHERS SIX - I'LL BE LOVING YOU 36. FANTASTIC FOUR - AS LONG AS I LIVE 37. TOWANDA BARNES - LOVE SLIPPED THROUGH MY FINGER 38. FIRST FAMILY - THAT'S LOVE 39. MARVELLE HAMPTON - I KNOW HOW IT FEEL 40. JANICE CHRISTIAN - JUST A BAD THING Great Soul Choons @ Rare Rillen Webradio Show, Sunday 20.07. Posted by mattfox, 07 July 2008 · Anna King, Lou Johnson, Tommy Hunt, Timothy Wilson & Geater Davis to name a few choons you are going to listen to!!! quality soul in the first hour and a superb guest mix of awesome soul & and a few funky gems in the second part of my show by DJ Alfie aka DJArnold from South Italy! Incl. choons by Johnny Cool, Exsaveyons, Marge Dodson & Tojo ... You might know some of his sets from The Rimini Rare Soul Weekender or Radio Pelle Nera - special features on Ã…¾Good Taste" or Ã…¾Paradise Lost" - and now on the Rare Rillen Show ... You better tune in! Sunday, 20.07.2008 @ 6pm CET or 5pm in the UK // on soulsender.de for more info about my show please visit http://rare-rillen.de (and click the Ã…¾radio show" link) than choose the english version to check all my playlists! soulsender.de is a german webradio everyone can listen to: very simple handling - just click the play button and you won't be dissapointed...great music - short voice overs and a lot of soul music in my show! It's all about the right groove... Cheers, Matt Fox rare rillen | every 3rd sunday on air: Germany, France, Sweden, Italy: 6pm (Sunday Evening) UK, Portugal: 5pm (Sunday Afternoon) Denmark: 7pm (Sunday Evening) Russia (Moskow): 8pm (Sunday Evening) USA: NY 12pm (Sunday Noon) | LA 9am (Sunday Morning) Australia: Sydney 2am (Monday Morning) Japan: Tokio 1am (Monday Morning) Brasil: Rio 10am (Sunday Morning) Soul Convention Posted by mattfox, 02 July 2008 · Soul Convention - every 1st Saturday at 9pm CET | 8pm UK | http://soulsender.de Sir Matthew Fox set up a new show that will feature loads of awesome Soul & Funk DJ Sets from all over the world! That's one of Matt Fox' most important aims, cause there are tons of great soul & funk goodies around - not every collector's got...It will be a nice retrospective about the actual scene and the hottest choons currently...from the hard to find records to the just plain good ones...it's all about the perfect groove... Soul Convention - the new web radio show will promote every month a brand new guest mix ... Soul Convention is always looking for dope DJ sets that have to be introduced our audience!!! Please feel free to contact me ... this saturday night, 05.07. 9pm CET | 8pm UK - Soul Convention feat. The Parkdale Funk Show | Canada It is a popular Toronto based project that focuses on soul, funk, jazz & reggae. DJ Double K tries to showcase some of his favorite 45s & LPs ... "Part 1 is more slower soulful sounds with some gospel and psych/left field stuff. Part 2 is straight up hard hitting funk. All 45s." DJ Double K about his set! Playlist DJ Double K 1. LLoyd Henriques - Nobody Cares For Me (Lloyds) 2. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - For What It's Worth (A&M) 3. Lee Fields - My World (Truth & Soul) 4. Lenox Avenue - Sunshine (Chess) 5. See Line Woman - Nina Simone (Philips) 6. Key And Cleary - A Man (Mark) 7. Ben Branch - Motherless Child (Chess) 8. The Swan Silverstones - If You Believe Your God Is Dead (Try Mine) (HOB) 9. Village Sounds - One Less Brother (Village Sounds) 10. 4th Coming - The Dead Don't Die Alive (Alpha) 11. Sunrise Movement - Clock Wise Revolution (Ghetto) 12. Willie Joe - Funny Thing (Pure-Black-Soul) 13. Saturday - Changes (Ru-Jac) 14. Larry Carlton - Moon People (Uni) 15. Asha Bhosle - Dum Maro Dum (Odeon) 16. The Dee Felice Trio - There Was A Time (King) 17. Gene Chandler - There Was A Time (Brunswick) 18. Lonnie Youngblood - Soul Food (Fairmount) 19. Della Reese - it Was A Very Good Year(ABC) 20. Gary Atkinson - Wanderin' Sou; (Corillions) 21. Lowell Fulsom - Funky Broadway) 22. The Maskman & The Agents - One Eye Open (Dynamo) 23. Duke Turner - Doggie Dog World (Omega) 24. Chuck Carbo - Can I Be Your Squeeze (Canyon) 25. The Rock - (Charlie, Brother) We Got To Love One Another (Scorpio) 26. Lee Moses - Reach Out, I'll Be There (Musicor) 27. Shhhhhhhh (For A Little While) - James Brown (King) 28. The Grips - Tennessee Strut (G.E.D Soul) 29. Bill Moses - Sock It To 'Em Soul Brother (Pama) 30. Gi Gi - Daddy Love (Sweet) 31. The Fabulous Shalimars - Funky Line (Rack) 32. Alvin Robinson - Down Home Girl (Red Bird) 33. Dorothy, Oma, And Zelpha - Gonna Put It On Your Mind (Chisa) 34. Eldridge Holmes - Pop, Popcorn Children (ATCO) 35. Betty Harris - There's A Break In The Road (SSS) Read Full Entry â ' 0 Comments Options Rare Rillen - Podcast & Playlist Online Posted by mattfox, 21 June 2008 · 12 views hi fellas, I've published today a brand new podcast entitled "a little bit of everything" ... knowns mixed with lesser knowns. 60's to 80's grooves - northern/modern soul & (this time) some funk breaks. it was originally the first part of my own radio show called rare rillen / 15.06.2008 / soulsender.de - (playlist below) feat. a brand new & awesome choon of The Temprees .... don't miss it! http://rare-rillen.de please leave some feedback or comments!!! I would appreciate this...cheers, matt fox PLAYLIST / RARE RILLEN RADIO SHOW / 15.06.2008: MATT FOX 1. LEON COLLINS - I JUST WANNA SAY I LOVE YOU - ELF 2. BILLY SHA-RAE - I'M GONE - SPECTRUM 3. DON COVAY - THE BOOMERANG - ATLANTIC 4. WALLY COX - THIS MAN - WAND 5. WILLIE HUTCH - A LOVE THAT'S WORTH HAVING - RCA 6. BOBBY HUTTON - I LOVE THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL - ABC 7. LITTLE BEAVER - LISTEN TO MY HEARTBEAT - CAT 8. HARLEM RIVER DRIVE - NEED YOU - ARISTA 9. INVITATIONS - WE DON'T ALLOW - RED GREG 10. MILLIE JACKSON - HOUSE FOR SALE 11. RANDY BROWN - I'M ALWAYS IN THE MOOD - PARACHUTE 12. SPECIAL EDITION BAND - SOONER OR LATER - GSP/UNIVERSAL SOUND 13. THE TEMPREES - WE SHOULD MAKE LOVE - TENVA 14. ERNIE BUSH - BREAKAWAY - CONTEMPO 15. JIMMY JACKSON - FOOTSTEPS IN THE SHADOWS - BUDDAH 16. THE TANGEERS - THIS EMPTY PLACE - SCEPTER 17. AL FOSTER BAND - THE NIGHT OF THE WOLF - ROULETTE 18. MOTHER FREEDOM BAND - TOUCH ME - ALL PLATINUM 19. JESUS - YA YA YA - VIBRATION 20. RICKY WILLIAMS - DISCOTHEQUE SOUL PT.1 - CITADELLE 21. EARL CARTER & FANTASTIC SIX - SHAKE YOUR POO-POO - PRINCESS 22. WILLIE GRESHAM & THE FREE FOOD TICKET - I CRIED BOO HOO - MAJESTY 23. BROTHER SOUL - LIFE IS LIKE A MAZE - ELMCOR TOBIAS KIRMAYER 24. EDDIE SILVERS & CONSTELLATION - FUNKY FUN IN THE GHETTO 25. DYKE & THE BLAZERS - LET A WOMAN BE A WOMAN 26. THE CHYMES - DANCING SHOES 27. BOBBY WILLIAMS & HIS MAR-KINGS - LET'S WORK A WHILE 28. BABY LITTLE & THE PLAYBOYS - BIG TIME PLAYBOY 29. MACEO & THE FLAMES - TIGHTEN UP PT.1 30. SOUL EXPLOSION - BARN YARD PIMP 31. THE SOUL BELIEVERS - THE POPCORN 32. INJON JOE - SOMEONE 33. BOB STONE - FOXY LITTLE MAMA 34. BOBBY DAY - YOUR LOVE 35. HOUSE GUESS - WHAT SO NEVER THE DANCE PT.2 36. MESSENGERS INC. - SOULFUL PROCLAMATION 37. MADE IN JAPAN BAND - MAREFEER 38. JAMES BROWN - WORLD OF SOUL 39. SOUL LOVERS - GONNA HAVE FUN TONIGHT 40. OUTRO Rare Rillen - 15.06.2008 - Awesome Choons By Tobias Kirmayer (tramp Rec) & Matt Fox Posted by mattfox, 02 June 2008 hi fellas, next show of rare rillen: sunday 15.06.2008 feat. the amazing tobias kirmayer (tramp records) ... great soul gems mixed with an awesome soul/funk set by mr. kirmayer! choons like: billy sha-rae, tangeers, wally cox, bob stone, soul lovers, randy brown, the temprees, al foster band, bobby day ... just to name a few ones that gonna blow your mind... tune in!!! @ 6pm cet / 5pm uk cheers, matt Playlist & Podcast Of Rare Rillen Radio Show Online Posted by mattfox, 19 May 2008 normally i don't put podcasts of my radio shows online...but for all guys who didn't tune in yesterday here is a new chance to listen to nice soul choons. for more info about the show just read this blog ... PLAYLIST & PODCAST OF RARE RILLEN RADIO SHOW ONLINE http://rare_rillen.podomatic.com cheers, matt PLAYLIST 18.05.2008 FEAT. SIR MATTHEW FOX & MALAYKA MATT FOX 1) GEORGE SOULE - GET INVOLVED - FAME 2) MARVIN HOLMES - YOU BETTER KEEP HER - BROWN DOOR 3) STORM - GONE - SUNFLOWER 4) JIMMY Ã…¾BO" HORNE - IF YOU WANT MY LOVE - ALSTON 5) VEDA - WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT - WEST SOUNDS 6) THE ARISTOCRATS - LET'S GET TOGETHER NOW - WARNER BROS. 7) DYNAMICS - WE FOUND LOVE - COLUMBIA 8) BOTTOM & COMPANY - SPREAD THE NEWS - MOTOWN 9) ANTHONY WHITE - HEY BABY - PHILADELPHIA INT. 10) T.N.J.'S - DONT FORGET ABOUT ME - CHESS 11) WILL HATCHER - YOU HAVEN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET - WHEELSVILLE MALAYKA (CH) 12) WILLOWBAND - WILLOWMAN - EPIC 13) DOUGLAS & LONERO - DON'T LET YOURSELF GET CARRIED AWAY - RCA 14) SOFTOUCH - AFTER YOU GIVE YOUR ALL - PRODIGAL 15) MAGIC NIGHT - IF YOU AND I HAD NEVER MET - ROULETTE 16) WILLIE KENDRICK - WHAT'S THAT ON YOUR FINGER - RCA 17) SERGEANT MALONE - LOVE MESSAGE - HALFMOON 18) DAVID PEOPLES - GOT TO GET MY BROOM OUT - SARU 19) DEBOW - CRIME 20) BIG DAVE & HOT CITY BAND - SHE GIVES ME WHAT I WANT WHEN I NEED IT - GLITTERFUNK 21) OTIS BROWN - I DON'T WANNA CRY - EXSPECT MORE 22) DAVID LENYARD - IT COULD HAVE BEEN YOU - FLYING EAGLES 23) BOBBY JONES - LOVIN' HARD, LIVIN' GOOD - KACK 24) AL "THE MAN" MUNTZIE - DIE HAPPY - S. B. MOON 25) JAMES BROWN - I LOVE YOU FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS - POLYDOR 26) DAVID NEVIN - THE MAZE - PARDNER 27) BRAND NEW - 1000 YEARS - DU VERN 28) ANETTE SNELL - IT'S ALL OVER NOW - EPIC 29) FALCONS - GOT TO MAKE A MOVE - ATKINS ALLSTARS 30) MARION JAVIUS - WAITING IN THE WINGS - ENCORE MATT FOX 31) ZULEMA - WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE - RCA 32) ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS - DON'T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN - PHILADELPHIA INT. 33) SOLARIS - YOU AND ME - DANA 34) FRONT ROW - WANTING YOU - TBC 35) C.B. OVERTON - SUPERSTAR LADY - SHOCK 36) SONNY CHARLES - PUT IT IN A MAGAZINE - HIGHRISE 18.05. Guest Dj Malayka @ Rare Rillen Radio Show Posted by mattfox, 09 May 2008 · Guest DJ of the month: MALAYKA (CH) NEXT Sunday 18.05. at 6pm (CET) | 5pm (UK) you are going to listen to 2h of awesome crossover & modern soul choons at its best!!! don't forget to tune in!!! Some facts about my guest Malyaka (born in switzerland, but living in the uk for years): She has a special weakness for soulmusic from '72 to around '84 & she promotes two events; Soulshakers in Bamberg, Germany and The Berkeley Powerstation Allnighter in the UK (Gloucestershire)...She is also currently working with the great Charles Mintz...together with Dave Thorley she just launched a new website, which should fullfill all your record dreams, check it out: http://topdogrecords.co.uk for playlists & some more info about the show ... http://www.soulsende...e/?page_id=279� Rare Rillen Radio Show Posted by mattfox, 30 April 2008 · "if this spirit moves you, let me groove you" (marvin gaye) this is the philosophy of matt fox. every 3rd sunday at 6pm (CET) | 5pm (UK) | http://soulsender.de it's all about the perfect groove in this show! crossover, modern, southern & northern soul, boogie, 2 step, deep funk, rare grooves and jazzy choons will make your day quite chilled... loads of amazing guest djs like - Eddie Piller (UK) - Ian Wright (UK) - JÃÆ’¶rg Recordshack (Austria) - Tobias Kirmayer (Germany) - Malayka (CH) - Ray Loki (UK) - ... ...and my personal modern soul hero Mr. Bobby Cutchins will do an exclusive interview for my show and gonna introduce his latest recordings (after nearly 30 years) !!! The legendary Temprees are also interested in doin' a great special for my show. So don't miss it! feel free to leave some comments. cheers, matt http://www.soulsender.de/?page_id=279 ... for some more info & playlists ... here are the playlists of the last shows: Playlist 20.04.2008 MATT FOX 1.ZINGARA - YOU SHO' KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME 2.ODYSSEY 5 - PEACE OF MIND 3.TOM BROCK - SHAKE ME, WAKE ME 4.KARIN JONES - READY, READY LOVE 5.JESSE JAMES - I CAN FEEL YOUR LOVE VIBRATIONS 6.MILLIE JACKSON - DON'T SEND NOBODY ELSE 7.CECIL HOLMES - I'M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE 8.FRANK DELL - HE BROKE YOUR GAME WIDE OPEN 9.DON BRYANT - CAN I CHANGE MY MIND 10.ONCOMING TIMES - THE ICE IS MELTING RAY LOKI (UK) 11.AL HUDSON - I'M ABOUT LOVING YOU 12.BETTY WRIGHT - LIFE 13.BJB - I GOTTA MAKE YOU BELIEVE IN ME 14.CARMELITA - ISN'T IT LONELY 15.COCO & BEN - GOOD FEELING 16.TIMELESS LEGEND - BABY DON'T DO THIS TO ME 17.CLASSIC SULLIVANS - SHAME SHAME SHAME 18.ALEX BROWN - I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE 19.CURTIS ANDERSON - HARDEST PART 20.EARTH WIND & FIRE - EVIL 21.FOUR BELOW ZERO - MY BABY'S GOT E.S.P. (12 ³ VERSION) 22.NUMONICS - FOREVER AND A DAY 23.MAUREEN BAILEY - TAKING MY TIME 24.J.P. ROBINSON - OUR DAY IS HERE 25.MICHAEL CLOUD - CHECK YOUR DIRECTION 26.NEW YORK CITY BAND - GOT TO HAVE YOUR BODY 27.THE O'JAYS - TO PROVE I LOVE YOU 28.THE POINTER SISTERS - HOW LONG (BETCHA GOT A CHICK ON THE SIDE) 29.ROKK - PATIENCE 30.ZZ AND COMPANY - GETTING READY FOR THE GETDOWN 31.THE TYMES - IT'S COOL 32.TY KARIM - LIGHTEN UP (70S VERSION) MATT FOX 1.ADELE - RIGHT AS RAIN 2.LONETTE MCKEE - DO TO ME 3.HUGH BOYNTON - WE GONNA MAKE IT 4.ACT I - IT'S THE SAME OLD STORY 5.THE EBONYS - MR ME, MRS YOU Playlist 16.3.2008: MATT FOX 1. WINDY CITY - WINDY CITY THEME 2. THE MANHATTANS - BLACKBIRD 3. LOU COURTNEY - WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO 4. H ANDREWS CONGREGATION - CHITLIN CIRCUIT 5. MARGIE HENDRIX - JIM DANDY 6. ALLISON & SOUTH FUNK BOULEVARD BAND - BLANKET OF LOVE 7. WHITE HEAT - WHAT A GROOVE 8. FRANKY & JAMO - SET ME ON FIRE 9. GÃÆ’¼NTHER FISCHER SEXTET - SURFING MELODIE 10. SWEET MUSIC - I GET LIFTED 11. VOICES OF EAST HARLEM - CASHIN' IN 12. THE FUTURES - AIN'T NO TIME FA NOTHING 13. AL WILSON - BABY, I WANT YOUR BODY 14. THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY - I'LL KEEP MY LIGHT IN MY WINDOW FUNKOPATHE (FRANCE) 15. AKTION / CENTEPEDE / NIGERIA 16. GRUPO STA CECILIA / BAILA EL BUMP / MEXICO 17. COURTIAL / LOSING YOU / USA 18. JIMMY BELLMARTIN / SO FINE / HOLLAND 19. AFRO KELENKYE BAND / BROTHERHOOD OF MAN / GHANA 20. DI MELO / A VIDA EM SENS METODOS DIZ CALMA / BRAZIL 21. BLACK BUSTER / THE WAY YOU WANT IT / ASIA 22. TALA ANDRE MARIE / HOT KOKI / CAMERUN 23. BLACK SUGAR / CHECAN / PERU 24. ORQUESTA RIVERSIDE / A BAILAR COM LA RIVER / CUBA 25. SJOB MOVEMENT / COUNTRY LOVE / NIGERIA MATT FOX 26. CHARLIE WHITEHEAD - SHAFT'S MAMA 27. ARTHUR ADAMS - YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD 28. CLARENCE GREEN & THE RHYTHMAIRES - KEEP A WORKIN' 29. BETTYE CRUTCHER - SUNDAY MORNING'S GONNA FIND US IN LOVE 30. MAD LADS - GONE! THE PROMISES OF YESTERDAY Playlist 17.02.2008: 1. CLARKE BOLAND BIG BAND - MOVEMENT I // FIEBRE CUBAN - MPS 2. T.W. ARDY - WHOLE LOTTA LOVE - POLYDOR 3. THE ARTISTIC SOUNDS - GIVE IT UP - SAVOY 4. TYREE GLENN JR. & BRAIN DAMAGE - SKIN TIGHT - MSM 5. MODERN SOUL BAND - 5 NACH HALB 7 - AMIGA 6. ORCHESTRA HARLOW - FREAK OFF - FANIA 7. CAROL KAYE - BASS CATCH - GAP CLASSICS 8. ALEX BAND - ZDERZENIE MYSLI - TONPRESS 9. RAW SOUL EXPRESS - EMERGENCY - RCA 10. CANDIDO - HALLELUJAH! I'M COMIN' HOME - SOLID STATE 11. RAMON MORRIS - SWEET SISTER FUNK - GROOVE MERCHANT 12. RAY BRYANT - ABOVE THE ROCK - CADET 13. LOU DONALDSON - EVERYTHING I DO GONH BE FUNKY - BLUE NOTE 14. RAY RIVERA ORCHESTRA - SUMPTIN' LIKE DAT - M.G.M. 15. MAGNUM - EVOLUTION - PHOENIX 16. OSCAR HARRIS & THE TWINKLE STARS - RELAX - CAPRI 17. SOUTH SIDE MOVEMENT - EVERLASTING THRILL - WAND 18. SOUL LIBERATION - WHO'S YOUR FRIEND - CREATIVE ARTS 19. JONAS GWANGWA & AFRICAN EXPLOSION - SWITCH - JAMAL 20. TOTAL ECLIPSE - MIDTOWN - BRC 21. RIGHT TRACK - RIGHT TRACK ARIZE - TRUE SOUL 22. SERGE GAINSBOURG - DISCOPHOTEQUE - PHILIPS 23. CALENDER - MONSTER - PI KAPPA 24. PAZANT BROS. & THE BEAUFORT EXPRESS - WORK SONG - VANGUARD 25. GREGORY JAMES EDITION - AIN'T NO SUNSHINE - DAKAR 26. FRANK ROBERTS FOUR - IT'S YOUR THING - WESTMOUNT 27. BOBBY BRYANT - EARTH DANCE - WORLD PACIFIC JAZZ 28. STOVALL SISTERS - HANG ON IN THERE - REPRISE 29. CORTEZ GREER & GROUP THERAPY- KOOL & THE GANG - GARNER 30. WILLIE & THE MIGHTY MAGNIFICENTS - FUNKY 8 CORNERS - ALL PLATINUM 31. SANDRA PHILLIPS - SOME MOTHER'S SON - CANYON 32. BOOBIE KNIGHT & THE UNIVERSAL LADY - FLAMING YOUTH - DAKAR 33. DONALD AUSTIN - PEA SHOOTER - EASTBOUND 34. CARLOS MALCOM - ROCKIN' IN MY ROCKET - AJP Playlist 20.01.2008: MATT FOX 1. FRANK BEVERLY & THE BUTLERS - IF THAT'S WHAT YOU WANTED 2. THE GEORGIA PROPHETS -­ I GOT THE FEVER 3. BARBARA HALL - YOU BROUGHT IT ON YOURSELF 4. BABY WASHINGTON - ALL AROUND THE WORLD 5. BILLY LAMONT - SHAKE & JERK 6. JUGGY - OILY 7. JONAS GWANGWA & AFRICAN EXPLOSION - SWITCH 8. PAZANT BROS. & THE BEAUFORT EXPRESS - WORK SONG 9. GREGORY JAMES EDITION - AIN'T NO SUNSHINE 10.LAURA GREENE - MANHATTAN PAPITO (ITALY) 11. SAGE - I'M ALIVE 12. CESAR'S ALL STARS - SEE-SAW AFFAIR 13. H.P.RIOT - I HAVE CHANGED 14. NEW FORM - STROLLIN' 15. NIKK - HARD TIMES 16. CHAIN REACTION - SEARCH FOR TOMORROW 17. SUN - DANCE 18. POWERHOUSE - YOU TURN ME ON 19. JAMES KNOX - LET YOUR MUSIC MOVE YA 20. CHAIN REACTION - SAY YEAH 21. BRASS MONKEY - PARTY WHEN I CAN 22. "C" ON THE FUNK - IN THE DISCO 23. INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT - SLIPPING AWAY 24. FIREBOLTS - EVERYBODY PARTY 25. FRANKIE GEE - DATE WITH THE RAIN 26. JNB - I'LL BE THE ONE 27. THE SYLVERS - I'LL NEVER BE ASHAMED 28. TERRY HUFF - JUST NOT ENOUGH LOVE 29. SLY, SLICK & WICKED - SHO'NUFF 30. THE STOPPERS - COME BACK BABY 31. KATIE LOVE AND THE FOUR SHADES OF BLACK - IT HURTS SO GOOD MATT FOX 32. THE LOST GENERATION - THIS IS THE LOST GENERATION 33. THE TEMPREES - I LOVE, I LOVE 34. PAULETTE REAVES - I FORGOT TO BE YOUR LOVER Playlist 12/2007: 1. FATHER'S CHILDREN - WILD WOMAN 2. PERRY & SANLIN - YOU CAN'T HIDE LOVE 3. L.V. JOHNSON - I DON'T REALLY CARE 4. STARFIRE - MAKE THE MOST OF IT 5. WILLIAM STUCKEY - THE FIRST TIME 6. ANN SEXTON - I'M HIS WIFE, YOU'RE JUST A FRIEND 7. MAYBERRY MOVEMENT - TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE IT RIGHT 8. JJ BARNES - HOW LONG (7") 9. BENNY TROY - I WANNA GIVE YOU TOMORROW 10. WRECKIN' CREW - YOU DON'T CARE (7") 11. AL JOHNSON - I'VE GOT MY SECOND WIND 12. HOLLY GROVE - IT'S ALL IN THE WAY 13. BILL BRANDON - TALK IT OVER 14. RON HENDERSON & CHOICE OF COLOUR - TAKE ME FOR GRANTED 15. BOBBY THURSTON - TREAT ME THE SAME WAY 16. RETTA YOUNG - THAT'S HOW SOME MEN ARE 17. CLARENCE REID - COME ON WITH IT 18. SIDNEY JOE QUALLS - I DON'T DO THIS 19. CLIFTON DYSON - I'M GIVING UP 20. BOBBY PATTERSON - IF EVERY MAN HAD A WOMAN (LIKE YOU) 21. LOVE COMMITTEE - I MADE A MISTAKE 22. LEW KIRTON - TALK TO ME 23. SPECIAL EDITION BAND - YESTERDAY'S DREAMS 24. SOUL LIBERATION - TOUCH ME AGAIN 25. BENNY JOHNSON - SECOND TO NONE 26. EDDIE ROBINSON- THE DOOR IS OPEN 27. JOHNNY MAYES - TELL ME Playlist 18.11.2007: 1. MERL SAUNDERS - CAROL'S THEME 2. STU GARDNER - NEVER GONNA HURT AGAIN 3. SAM DEES - PUT YOU BACK IN YOUR PLACE 4. FREDERICK KNIGHT - TAKE ME ON HOME WITCHA 5. B.W. SOULS - MARVIN'S GROOVE 6. CHRIS JONES - I'M THE MAN 7. T.N.T. BAND - THE MEDITATION 8. BILLY BUTLER - SUGAR CANDY LADY 9. FATHER'S CHILDREN - HOLLYWOOD DREAMING 10. REGGIE GARNER - HALF A CUP 11. SPINNERS - I'LL BE AROUND 12. LEW KIRTON - SOMETHING SPECIAL 13. PAULETTE REAVES - LOVE THE HELL OUT OF ME 14. DARRELL BANKS - HERE COME THE TEARS 15. INTRIQUES - IN A MOMENT 16. O'JAYS - PEACE 17. THE ARTISTICS - THE CHASE 18. JACKIE WILSON - DON'T LEAVE ME 19. SEGMENTS OF TIME - WILL OF THE PEOPLE 20. ROY LEE JOHNSON - DON'T TELL ME NOTHING ABOUT MY WOMAN 21. SCHOOLHOUSE FUNK BAND- THE WORLD IS A GHETTO 22. INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND - SHARP NINE 23. JANKO NILOVIC - THE THIRD POWER 24. MIGHTY CHEVELLES - TROPICAL WITH THE MOON LIGHT 25. MARVIN HOLMES - MARCEL'S PLACE 26. GATURS - GATOR BAIT 27. SERGE GAINSBOURG (MADAME CLAUDE OST) - DIAPOSITIVISME 28. T.S.U. TORONADOS - A THOUSAND WONDERS 29. CLIFF NOBLES - THE HORSE 30. JAY DEE - STRANGE FUNKY GAMES & THINGS 31. SOUL GENERATION - SUPER FINE 32. THE TANGEERS - THIS EMPTY PLACE 33. PERCY FAITH - LET GO 34. VERNON BURCH - GIVE LOVE A TRY 35. JACKIE MOORE - TIRED OF HIDING 36. SONNY TIL - TEARS & MISERY 37. STREET PEOPLE - LIBERATED LADY 38. TONY SHERMAN - I'LL BE THERE Playlist 21.10.2007: 1. BOBBY CUTCHINS - I DID IT AGAIN 2. THE INVITATIONS - LOOK ON THE GOOD SIDE 3. FOUR BELOW ZERO - MY BABY'S GOT E.S.P. 4. WINFIELD PARKER - I WANNA BE WITH YOU 5. LOVELACE WATKINS - GET READY 6. TONY FOX - I'VE BEEN SEARCHING 7. GEATER DAVIS - MY LOVE IS SO STRONG FOR YOU 8. CONSTRIBUTORS OF SOUL - I DON'T KNOW 9. DICKIE WONDER - NOBODY KNOWS 10. WILLIAM BELL - RELAX 11. A BROTHER'S GUIDING LIGHT -GETTING TOGETHER 12. POISON IVY - I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU 13. THE MOMENTS - JUST HAVING YOUR LOVE 14. BODY & SOUL - IN THE BEGINNING 15. STEP BY STEP - PEOPLE 16. TOGETHER - CHANCE WITH YOU 17. NORMA JENKINS - DIDN'T I FOOL YOU 18. KING ERNEST BAKER - SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE 19. TOMMIE YOUNG - THAT'S ALL A PART OF LOVING HIM 20. BENNY GORDON - (I KNOW) I'M LOSING YOU 21. FREDDIE WATERS - I'M AFRAID TO LET YOU INTO MY LIFE 22. AL HUDSON - SPREAD LOVE 23. TRUE MOVEMENT - DEPRESSION 24. ACE SPECTRUM - WITHOUT YOU 25. BOBBY PATTERSON - I GET MY GROOVE FROM YOU 26. PIC & BILL - TALKING ABOUT LOVE 27. THE MANHATTANS - GIVE HIM UP 28. CHOSEN FEW - BIRTH OF A PLAYBOY 29. LINDA JONES - I JUST CAN'T LIVE MY LIFE (WITH YOU BABY) 30. HONEY & THE BEES - MAKE LOVE TO ME 31. ALICE CLARK - DON..T YOU CARE 32. 9TH CREATION - MUCH TOO MUCH 33. COUNTRY BOYS & CITY GIRLS - (SHE SAID) YOU CAN'T HAVE NO MORE 34. BILL - SPACE LADY 35. RAY BROOKS - SWEET SIXTEEN 36. JONES GIRLS - KNOCKIN' 37. O. T. SYKES - I NEED SOMEBODY'S LOVING BAD Podcasts By Matt Fox Posted by mattfox, 22 January 2008 for soulful podcasts - just click here: http://rare-rillen.de it's for free & no sign up bullsh*t - just pure pleasure. comme
  3. Dave Morris

    Dave Morris Blog from 2007-8

    On The Soul Side - Loft Bar@bournemouth Uni - 16th Feb 08 Posted by Dave Morris, 25 February 2008 · Well time certainly does fly.It seemed only like yesterday that we were at the December do.Lots of usual things to do.All flyers have been put out at venues visited.Sorted out when I could get in to set up.All dj's confirmed they'd be there.Only difference was new venue at same place but different way in. So,on a bitterly cold saturday evening got to venue around 6'ish.James,bar manager was there albeit a bit down as his beloved Arsenal were getting tubbed by Man Ure.All furniture had been moved off dancefloor so only decks to set up.Eventually got them sorted and god did it sound good through the new system installed. Put up notices outside for directions to get in.My partner Viv turned up about 7.45 and we were ready to go.As is the norm slow build up which does get you wondering if its all been in vain but soon picked up and we had yet another healthy attendance although some local soulies still missing.Hope to see you at next one. All dj's turned up and big thanks to Simon Bridger for coming from Brighton,Chris Thorley from Farnborough,Danny North from Chessington and last but not least Ian Burt from Taunton. Some great stuff played early doors then Chris finally dragged them onto floor.Next up was Danny,a much underrated dj with some quality tunes in his box.Ian carried on from Danny with some monster tunes.Simon played some quality tunes then Chris carried it on.It was left to me to finish off so slowed tempo down a notch or two. Everyone was very complimentary and will hopefully be back on April 19th. Would also like to say thanks to Mike for complimenting Danny on his 2nd set.I know how taken aback he was and it meant a lot. Hopefully we'll go from strength to strength and enjoy many more nights. Dave. Sat 15th December Bournemouth Uni Northern Night Posted by Dave Morris, 17 December 2007 After taking over running the soul nights at Bournemouth Uni from Karen (soulgirl) I wondered what I'd let myself in for.Had flyers done well in advance and got out and about in the 3 months leading up to it flyering as many local do's as possible. Got dj's booked well in advance. Had a few comments on the basis its the 3rd saturday of month and loads going on,looked about on various messageboards/forums couldn't find anything locally so all ok there then. The week before was when I started to get nervous about things.Went out & bought spare stylus's and couple of other things I thought I may need. Saturday arrived so went off christmas shopping to take my mind off things.Afternoon came,couple of calls asking if night still on,too right was the reply.Then one of my dj's Moldie phoned about Chris Thorley,one of my other dj's,he was still in hospital so Danny North was on his way down to stand in ( Top Man). Got to Uni at 6.30pm to set up and found out builders had moved in that morning and way was blocked to venue meaning a long walk round to get in.Fortunately security decided to open up doors as another do on as well that night. 7.00pm venue set up as Moldie arrives and 30 mins later he's on the decks spinning his new stuff. 8.00pm my partner Viv arrives to help on door and I must say what a superb job she did as well so a massive thank you to her. Now am starting to worry about people turning up but, a steady stream of soulies through the evening means I had 55+ in. Well happy with that.All the dj's - Moldie,Ian Spittle,Danny North & Paul McKay all played blinding sets.Dancefloor busy throughout. Big thanks to everyone that came especially the couple from near Plymouth who could've gone to Weston but came across to Bournemouth on a bitterly cold night. Next one is Sat 16th Feb 2008 and I can't wait.We've got the smaller venue (The Loft) but newly refurbished and new dancefloor all is looking up for soul on the south coast. Dave. Soul Shoes @ Southampton Sat.10th Nov. Posted by Dave Morris, 12 November 2007 · Saturday night went along to Soul Shoes @ The Riverside Club in St.Denys Southampton.Run for the past 25 years very successfully by Gary Todd & his missus Ann.Parked up outside the club which is normally very unusual as parking is at a premium around there.Up the stairs,paid our money and in. Now this is not a club if you're into your soul rare.This is just a small club playing tried and tested oldies with the odd gem thrown in for a crowd that are friendly and like to have a dance and a good time. They also like to throw in the odd ska tune or two which is not to some peoples taste but the crowd love it. I for one have been going to these nights for the past 15 years and have never had a bad one.I always try to support Gary even at his other venue (Bishopstoke) as he knows what people want and supplies it. So in closing a big congratulations to Toddy for 25 years and long may it continue. Dave. Car Parking At Royal Bournemouth Hospital Posted by Dave Morris, 05 November 2007 · Am going to start my blog with a moan.Went to physio at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital today.Got there about 15 mins early with a view to getting parking slot.Drove round three pay & displays everywhere full.Asked security/car park attendant if anywhere else.Just keep driving round he said.Obviously got loads of money considering price of petrol these days. Double parked outside physio while I told them would be late due to no parking spaces.Same guy comes along and tells me to move car.Would've knocked him over if given chance.Eventually parked in Tesco about 500 yards away.Still that was free. Just as I got to physio reception I was called in.Don't know if my backs any better after all the prodding,bending over I had to do. Off to back strengthening class on friday,that should be good for a laugh.Hopefully will have a job then as well as have interview on thursday. Just wish when they built the place and had loads of space they'd put more spaces there instead of a hotel. Rant over Dave. Note to the person who as a guest added two unsavoury comments which I've now deleted,if you haven't got anything decent to post THEN DON'T!!!
  4. Pete Burton

    Pete Burton Blog from 2007-8

    Various Ramblings & Playlists Posted by Pete Burton, 22 June 2008 · Enjoyed a great night at Rugby last night, met up with loads of friends I've not seen for a while, enjoyed playing my spot to an appreciative crowd and came home with a few nice new toons for the playbox...........what more could you want ! Playlist for my Spot in the Main Room 09:00 to 10:00 Hytones - Bigger & Better - A-Bet Joe Matthews - She's My Beauty Queen - Thelma Donna Colman - Your Loves Too Strong - Avin Little Dooley - If Ever I Needed You - Ko Ko Demo Four Pro's - Just Another Girl - Carla Penetrations - Sweet, Sweet Baby - Teri De Tokays - Baby, Baby, Baby - Brute Homer Banks - Sweetie Pie - Genie Falcons - Love Look In Her Eyes - Big Wheel Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command - Midas Honey Bees - Let's Get Back Together - Garrison Demo Soul Shakers - You're Turnin' - Teri De Toni Washington - Good Times - Kon-Ti Vondells - Hey Girl You've Changed - Airtown Custom Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Monique - If You Love Me (Show Me) - Maurci Honey & The Bees - Dynamite Exploded - Arctic Soundmasters - Lonely, Lonely - Julet Soul Set - Will You Ever Learn - Bi-Me Lenny Williams - I Couldn't Find Nobody - Fantasy Wooden Nickels - Nobody But You - Vault Demo Tootsie Rollers - Give Me Love - Me-O Margaret Mandolph - Something Wonderful - Planetary Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories - Megatone Kettering Soul Society Posted by Pete Burton, 10 February 2008 · Kettering Soul Society - Cornmarket Hall - 9th February 2008. A really nice venue, easy to find with a large carpark just outside and with a great polished wooden floor. I Had been told by a few beforehand not to expect much music wise but we were pleasantly surprised by the good selection of 'Across The Board' music that was played by the residents throughout the evening with all of them playing great sets. Many thanks to Steve Towers & Trev Davison for inviting me to do the Guest Spot we had a great evening. The crowd was a bit low in numbers but with so much on and especially the Rugby Anniv. just down the road that was probably to be expected. Playlist For My Spot 10:45 to 11:45 Shirley Lawson - One More Chance - UK Soul City Belles - Don't Pretend - Mirwood Silky Hargraves - Keep Loving Me - Dearborn Honey & The Bees - Dynamite Exploded - Arctic Billie Kennedy - Sweet Things - Thelma Demo Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command - Midas Matta Baby - Do The Pearl, Girl (Part II) - Penny Christine Cooper - Heartaches Away My Boy - Parkway Demo Pat & The Blenders - Just Because - Fast Eddie Honey Bees - Let's Get Back Together - Garrison Demo Ascots - Another Day - Miradon Tobi Lark - Sweep It Out The Shed - Topper Monique - If You Love Me (Show Me) - Maurci Falcons - Love Look In Her Eyes - Big Wheel Vondells - Hey Girl You've Changed - Airtown Custom Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories - Megatone Soul Set - Will You Ever Learn - Bi-Me Soul Communicators - Those Lonely Nights - Fee Bee Houston Outlaws - Ain't No Telling - Westbound Demo Virgil Henry - You Ain't Sayin' Nothing New - Tamla Johnnie Mae Matthews - I Have No Choice - Big Hit Desborough Ritz Playlist Posted by Pete Burton, 16 November 2007 · Desborough Ritz Playlist For My Spot 12:00 to 12:45 - 3rd November 2007 Victors - The Hurt - Phillips Demo Honey & The Bees - Dynamite Exploded - Arctic Mary Love - Lay This Burden Down - UK Stateside Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command - Midas Tokays - Baby, Baby, Baby - Brute Honey Bees - Let's Get Back Together - Garrison Demo Barbara Jean & Lyrics - Why Weren't You There - Big Hit Lost Soul - Secret Of Mine - Raven Belles - Don't Pretend - Mirwood Joe Jama - My Life - Optimum Monique - If You Love Me (Show Me) - Maurci Soul Set - Will You Ever Learn - Bi-Me Cynthia & Imaginary 3 - That's What I Am (Without You) - Big Hit Vondells - Hey Girl You've Changed - Airtown Custom Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories - Megatone Silky Hargraves - Keep Loving Me - Dearborn Soul Communicators - Those Lonely Nights - Fee Bee Houston Outlaws - Ain't No Telling - Westbound Demo Dkof Peterborough Playlist - 5th October 2007 Posted by Pete Burton, 06 October 2007 DKOF Peterborough - 5th October 2007 Another great night at DKOF last night, numbers were a bit down on usual but there was a great friendly atmosphere and everyone seemed up for hearing some different tunes and all I spoke with at the end said they'd really enjoyed the night. Mick, Ray and Neal all played some great stuff (hopefully they'll put some playlists up later) and Tony Parker excelled himself with a blinding spot. This is certainly now one of the best nights in the area for rare and underplayed soul............all credit to the DKOF Lads for making it happen.............Can't wait for the next one on December 22nd. Playlist for my Spot 10:30 to 11:30 Matta Baby - Do The Pearl, Girl (Part II) - Penny Joyce Harris - Baby, Baby, Baby - Fun Conquistadors - Sadness & Madness - Signett Honey & The Bees - Dynamite Exploded - Arctic Joe Matthews - She's My Beauty Queen - Thelma Informers - Baby, Set Me Free - Black Jack Homer Banks - Sweetie Pie - Genie Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command - Midas Tokays - Baby, Baby, Baby - Brute Honey Bees - Let's Get Back Together - Garrison Demo Barbara Jean & Lyrics - Why Weren't You There - Big Hit Little Dooley - If Ever I Needed You - Ko Ko Demo Groovettes - Think It Over Baby - Reness Joe Jama - My Life - Optimum Monique - If You Love Me (Show Me) - Maurci Falcons - Love Look In Her Eyes - Big Wheel Lewis Clark - I Need Your Lovin' So Bad - Tigertown Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Cynthia & Imaginary 3 - That's What I Am (Without You) - Big Hit Vondells - Hey Girl You've Changed - Airtown Custom Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories - Megatone Soul Set - Will You Ever Learn - Bi-Me Joe Vandiver - You're Everything (They Said You'd Be) - Jade Soundmasters - Lonely, Lonely - Julet Silks, Wellingborough - 25th August 2007 Posted by Pete Burton, 26 August 2007 · SILKS, WELLINGBOROUGH - 25TH AUGUST 2007 Enjoyed a really good night at Silks, Wellingborough last night. A good turnout heard some great stuff from Lenny Dopson Roger Banks and Dave Thorley. I'm pleased this is now getting the support it deserves cos you can't find a better pair of soulies than Lenny and Nina. I Look forward to going to the next one as a paying punter on October 27th when Lenny has Soul Sam, Carl Fortnum and The Banbury Soul Twins on the guest list. I was booked for 2 Guest Spots but also did an extra half hour to fill-in when another DJ wasn't able to come...........Anyway my Playlists were as follows: 1st Spot 8:15 - 9:00 Richard Caiton - I See Love Girl In Your Eyes - Caibert Matta Baby - Do The Pearl, Girl (Part II) - Penny Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Monique - If You Love Me (Show Me) - Maurci Joyce Harris - Baby, Baby, Baby - Fun Ster-Phonics - Don't Leave Me - Mas-Tok Billie Kennedy - This Is A Groovy Generation - Thelma Demo Groovettes - Think It Over Baby - Reness Royal Jesters - Use Your Head - Jester Informers - Baby, Set Me Free - Black Jack Lad Teens - Keep On Rollin' - Cadillac Robert Tanner - Tell Me Your Name - Megatone Kittens - Wait A Minute - Vick EJ & Echoes - You're Gonna Hurt - Diamond Jim The Mar-J's - Got To Find A Way Out - Magic Touch Fabulous Apollos - The One Alone - Valtone Demo Kenny Smith - One More Day - Flo-Roe Sparkles - Try Love (One More Time) - Old Town Regents - What'cha Gonna Do - m.a.d. Conquistadors - Sadness & Madness - Signett Lost Soul - Secret Of Mine - Raven 2nd Spot 9:45 - 10:15 Belles - Don't Pretend - Mirwood TJ Williams - Baby I Need You - Josie Houston Outlaws - Ain't No Telling - Westbound Demo California Rock Choir - Whoever You Are - Cyclone Ed Simpson - Pinch Hitter - Gold Future Emanuel Laskey - Don't Lead Me On - Thelma Carletts - I'm Getting Tired - Capitol Spiedels - Dream Girl - Providence Demo Belita Woods - Magic Corner - Moira Demo Billy Hambric -She Said Goodbye - Drum Delettes - Look At Me - Blue Rock Lost Soul - Secret Of Mine - Raven Tobi Lark - Sweep It Out The Shed - Topper 3rd Spot 11:15 - 12:00 Joe Matthews - She's My Beauty Queen - Thelma Carletts - Lost Without Your Love - Capitol Honey & The Bees - Dynamite Exploded - Arctic Homer Banks - Sweetie Pie - Genie Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command - Midas Tokays - Baby, Baby, Baby - Brute Honey Bees - Let's Get Back Together - Garrison Demo Barbara Jean & Lyrics - Why Weren't You There - Big Hit Little Dooley - If Ever I Needed You - Ko Ko Demo Joe Jama - My Life - Optimum Falcons - Love Look In Her Eyes - Big Wheel Cynthia & Imaginary 3 - That's What I Am (Without You) - Big Hit Vondells - Hey Girl You've Changed - Airtown Custom Soundmasters - Lonely, Lonely - Julet Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories - Megatone Soul Set - Will You Ever Learn - Bi-Me Joe Vandiver - You're Everything (They Said You'd Be) - Jade Soul Communicators - Those Lonely Nights - Fee Bee Soul Beat Rushden, John White's Golf Club - 28th July 2007 Posted by Pete Burton, 29 July 2007 · Playlist for my Spot 9:30 to 10:30 Joe Matthews - She's My Beauty Queen - Thelma Carletts - Lost Without Your Love - Capitol Honey & The Bees - Dynamite Exploded - Arctic Homer Banks - Sweetie Pie - Genie Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command - Midas Phil Terrell - Love Has Passed Me By - Carnival Tokays - Baby, Baby, Baby - Brute Honey Bees - Let's Get Back Together - Garrison Demo Matta Baby - Do The Pearl, Girl (Part II) - Penny Barbara Jean & Lyrics - Why Weren't You There - Big Hit Little Dooley - If Ever I Needed You - Ko Ko Demo Joe Jama - My Life - Optimum Monique - If You Love Me (Show Me) - Maurci Falcons - Love Look In Her Eyes - Big Wheel Cynthia & Imaginary 3 - That's What I Am (Without You) - Big Hit Vondells - Hey Girl You've Changed - Airtown Custom Soundmasters - Lonely, Lonely - Julet Royal Jesters - Use Your Head - Jester Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories - Megatone Soul Set - Will You Ever Learn - Bi-Me Joe Vandiver - You're Everything (They Said You'd Be) - Jade Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Soul Communicators - Those Lonely Nights - Fee Bee Houston Outlaws - Ain't No Telling - Westbound Demo Lost Soul - Secret Of Mine - Raven North Herts Irish Club, Letchworth - 18th May 2007 Posted by Pete Burton, 19 May 2007 · North Herts Irish Club, Letchworth - 18th May 2007 Playlist for my Spot at 9:45 to 10:30 Joe Matthews - She's My Beauty Queen - Thelma Belles - Don't Pretend - Mirwood Honey & The Bees - Dynamite Exploded - Arctic Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command - Midas Tokays - Baby, Baby, Baby - Brute Honey Bees - Let's Get Back Together - Garrison Demo Topics - Hey Girl (Where Are You Going) - Chadwick Barbara Jean & Lyrics - Why Weren't You There - Big Hit EJ & Echoes - You're Gonna Hurt - Diamond Jim Falcons - Love Look In Her Eyes - Big Wheel Royal Jesters - Use Your Head - Jester Cynthia & Imaginary 3 - That's What I Am (Without You) - Big Hit Vondells - Hey Girl You've Changed - Airtown Custom Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories - Megatone Soul Set - Will You Ever Learn - Bi-Me Joe Vandiver - You're Everything (They Said You'd Be) - Jade Soul Communicators - Those Lonely Nights - Fee Bee Tobi Lark - Sweep It Out The Shed - Topper Houston Outlaws - Ain't No Telling - Westbound Demo Gospel Classics - More Love(That's What We Need) - UK Chess Demo Current Playlist Posted by Pete Burton, 26 January 2007 · Some Of My Current Plays - The Records That Are Getting The Most Attention On My Decks At The Moment Matta Baby - Do The Pearl Girl (PartII) - Penny Lenny Willams - I Couldn't Find Nobody - Fantasy Penetrations - Sweet, Sweet Baby - Teri De Joe Matthews - She's My Beauty Queen - Thelma Ellusions - You Didn't Have To Leave - Lamon Hytones - Bigger & Better - A-Bet Pinkertones - It's Not The Way You Walk - Queen-G Wooden Nickels - Nobody But You - Vault Demo Margaret Mandolph - Something Beautiful - Planetary Cheryl Williams - Everybody's Happy But Me - Bengee Demo Chi-Lites - She's Mine - Blue Rock Toni Washington - Good Times - Kon-Ti Tootsie Rollers - Give Me Love - Me-O Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories - Megatone Honey & The Bees - Dynamite Exploded - Arctic Homer Banks - Sweetie Pie - Genie Robert Tanner - Tell Me Your Name - Megatone Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command - Midas Tokays - Baby, Baby, Baby - Brute Honey Bees - Let's Get Back Together - Garrison Demo Topics - Hey Girl (Where Are You Going) - Chadwick Trends - Thanks For A Little Lovin' - ABC Barbara Jean & Lyrics - Why Weren't You There - Big Hit Little Dooley - If Ever I Needed You - Ko Ko Demo Monique - If You Love Me (Show Me) - Maurci The Metrics - Wishes - Chadwick Falcons - Love Look In Her Eyes - Big Wheel Donna Colman - Your Loves So Strong - Avin Soul Shakers - You're Turnin' - Teri De EJ & Echoes - You're Gonna Hurt - Diamond Jim Groovettes - Think It Over Baby - Reness Joe Jama - My Life - Optimum Cynthia & Imaginary 3 - That's What I Am (Without You) - Big Hit Vondells - Hey Girl You've Changed - Airtown Custom Royal Jesters - Use Your Head - Jester Regents - What'cha Gonna Do - m.a.d. Soundmasters - Lonely, Lonely - Julet Ster-Phonics - Don't Leave Me - Mas-Tok Lad Teens - Keep On Rollin' - Cadillac Soul Set - Will You Ever Learn - Bi-Me Joe Vandiver - You're Everything - Jade Delettes - Look At Me - Blue Rock Conquistadors - Sadness & Madness - Signett Soul Communicators - Those Lonely Nights - Fee Bee Houston Outlaws - Ain't No Telling - Westbound Demo Kenny Smith - One More Day - Flo-Roe Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Pat & The Blenders - Just Because - Fast Eddie Lost Soul - Secret Of Mine - Raven Kenny Hamber - Anything You Want - Arctic Demo Melvin Davies - I Must Love You - Groovesville Tony Clarke - A Wrong Man - M-S Fabulous Apollos - The One Alone - Valtone Demo Valiants - Tell Me, Tell Me What You Gonna Do - Destination Demo Johnnie Mae Matthews - I Have No Choice - Big Hit Belita Woods - Magic Corner - Moira Demo
  5. Dave Moore

    Dave Moore Blog from 2007-8

    45s Still In The Customs Shed Posted by Dave Moore, 26 January 2008 · Just thought I'd log the events of our move to Spain and vent a little frustration at the 'shower of s*i*e' that are/were our shippers. We've now been in the new place for 5 weeks. STILL no furniture but more of a concern than that is....no records either! The container arrived in Valencia on 8th January (12 days later than originally agreed) and has sat in the customs shed since. The US company that we contracted have turned out to be the most inept, inneffectual, lacksadasical arseholes I've ever dealt with. I've done a few moves around the world including one other Transatlantic move and all have been relatively smooth. This move is enough to make me wanna 'revert to type' and go back to the US in order 'straighten out' the w*nk*rs. We have now dealt with 5 companies down the chain on this move. Each one is part of the mechanism for an international move but is sub cotracted by the mover not us. The problem is....they simply don't pay their bills correctly or on time, therefore the Spanish end of the move won't release or deliver our goods until they receive payment. We tracked the shipment, organised the receiving agent, obtained customs clearance, and are now sat waiting for the US company to pay the bills (we've already paid them of course). After at least an hour a day on the phone to the US trying to get people there to realise their contractual obligation we received a bill for an extra nearly two grand! When we did some investigation it was mainly penealty fees because THEY had missed deadlines with paperwork at the point of departure! Have finally whittled it down to 500, although that amount is still due to their incompetence with my motorcycle, we've decided to pay all the bills and try and recoup it from the shipper. Otherwise those liccleblackplasticfingswotweluvsntreshures are gonna be sat in the customs shed til God knows when! On a lighter note, we now have the satellite connection installed for the phone link and so are fully hooked up on broadband etc now. The files for Issue #7 of There's That Beat! are due at the printers on Monday morning and Jason and I are now feverishly nailing it together between gallons of back coffee and sticky buns for sustainance. Looking forward to getting out and about to gigs on a regular basis again. Hoping to make the Pisa Allnighter in Feb, followed by Prestatyn and then the Valencia Weekender mid April, at which I've been asked to play a few 45s. Have recce'd a bar in Mojaca with Jonathon for a gig with the Indalo Soul Club starting March 15th and am in the process of pieceing the components for Hitsville Soul Club's annual vinyl-fest together so things are moving on a pace soulwise at least. All I need now is something to sit on, a decent night's kip in a bed and my bleedin' records! If I hear "Can I help you with anything else Sir, Have a nice day" one more time, some Yank is gonna 'get a slice" for sure. Transatlantic Flap On! Posted by Dave Moore, 30 November 2007 · Last year we decided to relocate to Spain. The magazine will still be based in the US and I'll be popping back over on a regular basis but the lack of quality soul events with like minded people has just proved too much in the end. Hey Ho, had a good time, but itchy feet syndrome got the better of us once again. Anyway........had the movers arrive yesterday. A young Israeli was in charge and the two young Guatemalens with him worked their arse off all day. Had a good chat with the Israeli lad (Tony) and found we had a lot in common. He and I have both spent time diving in the same region of the Red Sea and have both spent time at Wadi Rum and Aquaba in Jordan. Then blow me down if the two Guatemalan lads didn't come from an area I have also traipsed about in, in a 'former life". Bev made 'em lunch and I fed 'em cheeseburgers later on. They did a great job ......until it came to the vinyl. They packed it while I was away on an errand. I returned to see my 'babies' stuffed into a few massive cardboard boxes, many of them laid flat, some upside down and padded out with bits of paper!! Argghh!! I then gave them a lesson in vinyl maintenance (in case they ever pack up another anoraks house). We repacked every one of them. All in proper crates, right way up, color coded by US/UK origin, and with the loving care and attention that 35 years of building the collection deserves. They thought I was a freak! (Bev agreed with them ) So....I have a 200 box I am manhandling back to Europe and the rest ( about 7000 45s and about 1000LPs) are now 'Bobbin' in the Oggin' for the next 3 weeks or so along with my other prized possession, my 1991 Softail. Bev reckons that the seperation from the 'babies' may well prove to much for the ole ticker and I may throw off this mortal coil before we are reunited with them. So.... we leave in a week after we've administered the subscribers of the magazine and once everyone's latest issue is safely in the mail and en route, we're back to UK for a weekend (hopefully in time to catch Ronnie Walker's live performance at Chris' NCSC gig and then onto Espana for Chrimbo. Should see us out and about at UK gigs on a more regular basis next year. Looking forward to seeing everyone. 'til next time........ Dave Soulie Meanderings Posted by Dave Moore, 20 October 2007 · Done bit of wandering about the last few weeks, been a little snowed under with the mag, Hitville SC website updates and other soulie stuff but finally got a few minutes to jot something down' Hitsville Weekender III now behind us. Had a great weekend with Fergie, Al Pollard, Greety, H, Kev and the girls and the US and Canadian contingents proved to be die hards once again too. Lots of highlights but the two main ones for me were: The Harthon Guys. To play their records and have them see the type of response their music evokes in people was a real treat. All three of them were blown away by it all. We despatched them back to the airport in a mahooosive limo and the smiles on their faces were priceless. The Music Probably the best weekender I've been to as far as the music was concerned. Got to hear all the rare oldies as well as some newer stuff and lots of left "fielders" too. We don't get a chance to dance to music of this quality too often here in the US so I take full advantage and try and get on the dancefloor as much as my "organising duties' allow. The young US DJs are the dog's gonads. In yer face rarities mixed with relatively unknown records and they play to each other as well as the dancefloor which is great. Who cares if the dancefloor wanes for 10 minutes if your playing something worthwhile. A great few hours from The Californian Central Soul Club Crew and Chicago's Rare Soul Millionaires. Had one 'downer' which was a guy from the UK didn't enjoy it. Fair enough, can't please everyone, but if you travel all the way to Florida from UK for a weekender and then go to bed at 1am at the allnighter then I don't think you've really got into the spirit of things. Ah well, as I say...can't please everyone. The other 70 folks seemed to be having a blast judging by the dancefloor. Once packed up and everyone eventually despatched home Dave Fergie, Myself and the girls went up to Philly to cover a few of the city's soul landmarks, meet some of it's musical icons and see the Tymes perform. We spent a day at Philadelphia International Records and had the run of the place, including Sigma Sound B thanks to Chuck Gamble's kind generosity and Weldon MacDouga III's ability to get us in anywhere! We also spent an afternoon at Frankford Wayne Mastering. Including an unforgettable trip to the Master Tape vault! A planned hour's lunch with Weldon, Jimmy Wisner and Billy Jackson turned into a 51/2 hour marathon! A truly fantastic afternoon in which Dave and I were enthralled by stories of Philly's soulful heyday by three legends who helped create it. Lot's more on the Philly btrip in Issue #6 of the magazine out in December. On the 27th of this month our soulie adventures continue when Dave Fergson flies over for the weekend as we take a hop skip and a jump down to Tampa to see Billy Paul live on stage with three Chi Town legends. Gene Chandler, Jerry Butler and Sam Gooden and Fred Cash of The Impressions. I think we're taking them to lunch, so full report later. Hoping to make Guy Hennigan's 50th bash on 3rd Nov in Derby so if I make it....see some of you there hopefully. 'Til next time....good hunting... A Year In The Planning Posted by Dave Moore, 04 September 2007 · It's Tuesday 4th September and I'm just about to start 4/5 days of mayhem. The Hitsville Annual Weekender kicks off on Thursday Night and between now and then I'll be spending most of my time at the airport in arrivals picking folks up and ferrying them down to the resort or DJ Villa. Thought I'd use the blog to put a few thoughts down for future reference as it's about to become a bit of a blur for the next few days... Had some major dramas with the sound equipment this year. Finally sorted but not without clashing heads with the biggest arsholes in the DJ supplier world I've ever come across. I bought a great set of Technics 1210s a year old and fitted new tonearms. Figured in for a penny in for a pound, so took advice from Soul Sources own King Of The Karaoke Pete French and set about purchasing new amp. speakers, cabling etc. Then figured I'd install new headshells/Grado cartsidges and styli. Sent off for the needles to Jerry Raskin (Needle Dr) and the head shells and wiring kits to TopDJGear in NY. Carts and needles arrived. No head shells. Cut a long story short, two months and about 50 phone calls later, still nothing but excuses from what I can only describe as a set of neaderthal morons who seemed to think that because they were 1500 miles away it was ok to constantly try to blow smoke up my arse. I eventually reordered the kit from California and it arrived 4 days later. Being a bit of a beligerent bastard, I wouldn't let it go and hounded the actual owner of the company for the next three weeks. I used a contact, got his cell # and called him twice a day to update him on what my plan was to destroy his business. Website, Ads in DJ mags, Blogs, personal protest outside his home etc etc. Lo and behold....package came last week. Complimentary headshells, wiring kits and a couple of new groundwires! Tosser! This years T Shirt is being delivered tomorrow, the new log'd slipmats have arrived and the new wireless mics are en route. Anyway...kit all assembled, and tested. Sounds fantastic. I'm sure the guys this year will hear the difference. (Hope so, it's cost enough!) The Hitsville Weekender started when a few long time mates, who also collected records, came out to visit us in Orlando, Florida. It started out as a party at our place but we couldn't accommodate everyone at our house so we hired a room in a hotel. Then we thought, "why not get a dancefloor in?". So we did. The first one was in 2005 and this is our third one now. It's still kept the same atmosphere and ethos of the first one and it's something I have been warned by the guys to ensure stays the same. Just about everyone who comes is a record collector. The whole weekend is geared around collectors who dance. A sort of Dancin' Chinstrokers convention. The UK and US contingents compliment each other perfectly and the whole thing is just a great get together of like minded people. Of course because we only get together once a year there's lots to catch up on and hopefully some vinyl trading along the way! This year we have three VIP guests joining us in the form of Weldon McDougal III, Luther Randolph and Johnny Stiles, the owners of Harthon Records from Philadelphia back in the 60s. We're setting up an in depth question and answer session and a couple of radio interviews that will be recorded and put up on the Hitsville Soul Club site some time later. We're all off to BoMa Restaurant in Animal Kingdom on Friday night before the soul night (9-4am) which should be great and then Saturday we have the afternon radio session planned when the guys will double up and play stuff not usually heard or not targeted at the dancefloor per se. Then it's off to Bahama Breeze (A Carribean restaurant), for some great Jamacian Jerk'd up food before hitting the allnighter 8-6am. At three in the morning we serve up pies, pizza etc to sustain us for the push towards dawn. A quick couple of hours kip and then up to the DJ Villa for an afternoon by the pool/jacuzzi and some more sounds before the now legendary Indian Meal in the evening by the pool! Another great piece of news is that my old mate Alan Pollard and his wife Judi are gonna make it again this year. Al's not been well and had to miss last years. Be great to have them both back in the fold. So..First pick up is at 2pm this afternoon and the guys trickle in from UK, California, NJ, Chicago, NY over the next couple of days. Loking forward to hearing all their sets and especially on Saturday night as I'm relieved of DJ duties (Yippee!) I'll post a report up after the event with some of the tales of vinyl comings and goings. Wherever you are this weekend, have a great time....we certainly intend to! Slip mats look pretty cool eh? Loma Records Suck! Posted by Dave Moore, 12 August 2007 No not really......it's just that I've been putting the finishing touches to a feature on the West Coast Warner subsidiary and I can't seem to locate one of the 45s on the label. Offending vinyl is - Bob and Earl - Everybody Jerk b/w Just One Look In Your Eyes - 2006. Lot so people have been helping me trace the record but no one's come up with one or a scan of it! As I suffer from "completion disorder" I'm dreading putting the feature in the mag with one of the scans missing! AAARRGGHH!! Have also had a nightmare with a certain DJ supply store in NY. Once I have fin lly got my money back - or made a trip up there to take a look inside a certain store owner's spleen, I will relate the story here. The upside to this dark tumultous period in my life is that we have tracked down Johnny Brantley's missus. JB was the man behind a number of great soul productions including - Sam Williams - Love Slipped Through My Fingers - Tower - Unfortunately he has passed on, but his wife may have photos, anecdotes and info that will finally allow his full story to be told. Another plus is that I managed to pick up two W/Demos that have eluded me for a while. Mr Fred Bohn of Attic Records came up trumps with a copy of The Exits - You Gotta Have Money b/w Under The Street Lamp - Gemini W/Demo and I'm finnally completing the Bronco label when Viola Wills - I've Got To Have All Of Your Love - W/D drops on the Moore doormat on Tuesday hopefully. Only had to return one record this week. EBay strikes again! When did VERY GOOD ever mean POOR! Marv Johnson LP Promo too! Gutted! Biggest bonus of the week...my old Mate Alan Pollard may make the Hitsville Weekender in September. Great news. He was missed at the last one. 4 weeks to go. Can't wait! Til next time.... Sound Equipment For Weekender Posted by Dave Moore, 24 June 2007 · Spent a frustrating couple of weeks sorting new sound equipment for the Hitsville Soul Club. Got some heaveyweight collectors coming down to spin their wares and want to make sure that the kit is up to the job. Had too many instances myself of being asked to DJ somewhere and turning up to find steam driven turntables with screwdrivers for stylus! Problem is everything has to be "shipped" here in the States. Can't just jump in yer car, trundle down town and buy it. Not in Florida anyway! Most things delivered end up being - Wrong stuff , (Not what you ordered), damaged, or just don't show at all sometimes! So I ordered some bits and sat back with low expectations. Anyway ..managed to gut a nice set of Technics 1210s delivered. Arrived during the week, all flight cased up. Checked 'em out, all in great minty condition. Luverrley Jubbly! Speakers arrived the day after from a company in New Jersey. Top blokes. All well packed. Ordered new heashells, wiring kits and a couple of high grade GRADO cartridges form TopDJGear. Aha...new I was on a roll and it was too good to last. 3 days after I ordered the stuff got an email - "on back order". Back order my arse! They simply wait for an order to come in and then place that order themselves with Technics, taking a nice slice for themselves and passing all the shipping costs on to their "customers". Told them to "poke it ". I'll do the order direct myself. Got some advice from the King of UK Kareoke etc, Pete French, and am now awaiting delivery of a Peavy PV2600 amplifier. (Cheers Pete). So...for anyone bringing vinyl to The Hitsville Weekender, either to DJ or do one of the Radio Shows...you can rest assured that everything has been done to ensure your records are played using decent kit and will sound immaculate. Can't wait to hear Greety's Chuck Holiday and Detroit Sounds Of Friction, out nice and LOUD! Later..... Dave www.theresthatbeat.com www.hitsvillesoulclub.com Diary Of A Psychotic Mag Editor Posted by Dave Moore, 13 June 2007 Not really had time to do the blog part of Soul Source justice up to now, but have squeezed a spare 15 minutes out of my day to start one off. Although I suspect I will only be talking to myself, it'll be a good way to put things down and remember them if I need to in future. So.. THERE's THAT BEAT! - Update We finally got the Quark files for Issue #4 to the printers! Preparing this Issue has been a nightmare! In addition to having an IT crisis (which is still not fully resolved), 3 months solid work all culminated in an allnight session with Jason and I using MSN Messenger to relay our communication in live time, whilst making all the Editorial corrections to the magazine features. Must say it worked a treat but at 4 in the morning and on your 8th cup of coffee you begin to wonder if the effort is all worthwhile! Of course the minute the magazines are delivered you know it is! We completed the work less than an hour before the print deadline! This Issue should have been capped at 48 pages but unfortunately Jason and I are soulies first and foremost so we couldn't find it in us to cut anything out therefore it's actually 56 pages long! As usual it's all full color, glossy images and rammed full of stuff. Couple of highpoints whilst preparing this Issue were: During the Harthon preperation I got to speak at length with all three of the main players Johnny, Luther and Weldon. I'd met Weldon and Luther before along with Bill Oxendine and a few other Philly 'soulsters" but it was my first time with Luther. All three of them are complete gentlemen and kinda remind you of a bygone generation where integrity, manners, and a positive outlook was more the norm. I hope they think we did them justice in the feature. It was an experience I will always treasure. We were already preparing to publish the Mike Terry story when the original contributor unfortunately pulled out and we had two options: 1. Cancel/Postpone the feature. or 2. Create it ourselves. We chose Option 2. Mike Terry's contribution to the Rare Soul scene ranks up with the likes of Van McCoy, Carl Davis, Popcorn Wylie et al and we felt it was a story that needed telling, in full glorious color. So that's what we did. Or rather that's what Jason did. Long sessions with Mike resulted in a great feature that takes look a behind the labels and music of the man and allows Mike to tell it as he experienced it. The Snakepit, The Funk Brothers, Pied Pier, Giant Records, his work with Garland Green and Rhetta Hughes, it's all there in his own words. Fantastic stuff. Preparing the feature on UK Issued 45s with Neil Rushton brought back some great memories of finding 45s in the dusty second hand (thrift) shops during the 70s/80s. With records from Neil, Dave Ferguson and myself I think we managed to show a great selection of hard to find UK labelled soul. The first part of our delve into the Motown catalogue is also included in this Issue. We took a look at the collecting of the Motown labels promo copies and will continue the series with Berry Gordy's other labels in the future. Couple of Venue Reviews round off this Issue. Prestatyn and the Pittsburgh Weekenders, including a day record hunting, are both events that Hitsville Soul Club attended and we give you our thoughts on them both. Magazine should be up on the website for folks to buy shortly at : www.theresthatbeat.com and we also have a very limited supply of back Issues if anyone needs any. Quick word about The 3rd Hitsville Rare Soul Weekender: Lots of interest from both US and UK soulies. Have purchased new Technics 1210s, speakers etc so the sound should be MASSIVE this year! Really looking forward to seeing everyone for some records, beer, dancin, beer and more records! No change from last years format. Friday - Soul night until the wee hours, Sat - Radio shows in afternoon followed by The Allnighter. The party at the "DJ Villa" will also take place on the Sunday as usual. Everyone's invited! Finally...found a record on the Pittsburgh Trip that I hadn't heard before: Keanya Collins - I'll Get Over It b /w Ain't No Secret - Blue Rock I'd obviously heard the "Secret" side but the flip was new to me. A fantastic dancer that if it was played must have been spun while I was at the bar as I'm sure it would have gra bbed my attention. So...if you see one knocking about - grab it! 'Til next time.....Good Hunting.
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    Been A Bit Quiet Round These Here Parts... Posted by pikeys dog, 17 December 2006 so during the run upto xmas I'll start adding entries. WOOF ➢ Steam June 4th Posted by , 10 June 2005 Black Eyed Peas - Smallest Man Alive - Ultra~City Larry Davis - I've Been Hurt So Many Times - Kent Minnie Epperson - Grab Your Clothes - Action Claude (Baby) Huey - Keep It To Myself - M.I.O.B. Little Ben & The Cheers - Baby You're Mine - Rush Johnny Moore - What More Can I Do - Larry~O Rosco & Barbara - Could This Be Love - Old Town Wade & Jamie - Don't Put Off 'Till Tomorrow - Palomar Robin Rice - I've Had It - Crackerjack Sparkels - Try Love One More Time - Old Town Ruby Sherry - Feminine Ingenuity - Take 6 La Reine La Mar - That's Not The Way To Love - Cloud Bobbie Smith - Walk On Into My Heart - American Arts Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Tommy Navarro - I Cried My Life Away - De Jac Teddy Mack - Hey Gypsy Woman - Monroe The Romeos - Mon Petit Chow - Loma Betti Lou & Bobby Adams - Dr Truelove - Tra~X Roy Brown - Baby It's Love - Gert Bessie Jones - No More Tears - Abet Betty Lavette - What I Don't Know - Calla Steam 4th June Posted by , 10 June 2005 With an as expected lower crowd in the two non-oldies rooms (Due to Winsford clashing with yet another Allnighter) Johnny Beggs decided to combine them for a better atmosphere. At first I thought this would be a bad idea, but it did seem to work pretty well considering the diverse tastes of the people attending. I know the R&B / Early Soul DJ's did hold back on some of the more obscure and gritty stuff, so's not to offend those who were into later sounding Soul, and it appeared Andy Whitmore and Dean Anderson tailored there sets accordingly (the sign of a customer orientated DJ, the way it should be). I stuck to a more 60s Soul set than usual, but enjoyed it no less. A good atmos in that room, but the oldies room was dead - a complete change from the previous month.... are the Dinosaurs finally dying out? All in all an enjoyable night, made so as much by the company, as the sounds. Playlist to follow. May 28th Hideaway And The Non-cis, Manchester. Posted by , 10 June 2005 · Was planning on going to the Hideaway for a couple of hours, then onto the CIS, but as everone is probably aware, events at CIS put the kybosh on this plan. People seemed genuinely angry at Chris the promoter, blaming him for 'ruining their weekend'.... my thoughts on this - get a fcuking life.... it's only a night out. Chris and the rest of his team obviously put loads of effort into providing quality events, and for people to call him for things beyond his control is well out of order. A bit of respect for a guy who is willing to stand outside the venue on the night and personally apologise to anyone arriving and point them in the direction of a free venue, is called for. So with the cancellation of CIS i was forced to stay at the Hideaway and witness Mace running around sweating and Karate chopping all and sundry (due to him seeing a book called 'Kung Fu Mace'). A good night, with some quality early soul and R&B played. Steam May 14th Posted by , 10 June 2005 Buddy Lamp - My Tears - Double L Millie Foster - What A Thrill - President Z Z Hill - One Way Love Affair - MH Ben E King - Teeny Weeny Little Bit - Atco Ray Agee - You Hit Me Where It Hurts - Shirley Sugar Boy Williams - Little Girl - Herald Eddie Burns - Mean & Evil (Baby) - Harvey Maxine Brown - A Man - ABC Lula Reed - Puddenantane - Federal Roy Brown - Baby It's Love - Gert Chino Feaster - Don't You Know Baby - Strakers Billy Guy - Here I Am - ABC Vernon Harrell - If This Ain't Love - Score Margie Hendrix - I Call You Lover - Mercury Earl King - Trick Bag - Imperial Percy Mayfield - My Love - Tangerine Tommy Ridgeley - I Want Some Money - Johen Larry Birdsong - Little School Girl - Home Of The Blues Fenton Robinson - I Believe - Palos Bobby Rush - Much To Much - Checker Sinner Strong - Don't Knock It - Serock Ricky Ricks - Chained & Bound - Sure Shot Mabel King - Go Back Home Young Fella - Amy Tyrone Davis - Bet You Win - ABC Nmd / Carms Alldayer Playlist. R&b All The Way! Posted by , 10 June 2005 wilson pickett call on me joe turner love you baby jackie ross dynamite lovin buddy lamp my tears five royals they don't know lenny johnson walk jinny walk harold betters tall girl lulu reed puddenantane ricky ricks chained and bound howlin wolf 300lbs of joy big mama thornton be my chauffeur chuck berry ramona say yes roy brown its love mighty joe young ladies man pearl woods don't tell it all millie foster what a thrill annie williams I got a man dorothy williams watchdog eddie bo our love will never falter Sscdt Alldayer Playlist - Party Tunes Posted by , 10 June 2005 Lavern Baker - Wrapped, Tied and Tangled - Brunswick Demo Annabelle Fox - Lonely Girl - Satin White Demo La Reine La Mar - That's Not the Way To Love - Cloud George Smith - I've Had It - Turntable White Demo J. Mae Matthews - Lonely You'll Be - Atco White Demo Larry Williams - You Ask For One Good Reason - Okeh White Demo Deon Jackson - That;s What You Do To Me - Carla Mamie Lee - I Can Feel Him Slipping Away - M.G.M. Anita Humes - What Did I Do - Roulette Ed Crook - That's Alright - TriSound Emmanuel Laskey - Peas Loving Man - Thelma Tojo - Broken Hearted Lover - Tec White Demo Linda Jones - My Heart Needs a Break - Loma White Demo The 'Q' - That's The Way - Hound Gordon Keith - Look Ahead - Calumet Rock Candy - Alone With No Love - Dontee Unique Blend - Yes I'm In Love - Eastbound White Demo Mandrill - Too Late - Arista Four Sonics - If It Wasn't For My Baby - JMC Al Mason - Good Lovin' - Fynal Vynal Samanthas May 21st Posted by , 10 June 2005 · With the late notice of cancellation of 'Back Beat' by the new owners of Sheridans, I was at a loose end for a change... Samanthas was on in Sheffield, so I thought I might as well give it a go. In some ways I'd wished I'd stayed at home... The extensive refurb turned out to be a load of sheets hung all over the walls and ceilings, making the place look like the decorators had left half way through the job, leaving their dust sheets in situ. Due to a lower than expected turn out, the two rooms were combined giving an oldies heavy balance in my opinion... and not very good ones at that. The record room was reasonably busy, but it was mainly a case of trades as there wasn't much cash changing hands. To my eyes (and ears) JV has got this place and the 'Sheffield' scene all wrong... He's trying to promote a more forward thinking venue in what is effectively a stinking oldies backwater. It just doesn't work... the 'punters' don't want it, and I can see them staying away in droves. If I were JV I'd promote the main room as Samanthas Oldies, then open the second room as 'current sounds' not vice versa. Mind you if I were him I'd also drop quite a few of the resident DJs as they don't do him any favours... there's Oldies, Mouldy Oldies and Jurassic Oldies... and unfortunately a lot of the plays fall into the latter category. Read Full Entry â ' 0 Comments Options The Big Un - Saturday 14th Of May Posted by , 10 June 2005 · 4 views Ever done something then regretted it afterwards? I have on far too many occasions. This time I accepted DJ bookings at the SSCDT Alldayer in Derby, the NMD annual Alldayer in Thringstone, and Steam allnighter in Crewe.... all on the same day... Never one to let anyone down when I've accepted a job, I decided to grab the bull by the horns and do all of the jobs regardless of logistics. First off was the SSCDT all dayer in Derby. Set off in plenty of time to get there well before my set, but roadworks and crap drivers put paid to this, so I was cutting it a little fine... Managed to get there about 15 minutes before my set, sink a pint of shandy then get on with the job at hand.... Playlist to follow. Played a pretty safe Northern set as I was one of the first on and wanted to create a bit of an atmosphere. Had one very drunken dancer throughout the majority of my set. Time for a quick natter with everyone, then off to NMD for a few hours. This time I managed to get there well before my spot so I was able to enjoy listenening to a full set, and chat with quite a few people. (Mainly putting faces to computer IDs) No More Doggin' is an excellent club run by Kev Connellan and Steve Johnson, that plays rare 60s Soul and R&B, but unfortunately this place does not seem to get the support it deserves, no worries today though as due to plenty of 'plugging' the place filled up nicely, with quite a few dancers as well. Went up and did my spot... a full on R&B set.... as that seemed to be doing the business. Playlist to follow. Time for a few more chats, a pint or two of lemonade and sell a few tunes before it was back to the SSCDT alldayer. Now 4 hours isn't really a long time in the scheme of things, but 4 hours of a bunch of loonies mixing with seriously high levels of alcohol, led to the place resembling a bomb-site inhabited by a troop of marauding chimpanzees. A great time was had by all, including Janine who had managed to pull off a double bluff and actually turn up. As the witching hour approached it was time for the final leg of the marathon soul session... so off to Crewe we went... Arrived at Steam to find it a little down on numbers, but a busy Oldies room. The R&B room was at about its usual level throughout the night, even during Mace's spot. Playlist to follow. Left Crewe at 5am feeling a little tired, and managed to get all the way back to Sheffield before seven thirty, despite being Kamikazee'd by a big fat Wood Pigeon. Soulsville May 6th Posted by , 10 June 2005 Great night out.... don't remember too much of it as Bladeforlife was designated driver (which was nice), so I managed to partake in the great Kronenberg Bier Blond that they have started serving down there. Usual high standard of tunes that get played at this venue... Shame it's quite so intimate! The late licence cock-up was a shame, but like true Troopers, we all decamped to a bar a few doors away for a couple more beers and lots more banter. A steady journey home via an Indian take-away was the order of the day. The feller taking the order did a little dance whn he saw Bladeforlife walk through the door, as he knew he was going to be quids in.... Comparison of meal prices: Pikeys Dog + Missus = £7.00 (just under) Bladeforlife + Missus = £22.00 Soultown - May 1st Posted by , 10 June 2005 Really enjoyed what turned out to be the last Allnighter at Sheridans. A packer, with everyone up for a great night out. Fantastic line up as usual, with the small room giving less experienced DJs a chance (including a certain Gypos Mutt). It was a pleasure to play to such an appreciative crowd without massive dancefloor pressure. Unfortunately no playlist as I forgot to jot them down. Had a couple of people deck clocking the Betty Lavette version of 'Stormy' (Shame it's so hard to find, could have sold mine five times over.) Sheridans will be missed, as I don't think there is another club with that small, intimate feeling that is still big enough to accomodate a decent sized crowd. Stafford Reunion. Posted by , 10 June 2005 Well, Stafford Reunion was a bit of a let down to be honest. Parking was atrocious due to a fun fair being plomked on what seemed the only decent sized carpark in the area. Lugged the heavy record boxes the 200 yds up to the front door to be held up by over zealous doorstaff..... checking for drugs? No. Checking for weapons? No. Checking for bottles of lemonade? Yes. Well you could spray it in someones eye, and depending upon the 'lemon to liquid' ratio, it could sting them quite badly. As a part time record dealer, I was pretty much pee'd off when I found out that the table I'd reserved was somewhere in 'Alsager' (felt like it after walking past the main room and up the stairs). The room was the most depressing I've ever had the misfortune to be put in.... a bit of a sweaty coffin, full of record dealers with nobody looking at records. Spent a couple of hours in there hoping things would get better, but alas they didn't so i packed up and took the records downstairs. Slipped my box onto a small patch of free table in the foyer and made a few sales within 30 minutes.... this compounded the feeling of having wasted my time going upstairs. Managed to catch Guy Hennigans spot in the main hall, which was excellent, but by the time this had passed the whole event had already been soured for me. I've already made these comments to the promoters and to be fair they have responded accordingly... Don't think i'll make the journey there again though. Sweet Tooth Posted by , 17 April 2005 Larry 'Chubby' Reynolds - Sweet Tooth - Tri Spin Was he really 12 when he recorded this? WOOF! ➢ What's Wrong With Promoters..... Posted by , 17 April 2005 · Why do promoters of sporadic events pick nights that clash with established confirmed events? Latest in a long line of these clashes involved the very irregular 'Winsford' clashing with the bi-monthly 'Lifeline'. I'm not suggesting that promoters aren't allowed to go up against other venues, but it smacks of sheer stupidity to put a night on up against one of the most popular current all nighters... At the end of the day it's not just the rival promoter who loses out, it's everyone. As a promoter and 'punter' it annoys me that I can't visit these other venues as I can't be in two places at once... so yet again I miss out on a decent night out. The ethic of 'more choice' isn't always a great thing, it divides the scene and makes for poorer attended nights all round. This has been a regular thing amongst the local Soul Nights, but it has now started creeping into the Allnighter scene. No matter how hard you argue that the scene is 'huge' and places like Prestatyn and Stoke Kings Hall are always rammed, the truth is that there is an hardcore week in, week out allnighter crowd of around 300 - 400 people, and everytime that events clash, this crowd is diluted.... Places like Prestatyn are always going to be busy, but the majority of the people there may only visit one or two Allnighters during the year (some won't even manage that), so it's no good using them as a barometer when starting to promote an Allnighter. I suggest that the promoters of these nights that clash, get themselves out and about, and work out exactly which nights they shouldn't clash with before booking their dates. If there isn't the option of alternative dates, then why not forget about promoting a clash, and schedule something in for later in the year? Or would that be too easy, and remove the opportunity for self-ego boosting Just a thought like...... WOOF! ➢ Lifeline April 16th Posted by , 17 April 2005 Made our way up the M1 to the best upfront Allnighter in the country at the moment... Arrived at about 9.45 and there was already a decent turn out, with dealers set up and Vinyl hounds sniffing through the boxes. Said our hellos, then set up the sales and struck camp for the night. Another busy night ensued, with the record bar getting crammed full, but not much in the way of sales... Roger Banks reported low vinyl sales, suggesting a general slow down in the market, fortunately for Roger he'd just taken delivery of the excellent new batch of Kent CDs, which he had sold out of most titles of in two nights... Not the busiest 'Lifeline' (probably due to the rumours about Sheridans flying around, and the clash with Winsford...see later comments) Musically, for me this was probably one of the better 'Lifelines', from what you could hear in the bar. (There were some volume problems, and sound cutting out in there on occasion). It was great to see Jamie and Rich from 'Soulsville' down there.... I was beginning to think that they went out less often than the Olympic Torch. There aren't many Allnighters that I would travel the length of the country to attend, but this is one of them, so it's quite fortunate that I only live 40 minutes down the road. A highly recommended night out, just what an Allnighter should be like. WOOF! ➢ Steam Playlist For April - R&b And Early Soul Posted by , 12 April 2005 Troy Dodds - Count Of Love - Daytona Gino - It's Only A Paper Moon - Golden Crest Donald Height - You Can't Trust Your Best Friend - Old Town WD Eddie Bo - Fence Of Love - Seven B Little Richie - One Bo-dillion Years - Sound Stage 7 Big Dee Irwin - I Wanna Stay Right Here With You - Rotate WD Fred Kibble - Hey Boy, Hey Girl - Copa Roscoe Robinson - What Makes A Man Do Wrong - Tuff Demo Betti Lou & Bobby Adams - Dr Truelove - Tra~x Sherri Taylor & Singin' Sammy Ward - Lover - Motown WD Lula Reed - Puddentane - Federal Little Richard - It Ain't Watcha Do - Vee Jay Oscar & Anita - What You Don't Know - USA Mary Johnson - These Tears - Queen No No Starr - Swing Your Love My Way - Midas Ray Pettis - Hello There Pretty Baby - Dee Dee Titus Turner - Last Of The Big Time Spenders - Glover WD Baby Jean - Oh Johnny - Stacy WD Willie Mae Thornton - My Man Called Me - Peacock Little Oscar - Empty Bottles - Palos Tommy Raye - You Don't Love Me - Pen Lee Rogers - Troubles - Mah's Buddy Ace - True Love, Money Can't Buy - Duke Demo Jimmy Ricks - Oh, What A Feeling - Festival Demo Steam , Crewe 9th April Posted by , 10 April 2005 Second time out for this venue, and a much improved one. Arrived around the midnight point after some deft driving from vault-of-souler..... a bit of a white knuckle ride around those country lanes near Alsager. Met the hirsute Mr Beggs at the door, who was looking rather chuffed with the turn-out. Place was filling up nicely with a fair split between the rooms, with the Oldies room being chokka. Continued up the 96 flights of stairs to the R&B room, having to stop at each landing to strike camp, have a cup of tea and a bit of bun, before venturing onwards and upwards. Now because I'm quite a lazy sort, and I love R&B, I didn't venture downstairs very much, but when I did I enjoyed the sounds I heard in the "Conny Sewers" room, but the Oldies room wasn't really my bag (7 days is too long stands out as the standard of oldie I heard), however the dancefloor was full so fair play to the DJs.... Anyway a swift run down of the upstairs room. Walked in to hear the back end of Horse's set... quality, uptempo R&B as usual... Said my hellos, handed out a few Back Beat flyers, delivered a few records to their new owners and listened to Mace's spot. 1.30 came around and it was my turn behind the decks. Tried to keep the tempo up, with a mixture of popular R&B and a smattering of lesser known tracks (Playlist to follow). The dancefloor was pretty busy throughout, so not too bad a set. Handed over to Kev Drage, who favours a slightly more midtempo style of track, but a great spot never the less. Pete Coulson put in a sterling effort for his hour between 3.30 and 4.30.... mixing it up with some storming tracks..... Last up was a double deck set from Roger and Horse, all great tunes ranging from Gritty uptempo R&B to slick midtempo Big City Soul. Quality music in a good venue... My only gripe is the lack of heating in the upstairs room, quite a few people came in the room spent ten to fifteen minutes in there, then went back downstairs for a warm up. Had one last walk around the venue just prior to closing and counted well over 150 peeps still in.... Not bad for only the second night, and sure to increase in the future. WOOF! ➢ Ponds Forge 8th April 2005 Posted by , 09 April 2005 Another good Ponds this month... Quite a few bemused Soul Sourcers in attendance - but were Bill, Ben and Weed there? Musically, this place is getting better (although I have heard the complaint that there are less oldies being played, but that suits me just fine). A good mixture of Oldies, Newies and inbetweenies..... plenty of 70s tracks if that's your bag, and a full dancefloor for the majority of the evening... Even a smattering of R&B tracks didn't put the dancers off... cue my favorite phrase of the moment.... "When is an R&B record not an R&B record?.... when it's a Northern/Stafford record!" (Delete as applicable). Always enjoy this venue as a seller - nice well lit room, that isn't too far away from the music, yet the volume is low enough so that you can chat/deal/joke around without having to shout.... Can't wait until next month, when Soul Sourcers Jamien and Rich from Soulsville, and John May are guests. Promises to be a bit of a packer, with the majority of the SSCDT showing as part of their SSCDT weekend...... No doubt the Four Horse(wo)men of the Soulpocalypse will be appearing. Ta Ta for now, oh, by the way..... WOOF! ➢ Grooving To....... Posted by , 06 April 2005 Currently making my tail wag: The Sherrell Brothers - The Price - Currison Jazzy piece of Soulful Crossover. WOOF! ➢ Welcome Posted by , 06 April 2005 · Thought it was about time that Rover shared his rovings with you all. I'll post a short revue up of any venue or event that I visit. WOOF! ➢
  7. Some Djs Are Full Of It ! Posted by shute, 16 December 2007 · Well just got back from Keele niter, not as buzy as last time I went, but hey ! its that time of the year... Been getting a few numbers etc for djs to do spots at soul night.... one dj, who shall not be named and known for along time doesnt do soul nights as they are crap and said where do you go ! even though we travel in different circles different venues and rarely at the same venue (niter wise) ... so was the reply '' your not on the scene then'' ????????? so does that mean you have to do niters only to be on the soul scene ??? - news to me the dj in question, as I know does weekenders, nighters and international spots.... but hey wahat do I know only been into this scene since 1973, through the Wigan, Stafford etc eras... felt a bit offended at this, but everyone to their own and if you dont ask you dont get. Now to me, are some of these top djs so far up their own arse or am I missing something ?????? is the chip on the shoulder as large as a train sleeper or I just may have taken things the wrong way. Has anyone else ever come across this ? It Only Happens In Stafford Posted by shute, 04 October 2007 · 3Bs Soul Club @ Stafford Rangers FC Situated just to the north of Stafford town centre within 5mins of Junction14 off the M6, the Rangers is a well appointed single storey building contaning 2 function rooms and has a large car park. Usually on the first Saturday of every month the largest of the two rooms is hosted to the 3Bs Soul Club. Promoted by Kev (Shute) Johns and John Fisher, the event which was started in August 2004 has now become an integral part of the Staffs/West Midlands soul calander. The room has a wall to wall wooden dance floor with a bar at one end and a raised stage at the other. Although it has never been a lock out (capacity of around 300) you are advised to be early as the night does get very busy. The 3Bs Soul Club is even right across the board with the emphisis on quality. Guest DJ's that have appeared to date include :- Soul Sam, Ginger Taylor, Sean Chapman, Rob Kay, Ted Massey, Nige Brown, Dave Thorly, Carl & Maria Willington, who are regular and welcomed visitors to the club. Dont forget that we run on the 1st Saturday of every month at STAFFORD RANGERS FC ASTONFIELDS STAFFORD ST16 3BX What I've Done Over The Past 2 Weeks Posted by shute 10 April 2005 · Oh well, thought I'd better start my blog off...... OK !, Lets start off with last weekend Friday 1/4/05..... as most people know that I run a soul night in Stafford every 1st Friday of the month, this use to be every 2nd Friday of the month until this year when it had to be changed due to other comittments by the venue owners. Anyway, last Friday I was booked to do the Big Lock in Middlewich, a booking I took last year prior to my date changes, and let me just say ''what a great little venue this is'', you can play sounds that you have never played out before and the crowd there will listen and even dance & the best thing, you do get comendated on the stuff you play, all good, keep up the great work Ste & Ann. Right after doing my spot and slaying around for about half hr, I was back on the motorway heading towards Stafford to the Rangers Club and just arrived back and Mr Rimmer had about 15mins left on his spot, and what I heard and the feedback recieved, I can only praise Dave and say thank you. What can I say about Stafford Rangers Soul Night, without being bias, always a good night, sounds, atmospher, function room, just brilliant, you should get yourself down here and see for yourself...... This weekend been nowhere as trying to get my new office ready for moving in... Until next time soul peps......Have Your Fun
  8. night nurse

    Night Nurse Blog from 2006-7

    East Kirkby Miners Welfare Posted by night nurse, 26 October 2007 NOVEMBER THE SECOND AT EAST KIRKBY MINERS WELFARE DJS ANDY HARRISON (NOTTINGHAM) IAN GEE (KINGSWAY) RES DJ DAVE & GAZ BAR TILL 12.30 CLOSE 1 AM WE ALSO HAVE A NEW PROMOTER TRACYBOOP WHO WILL BE PRODUCING NEW FLYERS AND WE ARE LOOKING TO OTHER OPPERTUNITY THAT HAVE COME OUR WAY SO KEEP A GOOD LOOK OUT FOR THE NEW LOOK FLYERS AND NEWS OF A ONE OF NEW EVENT COMING SOON WE AT EAST KIRKBY WELCOME TRACYBOOP ON BOARD. BETWEEN US WE WILL MAKE 2008 BIGGER AND BETTER East Kirkby Miners Welfare Posted by night nurse, 05 September 2007 · WELL ITS ON AGAIN AND GETTING BETTER NOW OPEN TILL 1 AM WITH A BAR TILL 12.30 THIS MONTH WE HAVE YES 5 DJS TO MAKE THOSE FEET START MOVING WE HAVE BARNSLEYS MR MOTOWN HIMSELF YOCKY THE BEST THAT BARNSLEYS HAS. AND WE HAVE THE ONE AND ONLY MARTIN FROM GRANTHAM WITH HIS BEST IN SOUL MUSIC WE ALSO HAVE THE DOCTOR OF SOUL GARRY ARCHER PLAYING YOU A TOP CLASS MIXTURE OF THE FINEST NORTHERN AND MOTOWN THEN YOU GOT ME THE NIGHT NURSE WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT HIM LOL THEN TO TOP IT ALL OF WE HAVE TONY T BONE FROM AUSSIE YOU'VE SEEN JOHNNY RED PANTS WELL NOW COME SEE TONY T BONE IN BLACK BAGGIES THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT NIGHT AND YOU CAN DANCE TILL YOU DROP ON A GREAT FLOOR TO THE BEST DJS ON OFFER TONIGHT AND ITS STILL 3.00 QUID ON THE DOOR WITH A WARM WELCOME AND GREAT BAR STAFF AMPLE PARKING AND SOME OF THE FRIENDLIEST FOLK YOU CAN FIND ON THE SCENE TODAY SO WHY NOT JOIN US AND FIND OUT YOURSELF AT EAST KIRKBY MINERS WELFARE LOWMOOR ROAD KIRKBY BACK OF THE OLD FOLK HOME ITS GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST AND THE BEST NIGHT TO START THIS SEPTEMBER KTF Arnold Labour Club 31st Aug Posted by night nurse, 29 August 2007 · TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT AT ARNOLD LABOUR CLUB 31ST AUG 100% PURE OLDIES OF NORTHERN AND MOTOWN 4 TOP MIDLANDS DJS IAN GEE (kingsways) CARL PIPER(kingsway) YOCKY (BARNSLEYS BEST) GRAHAM WEAVER ( BILLY BACK DROP) so if you not got anywhere to go then get your self down to join us this is going to be a night for dances hope to see you there 3.00 otd large dance floor great bar staff checck out our web page http://homepage.ntlw.../dave.knight30/ Please Read Changes To East Kirkby Miners Welfare Posted by night nurse, 04 August 2007 · AS of the th September there will be changes to the venue's times and format. We would like to welcome Gaz Archer of Driving Beat Soul club as resident Dj and co promoter of the night. Since running this venue from March 07 it has had it's high and low moments but under no circumstances is this venue closing so, if you have heard rumors this venue is to close,we would just like to say that the club committee has booked us for the whole of 2008 for this established and regular event. WE ARE making changes to the opening times and dj line up. We will continue with the same across the board music policy. The bar will now be open from 7.30 until 12.30am The Club will close at 1am. Both myself and Gary have commited ourselves for the rest of this year and the whole of next year to bring you top quality Dj line up's and throughout next year special events to include our 2nd anniversary in April, so watch out for those coming up. I would like to thank all those Dj's that have played for us so far...many of whom will be appearing again. Please come and check out our web site http://homepage.ntlw...ht30/index.htm� for information about Kirkby Miners Soul Events Not Going To Whitby Posted by night nurse, 03 July 2007 NOT GOING TO WHITBY THEN JOIN US AT EASTKIRKBY MINERS WELFARE FOR A NIGHT OF ACROSS THE BOARD MUSIC 7.30 TILL 12.00 BAR OPEN TILL 12 AMPLE PARKING DJ LINE UP RES DAVE (NIGHT NURSE) AND GEUSTS MARKY MOLE (LIEC) CARL PIPER (KINGSWAY) GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT SO COME ON DOWN AND JOIN US Driving Beat Soul Club Presents Sixhills Liec Posted by night nurse, 14 June 2007 THIS VENUE HAS GOT BETTER AND BETTER PLAYING ACROSS THE BOARD MUSIC BY SOME GREAT DJS AND THIS MONTH ITS EVEN BETTER WITH IAN GEE / MITCH / NIGHT NURSE / BRYN KEV / AND GAZ DONT KNOW IN WITCH ORDER THERE PLAYING BUT THATS THE LINE UP ITS GOING TO BE A GREAT NIGHT SO COME ON AND GIVE IT A GO GO HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE Arnold Posted by night nurse, 27 May 2007 hello all you soulies out there in soulsoure land Arnold labour club high street arnold nottingham on the 8th of june. this is a charity event in aid of arnold pre school. Tickets have gone well i have a few left for the night there will be raffle with some very good prizes and a good dj line up Rob smith kev & Garry from d.b.s.c and myself dave all procceeds go to the pre school there will be limted tickets avalble on the door but if you going to east kirkby on the 1st of june i will be selling them at the door there its all in a good caurse so come on and join us and i hope to see you all at east kirkby on friday the first of june were we have yocky and garry on all welcome old and new May The 4th Posted by night nurse, 03 May 2007 · ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT AT EAST KIRKBY MINERS WELFARE MAY THE 4TH WITH GUEST DJS IAN GEE & DEBBIE ALSO NIGHT NURSE AS RES DJ BAR TILL 12 OCLOCK AMPLE PARKING A GOOD NIGHT TO BE HAD BY ALL HOPE TO SEE OLD AND NRW FACES A WARM WELCOME TO YOU ALL SEE YOU THERE KTF DAVE Bridlington Posted by night nurse, 26 April 2007 anyone going to bridlington and struggling for acommadation i have found a hotel across the road from the venue they have a few rooms avlable but going fast so if you need accom contact me on 07917100501 they are a bed a breakfast East Kirkby Miners Posted by night nurse, 07 April 2007 a massive thanks to all those that attend friday the 6 of april at east kirkby . A big thanks to chris cooper from pilsley soul club who played a brill spot top notch music also glyn williams who played a great spot dispite the problems with the decks the night was attended well and a big thanks to kev from D.B.S.C for stepping in to play the warm up spot for me as i was feeling unwell good un kev . But the biggest thanks goes to all of you that attended the night a big thank you so if you enjoyed it why not come on the 4th of may when i have ian gee & debbie (queen of fools) playing the best in across the board music but once again a big thanks to you all night nurse (dave) Six Hills Allnighter Posted by night nurse, 10 March 2007 · Six Hills All Nighter out on the Melton Rd Tonight 10th Looking forward to a stomping night Dancing to the sounds of some of the top Dj's around and getting some serious R'n'B listened to chilling out. thanks to all those that came to Arnold last night see you in april Fun Last Night Posted by night nurse, 03 March 2007 Well a big thanks to all those who came and supported us last night was a good 'un. Gary would'nt remember tho' he was brought in and packed off into a corner by Kev and Bryn to rest for his long drive home bottom lip supported by his glass of lemonade he watched the proceedings with his usual jolly smile Bryn was again caught boogie'ing but the pillar was covered to prevent him pole dancing again and Carl freed up for the night was seen to have a dance or three as the Dj"s....Debbie played some cracking tunes (proving the ladies have it too) Paul and Cressy had everyone up on the floor (superglue at the bar proved too strong for some to break free tho, the committee wer'nt taking chances that the bar would be down lol) Dave with stood the heckling from Mary and Val something about the size of his car ! and played on well Ray dominated his chosen corner and defended it against all comers all night Big thanks to Joyce and John (Barnsley ) for their support - Can we have the floor polish back please Joyce !! Hope to see you all there on April 6th at the 1st anniversary bash Love and hugs mrs night nurse (no! not day nurse be more original guy's ) East Kirkby Miners Welfare Posted by night nurse, 26 February 2007 east kirkby miners welfare across the baord music policy no politics 2nd march. top djs cressy and paul gats warm welcome to all the old and new faces. bar till 12.oclock ample parking East Kirkby Miners Welfare Posted by night nurse, 18 February 2007 Daves second event at this great venue on Friday March 2nd East Kirkby has a great line up of Dj's for you with Night Nurse as resident Dj Cressy - Bentinck Paul Gats - Awsworth Looking forward to seeing you all there East Kirkby Miners Welfare Posted by night nurse, 31 January 2007 hello all you soulies out dont forget east kirkby friday night 2nd for across the board bar till 12.00 going to be a great night.Also dont forget awsworth village hall saterday night 3rd you get a warm welcome at both venues The Future Of East Kirkby Miners Welfare Posted by night nurse, 15 January 2007 · hello all As of friday march 2nd 07 the East Kirkby Miners welfare will be run by dave knight(a.k.a nite nurse) . This is due to carl stepping down to follow other roads.This venue has always had a good grounding and a reputation of a traditional oldies only night with a dedicated but small following of ardent soulies. My thanks to carl for all the hard work he as put into this venue i have the greatest respect for carl as a dj and a promoter and a freind carl as also indicated he will still support the venue and even come along as a guest dj from time to time at future events. Thank you to Carl . The venue will be under going changes in music policy which i hope will not only please the regular supporters but also encourage new comers to see what we are offering . This will be a good mix of motown / northern /a little rnb / and modern in a attempted to cater for all tastes. The new sound will be provided by some of the best djs in the midlands On the 2nd of february Den Dog (fez) kev( d.b.s.c) and me as the res dj will be playing you top across the board tunes ON THE 2ND OF MARCH TWO OF THE TOP DJS CRESSY (BENTINCK) & PAUL GATS (AWSWORTH). Will spinning you top tunes from across the board. This is an established venue and it will continue to be held on the first friday of each month and I will not be changing it from that. I am hoping to provide the same great friendly atmosphere that has always been present at east kirkby miners welfare with pleasant bar staff and cheap bar till 12 or later dependig on wether you dance or drop I hope i can rely on all your support and please feel free to contact me if you have any queries about anything i look forward to reading any comments and points of view Thank you Dave knight /nite nurse East Kirkby Posted by night nurse, 24 December 2006 · great night at east kirkby well done carl 3 great djs a least i didnt turn up some where else like the last time lol night nurse
  9. Madmandy

    Madmandy Blog from 2007

    Graduation Day Posted by Madmandy, 14 September 2007 Oh Happy day Much Better News This Weekend Posted by Madmandy, 01 July 2007 My oldest lad has passed his degree He got a 2.1 ( what he had hoped for ) For those of you who dont understand the scoring (like me) Its like getting a silver medal at the olympics A 1st is like getting gold YIPPEEEEE So now he can go and get a job !!!!!! My Old Youth Leader Posted by Madmandy, 29 June 2007 · My old youth club leader Has been diagosed with brain cancer I went to visit her and shes still in good spirits altho we did cry together We did also have a right laugh when she was telling me about things she has done since the op due to some side effects. She has had an op to remove 70% of the tumour but 30% still remains and is inoperable It did bring back the vast majority of her speech which she had lost she does sometimes try to get ahead of herself and forgets the odd word or persons name ( a small price to pay ) which she then writes down She says she'll be lucky to see her 60th birthday in october this year She herself was a battered child and she did so much for the kids I grew up with who had bad upbringings I met another lady who Dee looked after and she says she wouldnt be here now if it werent for Dee and her husband Richard who helped her when she was litearlly in the gutter I told Dee this and also told her she made an impact and made a difference to peoples lives ...something to be very proud of How cruel she won't even see any grandchildren and be as supportive as she was to us when we were kids. Mand Dukeries Leisure Centre Saturday 23 June Posted by Madmandy, 25 June 2007 I would like to give special thanks to : Dennis Bradbury Ian Marriott Rob Smith Gaz ( the fez ) they did a sterling job at keeping everyone happy and dancing Also to Keith the badge man ( sorry I didnt get to say gnite) Also thank you to Sharon and Frank Lynne and Rob John ( rednose) and Carol Ray and Mary for travelling to attend and always supporting me as good friends do you're all one in a million! Also to anyone else reading this who attended a big thank you for making my second do a great success the numbers were just over 200 Also a thank you to Kingsway hall soul crew ( carl piper and friends) for attending Kindest regards Mandy Attention Photo Uploaders! Posted by Madmandy, 26 January 2007 Would it be too much to ask that when the good old folks on SS add their old/new/venue photos that they actually tell us who is in them I for one find it very frustrating looking the brill pics but not knowing who stars in them ? I love browsing thru them looking at the soul community having a great time celebrating birthdays anniversaries etc etc But not knowing who is celebrating what So a plea from me to all the piccy uploaders please state who is in your photos or the venue or the celebration Many many thanks Mand (nosey soulie) To Our Soul Friends And Aquaintances Posted by Madmandy, 18 January 2007 Also a quick Happy new year to all our new friends and aquaintances on the soul circuit We will see you all out and about.... thats when work commitments dont get in the way!!!! Cheers Mand Belated New Year Greetings Posted by Madmandy, 18 January 2007 To all dedicated Northern soul fans out there Since rejoining the soul community a few years back My husband and I have enjoyed the vast majority of nights we attend The venues visited have included Queensway suite mansfield (our starting point in our journey) Bentinck Pilsley Awsworth Clarendon club Hinckley The Fez Forest Town Welfare Kingsway hall Sweet soul newark The Attic club Bestwood underwood Ollerton Welfare (one off with Melvyn Davis live) Grosvenor house hotel Skegness (weekender) Annesley Welfare Masonic/town hall worksop east kirkby welfare No more Doggin Leics Riddings social club leabrooks social club 2 X Alfreton reunions @ the leisure centre I have enjoyed the scene much more this time round than the first when I only managed to visit a couple of venues ( parent power) Being more mature we can go where the helll we like !!! I would like to say that promoters do a good job having hosted my own "do" in december I have realised its not easy to please everyone all of the time and to get things right so I wont moan at any promoter ! So to all of the clubs we visit we hope you all keep up the good work and wish you every success for 2007 Mand The Happy Soulie See you all very soon at a venue near you !
  10. chrissie

    Chrissies Blog from 2007

    From Heey Baby To Sospan Fach With Triplets And Jelly Babies Posted by chrissie, 03 September 2007 · So it's Friday morning 31/08/07, I've thrown every possible item of clothes that any girl could need for a weekend away into a suit bag, loaded that into the van along with my lap top various bags of "stuff" that I "need" to take to North Wales on my regular visit to see the parents. I am quite excited this time as not only is it the first time I have managed to coincide my monthly visit to Rhyl with a local soul night and Mark Speakman has kindly offered to give me a lift to Llandudno Football Club, to the first night of a new do but I am going to pick up my birthday present from Mark & Chico's shop. The family have clubbed together to buy me - "Heey Baby Days of Beach Music" book. I set off about 10.15 and have arranged to call at Lou's (mrs soul) for a cuppa and a goss on the way up. I arrived at mid-day as anticipated, found the road where the house is but it's one of those posh cul-de-sacs that don't have numbers just a name so there I am trying to read the names on the doors of the houses when I here "Oi am here" in a black country accent, there is our own mrs s in her jim jams and woolly socks standing outside the house waving at me. We have a cuppa and a good old natter, then she is rooting around amongst piles of vinyl saying "have you heard this" etc, then she shows me her new website that she is developing and I was impressed to say the least and well worth a vist, www.gingercatsoul.sampasite.com, but as she told me it is a work in progress and only in the development stages. After only intending to stay an hour at the most I realise that I have been there over an hour and a half and really need to get on the road. So after ten minutes of good byes etc I am on my way up the A41 towards North Wales. Now I am in a hurry, being a girl I have just decided that I don't want to wear any of the 27 zillion outfits I have packed to wear on Friday night and "must" get something new, and need to get to Rhyl before the shops shut. This achieved and new frock bought I pull up in the van outside Funkyfeet Records to find Mark and Chico just shutting up shop. At this point I am on double yellows on the wrong side of the road, but I can't wait till Saturday to pick up my book. Quickly make arrangements for the evening. Next stop is the nursing home to see my mother. She is suffering with severe dementure and has been in an home for nearly a year. It's a sad and horrible thing to see a parent go through this but sometimes you have to look at the funny things it brings out rather than concentrate on the bad stuff. I haven't been to see mum for about 8 weeks, as I missed last months visit, and I am greeted with, "you've got a new bathing costume" totally puzzled at what she is talking about I look across to my Father who just shrugs is shoulders. Then it hit me what she meant. I had a v neck vest top under my shirt and she thought it was a swim suit. Then it starts, the dreaded conversation about the "triplets". "How are the your babies?", I reply, "I only have one mum, and he is 27 and has a baby of his own now" "But who's looking after the triplets?" and so it goes on. She is obsessed with the welfare of these triplets that are a figment of the place where the dementure takes her sometimes. The triplets were "born" early this year, and none of us can fathom where she got the notion from, but we all have to play along with it. Half an hour passes and I tell her I must be going as I have to cook dad's tea before I go out. A look of sheer horror crossed her face and I knew what was coming next, "Where are you going and what time will you be back?" so I told her, fibbing a little about my expected return time. Then off we go again "Who's looking after the triplets?" so I reassure her that my sister is babysitting and off I go home, eager to open the box which holds my precious birthday present. As soon as I get to dad's house I open the box with the book in put one of the CDs on and within about 2 mins I was engrossed. Next thing I knew it was 7pm dad was home from visiting mum, I hadn't cooked him any tea and I needed to get ready to go out. Mark picked me up about 8pm and we picked Chico and Pat up on the way. On arrival I spotted an eager asboannie, awaiting the presentation of her SS LAAS badge. So the formalities of the badge presentation over, it was down to the serious business of the evening, dancing, drinking and reminiscing about the old days in North Wales with Rich and a few others. It was a good night and the music was spot on not going to go into the chin stroking stuff about who played what, cos I am rubbish at that and will probably get it all wrong. My honest opinion of the first night.................If it sticks to the same format with the same quality of music it will turn into a great regular well attended soul night. Mark dropped me home about 2am, I pour myself a chilled glass of pinot and I have my usual perusal through the local paper and there looming up at me is an advert for the local theatre staring up from the page. MAX BOYCE IN CONCERT Sat 1st Sept. At 2.30am in the morning this seems like a good plan for my Saturday night, well it did at that time of the morning. I do the usual stuff during the day, dad's shopping at Morrisons, (Why do elderly people have to shop on a Saturday.......CAN'T they do it during the week when we are all at work. grrrrrrrrrrrrrr) then back off to the nursing home to see mum, and her concern about the triplets is grows. She then voices concerns that its time my father got a proper job, he's 83, and she hopes he isn't going to marry the new cleaner. She then starts giggling and tells me that Clifford, one of the other residents, thinks he is her boyfriend and she doesn't think he is all there...................errrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I know to some it may seem a little callous that I laugh at some of her antics but if I didn't I don't think I could cope with it all. Luckily my aging aunt and uncle then turn up to see her and I make my escape only after assuring her that I have not left the triplets on their own and they are safe and well. Home, cook put dad's dinner in the oven and then the fatal mistake I picked up the book again.......next thing I know it's 6.50pm and I have to be at the theatre for 7.15, quick wash and change and walk up to the sea front to the theatre. I am a little apprehensive about seeing Max Boyce as I don't want to ruin the memories of when I saw him 30 years ago and not sure whether his performance now will be as good. After a quick vodka & coke in the bar, we take our seats. The warm up compare/comedian was above average for a seaside show and we thoroughly enjoyed him, though can't for the life of me remember his name. My sister then opens the Jelly Babies, my hand dives in, I am hoping that in the darkness of the theatre I may just be lucky enough to pick a balck or red one but alas, green and yellow, oh well better luck next time I think. We are then treated to the warbling of a very average female singer from South Wales who managed to murder The Rose and Barcelona consecutively, she definitely should of stayed in the valleys and not bothered with the journey up to North Wales, but what did amuse me was that as she opened her mouth to sing her first song I noticed her tongue was blue...............I started to giggle only to get funny stares from the people in front of me. I later over hear her talking to a friend in the foyer telling them that she had eaten a blue M&M before she went on.............stupid bint!!!!!!! Max Boyce came on stage to his signature tune Sospan Fach and I realised that my eyes were filling up with emotion, we have a word for this in welsh which does not translate in to English, "Hireath" basically it means longing or yearning. The performance did not disappoint and by the end my tears of Hireath had turned to laughter. The mystery of the Jelly Babies was never solved, I must of eaten another 10 during the show and not once did I get a black or red one, I think my sister must of nicked them all, but how she could tell in the dark of the theatre remains a mystery, a long with origin of the imaginary triplets.......................... Richard Bach - Quote 3 Posted by chrissie, 18 January 2007 Evolution made civilization steward of this planet. A hundred thousand years later, the steward stood before evolution not helper but destroyer, not healer but parasite. So evolution withdrew its gift, passed civilization by, rescued the planet from intelligence and handed it to love. Richard Bach Richard Bach - Quote 2 Posted by chrissie, 18 January 2007 Can miles truly separate you from friends... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there? Richard Bach Richard Bach - Quote 1 Posted by chrissie, 18 January 2007 Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you. Richard Bach Ramblings 1 Posted by chrissie, 18 January 2007 Am totally new to this blog thingy and not really sure what I will include in it. As time goes on I hope it will, as many things in life, evolve naturally. To start it off I have a few favorite quotes and sayings from a writer I admire greatly "Richard Bach" that I would like to share and will welcome your comments. Thanks QoFxx
  11. Matt Male

    Matt Male Blog from 2006-7

    August Buys Posted by Matt Male, 26 August 2007 August 2007: Well here's what i bought this month... Only four months to go... Ann Sexton - I Still Love You - Seventy Seven-Demo Gene Anderson - Baby I Dig Your Act - Royal-Tone Jo Ann Garrett - A Whole New Plan - Chess Michael Washington - Stay Mine - Capcity (why don't i here this every time i go out?) Tavares - My Ship - Capital Willie Tee - Thank You John - Atlantic (has Willie ever made a bad record?) January Buys. Posted by Matt Male, 14 January 2007 · 2 views Buys of 2007 Like Dave Rimmer (thanks for the idea Dave) i'm going to try and list what i buy each month, if anyone is even remotely interested. This is also a way of me keeping track. I'll stick some comments on each as well. January 2007: CeCe Rogers - Someday - Atlantic (1980s soul that i reckon is dancable and deserves a spin in a northern room) Carol Fran - Any Day Love Walks In - Port Demo (another excellent mid-tempo dancer from Carol) Maxine Brown - Put Yourself In My Place - Wand (first heard on Maxine's Kent LP years ago, brilliant) Pretenders - Part Time Sweetheart - Port (don't get excited everybody, this one is Doo Wop) Masters of Soul - My Face - Ovide (ok a bit of strange record, but there is something about it..) Latons - Love Me - Port Demo (one more for the Port collection) The Continentals - Fine Fine Frame - Port (most of the earlier Port are Doo Wop, but some could get away in an R&B spot) The Gems - I Can't Help Myself/Can't You Take a Hint - Chess (bought for the flip side, first played to me by Tommo in the car after Stafford once, i think at the time he said it was The Crystals, probably trying to cover it up... Took a while to find) The Steinways - You've been leading me on - Oliver (Loved this since the old Hinckley Leisure Centre days but never owned it. Well I do now...) Freddie Scott - I'll be gone - Shout (potentially popular again?) Jeffrey Osbourne - Don't you get so mad - A&M (Stafford 1983, played at a niter and brand new in the charts! How many times does that happen these days? Never heard it since... ) Freddie Scott - Are you lonely for me/Where were you - Shout (buying blind here, just to see if any more Freddie Scott's are any good, he seems to have done loads for Shout, i don't want to end up collecting another label though ) Lafayette & Le Sabres - Free Way/ Cure For Love - Port (another one for the collection) Johnny Newbag - Sweet Things - Port Demo that's all for now Where I've Been Lately Posted by Matt Male, 10 December 2006 Goin Out November 4th 2006 The last niter i went to was Worcster Marrs Bar on 4th November (managing to keep up my one niter a month average). Absolutely brilliant! I've been a few times but this was the best of all, possibly the best niter of the year. Hoping to get to Keele next weekend and then i expect that will be it this year. Unless i get a passout for New Year's Eve... January 27th 2007 Wolverhampton - Junction 11 allnighter. Failed to keep to one nighter a month, but will try to catch up this year. Junction 11 was great, a great venue and the right mix of oldies, current knowns and a few unknowns to keep me busy on ebay on Sunday. Mick H. always does a great spot and it was good to hear Joseph Webster again. Joan did the best spot for me over all with loads of uptempo R&B, especially the great Bonnie Brisker. Only the second time i'd heard Andy Dyson and he was superb. This is a great venue, excellent dance floor and well ventilated, although upstairs where the record bar was it was too hot and i couldn't spend long up there. Ronnie Walker was great, although i'm not a big fan of live acts especially without a band so i could have gone without the hour long interruption in the sounds. All in all, great and i'll definately go again. February 11th 2007 Rugby Soul Club Alniter - Ben Hall. This is another classic venue, brilliant dance floor and huge hall. I've been to a couple of the soul nights here and this first niter still felt like an extended soul night, and to me that was a good thing. It was friendly, informal and if you wanted to dance all night you could, if you wanted to stand and chat in the record bar all night you could. It was a 'no pressure niter'. For the first time in i don't know how long i didn't dance at all (not a reflection on the music btw), i was able to have a few beers (cos Mark was driving) and i found plenty of people to talk to in the record bar. At the same time i could listen to the music next door, which was uniformly excellent and across the board as you'd expect. Picked up another nice Port 45 from Adam (see my blog) and had a great time. Unfortunately we had to come away about 4 as Mark was working the next day, but it was on a high just after Guy's spot so good stuff. Thanks to everyone involved. Next time i'll be in a dancing mood.... February 24th 2007 Bretby Conference Centre allnighter. March Connaught Hotel, Wolverhapton soul night. May 5th 2007 Nuneaton Coop soul night and Worcester Marrs Bar allnighter. June 2nd 2007 Rockingham, Chesterfield soul night (still just about managing somewhere each month... ) June 16th 2007 Souldham - Oldham. One of the most amazing venues i've ever seen. Reminded me a lot of the big hall at Hinckley Leisure Centre in the 80s, nice high balcony at the back overlooking the hall, very high ceiling giving the impression of almost a cathedral. This could be a great venue of the future, i'm amazed it's never been used before. July 14th 2007 Middleton Civic Centre - Allniter. Absolutely superb niter. Brilliant venue, great crowd, excellent sounds all night, dancing all night as well. R&B room was excellent as well. Definately going again next time it's on. August 5th 2007 Nuneaton Co-Op - Soul Night. August 11th 2007 The Aquarius - Allniter September 14th 2007 Nuneaton Co-op - Soul Night. September 15th 2007 Middleton - Allniter November 9th 2007 Rugby Soul Night November 15th 2007 Warwick Soul Night November 17th 2007 Middleton Allniter - Haven't really had a favourite permanent regular allniter since Stafford in the 80s. 3/3 now for Middleton and intending to keep it up. Brilliant niter which has everything for me, wide range of music, massive dancefloor and a huge record bar. My Personal History Posted by Matt Male, 10 December 2006 · The Past 1978 - Go up to secondary school and start becoming more interested in music generally. Start attending youth club disco at Alderman Smith school where the DJ, Dave Hall, plays a 'Northern Soul' spot amongst all the chart stuff. Turns out years later he was a regular at Wigan and was bringing this stuff back with him. Usual youth club faire, '9 times out of 10' 'If you loved me' (massive) 'On a magic carpet ride' 'Interplay' etc... but I'm hooked, especially as it seems to be a music which lads can dance too alone without looking idiots and even look cool. Start going to other local discos and notice on Friday nights at the local Labour Club a group of older lads and girls in soul bags and circle skirts carrying bags covered in patches. They all leave early. Later find out they are off to catch the train to somewhere called Wigan... 1980 - One of my mate's older sister is part of this group and she goes to Wigan regularly. I eventually persuade my parents to let me go with the older ones. We go with the older crowd but we don't really hang around with them. My first time at an allnighter, Wigan casino. I'm 14.... Go regularly until it closes. My last nighter at Wigan is the final Oldies allnighter 4th September 1981. 1982 - After Wigan closes we all wonder what next but we didn't have to wait long. Stafford, Leicester, Morcambe Pier, 100 Club, Bradford Queens Hall, Hinckley Leisure Centre... the 'glory years' to most people, me included. I was 16, exactly the right age to really enjoy myself. Wigan was always for the older crowd and I always felt like a gatecrasher, but now this was definitely 'our' scene. Most of the Nuneaton older crowd pack it in after Wigan but us young 'uns keep going... 1986 - I suddenly pack it all in. I never understood entirely why, I was still single, no mortgage, no kids etc.. Unfotunately drugs had started to become more important than the music, I was very thin, very paranoid and the scene had become quite dark and bitchy (mentioning no names). It just wasn't fun any more and I was also trying to hang on to a good job and got the impression that I wouldn't have it long after a weekend of gear and no sleep. I sell my records, throw away my memberships and my patches and flyer collection... 1987 - Somehow, and I'm not sure how this happened, I end up being persuaded to go to the Oddfellows niter in Leicester. I am thinking about getting back on the scene but it's a bad move. A bunch of local wannabe soulies from years back that we used to take the piss out of are now swaggering around like they own the place. We meet up with an ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, not good, and I crash my car on the way to the niter... At the niter I don't know a single record, it feels a bit weird, I don't dance and get thoroughly depressed. I leave early and get the bus home. 1988 - 1992 The wilderness years. I get into rock music and indie music and apply the same dedication with which I followed Northern, but there are no drugs and no allnighters. I keep my job, live a 'normal' life, I still occasionally see people off the scene but they are very much druggies first soulies second. Some people die, everyone else I know (with a couple of exceptions) packs it in, gets married, gets a mortgage and settles down. I buy a house but not married yet and no kids. 1993 - I'm at university in Kent and I start seeing adverts in local papers about Southeast Scooter clubs and scooter sales. I start buying Scooterist magazine and amazingly I discover there are still Northern Soul nights and allniters going on around the country (I shouldn't have been surprised really). When I'm home for the holidays from Uni I dig out some ancient tapes from 1982 and begin to listen again, they sound unbelievable and I can't understand why I packed it all in. I don't go anywhere though and just sit on my hands and live my memories for three more years. 1996 - I've finished university and I'm looking for a job. I move back to Nuneaton and my girlfriend moves down from Scotland to live with me. Things are pretty settled. Then one day I run into Mark Freeman in town on a Saturday. I've known Mark since we were eight and had seen him regularly around Nuneaton for years and obviously in the past at niters. He tells me he's still into Northern (always has been) and he runs a soul night at the Old Hall in Nuneaton, I should come along. Saturday evening comes. I don't know what to do, I'll be going on my own, do I really want to relive the past? I'm very nervous. The Old hall is only a short walk from where I live, so (unfortunately) it's no hardship getting there. No excuses. I decide to go. When I walk in I can't believe it. A huge wooden dance floor, northern blasting from the sound system, and dancers, the room is packed! Everyone I've ever known in Nuneaton on the scene is there, from old Wigan goers to ex-close friends from the Stafford days. Soon I'm mingling and chatting as if I've never lost touch. I know every record played and I dance to 70% (this time without the use of drugs, although it's obvious some people are still using). I'm back. 1997 - Things move rapidly now. Mark runs more soul nights in Nuneaton, The Crazy Horse is one venue, and I attend when I can. I go to my first niter in 11 years, Stoke Kings Hall. I know it has its faults but for anyone who's been away Stoke is a good starting point and like stepping back in time into Wigan and will hook anyway not on the scene for a while. I couldn't believe how many records I knew. Probably 90%, but I was also puzzled. How come I didn't know a single sound at Leicester in '87 but now I know them all? The answer of course was that Stoke was an oldies niter and everything played was probably discovered pre-1986. It seemed like Stafford and Leicester had never existed, but I still wanted to hear those sounds too again. I start going other places and discover the scene has indeed moved on (thank God) and the rest, I suppose (as they say) is history... 1997 - 2006 Still going strong(ish), slowed down a bit now to maybe one niter a month and occasional soul nights now I have two kids under 5, collecting again as much as I can afford to, always trying to listen to new stuff (especially things I missed on my time out). I suppose I might be frowned upon as a dirty 'returnee', by some people but I'm older, wiser, and I don't give a toss these days. This is the greatest dance music ever created and every time I take to the floor it feels like the first time 28 years ago. I'll never leave again... July Buys Posted by Matt Male, 06 August 2007 July 2007: Here we go again, time to bore anyone who reads this with my latest purchases. Sorry but i said i would do this all year and i'm damn well going to! Not a bad month July, but i did get a telling off so August might be a bit lean.... Jesse Fisher - You're Not Loving A Beginner - Way Out Barrino Brothers - Trapped In A Love - Invictus Barrino Brothers - I Shall Not Be Moved - Invictus (this is great uptempo 70s) Steelers - Can't Take This Pain - Epic (demo) Deon Jackson - That's What You Do To Me - Carla Mickey Lee Lane - Hey Sah-Lo-Ney - Itzey (forgotten how catchy this is, time for reactivation?) The Webs - I Want You Back - Verve The Masqueraders - I Ain't Gonna Stop - GAP Matt June Buys Posted by Matt Male, 01 July 2007 · June 2007: Just me and Supercorsa carrying on with this then? Come on Dave i thought you were going to list what you'd bought as well? Anyway, another lean month with just 5 this time. Next month promises to be much better with no need to fork out 50 quid a week petrol Ike and Tina Turner - A Fool In Love - Sue (gorgeous mid tempo R&B from 1960) Fantastic Four - As Long As I Live - Ric Tic Betty Lavette - Let Me Down Easy - Calla (you must be dead if you don't love this) Archie Bell - A Thousand Wonders - Atlantic Odds and Ends - Yesterday My Love - Today Nuneaton Soul Posted by Matt Male, 14 June 2007 The Present In a few weeks time i'm starting to create a website about the history, music, venues, life and times of rare and northern soul in Nuneaton. I've always considered Nuneaton a very soulful place, especially when i was growing up and thought it would be nice to document the soulful history of the town as well as bring everything up to date with what's going on these days and also mentioning Nuneaton's contribution to soul nationally. Like i say this will begin in a few weeks time (coinciding with my summer holidays ). In the meantime if anyone wants to send me any pictures/personal histories/memories of venues or people/playlists or top tens from years gone by/audio files etc... feel free. I'd like to it be a collaborative effort with Nuneaton soulies proud to be represented on the site. If you're not from Nuneaton don't worry. If you have any memories of Nuneaton, or you've DJ'd in Nuneaton or you know Nuneaton soulies (i hear people mentioned on here all the time) or if you live near Nuneaton please feel free to contribute. You can send anything (and i mean anything) to me at matthew.male@ntlworld.com or PM me, or stick something on this thread. Or if you'd like to post me something, or phone me, PM for my address or phone number. Cheers, Matt May Buys Posted by Matt Male, 04 June 2007 · Buys of 2007 May 2007: Another embarrassing month record-wise. Had to pay out 2k for the bathroom last month so i'm a bit skint, plus it's hard to justify buying records to my wife when we are slightly short of cash. I see supercorsa has kept up with his records of 2007 and buys, so i will oblige and do the same. It doesn't make extensive reading as you can see... Donny Mann - The Girl Next Door - UNI (popular Rocket sound) Sister Sledge - Cream of the Crop - Cotillion (Mark Freeman recommendation) The Voice Box - I Want It Back (Your Love) - Loma (Excellent rarely played Wigan sound) That's all folks. I'm determined to do at least 4 next month... April Buys Posted by Matt Male, 02 May 2007 April 2007: Ok i said i'd do this all year... and i will. Unfortunately this month it's a bit embarrassing. Only three 45s bought. We've got to fork out about three grand for a new bathroom at the start of May, so not a good time for buying records. Anyway, here's this months... Freddy Scott - Are you lonely for me - Shout Freddy Scott - Cry to me - Shout Freddie Scott - I'll be gone - Shout Marrs Bar on Saturday so i'll take some money with me... who knows eh? March Buys Posted by Matt Male, 24 March 2007 Buys of 2007 Continuing with keeping track of what i buy this year. March so far... March 2007: The Incredibles - Miss Treatment - Audio Arts Sylvia - My Thing - Vibration Linda Jones - I Can't Stop Loving My Baby - Loma Tenison Stephens - Where Would You Be - Aries Leroy Jones - C'Mon and Swim - Hit Aaron Neville - Why Worry - Par Lo Miami - Party Freaks - Drive Otis Leaville - Love Uprising - Dakar The Fortunes - I've Gotta Go - Press 100 Proof - Somebody's Been Sleeping - Hot Wax Jodi Gales - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - Savern Little Milton - Just One Step - Glades The Vibrations - What Made You Change Your Mind? - Checker Little Mack Simmons - You Got To Help Me - Dud Sounds February Buys Posted by Matt Male, 01 February 2007 · Buys of 2007 February 2007: The Five Stairsteps and Cubie - Love's Happening (LP) - Curtom (I bought this for the brilliant 'I'm the one who loves you' someday i'll get to play it out maybe). Joanne Touchstone - Walk Softly - Sound Stage 7 Demo (Lovely little song, with great lyrics. Deserves more plays.) Ted Taylor - Somebody's Always Trying - Okeh Demo (Tough 60s gritty soul, brilliant) Martha and Vandellas - Show Me The Way.. - Gordy (A classic dancer) E. Rodney Jones - Peace of Mind - Tuff (more 60s.. seem to be buying a lot of R&B lately... ) Kathy and the Calendars - Please Don't Go - Port Demo (absolutely stunning dancer, why i never hear it more often is beyond me.. ) Oliver Norman - Drowning in My Own Misery - Decca Demo I, She and Me - McDougal Street - Port (another later Port, one of the better numbers) Wally and the Knight - Hang on Little Mama - Trax Lee Shot Williams - I Hurt Myself - Shama Demo The Shells - Whiplash - Conlo That's it for February. March will be pretty lean as i've got to fork out for a new bathroom... Port Collection Posted by Matt Male, 18 January 2007 · The Present Here's another ongoing post i'll add to as we go... I started collecting the Port label a while back. I already had a few, Carol Fran, King Coleman, Daisy Burris, The Soothers... so i thought, why not? It's a nice simple label. The little blue ship on a blue and white background (demos are black and white, although i have got some blue and white demos of earlier numbers, not sure why). Below is the label listing (thanks www.Soulfulkindamusic.com) and i've highlighted in blue the ones i have so far. Like i say, i'll add as we go and maybe add some comments on each. I migh even find the elusive missing numbers... The Port Label 5000 - The Five Chancellors - Tell Me You Love Me / There Goes My Girl 5001 - The Five Dreamers - Beverly / You Don't Know 5002 - Fay Simmons - I Can See Through You / Hangin' Around 70001 - Casanova Jr - Sally Mae / They Call Me Casandra 70002 - Chuck Howard - Can't You Tell / Crazy Crazy Baby 70003 - Sunny & The Gang - Babette / I'm A Rollin' 70004 - The Ssedates - Please Love Me Forever / I Found 70005 - Birdie Castle & The Sungazers - Crazy Beat / Rockin' With The DJs 70006 - The Gofers - The Headhunter / Scotch On The Rocks 70007 - Al & Jet - C'mon Baby / Come Please Dance With Me 70008 - Tony Reese - Lesson In Love / Just About This Time Tomorrow 70009 - ? 70010 - The Fascinates - Pizza Train / Southern Flashback 70011 - The Suburbans - Alphabet Of Love / Sweet Diane Cha Cha 70012 - Tony Alamo - Fabulous / For All We Know 70013 - The Eboniers - Hand In Hand / Shut Your Mouth 70014 - The Channels - The Closer You Are / Now You Know (I Love You So) 70015 - The Bean Brothers - Honey Babe / Tuh Too Duh Doo 70016 - Jimmy Oliver & The Rockers - Slim Jim Part 1 / Part 2 70017 - The Channels - The Gleam In Your Eye / Stars In The Sky 70018 - The Continentals - Dear Lord / Fine Fine Frame 70019 - The Teardrops - The Stars Are Out Tonight / Oh Stop It 70020 - Little Woo Woo - My One And Only / This Wonderful Girl Of Mine 70021 - The Bluenotes - If You Love Me / There's Something In Your Eyes Eloise 70022 - The Channels - Flames In My Heart / My Lovin' Baby 70023 - The Channels - I Really Love You / What Do You Do 70024 - The Continentals - Picture Of Your Love / Soft And Sweet 70026 - The Ebb Tons - Ram Induction / Rockin' On The Range 70027 - Bobby Holiday - Come Home / My Letter 70028 - ? 70029 - The Beaumarks - Little Miss Twist / Lovely Little Lady 70030 - The Latons - Love Me / So In Love 70031 - The Impressions - Listen - Shorty's Got To Go 70032 - The RPMs - Love Me / Street Scene 70033 - The Laurie Sisters - Somethingold Something New / Stand A Littklle Closer 70034 - Hal Hearn - Turkey In The Straw / King Kemo 70035 - Curtis Blandon (Mr. Soul) - Mr Imagination / Soul 70036 - Lafayette & Le Sabres - Free Way (Instrumental) / Cure For Love 70037 - The Royaltones - See Saw / Poor Boy 70038 - The Caterpillars - Happy Happy Happy Goodbye / The Caterpillar Song 70039 - Charlie Russo & His Orchestra - Goofin / Party - 1964 70040 - Jimmy Jones & The Pretenders - Close Your Eyes (Sleep And Dream / Part Time Sweetheart 70041 - The Soothers - The Little White Cloud That Cried / I Believe In You 70042 - The Jades - He's My Guy / There Will Come A Day 70043 - Doug Clark - Chestnuts / Peanuts 3000 - Carol Fran - Crying In The Chapel / I'm Gonna Try 3001 - Tarheel Slim & Li'l Ann - Close To You / I Submit To You 3002 - Big Maybelle - Let Me Go / No Better For You 3003 - Wilbert Harrison - Baby Move On / You're Still My Baby 3004 - The Clovers - Poor Baby / He Sure Could Hypnotise 3005 - Carol Fran - It's My Turn Now / You Can't Stop Me 3006 - Carol Fran - I Know / World Without You 3007 - Daisy Burris - I've Learned My Lesson / Take The Same Thing 3008 - Johnny Newbag - Sweet Thing / Little Samson 3009 - Wilbert Harrison - Don't Take It So Hard / Sugar Lump 3010 - The El Dorados - Knock Knee / New Breed 3011 - The Gee's - It's All Over / Love's A Beautiful Thing 3012 - Carol Fran - Any Day Love Walks In / Just A Letter 3013 - Baby Jane & Rockabyes - Heartbreak Stomp / Dance Till My Feet Get Tired 3014 - Jimmy Mayes & Soul Breed - Drums For Sale / Pluckin' 3015 - King Coleman - Do The Booga Lou Part 1 / Part 2 3016 - The Jets - I Was Born With It / Everything I Do 3017 - King Coleman - When The Fighting's Over / Get On Board 3018 - The Intrigues - Don't Refuse My Love / Girl Let's Stay Together 3019 - The Jury - Please Forget Her / Who Dat 3020 - Robert Neal - Goodbye Now / I'm So Glad / 3021 - Chris Towns Unit - Turn To Me / You Don't Know What You're Getting 3022 - Bobby Lee - Cut You Loose / I'm Just A Man 3023 - Kathy And The Calendars - Back In Your Arms Again / Please Don't Go - 1966 3024 - I, She & Me - Look / McDougal Street 3025 - Kathy Young - A Thousand Stars / Eddie My Darling 3026 - The Innocents - Gee Whiz / Please Mr Sun 3027 - Conroy Wilson - Canadian Sunset / Secret Love Getting Out More This Year... Fat Chance! Posted by Matt Male, 16 January 2007 · Goin Out I seem to be finding it harder and harder to motivate myself to go out to niters and soul nights. I never did that many anyway. In the last month i intended to go to The Wilton and Halfway Soul Club which is just up the road from me travel-wise, but didn't make it to either. Part of the problem is i hate going anywhere on my own. There are always plenty of people to hang about with when i get there, but it's the getting there that seems a pain in the arse. My usual companion, Mark Freeman, hasn't been able to make the last couple i fancied and when it got to Saturday night i just seemed to talk myself out of it after looking forward to it all week... It two weeks time i was looking forward to middleton, then Mark suggested Studio 1, but now that's been cancelled and i also promised my wife i'd go to her mate's birthday party with her. I promised myself i'd try and make at least one nighter a month this year... but the way things are going i'm not going to make it. I suppose i'll just have to do two next month.
  12. I Have An Alien In My Chest Trying To Get Out Posted by Dave Rimmer, 13 June 2007 · At least that's what my post Cleethorpes cough feels like !!!! Oh yeah, my knees still hurt like hell as well. Mind you, I suppose that's what you get for crawling up a dancefloor playing British Bulldog when you're 48 years old. Apart from those two minor problems Cleethorpes was great. We arrived around 1pm on the Friday afternoon and as Ady hadn't arrived made our way straight to the bar, as you do, a series of people joined us and quite a few beers were consumed. Now you'd possibly think that my consumption of said beers was responsible for the confusion when I tried to book in. No, it was all Sharon's fault ! Now she's a lovely girl, but somehow managed to confuse me with Dean Anderson. I'm sure Dean won't mind me saying this, but there are several essential differences between him and me. Firstly, I'm much younger looking, and the handsome one, but somewhat more critically, if it came it a Police ID parade, I think most people would notice the fact that Dean is Black, and I'm not !!! Having talked at cross purposes for sevearl minutes we established that Sharon wasn't really confusing me with Dean at all, she was confusing me with Dougie (On the basis that we both had beards, mind you I'm definately the younger and better looking one in this comparison !!!) who was sharing a caravan with Dean. That sorted I wandered off back to the bar with the wristbands in my possession. We were in the same caravan as last year, no problems there, except the telly had gone missing since last year. Woody and Lou were next door, same as last year, and they didn't have a telly either. They also didn't have a cooker, table, chairs, and bedding, but we were ok. Friday night started on time and I soon realised that most of my mates were here, and up for a good weekend, that's what it's all about though. Around half past ten I caught a glimpse of Lou adding to her collection of photos for the Dolce and Gabanna thread, Hoss, with his trousers round his ankles ! Lindsey and Karen (Soulgirl) arrived to say hello, and Lindsey stated categorically that she wouldn't sit with us again because she didn't think her liver could stand the damage after Prestatyn. No Keith Money because he was fogged in on the rig in the North Sea, and it didn't get much better for Keith and Sandra either. Both of them were quite ill over the weekend, Sandra particularly, so I hope you're both feeling better now. As usual I had the last DJ spot of the night, but as Ady took the decision to end the Friday at six am, it's a much better spot because there are still quite a lot of people there who are not just members of the living dead that don't sleep at all, so I really enjoyed that. Allegedly, I announced that it was Denise from Rugby's fiftieth Birthday, which made it even more satisfying when someone said "Never mind love, there's loads of us that age here", and someone else said "You look really good for fifty". She was only thirty nine. Off to bed straight after. Saturday afternoon: Again, everything started on time. I must admit I only paid attention to two spots, Jessica from New York, who played a real mixture of things, and Mark Speakman, who played an absolutely top spot and to be honest it was the best spot I heard all weekend. Well played mate. I spent most of the afternoon chatting to Jessica who now lives in South Wales on a smallholding. Her husband still works in London during the week so she's only got the animals for company. That might possibly explain why she said she dreamt of her chickens on the Friday night ! To be fair, our conversation wandered from one topic to another: photography, records, castrating lambs, you know how it goes....... Saturday night. First spot of the night for me. Well it would have been if the sound guys had got their act together. The artist sound check wasn't completed until fifty minutes after it should have been, and as my spot was only forty five minutes............ Ah well, such is life. I know that people had come to see the live acts not me DJ so had no problem with misisng my spot. Thanks must go to the four mates of mine, you know who you are, who all individually said it was the best spot they had ever heard me play. Onto the live acts. What can I say (Apart from the fact that during the first number by The Apollas the feedback was appalling, just what were those sound guys doing ????). Great show from the ladies, and HB Barnum showed that he could have easily made his living as a singer rather than choosing to go down the path of writer, producer, arranger, musical director. Sian and Denise arrived just as the bar shut. Sian had been ready since 10 pm, so was so hyper it was funny watching her bobbing about, although I was rather concerned when she started biting Denise to try and curb her excitement. There was also a certain about of amusement from seeing a rather drunk demi God of the scene making a complete fool of himself by using obscenities over the mic, but such is life. if you can't hold your beer, don't drink it. I lasted till about five thirty am, and then decided I was off to bed. Sunday afternoon, and it's quiz time. Roger Banks and I spend quite a lot of time compiling the questions for the quiz, at least half an hour each, and we thought it was fairly easy this year, it appears from the answers we got back that it wasn't. I'm going to use Sean Chapman as an example here. One of the questions was: "How many price guides has John Manship published ?", The correct answer was five. Four editions of the US price guide and one edition of the UK price guide. Sean, bless his little cotton socks, put four. On his record stall guess what he had for sale.........Edition 4 of the US guide, and the UK price guide !!!! Quiz done, it was off to get something to eat and get ready for the Sunday night. First spot again, sharing it with Roger Banks. Roger and I always have a great laugh when DJing together because we have similar tastes in music, so can make the spot flow which is quite hard to do when you are sharing a spot. But we also have a similar sense of humour, so if Ady is reading this, he will now discover why the stage was full of junk ! We managed to drag all the game show things, wheel of fortune, take the money, tombola, even a large wet paint sign, and a couple of music stands onto the stage, just to fill it up. I noticed later on that they had all been removed, but have no idea who did it. So now you know Ady, Roger and I put it all there. We carried on DJing for a couple of hours because in the usual well organised Sunday night nobody else turned up. Then it was time to have a drink. I'd like to thank the idiot that thought up British Bulldog. I've had real trouble walking because of the pain in my knees caused by crawling up the dancefloor. My own fault though, no excuses. H B Barnum showed what a wonderful sense of humour he had by taking part in what must have seeemd totally surreal to him. Well done, and another round of applause for the man. Still I hope everyone enjoyed it, and it was nice for Keith Money to walk away the winner, at least something went right for him. It was actually Denise's birthday on the Monday, so it was pressies and cake for her as well. Hope you had a good 'un. All I have left to do now is thank the people whose company made this probably one of the best weekenders ever at Cleethorpes. I'm not going to give any names because I'll only miss someone out, except for my wife Margie, Woody and Lou, John Weston, Sian and Denise, who all made me laugh over the weekend till it hurt. Read Full Entry â ' 1 Comments Options The Royal College Of Architects Posted by Dave Rimmer, 29 April 2007 · 9 views Couldn't have done it better. Imagine the scene. You're sitting in your steel, chrome and black glass office, as the leading architect for the top firm in the country, when in walks this guy. He says I want you to design a Northern Soul venue. It's got to have a big stage at one end, a big dancefloor with table round the edge, a bar area at the back, and then I want another bar area where the record dealers can set up. So, you set your team of young, trendy designers to work. A fortnight later the guy comes back and says "Forget that job to design the perfect Northern Soul Venue. I've just found it, and Kent Soul Club run it every two months !" I have to say this is one of the best venues I have come across for the smaller club nights (And by smaller I mean 150 people rather than 600), it really is that good. When you couple the venue with a top notch sound system, a gang of really enthusiastic local DJs, who have none of the ego problems I've seen in the Midlands for instance, and a friendly crowd who are well up for it, you know you are onto a winner. Despite the four hour train journey each way it was a privelege to go down and DJ at Kent Soul club last night, and I can honestly recommend the place to anyone within traveling distance. As I've already said, the people were friendly, the beer was good (although proper 'Suvvern' prices ) and it was nice to put faces to several more Soul Sourcers. The job's a good 'un ! Sleepless Nights Posted by Dave Rimmer, 22 April 2007 I left home at 5am Saturday, and arrived back at 10am Sunday. In between I had a really great time in Dublin. As we can add piccies to the Blogs now, here's a few of the SS members out enjoying themselves ! Ooh Ah Ooh Ah Posted by Dave Rimmer, 15 April 2007 Taken from Sam cooke's 'Chain Gang', you know the bit, at the beginning when you can hear all the clanking and banging and the male backing singers go "Ooh Ah Ooh Ah", and then Sam starts singing "That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang". Well that's what the inside of my head felt like this morning ! The reason being the bitter was only £1 a pint at Keele allnighter. At that price it would be rude not to have a few beers wouldn't it. The night started with some fun from Jenny Banks who we discovered is scared of wasps. In a doomed attempt to kill the poor little blighter she covered everyone but the wasp in hairspray, mind you, I'm sure you could hear it coughing slightly. so we went from having a wasp flying around minding it's own business, to having a very pissed off wasp flying round looking to dig it's sting into someone. Well done Jen Eventually Lou wacked it one with a record sleeve and I trod on the little bugger, so that ended his first allnighter. Shame for him really because it was a good night. A nice mixture of music from all the DJs resulted in the dancefloor being full all night, and although the numbers were down from the last Keele, there were still enough people to generate a good atmosphere. I've always liked the venue anyway, and a good night was had by all. Here's the playlist from my spot between 5am and 6am. Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown Cooperettes - Shing A Ling - Brunswick Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette * Tommy T & The Targets - Sales Pitch - Big R* Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - SAR Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues * Watson & The Sherlocks - Groovemaker - C/U Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough - St Lawrence Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine * Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl * Bobby Freeman - swing Me - Unreleased Autumn (Jimmy Washburn C/U) * Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel * Brooks Brothers - Lookin' For A Woman - Tay Jack Montgomery - Baby Baby Take A Chance On Me - Revue Larry Banks & Jaibi - My Life Is No Better - Unreleased GWP Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Jimmy Wallace - I'll Be Back - Alpha Fantastic Four - I Can't Stop Looking For My Baby - Ric-Tic The tracks marked with an asterix were all requests. Having not bought any records for quite a while I managed to gather quite a few into the fold this weekend. Buddy Ace - It's Gonna Be Me - Duke Sam & Kitty - i've Got Something Good - Four Brothers Drifters - Chains Of Love - Atlantic J.J.Jackson - It Seems Like I've Been Here Before - Calla Jay Lewis - Had It Not Been For Love - Capitol Deon Jackson - Love Takes A Long Time Growing - Carla Billy Stewart - To Love To Love - Chess Kittens - How Long Can I Go On - Chess Robert John - If You Don't Want My Love - Columbia Brenda Lee - Time & Time Again - Decca Clyde Mcphatter - Only A Fool - Deram Creations - I've Got To Find Her - Globe Leona Dunn - Baby Don't Play Around - Hallmark Gene Diamond - Lonely Drifter - Mothers Platters - Fear Of Losing You - Musicor Otis Clay - Show Place - One Der Ful Pauline Shivers - Won't You Come Back Home - Opex Entertainers - Why - Ovide Total Eclipses - You Took Our Heart - Right On Lou Courtney - You Aint Ready - Riverside Kenny Young - Aint It Funny - Share Dee & Lola - You Need Loving - Shurfine Jesse Boone - No Particular One - Sunburst Johnny Griffith - Do It - Triple B Jerry Butler - I Can't Stand To See You Cry - Vee Jay Chuck Jackson - Two Feet From Happiness - V.I.P. Liz Damon - You're Falling In Love - White Whale They're all for sale, so if you are interested in anything PM me. Isn't The Telly On A Saturday Crap ! Posted by Dave Rimmer, 08 April 2007 Well I haven't been out at all this weekend, and it's the first Saturday when I've been at home since August last year. Hence I've never taken much notice of what's on the telly. I realised that I wasn't missing much at all, it was terrible. Bearing in mind that we have the full Sky package as well, so have probably nearly 200 channels to choose from, and I couldn't find anything worth watching, even the shows on the BBC4 Soul Weekender were all repeats ! Never mind, the mighty, mighty Wanderers won away from home at Wigan, so that cheered my day. Shame really because I don't want to see any Northern Club relegated and this defeat pushed Wigan closer to the drop. Well done to West Ham as well, superb win at the Emirates Stadium, which not only helped their own relegation worries, but also brought us three points closer to nicking the fourth spot from the Arsenal. The seasons not over yet Simsy ! Never mind, I'll make up for the lack of Soul over the next two weekends. I'm DJing at Leabrooks and Keele next weekend, and the weekend after DJing at Goodyears and then off to Dublin for Sleepless Nights 5th Anniversary. Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, Snooker ? Posted by Dave Rimmer, 01 April 2007 · No that's it ! It was Rugby last night !!! No blog last week because I was DJing in Germany for the weekend (Check out the Event Feedback section for the Baltic Soul Weekender) but I'm back on the case today. I've always enjoyed Rugby Soul Club, right from the beginning when Sian & Dean asked me if I'd like to DJ at their new Soul night. I've watched them struggle with low numbers through the first year or so, but it didn't put them off, they continued to book a good mixture of quality DJs who would play quality music, from Oldies, to unknowns, R & B, to Modern. Something for everyone. Sian & Dean always make it a night to remember because they, and the bunch of assorted loonies that assist them, give the club a family feeling in the way that everyone is included in the fun and games. With a mixture of guilt, and delight that it was a resounding success, I managed to get a booking in Italy the night of their first allnighter, so I missed the night when the club truly came of age. Everyone I have spoken to has had nothing but praise for that night, and I missed it ! So we all knew it was going to be a hard act to follow with a Soul night. Numbers were down from the niter, and down on previous Soul nights, but that didn't stop it being a great night. In fact as the numbers thinned out as people went onto the Wolverhampton niter it didn't really seem to matter. The ones who remained were still having a great time on the dancefloor and in the foyer. In fact I thought it was a mark of respect that so many people came to Rugby before going onto Wolverhampton, because that started at 8pm as well. (At this point I should mention the Freestyle Room as well. I never seem to get in there, I'm either DJing or selling records, but I'm told Catriona played an outstanding spot, and Back Door Kenny had the room full with his second spot. Well done guys) I did two spots, the first one was just an out and out stomping Oldies rip up. I generally play this sort of spot at this time of night because it gets the dancefloor moving, but it's always the second spot that I enjoy doing more. I basically play what I want, and people dance. Much like the 100 Club, I can play a record for the first time at Rugby and the dancefloor stays busy. That's a great thing for a DJ to have, and I've tried out lots of new records at Rugby that have gone onto become regular plays in my set. I played my usual game with the two doormen, they came and told me to finish at 2am on the dot at about 1.55am. I'd already turned my watch back five minutes, so we agreed on another three records. The lights came on towards the end of the third one, and the floor just danced on. That's always going to be my abiding memory of Rugby, people still dancing with the lights on !! When the nights first started I was still playing records at 2.15am till they got wise to me. I pushed my luck and put 'The Drifter' on very quietly as people were (supposed to be) leaving. Shouts of turn it up from a still half full dancefloor led me to strike a deal with the dancers. I'll turn it up if you all leave quickly when it ends. It worked as well. By the time I had closed my DJ box and walked off the stage there were only about twenty people still left in the room. (They had all just moved into the foyer, but that's a different matter, and not my fault !!!) I don't know if the two regular Security guys will read this, but I have to say you are probably the best security I have ever seen working a venue. You are always around, but not intimidating people, you do your job and clear the room, politely, at the end of the night, and are friendly to everyone. Even to the point of getting to know regulars by name. So I promise I'll finish, almost on time next time. Cheers guys ! Here are the playlists from the two sets: 9.30 pm to 10.15 pm The Cooperettes - Shing A Ling - Brunswick Edwin Starr - Back Street - Ric-Tic The Volcanos - The Laws Of Love - Arctic The Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess The Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA The Brilliant Corners - Three Lonely Guys - Modern Linda Griner - Goodby Cruel Love - Motown The Soul Brothers Six - Some Kind Of Wonderful - Atlantic Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes - Get Out - Landa Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City Edward Hamilton - I'm Gonna Love You Baby - Carrie The Van Dykes - Save My Love For A Rainy Day - Mala Mel Wynn & The Rhythm Aces - Stop Sign - Wand The International GTOs - I Love My Baby - Rojac The Anglos - Since You've Been Gone - Scepter Dee Dee Sharp - What Kind Of Lady - Gamble Jack Montgomery - My Dear Beloved - Scepter 1.15am to 2.05pm Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty Dorothy & The Hesitations - Trying To Work A Plan - Jamie The 5 Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Watson & The Sherlocks - Groovemaker - C/U The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Dick Jordan - I Want Her Back - Jamie Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl The Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Tammy Wayne - Have A Good Time - Boom The Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac The Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Andrea Henry - I Need You Like A Baby - MGM Sam Fletcher - I'd Think It Over - Tollie The Fantastic Four - Can't Stop Looking For My Baby - Ric-Tic Gwenn Douglass - The Picture - Michelle Ray Pollard - The Drifter - United Artists Didn't buy a single record either last weekend, or this weekend. I Am Just Going Outside, And May Be Some Time Posted by Dave Rimmer, 20 March 2007 · Waking on the morning of March 17, 1912, Oates left the tent, stepping out into the blizzard with the memorable words "I am just going outside and may be some time." It was his 32nd birthday. His body has never been found. Waking on the morning of March 17, 2007, Weston left the chalet, stepping out into the blizzard with the memorable words "I am just going to the pub and may be some time." It wasn't his Birthday, and we found him in the pub later. I'm not saying the weather was bad this year, but the wind was blowing the great big wheelie bins round the site like dodgem cars. But what a weekend ! For a variety of reasons, mostly because of my wife's lack of holidays from work, I found myself sharing a chalet with John Weston, Woody, and John Mills, which basically meant that not a single piece of food entered the fridge all weekend. We arrived on the Thursday afternoon all bright eyed and bushy tailed, and left on the Monday moning as shattered hulks of the men we once were ! God knows what happened in between to cause this serious deteriation in the physical health of four men. Oh I remember, it was a weekender ! A bloody good one as well. I suppose I'd better start at the beginning. So first of all I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to Dawn, who was our Chalet cleaner. the darling girl, who we never met to thank personally, had realised there was some electric left on the meter, so had put the heating on before we arrived. Instead of entering a shed with sub arctic temparatures we entered a modestly warm, luxurious shed. However, that said, it was still a little boring, so having drunk the cans of lager Woody had brought we decided the best thing we could do was go and have a beer. Between the chalet and the bar I managed to completely lose John Weston and Woody. I thought he's started already ! How can he disappear in a walk of a few hundred yards ? I eventually found both John and Woody ensconced in the pub in solitary splendour ! Once I'd persuaded them sitting at the table nearest the outside door wasn't the best choice we got down to the serious business of the evening and had a few beers. Roger and Jenny Banks joined us shortly and we caught up with a few tales of derring do on the Northern Soul Scene. Much to Roger's delight Dee Dee Sharp was sitting at the table behind us. It didn't take long for him to engage her in conversation, and it didn't take Dee Dee Sharp long, under two minutes, to say to Roger "You are a bad man". We just howled with laughter because we knew she'd sussed him as a wind up merchant straight away. Well done that girl. Moving onto the main room a bit later I was staggered to find what must have been getting on for 800 people in the place. It was on the Thursday night when the autograph hunters started as well. I'll explain: I'm DJing at the Baltic Soul weekender next weekend, and had received an email from the promoters, which must have gone out to all the live acts and DJs asking if they could sort out arrangements for autograph signing and interviews. Rob Wigley had also received the email and I was discussing it with Rob when John Poole overheard the conversation. John being John, thought it would be funny if he could set up people all weekend to come and ask for my autograph. If I was asked once, I must have been asked over a hundred times at Prestatyn for my autograph. Having decided to take it steady on the Thursday night, Woody and I headed back to the Chalet at 3.30am. Now I'm not saying Woody snores, but Lou his wife has my sympathy ! It was like trying to sleep in a room with a train passing through it every thirty seconds. In the end I gave up trying to sleep in the bedroom and went to have a cup of tea. Eventually Mr Weston woke me up about 7am by knocking on the door. The conversation went something like this: "Why didn't you use your key ?" "What key ?" "The key I f*cking gave you when we came back" "You didn't give me a key" "Yes I did" "You didn't" "I DID !" "You didn't" "Empty your pockets", at which points he dumps the contents of his pockets on the table. "Oh, sorry" I waited until he fell asleep, turned the TV on full blast and left to have some breakfast in the restaurant with a happy smile on my face. Passed three empty Police cars on the way and wondered who had had their weekend plans spoiled ? I was right as well, there were two arrests made on the Friday morning. So the Police had been planning that one for a few weeks because they knew which chalet to go to ! I went back to the chalet about 11am to find John still asleep, so I turned the telly back on and went to the toilet. He mustn't have realised I was in there, so he turned the telly off and got back into bed, so I turned it back on when I came out of the toilet. Petty ? Childish ? Oh yes, but revenge is so sweet ! Setting the sales stall up next to Roger Banks we both commented on how few stalls there were this year compared to last (Probably because the price of stalls this year went up to £100 each), and how many T-Shirt, clocks, cufflinks, lighters, mouse mats (!), birthday cards, and general market stalls there were. Certainly as many selling tat as there were selling records. I had a plan to join in but was foiled by the lack of a decent shop in Prestatyn. The idea was to buy a pack of plain white T-Shirts and a marker pen and then put our newly designed T-Shirts up for sale boldly emblazoned with the slogans: Kepe The Faith, Norvvern Sole, and Wigun Casinno, and see if we could sell them ! How to ruin reputations #1 Mind you, a certain member of SS (I can't reveal anything about him other than his name: Clanger v2) obviously thought the same about all the tat on sale because he managed to totally wreck one T-Shirt stall on the Saturday. All he did was fall over into the middle of the stall !!! Friday night's music did tend to be a little on the old oldies side early on, but if that's what people dance to, that's what the majority of DJs are going to play on the first offical night of a weekender. My spot ran from 5am to 6am, and Arthur Fenn followed me so my parting comment was "Arthur I'd love to hear you do a full on Northern Spot, but I'm off to bed". Which is what I did. Saturday lunchtime approached with the speed of a tin tray on the Cresta run, except we were using the tray for beer ! More autographs to sign as well ! It was also the Man United Bolton match on the big screen in the Queen Vic that afternoon. So John Mills and I wandered over when the pub opened. Now I've never made it a secret that I have always been a Bolton Wanderers fan, and in all honesty the way the lads are playing at the moment, on paper it looked like we were due a stuffing from United who are at the top of their game at the moment. So, because it appeared that the pub was filling up with United fans, I thought I'd better get the insults in quickly before the game started. I spotted several other lads who I knew were Bolton fans but they were on the whole keeping their heads down. Not me though, several comments like asking if there was anyone from Manchester in the pub,etc etc. It was all done in jest though and I think really livened the atmosphere in the pub up. Thirty minutes after kick off my nightmare was coming true, Bolton were losing 3 - 0. It's quite strange having sixty odd people in the room turning to point and laugh at you everytime United score ! I had to go and open the stall at this point, strange that it coincided with United's third goal going in, and the words that rang in my ears as I tried to creep out of the room came from Leon "Taxi for Mr Rimmer". All I can say is well done lads, I'll get my own back next year ! Saturday night, the live acts. What can I say ? Pat Lewis was probably the least well received, but in fairness she was a late addition and had a sore throat. Morris Chestnut was superbly attired in a bright red suit, and in all honesty who would have thought it would have been possible to see him sing 'Too Darn Soulful' live on stage in North wales !! Roy Roberts, great guy, great singer, great show. Prince Philip Mitchell (If you are his mate do you call him Prince or Philip ?) apparently a bit of the prima donna attitude shown early in the day, but made up for it by delivering a superb show. For me though the star of the show was rightly Dee Dee Sharp. Such a small lady with such a big voice !!! Awesome, worth the money just to see her sing on stage. As usual the crowd were brilliant for all the artists, responding with applause, singing along, cheering, and generally being a UK Soul crowd having a good time. Back to the music, slightly better than Friday, but why oh why do some DJs not listen to what has been played before them ? Wind up of the night involved Roger passing every empty glass he could fine along the line to Lindsey who then had to get up and put them round the corner. She was getting angrier and angrier as the night went on, I'd realised what Roger was doing and took delight in passing all the glasses to Lindsey. The need for sleep overtook me about 4am so I sloped off and managed to get a good four hours before Woody and Weston returned. Woody went off to bed, and Johnny Weston had to endure me listening to Roger & Hoss's Mother's Day Special Breakfast radio show. The idea of Roger to ring his Mother live on air to wish her Happy Mother's day was inspired and had me rolling about laughing. Following the radio show it was time to go for some breakfast with John Mills, leaving the radio show on the telly for John Weston to listen to. It might have been a tad loud, but at least he wouldn't miss anything. Sunday afternoon was spent sitting quietly reading a book of 17th century rennaisance poetry to a gathering of a select few, and signing a few more autographs. In fact I must have read so much poetry that I had to go for a lie down when I eventually packed the stall away at 5pm. How to ruin reputations #2 If you were in the Oldies allnighter when Dave Evison blew all the power and all the sound went off, I can also reveal the truth now. It wasn't Dave Evison's fault at all. A certain Mr Ian Wills took the lid off his record box and it slid off the table and knocked the plug out of the socket ! 6.30 Sunday night and the highlight of the weekend for me. John Weston and Keith Money double decking in the pub for two and a half hours. As an antidote to the Oldies of the main room these two started Sunday night off with stylish sychronsied DJ dancing behind the decks, oh yeah, they played one or two rather classy tracks as well. Keith has been my favourite DJ for a long time now, and of course Johnny Weston is one of my best mates so it was a real pleasure to hear them playing fresh and exciting tunes, which they both so obviously enjoyed playing. How to ruin reputations #3 It was Lindsey's Birthday on the Sunday, and Karen's daughter (Who is only 12) had bought her a lovely card and written in it "Are you going to have a dance tonight or are you going to get trashed with the lads again ?" So Lindsey is officially a lush, but I know she did enjoy the weekend and laughed so much on the Saturday when John Mills and I regalled her with tales of John Weston on tour that her ribs ached from laughing. Sunday night is always the night the record Dealers have off work so to speak, so we always tend to get rather well oiled. Roger Banks and I do anyway, which might explain away some of the more bizarre moments of our joint sets late on the Sunday nights (It actually doesn't, but that's a different matter !!!). This year was no different, I started off with two instrumentals, and off we went. All credit to the crowd though, they danced to whatever we played. As the spot finshed I looked to the left of the stage and noticed a queue of people forming, all with bits of paper and pens in their hands, even with their own 'official photographer'. That's right. they were queuing up to get my bloody autograph ! Brilliant wind up organised by John Weston I believe. I also later discovered that it was videoed as well, so watch UTube for that one soon. An hour later, and I'd lost my voice completely and was having difficulty forming words in a coherant fashion and I decided my poor body had taken enough abuse for one weekend and staggered off out into the wind to bed. The end of another wonderful weekend. To the people who moaned about the music, get a life, Prestatyn isn't about the rarest of the rare all the time. It's about having a laugh, a dance, and a good time with your mates. We managed all that and had a great time doing it. Records bought: Just three Dorothy & The Hesitations - Trying To Work Out A Plan- Jamie (Current play for Karl Heard, and soon one for me) The Shufflers - Always Be Mine - Crackerjack White Demo (The really rare one that is by The Shufflers rather than by Jay & The Shufflers) And a copy of the Watson & The Sherlocks cover up I'm currently playing, so if anyone is interested in making me an offer on that PM me. Read Full Entry â ' 6 Comments Options That Bloody Dog ! Posted by Dave Rimmer, 11 March 2007 · 13 views I'll come to the dog later. Well, purchases over the last couple of weeks (Because I forgot I bought something last week !) Lou Rawls - I'll See You When I Get There - PIR (three copies, so if you want one, PM me) Tommy Bush - I Don't Like It - Rika (Boot) Ollie Jackson - Gotta Wipe Away The Teardrops - Magnum (Boot) Lou Roberts - You Fooled Me - MGM (Boot) Walter & The Admerations - Man O Man - Soul City Edwin Starr - Back Street - Ric-Tic All the above are for sale. Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep (and this one was for me) Right. Onto the bloody dog ! I never wanted a dog, but when Margie took the kids to 'look at some puppies' thirteen years ago, and came home with one what can I do. Anyway. I normally do the walk last thing at night, and it's not a thick dog, he knows I do the last walk at night. (By the way. he's called Chaz, the kids thought it would be funny, given the fact I'm called Dave !!! Work it out!!!!) So, if I arrive home at 7am, like this morning, the dog is waiting for his walk, because I didn't take him last night, and do you think I can get away with it ? Not a chance ! So, instead of heading off to bed, I'm walking the dog, and then doing his toast for breakfast as I type this ! Ah well. Middleton last night was down slightly on numbers, but I suppose that's the Prestatyn effect. That said, the ones who did come were up for it and certainly the main room and the R & B room saw some heavy dancefloor action throughout the night. Here's what I played between 2.30 and 3.30 am, in roughly the right sort of order. Athens Rogues - She Could Love Me - Stop Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown Van Dykes - Save My Love For A Rainy Day - Mala Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn (Jimmy Washburn C/U) Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep Theresa Lindsy - Prepared To Love You - Magic City Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 Metros - Since I Found My Baby - RCA Jack Montgomery - Baby Baby Take A Chance On Me - Revue O'Jays - I'll Never Forget You - Imperial Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise Brice Coefield - Ain't That Right - Omen Joanne Courcey - I Got The Power - Twirl Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca Larry Atkins - Ain't That Love Enough - Highland Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Barbara Mason - Bobby Is My Baby - Arctic Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Gwen Douglass - The Picture - Michelle Thoroughly enjoyed myself again, and have to say you can't really fault Andy McCabe when Middleton is on. Top nighter, as it should be. Prestatyn next weekend, so don't expect anything sensible on the blog ! Night night Building Up A Head Of Steam Posted by Dave Rimmer, 05 March 2007 · Well, I was just too busy yesterday to write the blog, spending a good seven hours in Bristol at the first UK Munny exhibition where my youngest was exhibiting a piece (And if you don't understand that, don't worry !!!) Back to Saturday though: Steam Allnighter. A mixture of a comedy of errors and a great night out. Des Parker and Johnny Beggs are the guys who run the Steam allnighters, and their aim is to provide an allnighter in a reasonable venue, at a reasonable cost, which will play good quality Soul music from all eras and styles. To that end, entry to Steam on Saturday was the grand total of £1 before 10pm last Saturday. The comedy of errors bit comes in when Des Parker, who had been ill all week with an upset stomach went to the Doctors on Friday, and they sent him to hospital, and kept him in. (Apparently he's ok now) Johnny Weston also cried off sick, Killah, who was the first DJ hadn't been told he was first, so didn't arrive on time, and the flyers that were put out prior to the event didn't have the date on them ! All the DJs basically work for nothing, but get the freedom to play whatever they want with no pressure to fill the dancefloor, hence Johnny Beggs played a spot of Latin Boogaloo and Phil Wainwright slipped some Disco, and it was Disco, into one of his spots. No playlist this time, because I'm too idle to open the box and sort through it. Last bit of news is that I've just been booked to DJ at the Baltic soul weekender on the 23rd and 24th of this month, so that's even more cheap tobacco I can stock up on. Thanks guys. What A Weekend ! Posted by Dave Rimmer, 25 February 2007 The silly grin which I wore on my face all day Saturday has just about worn off now. Why ? I hear you ask. Well, if you're sitting comfortably I'll tell you. Friday night I didn't really fancy going out, there wasn't a Soul night on within easy travelling distance, and it was the World Club Challenge with St Helens playing Brisbane Broncos on Sky. Against my better judgement my darling beautiful and wealthy wife persuaded my to go down to the casino in Dudley for a couple of hours to meet Woody and Lou. "Oh go on then, they'll be showing the rugby league on the big screen" At this point I have to mention that I don't go to the casino to gamble, Margie likes to play the slot machines and I generally watch sport on the telly whilst chatting to Woody and becoming more and more inebriated as the night goes on. I'll put a pound in a machine and if I don't win I'll walk away, and in fact if I do win, I'll take the money and walk away anyway. I digress. We got to the Casino, and they were showing the Cardiff / Preston game, so that really made my night because I'd only really agreed to go because I thought I'd get to see the rugby !!! Six hours later I was pleased as punch. Margie, bless her little cotton socks, had won over £1,000 on the machines. What made the night better was Lou had also won over £250 as well. So, record dealers, be aware that some of the cash I'll be paying you with in the very near future is the proceeds of gambling because Margie, generous to a tee, has donated a healthy proportion of her winnings my way !!!! Saturday was, of course Alan Johnson's and Andy McCabe's new allnighter at Bretby. Woody and Lou picked us up, and we set off on what should have been under an hours journey. Now over the years I must have made the trip to Bretby well over three hundred times. It's dead easy, the A461, then the A38, then the A511, and you're there. Woody decided to go the other way down the M42 ! A couple of hours after setting out we arrived at what is in fact a very nice venue. Up the stairs and there's a lobby for the record dealers, and then you're into the sweltering main room. I say sweltering because unlike some big venues, not only did the heating work, but it was on full blast. But, if you will let Roger Banks set up next to the thermostat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every other DJ was called Dave, but the set that impressed me most was by Rob Kay. Every time I hear him DJ he manages to pull a couple of crackers out of his DJ box that I didn't know he owned. Well done mate. I was due to DJ at 3am, following Dave Welding. Imagine my surprise when I got to the decks to find Dave Evison with his records sorted all set up to go on. I pointed out that he was a little early, and that he was supposed to be following me. Much swearing accompanied the putting away of records. I blame it on all the Dave's. It just gets confusing when you're getting on in years. Very busy night as well and although the beer was a bit pricy, it was Marston's Pedigree. So, here's the playlist from 3am to 4am Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA Mel Wynn - Stop Sign - Wand Cooperettes - Shing A Ling - Brunswick Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Fuller Brothers - Times A Wasting - Soul Clock Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Gladys Tyler - Mr Green Mrs Green - Decca Syng McGowan - That's What I Want - Hope Baby Jean - If You Wanna - Stacy Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Tommy T & The Targets - Sales Pitch - Big R Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - Sar Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C / U Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit Jack Montgomery - Baby Baby Take A Chance On Me - Revue Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Gwen Douglass - The Picture - Michelle Thoroughly enjoyed doing the spot and was pleased to see a full floor throughout. 'Til next weekend. Sleep...need Sleep Posted by Dave Rimmer, 18 February 2007 I sit here before you, a tired but happy man. Friday night DJ'ed at Bury allnighter, managed to grab the first of the two records I bought this weekend there, and then it was back to the Midlands in the morning. Saturday, parents came to visit so couldn't slink off to bed, then it was back up the motorway to The Greatstone where I grabbed the second title. Finally arrived home at 5.30 am this morning ! Both events were great in different ways. Bury was a top class Northern Soul allnighter with each ofthe DJs contributing something different and people still dancing at 6 am. Greatstone was musically quite different from Bury, but just as much quality Soul music. Funny thing that Margie pointed out to me was that about 15 of the crowd at The Greatstone had made the journey up from the West Midlands. When the last record was played there were still 12 of 'em in the room ! Purchases this weekend Gwen Douglass - The Picture - Michelle The Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Playlist from Bury later if I ever get the magazine finished ! A Tale Of Three Margarets Posted by Dave Rimmer, 13 February 2007 Well, got back last night from DJing at the Wildcats Soul Club allnighter in Vicenza, Italy. We travelled out on the Friday afternoon, and I tell you, I was a bit worried on the Thursady night before we left. There was a slight matter of some snow during the Thursday morning, which meant that when I went to bed on Thursday, Stansted Airport was closed, and Central trains were cancelling everything to Stansted ! Still, intrepid adventurers that we are, we set off Friday morning, and amazingly the train was running, the airport was open, and the flight was almost on time ! Arrived at Venice Treviso around 11.30 pm and Andrea & Renato were waiting to collect us. We went straight off to the local bar they all use in Vicenza where they had some decks set up. Arriving there about midnight I had to laugh. I'd expected a venue type of bar, but it wasn't, if you could get ten people in the bar it was rammed, but there were about sixty people standing outside as well ! I was asked if I'd do an hour's DJing, and of course I said yes, especially as I had heard the magic words 'Your money is no good in this bar' Several beers later, we eventually arrived at our apartment, sixteen hours after having left home ! Saturday morning was spent exploring Vicenza with Margie, because although I'd been five years ago, she didn't come with me that time. Saturday afternoon was back at the bar. Vicenza were playing the mnighty Juventos that afternoon, so it ended up with me and Roccia having a few beers and discussing life in general (as you do) Margie had gone back to bed ! Saturday night it was back to the Nuovo Astra Bar to meet up and get a lift to the venue. As the niter was advertised to start at 11 pm I was a little surprised that we didn't set off for the venue until about 9.30 pm because there was a meal booked first. It was so Italian though, not only did 22 of us sit down for a four course meal an hour before the nighter started, it meant that the music didn't start until 12.15 am because all the DJs were still eating ! The venue itself was rather special as well, a restaurant, hotel, and night club, up the side of a mountain somewhere near Vicenza. Like a small version of Mr M's with the balconey, and it was still unchanged from the Seventies when it was turned into a club, well maintained, but not updated if you know what I mean. A real mixture of music followed, from Fifties R & B, a little Ska, Latin Boogaloo, Oldies, Rarities, Uptempo, Midtempo, you name it, if it was Black American, one of the DJs probably played it. There were even two Seventies records played ! Back down the mountain, at twenty five miles an hour round the hairpin bends, in thick fog ! I was tempted by the idea of going for breakfast with Andrea and Renato, but Margie needed sleep again, so we declined and went to bed. The offer of meeting up for Sunday lunch was also there but we also politely declined that as well and decided to do the tourist bit and go to Venice on the train. A fabulous day out, enhanced by the fact it was 'Carnivale' in Venice, meant we arrived back at the apartment after 9pm, packed the case, and went to bed. An early start the next day saw us arriving back home, on time as well. The tale of three Margarets ? Well there were three English women in the venue Saturday night: Margie from Dudley. Maggie from Sunderland, and Margaret from Liverpool, how about that for a coincidence ! Over the weekend I did three spots, an hour in the Nuovo Astra Bar, 45 minutes & 30 minutes at the niter. Here's what I played, but in alphabetical order, rather than split into the different spots. Al Apollo - I'm Walking - Cub Athens Rogues - She Could Love Me - Stop Douglas Banks - Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Guyden The Belles - Don't Pretend - Mirwood Majorie Black - One More Hurt - Sue Bobby Baskerville - I Gotcha Where I Wancha - Dot Bobby Bland - Yum Yum Tree - Duke The Brooks Brothers - Lookin' For A Woman - Tay Solomon Burke - Stupidity - Atlantic The Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac The Cavaliers - Hold On To My Baby - RCA The Chandlers - Your Love Makes Me Lonely - Col-Soul Brice Coefield - Ain't That Right - Omen Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Joe Douglas - Crazy Things - Playhouse The Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 The Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Sam Fletcher - I'd Think It Over Twice - Tollie Garland Green - Girl I Love You - Revue Major Harris - Call Me Tomorrow - Okeh Edward Hamilton - I'm Gonna Love You Tomorrow - Carrie Andrea Henry - I Need You Like a Baby - MGM The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille International G T Os - I Love My Baby - Rojac Baby Jean - If You Wanna - Stacy Dick Jordan - I Want Her Back - Jamie Syl Johnson - Try Me - Twilight Charles Lamont - I've Got To Keep Movin' - Challenge Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City The Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Ernie Marbray - Ain't Nobody's Business - Wee Johnnie Mae Mathews - Lonely You'll Be - Atco Johnnie Mae Mathews - I Have No Choice - Big Hit The Metros - Since I Found My Baby - RCA Jack Montgomery - My Dear Beloved - Scepter Cliff Nobles - Your Love Is All I Need - Atlantic Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty The Sophisticates - I Can't Stand It - Mutt The Sparkels - Try Love - Old Town Rose St John - I Know The Meaning - Veep Tommy T & The Targets - Sales Pitch - Big R Ted Taylor - I Miss You So - Ronn Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - SAR The Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown Jimmy Wallace - I'll Be Back - Alpha Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U Tammy Wayne - Have a Good Time - Boom I'll just finish with by saying we had a great weekend. Thanks guys. Northern Soul On A Tuesday Posted by Dave Rimmer, 08 February 2007 · Johnny Weston texted me to ask if I wanted to go to the Record meet that Des Parker and Johnny Beggs were organising in Stoke. Why not I thought, something different. After driving round in circle for half an hour after Johnny boy said he jnew where it was I rang johnny Beggs and got directions. The Pack Horse function room is something like a shed at the back of the pub, but there were tables for records, and a set of decks. What more could you ask for. Buys, from Des Parker's box Bobby Bland - Rockin' In The Same Old Boat - Duke Bobby Patterson - The Knock Out Power Of Love - Jetstar The Orlons - Crossfire - Cameo Dan Brantley - Please Accept My Love - Sims Arhur Conley - Star Review - Atco Demo The 3 Degrees - I'm Gonna Ned You - Swan Demo Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson - Soulshake - SSS International Contributers Of Soul - Look What You Done For Me - New Miss Gene Chandler - There Goes The Lover - Brunswick Good night all round. Apparently the next one is being organised for Droitwich. The Marrs Bar Posted by Dave Rimmer, 04 February 2007 Another Sunday morning sitting at the PC. The Marrs Bar was in terms of numbers very quiet last night, especially early on. It's hard to work out why as well really, there were people who never miss one, that didn't turn up, and yet there were some people who I didn't expect to see there because they live a lot closer to Winsford than Worcester. That said, the music was of a consistently high standard all night, and Carl Fortnum even remembered to play 'Big City Playboy' by Jimmy Andrews for me. As I do very occasionally, I danced, and there was a flurry of people trying to get cameras on the grounds they had never seen me dance before.......Don't they know I was the DJ Dancing Competition winner at Cleethorpes one year ! (But that's another story in itself). However, the devil looks after his own, and none of the cameras worked !!!! I really do enjoy The Marrs Bar though, and although this wasn't the busiest night everyone I spoke to enjoyed it as well. I DJ'ed between Midnight and 1am, and despite low numbers, did manage to get a fairly busy dancefloor with this lot Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 Larry Atkins - Ain't That Love Enough - Highland Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA Metros - Since I Found My Baby - RCA Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl Edwin Starr - My Kind Of Woman - Ric-Tic Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Tammy Wayne - Have A Good Time - Boom Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Baby Jean - If You Wanna - Stacy Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U Syng McGowan - That's What I Want - Hope Larry Davis - I've Been Hurt So Many Times - Kent Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess Dee Dee Sharp - What Kind Of Lady - Gamble Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Larry Banks & Jaibi - My Life Is No Better - Unreleased GWP Only one record purchase again this weekend, and that was the Baby Jean - If You Wanna - Stacy Going To A Go Go On The Rare Side Posted by Dave Rimmer, 28 January 2007 Made the trip down to wellingborough for the inaugural night of Going To A Go Go On The Rare Side. Great venue, could have done with about twenty more bodies in to make the place really buzz, but the music was superb all night. Len Dopson played a cover up that has gone straight on my wants list, except I have no idea what it was ! Does anyone else know what it is, I can't even tell you what he's got it covered up as though. I played two half hour sets, in roughly this sort of order: First set was dedicated entirely to Len Dopson knowing what a fanatical R & B fan he is. Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty Syl Johnson - Try Me - Twilight Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Larry Davis - I've Been Hurt So Many Times - Kent Tammy Wayne - Have A Good Time - Boom Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - SAR Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man - Midas Syng McGowan - That's What I Want - Hope Solomon Burke - Stupidity - Atlantic The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Douglas Banks - Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Guyden Second Set Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl Thelma Lyndsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown Van Dykes - Save My Love For A Rainy Day - Mala Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Sam Fletcher - I'd Think It Over - Tollie Andrea Henry - I Need You Like A Baby - MGM Harold Melvin & THe Bluenotes - Get Out - Landa Overall thoroughly enjoyed myself, managed to sell a few records but didn't buy anything because there were only two other small sales boxes in the place. The Morning After Posted by Dave Rimmer, 21 January 2007 Well, with the cancellation of the 100 Club we decided to go North to the Greatstone Hotel, and it was a good decision as we had a great time. No records actually bought this week, but one on it's way Screaming Joe Neal - She's My Baby - Emerge Week Two's Purchase And Playlist. Posted by Dave Rimmer, 14 January 2007 Another busy weekend, Lowton on the Friday night with Johnny Weston, and then Steam on the Saturday. Only one purchase over the two events though: The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Dot Rob Smith couldn't make it to Steam so Des Parker asked me if I'd fill in for him by playing a few records. It ended up only being thirty minutes, but here's what I played: Steam Allnighter 13th January, 2007 Athens Rogues - If I Could Love You - Stop The Eptones - A Love That's Real - Jox The Dells - Thinkin' About You - Cadet Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn Cliff Nobles - Your Love Is All I Need - Atlantic The Swans - Nitty Gritty City - Unreleased Swan Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 The Paramounts I Won't Share Your Love - Mercury Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Bettye Lavette - (Happiness Will Cost You) One Thin Dime - Unreleased Scepter Carlena Weaver - Jealousy - Audel Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U Gladys Tyler - Mr Green Mrs Green - Decca The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Read Full Entry â ' 2 Comments Options And Whilst I'm At It....... Posted by Dave Rimmer, 07 January 2007 · 8 views Here's my playlist from my first DJ spot of the year at the London Bridge Allnighter on the 5th January First Spot 2.15am To 3.15 Am Al Apollo - I'm Walking - Cub Bobby Baskerville - Gotcha Where I Wancha - Dot Roy Wright - Hook Line & Sinker - Mica Gladys Tyler - Mr Green Mrs Green - Decca Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U Bobby Bland - Yum Yum Tree - Duke Marion James - That's My Man - Excello Dick Jordan - I Want Her Back - Jamie Tommy T & The Targets - Sales Pitch - Big R Bobby Bland - Sweet Lips Of Joy - Duke Lp Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man - Midas Minnie Epperson - Grab Your Clothes - Peacock Beverley Ann Gibson - A Three Dollar Bill - Jubilee The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Joe Tex - Don't Play - Checker Barbara Lynn - I'm A Good Woman - Tribe Bobby Bland - Getting Used To The Blues - Duke Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - Sar Larry Davis - I've Been Hurt So Many Times Before - Kent Syl Johnson - Try Me - Twilight Douglas Banks - Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Guyden Second Spot 6.15am To 6.35 Am Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine Ernie Marbray - Ain't Nobody's Business - Wee Johnnie Mae Matthews - Lonely You'll Be - Atco Mike Finnegan & The Serfs - Bread & Water - Rhythm & Soul Jimmy Holland - Baby Don't Leave Me - Blue Rock Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca Syng McGowan - That's What I Want - Hope Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love - St Lawrence King Curtis & The Kingpins - Foot Pattin' - Atco Charles Lamont & The Extremes - I've Got To Keep Movin' - Challenge The First Of The Year Posted by Dave Rimmer, 07 January 2007 Following on from a thread in the Forum called 'The First of 2007', I decided it might be a good idea in amongst my ramblings to keep a list of the 45s that I buy during the course of the year. so, the entries for the first week of the year are: The Stokes - Crystal Ball - Alon And second copy of the Watson & The Sherlocks C/U Bought from an American Website Tyrone Davis - Running A Losing Race - Sack Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit Demo Both bought at the London Bridge R & B allnighter Johnnie Mae Matthews - Here Comes My Baby - Blue Rock Cheapie off Ebay
  13. NASHEE

    Nashees blog from 2007

    Roots Of Rhythm Blog Posted by NASHEE, 30 June 2007 ROOTS OF RHYTHM....23rd June 2007 The Roots of Rhythm event, was billed, rightly so, as UNMISSABLE....and bugger me...thats exactly what it was. The Journey to the event for us started at 9am on Saturday morning. Bob Morrris picked us up and whisked us off via the m6...m5, to Merv's home. As per usual the hospitality offered by Merv & Shell was second to none. Jodie and Micky were already there, records were spinning, and we were made very much at home. The mini bus was soon loaded...and the second leg of our journey began. We arrived at The Market House, Western Super Mare around 1pm, and the party was soon in full swing. The small back room, set aside for the afternoon bash (record fair & vinyl fest) was soon rockin' as dj's played their tunes, and plied their wares....Double decking seemed to be the name of the game during the afternoon sesh..Merv and Leon, Paul & Jason, Ted, Bob, Jodie & Kev all took their turn and I had the honour of doing a spot alongside Roger Banks. There was a feeling in the air, I can't put into words...but we all smiled knowingly at each other...this was going to be a very special time for us. More and more people arrived as the day turned to night, the back room closed its doors and we started the party proper in the front room....with its clean lines and walls decked out with musical memorobillia..we couldn't in our wildest dreams have hoped for better. The Dj's waited patiently for their allotted spot...All 13 of them. No snobbery or one upmanship here, each one bravely experimenting with new sounds, styles and genres...only possible because of the truly open minded punters that were in attendance...so great were there numbers at one point, that the back room reopened...such was the volume of folk. The place was absolutely rocking. The one aspect of the night that will always stick in my mind...In the whole 16hrs...Not one negative comment was uttered...NOT ONE !!!! A special thank you must go to Martin...the Landlord extrordinaire...He wined us...dined us and gave us a bed to recover in....and all the time...he kept thanking US....What a guy !! I bow to all those involved...This night will live in my memory till the day I die. Linda. comment kid mohair Getting spins again Posted:Jun 30 2007 07:27 PM Totally Agree, it was a long way and well worth it, i was really looking forward to it.Like Andrew said Merv had collected top rnb dj's "to deliver the goods". Everyone was so friendly, fantastic atmosphere, Jenny smoked a pipe! and roger had a shirt on with Clyde mcphatter on it! also i made lots of new friends. Gina xx
  14. WorcSoulSurvivor

    WorcSoulSurvivor blog from 2007

    The Glades Kidderminster - 10th February '07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 06 February 2007 As expected Another great nite by the Kiddy Boys, although they messed up with the bar and venue times, so it finished at 12 rather than 12:30. Started off quite quiet then filled up quick. Boasting Northern Stompers, with the inclusion of well blended modern, the end of the night bought the fast pasers, with songs such as Bob Brady, Curtis Mayfield and ofcourse Human Beinz. Finishing off with Tobi Ledgend's - Time Will Pass you By, all brilliant sets by Francis, Baz and Steve Russell. If you missed this one then make a date for the Next one!! Check out www.soulstuff.co.uk for all local events in the West Midlands and your souly needs Abbey Soul - The Rsre - 3rd February '07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 04 February 2007 Last nite a large amount of us attended the ever popular RSRE in malvern, well malvern link. It once again housed some of the best, motown, northern soul, and philly in the scene. A great atmosphere and cheap drinks For anyone who are interested the next is May 6th. For Pictures of this event and future events throughout the West Midland and Beyond take a look at: www.soulstuff.co.uk Coppertops Worcester - 3rd March '07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 28 February 2007 Another cracking night from the Worcs Soul Crew, with John Barker also playing a great set too. Even though they were a DJ down they managed to keep the same high standard as usual, with Modern, Motown and Northern Soul played throughout, Didn't go this time? WELL BE THERE NEXT TIME!! Soul Starts from the Heart, www.soulstuff.co.uk Junction 11 Hednesford - 31st March '07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 28 February 2007 First night at the aquarius and there were a few disapointments, the bar queue was WAY too long! However, the music was pretty good, a few too many slow ones and repeated ones, but on the whole it was a good night. They want to get it sorted for next month or they will loose their reputation! Next events 28th April be there! www.junction11.co.uk Soul Fusion Gloucester - 24th March 07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 17 February 2007 · Yet another great nite for Modern and Northern Lovers, both rooms boasting great sounds, although the speakers did mess up a bit in the northern room for a while, But there were no other glitches. If you still haven't been well you don't have a clue what your missing, go to the following site and register your membership...NOW!! www.soulfusion-soulnites.co.uk/index.htm Bossa Nova Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 17 February 2007 This is a popular Worcester Bar, playing Motown, Jazz and a bit of Northern now and then. Local band usually perform every Friday, such as the Fantastic Midnight Movers. If your a local soul band this is the place to go and play. www.bossanovabar.co.uk/ Soulfull Sessions Keystones Worcester - 16th February 07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 16 February 2007 · A modern dancers nite. While it is good as a social event, meeting up with people and the music playing in the background. If your a fan of modern or in the mood for a drink. Another good attendance for the underground venue. Want to know next Soulfull Session Check out the Site, www.soulstuff.co.uk 4th Soultime Torquay Weekender Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 21 May 2007 First time I've ever been to Torquay and I have to say it was GREAT! The Hotel itself caters for the event very well, with a large amount of ammenities...and bars! The rooms are of high standard, although we moreless through our cases in and off we went . The two lounges, one northern one modern, played the best of genres, and the dancefloors allowed easy use....and easy feet. Breakfast was extended to 10:15am so that we could have at best three hours of sleep. All DJ's were at there best, listening to the dancers and slowing the pase when needed! The weekend finished on a high, although we wish we had booked till the sunday....to give a better drive home and a good nights sleep!!! Definitley one the best weekenders goin.....Next is ofcourse octobers Prestatyn for me When Music Fills the Air.....DANCE DANCE DANCE!! Soulfull Sessions Keystones Worcester - 20th April 07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 09 April 2007 · Well another nite to remember!!! The Music was playing and the drink was flowing!! A good turnout with people dancing throughout. Rob and Steve, joined by Mike Shawe kept the sounds playin till well past 1 nd if u didnt make it be there next time with Gavin Page and KGB Kevin Baynham, don't forget your dancing shoes!! When in Doubt.......DANCE The Glades Kidderminster - 28th April '07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 03 April 2007 Another Great Night for the Kiddi Guys although the music slipped for a wile...But it was built back up and the stompers continued. The Times were sorted out this time and that extra half hour makes all the difference!!! Still one of the best venues and soundsystems, meaning loud and clear! If you haven't given the Glades a chance yet you SHOULD! When In Doubt.......DANCE www.soulstuff.co.uk Abbey Soul - The Rsre - 6th May '07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 30 March 2007 Yet again the Worcester Boys did us proud! A great blend of motown, northern, philly and modern kept everyone dancing till the end! The music was great and the Drink was cheap...What more could you ask for? Pics will be up sooon Live your life from the SOUL www.soulstuff.co.uk Coppertops Worcester - 7th April '07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 30 March 2007 Another great nite from the worcester soul crew, although quiter than usual, playing great sound over and over! Hippo Hipkiss gave a great stint playing true oldies and keeping the floor filled. Coppertops returns in June. See You there! www.soulstuff.co.uk Prestatyn Weekender 12th - 15th October 07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 26 September 2007 Legends Returns! Sure to be another great weekend for everyone who knows northern, modern, motown (cheese) or soul! Some more great acts live, some of which who havent been "comfirmed." A tribute has been rumoured to the Late Great Marvin Gaye! For those who have been before they know why their goin! To those 1st timers, you'll never forget it!!!! WHEN IN DOUBT DANCE, SPIN, DANCE! Soulfusion - 15th September 07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 26 September 2007 · Well a Brilliant night at Soulfusion again. The inclusion of a motown room was probably the best place idea in ages and it sure as hell paid off! Problems with the sound system in the Northern Room did play up the sounds just got better and better. Sean Chapman was the guest this month and filled the floor in the Northern Room, but in the modern wasn't so good. Soulfusion returns in November. Keep The Faith All http://www.soulfusio...co.uk/index.htm Soul Fusion Gloucester - 21st July 07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 19 July 2007 Another great nite at soulfusion, although the northern room did seem to loose track for quite a while it ended brilliantly! Modern room was packed agen, actually finishing later than the northern room for a change! Some great sounds played through the nite. Soulfusion returns in a matter of weeks, 15th september with legendary DJ Sean Chapman taking a spin! As always Memberships are required so get one if dont have one! If Music Be The Food Of Life......Dance On! http://www.soulfusio...co.uk/index.htm Abbey Soul - The Rsre - 7th July '07 Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 05 July 2007 Another great Cheese filled nite from the Worc Soul Crew. The BBQ must have made a lot of money! The music kept people dancing throughout the nite, all Dj's playing a great set. No-Smoking ban didn't seem to bother people either. Thats it from the RSRE this year, but the Abbey's final nite EVER is sure to go out with a bang in November! www.soulstuff.co.uk Coppertops Worcester - 16th June 07' Posted by WorcSoulSurvivor, 03 June 2007 The Coppertop's Returns on the 16th with the Worcester Soul Crew and Guest DJ...Mr Sean Chapman, which ought to throw some things about!! Be there early to get a spot on the dancefloor and dont forget to have a drink ready for afterwards! When in doubt..........DANCE DANCE DANCE www.soulstuff.co.uk
  15. Rugby Soul Club

    Rugby Soul Club Blog from 2007

    Clefthorses 2007 Posted by Rugby Soul Club, 12 June 2007 · I was trying to think what to post in the thread but there was so much to say after a whole weekend, that a blog was needed. I didn't think I was going to be able to get to Cleethorpes this year, trying to sort out someone to look after my two youngest children from Friday after school until Monday late afternoon is not an easy task. A few months back the daughter-in-law anounced they were going to Thorpe Park from Mon 5th - 8th June..... The brain started ticking. If I pay the extra few days til the 11th, can we come up, stay with you and you look after my youngest two..... Oh and can Denise come too coz it's her birthday... Perfect, the scene was set. We arrived Friday at noon, chilled til 3pm, picked up tickets, then spent a bit of time with the family. 6pm we had to endure an "eat all you can" meal, then we were let loose. I'd sorta hoped Friday would just be soul nite hours, then you are forced to rest up a bit ready for the blow out on Sat and don't burn out too quickly....it wasn't. I found myself being drawn to the quality music being put out in the modern room and with only a short distance between the two rooms, it was perfect for me. I would have loved to try out the upstairs room but with no lift I wasn't wasting any dance energy on climbing stairs. Being the sensible person I am, I left at 1pm and went back to the caravan for some rest, obviously Ganche couldn't leave and she assured me she would be fine. She arrived home at 5.30am and went straight to bed. I was then in mother mode again and found myself being forced to go to Ingoldmells for the day... Arrived back at the caravan by 5pm, Ganche was still asleep, I did check her breathing. With a desperate need for soulie company, I went to find Jo on the site, with grandson in toe. She smiled as I walked in, said to my grandson "oo, you're a lovely little monkey, would you like a banana"?.... It's a lack of sleep thing, I said a lot more embarrassing things over the weekend but as it's my blog, I don't have to spill the beans. I dragged her back to our caravan to get ready for the full on, go for it, Sat nite session. We waited patiently for Ganche to wake up, by 11pm I couldn't wait anymore and woke her......16+ hours she had slept!!!! We were in silly mood by this time, everyone else was in bed, so we had to get ready very quietly. There was no door between us and the bedrooms, so when we put on the hairdryers, we had to stand with a quilt against the doorway to muffle the sound. We got a good picture of me and Ganche being surgeons... At 1am we got a txt from the bedroom asking when we were leaving and to be a bit more quiet. We arrived at the venue at 2am and after being in mother mode for far too long, I was ready to burst. I was a little OTT and some of the things I said and did should not be posted on here but to sum up, I had a bloody great time. Sorry to Colin Wood (rider) who had to put up with my insane ramblings. Also to Chris & Carlos for bouncing in front of them to show how strong my legs were and saying "I always wanted to be a punk". To Donna, James and Jenny, you were very polite as I talked at you. To anyone else I may have harrassed... After feeling so poorly at Rugby last week I needed to let off steam and I did it big style... Ganche was still recovering from the nite before and saving herself for Sunday... We had intended leaving about 6am but I was on too much of a high to go back to the caravan and we would have got told off again for being too loud, so we stayed till 8am. When the music finished, I clapped, yes, I was the only one but I'd had such a ball I didn't care. Got back to the caravan to all children awake and my daughter-in-law laughing at me nervously. Grabbed a few hours sleep while they were still there and able to watch the childrem. They had to leave Sunday afernoon because the eldest son had his grading for his second dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do (and he passed). I had intended to get to the Sunday afternoon session and take the children but for some reason, I didn't feel too good. I realised I'd left my shoes in the venue, so had to venture over at 3pm, managed to hear some of Kenny's stuff.... Chantelle took my shoes off me, tied the laces together and proceeded to play footy on the dance floor with my children. I'd given them a lecture on dance floor etiquette that just flew out the door. And I was too fragile to fight back. I rested all afternoon ready for the Sunday night party. Not having been to Cleethorpes before (yes, I was a virgin), I thought the Sunday nite thing would be quiet, subdued, chilled. So with kids in toe, in we went. I hid them round the corner in what had been the record room. I should have known that nothing is quiet and subdued on the northern scene, where everyone got the energy after a very long weekend, I'll never know... Big thank you at this point for Ady allowing me to drag them along, it was Ganche's birthday at midnight and I so wanted to be there. Come midnight, we did the cake and candles bit, gave her her pressys and off I went and left her to it. I would have loved to have stayed till the "small wee hours" but we can't all lock the kids away and go and have fun... I was still buzzing from the whole weekend, so I packed everything up before I got a few hours kip. I got a txt from Chris Morgan to say, he'd got Ganche and would bring her back later. At 7am, I said I would pick her up later, got one back saying pick her up now, so I bundled the kids in the car, thinking she must be ill. He opened the door and said "I was joking". Don't you just love the sence of humour of a soulie... We manged to get out of the caravan for 10am and headed to town for a birthday brekky for Denise. The plan was for whoever was still there or still alive, to meet up with us. The Rimmer party were still in their caravan tidying up!!!! Cat's group haven't surfaced yet!!!! I missed the call from Chris & Carlos, so by the time I realised, they'd left!!! Never mind, Lionel and Marie managed to find us as it was the cafe next to their B & B. We left Cleethorpes at 11.30am and I was back in bed by 3pm. I haven't had so much fun in a long time, good music, great friends, I will be back..... comment Dave Rimmer DJ Prostitute ! Taking Bookings Now. Posted:Jun 13 2007 09:55 AM So where is the photo of you and Denise as Surgeons ??????
  16. Kirsty

    Kirsty Blog from 2007

    Still On A Record Buying Ban Posted by Kirsty, 24 February 2007 Well as a few others are doing this, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and list the odds and sods I've bought since January 1st when my ban officially started.... In order that they've arrived Brothers of Soul - Dreams/Candy - Shock Sly, Slick and Wicked - Ready For You/Sho Nuff -People Eddie Billups - Shake Off That Dream - Garpax Gene Chandler - Without You Here - Curtom Donny Burks - You Never Know What You've Got - Metromedia Allnite Band - Lovely Ladies - Contact Tomorrows Men - Whose That Lady - Congress Basic Black and Pearl - There'll Come A Time -Polydor Tony Drake - Suddenly - Brunswick Joe King - Speak On Up - Prix Softtouch - After You Give Your All/Say That You Love Me Boy - Prodigal am trying really hard not to buy, but something I REALLY need is currently up for auction.... any ideas on how I can raise some fund
  17. Soul Blog entries posted by Steve G originally via the Soul Blog feature during the period January 2007 til September 2007 Weekend Warm Up - Thurs/fri Posted by Steve G, 08 September 2007 Thursday is one of my cycling days, where I quite literally cycle into and back out of London again. I try and do this twice a week when it's not raining / snowy / cold / foggy / windy (delet as applicable). The journey home is uneventful until 7 Sisters, when some goon overtakes me then turns left straight in front of me, forcing me and bike into an emergency left hand turn. I was suitably "up for it" so I tapped his door twice with the sole of my foot - twice. His car has all sort of scratches and dents down the left hand side, so the guy obviously has some sort of problem in turning left. I then hear this hysterical shouting coming from the car so I position myself in front of him, and give him some verbal. "T*sser, Use your mirrors" I shout in an affirmative voice pointing to his wing mirrors. "Use your mirrors you T*sser" I repeat. I managed to avoid any really bad language, despite the fact that his carelessless could have led to a broken leg or worse. By now he's gone quiet and looking petrified and my firm and affirmative style must have made him think I am some kind of off duty policeman who'se about to ask for his non existant insurance documents or something. Suddenly the lights turn green, and I head off safe in the knowledge that in the permanent traffic jam that is the 7 Sisters one way system, he won't be able to catch me and run me down, or worse shoot me. After that the journey is uneventful, so I get home and ring young Mr Dyson about some records that he plays down the phone to me. Have a nice chat with Andy, and then it's off to Hertford and Bar 11 - for a local soul night. Now Toby has told me that this gig is quote "full of Hertfordshire Totty and WAGs" so I don my Ferragamo leather jacket to look the part . Hertford is a mere 9 miles away, so hardly worth firing up the Batmobile for. Anyway when I get there there's about 100 in. Ironically for a bar Gil Scott Heron's "The Bottle" is blasting out. Anyway it is at this point that I realise that I am in a parallel universe. I have nice chat with the DJ's and a longer chat with Dave Crabtree, one of the local old soul boys. But apart from that I don't really know anyone. When I came in there were a bout a dozen nice scooters all lined up outside, and indeed the patrons are pretty much all scooterists and their mates. It is a parallel universe because here I am close to home, and I hardly know anyone! And yet here is this scene on my doorstep - quite weird really when I thought about it. Anyway I find myself at the bar, on my own doing a Billy No Mates impression, looking into my drink glass, before Ian Sims and Smudge arrive fashionably late. Then Martin (RBMan) arrives even later. Anyway we all have a chat, before I decide to go for an early night at 10.15. Sounds wise some R&B, 60s soul, things like "Exus Trek" and Yvonne Vernee, though not sure it's a real one? "A younger scooterist crowd (but no WAGs Tobe) attend this monthly 60s northern soul night in trendy Hertford" is how I'd phrase a Time Out entry. Friday, comes and goes, the only significant event mujsic wise being that I have arranged to go and record some radio shows for a new station. I really miss being on radio - loved every minute of it when I did my show on Soul 24-7. The discipline of having to go in the studio every Friday night for several years was far outweighed by the pleasure of being able to play precisely what you want, and hearing back from soulfans via email, from all round the world. Yes I loved it, and I am eagerly looking forward to doing it again....more on that anon. Friday night I head off to the Bedford Ath, one of the top nights round our way. The original plan had been to pick up Karen, then Martin, but Karen wasn't well, and so it was just Martin tonight. Having told Taff the night before that I was "bringing a car load up", Martin tells me he'd nearly "called off". Imagine that, I tell Taff that there's a car load of us coming up to support him, and then I arrive on my Jack Jones... That would have been unfortunate for my reputation Anyway we get there about 9 p m. There's about 50 in (this grew to about 100 later - some of the locals were a bit late arriving - ahem!), and Steve Cooper and Hammie are doing a great set. I talk to Karen (Sanquine) about some of the great DJs of our time - like John Vincent and my current pet hate for "70's names" who are bringing nothing new to the table (apart from venues in shopping centres I guess ). Now I've reviewed the Ath (as a punter and as a DJ) in the past so I won't bore you with another review, instead I'll concerntrate on a few of the sounds I heard. This was for anyone that didn't know the final part of ChrissieO's annual birthday celebration month, her "unofficial" birthday having been celebrating some time ago now. Steve Cooper and Hammie do a really good set sounds like Jock Mitchell, The Appreciations, Little Tommy, Chico Lamarr, Bobby Kline, Johnny Henley, Larry Clinton and The Soul Brothers Inc. to whet your apetite. Taffy is next with sounds like Virgil Henry, Bottom & Co, Marvin Gaye (Come get to this), Beyold, Innersection, Curtis "How can I dump her", Pinch of Perfection, Charles Johnson, Alfie Davision and an underplayed 4 Tops record "Right before my eyes"` which sounded very good. Then it's the turn of Dave Welding who spins tunes like Rufus Woods, Little Eddie Taylor, Hytones, a great Topics track called "Tears tell a story" which apparantly Uncle Sam sold him, Honey & Bees, Charles Mintz, The Saints - a record I never tire of - and some oldies like the Adorables, Bobby Wells, so a nice mix. Pete H does the final hour with classics like Yvonne Vernee (definately a real one), Mel Britt, Eula Cooper, Utopias, George Pepp etc etc. Top class originals all the way. The dancefloor was busy pretty much throughout, and I felt the variety of sounds played was the perfect foil to those who like a bit of everything in their northern nights. Some classic oldies, some lesser known things, some newies, some 70's. A top night with spot on music and this was borne out by the fact that I spent at least 3 hours dancing - almost unheard of these days for me Nice to meet Simon from Brighton, also loads of others I chatted to between my regular forays onto the dancefloor, Louise, Karen, Dave, Dave and Tina, Toby, Mandy, Andy K, Pete H, Pete B, Mr Darcy, Baz, Terry, Catriona, Bearsy, Ann, Tony W, Paul & Trish and of course not forgetting the birthday diva ChrissieO. Without Boundaries - Bass Museum Posted by Steve G, 29 August 2007 · I start my bank holiday Sunday with a quick stop off at the Bishops Stortford All Dayer, which in country speak is "just down the road for me" - about 15 miles. This is run by the Dedicated Soul Club from Peterborough, and I arrive unfashionably early at around 3 pm and have a chat to the promoters Keith and Dave - Keith I haven't seen for nigh on twenty years. Anyway Steve C is DJing to an empty room, but everyone that's turned up is actually outside on the patio savouring the British summer and a Pint, and it's there that I chat with James Trouble - who like me is on his way to DJ somewhere else, Little Reg - who shows me the cover of his new book, which is looking really good now, and a couple of others. James is off to Brighton and I am off to Burton, and so leave at about 4 pm. Next stop Milton Keynes Coachways to pick up Claire and Jenny, who are also coming up to the Bass with me. They tell me about how good Burnley was, with Butch doing a "killer" set, and having put the world to rights - well the soul scene anyway - in just over an hour we arrive in Burton at about 6.15. As we pull into the car park we notice that it's quiet here too. The Bass Museum, or Coors Visitor Centre to give it it's correct title is one of the most established modern soul all dayer events in the UK and this is a two room dayer with Y2K in one room and 70s / 80s and crossover in the other. As we pull up in the car park Mike Charlton and his missus are also arriving. Mike is an undervalued DJ with good records, so I am looking forward to hearing his set later. Meanwhile Colin Brown the first DJ on has "forgotten" to bring his records , and is dispatched back to Derby to go and get them. How can you forget your records you might ask? And I use this question as an excuse to bore everyone senseless with the tale of the time I went to Fleetwood and did just that! Having set off early afternoon Friday in a hurry, to beat the M25 / M1 rush, we are going past Rugby and making good time when I just happen to mention something about records. Then in dawns on me "Records!" - I picture my record box still sitting in the hall. I am virtually hysterical, but Gill calms me down with "It doesn't matter if we are late" type stuff. But I am really cross with myself as I have to go back, refuel and deal with M25 traffic one way, get the records, then M25 traffic for a third time (by now stop / start) and the dreaded M1 Friday night crawl north , all of which would have been avoidable had I engaged my brain before setting off. What do they say about a stitch in time? When I finally got to Fleetwood and told Richard Searling the story of forgetting my records, he looked at me as if I was a bit of a looney tune frowned and asked "How can you forget your records?". How indeed! Still I am in good company as Colin has done exactly the same thing today. Colin eventually comes back (this time with records) and does his set; as he was late starting I graciously give him an extra 15 minutes when a more ruthless DJ wouldn't have done .....Next up it's my turn for an early doors 45 minutes then. This I love as it is a chance to play some of my lesser known things to a listening audience, something I really don't get to do that much. The party set comes later when I have a full hour to entertain the troops! So with that in mind I play some things that I consider to be "nice and cool", before handing over to Mick O'Donnell at 8.30. I get a rousing reception from Sue and Roger from Oxford which is very nice. Mick plays quite a few nice mainly newer things, before handing over to Mike Charlton. Mike drops things in like Mel Williams and the Ultimates and gets the dancefloor working. After Mike it's my turn again, and I decide to blend in some cheese into the mix - good quality cheese mind you - no processed "value" cheese. After me it's the Yorkshire Housewives choice Sean Hampsey who rounds off the last hour with a set of sheer quality as always including things like Buddy Causey. While all of this has been going on I have been chatting to various people. Blake and his Missus, Cliffe Steele, the Poole contingent, Arthur and Maria (Arthur tells me that Sam has got a Second Re$surrection ), Tats Taylor, Sean H, Mike C, Tony and Jayne, Tait from Wolves, Sonia, Chunky, Dave Fleming, Brian Goucher, Steve Jackson, Dean Johnson (who tells me he has a record for me ) and others who will listen to me. During the course of the evening the room has built up, and in between the dancefloor room and the bar room there's between 40- 50 in. Next door in the modern room it's thinner with 15-20 in, which is disappointing. I know how much effort Fish puts into these all dayers. A lot of 'faces' were missing, and we conclude that this is down to the sheer amount of venues on that day (over 30), and the fact that the weather is very nice. I think you can also add the explosion in the number of weekenders into that mix as well, as for many the weekender is now their soul "fix". Anyway I enjoyed it, and we headed off back down south at 12.15, again putting the soul scene to rights. Now I find myself with quite a big gap in my booking schedule - no work for some 6 weeks.....but I am convinced that I will pop up at one or two places as a paying punter. Here is the Bass playlist.... Set 1 "Early doors" I start with a 60s record - pretty rare for the Bass Museum Homer Banks "Sweetie Pie" Escorts "By the time I get to Phoenix" I really rate this cheapo cheapo version of the song Allison "Who'se # 1 who'se No 2" Billy Byrd "Lost in the crowd" Lost on the B side of the inferior "Silly kind of love" more like. Great funky dancer Ralph Jackson "I can't leave your love alone" 2nd Re$surection "You done the the daylight catch you" Squeeze "X Ta C" Freedom "High on you" Bobby Montgomery "I need you girl" -Sammy boy made a biggish mistake selling this to me Frankie Kar'hl "Don't fan the flame" Joe Hinton "Go on be a star!" Barbara Stant "You got to try it again" Guitar Ray "Don't change your love" cover up Floyd Beck "Fly by nite" Richard Marks "Innocent bystander" - great version of Bill Wright Steve Long "Your lips tell me no" Billy Proctor "Keeping up with the Joneses" Finally I finish up with a couple of "Dons"! John Donvan "Looking for your love" Don Thomas "Calling me home" Set 2 Paaaaaarrrrrttttyyyyy Tearra "Just loving you" Trace of Smoke "Treasure mind" Spinners "I'll be around" Spinners "It's a shame" Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway "Back together again" A Way of Life "Tripping on your love" - sounds fab again Richard Paradise "I want you to stay" (my old Daybreak cover up) King Moses "I got this feeling" Eula Cooper "Try" Chuck Cockerham "Have I got a right" Eddie Billups "Ask my heart" - ask my bank manager more like Tommy Tate "If you got to love somebody" Eugene Record "Overdose of Joy" Chuck Prophett "Love love love" Harold Melvin & Bluenotes "The love I lost" Brand New "Thousand years" First Class "Candy" Minits "Still a part of me" Bobby Thurston "Just ask me" Wee "Try me" Natural Impulse "She went away" ................................................. Spalding Sugarbeet Posted by Steve G, 25 August 2007 Friday night and I set off at an early-ish 7.15 for Spalding, stopping off at Potters Bar to pick up Karen who'se also coming up for the night. Then it's a straight run up the A1(M)/A1, skirt round Peterborough, and up the A16. Spalding is bigger than I remember it, and even bigger still when you're driving on an unfamiliar road at night. The A16 from Peterbough seems to take a lot longer than I remember as well, but maybe this is because we are stuck behind a container doing a steady 40 mph. We come off at the wrong roundabout in Spalding and get lost for a bit, before finally getting it right and finding the Sugar Beet Club (cue for future nights it's right near the power station - the lights on the chimneys of which can be seen for miles). Not through choice, as this night was booked first, but I find myself up against Dean Parrish, some 17 miles away in Peterborough. Dean's an excellent singer, and Karen and myself both agreed that he was the better of the two when he appeared at Cleethorpes alongside the mighty Maxine Brown a few years ago. I am not worried about the other "draws" Russ and John Vincent, but had been concerned that Dean being the commensurate professional that he is would draw the punters away from Spalding. However on arriving my fears were allayed as there are over 100 in. The venue is basically a modern (70s) single story hall, with plenty of chairs and tables round the side, a stage at one end and a cheap bar at the other. There's a really good dancefloor. Sufficient bar staff means that it's not a problem to get a drink in either. Driving I am on the Holsten "Alkohol frei" sugar water. Cue thumping headache Saturday morning! By now we are a bit late in arriving (9.40 ish) and I have missed most of Smudge's set - there are two Smudge's, this is the older one . Steve Jay takes over and keeps the dancefloor happy with a series of 70s sounds and some of the more popular housey crossover tunes such as Michael Proctor. Meanwhile I am engaging in conversation with Kev Laws, Alan from Kings Lynn - who'se just picked up a Rockie Robbins LP he's been after from Fish, Fish himself who'se come over from Leics., Rob Smith from Notts - who I haven't seen for ten years - when on a sunny Saturday morning Gavin Page and myself drove up there and did a smash and grab raid on his "Hurt's Yard" shop. coming away with lots of cheaply priced goodies. I also chat to several others from Kings Lynn and Peterborough, including John Hall, and Pete Mattock from March. By now word has gotten round that Dean Parrish hasn't turned up over in Peterborough, and has apparantly called off due to a shoulder injury. Steve Jay finishes with Edwin Starr's "Running back and forth" - a classic piece of Motown which reminds me how much we took Edwin for granted, and what a fantastic singer he really was. As well as "Running back and forth", his earlier "I have faith in you" would be in my "Desert Island" playbox for sure . In planning my set I had planned to be quite adventurous tonight, and start off my set with a couple of 'feeler' records to see what goes down and what doesn't. In an unfamiliar venue, I always like to try a few things first, to gauge audience reaction, rather than just turning up and playing what I want to play. As the set progresses and I find my feet (and so do the dancers), and it all turns out well. After an hour and ten minutes, I hand over to Kev and Steve who bring the night to a close via sounds like Bobby Thurston "Very last drop", and Jan Jones "Independent woman". Kev and Steve have been pushing the sounds at this venue more towards a 70's / modern style, and it is quite clear this is what the majority of punters seem to prefer - but not all. Karen reports back from the female toilets - always one of the most reliable barometers of how the punters are feeling - that a couple of girls are saying that they "can't dance to the new stuff" - presumably the Y2K sounds. Like all of these things you are never going to please everyone all of the time, but I think Kev and Steve should be congratulated on moving the music policy forward. Anyway, having set out to do an adventurous set, it doesn't turn out that way.....as I talk through my set 1) Second Re$surrection "You done let daylight catch you" This is an old spin for me, but it completely clears the floor - though several people asked me about it later. Not wanting to set the impression with everyone that I am some sort of DJ maniac who kills off a healthy dancefloor for an hour, I go back to a 70s anthem next... 2) Melvin Moore "All of a sudden" Time to experiment with a couple of 60's next to gauge reaction to that..... 3) Jimmy Burns "I really love you" Only 4 dancing and as I am cueing up the next record, old Spikey comes up and suggests that the crowd will be more receptive to well known 70's. 4) Four Voices "Your love is getting stronger" A few more dancing, but I thought I'd try Spike's advice and see what happens..... 5) Bottom & Co "Gonna find a new love" This goes down well, and I get my first request for..... 6) Mel Williams "Sweet girl of mine" This record has a continuing popularity with the dancers, so I continue in familiar vein with.... 7) Lil Major Williams "Girl" Again good floor reaction to this......and I say "Hello" and exchange pleasantries with Mick Cooper who is busy taking photos.Mick is someone who I haven't seen since a heady night in his flat where a few of us were playing tunes to about 3.30 in the morning following a Friday night soul do in Stamford in the early 80's. 8) Connie Laverne "Can't live without you" - one of me big revivals for 2007 down south, I am still persevering with this one..... 9) Corey Blake "How can I go on without you" I was talking to Wendy and Max Rees at Letchworth last Friday and we were talking about the old Papa Luigi's modern nights that I used to run with Nick Gilbert in Bridge Street Peterborough (now some flats), and Wendy mentioned how she liked one of the big sounds there - "Candy". Prompted by that conversation I had dug out my old copy, and yes it does still sound good...so on it goes - now played at "-2" as it's a tad too fast to play at normal speed. 10) First Class "Candy" It sounds good again over a system so this will be another revival going forward - Big O - don't forget to pack your dancing brogues! 11) Charles Mintz "Running back" 12) Mixed Emotions "Gold of my life" Next I am asked for Angela Davis "You hit the spot" - but I've only got Gloria Walker, which can be played as a suitable substitute at "+8" on the turntable. I am also asked for Willie J and Co - which I know should be in the "Hot box" since Ginger and Sam have revived it , but I cannot really get back into it, and won't play records I don't believe in...In the alternate I am asked for a "shuffler", and remember one of the old East Anglian favourites from the 70's is nestling in the back of the playbox.... 13) Frankie Loveman Crocker "Ton of dynamite" This goes down well and allows the shufflers to....er "shuffle". 14) The Appointments "I saw you there" 15)Pages "Heartaches and Pain" Next into a bit of crossover, which also goes down well.... 16) T&T "Something on my mind" Time for a couple more of the oldies that were always popular on the Eastern side of the country... 17) Eula Cooper "Let our love grow higher" 18) Joe Hicks "Don't it make you feel funky" A young lady comes up and asks for something a bit more "Motowny", and being a versatile sort of chap duly oblige 19) Contours "Just a little misunderstanding" 20) Gladys Knight & Pips "Just walk in my shoes" 21) Gladys Knight & Pips "No one can love you more" Like it or loathe it from a rare soul perspective, this stuff absolutely rams the dancefloor, and I have learnt to always carry a few Motown vinyls around in the box.....but back to the 70s..... 21) King Moses "I got this feeling" which gets a healthy reaction 22) Ujima "I'm not ready" -one that's been big for Taffy at Letchworth in recent years it doesn't go down so well here though as the floor thins out somewhat....so I decide to end up with three classics which will pack the floor, and thus bow out on a high note...... 23) Bobby Sheen "Something new to do" 24) Bobby Kline "Say something nice to me" 25) Ultimates "Girl I've been trying to tell you" So, not really an adventurous set by my standards, but I think (and hope) the punters enjoyed it. Musically if you like 70s and some of the more soulful uptempo 12s and live in East Anglia you should check out future dates at this venue. Meantime I am off to completely restock my record box ready for Sunday and Burton On Trent. Black Squirrel Soul Club 17 August Posted by Steve G, 18 August 2007 Black Squirrel's I have learned are the third type of indiginous squirrel, and only live in a few very limited areas of the UK; Letchworth being one of those areas. So with that in mind we have unofficially re-named the North Herts Letchworth Irish Centre nights the "Black Squirrel Soul Club". It is claimed that Taffy has black squirrels in his garden and all this talk reminded me of something I'd forgotten. A largish hole has appeared on the weatherboarding on my house. "What's happened to your roof mate - you got a big hole in it?" was the comment from my neighbour last weekend. Somewhat shocked at this revelation, I undertook a closer inspection (I don't normally look at my roof strangely enough - well do you?) and was even more shocked when I realised it wasn't one of his wind ups. Something had been attacking the white board, and it looked like it was close to getting through - I looked at the cat but he didn't look guilty.......so this could only mean one thing ....Squirrels in the roof Anyway it's been a long week, and my cycling to work in London has been punctuated by two, yes two punctures on my bike this week. It's times like this when I remember why letting the train take the strain is just so much easier for a humble middle aged lounge lizard like myself. All I need now is to get a "flat" on the RX8, and I'll have a hat trick....But it's Friday night and I set off at 8.15 pm and oh dear the first thing I noticed was the need for sidelights on the car. This got me thinking - winter is on the way, and evenings are drawing in....soon be cold again d'oh! The Big O (Neil) is away in the States at the moment and as I drift through the leafy backroads towards Stevenage I'm thinking of suitable wind up's like posting on here that his decks blew up at 9 pm and everyone had to go home early in the knowledge that he'd sneak a read of Soul source from his palacial holiday home in the USA.. but I am not malicious at all......really! On arrival at the Irish Centre Chrissie very kindly gave me a black squirrel soul club pin on badge - and then spent what seemed like about two full minutes trying to pin it onto by Zegma shirt before giving up.....Anyway a quick twiggle of the pin and it's on, and worn for the rest of the evening with pride. Sanquine meanwhile was telling me that there was no such thing as a black squirrel and that they were really grey squirrels with darker pigmentation. Sue Halsall tells me she doesn't believe they exist at all, so I get her and Dave talking to Toby who is able to explain all being a keen local historian, and wildlife naturalist and quite well known for this in the Letchworth area....Bearsy is outside with the smokers and it's good to hear someone who'se so enthusiastic about the music. We talk about soul in Kent and I bore him senseless with tales of the 70's and 20 of us running soul nights, going to Wigan etc etc. Anyway onto the night. Toby is first DJ on playing a good opening set including things like Jackie Wilson "I don't want to lose you", Tyrone Davis "Love me forever" and Roni Hill "I wouldn't give you up". After the Mighty Tobes it's the turn of Molly who spins records like the Oxford Nights, Johnny Howard and the Cautions. Taffy follows with Al Wilson "The Snake", Frank Wilson, "Footsee" and "The Joker" . Well no he didn't really - what he really played was mostly 70s, including Beloyd, Bessie Banks, Leroy Hutson and Pete Smith's all time favourite record - those old Car Stairs. By now the dancefloor is buzzing, ready for Tommy Walsh. Pete H, who DOES bear a striking resemblence to Tommy on Groundforce it cannot be denied, starts off with Mel Britt, Chico Lamarr, and The Cashmeres. It's 60's all the way from Pete and he finishes with Bob and Fred, leaving me with a full dancefloor. Being a late spot, and also being uncharitably castigated for playing "disco" by Chrissie I decide to mix it all up with some 70s, some classic 60s and a few I am still persevering with.....so starting off ensuring to keep the floor busy with a few Hertfordshire favourites.... Lil Major Williams "Girl" Nicky Newarkers "Woman" Innersection "Let me love yuh" Dynells "Call on me" Wally Cox "This man" - one of the classic oldies, this is such an underrated record it hurts Whispers "Doctor Love" - well who needs Bobby Sheen when you can have this version....from Nick Caldwell and the boys Yvonne Baker "You didn't say a word" Jock Mitchell "Not a chance in a million" Eddie Billups "Ask my heart" Homer Banks "Sweetie Pie" - I know it's been a significant play at places like Lifeline, but it's taking a while for this to catch on down south, and thus I succeed in clearing the floor - something you know I love doing Big Tim & The Empires "Cheaters never get anywhere" Sammy Lee "What goes around" Terri Bryant "Geni" Time to get the dancefloor back.... Charles Mintz "Running back" Bottom & Co "Gonna find a Dr Truelove" Eddie Foster "I never knew" Tearra "Just loving you" Connie Laverne "Can't live without you" King Moses, and Natural Impulse, both of which get a good reaction. Sean is lining his records up, so it's time to leave him with a full dancefloor, so I finish with three well known 60's.... Appointments "I saw you there" Bobby Kline "Say something nice to me" J J Barnes "Please let me in" - one of the best £5 records you could find I hand over to Sean Chapman, who has graciously stood in at the last minute because Mick H couldn't make it. Sean keps the floor busy for the last hour with things like Elipses, Hamilton Movement, Brothers of Soul Jimmy Bo Horne and Corey Blake. Sean is on his best behaviour tonight as he's been told by Pete Wid that if he shouts on the microphone, Pete'll shove the mic somewhere where the sun doesn't shine... Anyways Pete does an excellent job of keeping the dancefloor full for the last hour. I had a nice chat to Max Rees and met no fewer than three people who went to Papa Luigi's in the 80's. This was, we all agreed, a fooking good venue in it's day, and one day I should write down something about it....a soul night in a Pizza bar - I kid you not! (Oh we didn't have any Pizzas in case you were wondering!). More chats, shake and howdees, and general good vibes with Tony Warot, Ann from Bedford, Dave H, R&BMan, Geoff, Tracy, Karen, Karen, Bernadette, Rick, Molly, and anyone else who'll listen. I end uptalking to Pete about garden railways and Koi carp - it's that diverse Talking about diverse - the selection of music played is also very diverse, and I genuinly think that this venue has something for everyone (except new releases) - As well as the music variety, there's a good crowd. The ongoing smoking ban together with a warmish autumn night means that many punters are outside, but we've spoken about that before. Come a wet night in November this won't be such a problem. The N Herts Irish Centre has really established itself on the map now, and I eagerly await the next date..... Next week and it's Spalding on Friday at the Sugar Beet Club, and the Bass Museum on Sunday......good-ee. Ritz Desborough Posted by Steve G, 08 August 2007 This is my third guest appearance at Desborough in as many years, and I always enjoy a foray into this neck of the woods. Desborough is a smallish place which seems like it's in the middle of nowhere, nestling midway between the market towns of Kettering and err....Market Harborough, but hey enough of this "Escape to the Country" stuff, I'm here to play some toons! Karl has run this venue successfully for years and despite the fact that there seems to be a soul night in every town these days, Desborough, whilst not packing them in, certainly gets a good crowd. The Ritz is a medium sized dancehall located in Station Road - a road more famous in Wigan fair enough, and of course there is no station anymore, which makes travel by road essential for the aspiring punter and DJ alike. Meanwhile a few members of the Soul Police have "tipped me off" that the Desborough crowd like their oldies, and as I am not on until the primetime 11.45 slot (PM not AM) , I decide to squeeze a few more oldies into the playbox just in case. Whilst I delight in clearing the dancefloor on occasions, I also like a full dancefloor as well. I remember doing an oldies night once at a venue that will remain nameless - even though it's not on anymore - and getting "told off" by a punter for not having Barbara McNair "You're gonna Love my baby" in my 200 box, a situation which was made worse when I 'fessed up' to also not having Brown Sugar "The game is over" with me either. I was then told that I was "one of those DJ's that don't play requests" to which I replied "If it's in the box, I'll play it, I am sorry but I didn't bring either of those records with me". They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and this punter started giving me a bit of a hard time "Call yourself a DJ and you haven't got records like Barbara McNair with you?"......The red mist came down at this point and I quipped (excluding a selection of swear words) "Look chum, I got 200 records with me, sorry if I haven't got your request but a) they're both totally played out as far as I am concerned and I didn't bring a lorry load with me where I can just go out to the shelves and bring in your requests" . By now of course the previous record was past the break so I had to cue up the next record so I dismissed him with a sharp "Anything else while you're up here?". That was the only time I have ever had any problem with anyone at a venue - if you dismiss the reggae fans at a gig in Kent about 30 years ago who's sole line of engagement was "Oi you! Put some reggae on mate, we don't want none of this sh*t" - but despite the "Barbara McNair experience" being a number of years ago and a unique experience for me, strangely enough the memory of it still lingers....and I always look out for that punter whenever I go to venues so I can have a verbal 'pop' - sadly however he is nowhere to be found. Anyway back to tonight and the Ritz .....I decide to heed the machinations of the Soul Police and with a few more classic oldies packed in 'just in case' I head off. My companion for the evening can't make it, so it's just me and a CD of the latest Kent offering for company; before long I get stuck behind one of those 'pipple' who seemingly have a speed limiter of 40 mph fitted to their car, and the type of driver who complains about 'empty roads' because everyone's always stuck behind them, while they drive along in blissful ignorance of the mayhem going on behind them. Oh and they've got one of those delightful "Baby on board" stickers in the back window for good measure too - of course this doesn't really mean "I've got a baby here, so don't drive too close you callous person as you may injure a baby" - what they really mean is "Look I'am a really nervous driver and I hate it when anyone gets close to me, as it panics me, so please keep back". Anyway I sit on their tail in the vein hope that they might actually see that they are by now holding up a steady stream of traffic - until a straight stretch of road sees me roar past, and leave their car, incidentally with no sign of a baby inside, spinning in a pile of dust.....yes I can be unforgiving when I need to be. I get to Dezboro in one hour and a quarter which is no shabby feat and as I arrive in Station Road shout out to the three Etheridge's who are just arriving "Oi you can't park your caravan there mate". Gary and Sue have just joined the likes of Margaret Beckett in that most august of traditional British Institutions "The Caravan Club". No doubt we'll all be held up behind them on a bendy road in Devon one of these days. Anyway the night progresses and I spend time chatting away to Steve Jackson (not the Cambridge one), Johnny Red Trousers over from Oz for a few weeks, Molly, Brian Goucher, Marco, Baz, Mick and Mary Godfrey, and some Geordies (sorry don't know their names) selling records alongside the Glenn Bellamy stall. I missed Catriona somehow - and this venue is on her doorstep. Had a nice chat with Gary, Sue and Kevin Etheridge all joking aside. Karl tells me that whilst the attendances are somewhat less than they were three years ago, he'll keep the club going, because a) there are enough in (120 ish at a guess) and the MIA's (missing in action) will return when the current 'venuefest' slows down. All activity at the Ritz is now focused on the downstairs room (there used to be a smaller upstairs modern room, which never really had many in if I am honest about it). While I am engaged in these chats to anyone who I can bore, I largely miss what the DJ's are playing. Arriving having missed Paul Panton's set, I just catch the end of Steve Jeffries set. Shaun Bennett is on next and he gets the crowd going with a mix of 60's and 70s, and even Y2K soul with things like Kenny Thomas which fills the floor before Baz takes over with a 60's set, including things like the Oxford Nights. Baz plays a really good set, albeit as Molly knows I don't personally like the Oxford Nights, but hey.....we're all different. Baz finishes with Guitar Ray "You're gonna wreck my wife" . Being on late I do a semi safe hour with some better known tuneage to ensure appropriate dancefloor activity. The set goes well, with only Walter Wilson and Homer Banks 'thinning' the dancefloor out. After succeeding in clearing the floor, it was time to get everyone back onto it, so I follow Homer Banks with Sam Dees - OK a well hammered oldie but to play Homer Banks then Sam Dees tracks back to back?....who says northern ain't got soul? Interesting King Moses went down really well, and Natural Impulse also had a number dancing to it which I was pleased with. The Trey J's though didn't work; surveying an empty dancefloor (the second time in an hour) I suddenly wondered if there had been a time slip and the time was really 8 pm rather than 12.40 a.m so I finish with a 70's floor filler teeing the dancefloor up nicely for Marco and Karl. After that Marco and Karl finish things off with sounds like The Illusions and Flaming Emeralds (which went down well), keeping the dancefloor busy. I am pleased to see Desborough still working well, and it's such a nice friendly venue, long may that continue. Here's my tunes - a bit of a mixed bag really and in heinsight a relatively 'safe' set: Bobby Sheen "Something new to do" Mel Williams "Sweet girl of mine" Lil Major Williams "Girl you're so sweet you're so fine" 1st Request Corey Blake "How can I go on without you" Joe Anderson "You and I" (unissued version) Into the 60's T J Williams "Baby I need you" Martha Starr "No part time love for me" Thelma Lindsay "Prepared to love you" Rita DaCosta "Don't bring me down" Walter Wilson "Love keeps me crying" Homer Banks "Sweetie Pie" ...by now the dancefloor has thinned out, so bring 'em back with Sam Dees "lonely for you baby" Second request "Take it back to basics, play some J J Barnes" - well I played "Please let me in" at Bedford in July, so instead of old J J.... The Impressions "you've been cheating" Tammi Terrell "Come on and see me" Charles Mintz "Running back" Al Scott "What happened to yesterday" Eddie Billups "Ask my heart" Bobby Kline "Say something nice to me" Back to the 70's Bottom & Co "Gonna find a true love" King Moses "I've got this feeling" Trey J's "I found it all in you" Natural Impulse "She went away" Ultimates "Girl I've been trying to tell you" Next up Letchworth Irish Club on 17th..... Southgate - Soulgate 2007 Posted by Steve G, 30 July 2007 Southgate as most people know is an annual all dayer, run in memory of our friend Randy Cozens. It's been going for years now, and when Randy died a few years ago it seemed only appropriate for it to carry it on. His sons Terry and Paul have taken over the mantle, and ran it extremely well. One thing about Southgate is that the sun always shines whenever this event is on. I was a bit nervous this year because the event was a month later than usual in what is known as classic "British summer time" when rain is both frequent and heavy, combined with the fact that it has rained every day for the last 3 months, or so it seems. These worries were however unfounded as the day was sunny with nothing more than a few cotton wool clouds. This year the event moved to the Fishmongers Arms down the road from it's spiritual home at The Rising Sun. The Fishmongers is a double fronted pub with two bars, and a large front garden with tables etc. One bar had the local Arsenal boys in watching the "friendly" on TV, while we were in the second bar. Arriving at 3.30 I meet Simon M and Bearsy pawing through young Toby's sales oops I mean playbox , and what delights it contained too. Little Reg was showing us pictures of yesteryear, when he had a full head of hair , and Jon Buck had printed up some stick-on photo's of Randy for us all to wear. Meanwhile inside Terry Jones was laying down a classic set of 60's soul. The set up at The Fishmongers was that the DJ's stand just by a big bay window which looks out onto the beer garden, so if there is any untoward behaviour by the jocks you can simply bang on the window to grab their attention . Fosters at £2.70 a pint and a sunny day were the classic components for a hangover- something I couldn't really afford as Mrs G was driving me down to Dorset the following morning. She likes to put the RX8 through it's paces, and if you've got a sore head and are full of beer it can be quite an unpleasant experience! Anyway plenty of people to chat to, Darcy and Annie, Dave Greenhill, Toby and Taffy, Messrs Darker and Etheridge who were staying over in Finchley and told me this hilarious tale about being pursued by a mad Chelsea fan, Chalky, Dave Greet (who I must say is looking more like Cockney Mick each time I see him) , John Farrell, Rob Hurcomb, Steve C, Petes H & W, Mike Ritson etc etc. Next on DJing after Terry was the dynamic duo of Dave Greenhill and Toby who both played blinders, followed by what was supposed to be Jo Wallace and Val Palmer - the dark haired ladies. Ivor was also on at some point but I was so busy outside talking and rudely interrupting other peoples conversations, so I largely missed his set, except when I came in for a top up, I did hear him play 4 Voices "Our love is getting stronger". Jo Wallace however got held up in traffic, and so she didn't get there until about 6.30, having been chauffered through Essex and Herts by Ian Sims. Being the commensurate professional, Val carried on until Jo arrived. I did remind Jo later about our as yet unfinished tour of the darker side of the London Underground, but she told me that the subterranean tour was now in jeopardy because LT were worried that we might be Teritorialists , well I think that's what she said! Here's Jo Wallace's set: Vernon Greene - Look at me Minnie Jones - Shadow of a memory Friends of Distinction - Long time coming my way The Imaginations - Love Diet Isley Brothers - My love is your love Girls - The hurt's still here Barbara Long - We call it love Yvonne Carroll - Please Don't go Maxine Brown - Since I found you Next up was Pete Wid, and you know I never had Pete down as a mix DJ, but he is! Pete sublimely mixing the Rotations "Put a dime on 9" and Barbara Mason "Bobby is my baby" into one session. Roger Stewart was down as my 'deck partner' for the next hour (8-9 pm) but as by 10 to 8 he hadn't shown and Dave Greet hadn't been able to get on, the charitable side of me kicked in and I told old Greety that if Roger didn't turn up, he could share a deck with me. See I can be such a nice guy when I want to be . Then just like magic on the clock stroke of 8, the room filled with dry ice and out of the smoke appeared Roger dressed to the nines in a US Air Force jacket - sorry Dave. So for the next hour the pair of us did our thing, one deck each. I wanted to play some newer stuff, but by now oldies were the order of the day and the atmosphere was just starting to get going, so it would have been decidedly rude to do that. Now I thought that Roger was a CD man these days, but I was wrong as he opened a box of what I'd term classic northern originals. Amongst the stuff I can remember Roger played Larry Atkins "Lighten up", Velvet Satins, Sharmettes "Don't waste your time" and Isley brothers "Why when love is gone" Here is what I played: Starting off with an old 6Ts classic Spooners Crows "Two in the morning" Orlons "Envy" Managed to fit this 'newie' in Roy Roberts "So much in love" ...... Charles Mintz "Running back" J P Robinson "Our day is here" Connie Laverne "Can't live without you" Chuck Jackson "Chains of love" The Impressions "You've been cheatin" Poets "She blew a good thing" By now Guy Hennigan had turned up, and knowing how big this was for him and the Kebmeister atStafford I spun.... Bobby Hutton "Come see what's left of me" Contours "Just a little misunderstanding" Next a Randy classic Big Dee Irwiin "you satisfy my needs" Finally Natural Impulse "She went away" By now Johnny T and Eddie Pillar were warming up to take over, and just as they were doing their "get off the decks now you tossers" routine, the skies opened and the rain came down, bringing in all the punters from the beer garden. Eddie started with Jackie Ross "Selfish one". Meanwhile I had a good chat with the BigO and his plans; I had feared he would spike my beer with one of his winegums, but being an all round good egg he didn't. After an hour of those Johnny and Eddie, it was the turn of Ady and Donna, but I needed to start negotiating my way home if I was to have any chance of getting to Dorset without feeling terribly ill. Thus I missed the sets from John Farrell, Taffy and also the most part of Ady & Donna's. So I wandered up in the vague direction of Southgate station only to bump into Jon Buck who pointed out a mini cab office.....well a man in a doorway actually. Press the button for Flat 1 and there's a little voice going "Where do you want to go?" and within a minute there's a minicab outside. All above board I am sure, but anyway it got me home for £15 which ain't half bad. Some other records I heard during the day included Jackie Beavers "I need my baby", "Dearly beloved" Jack Montgomery, Bobby Kline, Maxine Brown "Since I found you", Lenny Curtis "Nothing can help you now", and with Caroline and others shaking their bucket (for cash) the event raised over £1,000 for MacMillan nurses - so well done. Fantastic day, roll on 2008. Rimini 2007 Posted by Steve G, 16 July 2007 · So I've been looking forward to a few days in the sun, and on Thursday I set off unfashionably early (having finished work at 9 pm the night before ), with my taxi picking me up at 04.30 On the run up to Stanstead the taxi driver is determined to give me his life story, from selling wedding dresses to ferrying "girls" around at night, to becoming a property owner with six houses with his "girls" in each of his houses. Some of all this bravado was amusing - like the time he apparantly dropped three girls off, and later went round to pick them up but couldn't remember where he had left one of them. As we approach Stanstead I thought of doing my "By the way I work for the Vice Squad and you're nicked sunshine" routine, but I think he's making it all up, and anyway he only charged me £30......so I decide not to wind him up. Stanstead is horrifically busy at 05.30 in the morning, I am shocked at the queues everywhere, food, coffee, toilets, shops and it's running the dreaded "Terminal 3" a close run for it's money as being an extremely unpleasant place to be. Stanstead is now Britain's 3rd biggest airport apparantly....Anyway plenty of soulies around, John Poole and others from Notts, Pete Widd, Kenny Burrell and Rona. The flight is uneventful and on arriving in Rimini Kenny, Rona and myself meet up with Arthur and Maria and Arthur's kids and tuck into a well earned and relaxed early lunch. Arthur is the UK resident at Rimini, and Kenny and myself are this year's UK guests. Thursday night we just chill out in this bar next to the club where the all nighters will be held drinking, drinking and drinking. Some decks have been set up and the music is flowing. Some impromptu dancing breaks out much to the bemusement of the locals walking along the promenade, who aren't sure what to make of it. Then all of a sudden a table goes flying, along with Drew, Tracy,Darcy and Annie and Soul Girls drinks!!! Is this a spontanous outburst of British violence in the Med? No, it's just an over zeleous dancing Pete W who has attempted a high kick and misjudged it, sending the table flying. Friday daytime I head off to Parma, a three hour train ride away, and nearly get locked in a cemetary (I didn't realise they closed for lunch!!!). Anyway I can report that Parma is a lovely old City, well worth a visit. Back in town I go for a walk and see the Traveling Man John Kane sitting outside the Rose & Crown Pub and tucking into chicken and chips. After a meal in a nice local restaurant I head back to the bar where the music is. Friday night is the first all nighter run at the IO Club and as I say we meet up at the bar next to the club. Unfortunately I've managed to get something in my eye which has come up all bloodshot. I look as if I've been crying, or have been thumped (not on the soul scene surely? ) but Rona comes to the rescue and gets me out of jail with some eye drops that do the trick Anyway there are to be three allnighters, on Fri /Sat and Sun running from 11 pm to 6 am (5 am on Sunday night). Friday and Sunday is attended mainly by the Brits, with the Italian soulfans coming over on the Saturday. I am on quite early this night and play the following: Charles Mintz "Running back" Al Gardner "Sweet baby" Houston Outlaws "Ain't no telling" Al Scott "What happened to yesterday" Jimmy Burns "I really love you" Margie Joseph "One more chance" Gentlemen 4 "You can't keep a good man down" 3rd Wish "You gotta believe" South Funk Boulevard" Be together" Ex T.A.C "Squeeze" Sex`"It's you baby it's you" Freedom "High on you" Natural 4 "I thought you were mine" Mel Williams "Sweet girl of mine" The European DJ's also did excellent sets Lars from Germany, Kristopher from Sweden and Yann from France (London). Saturday was spent on the beach - honestly I've seen more covering on a Dairy Lea Triangle than on some of these Italian girls Anyway I didn't realise how burnt I was until I got back to my room and attempted to have a shower - ouch! Saturday night is the second all nighter and after boring Karen from Potters Bar, Karen from Hull and another Karen I go into the club. This is the busiest night and the atmosphere is rocking. Both Arthur and Kenny do great sets - Kenny took the roof off the place with his stompers, and when he played Frank Wilson there were a number of people looking over the stage to take a look at it. Anyway I did two sets on Saturday...... Sam Williams "Love slipped through my fingers" Appreciations "I can't hide it" Luther Ingram "if it's all the same to you" Appointments "I saw you there" Lil Major Williams "Girl you're so good" Trace of Smoke "Treasure Mind" Daybreak "I wanna stay with you" c/up Silky Vincent Group "Missing you" Connie Laverne "Can't live without you" Jean Battle "I've got to come in" Toll Darkness "What's it gonna be" (same as Fred Mark only more soulful) T J Williams "Baby I need you" Roy Roberts "So much in love" Bobby Kline "Say something nice to me" Honey & The Bees "Didn't know" Set 2 Minits "Still a part of me" Natural 4 "Hanging on to a lie" Guitar Ray "You're gonna wreck my life" 4 Voices "Your love is getting stronger" Dynells "Call on me" Ultimates "Girl I've been trying to tell you" Natural Impulse "She went away" Wee "Try me" Ronnie McNeir "Good side of your love" Gladys Knight & Pips "No one could love you more" After that I hand over to Kenny who keeps 'em all going until the end at 6 a.m Sunday was for chilling out, and I spent much of the day on the beach again - well Brit's in the Med and all that . Last year was the first time that there was an allnighter on Sunday, and this was a quieter night, with many of the Italians having returned home, as well as some of the Brits. However we had about 55 in, and pretty much most of those that were there stayed to the end, at 5 pm when Timi Yuro brought the weekend to a close. I had the last spot on Sunday so it was party time with a full floor throughout..... Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell "Ain't no mountain high enough" Temptations "Girl why you wanna make me blue" 7th Avenue Aviators "You should O held on" Terry Callier "Look at me now" Eddie Billups "Ask my heart" 7 Souls "I still love you" Eula Cooper "Let our love grow higher" Ann Sexton "You've been gone too long" Continental 4 "The way I love you" Bobby Sheen "Something new to do" T&T "Something on my mind" Sammy Lee "What goes around" Skip Jackson & Shantons "I'm onto you girl" Nicky Newarkers "Woman" King Moses "I've got this feeling" Archie Bell & Drells "Where will you go when the party's over" Timi Yuro "It'll never be over for me" Bonus record at request of crowd Trace of Smoke "Treasure Mind" After that, just time for one hours sleep, before having to head off to the airport, and home. One post script on the flying front we had to do an emergency lift off just as we were coming in to land, due to a plane "still being on the run way". Nice to know things are so well run on the ground As for the upstairs bar with the decks, this seemed to be going on throughout the weekend and I don't think the music ever stopped. As it was so warm at night a number of people preferred to stay out in the open, rather than coming into the club. This was an excellent weekender. Congratulations to Simone, Christian and Christiana for putting on such a well run event. Thanks to Arthur and Maria for making us so welcome on our debut visit to the Adriatic coast. Rimini is a lovely place to go even if like me you do get sunburnt. Isle Of Wight And Bedford Ath - All In The Run Of A Day Posted by Steve G, 07 July 2007 · The day starts with a quick day trip over to Wighty. Now last year I did exactly the same thing at this time of year, and record wise it wasn't a total "wash out". Firstly in Ventnor down at the Pavillion at the end of the town where no one goes there was a record fair of all things. Only about five dealers looking bored and even fewer patrons.....like a smaller version of Wolverhampton record fair then .but I did come away with a couple of funk releases (Daptone etc) at full price (£5), but you don't mind that so much when you're on a day's holiday. Then back in Ryde at Record Mania, I managed to sneak in under the radar of all those IOW fans on Soul Source and walked out with a Jimmy Helms "Romeo & Juliet" for the price of a cuppa . No such luck though this year - firstly we didn't go to Ventnor this time, so the wallet stayed firmly locked up. Record Mania meanwhile offered no such bar-gins this year, and the nearest thing to a buyable record was a UK copy of Eddie Floyd "Bring it on home to me" on UK Stax, but at £2, and looking as if someone had practiced their sanding technique on it, again, the wallet stayed firmly closed. I did see a shop in an arcade advertising "Northern soul 45's", but it was in darkness, and I have no idea how old the sign was - though interestingly the shop was connected to the shop next door which was open. As I stumbled through some albums in the dark, the girl in the adjoining shop looked totally dis-interested, and so I didn't bother to ask and moved on. Public Transport is of course the best way to get round the Island if you don't have the time to hire a bike, with a frequent bus network to most places. For those who are interested in such things I am sorry to have to report that the Island Line Tube trains are still vandalised and largely covered in graffiti - and looking very poor for it - dinosaurs, volcanoes etc......quite bizarre that the local Tourist Board allows such things to go unchecked. One day someone will have the good grace to splash on a coat of London Underground red paint onto the trains. No chance of a re-opening of the old Cowes - Newport line either which is now a cycleway, and of course built on. As I sit on a bus that runs eight times and hour, and is "standing room only", queuing to get into Newport, I muse at the sheer incompetence of the maniacs who closed down the old railway line. Anyway enough of this - I had to get back quite early this year, and on to Bedford for the Ath. This was my first venue in the post Nosmo King era, so I was interested to see what effect it would have on the club - apart from the obvious ability of being able to breath. Quite interesting really, because a lot of people spent a lot of time outside on the balcony puffing away and talking. Obviously this won't happen on a freezing night in November, but on a warm July's evening it can make quite a difference to a club, especially one with a balcony. Not sure quite how the schmokers will cope at somewhere like Stoke Kings hall, where going for a ciggie will be quite a challenge I would have thought. Anyway everyone was well behaved taking due heed of the no smoking policy, except for Pete Burton who promptly declared "Nobody tells me where I can and can't smoke - Power to the People! Watch this you lot...." and then proceeds to walk into the club with a ciggie full on . No he didn't really say that, but it's a far better story than just saying he forgot about the smoking ban. Anyway the great and the good were out, Pete Wid, Tracy, Rob Thomas, Taffy, Toby, Andy Kempston, Molly, Baz, Adey Potts (with a copy of Major Williams for sale), Lenny Dopson, and numerous others and not to forget of course Da Bedford massif who were not surprisingly out in force. There were probably just over 100 in, and that's just right for a club of this size. Hammy warmed things up, followed by Steve who has good records, and then he was followed by John Poole from Nottingham who was the first guest and after a nice collection of mainly 60s, it was my turn. John finished with Freddie Butler's "That's when I needed you", so I started with a similar Detroity type Solid Hitbound / Pied Piper type of thing to ensure a smooth transition from one DJ to the next I was on at 12-1 and decide this being the penultimate hour I decided I'd play a few different bits this time, plus of course a few essentials and dancefloor winners Here's what I played. O'Jays "I'll never forget you" J J Barnes "Please let me in" Gentlemen Four "You can't keep a good man down" Charles Mintz "Running back" Johnnie Howard "The chase is on" Walter Wilson "Love keeps me crying" J D Bryant "By yourself" Four Voices "Your love is getting stronger" Homer Banks "Sweetie Pie" Big Tim & The Empires "Cheaters never get anywhere" Roy Roberts "So much in love" Eula Cooper "Let our love grow higher" Lil Major Williams "Girl you're so good you're so fine" Jean Battle "I've got to come in" Mel Williams "Sweet girl of mine" King Moses "I've got this feeling" Freedom "High on you" Connie Clark "My sugar baby" (the vocal version this time ) Gwen & Ray "Build your house on a strong foundation" Candi Staton "Now you've got the upper hand" Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell "Ain't no mountain high enough" Terri Bryant "Geni" The Appointments "I saw you there". After that it was the turn of Pete and Hammy to round things off for the last hour - Pete starting with Chico Lamarr, Hammy with Innersection. Chrisseo was even seen dancing to a 70's record - something she wants kept quiet the Ultimates.....the "Disco bug" has bitten...... Anyway I stayed right to the end and it was a very good night. A Week In Oz Without Much Soul Posted by Steve G, 26 June 2007 A week down under, and a quick check of the listings reveals I have timed my visit so as to avoid any semblance of a soul night or weekender, more's the pity. So there'll be no Captain Wing Commander Burton type reports from me, no sightings of Johnnie Red Trousers in Queensland, or whooping it up with the local ex Pat community - you'll have to keep subscribing to Manifesto to read about that side of things. I am only going down under for a week, and having packed my billabong and boomerang I decide to go in style, at Filthrow making full use of the simply fantastic Virgin Lounge - I've yet to find anything that comes even remotely close in terms of passenger pampering. Having arrived early, I manage to relieve the bar of a few "Buds" ahead of my flight, and being a 10.30 p.m departure from London's Filthrow Airport, I also eat there, so that when the plane takes off I can go straight to sleep. Anyway it comes to time to leave the secure and pleasant confines of the Club House, and I contemplate the lengthy walk to East Hounslow, or rather the furthest away part of Terminal 3, where the plane is. It's over a mile to walk, and I am now nicely relaxed, so not looking forward to such a long treck. But as if my magic as I come out of the Club House I notice that a couple of "Virginettes" have purloined one of those golfing carts, used exclusively to wheel the elderly and infirm around airports. One of the stewardesses asks "Going to Hong Kong Sir? Jump on!". Avoiding any questions about whether I look elderly or infirm (worse for wear maybe), I decide not to look a gift horse in the mouth and jump on. I am then whisked at breakneck speed through the endless corridors of T3, right to the gate in no time at all. And there before me stands a brand new Airbus 340-600. By the way, these planes are a dream, the smoothest I've ever been on, and I have "sampled" all types of Western jet passenger aircraft from a Dan Dare BAC 1-11 forward in my time! Saturday comes and go's -basically wake up, have some breakfast, land in HK, get off the plane, freshen up, a few beers, back on the plane and another night flight, this time to Sydney, where we arrive at some ridiculously early time on Sunday morning. I've lived through some pretty short Saturday's in my time (usually following a very long (and good)Friday!) , but this one takes the biscuit. From Sydney I have a three hour wait for my connecting flight to Queensland, and at Sydney airport over a coffee and croissant (well there's nothing else to do there!), I pick up a local paper to read. I always find these invaluable, and this time is no exception as I read how Marcia Hines has been given a lifelong Hall of Fame type of award for services to Australian music. "I've got one of her records" I muse, but I didn't realize she was that well known. Last time I asked about an Australian singer to some Australians was about Lynne Randall, and they all fell about laughing for some reason. Anyway there's a Qantas Jumbo Jet 747 at the airport headed out to Perth, a bit excessive I think for an internal flight, until I remember that it's about six hours flying time and over 3,000 miles from Sydney. It's at this point that my respect for our Oz soul cousins goes up, I mean they travel 3,000 miles to weekenders, when there are guys in London who won't cross the road to go to a venue. It kind of put's things in perspective a bit doesn't it. Late Sunday Morning and having completed the so called "Killer Suduko" in the Sydney paper on the plane and feeling very special, I am coming out of Brisbane Airport to a nice sunny 27c. Now the purpose of my trip wasn't connected to soul music, but I do manage to wangle a day out in town, and use part of the time to "have a ganders" at what's on offer. I am not naÃÆ’¯ve enough to think that I'll find copies of Cheryl Gray lying round, and in fact in this day of internet technology, I am not really expecting to find much at all. And I am not surprised! So first up is Rocking Horse records on Albert St- where downstairs away from the Kylie Minogue's we find a healthy selection of reissue soul and jazz elpees, and a selection of import 7 repros. I decide to buy the Twinight reissue of Anette Pointdexter that uncle Derek Pearson was telling us about, along with Spade Brigade and a couple of Kent 7s, all at about the same price that we are expected to pay back in Blighty. This does surprise me as I had thought they'd be a bit more pricey. Rockaway is located in the near northern suburbs and it's a big shop, here I find a Stateside issue of the CODs "Michael" for 12.38p but little else. Their 7 inch rarities boxes being otherwise rare "soul-less". Anyway the COD's isn't neccesarily a "Bargain" but it looks nice on Australian Stateside. Back downtown and after playing tourist and riding on the City Cat river boat I hit Record and CD Exchange on Adelaide St - run by what looks like an ageing version of "Saxondale" but with a far more pleasant demenour. The guy is sitting on stacks of vinyl, but spends his days dealing with passing trade asking if he's got any "early Rolling Stones" or "Beatles on vinyl". Oh to be a record shop owner! I guess it's the same here, endless passing trade looking for The Archies, Stones, Quo etc.....Hmmmm, I'll keep my day job I think. His store is quite large and upstairs next to an angry looking tattooist. He claims that vinyl has never been more in demand, and in the next breath that he hasn't changed his prices upward in 10-15 years. I avoid the obvious question "Then why are your shelves still full Oh mighty one?". He also says he has a room full of 45s but as they are filed in artist order I have to compile a list. Well it's a hot day and by now Mrs G is itching to sample the local Queensland rail network, so I give up without really trying.....well it's not as if I really need any more records is it? We talk a bit about soul, and he obviously knows his game, telling me he was around through the 60s and that soul never really caught on in Oz. My final call is to Skinnys where in the basement shop and in the soul boxes I dig out Australian issues of Wilson Pickett "Don't let the green grass fool you", Impressions 45s and am very kindly given a 45 by a local Queensland band called Afro Dizzy Act (ged it?). Quite good funky it is too....There were some British and US records in there as well including things like Lou Pride "I'm comun home" - no not that one - "We're only fooling ourselves" on Gemco. Again prices are about £1.50 per single, and I quite like the look of some of those solid centre Australian releases. Whilst I am waiting for Mrs G in some departmental store I notice a young Japanese student wearing a "It'll never be over for me / Night Owl" tee shirt - "Keep the faith" I yell, making a fist, he just looks puzzled at me! (No of course I didn't really say that, but I guess it proves the point that Wigan is a global brand after all). Apart from Records well I did manage to see a couple of Platypus (Platipi), something you can only see in Australia, and what cuties they were too. So that's my flying visit to Queensland, no doubt I missed all the good places, but hey "C'est la vie" as they say in Paris....and I will be back, hopefully when there's something on soulwise. Coming back included a two day stop over in Hong Kong, and I couldn't find any records of interest there at all, though again I wasn't really looking that hard, preferring to play tourist and ride around in buses, trams and back and forth on the ferrys to Kowloon. I could tell you a lot about the three main bus companies in HK, and how between them they run over 8,000 double deck buses, 95% of which are air-conditioned (they need to be!)....but you won't really want to hear about all that. Clee '07 Posted by Steve G, 10 June 2007 · A quick write up on Cleethorpes 2007. This is another weekender where I just haven't got the time to spend the whole weekend away, and with that in mind I go to Clethorpes on Saturday morning, returning on Sunday morning. On the way up two things happen - firstly Mrs G is suffering from "a quick drink out with the girls" (there is of course no such thing!) and is in a bad way on the journey up. Cockney rhyming slang might be out of vogue these days but I always thought Tom and Dick on the A1 were a pair of dodgy used car sales men from St Neots....until now! So anyway, as you'll guess our journey is punctuated with several emergency stops along the way....The sun is out in Lincolnshire, but I wasn't counting on the local branch of the Octogenerian Driving Club all coming out in force for their annual drive-about! Fiat Uno's and Pugeot 106's abound the country lanes, pulling out in front of me, and then crawling along at a steady 25 mph in the middle of the road with the right hand indicator on - nice.....and all this means a fairly routine 180 mile trip ends up taking the best part of 3 hours. I get to Cleethorpes at lunchtime and decamp in the record room. Mrs G meanwhile heads for the hotel and some sleep. My sole DJ contribution to the extravaganza that is Clethorpes is a 2.45 - 3.45 pm Saturday afternoon set. Still that's fine as it gives me a chance to mix in a few of my lesser known sounds that I don't always get a chance to play, and to be brutally honest some of them need a bit more exposure, otherwise people forget about them. I start engaging in converstaions as you do, and hear that Friday night was great / disappointing and everything in between - it just depends on who you talk to. Apparantly the sound system was playing up - now I know we do rock them over the course of weekend, but they should withstand the first night shouldn't they? The other complaint is that old chestnut about 70s-80s versus Garridge, and the balance of the two types of sound played. As I wasn't there I can't really comment. I enjoy myself listening to Cliff Steele's set, downing a few pints of Stella; Cliff is a very under-rated DJ (but you know that), and then it's my turn on the decks. Sam takes up position at the side of the room and is using his scoring system from the Lifeline weekender (five fingers - great, three fingers, good, two fingers - rubbish) but I notice after a few scores he's seemingly looking into space. Deep in concerntration I think, and it's only when I poke my beak round the corner that I see that he's actually watching the cricket on a big overhead screen.....Anyway the set progresses, and I met one of the organisers of the 3 Greyhounds, a place I'm looking forward to visiting later in the year, when I've re-planned my crossover box....meanwhile the set is soon drawing to a close and Ivor Jones is limbering up to take over the batton from me. I certainly managed to play a few different things as well as a few biggies, and I retire to the bar to engage in a few more chit chats. One thing that was pleasing is that there were quite a lot of people in the modern room Saturday afternoon, and I am pleased. While I was on in the modern room I am reliably informed that a guy called Pip from Ireland was doing a great job in the northern room. Anyway eventually I circle back to the record bar, peruse a few "vinyl's"and then back to the hotel for dinner. Mrs G is still ill, and so she misses dinner as well - poor luv, by now she is taking on a "Mrs Columbo" type role - mentioned but never actually seen. Back to the venue and I move swiftly around the various rooms keeping an eagle eye on what's going on. I've now had too much to drink, and so if I was rude, dis-engaged, or walked away when you were talking to me, or was just talking jibberish to you and not making any sense - let me apologise. I do remember someone playing Lester Tipton in the main room, but it sounds really quiet - a bootleg possibly? I offer to go and find out who is DJing and lynch them for such a dreadful crime, and a few of the collector types egg me on....of course I don't know that it was a boot, it just sounded very quiet. By the time I've made it to the Manifesto stand and said Hi to Mike and Wing Commander Burton I've lost interest in the Lester Tipton thing anyway. Meanwhile in the modern room I engage in a conversation with old Tony Rounce about house music, and then Bully about the merits of the Canal Tavern in Thorne. I think I am able to string a reasonably coherent conversation together, but it's getting harder. As well as the Stella, I am also really tired after a dog of a week, but am determined to stick around for the live acts. So this year it's a West coast flavour with The Appolas and H B Barnum, who I am sure I can remember seeing as a kid as bandleader for the Osmonds orchestra when they were on TV (he also led Aretha's band at one point). The live acts go down well and although I am not a great fan of "Heartbreaker" I find myself tapping my toes. H B then does "What", which of course he cut on Judy Street, and we also learn that he was Earl Wright of "Thumb a ride" fame. Small world eh? The Appolas meanwhile ran through their northern standards such as "Mr Creator" and "You're absolutely right". One of them is H B's daugher and of course LeolaGiles is also over, and I've got some credible solo 45s by her as well. Think they were also the Blackberries at one point? After the live acts I bore a few female soul fans silly with more daft talk, and listen to a bit of Sam's set in the modern room before heading home. All I can remember is Elipses and Fluorescent Smogg, and talking nonsense to anyone within earshot. Cleethorpes is both full and up to it's usual standard - I always enjoy myself here; it does manage to have a great intimate and friendly atmosphere. On the way home it's my turn to feel queezy, but perhaps fortunately we get stuck behind a caravan - obviously with no where to go until sunset - so we can't go very fast as it cruises along with an empty road in front of it and not a care in the world . Perhaps it's just as well we're not going too fast! Cleethorpes 07 playlist: South Funk Boulevard "Be together" Chuck Profitt "Love love love" - had to spin this after the J R Bailey thread Guitar Ray "Don't change your love" (cover up) Donald Thomas "Calling me home" Eryke & Arronette "Where are you" Connie Laverne "Can't live without you" Jimmy Lee Jones "love sweet love" Daybreak "I wanna stay with you tonight" (cover up) Dwight Franklin "Foxie Lila" Freedom "High on you" StarQuake "Don't you know I love you" Entramations "Has love lost integrity?" Flashlight "Get inside your mind" Allison "Who'se #1 who'se # 2" Veda Brown "I had a fight with love" King Moses "I've got this feeling" Sam Dees "Funny" Natural Impulse "She went away" Next up Bedford, at the Ath, and I'm already looking forward to that. Nothing But Blue Skies Posted by Steve G, 31 May 2007 It's bank holiday weekend, and raining. Raining so much in fact that the Barbie - something I'd normally consider firing up on such occasions - has taken on the look of a fish pond.....It's dark outside, in fact the whole aura of the day reminds me of the set of "Blade Runner" which was supposed to be set in the future; whenever the hero ventured out into the mean streets of LA it was always pouring with rain and dark. "Blade Runner" comes to Herts then! Quite ironic also that the aptly named Blue Skies All Dayer is happening in Hatfield..... I set off making use of the ever reliable Mrs. G taxi service, and we arrive at this once thriving town unscathed. Hatfield of course is the former home of De Havilland, and made such famous planes as the Mosquito and the Comet....now all that is gone - England's aircraft industry reduced to making component parts for Airbus. As a result Hatfield is those rarest of beasts, a town in the south East which has benefited from sqillions of pounds in investment. Anyway I say my goodbye's and just book my return taxi time, only to be told in no uncertain terms where to go. That's the problem with the Mrs. G taxi service - fine when it's running, but you trying getting her to come out late at night.....I am told that I can "make my own way home"! On entering the "All dayer" there's already about 50 in, and I set about relieving the bar of a couple of pints of "Wife beater" (Stella as it's affectionately known). R&B Martin has organized this all dayer, and he's done well, with a heady mix of DJ's. I start chatting to Dave Greenhill - we're both looking forward to our respective teams playing each other next season following Charlton's thankful and thoroughly warranted escape from the Premiership.....he tells me he's been charged £8 for a taxi from the Station. Now call me old fashioned, but the station's less than 2 miles from the venue, and I'd be looking for change out of a fiver. £8 would be expensive by London standards - where in my recent experience the taxi meter goes round like an old petrol pump - and I can only conclude that nice old Dave was "had" by some unscrupulous local- more on that later. Anyway guys like Molly (south of the river but we're not complaining), Geoff (N London), Toby (Letchworth), Andy and Graham (Hitchin), Little Reg (Hemel), and Yogi get the crowd warmed up with some good variety. Then there's the R&B bit - ahem - I know Martin likes this stuff, and he was dancing throughout the R&B hour. Then it's the Hitchin boys, and then my turn...by now there's about 80-100 in and the place is nice and busy with a good buzz as the Hitchin boys finish with a bit of Motown. I decide to break my set into three portmanteaus (oooohh!) - a 60's northern bit (having bridged with another Motown record), a 70/80s bit and a club classics bit. I am particularly pleased because one of my big time revivals (following it's unjustified slagging off ) Connie Laverne goes down well, and there's even a number dancing to King Moses - at last!!! I know it took Sam a long time to get that one going.....Someone somewhere mentioned a "disco" record being played - could that be it I wonder? In the club classics selection I play "El Drifter", as suggested by Geoff, and it remains an all time classic. Anyway Yogi takes over from me, and I am surprised to see he only has a 25-30 box - brave man - not sure I could go out with so few records! Dr Pickles is up next, followed by Tony Parker and Paul McKay. Somewhere in the middle of Dr Pickles set the "full" sign comes on (this is an inbuilt self warning system that tells me when I've drank enough beer - drunk enough might be the more appropriate word!)....so at 11.30 I order a local taxi to take me home. It's still raining, and I ask to go "on the meter" as I think I'll get a fairer price.....Having told people that the fare home will be £10-£15 and "No worries", I am stung with a meter reading of £38.40 as we roll through the dark, deserted and wet streets of Cheshunt- woah £38.40! oh to be a taxi driver in Hatfield then! A very good day, well done Martin - strong variety of sounds, good bar, good DJ's, and a very friendly crowd. Playlist: Marvin Gaye "Come get to this" Jean Battle "I've got to come in" Al Gardner "Sweet baby" Darrell Banks "Somebody somewhere needs you" Appointments "I saw you there" Roy Roberts "So much in love" New World "We're gonna make it" Connie Laverne "Can't live without you" Natural Impulse "She went away" King Moses "I've got this feeling" Charles Mintz "Running back" then a few British to finish off with....no Long John Boring in this house!!! Ray Pollard "The Drifter" The Impressions "you've been cheating" Temptations "Why you want to make me blue" Timi Yuro "It'll never be over for me" Contours "Just a little misunderstanding" Hitchinfc 25th May 2007 Posted by Steve G, 27 May 2007 · My first time at Hitching Football Club.....and the evening starts badly.....Mrs G comes home from work (late) and tells me the traffic is gridlocked in Cheshunt.....this can only mean one thing - the M25 is closed! By the time I come to leave the traffic has eased, but being a fast thinking sort of guy I am I weave through the back streets onto the A10.....only to find it closed. Plan B then, through the twisty country lanes to Welwyn. This proceeds uninterupted except for some goon who pulls out of the pub in front of me then proceeds to travel at about 25 mph.....I get to a further turn onto the A414, and there's a policeman standing there and another sign saying "Road closed" - what is going on I wonder....Maybe the Daleks have landed and no one has told me.....So now I double back through Essendon, and almost back to Potters Bar. I am now later than unfashionably late, and having done a virtual perfect "Figure of 8" on the byeways of Hertfordhire, I decide to "toe it". The Rex responds well and I do enjoy hairing round country lanes Being twilight wildlife is out and about, and unfortunately as I go round a bend I come face to face with a Welsh rarebit, sitting in the road looking at me......Well I am not like James Rubble, and have no intention of crashing my car, so, having made eyeball contact with the critter, I carry on unabashed. I do love wildlife, but there's nothing I can do. As I pass I have at best given it a very short haircut, or it's come to rest in my wheelarch..... Anyway eventually I get onto the A1M, and roar up to Hitchin with a loud "pomp" noise every time the wheel goes round (no only joking!!!). At the club I check to see if the Rabbit's there, but it's not....I am happy that it might have got away with a haircut after all. Anyway theres a good number inside and the sound system sounds good. I all but miss nearly all of Bill McNamara's set, and Russ H from Peterborough takes over with a mix of obscure uptempo 60s and a few better known sounds. Meanwhile I am talking to Dave Halsall who'se selling records, along with Rob Messer who has loads of sales boxes. Apparantly there's a stripper next door in the bar, but it all goes over my head! My turn behind the decks comes, and run through more of a 70s set than I've done recently. The crowd appear to somewhat unwilling to dance to things they don't know, and Graham, one of the origanisers want me to get 'em dancing for a bit......A couple of real surprises, Unique Blend absolutely clears the floor - I might as well have played a Slade record....now I know it's totally played out (and in fact I used to call it the Black Osmonds), but I didn't think it would clear the floor....I was actually trying to get the dancefloor full at the time!....Then there was the obligatory spin for King Moses which had one of the Bedford girls trying to get people up and dancing Not paying attention is a pitfall that many a DJ can lapse into especially with an instrumental B side, and I accidentally spin the instrumental version of "Connie Clark". However it goes down really well, and Little Reg says some of the Hemel crowd prefer instrumentals.... After me Rob Messer did his set - including Andy Fisher , Marie Knight, and Charles Sheffield "Voodoo working" and the night was rounded off by Andy and Graham. Included in their playlist were Bill Harris, Jean Battle, 4 Below Zero. I even got onto the dancefloor at one point, much to the amusement of Toby's wife apparantly. Here's what I played: So "get 'em dancing" is the order..... J J Barnes "Our love is in the poche" Connie Clark & orch "My sugar baby" (inst) Johnny Howard "The chase is on" Al Scott "What happened to yesterday" I switch to 70's, starting off with one I dropped a year or so back as being "burnt out", but it remains ever popular with the dancefloor, so I've started playing it again.... Lil Major Williams "Girl you're so sweet you're so fine" Nicky Newarkers "Woman" Unique Blend "Yes I'm in love" Corey Blake "I can't go on without you" Greg Perry "It takes heart" Freedom "High on you" The dancefloor has thinned out by now, so back to the 60's Bobby Kline "Say something nice to me" Tony Clarke "They call me a wrong man" Herb Ward "Honest to goodness" Willie Kendrick "Change your ways" Gene Toones "What more do you want" ...enough! Back to the 70's again Flame N King "Ho happy day" King Moses "I got this feeling" Guitar Ray "You're gonna wreck my life" By now Rob Messer is limbering up beside me, so I finish with a trio of 60's Sam Dees "Lonely for you baby" Kenny Gamble "The jokes on you" 7th Avenue Aviators "You should O held on" ........... Hitchin fc has a loyal following, and whilst the crowd are probably more oldies orientated than say at Letchworth, they still enjoy their music.....lot's of handclaps to the beat etc....Wigan style......anyway it was a good night. N Herts Irish Centre 18th May 2007 Posted by Steve G, 19 May 2007 Well a lot of water has passed under the bridge as they say in the last couple of weeks, most notably our beloved Prime Minister has thrown in the towel, and on a more personal level I have been to Australia and Hong Kong, but more on that another time. There are records in Oz, but not many, and I'll do a seperate entry some time later...... So back in old Blighty, and it's off to the third of these nights run by the Letchworth Massive....... The night starts badly for me, having just put on my neatly pressed Zegma shirt, I go about final preperations including cleaning teeth etc. You should always do these preperations before getting dressed.....as I am swilling around a mouthful of Dentyl, my mind wanders onto what to play...and in a momentary lapse, I swallow the mouthwash Anyway, as is natural, I manage to spit some out, but all over my nice clean shirt! D'oh. So from that point things can only get better, and I set off earlyish to catch a bit of Toby's set. There were a few early problems with the sound system cutting out - which had the Big O standing in front of the decks trying to hold an earth wire in a socket until someone realised that one of the switches was on the wrong setting.... The night is a bit quieter than the other ones we've held here, not sure why, as we're not suffering from RNS (Rival Night Syndrome), in fact, be boring for a minute and take a compass and draw a thirty mile radius around Letchworth and you won't find another soul night anywhere tonight. I've read loads of posts about variable attendances recently, some caused by the fact that these days it seems something like 75% of punters are also promotors and / or DJ's, and there are loads of venues on. However that isn't the case here, and it's just one of those odd quirks. I have recently also heard of a new desease that has been diagnosed called "Venue fatigue" and wonder if an outbreak has happened in Herts and Beds and we haven't been told. Also the old debate of Friday night versus Saturday night is one that engages myself and Hammy. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the venue or the line up, and every other night here has been a sell out. Anyway there are enough people in to make the night a classic, without it being overfull. Probably 75-80 ish. Toby and Taffy both warm up the night admirably, for the later Bedford Three, who are all on tonight. Firstly Pete Burton, then Pete Hullet, and finally Hammy. I am shoe horned in between the second Pete and Hammy which is fine. Both Pete's play some great sets, and Pete Number 1 has already posted his playlist elsewhere. Pete Number 2 should do likewise by the time you read this (under his psudonym). After my hour Hammy rounded the night off with a very nice little set of mainly classics, mainly 70's. The next night is friday August 17th, and if your from "darn sarf" or the south Mids, Anglias, you really should check in. Here's what I played with some commentary, a sort of cockpit view through the set....... I start with a few 60s classics, to keep the flow that the Pete's have built up going..... George Kirby "What can I do" Edward Hamilton & Arabians "Baby don't you weep" Ty Karim "Lighten up baby" Eddie Spencer "If this is love" Then move on to a sound that have been revived in recent years Johnnie Howard "The chase is on" So far the dancefloor is holding up well....so onwards and upwards with a couple of rare 60's Walter Wilson "Love keeps me crying" the old 100 club favourite, followed by another oldie Lester Tipton "This won't change" The dancefloor thins out for Lester Tipton, but no panic..... Al Scott "What happened to yesterday" Next up a sound I'd been speaking to chrisseo about Terri Bryant "Geni" The dancefloor thins some more, so I feel it's time for a classic Sam Williams "Love slipped through my fingers" Next one which I have been reviviving at the local gigs recently..... James Fountain "Seven day lover" ....that gets the dancefloor kick started again......and I follow it up with a Mecca / Cleethorpes spin which has been described as "mediocre" that very day on Soul source by a couple of people that I think should know better Connie Laverne "Can't live without you" This goes down quite well and I conclude by saying "See it isn't that bad is it?" - there are a few handclaps, so I am not alone in thinking this - eat your heart out detractors .... Bobby Sheen "Something new to do" (a request) Next one for all the Soul Essence crowd Natural Impulse "She went away" ...followed by a record that has been made popular by Soul Sam over the last couple of years King Moses "I got this feeling" I decide to go back to the 60's with another request Valentinos "Sweeter than the day before" Next I announce a couple of pieces of Motown and play Gladys Knight & The Pips "Just walk in my shoes" The floor is buzzing, but time is against me, and so I abort the second Motown record, opting instead for 60s northern that hasn't got played yet... Stormy "I won't stop to cry" The Appointments "I saw you there" The Appointments nearly clears the floor which really surprises me, it's usually very popular....have they called last orders at the bar I wonder? Time for something better known then.... Four Voices "Your love is getting stronger" This doesn't do as well as it should either, so I switch back to 70s / 80s and a couple of better known items to finish up on Tearra "Just loving you" This goes down really well, but time is against me - I have a choice between Eula Cooper "Let our love grow higher" and Flame N King. My heart says Eula Cooper, my brain says Flame N King. Being a clincial sort of guy the brain wins, and I finish with Flame N King "Ho happy day" This turns out to be the right choice as the dancers love it, and I leave Hammy with a full floor.... In retrospect I think I played too many 60's, and not enough 70's / 80's. I know a few people wanted to hear a few more of my 70's spins.....I will balance this up better going forward. All in all I thought this night was very good - just needs a few of the regulars and "stay aways" to return. Next up Hitchin FC next Friday, and then the Hatfield All Dayer Sunday. See you there Bedford Ath...... Posted by Steve G, 29 April 2007 ....short for Bedford Rugby Athetic Club - which in the world of Rugby Union is a minor league player, when compared to the likes of the mighty Gloucester (top of the table yipee - Mrs G will be happy when she returns ). Anyway, this is also the venue for a well regarded northern soul night, and so as A) Mrs G is in transit back from Australia it's just about less than an hour's drive C) I'm guesting there in July D) I don't get out too often as a punter (rather than an occasional DJ) E) I feel like going out...... ....I decide to give it a go. It's been a long and busy Saturday, which started with a trip down to Surrey, followed by a trip up to Grantham, followed by a stop off in Peterborough to see my kids. I shouldn't say it but as my daughter was out, I only ended up spending time at my son's place, thereby making up some valueable time on this "Grand tour of southern and eastern England in a day". Home for tea, and then fire up the old Batmobile one for time and out again to Bedford.... Timing is everything, and as I have managed to turn up too early at some places, I set off from home just after 8.30 pm with Al Scott blasting out of the speakers as I wave "adieu" to the neighbours and their Barbeque and wine fest. I decide to drive like a human being, no need to charge off anywhere tonight, and after an ambient saunter up the A1 and A421, arrive at Bedford at what I think is a fashionable 9.30, only to find the car park already full. I just manage to squeeze in at the end. The place was already very busy with 150+ in, and they're dancing already! I must admit this is a contrast to some places I see where people don't seem to start dancing until much later in the evening. Anyway I say Hi to a few people I know and head for the bar to get a drink of "summat". Summat for those that don't know is a non alcoholic drink - normally water, diet coke (bottled not from the tap), or alcohol free beer (Cobra's quite nice but you can never get it! though as it is "brewed" - if that's the right word - in Bedford, I might just be lucky..... ). To say the bar is busy would be an understatement, and it does take a while to get served. Anyway I am tempted by the J20 - even though it's about 99.9% sugar, and therefore to be drunk in moderate quantities unless you want to end up looking (and feeling) like a sugar cube. Music wise The Ath is pretty much northern oldies and an array of local jocks including Pete Hullett and Hammy are keeping the dancefloor busy. In between the talking I remember hearing things like Carstairs, Larry Clinton "She's wanted for fixing my brakes", Jay Traynor (not one of my favourites - never was), Rubin, David & Rueben and of course Pete's Chico LaMarr. A slight problem with a faulty "microphone" was soon sorted out too. Taff is one of the guests tonight, but unfortunately is unwell so is unable to attend. The other guest is Ginger, and as I haven''t seen the Todmorden Terrier in action for a couple of years I eagerly await his set, and I must say I am not disappointed. As well as Ernestine Eady, the only remaining gap in my Phil La collection (and I ain't gonna pay for an unplayable one on ebay either!), he plays an earthy selection of sounds including some of his one offs and acetates. I was particularly fond of Herman Hitson's version of "Love slipped thru my finger gloves", and the vocal to "Sidra's Theme" - not the awful Ronnie & Robyn Peter Noon soundalike, we normally get 'subjected' to but a really soulful vocal version! Then there was Yvonne Vernee too from the Motor City. Then there was Soul Bros Inc "Teardrops"` and JT's "Blues in the night". His 70's selection includes Mixed Feelings, Hamilton Movement, and two that are big for Sam as well Rimshots "Do what you feel", and Willie J & Co "Boogie with your baby". Not so smitten with those two myself, but a significant proportion of the dancefloor enjoyed 'em so who am I to judge? He topped the 70s bit off though with Bobby Womack's "Home is where the art is" ...Then there was some Motown, Velvelettes "These things will keep me bugging you" and an instrumental version of the Contours "Just a little Miss Understanding" - well a semi vocal, it just is missing the lead vocalist - again this is an acetate. Anyway good old Gingha managed to keep the dancefloor full throughout his set and it was very enjoyable. After that I was starting to feel a bit tired, so I headed home, not before having a few words with Cat, and young Sir Maximillion R from Cambridge - who I haven't seen for a few years now. All in all a good night if you likke classic norvern and I am looking forward to July Soul Essence - Great Yarmouth Posted by Steve G, 15 April 2007 · Back from the weekend, and here are a few recollections...... Firstly lovely weather - nice and warm all weekend - yipee No biting cold Siberian wind (I am convinced that there is nothing taller than a tree between Great Yarmouth and Russia), or horizontal rain, just sunshine! Friday afternoon, and I was quite shocked at how busy the place was at 3.30 in the afternoon, with over 50 already arrived and socialising. Friday continued to build nicely. I had a mid evening slot at 9 pm, which enabled me to do a balance between better known stuff and some unknowns.....someone apparantly thought I played too much obscure / new stuff, so I tried to balance that out.... Gavin had been on before me mixing up some jazz - including the excellent Metropolitan Jazz Affair "Find a way" - something I am rather partial to and have been playing at home all afternoon, and some Yarmouth classics with a bit of northern. After me, came Gareth Donovan who did a nice litle set of slowies, steppers etc, followed by Steve Plumb who did a set of LP only tracks. So there you have it - real diversity of music, right across the board...... Much of the rest of Friday evening was spent in the Downbeat Lounge atrium room, where Fraser Dunn and Dave Hassle (as he is affectionately known) were holding court with Dave pontificating on whether women should be talking about records or on the dancefloor. The Malvern and Worcester girls were giving him back as good as he was dishing out, and in the drunken haze it was hard to work out who was winding up who....Anyway after a discussion on the future of record collecting and whether CD's will ever become really collectable in the same way as "vinyls", I decided to leave them all to their deliberations and have an early-ish night. Saturday morning and it was breakfast with Sam and Butch at the local Sainsbury's, and excellent value for money it was too...... Saturday afternoon, and we had excellent sets from the Etheridge brothers, Alison and John, Marcus, and Flanny's northern hour. I did the usual 4-5.30 set, including the footie results, which were both very late in arriving, and hard to read once I had them - apologies for suggesting that West ham had actually won! Anyway no real harm done I handed over to the dapper lounge lizard Sean Evans with his early dinner set, then it was off to the Thai for some nosebag. There must have been at least 25 from the weekender in there, and I really regret not getting a commission agreed with the restaurant all those years ago, for all the punters we introduced - if I had done that deal with them, I'd be able to afford all those records. Saturday night and everyone did a blinding set, we all waited to hear Sean Hampsey's Bobby Womack acetate, and I still cannot fathom out how I missed it completely when it was on E-buy! He was followed by Uncle Bob Cosby, and Soul Sam.....I once again risked social credibility and spent some more time in the Downbeat Lounge atrium, where I learnt that there had been some controversy in the Downbeat that afternoon with some people actually dancing . Some of the residents were none too pleased about this , even more odd was the fact that I had dropped in Same Dees "Love in my own backyard", a deep soul classic in the mainroom - a topsy turvy world indeed then! Mick Barker had learnt that I had once referred to this room as the "Deadbeat Lounge" and was none to happy about that, and sent me to Coventry for the night . And then at 3 a.m. it was my turn again to round off proceedings for the two final hours in the main room. By now everyone was in party mood, and so I did a set of mainly well known favourites, and anthems. Anyway the DJ's on before me had played great sets, and I always panic a bit that they'll leave me nothing to play, that they haven't already played. I am delighted to say that the dancefloor remained rammed, and we still had a fullish house at 5 am when I finished with Johnnie Mae Mathews "I have no choice" and Walter Wilson "Not now but later". We have to close down at 5 a.m. but one of the things about being an occasional DJ is you have to have your wits about you at all times.....Everyone was asking for more, and I started to realise that if I didn't play one more, I may well not have got out of the place alive or in one piece - or I may even have been taken hostage by the Soul Police ....cue Universal Love "It's you girl", and then the lights came on, my cue from the manager that there really was no more time left! Oh and then we had a Borat style streaker apparantly - I didn't see him but others thought that it looked uncannily like Brian Goucher, though he claims to deny all knowledge of it.... Hopefully everyone enjoyed it, and miraculously I didn't even get a hangover. Sunday morning and a quick breakfast at Sainsbury's again, and then off home in time for lunch and some well earned zzz's in the garden..... All in all an excellent weekend, absolutely tops from my perspective, but I guess you'd all know that anyway..... These are my sets: Friday 9-10 pm....a mix of known and lesser known Jimmy Burns "I really love you" (Erica) Bill Coday "A man can't be a man without a woman" (Epic) Billy Proctor & Love System "Keeping up with the Joneses"(Epic) G C Cameron "You're what's missing in my life"(Motown) Frankie Kar'hl "Don't fan the flame"(Gordy) Johnny Scott "Let me be a winner" (Portra) Wizdom "I'm so in love with ytou" (Drive) Al Dos Band "Doing our thing with pride" Ron Van Horn "Got to get together" (Rav) Roy Robbins "So much in love" (Sugar) StarQuake "Don't you know I love you" (Starquake) Daybreak "Stay" (cover up) New World "We're gonna make it" (Polydor) International Four "Equal love" (Diane) Dwight Franklin "Foxy Lila" (Franklin) Betty Wright "Tonight's the night" (Alston) dedicated to those fed up with the crappy Genesis version! Summits "I can't get over losing you" (Dontee) Minits "Still a part of me" (MGM SOM) Ronnie McNeir "the good side of your love" (Tortoise Intl) Saturday afternoon - a few claasix, then push the boat out Silhouettes "Not me baby" Freedom "High on you" Steeplechase "Never coming back" Trumains "Ripe for the picking" Ad libs "I don't need no fortune teller" Cloudburst "I'm loving you" Jimmy Lee Jones "Love sweet love" Guitar Ray "I wouldn't change it" (cover up) Black Nasty "Make believe girl" (cover up) Arvin Toillivers Pleasure Seekers "Come inside" Extra Special People "It's a miracle" (was suggested I cover this one up, but as everyone knew it, there's no real point) Flashlight "Get inside your mind" (Not on the LP - great Philly uptempo funky dancer) Soul & Blues Union "Restless" Santiago "Feeling good" (Bam-Boo) (old Mecca spin - sounding good again) Steve Long "Your lips tell me go, your body says no" Infinity "Queen of my universe" Monofide "Time will change your mind" Fish "This is life" Wildflower "Sugar baby" (Dash - how many good records on this label?) Dale Darby "Don't put our love off another day" Velma Perkins "Yes my goodness yes" (Vee Allen) Sam Dees "I found love in my own backyard" Rozetta Johnson "How can I miss something I never had" Don Thomas "Calling me home" Floyd Beck "Don't trust him" Richard Marks "Innocent bystander" Gerald Wayne "Now I can see" Bobby Jackson "I need you girl like a fire" Bernard Drake "I've been untrue" Saturday night PARTY.. Al Scott "What happened to yesterday" Buddy Connor "When you're alone" Eddie Billups "Ask my heart" Marvin Gaye "Come get to this" Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes "The love I lost" Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes "Bad luck" Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes "Satisfaction guaranteed" Sex "It's you, baby it's you" Freedom "High on you" Jon Lucien "Would you believe" G C Cameron "No matter where" Sisters Love "Give me your love" Chuck Propehett "Love love love" Charles Mintz "Lucky guy" Percy Stone & Explosions "Chained" Natural 4 "Hanging on to a lie" Barbara Stant "You've got to try it again" Daybreak (cover up) - really hammering this one now! Ultimates "Girl I've been trying to tell you" Topics "Booking up baby" Spinners "I'll be around" Spinners "it's a shame" Edwin Starr "Running back and forth" Leroy Hutson "All because of you" Jean Carn "Don't let it go to your head" Corey Blake "How can I go home without you" Mel Williams "Sweet girl of mine" Bobby Sheen "Something new to do" Bobby Kline "Say something nice to me" Ty Karim "Lighten up" Frank Dell "He broke your game wide open" L J Reynolds "Key to the world" Sam dees "Funny!" Roosevelt Mathews / Billy Ball "You got me digging you" Satin "Your love's got me" Virgil Henry "you ain't saying nothing new" Don Thomas "Calling me home" Brand New "thousand years" John Gary Williams "The whold damn world is going crazy" Johnnie Mae Mathews "I have no choice" Walter Wilson "Not now but later" bonus record Universal Love "It's you girl" ///// Next up three local do's in Herts to look forward to starting off with the Letchworth Irish Club! Bass Museum -easter Sunday Posted by Steve G, 09 April 2007 · The Bass is now firmly established as one of the scene's top modern all dayers, with it's two room format - one for Y2K7 soul, and the smaller room for 70s / 80s and crossover. Easter weekend this year was notable for two things - an unprecedented number of venues on, and, somewhat unusually for a British holiday weekend, some damn fine weather. Of course both factors could have a disasterous affect on attendances. I don't think I've ever seen such a long list of venues on at Easter, and an early call from Gavin on his way back from Soul shakers at Solihull has us discussing the fact that on todays soul scene nearly everyone is promoting an event somewhere- or so it seems, with the result that attendances suffer. Then there's the weather, the first holiday weekend where the sun is out and I am sure many of us would be heading off to the pub, visiting family and friends with Easter Eggs, or for the more adventurous, cleaning down the Barby, and firing it up. The Bass is at the Coors Visitors Centre in Burton, and in the midst of a brewing museum, part of what is now the Coors brewery. There used to be pictures round one of the bars of days gone by, when the brewery saw trains leaving daily, taking literally hundreds of tons of beer to London, or Manchester, and when the brewery seemd to dominate the whole town. That bar has been done up in ice cool white since we were last there and the pictures have now gone. So, after a slowish start we ended up with about 150 in, which was a fair crowd, and the place was busy. I say a slowish start, because a lot of people didn't turn up until after dark, perhaps preferring to enjoy a sunny spring day. In the 70s /80s room Colin Brown held the fort for three hours until Tats Taylor tooks over with an hour of crossover at 8 pm. I was on after Tats for an hour, then at 10 it was the turn of Butch. The place didn't really start to get busy until around 10 30, as people who'd been out socialising in the bar (and maybe looking at records - Dave Welding, Andy Dyson and Andy Whitmore were all selling), or alternatively in the main room, came in and started dancing. After Butch, it was left to Tats and Rick Scott to finish the night off. My earlier spot allowed me to play a few different things, that I couldn't risk later on, mixed in with a few attempts to kick start the dancefloor. I must admit being on early and while so many people were out at the bar or not yet arrived, my attempts at getting the dancefloor active were a bit like starting a fire - you know, you get it going, then it goes out again. I must admit as a DJ I like clearing the floor a couple of times, and if I don't do this, I think I am playing too safe, but I can tell you that any DJ gets uncomfortable when something that can fill the floor, for whatever reason doesn't - and we've all had that experience now and again. Do you panic and pull some cheese out of the box, or do you hold firm and ride it out? Anyway as a result of being on earlier my set was a bit of a mix of unknowns with a few favourites thrown in - starting off with what I thought was a favourite . Ronnie McNeir "Good side of your love" Norm West "Gotta have love" Eula Cooper "Try" Total Darkness "Just what I've been looking for" Hot Sauce "Doing our thing with pride" (c/up) Billy Byrd "Lost in a crowd" Trace of SMoke "Treasure mind" Daybreak "I wanna stay with you" (c / up) International IV "Equal love" G C Cameron "No matter where" Sisters Love "Give me your love" Joe Hinton "Go on find your star" Roy Roberts "So much in love with you" Guitar RAy "Don't change your love" (c / up) Steve Long "Your lips tell me go" Percy Stone & The explosions "Chained" Chuck Prophett "Love love love" Arvin Tolliver's Pleasure Seekers "Come inside" Satyr "Free and easy" Four Tracks "Charade" Side Show "Sexy lady" Wee "Try me" Earth Child "It's our day" Dale Darby "Don't put our love off another day". Dale Darby despite being a great little crossover side, cleared the floor, and I sometimes wonder whether there's really a future for this type of record. Certainly the more I observe, the more I see increasing popularity for uptempo / funky dancers over this type of record....but they say what goes around comes around, so maybe Dale will have his day one day.. Despite the fact that we had 150 in, there were still a lot of familiar "faces" missing, presumably either at other venues, or basking in the weekend sun. Anyway it was a cracking little night.......Yarmouth next and I am going to persevere with a few of the above records there. Of Eagles, Owls And Rams Posted by Steve G, 01 April 2007 Saturday and the sun is shining; spring is on it's way. I don't know why but the sun always seems to shine when we entertain The Owls down at Selhurst Park. Oh, and we always beat them on our turf too. In fact I don't know why they bother turning up season after season, as I cannot remember the last time they won here, and let's be honest our ground is sooooo difficult to get to from anywhere, let alone Yorkshire......Maybe they should just concede the three points, and stay at home. But then the FA would probably deduct them about 100 points or something. So, all is well with the world, then what happens?.....we only go and lose. It's awful our players are falling over like Yogi Bear - there's no commitment at all; it's embarrasing and if I wasn't a season ticket holder I'd be asking for a refund on the basis that the Trades Description act had been breached. I remember Paul Ifill in a recent programme saying that if he could change places with someone for a day it would be Ron J.eremy - how crass is that! I want to tell him that if Jeremy ever put in such a limp performace as Ifill is managing to do today, he'd never work in films again! I leave before the final whistle and beat the rush. The "Golden goal" solution for draws? - not for us please , we'd still be waiting on the following Monday if todays performace is anything to go by. Only under the hapless Peter Taylor could we lose a home fixture to Sheff Wednesday. Anyway enough of The Eagles and the Owls, tonight I'm of to the home of The Rams - Room at The back in Spondon Derby, Colin Brown's monthly gig. I have this niggling concern in the back of my head, playing on my mind as it were - there's a really crowded fixture list of events on this weekend and on top of that we're sandwiched between Prestatyn, The Bass Museum and Yarmouth, three top modern events in everyone's calender. Monumental is on down in the Smoke, Rugby is on, it seems everywhere has a gig. Additionally I haven't seen flyers around for this event......though I am assured that there are some about. So I've tried to plug it on Soul Source a bit - but hey there's only so much you can do before everyone gets tired of hearing of it. At home it's a quick tea then down to the station to pick up Mark H, who is the other guest DJ on tonight. We travel up from Cheshunt to Spondon in the Batmobile. For those that don't know Room at the Back is exactly as it sounds, a room at the back of a big pub with a good sized dancefloor and tables and chairs on a raised platform around three sides. Spondon of course is where they used to make trains, before the Government outsourced it to France, Spain and Italy. The locals have run some northern and R&B nights in there. Colin has been running this night featuring soul from the 70s' to the present day for some time now, infact Mark H and myself were the guests back last October. The DJ's tonight are Colin, Fish, Mark H and myself for the last hour. And the night is what they call in the trade "quiet". It's a real shame as with a few more people in this would be a cracking night. I talk to Fish about this, and Mark H, and there's no simple answer. Perhaps people are getting older, perhaps I wonder, there's so many weekends now on each year that some people just don't travel for evening do's like they used to - instead getting their fix from a selection of the weekenders - perhaps, perhaps. A small but loyal following are there, but anyway, we all do our sets. Here is the bones of what I played: Phillip Wright "Keep her happy" (Dash) Dwight Franklin "Foxy Lila" (Franklin) (been playing this for a couple of years, then......was told off because it's supposed to be covered, but then....couldn't be bothered to keep it covered anymore) Chuck Prophett "Love love love" (Lar Ron) Hot Sauce "Pride" (a new cover up - at Soul Sam's request - though he has it as something else like Candy Coated People) Bobby Montgomery "I need you girl" (Crescent) Pleasure Seekers "Come inside" (Koala) G C Cameron "No matter where" (Motown) Frankie Kah'rl "Don't fan the flame" (Gordy) - Allison "Who'se No 1 Who'se No 2" (ANSAP) Monofide "time will change your mind" (Emvee) Don Thomas "Calling me home" (PMRC) Steve Long "Your lips tell me go" (Riche) Billy Proctor & Love System "Keeping up with the Joneses" (Epic) Wee "Try me" (Owl) Bernard Drake "I've been untrue" (La Lousienne) Next week is the Bass Museum and I am really looking forward to that, and some of these will get an airing there as well..... N Herts Irish Centre Friday March 23rd Posted by Steve G, 24 March 2007 · I am out of work bang on time - a bit like a racehorse when the starting gates fire open.....I am a man on another mission - this time to get to the local Post Office before it closes at 6 pm. They're holding onto a record of mine from Detroit, and I want it. I've got several by Monofide, but not this one, and it sounds just right for a Yarmouth last hour spin, being a really nice flowing mid tempo floater. Record collected, I get home and make some last minute adjustments to the play box. In a moment's braveness (or folly) out go a few classics in come a few lesser knowns and unknowns. On friday on SS a few of us were discussing the merits of the Esquires "Dancing a hole in the world", and I think it would make a worthy addition to my set tonight.....but can I find it? I spend half an hour searching in all the places it could possibly be....but it's not there. I conclude it must have been misfiled somewhere (I hate filing my records away), and this means I might never find it again! To all intents and purposes a misfiled record is a lost record, and if I ever find it, it will be a joyuous day. Anyway the Monofide sounds pretty good. I get myself over to the Irish Centre and young Toby is on and playing a blinding set, and really enjoying himself too. Here is what Toby played. Flavor "Dont freeze up" Leon Haywood"it's got to be mellow" Billy Cole"extra carefull" George Freeman"The moment you came into my life" Gerald Sims"You'll never be sorry" R B Hudman"This could be the night" Gemini"Something special" The Ebonys"I'm so glad i'm me" Alex Taylor"Slowly turning to love" Willie Dishmon"Work on it" Sons of Robin Stone"Got to get you back" Invitations"They say the girls crazy" Bobby Womack"Tried & Convicted" Stephanie Mills"What cha gonna do with my lovin'" Barrett Strong"Man up in the sky" Bobby Womack"Home is where the heart is" Kenny Hamber"Anything you want" Impressions"Wherever she leadeth me" Roni HIll "I would'nt give you up" Carol Anderson"Sad Girl" Jackie Wilson"I dont want to lose you" . Gospel Classics "More love thats what we need" Fontella Bass"I cant Rest" Maurice Williams"Being without you"Deesu USA. The Sapphires"Gotta have your love" ABC USA (requestfor Mousey). Chris Jackson"I'll never forget you" Soul City UK. Ed Crook"That's alright" Tri-sound USA (for me,i love this record). Five Stairsteps"Stayclose to me" Curtom USA.(request for Graham). At 9 15 Taffy takes over with Ujima's "I'm not ready" and for the next hour or so he treats us to a mostly 70's set which is also well received. One thing I like about the Irish Centre is that the crowd get up and dance early on. With many evening do's, the crowd only really put their dancing shoes on for the last couple of hours - not here, as they are up and dancing from the outset. Taffy works the dancefloor well for his set. Meanwhile I am catching up with Bob and Sue Cosby, Gavin Page, Dave Halsall, D'Arcy, Pete Burton, Big O etc. and looking through Mick Smith and Gavin's sales boxes. I repatriate a Leroy Hutson 7 off of young Gav, to replace my accidentally cracked copy (don't ask....oh well it was top of a pile of records one day I had the volume on really loud and the bass vibrations caused the pile to collapse, sending old Leroy crashing to the floor via a table egde). Meanwhile at the bar I think one of the young ladies has taken a shine to me as she keeps giving me too much change for my drinks - until I realise that the bar is actually really cheap, and I am in fact getting the correct amount of change. By 10 30 there are about 130 through the doors and the place is really buzzing. Pete Hullett is on next and plays a set of rare 60's soul including Larry Clinton, Mel Britt, Eula Cooper "Let our love grow higher", Volcanoes "Laws of love", 4 Voices, Sam Williams, The Sensations and the Delites. Some really nice heavyweight northern. Then at 11 30 local lad Mick Smith, flown in from his second home in Spain takes over for an hour with some 100 Club favourites like Johnny Howard, The Magicians, The Appointments and the Admirations, alongside oldies like Bits N pieces "Keep on running away" and The Crow (Mick Smith goes funky!). And then Marvin and Tammi "Ain't no mountain high enough", one of the best ever Motown records, Lil Major Williams, and the Delegates of Soul "Running back". Then at 12 30 it's my turn for the final hour. Being the last hour I decide to do a set of largely well known sounds and floorfillers, with a few oddball things thrown in.. Here is what I played. Leon Haywood "Baby reconsider" (Fat Fish) Willie Kendrick "Change your ways" (the original side of course before "Finger" got popular (RCA) Kenny Gamble "The jokes on you" (Arctic) Gene Toones "What more do you want" (request) (Simco) Imperial C's "Someone tell her" (Phil La) Al Gardner "Sweet baby" (Sepia) Valentinos "Sweeter than the day before" (Chess) Unique Blend "Yes I'm in love" (Eastbound) Third Wish "You gotta believe" (Le Cam)- this virtually clears the floor,except for a couple of dancers.....I am, always happy to clear the floor at least once or twice in a set; if I don't clear the floor a bit I don't believe I am being adventurous enough.....but clearing the floor is risky too - it's a bit like holding your breath, if you do it for too long you might not recover again! So the next one will bring 'em back on again.... Corey Blake "How can I go on without you" (Capitol) Bobby Sheen "Something new to do"(Warner Bros) Stevens & Foster "I want to be love" (Jerri)- well after the recent price this is fetching it would be rude not to play it Sex "It's you (Baby it's you)" (Super City) James Fountain "Seven day lover" (Peachtree) Terry Callier "Look at me now"(Cadet) Connie Clark "My sugar baby" (Joker) J J Barnes "Our love est dans la poche" (Revilot) Walter Wilson "Love keeps me crying" (Wand) 7th Avenue Aviators "You should 'O held on" (Congress) Jimmy Burns "I really love you" (Erica) ....and the enders.... Bobby Kline "Say something nice to me" (MB) Mel Williams "Sweet girl of mine" (Buddah) Johnny Mae Mathews "I have no choice" (Big Hit) Archie Drell and the belles "Where will you go when the party's over" (Phil Int) I finish on time at 01 30, and I think (hope) everyone has had a good time tonight. Just time to mention the next one on May 18th......a must! Now off to change the box around for my return gig at Spondon (Room at the back) next week with Mark Houghton......crossover 70s and 80s. A Flying Visit To Prestatyn Posted by Steve G, 18 March 2007 I am a man on a mission. Prestatyn and back on a Friday! Events conspire once again to prevent me having a proper weekend away, so it's there and back in a night so to speak. I am also on a "Busman's holiday", as I am one of I think four or five DJ's in the UK not to be booked at this mammoth festival - well that's how it seems; this means I am under no pressure and can listen to a few sets properly myself without worrying about what others are playing. In short I can relax. Going up north on a Friday afternoon is never fun, so I brace myself with a couple of mugs of tea for the journey ahead. Carefully I remove Mrs G's "Kylie's greatest hits" and Led Zep CD's from the car audio (I throw them on the floor ), and replace them with a few of my own including the latest Kent "Hitsville West" effort, and a home made deep soul CD. The journey is not too bad though a stint on the overcrowded A1 and A14 has me reciting my own rules of the road, and getting increasingly wound up as I am stuck in a possession going along at 50 mph as Trucks overtake other trucks (or rather pull out and then get stuck in the outside lane). My rules of the road include by the way an immediate three points and a mandatory test re-sitting for anyone in a car who is overtaken by a truck - and there are plenty of them out and about today poodling along, crouched over the wheel doing 50 mph. Another three points for any trucks that go in the outside lane then realise they don't have the power to overtake, and so just sit there for miles holding everyone up. And while we are at it three points for any car driver who drives on unrestricted dual carriageways below 65 mph. Oh yes the roads would be a far better place if my version of the Highway Code was in use. Meanwhile I am following a looney tune in a 7.5T van about half a mile ahead who is holding us all up, and seemingly has no idea of how close cars are to him as he pulls out and swerves all over the place. Time to switch to that home made Deep soul CD. It's amazing how a few ballads can calm you down. BJB, Janice "Love on the line" - one of the best slowies ever made, Arnold Blair "[i won the big deal", Channel 3 "Someone else's arms", Bill Brandon "Tag tag"....musical heaven! By the time I reach the M1, the looney tune in the 7.5 T van is a distant memory, but I am regretting that second mug of tea. I plough on wishing to see the back end of Birmingham before I dare stop. I get to Prestatyn at about 7 pm and boy it's blowing a gale. Gareth Donovon arrives at the same time. Having come from the warmer climes of Hertforshire where it was an ambient 15C "T shirt and shades weather", I am taken aback at how chilly and windy it is. Same thing last year. I say hello to Dave Lucas, and then go and see Sean and Norma - friends from Brighton in their chalet. A quick chat later and I am off to the record bar in search of some vinyl. By now it's 7 45 ish and here's the first shock.....there are hardly any record dealers trading - they're mostly having dinner or something, except for Pat Brady who has some top drawer northern oldies. Yes there are some tarpaulins, and sheets covering what are obviously records, but it seems every other stall is a memorabilia or clothing franchise. Clothing rails, northern soul alarm clocks to wake you up after an allnighter, a Frank Wilson keyring to put your doorkeys on, a nice big sticker to ruin your car, northern soul undies for your missus, northern soul flags, a Tamla Motown teddy bear, Birthday cards with records on, a mirror for your front room, northern soul earrings - feck me where is this all going? I muse. Is the scene really becoming a parody of itself? Or am I just behind the times? The odd T shirt is fine, but that's about where I draw the line I'm afraid. Perhaps the northern soul "lifestyle" thing really isn't for me! Eventually the record dealers start to open up, and I spend the next couple of hours gathering up about 10-15 records, including a nice little Cloe Martin issue on Epic, and Satin "Your love's got me" - which means I now have all six versions of that song! Bingo! Hoop La - everyone a winner! Oh and a couple of good quality northern oldies as well. By now the place is heaving, the main room is absolutely packed. The record bar done I do a bit of socialising - saying hi to Toby, and going into the Queen Vic to listen to Sam's set. Here I join the Herts and Beds crew over in the corner and have a good chat with RnBman. From there I spend a bit of time listenting to Fish in the modern room which is also heaving, and then onto one of the smaller rooms to listen to Arthur Fenn. Now Arthur is always good, so I am happy to stand and listen. After Arthur it's Dave "The Dentist". He does a blinding set which makes me wonder why he isn't booked more often....excellent taste, and a good style of delivery. I do some more socialising with the great and good of the scene. By chance I glance down and notice the time on my watch is approaching 1 am, so time to run back to the car, and drive home before I change into a pumpkin. Funnily enough I don't feel like listening to any music on the way home and just want to listen to some radio. Unfortunately Talk Sport seems to be inundated with what I can only describe as insomniac maniacs, the type make Ghengis Khan sound like a pinko. So it's over to Radio Five, but Oh no - I cannot stand their "Up all night" presenter - he just gets right up my nose! So it's back to the Deep Soul CD, as I put the Batmobile into supercruise, and sit back for a three hour sprint home. Well that was my Prestatyn, (very) short and sweet. As popular as ever, one of these years I might just manage to stay over....but now it's off to sift out some tunes for the Letchworth Irish Club next week. Luanco - A Weekend In Spain + Playlists Posted by Steve G, 05 March 2007 · Soul Sam and myself were booked to appear for the second year at the Luanco weekender on 2nd and 3rd March. Sam arrived at my place Thursday evening after having spent a day in Leicestershire - at John Manship's, buying and selling records. On Thursday evening we sorted though our two record boxes deleting all the duplicates. This is so we don't carry spare copies of anything, and can therefore maximise the number of tunes we take with us. After some horse trading - "you take Ike Strong then I'll take King Tutt", we've sorted the boxes, and somehow managed to get about 115 into each of the two boxes. So that's 230 tunes in all. For those Djing abroad, the Ryanair baggage allowance is a strictish 10 kg for carry on bags, and that equates to a 100 singles box, and nothing much else. Of course there's no way we are going to trust our records to the "hold" under any circumstances, and so once the boxes are packed we put them on the bathroom scales just to double check that they're under the 10 kg allowance. Those scales lie, but as far as we can tell, we're still within our allowance - just. Friday morning we're off to Stanstead, and once checked in we decide to get some nosebag and water, when we see Ady Lupton, who'se also on his way over. We're still quite early and so casually I start to recount tales of plane problems, including the time at Tampa when we were just coming into land and the plan roared off again because some gereatric had wandered onto the main runway in a Sesma 206 just as we were coming in.....Then the Ryanair flight that landed at an RAF airstrip - the wrong place obviously.....nothing in itself, except it was five miles from the right place to land. And so airport equipment, steps, coaches, luggage trolleys, personnel etc had to go down the motorway to get onto the RAF base to empty the plane. Not only that but all the squaddies came out to take photos of this Boeing 737-800 and the ensuing shenanigens. Oh, and the airstrip was too short to take off from safely, even when empty, so an expert pilot had to be called in.....As I continue to ramble on I notice Ady has lost interest in all this Aviationspeak and has wandered off to get a drink, and the colour has started draining from Sam's face so I rapidly change the subject. Ady being the suave debonaire chap that he is, only has carry on luggage with him, and thus is given "Priority boarding status" by Ryanair - meaning he'll get on the flight before the rest of us. With this in mind, I suggest he bags us an "Exit" row on the plane which he dutifully does, defending it against all enquiries until us "back of the bus Johnnies" catch up. Apparantly he was telling people that the seats were reserved for his Uncle and his Uncle's friend! The flight is uneventful (something usually happens on a Ryanair flight), and at Santander (where, unlike here, it is a civilised 21C) we are picked up by one of our Spanish friends Areeta, and driven the two hours west along the northern Spanish coastline to the village of Luanco. We arrive about 9 pm and are straight away whisked off to a local eatery with about 20 Spanish soulfans. Here the local Cider and a variety of dishes are on offer. Felix's miobile phone is going off all the time - some girls from Madrid aren't coming as their plane had a problem and turned back mid flight, and a couple of others can no longer make it - Sam and I a bit concerned because this event is only two weeks after the Bilbao weekender, and thus the attendance may suffer, but we are told not to worry....After the meal it's of to the venue for the All nighter.....no chance for a rest. The event is held at Disco Maite, an underground room laid out like a 60's club, with tables and chairs round the edges, a large well stocked bar at the back and a good sized dancefloor. Felix who organises Luanco has got us on for a marathon session, including a double decker session, which we're both up for naturally, and so the discussion starts to move to who'll play what on the shared records. Our Spanish hosts are very generous with their guests, paying for our drinks and food, as well as accomodation. They refuse to accept any money from us - this I like. But it does make me wonder how well we really look after guest DJ's from overseas when they come to our country. The other DJ's are Herminio, Alvaro and Augustin on Friday, and all of them play great sets and keep the dance floor busy. Friday night whizzed through, with the dancefloor busy all night, and by 6 am we've finished our sets, and go back to our hotel rooms for some shut eye. We arrange to meet at 12 30 Saturday lunchtime at the local bar down by the harbour. I have breakfast - a glass of cider, and a bottle of the local beer, which Sam tells me is a "Scottish breakfast" ....well I always have something for breakfast.....After that about 50 of us go off in search for the coach - the coach that'll take us to lunch up in the hills. There we have a wonderful meal that takes all afternoon. Plenty of cider and beer to wash down a variety of dishes. Sam is particularly fond of the Crustacians, devouring oysters and limpets by the mouthful! Me, I'm more of a carnivor, but am amply catered for when a dish of beef and ham, wrapped in cheese and deep fried, arrives. We arrive back in Luanco about 7 pm, and get some sleep. That has to be the shortest Saturday in living memory - up for seven hours and starting the day with a bottle of beer. Meanwhile we've hooked up with Macca, a guy from Peterborough who now lives in North West Spain, and via another of our friends, Herminio we secure a table at a fine fish restaurant in the village for the three of us for later. The locals don't tend to eat until at least 10.30 pm, which suits us fine, as I need to line my stomach for the night ahead. At the restaurant we have the biggest Sea Bream you've ever seen, and it's cooked to perfection, just falling of the bone; I wish I could cook like that - my efforts all fail miserably, either being under or over cooked! We while away an hour or two reminiscing about Peterboro venues in the past, St Ives, and tales of records. Then it's time for the Saturday nighter. Saturday is busier than Friday and there are about 130 through the door, all Spanish, apart from the three of us from England and three ex pats. DJ's Luisma, Felix and Agustin get the night going and the crowd dancing. A local TV station has turned up and they're filming and want to interview Soul Sam, which they in turn do. There's one for YouTube! As the night wears on, it's obvious that the effect of the previous night, the afternoon meal (and associated drink) are taking their toll on some of our friends (and me) - and by 7 am the attendance has thinned out somewhat. Herminio takes over for the final hour. Both nights were excellent, with a great atmosphere made by a real up for it crowd who are willing to accept and dance to new sounds on their first hearing. This allows Sam and myself to break a few new ones, which we are both happy about. After a five hour sleep, we're picked up by Aitor and his partner, who'll run us back to Santander on their way to the Athletico Bilbao game. We trade season tickets; my Palace one for an Athletico Bilbao one seems like a good deal until Aitor tells me they're also having a bad season and may even get relegated for the first time in the history of La Liga. We had a brief scare at the airport when an over zeleous security guard stops both Ady and Sam at the x-ray machine, but not me. Ady has a large bottle of after shave, which of course is liquid and thus prohibited. They take more of an interest in Sam's record box though. I'm shooshed away and firmly told to move on (and of course you don't argue with security people at airports), while they start to take records out of Sam's box. Sam tells them "DJ in Spain, DJ in Spain" and they let him pass through. Apparantly they took Johnnie Mae Mathews "I have no choice" for closer examination - we joke that perhaps they wanted to buy it!!! Anyway no harm is done. Back to blighty and it's bucketing it down with rain. How typical. I'd recommend the Luanco weekender to anyone, it's an excellent club with an enthusiastic crowd. Anyone that thinks that our Spanish friends aren't as clued up on records would be mistaken, as they like a very wide variety of sounds, as our playlists will stand testiment to. Everything from 60s northern to two step was played, including a healthy dose of 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. We've had a really good time, and it would be nice to see a few more British faces (not too many though ) at the next one. It's a beautiful unspoilt part of Spain as well with some very nice scenery, and a relaxed lifestyle. Thankfully there's no sign of English bars, burgers, or lobster coloured Brits and all of the excesses that go with them. This weekend is as they say in Spain de putra madre. Playlists: Friday Steve Halo "Let me do it to you" ZZ & Co "Getting ready for the getdown" Ike Strong "Your love keeps me dancing" Trace of Smoke "Treasure mind" New World "We're gonna make it" Third Wish "You gotta believe" Reachers "I just wanna do my own thing" Ujima "I'm not ready" Anthony White "Never let you get away from me" Chuck Corby & Quiet Storm "See you when I git there" Papa Bear & Cubs "you're so fine" 4 Voices "Our love is getting stronger" Appointments "I saw you there" Honey & The Bees "I didn't know" Barons "Love is so real" Entramations "Has love lost integrity?" Heartstoppers "Gotta have love" (c/up) Sy Hytower "I know you're leaving me" Wee "Try me" RIP "I'm trying" Edee Leatherwood "Make it last" Stephens & Foster "I wanna be loved" Sam (Friday) DJ Genesis "Tribute to Betty Wright" Michael Proctor "Love don't live here" (7" shortened version!) Tyrone Davis "Just my luck" Starvue "Body fusion" Tolbert "I got it" M J Wade "I'm gonna ball baby" Elipses "People" Fluorescent Smogg "All my life" Mixed Feelings "She la la" Natural Impulse "She went away" George Smallwood "Touching is my thing" Joseph Webster "My love is so strong" Phillip Wright "Keep her happy" Lou Curtain Revue "Heaven in the afternoon" Wille J & Co "Boogie with your baby" Eddie Kendricks "Date with the rain" Luther "Don't wanna be a fool" Van McCoy "Backstabbers" Willie & Mighty Magnificents "Funky 8 corners Part 2" Belita Woods "Foolish girl" Frankie Beverly "Because of my heart" Blue Sharks "These things will keep me loving you" Del Larks "Job Opening" Stanley Evans "We've got a good thing going" Al Gardner "Sweet baby" Royal Seven "It's an explosion" Sam and Steve Double deck (Friday) Eugene Record "Overdose of joy" (Sam) Guitar Ray Don't change your love" (c/up) (Steve) Robert Tanner "Sweet memories" (Sam) Dynells "Call on me" (Steve) Rimshots "Do what you feel" (Sam) Harold Melvin & Bluenotes "Bad luck" (Steve) Harold Melvin & Bluenotes "The love I lost" (Sam) McFadden & Whitehead "Ain't no stoppin us now" (Steve) Harold Melvin & Bluenotes "Prayin" (Sam) Philly All Stars "Lets clean up the ghetto" (Steve) Starvue "Body fusion" (Sam) Lil Major Williams "Youre so good you're so fine" (Steve) Differences "Five minutes" (Sam) Natural 4 "Hanging on to a lie" (Steve) Natural 4 "I thought you were mine" (Sam) Young Ladies "I'm tired of running around" Norris Vine & Love Lines "Give up" (Sam) Milton Parker "Women like it harder" (Steve) Larry Atkins "Lighten up" (Sam) Eula Cooper "Let our love grow higher" (Steve) Johnny Howard "The chase is on" (Sam) Herb Ward "Honest to goodness" (Steve) Charles Mintz "Running back" (Sam) Groove Merchants "Theres got to be someone for me" (Steve) Althea Spencer "Take me baby" Mel Williams "Sweet girl of mine" (Steve) Buddy Miles "Just a kiss away" (Sam) Tony Troutman "What's the use" (Steve) Gloria Scott "A case of too much lovemaking" (Sam) Melvin moore "All of a sudden" (Steve) Phyllis Hyman "You know how to love me" (Sam) Spinners "It's a shame" (Steve) Alton & Johnny "Hang on in there" (Sam) Hamilton Movement "She's gone" Saturday playlists Sam (Saturday) Veda Brown "I had a fight with love" Pro Facination "I want to wrap you in my arms" Tierra "Just loving you" Sideshow "Sexy lady" Herby Brown "One more broken heart" King Moses "I got the feeling" New Day (C/up) Al Wilson "Love you girl" Aura "Follow me with your heart" Lucky Jamal Davis "Our love is here to stay" Earles "Everybody loves somebody" Tyrone Edwards "You did it" Freedom "High on you" Ronnie McNeir "Good side of your love" Mixeed Feelings "Sha la la" New World "We're gonna make it" Noah & Arks "What a fool I've been" (c/up) Natural Impulse "She went away" Unique Bolend "Yes I'm in love" Ray Agee "Nag nag nag" Shalimars "Suirprise" (C / up) Chuck Holliday "Just can't trust nobody" Jimmy Bo Horne "I can't speak" Nat T Jones "Moving forward" Kings of Soul "Your love for me" Chico Lamarr "What do you think I am" Poets "Wrapped around your finger" Mel Williams "Burn baby burn" Saturday Steve Imperial C's "Somebody tell her" Jimmy Burns "I really love you" Volcanoes "The laws of love" Mixed Emitions "Gold of my life" Stan Martin "Big mouth woman" Eddie Billups "Shake off that dream" Betty Moorer "Speed up" Terri Gonzales "Caught up in a one night love affair" Daybreak (c/up) Infinity "Queen of my universe" King Tutt "You got me hung up" Willie Tee "Funky funky twist" Billy Byrd "lost in the crowd" Herman Hitson "Ain't no other way" Message Untold "I can feel a change in love" Bobby Montgomery "I need you girl" Mojoba "Say you will" Pleasure Seekers "Come inside" Steve Long "My heart tells me yes" Alice Clark "Don't you care" Tony Clarke Allison "Who'se No 1 Who'se No 2" Nicky Newarkers "Woman" Brand New "Thousand years" Leno Phillips "Confusion" Soul Sam & Steve Saturday double deck James Phelps "Your loves got me" (Steve) Tolbert "I got it" (Sam) Young Ladies (Steve) Hamilton Movement (Sam) Jackey Beavers "A love that never grows cold" (Steve) Mark IV "If you can't tell me anything good" (Sam) Terry Callier "Look at me now" (Steve) Marvin Gaye "Come get to this" (Sam) Edwin Starr "Running back and forth" (Steve) Jimmy Bo Horne "I can't speak" (Sam) Bobby Kline "Say something nice to me" (Steve) Mel Williams "Burn baby burn" (Sam) EarthChild "It's our day" (Steve) Elipses "People" (Sam) Tony Drake "Suddenly" (Steve) Margeret Littles "Love finds a way" (Sam) Sammy Lee "What goes around" (Steve) Ike Strong "Your love keeps me dancing" Wil Collins & Willpower "Anything I can do" (Steve) Bottom & Co "Gonna find a true love" (Sam) Chuck Cocherham "Have I got a right" (Steve) Tab Walton "The way I love you" (Sam) Pinch of Perfection "All that's left is memories" (Steve) Teddy Pendergrass "Where did all the loving go" (Sam) Mark IV "If you can't tell me anything good" (Sam) Spinners "I'll be around" (Steve) Reckon we had just about enough records left for a third night!!!!! A New Chapter Feb 21st Posted by Steve G, 22 February 2007 · This is Mark Houghton's long running event on the outskirts of the City of London. It's held at the Smersh Bar in Raney Street, and I have had the pleasure of DJing here before, both for New Chapter, and also for the sadly missed George Jackson nights. Entrance is down a few steps into a subterranean world, well three smallish sized rooms the largest of which houses a bar and the DJ booth. To say the venue is compact would be a dis-service to the word compact. To be honest I have seen larger living rooms in my time. Thirty people through the door, and the place is positively buzzing. Thus, it is relatively easy to get a good atmosphere here, which is good because I have often said in the past some of the London modern crowd don't do "travel", to the point where I'd question whether some of them would actually go to a venue if it was across the road from their gaff. Slightly harsh maybe, but it is very different to the north and midlands, where travelling substancial distances to venues is part and parcel of the deal and taken for granted. To run a venue on a Wednesday night in London then is brave indeed, but it has paid off for Mark and the lads, as they have built up a loyal following of regular devotees. As I work in London I decide to carry my records into work with me, and walk to the venue at the end of the day. Well the alternative of rushing home early, getting changed, and driving back into London has too many variables, too many things that can go wrong. Trains cancelled (high probability), traffic congestion (high probability), parking - nah! When I did this venue once before I assumed, quite wrongly that normal parking restrictions applied, resulting in me getting a parking ticket at 10.33 p.m. Only on closer inspection did I see that the restrictions ran through to 11 pm. So, travelling to work with a 100 box of records, and then going straight to the venue apres travail is the preferred option. On the train into work some Berliners sitting opposite me on the Stanstead Express start talking, and my knowledge of German enables me to partially understand what they are saying ("DJ" is a universal word after all), so I smile sweetly just to let them know that I know they are talking about my records, until they mention the word "Rockabilly". At this point I shake my head, look scornfully at them, and go to sleep. I long ago learned that trying to explain the concept of "rare soul" is just too difficult, and it's probably even harder explaining it to someone who doesn't have English as their first language. I leave work at 6 30, and by 6.45 I am having my first Budweiser (the European version served in large sized bottles!). I am once again slightly early, as there are, at this point, only three of us in the venue, five if you include the barman and his friend. Mark Houghton is the first DJ on, and Mark always manages to play something different - this time it's Johnny Adams version of Sex "It's you girl" - never heard of that before. Steve Cole and Gareth Donovan follow on, both doing very good sets, during which time a regular throng of people arrive, and I while away the hours engaging in idle banter and good chats with a number of the London luminaries. One of the guys has got a couple of Houston Outlaws sides with him. So I trot out my old story of the day on Soul 24-7 when I played all three of them back to back, and put them on the floor behind my swivvel chair. Ten minutes later I launch my chair back across the studio, and straight over said records - resulting in one cracked 45, and a p**sed off Steve G. I remember coining the phrase at the time "treat records with more respect - look after your records and they'll look after you". Anyway it seems like a number of the crowd had a really good time over in Bilbao a week or two before. Gavin Page has bought a sales box and I pick out a record to buy, saying I'll pay him later and which.....I later forget all about!!! and at 9 15 it's my turn behind the decks. By now the place is fairly full, with everyone having a good time. I, along with others, have succesfully depleted the bar's stock of Budweisers somewhat, and so am forced to switch to Carlsberg "Super alcoholic" strength, not exactly my lager of choice! The space behind the decks is very compact. That's fine for a svelt and slim guy like me, but some of the scene's chubbier jocks may have to wedge themselves in there. Gareth finishes his set with a "stepper", so I thought I'd start with one..... Anyway here's what I played. The Superstars "Come to me"(Taps) RIP "I'm trying" (Rip Pro) Merv Murphy "It's growing" (Simmons) Halo "Let me do it to you" (Dyco) - I dropped this, and on re-cuing it up there's a loud "click" - on closer inspection a small crack has appeared but fortunately I manage to straighten it out - phew! Note to file - be more careful with records (AGAIN). Jon Lucien "Would you believe in me" (RCA) L J Reynolds & Relations "Stop look over your past" (Monique) Bernard Drake "I've been untrue" (La Louisianne) - this mid tempo one's really going well for me. Chuck Cockerham "Have I got a right" (Mala) request (white artist? Pah! no way Tim) Milton Parker "Women like it harder" (Closet) Message Untold "I can feel the change in love" (Padang) New World "We're gonna make it" (Polydor) Danny Williams "All those lies" (Musical Energy) Trace of Smoke "Treasure mind" (BJ) Jimmy Lee Jones "Love sweet love" (acetate) Daybreak "Stay" (acetate) Chuck Prophett "Love love love" (Lar Ron) Guitar Ray "Don't change your love" (cover up) Black Nasty "Make believe girl" (cover up) Unknown artist "Hands of time" (acetate) Spartans "I don't need another lover" (Era) Edee Leatherwood "Make it last" (Chi Heat) Leno Phillips "Confusion" (Dash) Tiny Watkins "Run run run" (Goodie Train) Ron Van Horn "We've just got to get together again" (Rav) Earth Child "It's our day" (Marjon) Wee "Try me" (Owl) After that Mark, Steve and Gareth take over for a shared set, rotating every two records, and the evening builds to it's climax. At 11.00 I'm off to Liverpool Street for the train home. As I stumble home from Cheshunt station in a not exactly complete straight line, I make another Alan Partridge like note to file "Don't drink so much beer" A very friendly little venue, with a loyal following and the set up works admirably. My next task is to clear out a space in the record room so that you can get from the door to the record deck without needing to be a Master PhD in "Twister", or risking stepping on a pile of records . I need to do this for the impending arrival of Sam next week prior to our trip to the Luanco weekender - I know he'll make a bee line for the record room when he gets here, so time is of the essence. Lifeline Weekender 10th Feb Posted by Steve G, 11 February 2007 Ah....a Saturday afternoon "collectors set" - an excuse to play some things that I don't often get a chance to play, and not too much dance floor pressure either......As a collector first and occasional DJ second, I am cool with this. So having heard nothing but positive feedback about last year's event, I am looking forward very much to this one. I've decided to play a mainly 60's set, and on telling a couple of friends I am told "don't forget to pack your 70s as well Steve"! Other commitments, including a dinner out with the Missus on Saturday night, means that I am travelling up to Retford and back in a day. No great shakes in itself, except it's pouring with rain, and I hate going fast in the wet A few years ago I got a Sat Nav thingy for an Xmas present, and as someone with a bloodhound type ability to suss out exactly where to go, I haven't used it much. Oh, and after the experience coming back from Prestatyn a few years ago where it directed me into a dead end with a Rest Home in the middle of the night and then got totally confused with itself in what seemed like a maze of country lanes in the middle of North Wales. Anyway the missus suggests this would be an ideal opportunity to use it, notwithstanding the fact that I know exactly where I am going. Despite being literally a straight line journey once I am on the A1, the Sat Nav is being argumentative and it takes me until past Bedford before the lady stops telling me to go back the way I came.....so I switch it off. As I approach the venue it miraculously stops raining. Arriving at Lifeline at the Old Belle hotel, I am first impressed by the size of the place. Looking for familiar cars as I enter the car park, I know I am at the right place when I see Sam's old gold lamme coloured Ford Charabanc estate parked up. I park up near James Troubles RX8 - my dirty and dusty old black model suddenly looks great near his his girly red one - and go inside. The venue is a nice old hotel, with lounges, and everyone sitting around chilling out. No sign of any music, and that's down the corridor in another part of the hotel - so having said a few quick "hellos" and catching up with the Nottingham Mafia, sorry Mayfield's , I make my way to the the other side of the hotel and the hall where the music is, and start to trawl through the sales boxes. It's quite a large hall with tables and chairs around the edges of the dancefloor, and a largish room with a bar out the back where the record dealers are. Arthur has some good bargains which Sam quickly snaps up. I settle down for an afternoon listening , chilling and talking to as diverse a group as Sam, Arthur, Maria, Claire, Dave and Malyka, Alison and Johnny One Trout, Mick H, Cliff Steele, and Herts own R&BMan, and a few others. I also say "hello" and "goodbye" to James Trouble who'se heading back south for another DJ booking in the evening. Everyone is saying how good Friday night was - a sure sign of a top weekender. Having missed most of the first couple of afternoon DJ's, I make a point of paying attention to Big Dave Flemings set. Now Dave has some great records and he stuns us all a bit by playing the Delegates of Soul version of "Lucky man". Maria and myself agree this is far better than Charles Mintz's version of the song, which is the one I'd been hammering ever since filing the Delegates away on the shelves some years ago. OK Mintz's version of "Running back" pees all over the Delegates, but flip it over and the reverse is true. Time to dig that one out again then. Dave also plays things like The LaDellics on Mojo, and Eula Cooper's sublime Tragar outing "Try", which we agree never really had it's day. Steve Green from Glos is next and plays a strong northern set, including Eddie Billups "Ask my heart", Ernie Johnson on Artco, some cover ups and The Poets "Wrapped around your lampost". In the last ten minutes before he finishes I bore him senseless with tales of being dragged to Kingsholm, freezing afternoons in the Shed chanting "Glaw-Ster" and what I'd charitably describe as questioning the sexual practices of the referee (all the refs are biased against Gloucester in the RFU)....oh and getting lost in Tredworth (a rare occasion when the Sat Nav might have been useful). Anyway my time comes at 4 pm. By now more people have suggested I play some 70s, so I take their advice and settle on 40 mins of 60s and 20 mins of 70s. In other words a compromise. I decide to kick off with a couple of better known items that have been going well for me in Herts in the last few months, before concerntrating on some lesser played oldies and semi / unknowns.......which I don't often get a chance to play outside of my front room. Sam is in the wings giving me ratings on the records as I play them. His scoring is nothing if not confusing. Three fingers raised means it's good, five fingers raised means it excellent, and two fingers reversed - well you work it out..... After my hour is up I hand the decks over to the the capable custody of Teff, and do a quick tour of the record dealers. I notice Dave Greenhill with a big grin on his face, it can only be because Charlton have beaten Man Utd, or Palace have lost at Leeds.....Silly me, Palace lost at the bottom club Leeds, and so I start chanting my oft rehearsed mantra about Peter Taylor being crepe as a manager and bringing back Sir Steve Coppell to SE25. I leave Dave to his celebrations (Charlton did lose, but hey, they do that every week), and make a couple of swift purchases from young Butch and Andy, have a quick chat in the dinner room, and then head for home and my own dinner. As I leave the car park it starts raining again, and then proceeds to bucket it down all the way home. Having only been on a whistle stop visit, what I saw lived up to all I had been told. Nice venue, friendly and knowledgable crowd, very relaxed, good food and plenty de vinyl. Also an excellent sound system - loud and clear. Next year I shall be booking in for the whole weekend, and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to hear quality 60s and 70s soul. Here's what I played: 60s Accents "Who you gonna love" (Onederful) Appointments "I saw you there" (Delite) Janice Joyce "He's tough enough" (Buddah) - hard edged northern girly sound Barons "Love is so real" (Mode) Their second release on the label - goes down well in Europe Blenders "Your love has got me down" (Mar V Lus) Honey & The Bees "I didn't know" (Virtue acetate) Cooperettes "Win all your love" (IDB) Derek Martin "Show me that you miss me" (Associated) Total Darkness "What's it gonna be" (Mel O Mega) Same backing as Fred Mark "I'm coming home" but much more soulful Richard Marks "Did you ever lose something (Tuska) Sammy King "Your old stand by" (MarAThon) Multiple Choice "I wouldn't be crying" Gemini 21st Century "Can I take you home" (Acetate) - same tune different words to one of their Dot releases Exotics "Nobody could love you more" (acetate) 70s Frankie Sanders "Carry on" (acetate) Guitar Ray "Don't change your love for me" (Cover up) Daybreak "Stay" (Cover up) Jimmy Lee Jones "Love sweet love" (acetate) - an old spin from a few years ago which I've now reactivated Allison "Who'se # 1, who'se #2 (ANSAP) - heavy 70s soul with a mid pace beat Joe Hinton "Go on be a star" (As One) Black Nasty "Make believe girl" (Cover up) ...Ender Bernard Drake "I've been untrue" (La Louissianne) Right, I am now of to pack the box with some different stuff ready for Mark Houghton's "New Chapter" later in the month.... Letchworth Irish Club 19 Jan 2007 Posted by Steve G, 27 January 2007 · Letchworth Irish Club Friday 19th January The triple birthday bash for Toby, Taffy and R&Bman.......so we're gonna paaaaarrrtttyyy! This is a new venue for me, so I drive by instinct to find it, but do so with remarkable ease....meaning that I arrive unfashionably early. However there are already about 50 in there, and Pete Widdison is on, spinning sounds like Terry Callier "Ordinary Joseph" - people are already starting to dance and the sun has barely crossed the yard arm. Strewth, this is going to be a lively night. I get my bottle of water from the bar and start talking to some of the folks. Before long the place is heaving, and it looks like nearly everyone who's anyone from the northern scene south of the Midlands and east of Swindon is here - and the Hertfordshire crowd are out in force as well with plenty of folks you don't normally see out. Time to wind up old Dave Grenhill about Iain Dowie's "successful" period at Clowntown Pathetic, but Dave is having none of it - pointing out that we're not exactly doing well this season either - touche! Anyway Andy BB, Pete Burton and Molly all do really great sets, Here's Pete Burton's Belles - Don't Pretend - Mirwood Arthur Freeman - You Got Me Uptight - Jumbo Honey & The Bees - Dynamite Exploded - Arctic Inspirations - Your Wish Is My Command - Midas Phil Terrell - Love Has Passed Me By - Carnival Lost Soul - Secret Of Mine - Raven Tokays - Baby, Baby, Baby - Brute Honey Bees - Let's Get Back Together - Garrison Demo Barbara Jean & Lyrics - Why Weren't You There - Big Hit Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories - Megatone Molly finishes with Corey Blake "I can't go on without you", so I think I'll follow with another crossover style record and start with Milton Parker "Women like it harder", which.......nearly clears the floor - GULP. Trying to look unphased I decide that it's time for something the crowd know well - Jimmy Burns "I really love you" which gets a few shaking their good things. From then on I realise what I should know anyway - namely this is a party crowd so not too much of the dangerous stuff tonight - I play a safe set. Milton Parker "Women like it harder" (Closet) Jimmy Burns "I really love you" (Erica) Gene Toones "What more do you want" (Simco) 4 Voices "Our love is getting stronger" (Voice) Mixed EMotions "Gold of my life" (Rockway) 7th Avenue Aviators "You should o held on" (Congress) Thelma Houston "Baby mine" (Capitol) Nicky Newarkers "Woman" (Mercury) Pinch of Perfection "All that's left is memories" (G&W) Guitar Ray "We just keep rolling on" (cover up) Charles Mintz "Running back" (Uplook) Appoitments "I saw you there" (Delite) Jock Mitchell "Not a chance in a million" (Impact) Mel Williams "Sweet girl of mine" (Buddah) Wee "Try me" (Owl) Bobby Kline "Say something nice to me" (MB) Taffy rounds things off with a 70s set - Loo Curtain "Heaven in the afternoon", Carol Anderson "Sad girl", Charles Johnson and Archie Bell & The Drells. Happy birthday to the three amigos - we all go home happy. Bass Museum Dec 27th 2006 Posted by Steve G, 27 January 2007 · What a way to round off 2006....the Bass has a really strong line up in the 70s and 80s room, Goucher, Colin, Arthur Fenn, Sam and little old moi. I travel up mid afternoon picking up Claire at MK Coachways.....I've packed a box of largely unknown and semi known 70s and 80s - and I am looking forward to playing some new sounds - if you can't push the envelope at the Bass where can you? As the evening builds we get a good crowd in, and even Keith Minshull puts in an appearance somewhat surprisingly. I meet Simon M, who'se come up from the smoke with Gary Lee and Paul Phillips....have a nice chat to those guys over a bottle of mineral water (I am on an emergency health kick after a serious bollocking from my quack, and the threat of a life on pills unless I get my BP down below about 190/120 or whatever it is)....Sam is buzzing over Visions of a New World and his Noah and the Arks cover up (which he'd told me about at Letchworth).....Anyway the evening builds and builds, and then I suddenly realise I am on last, right at the end - shute - not the best time to break anything new, and so I start trying to remember what better known sounds didn't get culled when I re-packed the record box. I have these visions of my kicking out all the better known dancefloor fillers, but am sure I must have left a few in there, surely? Being last also means I will have a formidable line up of jocks ahead of me on the decks - being someone who won't duplicate, I hope they leave me something to play! Gouch gets the dancefloor moving with sounds like Bottom & Co, followed by Arthur who kicks off with "Ice" and follows it with the Nurons, which he tells me he got for a relatively reasonable price on e-bay. How on earth did I miss that? Working too hard again - note to diary get the work life balance right and find time to go on e-bay at least three times a week! Anway after an excellent set old Arfa hands over to Sammy boy who'se on for 90 minutes......Sam's plays a mix of his rarities - Tolbert, Natural Impulse, Fluourescent Smogg etc. and then moves on to mix in some classic party tunes and dancefloor winners - Harold Melvin, Phyllis Hyman etc.By now the dancefloor is really moving......Oh gawd how do I follow this lot? Mind you still no sign of Noah and the Arks! I vow that I will hear this record one day... Anyway the witching hour arrives and I start with one that's well known but one which neither Arthur or Sam played, "Treasure Mind". Being me, I am determined to play something new, but as the last hour wears on the place starts to thin out somewhat. Good reaction though on my Guitar Ray cover up, so that one's got some legs.....Reverting to some better known sounds including Earthchild "It's our day"I bring proceedings to a close at 1 am with what I consider to be a gorgeous slow number by Bernard Drake "I've been untrue" - this is the dogs roundthings in terms of quality slow end midtempo soul, and already in the playbox for Soul Essence. This was very well attended and I am already looking forward to the next one in April. Letchworth 4 Emblems 5th December 2006 Posted by Steve G, 27 January 2007 · 4 Emblems Club - Letchworth Dec 5 2006 Letchworth is a quick half hour down the road for me, and local residency club wise, if such a thing exists in 2006. The 4 Emblems is a change of venue, as up until now Big O has booked the Plinston. Good as the Plinston is, unless you get 350+ in, it's hard to get an atmosphere going as people play wallflower around the edge of the dancefloor - it's too big a place really....Anyway it's a rainy and dark pre Christmas Friday night and on parking the Batmobile, I go up the stairs and in, meeting Toby and Taff - two stalwarts of the Letchworth scene, and of course Big O who'se DJing. Sam is already ensconsed with his sales boxes. Pete Burton and Dave Halsall are also 'selling' and Sam snaps up Dave Hassle's (as I affectionately call him) copy of George Hobson....Sam's telling me about his Noah and the Arks cover up, which he says he is going to play later....Taffy takes over behind the decks and kicks off with High and Mighty on Chelsea, one of several copies unearthed by Toby....We discuss this record, someone's just paid a fortune for one, and I remember getting my copy from Des Toussaint for £6 at one of his record fairs a few years ago.....those were the days top Philly dancer for £6... Anyway the 4 Emblems is a long quite thin club, with a capacity of 150, and they've sold all the tickets....The bar is at the far end, and in the corner, and has really cheap prices - a round for the lads and the girl is giving me change out of a tenner - wow. The toilets are near the DJ stage, another improvement over the Plinston, where getting caught short after a few ales meant spinning a record over 3 minutes long and sprinting round the place like a demented chicken, to have any chance of getting back before the record fades out. I know some DJ's pee in their pint glasses, but I've found the beer never tastes the same afterwards. The week before I saw Mick Smith (Dick Sniff as he is affectionately known!), and he was thinking of coming, but the lure of a record fair on Saturday prevents this.... Taffy does a great little 70s set,and Pete Burton follows him with an excellent mix of 60's northern. Neither of these guys get enough bookings for my money. Ayway I am up next and go with a mix of 60s and 70s, known and unknown, kicking off with the Imperial C's. Herb Ward "Honest to goodness" goes down a real storm - bbetter than I thought it would. It's at this point that James Trouble comes up and tells me to slow the decks down. I point out that they are on "0", but on listening to Herbie he's right, it's a fast dancer at the best of times and speeded up to 48 rpm makes it nearly impossible to keep up with. It dawns on me The Big O has cut about a bit of the drive belt on the turntable and so speeded the decks up, so although it looks like they are playing at the right speed, they're actually playing faster. How cunning is that!.....By now I am firmly on a Philly kick and out of the box comes "The jokes on you" by Kenny Gamble. Of the lesser known 60's a couple of things go down well on their first spin, and this I feel really good about. On the 70's front the first spin for my Guitar Ray cover up - which I had bought about three weeks previously, It's got a few dancing and a couple of folks coming up to the decks, including Sammy which is really encouraging, The Third Wish also goes down well for a sound that most people don't know real well (depsite not being rare or expensive). I can't make my mind up about this, I am sure every spinner has records like that, that languish unplayed in record boxes - shall I play it, dare I play it etc. Anyway the hour goes really quick, and I hand over to Sam who'se on for the last hour, keeping the dancefloor busy throughout, and closing proceedings down with one of the local anthems "Where will you go when the party's over" by Archie Drell and the Bells (as I affectionately call them!). However he doesn't play his Noah and the Arks cover up.....maybe another time. This has been a great night out and everyone is saying that this HAS to be the replacement for El Plinston in 2007.
  18. Ganche

    Ganche Blog from 2009

    All Danced Out Posted by Ganche, 16 June 2009 I knew by the glorious sunshine on the way to Cleethorpes that the weekend was gonna be a blinder. I wasnt wrong. Kylee and I had a pretty easy journey to Lincolnshire and in fact, chatted so much we were there before we knew it. After the usual shinnanigans of who was sleeping where we got to the venue about halfway through Sue Brick's and Amanda's set. That started us off in great style, fantastic set girls Friday night is great for "settling in" - meeting all those folks from various locations far and wide, getting a feel for the place, you know....but this year I was tempted early on onto the dancefloor (after you had infiltrated the wall of people packing the floor) I love to watch the dancers at Cleggy - its like all the best ones are there and when you stand back and look at em it looks fantastic...all that passion....great stuff. Simsy also presented Bearsy with his SSFFL winner's medal and his beaming face when he got it had me laughing. Classic tune after classic tune and about 10 pints later we fell giggling into the caravan about 4.00am - having decided to take it easy the first night! Karime nearly made it to bed...the top half of her body on the bed....her legs on the ladder of the bunk-bed!!! where she happily snoozed!! Saturdays hangover started about 10 and we managed to crawl round to the cafe (sunglasses firmly glued on), eat their excuse for a breakfast and fall back into bed again.. As usual I missed all the daytime offerings opting to save myself for the niter session....so we chilled and swapped stories happily til it was time to go out again. Saturday night was even more buzzing, we were all dancing, and warming up ready for the performers to come on. Jesse Davis wowed us with a few numbers. I loved his version of Stormy and he sang Hang on in there girl (one of my faves) without one note out of place. He went down a treat. He was followed by the beaming smile that is Melvin Davis who equally wowed us with his offerings. It seemed the singers were on for no time at all because I was enjoying it so much. Afterwards all I remember is dancin me socks off and getting totally obliterated.....I think we left about 4.30 while we could still walk Sunday was chill out time, again, there was no way I was leaving my bed... so left the partying til the evening . Kylee and I got dressed up as the "soul police" complete with various tools of our trade...a tape measure to see if the djs had 7 inches or 12 and to check for "regulation" flares! talc for the floor, a beer towel to mop sweaty brows, a magnifying glass to check for boots, and of course, 6-inch stillettos!!and various other things....the boys seemed to favour the latex gloves and ky jelly the most - funnily enough When we came out of the ladies we walked slap bang into Melvin, Jesse and entourage who laughed with us (or maybe at us!) and were pleasantly surprised how many had taken up the fancy dress challenge. Even Ady who was dressed as a bear and little Sonny in matching outfit!! He was adorable - the baby that is....later saw the rest of the croasdell bear family dressed in pink. We did a bit of detective work as we were on duty, (although we were happy to be bribed with drinks!) checked out Dave and Rogers records with great care!! Measued flares and coshed various criminals with our pink squeaky trunchons!! Most blokes asked to be handcuffed but we preferred the "old style" of policing by giving them a clip round the ear. We had great fun all evening but found dancing in those shoes quite a hazardous task! By 12 oclock the magic fairy came and took away my magic dancing feet and gave me my bad back again so I retired for the evening. Many thanks to Ady for putting all this together (and every one else involved) Its like getting the whole soul family out together - fantastic. But my special thanks go to Karime, Kylee, Ian, Paul and Derek who made perfect trailer companions. Roll on next year!! Denise xx
  19. RICTIC

    Rictic blog from 2006-8

    Alldayer At Chesterfield Sunday 24 Th Posted by RICTIC, 21 August 2008 · hiya soulies. northern soul oldies all;dayer at the phoenix club chesterfield ,chester st. s40 1dl.come and dance to some old fav & classic tunes .so get your dancin shoes on because this is gonna be a goodun .it starts at 3 till 12-00 cheap beer cos its in a welfare and it as a nice wooden dance floor to strut yur stuff .the oldies djs for this dayer are ,carl piper /ian gee /gray weaver/ doug hall ]& coops this will be a brill dayer so get your selfs down to dance .dance.dance .you wont be dissappointed see you there ktf rictic Nitenurses First Year At East Kirkby Posted by RICTIC, 05 March 2008 · HIYA SOULIES ITS NITENURSES FIRST YEAR RUNNING EAST KIRKBY MINERS WELFARE SOUL CLUB. HE WOULD LIKE YOU TO COME AND GIVE HIM SUPPORT FRIDAY THE VENUE STARTS AT 8-00 TILL LATE /CHEAP BEER / THE DJs FOR THE NITE ARE CHRIS COOPER FROM PILSLEY SOUL CLUB & CRESSY FROM BENTIK SOUL CLUB .BOTH DJs WILL BE PLAYING ACROSS THE BOARD MUSIC PLUS RES DJs THE SOUL DOCTOR GARRY ARCHER & THE MAN HIMSELF NITENURSE / DAVE KNIGHT PLAYING A BLEND OF NORTHERN SOUL & MOTOWN TO SUIT ALL TASTES IF YOUV NOT BEEN TO THIS VENUE GIVE IT A TRY YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED THATS IT FOR NOW SEE YOU THERE KTF RICTIC Its Soul Time At Arnold Tonite Posted by RICTIC, 31 August 2007 HI SOULIES . ITS NORTHERN SOUL OLDIES & MOTOWN AT ARNOLD LABOUR CLUB TONITE ITS ON 79 HIGH ST ARNOLD NG5 7DN STARTS AT 8- 12 / £3 OTD DJS FOR THE NITE ARE CARL PIPER [KINGSWAY SOUL CLUB] GRAHAM WEAVER [ EX FEZ] YOCKIE [bARNSLEY] IAN GEE[KINGSWAY SOUL CLUB] AND DAVE KNIGHT [PROMOTER ] THIS WILL BE A PACKER SO GET YOURSELFS DOWN TO THIS VENUE FOR A NITE OF 100% OLDIES SEE YOU THERE KTF RICTIC Out On The Floor At Sixhills Soul Nite Posted by RICTIC, 12 June 2007 HIYA SOULIES ITS OUT ON THE FLOOR TIME AT SIXHILLS SOULNITE SAT JUNE 16TH THE FOSSEWAY[A46] LEICESTERSHIRE. LE14 3PD .STRATS AT 8-00 TILL 2-00 LATE BAR RES DJS KEV BRYN GARRY PLAYING A BLEND OF NORTHERN SOUL TO SUIT ALL TASTES THE GUESTS DJs ARE DAVE [NITE NURSE ] EAST KIRKBY PLAYING ACROSS THE BOARD MUSIC THEN MITCH [DERBY] PLAYING UNDER PLAYED TUNES AND FORGOTTEN GEMS AND MISTER OLDIES HIMSELF IAN GEE PLAYING NORTHERN SOUL OLDLIES & MOTOWN , GET YOUR SELFS DOWN TO THIS VENUE YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED IT GETS MORE SOULIES IN EACH MONTH ANY WAY THATS IT FOR NOW SEE YOU DOWN THERE KTF RICTIC Get Ready For The Get Down At East Kirkby Miners Welfare Posted by RICTIC, 31 May 2007 · HI SOULIES ITS ACROSS THE BOARD POLICY AT THIS VENUE ,THERES GARY FROM THE DRIVIN BEAT SOUL CLUB .SIXHILLS ;HE WILL BE PLAYING NORTHERN SOUL OLDIES & MOTOWN ; THEN THERES BARNSLEYS FINEST YOCKY PLAYING ,UNDERPLAYED .& FOREGOTTEN GEMS PLUS ACROSS THE BOARD SOUL MUSIC THEN LAST ON DAVE [NITE NURSE] PLAYING HIS BLEND OF NORTHERN SOUL TO SUIT ALL TASTES ; THIS VENUE IS GETTING BETTER EVERY TIME I GO TO IT ,SO IF YOU;VE NOT BEEN GET YOUR SELFS DOWN FOR A SOULFULL NITE YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED THATS IT TILL NEXT TIME KTF RICTIC Stirring Up Some Soul At Sixhills Soul Nite Posted by RICTIC, 16 May 2007 HI SOULIES ITS STIRRING UP SOME SOUL AT SIXHILLS HOTEL SOUL NITE SATURDAY 19th MAY THE FOSSEWAY [A46] LEICESTERSHIRE LE14 3PD THE RES DJs KEV BRYN GARRY WILL BE PLAYING A BLEND OF NORTHERN SOUL FOR ALL TO ENJOY GUEST DJ IS GRAHAM WEAVER FROM THE FEZ HE WILL BE PLAYING NORTHERN SOUL OLDIES & MOTOWN UNDERPLAYED ; SEMI KNOWN ; AND FORGOTTEN GEMS THE NITE STARTS AT 8-00 TILL 2-00 &A LATE BAR IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO THIS VENUE GET YOUR SELFS DOWN FOR A SOULFULL NITE YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED YOU SOULIES THATS IT FOR NOW SEE YOU THERE KTF RICTIC Its Soultime At Festival Hall Kirkby Fri 27th Posted by RICTIC, 24 April 2007 · hi soulies its soultime at the fez this friday 27th , res djs garry,bryn, kev will be playing a blend of northern soul & motown to suit all tastes and the 8-00 till 9-00 is still open for any one who fancys a go at djing ,mitch from derby a record collector is on this time playing his blend of music ,so if you want ago at djing come to the fez and see the promoters to book a spot also gray,s on playing ,underplayed.& foregotten gems & current floor fillers ,thats it for now ktf rictic Its Soultime At Sixhills Sat 21st April Posted by RICTIC, 19 April 2007 · OK SOULIES ITS SATURDAY AND ITS SOULTIME DOWN AT SIXHILLS ,THERES DEBBIE ON , TOP FEMALE DJ AND MARKY MOLE , THEY WILL BE PLAYING A BLEND OF NORTHERN SOUL & MOTOWN OLDIES TO SUIT EVERY ONES TASTE PLUS RES DJs KEV GARRY BRYN ,I T STARTS AT 8-00 TILL 2-00, ITS GOT A NICE WOODEN DANCE FLOOR AND ATMOSPHERE IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO THIS VENUE GET YOU,RE SELFS DOWN HERE FOR A GREAT NITE OF SOUL , AT SIX HILLS HOTEL. FOSSEWAY [A46] LEICESTERSHIRE, LE14 3PD SEE YOU THERE KTF RICTIC Its Soultime At Forest Town Welfare, Bank Holiday Monday Posted by RICTIC, 07 April 2007 · HI SOULIES ITA SOULTIME AT FOREST TOWN WELFARE BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY ,IT STARTS AT 6-30 till LATE AND IS ONLY £3 OTD ,PLUS A FREE CD TO THE FIRST 50 SOULIES ,THE DJ LINE UP ARE ,ALAN JONES [sELSTON] PAUL GATS[AWSWORTH] GRAY WEAVER[THE FEZ] DENNIS[RES] SO IF YOU,VE NOT HAD ENOUGH SOUL THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND ROUND IT OF BY COME ING TO THIS FANTASTIC VENUE WITH A NICE WOODEN DANCE FLOOR TO STRUT YOUR STUFF YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED ,THAT ITS FOR NOW SEE YOU THERE KTF RICTIC Stirring Up Some Soul At The Fez, Fri 30th Posted by RICTIC, 29 March 2007 · HI SOULIES , WERE STIRRING UP SOME SOUL AT THE FEZ THIS FRIDAY NITE 30th ,THE 8-00 to 9-00 SPOT WILL BE MARTIN SEAGRAVE PLAYING SOME FOREGOTTEN GEMS & UNDERPLAYED TUNES THE BIG NAMED DJs DONT PLAY THEN THERES RES DJs PLAYING NORTHERN SOUL OLDIES & MOTOWN ,IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DJ AND NEVER HAD A GO ,YOU CAN AT THE FEZ ON THE 800-9-00 SPOT COME AND SEE ,KEV, GARRY, OR BRYN AND YOU,LL GET SORTED THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY FOR NOW KTF RICTIC Soultime At Kingsway Tonite Posted by RICTIC, 24 March 2007 · hi soulies , it,s soultime at carl,s gig tonite at kingway , carls on first playing 100mph uptempo tunes to get the atmosphere going then mr oldies ian gee is on playing current floor fillers ,underplayed & foregotten gems ,then theres mr des jones playing all the top tunes & current motown monsters ,this soul nite as got the atmosphere & a good wooden dance floor to strut your stuff .if you,v not been to this venue get your selfs down there tonite for a soulfull nite .ktf RICTIC It Was A Good,un At Sixhills Posted by RICTIC, 18 March 2007 HI SOULIES ,WELL WHAT CAN I SAY .THERE WAS A FAIR FEW IN AT SIXHILLS HOTEL SOUL NITE LAST NITE EVEN THOUGH PRESTATIN WAS ON ,DAVE[NITENURSE ] DID THE OPENING SPOT PLAYED SOME GOOD NORTHERN SOUL OLDIES TO GET THE ATMOSPHERE GOING ,GAZ WENT ON NEXT PLAYED AN AWSOME SPOT, THEN K.C FROM BURTON UPON TRENT] CAME ON HE PLAYED .60ts /70ts NORTHERN TAMLA & CROSSOVER / AND I REALLY INJOYED HIS SPOT ,THEN BRYN WAS ON PLAYING UPTEMPO OLDIES , UNDERPLAYED , FOREGOTTEN GEMS , SO IT WAS A VERY GOOD NITE AT SIXHILLS IF YOU,VE NOT BEEN TO THIS SOUL NITE ,GO TO THE NEXT ONE YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED THE MUSIC GOOD AND THE PLACE ,GOT TO GO NOW KTF RICTIC Sixhills Hotel Soul Nite Posted by RICTIC, 09 March 2007 hi soulies ,its soul time at sixhills hotel .fosseway [A46] leicestershire le14 3pd ,saturday march 17th ,res djs kev bryn garry . the drivihg beat soul club , & guest dj KC, burton upon trent ,starts at 8-00 till 2-00 and a late bar ,the music played is northern soul & motown oldies , underplayed,foregotten gems & semi known tunes ,this is an excellent venue ,so get your selfs down there for soulfull nite , by for now ktf rictic The Fez, New Promoters Posted by RICTIC, 25 February 2007 · HI SOULIES ,NOT BEEN ON THE SOURCE BECAUSE I HAD A VIRUS ON MY IP ADDRESS ITS ALL RIGHT NOW I HOPE TOUCH WOOD, THE FEZ ,HAS GOT NEW PROMOTERS THEY ARE THE GUYS FROM THE SIXHILLS HOTEL SOULNITE ,KEV,GARRY, BRYN, THE DRIVING BEAT SOUL CLUB,THE MUSIC THEY WILL BE PLAYING IS NORTHERN SOUL OLDIES & MOTOWN , UNDERPLAYED TUNES & SEMI KNOWN & CURRENT FLOORFILLERS .THEY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE FEZ BECAUSE DEN DOG HAS SERIOUSLY HURT HIS BACK LIFTING THE DJ,ING EQUIPMENT ON HIS OWN ,SO HE SAID THIS IS TO MUCH FOR ME ., AM HANDING THE FEZ OVER TO THE DRIVING BEAT SOUL CLUB LADS, SO I SAY HOPE YOUR BACK GETS BETTER SOON DENDOG AND SEE YOU AT THE FEZ ANYWAY THATS IT FOR NOW KEEP ON SOULIN KTF RICTIC Sixhills Hotel Soul Nite Posted by RICTIC, 11 February 2007 HI SOULIES , ITS SOULTIME AT THE SIXHILLS HOTEL , THE FOSSEWAY[A64]LEICESTERSHIRE.LE14 3PD THIS SATURDAY 17th,PRESENTED BY THE DRIVING BEAT SOUL CLUB ,DJ,s FOR THE NITE ARE KC BURTON UPON TRENT] GRAHAM WEAVER, THE FEZ PLUS RESIDENTS [KGB ] KEV ,GARRY ,BRYN] THIS VENUE STARTS 8-00 TILL 2-00 AND A LATE BAR IF YOU,VE NOT BEEN TO THIS VENUE GET YOUR SELFS DOWN FOR ASOULFUL NITE OF NOTHERN SOUL & MOTOWN IT WILL BE A GOODUN KTF RICTIC Federation Soul Club / This Sat Posted by RICTIC, 31 January 2007 hi soulies .its soultime in nott,s at the federation soul club .claremont rd . sherwood rise.djs for the night are john healy . chris cooper . graham weaver , gary wall .there will be a mixed bag of northern soul & motown sat , if you,ve not been to this soul night .get your selfs down .its a cracking soul venue with atmosphere with a nice wooden dance floor [you can use talc] see you there ktf rictic Rictic On Tour Posted by RICTIC, 20 January 2007 hi soulies its the fez on friday got a very good dj dougie hall from newark sweet soul club he,ll be playing some top tunes plus mich reeve from notts robin hood scooter club . he,ll be doing the warm up spot and me last on .theres plenty of room to strut your stuff on the dance floor hear anyway got toi go ktf the orginaL RICTIC Festival Hall/kirkbysoul Club 29thdec Posted by RICTIC, 27 December 2006 · hi soulies its time for the big one / the fez i mean, its this friday northern soul oldies /motown played .the wooden floor big so you will have plenty of room to strut your stuff,allso the 8till 9 is open again to record collectors & people who want to have a go at djing playing northern soul oldies ,this starts next year so if your interested get in touch with dennis or graham on 01623/472715 have a happy new year all the best ktf rictic
  20. That's A Nice Hat Posted by Dave Rimmer, 13 July 2008 · It was with a certain amount of trepidation that I went to Bishops Wood Soul night last night. You see it was also the Catacombs Revival at Soulvation the same night, and you know what the Midlands is like for Oldies. So I was a little concerned about how busy it would be. I was wrong though, it turned out to be one of the best night's I've had this year. Col and Gaye Kidson, and Larry Mc have been running this venue since the middle of last year, and have pretty much alternated between Soul nights and allnighters. I managed to get to the first Soul night, but have always been DJing somewhere else since. Tonight was different because I was DJing at Bishops Wood. Col and Gaye picked me up, on time, and we even arrived at the venue before Larry who had the keys. (Which, if you know Col, is an amazing start to the evening anyway!) The equipment was already in the venue so it was just a case of wait for the bar to open (And when it did they were selling an excellent pint of Pedigree), and wait for the punters to arrive. Two minutes after the door opened, in walked the Shutes (Happy Birthday Angela) and Mandy, and people just kept on coming in a steady flow. By the end of the night I guess there were around 60 to 70 people in. Thing is though, it wasn't the numbers that made it a good night, it was who those people were. Since the Lea Manor in Albrighton went all Modern, and closed down, and Bretby Country Club was demolished, the people who made them such great fun places have been to a certain degree wandering around venues looking for a new home. We never all seemed to be at the same venue at the same time. It looks as though Bishops Wood could be the place though. A clean, smart, village hall, with a good dancefloor, seat to one side and a bar area for record dealers, and a music policy that isn't just stomping Oldies. Sounds good doesn't it. Throw in people like Johnny Weston, Woody and Lou, John Pugh, Kenny Onions, Mel and Pat, Johnny Fingers and Kenny, Ganche, and all the other friends I spoke to last night and you'll see why we had such a good laugh. Gaye started the night off DJing, and I must admit although you can hear the music in the record bar, I didn't pay much attention and was to busy chatting, to be able to tell you what she played. Col followed her, and played some really tasty Sixties things, even arranging for the fuses to blow during his last record so that he could stay on the decks a bit longer ! I DJ'ed between 10pm and 11pm, and here's what I played: Betty Everett - I've Got A Claim On You - One-Derful Gladys Tyler - Mr Green Mrs Green - Decca Dorothy & The Hesitations - Trying To Work A Plan - Jamie Marion James - That's My Man - Excello The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Bobby Bland - Sweet Lips Of Joy - Duke LP Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise Jack Montgomery - Baby Baby Take A Chance Of Me - Revue Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Larry Banks & Jaibi - My Life Is No Better - Unreleased GWP Douglas Gibson - Run For Your Life - Tangerine Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Earl Lewis - She Blew My Mind - Rare Bird Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Rose St John - I Know The Meaning - Veep Mill Evans - Why Why Why - King Andrea Henry - I Need You Like A Baby - MGM Trends - Not Too Old To Cry - ABC Paramount Gwenn Douglass - The Picture - Michelle Gary Holiman followed me, and mixed it up nicely by starting with a few Seventies and then a few even more recent things. Larry Mc finished the night off, and again, I wasn't paying much attention by this time. Meanwhile, back at the go go, Lou and Gaye had gravitated onto bottles of wine rather than glasses, more of that later. The intention was to go onto Middleton after my spot, but a combination of my tiredness (It's only the second Saturday this year that I've not done a niter), and Margie not fancying a niter either meant we stayed at Bishops Wood until the end. And I mean the end ! The music finished at 1 am, and to me this is always a sign that people have enjoyed the night, we just stood around chatting for another 45 minutes. It isn't a problem at Bishops Wood either, there are no bouncers trying to get the building emptied, simply because Larry Mc has the keys to the building and locks up when everyone has gone. So, we go out to the car, and the fresh air hits Lou (Mind you Gaye wasn't much better !) and we realise just how much wine she has drunk. Claiming she felt sick, the only thing we could find in case she was sick was Woody's hard hat. So Lou wore it all the way home. Margie and I sat in the back of the car with tears streaming down our faces. At least Woody knows Lou loves him she must have told him at least ten times......"Woody, I love you !" Sorry the photo isn't the best quality, but it was taken using my phone. It had been a great night, good music, good beer, happy smiling faces, a night spent enjoying ourselves with friends. So, the next allnighter is on August 2nd, and as far as I know, it's the only allnighter in the country that night. I can't recommend this place enough, so if you want a good night out, get yourself down to Bishops Wood. Cleethorpes 2008 (and The Quiz Answers) Posted by Dave Rimmer, 10 June 2008 It's 6:30 on the Tuesday morning, I've been up for an hour, and I'm suffering from the usual alcohol withdrawal symptons, and interrupted sleep patterns that usually follow a weekender, so what better time to do the blog ! Friday morning that nice Mr Weston arrived on time to pick me up, we loaded the car and set off for sunny Cleethorpes. It was raining hard when we got there mind you. So we had to shelter out of the rain somewhere didn't we. A couple of pints in the Modern room and we crossed the road to the Trawlerman pub to meet up with Toby and Mandy. Being sensible people (We'd only had two pints at this stage) we sat where we could see the reception door on the site, so we could see when the queue started to form to book in. Being even more sensible people we stayed in the pub when it did because it was still raining ! About an hour later John and I decided to go and book in. I left the pub and thought John was right behind me, it turned out that he'd seen someone he knew and stopped to talk to them, so I went and booked in on my own. Sharon was behind the desk with Ady (Congratulations to Ady and Donna on the birth of their son last week as well), and this year she actually recognised me. (Last year she thought I was Dean Anderson, who doesn't have a beard, doesn't wear glasses, and happens to be black). That sorted, it was back into the bar to have a couple more beers. Word reached me that John Weston had been thrown out of the pub (How does he do it, we'd only been there three hours ?) It turns out there had been a little bit of an altercation involving his testicles, and a fall, into the queue of people waiting for food, so he was asked to leave. Still being sensible, I went for something to eat, and then collected my DJ box because I was doing the opening spot of the weekend. I can normally remember what I played the day after, but this was a weekender, and copious amounts of alcohol and lack of sleep mean I have no idea whatsoever, so no playlists this time. However, i was obviously doing something right because I managed to leave a healthly full floor for Sue and Manda who followed me. I opened up the stall and spent the next hour or so just chatting to people who I hadn't seen for a while (Including an exceeding drunk Jessica, who had no recollection of the conversation at all the following day). Margie had arrived by now with Woody and Lou, so she spent the next hour wandering off saying hello to friends. I found it quite funny this year, in the past she has always complained that I used to wander off to chat to people and leave her on her own. This year it was the other way round and I wouldn't see her for ages and then she would appear demanding "DRINK". I blame those Rugby girls ! Mick Smith did the first of his seven spots of the weekend at 11:15pm, and managed to do all seven of them pissed as a monkey ! Not bad going for an old man ! Roger Banks hosted the dancing competition, but I didn't see any of it, so have no idea who won that either. And as sales in the Record Bar were slow, as it turned out they were slow all weekend, I eventually packed everything up and went off to bed at about 4:30am. If you have read previous accounts of weekenders you'll know that we don't give John Weston a key to the caravan because he either loses them, or forgets he's got them and knocks on the door anyway. He eventually arrived back an hour after the niter finished, and I was awake, so all was well. I was back at Midday to open the stall up, and the usual process of chatting and drinking went on. Jessica arrived, and asked if we'd spoken last night ? I did mention that she was drunk didn't I ? This year our conversation again covered a variety of subjects, but featured sheep shearing (Last year it was castrating lambs). Margie, Lou, and Viv Mills had gone into Cleethorpes shopping, and returned with food, so I packed up early and went to eat. Saturday night, and the live acts were faultless. Right from the very first song to the very last song. Karime Kendra opened up with her own band, the Killer Meters. For those who don't know, she is the daughter of Ty Karim, and although she was clearly nervous at the start of the first song, the huge grin which lit her face up at the end of it showed that all her nerves were gone. Not only does she sing with passion and Soul on more contemporary songs, but she also sounds just like her mother when performing her songs. She did a wonderful set, and almost stole the show. If people like Duffy and Amy Winehouse can get into the charts doing 'Retro-Soul' songs, Karime could kill them both stone dead with the right promotion, and I'm sure we'll hear more of her. Frank Dell clearly isn't a showman, but with that rich as treacle voice, who the hell cares ! 'He Broke Your Game Wide Open' has always been one of my favourite songs, and I never, ever thought I would get the opportunity to hear it sung live, so big thanks to Ady for sorting that one. Gigi & The Charmaines really did the business, and it showed on their faces how much they enjoyed the show themselves. Consumate professionals, who knew what they were doing they really did give the performance of their lives. I would honestly say that all three of the acts this year combined to produce the best show there has been at a Cleethorpes weekender, it was that good. Lou had a good night as well because when she fell of her chair it took two people to get her back up again, but I lasted until about 5:30am this year, and staggered off to my bed, happy. Sunday, the best day of the weekender for me personally, and it started with Triple A Kenny doing a really good spot for the first hour. I had to laugh though, Sian from Rugby had managed to leave her shoes behind on the Saturday night. (This is not the first time it's happened believe me !) so went and asked at the bar if they had found any shoes. They produced two pairs, so Sian said she would take them both because the other pair belonged to Denise from Rugby as well. So out of the thousand people there, only two managed to leave their shoes behind, and they were both mates and from Rugby ! Onto this years Soul Mastermind Quiz. Roger Banks and I compose the questions between us, and this year we thought they were fairly easy. It turns out we were wrong judging by the answers that were handed in. As a special treat for the entrants this year the quiz sheets that were handed out by Tracy were all printed on A3 paper, and everyone got a really big pencil to write the answers with. (And when I say a really big pencil, I mean a really big pencil, they were a foot long !) You have to feel sorry for Tabs though, he brought his back because it wouldn't work. Once I'd explained that you had to take the plastic cover off the end he got the general idea ! As with prevous years the usual mayhem ran throughout the quiz. Roger and I might be sober when we wrote the questions (Well I was anyway), but by 2:45 we'd both had seven or eight pints, and a couple more each during the quiz itself. Let me tell you, it gets messy up on that stage sometimes during the quiz. I'm not sure who won the quiz either because Roger and I had left Ady to it by then. I do know that the Hinckly lads who were actually DJing at the time won the booby prize which Roger had found behind the stage. I'm not sure why they didn't want the Christmas tree, but it was still there that night, so we tried giving it away as a prize in the Fancy Dress competition. In response to all the people who asked me what the answers were on the Sunday night night, I've included all the questions and the answers at the end of the blog here. My apologies to anyone who asked me about specific questions on the Sunday night, I'd stopped being a sensible person well before then and was lucky if I could remember the question, never mind the answer ! Sunday night, party night, and Roger and I had the first two hour spot. I really enjoy driinking, sorry DJing, with Roger because we have very similar tastes in music so we work well together. On a least four occasions one of us would play a record, and the other one would put their copy back in their box unplayed. The two hours went past really quickly and soon it was time for us to leave the stage. We gave a final plug for the Christmas tree as a prize, and left before the fancy dress competition started. There weren't many entrants this year, and I must admit, yet again, I have no idea who won (I must pay more attention, there were four competitions all weekend and I have no idea who won any of them) My own personal choice as winner would have to have been Denise from Rugby in her latex batgirl costume, with those thight length boots. More than one bloke I spoke to that night said "She'd have to keep the costume on" (Think about it !). In fact I tried to persuade Simsy, who was giving Denise and Kylee a lift home the following day that he should refuse to let them into the car unless they had the costumes on (Kylee was also dressed in a latex Batgirl costume). Onto the DJ competition. This year it was musical statues again. Not too hard you'd have thought, but the better you do, the longer you have to dance, and by the time I'd danced to three records I was completely shagged ! I can't remember the last time I danced to three consecutive records, so I voluntarily surrendered rather than be knocked out. One day I'll get that Dougie back ! The rest of the night has disappeared into a hazy blur, and I didn't even make it to the end of the night, leaving about fifteen minutes before the end, but I gather the usual attempts to drown Soulies went on at the end of the night. I have to say this was the best Cleethorpes for several years as far as I was concerned. Numbers were down overall on previous years, but the atmosphere was there in bucketfulls, and the fun side was as good as ever. So I'll finish by saying thanks to those whose company I enjoyed over the course of the weekend, and a big, big thanks to Ady and all the others who helped him for giving us such a great time. Here are the Quiz questions and answers: 2008 Cleethorpes Weekender Soul Mastermind Quiz 1. Kim Tolliver recorded two albums during her career. One was released under her own name, what name was the other one released under Kimberley Briggs - 1 Point 2. Three different groups called The Magnetics have all recorded records that have become major hits on the Northern Scene. Name the three labels ? Play Magnetics Ra-Sel Sable Bonnie - 3 Points 3. Lou Bert Music was a collaboration of which two singer/songwriters ? Clue: One of them has appeared here Lou Courtney Dennis Lambert - 2 Points 4. Name 3 artists they wrote for (Soul or Pop) ? Mary Wells Lorraine Ellison Carl Hall Lesley Gore Freddie & The Dreamers - 3 Points 5. Who owned and operated Roulette Records ? Morris Levy - 1 Point 6. As an estimate, how many drunks will there be in the swimming pool later tonight Name them ! Give them a point whatever they put - 1 Point 2 Points if they put Ady Croasdell first. 7. You might recognise this track by the Tempests. Here's the answer - 10 - What was the question Play Tempests How many members in the group - 1 Point 8. Who fronted/took lead vocals on the Webs recordings Willie Cooper - 1 Point 9. Chattahoochee Records have a slogan on the label. What is it ? 'Solid As Rock' - 1 Point 10. Marvin Jones recorded four singles for four different labels. What name were the singles all released under Jack Montgomery - 1 Point 11. Bob-A-Lou Music was a collaboration of which two famous writers ? Clue: One was the answer to question 3 Robert Bateman Lou Courtney - 2 Points 12. How many pens do we get back after the quiz ? A: 20 B: 1-10 C: A Few D: None A, B, C, or D - 1 Point 13. The O'Jays were from Philadelphia, but in which city was 'I'll Never Forget You' recorded ? Play O'Jays Detroit - 1 Point 14. Who were the arrangers on Spyder Turner's 'I Can't Make It Anymore' ? Clue - One of them has been here. Mike Theodore Dennis Coffey - 2 Points 15. Blue Eyed R & B Soulsters The answer is Pennsylvania - What was the question, and who were the group ? Play Magnificent Men Where do they come from Magnificent Men - 2 Points 16. What colour label did the early Chicago label Abner appear on ? Black/Silver issues Red/White Demos Maroon/Silver issues - 1 Point for each answer 17. How many singles did The Fiestas release on Old Town Records between 1959 and 1965 ? Was it Ten, Twelve, Fifteen, or Twenty ? Play Fiestas Fifteen - 1 Point 18. Major Harris's father, and grandfather were also christened Major. What did he christen his son ? Major - 1 Point 19. Frank Dell 'aka' 'Big Frank' (Murphy) covered a Tami Lynn rarity. What was it called and what ws the flip ? You My Love / It's All Over But The Pain - 2 Points 20. This is a funked up Philly recording of a Motown song. Who is it by, and who recorded it originally Play The Ambassadors The Ambassadors Tammi Terrell - 2 Points Two Days, Two Spots, Ten Miles, And A World Apart Posted by Dave Rimmer, 04 May 2008 · It's been a really busy weekend for me this time, DJ spots on the Friday and Saturday nights. Both of which were geographically only ten miles away from each other. So how did I clock up nearly three hundred and fifty miles over the weekend ? Well, Friday I went up to Culcheth to DJ at The Soulful Shack, 'Birthday Boys Special'. My parents still live in Culcheth, so it was a nice way to get to see them, celebrate my Birthday, and spin a few tunes. The Soulful Shack is actually held in the British Legion (Which has been renamed The Phoenix Bar "Rave On"), and is run by Mike Hawkins and Steve Longworth (It was Mike's Birthday this weekend as well.) Their music policy is quite clear: Quality 60's Soul, R &B, and some Popcorn thrown into the mix as well. And the night certainly didn't disappoint on that score. The other two guests, Steve Crooks (Who was the third DJ celebrating a Birthday this weekend !!) and Bram Breeze, certainly started the night off with the musical agenda fixed firmly in their minds. Steve and Mike also hammered out some great stuff as well. Now, I'll be honest. Not all of the tracks were to my taste, in fact I think some of them strayed a little bit to far into the Rock and Roll genre, and there was quite a few tracks of what has become known as 'Tumbleweed'. But that's a minor criticism. The vast majority of the tracks played before my spot were hard R & B, and I must have heard more records I didn't know in one night than I have for a long time, which is a huge plus ! Numbers were quite low, but that didn't stop the dancers being enthusiastic, and there were a lot of travellers from outside the North West as well as some from fairly local places. Derek and Janet Whatmough being one such couple, and Derek insisted on taking me outside to show me the spare wheel cover on his small truck ! It did impress me though, so much that I took a picture with my phone, hence the poorer than usual quality of the picture. Here's what I played between 11 and 12 pm in roughly the right order. Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn James Crawford - If You Don't Work You Can't Eat - Mercury Renee Perri - I Aim To Please - Soulville Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Troy Dodds - The Real Thing - El Camino Kent Meade - Funky To Me - MC Bettye Lavette - Happiness Will Cost You One Thin Dime - Unreleased Scepter Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit Daniel E Skidmore III - Little Old Groovemaker - Parkway Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Roy Wright - Hook Line & Sinker - Mica Bobby Baskerville - Gotcha Where I Wancha - Dot Idols Just A Little But More - Reveille Bobby Bland - Sweet Lips Of Joy - Duke LP Ted Taylor - Miss You So - Ronn Al Apollo - I'm Walking - Cub Douglas Banks - Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Guyden Carlena Weaver - Jealousy - Audel Tommy Dodson III - Co-Operate - Main Sound Johnny K Killens - Frenchy The Tickler - Deep City Larry Banks & Jaibi - My Life Is No Better - Unreleased GWP Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Gwenn Douglass - The Picture - Michelle Jock gave me and Margie a lift back to my parents for free B & B (It was less than half a mile away), and then we caught the train back home on Saturday morning. Steve and Mike are trying to get a night that is a little bit different going here, they are both enthusiastic collectors and DJs, and have decided that they are going to stick to their guns with the music policy rather than going down the Oldies route. They deserve support, so if you fancy a night a little bit different, The Soulful Shack is the place to be. Saturday night, and I should have been DJing at Stafford Rangers. However, Shute, the promoter was hospitalized last month with a brain aneurism. Obviously the night at Stafford was cancelled, but the good news is that Shute is now home and recuperating. The intention was to DJ at Stafford and then go back up to the North West to DJ at the inaugural New Century Soul allnighter at Maximes in Wigan to DJ there. As it was Woody and Lou picked us up to head up the motorway straight to Wigan. We arrived around 11pm, just as Chris Waterman was getting out of his car. There were a few others arriving so we all went round the corner to a little boozer called Hartley's Emporium. Great little boozer as well, free juke box, full of Northern Soul, cheap beer (In fact it was Banks's bitter, which is brewed in Wolverhampton, so what I want to know is how come it was cheaper to buy a pint of Banks's in Wigan than it is in Wolverhampton ?) The only down side was there was only one barmaid serving, and an influx of about twenty thirsty Soulies meant service wasn't the quickest, but she worked hard for her money that night. At midnight there was a quite healthy queue forming outside Maximes, something you only really see at The 100 Club these days. I dragged the sales stuff up two flights of stairs to find Chris had set all the dealers up along one side of the room. I never went to Maximes back in the Eighties, in fact I'd never been before, but I'm reliably told the layout has hardly changed, but there has been some modernization work done, and the toilets were spotless, again, the beer was reasonably priced for a town centre club, the only downside being they didn't do tea and coffee (For Margie and Lou of course). The first two spots, from Steve Pownell and The Soul Twins set the place off to a cracking start. Uptempo Oldies, the faster the better. By 1am there was a very healthy crowd in, and the dancefloor was getting busier all the time. I went on at 2am, something to do with Mick Lyons wanting the 3am spot. No problem, I'll do any spot, and enjoy doing it as well. Here's what I played, 2am to 3am, again in roughly the right sort of order: Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love) - St Lawrence Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine Ted Taylor - Somebody's Always Trying - Okeh Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Betty Everett - I've Got A Claim On You - One-Derful Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Vondells - Hey Girl (You've Changed) - Airtown Hyperions - Why You Wanna Treat Me Like You Do - Chattahoochie Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Johnny K Killens - Frenchy The Tickler - Deep City Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA Victor Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess International G.T.O.S - I Love My Baby - Rojac Cooperettes - Shing-A-Ling - Brunswick David And Ruben - (I Love Her So Much) It Hurts Me - Warner Brothers You'll notice although there are half a dozen records that are in both playlists, this spot was one for a hot sweaty dancefloor rather than one for the collectors. Having said that, the floor stayed as full for the rarer things as it did for the well known Oldies. Mick Lyons followed me and stuck with the Oldies, then Karl Heard came on and went back onto the more obscure side. Fair do's, the dancefloor responded, and it must have encouraged Woody because he came on at 5am and played an absolute blinder of a set. I spoke to him after he finished his set, and he was still up on the adrenalin rush of doing a set and knowing that you got it right ! Certainly one of the best sets I've heard him do in a long time, and when he comes out with a set like this you suddenly realize how underated he really is. Almost certainly because it was a midnight start, you didn't get the thinning out of the crowd until way after six, and that meant the good atmosphere that had been generated, stayed right through until we left about 7am. Nice to see so many friendly faces, and especially to see Jack McDougal again for the first time in probably three or four years (Four of them had traveled down from Scotland, and guess who ended up with the Scottish £20 note in his pay packet.....bloody foreign money !) I think Chris Waterman has got a real prospect of a very successful allnighter at Maximes, I thoroughly enjoyed myself from beginning to end, and didn't hear one moan from anybody. Looking forward to the next one. The rather poor quality scan below is of the metallic stickers that Chris was giving out to everyone. A journey home in rain, well it was a bank holiday weekend, with a brief stop to be robbed by the highwayman they call Motorway Services these days meant we got home around 9am. So that was the weekend, two spots, ten miles apart, but a world apart in music policy. Just goes to show the breath and strength of the scene these days. It Had Snowed When We Came Out ! Posted by Dave Rimmer, 06 April 2008 Last night it was my second favourite allnighter. Rugby Soul Club. (The 100 Club is up there at number 1), so Woody and Lou picked us up and off we set in brilliant sunshine. It's become a bit of a tradition that some of us meet up at The Avon Mill for a drink and a meal before the nighter, and this time Toby, Mandy, Chrissie, and Kylee joined us. I tried to embarrass Kylee by saying in a very loud voice so that everyone in the pub looked at her " Bloody hell that is a short skirt". (It was as well, she almost needed two hairdo's). She just did a pirouette, and said "Yeah". Ah, the confidence of youth ! Despite some trepidation about the clash with Middleton affecting the numbers I worried needlessly. A steady trickle of people at eight pm turned into a veritable flood by midnight, and the numbers were up over the 250 mark again easily. The clash of the R & B titans in the freestyle room attracted a lot of new faces to Rugby this time, and although I only poked my head through the door a couple of times it was the busiest this room has been so far, and all the patrons of that room arrived good and early, so it was kicking from the start. Great idea, and one that should be repeated soon. The main hall looked a little sparse by comparison early on. Matt Smart started the night off nicely, followed by 'Triple A Kenny' (This is Back Door Kenny's new name as he no longer does the back door at the 100 Club, he's now Access All Areas Kenny) Meanwhile vinyl sleuth extraordinaire, Woody, turned up with one of my top wants, The Soundmasters, which he'd just bought at a very competitive price (and then borrowed half the cash to pay for it from me !!). Bugger !!!!!! I'm really pleased for him because he does put the time in at every venue bent over the record boxes searching for that elusive want. Tonight he found one, if I wasn't so idle about looking in record boxes I could have beaten him to it, but there you go. In the main room Jon Buck was whipping a storm up on the dancefloor with an out and out Oldies set. I followed up in much the same vein, and left the stage to James Trouble. Now I wondered what James was going to play, because he has a deserved reputation for playing Newies, but no, he read the floor right and carried on with the Oldies to start his first set off. By now it was just gone midnight and Adam cranked the dancefloor up by throwing a mixture of Sixties and Seventies in, he was quickly followed by Matt Smart again. Matt has DJ'ed at Rugby from the beginning and it's been great seeing how his collection and confidence has grown over the last five years. By now nearly all the regulars had arrived and the main room had filled up nicely in time for James Trouble to go back on and play a more esoteric set. As always the crowd at Rugby accept almost anything played, and James managed to play some of the rarer things he's known for. Jon Buck came back for the penultimate set, and left me with a full dancefloor for the last hour. here's what I played in my second set: Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Vondells - Hey Girl (You've Changed) - Airtown Larry Atkins - Ain't That Love Enough - Highland Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca Johnny Killens - Frenchy The Tickler - Deep City 5 Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Delcos - Arabia - Ebony Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man - Midas Betty Everett - I've Got A Claim On You - One-Derful Dorothy & The Hesitations - Trying To Work A Plan - Jamie Douglas Banks - Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Guyden Enchantments - I'm In Love With Your Daughter - Faro Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Hyperions - Why You Wanna Treat Me Like You Do - Chatahoochie Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Tommy Dodson III - Co-Operate - Main Sound Troy Dodds - The Real Thing - El Camino Renee Perri - I Aim To Please - Soulville Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Fantastic Four - Can't Stop Looking For My Baby - Ric-Tic Ray Pollard - The Drifter - United Artists Johnny Mae Matthews - I Have No Choice - Big Hit They are roughly in the right sort of order, and although there is less R & B in there than normal (Let's face it, if you wanted R & B, you would have been in the freestyle room all night, but that room had finished as I started my set), I still really enjoyed playing the last set of the night. Unfortunately, because the hall was booked for an Antiques Fair at 7 am we had to finish at 5 am, but next time it's back to the normal finish at six. That just leaves me to say thanks to the Rugby collective, Sian and Dean especially, you make this the friendliest niter on the scene at the moment, when you combine that with a good variety of music in probably the best venue in terms of layout, with staff that enjoy themselves as much as the punters it's going to be a success for a long time. So, you don't really have an excuse for not coming to the next one in June, do you, and hopefully the weather will be a little better because when we walked out of the Benn Hall there was an inch of snow on all the cars. Artists Draw Pictures, Don't They ? Posted by Dave Rimmer, 05 March 2008 · As I get older. The feeling of surviving a weekender, rather than attending it, gets stronger. It's Tuesday morning now, I can just about focus on the screen with my eyes, my voice has just about returned, my back is killing me, and I ache all over. Margie said she has no sympathy, it was lt self inflicted. She's right of course, but what a great time I had doing it. Johnny Weston was driver for the weekend because Woody couldn't come due to Lou's knee operation (Good job really because he was rushed into hospital himself for an operation on the Monday !). He picked me up around 1pm and we had a nice easy drive down with a stop for a meal on the way. Arriving about 4pm on the Thursday, we checked straight in, collected all four passes and found to our delight that the shed we were in, sorry did I say shed, I meant Chalet was as close as we could be to the Queen Vic. First thing we did was feed a fiver into the electric meter and turn all the heating on. On the subject of the chalets, I notice there has been a fair bit of criticism this year from people. In one sense it's fair criticism, because they were built in a different era, when people's expectations were different. Yes they are sparse, not the cleanest, and cold. But what the hell were you expecting. We use ours to sleep in, get washed in, and get changed in and that's it. For those purposes, it's fine. If you want luxury, book into the hotel round the back of the site ! At five, we decided that the pub was calling. So we wandered over to find a seat with Toby and Mandy. A few beers were consumed, and I introduced John Weston to Kath who does the Northern soul radio show in Brighton. Three quarters of an hour later he came to thank me ! This was the first Prestatyn for me when the smoking ban was in force, and there was a gale blowing outside, so it didn't take me long to work out that as I could see the front door of our chalet from the front door of the Queen Vic I was going back there to smoke my cigarettes. Funnily enough other people soon cottoned on, and there were quite a few visitors that night. We eventually drifted into the main room where I was delighted to find that my sales table was still in the main room rather than moved into the amusement arcade (More about that later). The night went quickly, and as always the good intentions of an early night went out of the window, and I eventually staggered back to the chalet getting on for 3am. I was up before 8am though, and decided to go for breakfast in the cafÃÆ’©. Talk about chaos ! I don't know where the normal staff were but it was two of the reception people doing the serving an they had no idea what they were doing. Never mind, I eventually got my bacon and eggs, and ended up paying for part of Gloria Jones' breakfast as well as my own because she hadn't got enough money on her. So I'm claiming I took Gloria Jones out for a meal on the strength of that one ! The weather was still rather on the cold side so a taxi into Prestatyn was called for. I'd brought the lights for the stall, but no extension lead, so had to buy one. By the time I got back Weston was surfacing, so I went to set the records up, and then wandered into the Queen Vic where the Soultown alldayer was just starting with Geoff and Sue Claxton DJing. I listened to their spot and then went and opened the stall. Reality struck me a little later. I'd started drinking at midday, and wasn't due to DJ until 6am, 18 hours later, so a little sense showed and I went for a kip and something to eat. Needless to say, Johnny Weston didn't, which would probably explain the state he was in when later on in the night. At one point I saw him tip his own pint over his head. Now with the price of the beer at Prestatyn that's an expensive party trick ! Laugh of the night came when Jenny Banks and Tracy Watson decided to sit at the tables that had "Reserved For Artists" written on them. They had a notebook each and a box of crayons and were drawing pictures, claiming to be artists. The look on Jerry Williams face was an absolute picture in itself !! Second laugh of the night as seeing Lyndsey and Karen arrive looking as though they had been swimming fully clothed. "Raining outside is it ?". It was a very rude reply ! James Trouble was seen sporting a rather natty flat cap, all he needs now is a whippet and then he really will think he's a northerner ! Musically, the Friday night was pretty good. Even though it's a big venue, the DJs played pretty much their regular allnighter spots rather than sinking to the lowest common denominator of the top 500 Oldies, so I really enjoyed the night. My own spot was 6am to 7am, and to be fair, it had been a long day so the numbers ahd thinned out considerably by then, but I was pleased with the dancefloor reaction, and even more pleased that I could shoot off straight to bed when I'd finished. Saturday morning arrived, some three hours after I went to bed, another cold and windy day. I opened the stall up, had a few beers, chatted to a few different people who arrived during the course of the afternoon. During the course of the afternoon it became very noticeable that there were record dealers setting up with two or three hundred records for sale who hadn't paid for a table. Now, I have no objection when people bring a fifty count box in to sell records, but when people who are known record dealers (who have paid for a table in the past, so know the score) bring four boxes in and set up, he, and all the other people were told to remove the boxes by Pontins Security. It's unfortunate that the people with small boxes lost their opportunity to sell records, but it is purely and simply down to the people who decided to bring hundreds of records in. If that hadn't happened, Pontins wouldn't have come round and made everyone remove their boxes. I then went and ate one of the sorriest Steak and Kidney pies it's ever been my misfortune to eat. The camp chippy excelled itself with this one. Of course I wasn't DJing on the Saturday, so had free range to drink as much as I wanted because I would be going to bed early. By the time the live acts came on stage there were so many people in the room that I couldn't get near the stage to take any photos so I decided to stay with the stall and just listen. 'Job Opening' sounded great from the first few bars, it still sounded ok after five minutes. After ten minutes I went for a cigarette, and it was still 'Job Opening' when I came back ! There's nothing like having one song and milking it to death is there ! Gloria Jones was clearly struggling, shame really, but I'm afraid she just wasn't up to it anymore. I seem to have completely missed Gwen Owens because I can't remember a single thing about her act ! Jerry Williams was the business. For me, he could have done the whole ninety minutes himself singing his own songs and those he had written and produced for others. Superb ! The Precisions finished the show with another cracking live performance. Top marks to the guys, they still have the voices, the stage presence, and the act to outshine most live acts around. The idea of an early night went out of the window of course, and I eventually staggered off to bed at around 5.30am. I was up again by 9am because I wanted some food before I did my radio show. This is the first year I'd been asked to do a radio show, and I'd decided to do the whole thing from CDs rather than vinyl, so was slightly nervous about the whole thing. The Sound Engineer also decided to mess about with the cabling at the start of my show so that didn't help much. In the end though I think it went really well and was able to play some tracks that I personally love, but never get the chance to DJ with. Steve Hobbs stayed in bed, the lazy git, so I over ran by about ten minutes then it was straight into the main room to open the stall up for the last session of the weekender. 4.30pm say me packing up and off for something to eat. By 6.30pm I was in the Queen Vic listening to Dave Rivers set, then it was time for the highlight of the weekend for me. John Weston and Keith Money, double decking for two hours I can honestly say this is probably the best two hour set I've heard since the one they did last year. They both have immaculate taste, amazing collections, and work well together. Without a shadow of a doubt the best set of the weekend. It wasn't just me that thought so either judging by the sustained round of applause they received at the end of their set. Well done guys, made the weekend for me. A few more beers and then it was time for my set with Roger Banks in the main room between 11pm and midnight. Rather disappointingly this year, the crowd only wanted to dance to Oldies, we did try one or two other things but they thinned the crowd out drastically, so, we played Oldies for the rest of the set, and then it was time for bed. I'd lost my voice completely again, was suffering from sleep deprivation, and had drunk enough to own shares in the brewery. I'd had enough, so went off to bed. Overall, I enjoyed this year's weekender immensely. I sold a few records, chatted to loads of people, those I see every week, and some I hadn't seen for years, drank a few beers, heard some great DJ spots, and enjoyed the live acts. OK, so the weather was atrocious, but so what, it was February / March, in Wales. That's what you expect. The beer was expensive if you were a Northerner, but about average if you were from London, and the food available on site was, to be honest, lousy. But the fun I had, the laughs, and the generally good company far outweighed all that. The one thing I'll never understand is all the miserable sods on Soul Source, who didn't attend and then complained about the event. Get a life ! I'll be back next year ! Read Full Entry â ' 2 Comments Options Post Operative Euphoria ? No, The Fabulous Peps Posted by Dave Rimmer, 27 January 2008 · 5 views It's Saturday night, and The Fabulous Peps are on stage tonight ! Not only that, but I'm DJing as well. Which is why it was rather awkward for me. I had a Epigastric Hernia operation just over a week ago, so can't lift anything heavy, like record boxes !! A bribe to my youngest son soon solved that. No, that's being unfair to him, not only did he give me a lift there, hump all my records and magazines up to the balcony, he also came back at 7am to take me home. I was there nice and early, and sent the first hour chatting to people and selling a few records. Chris Waterman had told me that there were less than five tickets unsold, and it quickly became obvious that people wanted to get there early as well because by 9.30pm, not only was the dancefloor full, but all the tables were as well. The music before the Fabulous Peps hit the stage was mostly Oldies, it is the West Midlands after all. That's not a complaint either. I love Oldies as much as the next man, and if I go to a venue knowing I'm going to hear Oldies I'm quite happy. The temperature was rising steadily and everytime I went out for a cigarette my glasses steamed up when I came back in. Then 1am arrived, and The Fabulous Peps hit the stage. MC'ed by Hitsville Chalky, Joe Harris, Steve Calloway, and Trey Stone came on stage to huge applause, and then just ripped right into the first song. A blip with the backing track almost caused a problem, but the guys soon got over it and put on a real show. They didn't just sing, they entertained, for a full forty minutes. Here's the running order of the show: Detroit Michigan Speak Your Peace Gypsy Woman With These Eyes That's How I Love You I've Been Trying She's Gonna Leave You My Love Looks Good On You A truly spectacular performance, from three of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. They then went to sign autographs for the next hour or so, and were still in the building at 4 am when I went to start my spot. Here's what I played in roughly the right order. Johnny K Killens - Frenchy The Tickler - Deep City The Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Vondells - Hey Girl (You've Changed) - Airtown Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca Johnny Robinson - Gone But Not Forgotten - Okeh Jack Montgomery - Baby Baby Take A Chance On Me - Revue Sheppards - Stubborn Heart - Mirwood Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise JoAnne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl Hyperions - Why You Wanna Treat MeLike You Do - Chattahoochie Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty The Delcos - Arabia - Ebony The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Betty Everett - I've Got A Claim On You - One-Derful Brice Coefield - Ain't That Right - Omen Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino The Sparkles - Try My Love - Old Town Mill Evans - Why Why Why - King Jimmy Wallace - I'll Be Back - Alpha Steve C followed me with a storming uptempo set, and that left Little Scotty to finish the night in his usual style. Martin, my son, arrived back at 6.45, so we loaded the car up and left Brookfields, with the dancefloor still full. Craig and Dawn accepted the offer of a lift home, because the Taxi they had ordered three hours before hadn't arrived, and the taxi company seemed very vague about when the taxi would arrive. A couple of hours kip when I got back, then Woody and Lou arrived because we were expecting guests. At 4pm Hitsville Chalky knocked on the door, with Joe, Steve, and Trey. It gave us the opportunity to just chat, get records autographed, and present the guys with a CD of all the photographs I'd taken the night before, 67 in total. The thing that struck me most about all three of them was how genuinely blown over they were by the Northern Soul scene. When I asked Steve if he had enjoyed himself last night his reply was "More than you did, much more than you, it was unbelievable", and both Joe and Trey chipped in with similar sentiments. All three said they would love to come back, and can't wait for the opportunity. They left after about an hour on the way to the chippie to have some fish, chips, and mushy peas for their tea. So, it was a wonderful way to end a terrific weekend. It's times like these that reaffirm your faith in Soul music. I can only add my thanks to Chalky for having the dream of putting The Fabulous Peps on live in the UK, and Chris Waterman for putting the whole thing together, and of course, for the DJ Booking. Read Full Entry â ' 0 Comments Options Rule Britannia Posted by Dave Rimmer, 06 January 2008 · 11 views A Saturday night without an allnighter is indeed a rarity, so we had a look at the Events listings and came up with two reasonably local alternatives. The Britannia in Shrewsbury, and Shute's Stafford Soul night. The Britannia won, for the simple reason Chris Morgan told Mrs Soul to bring a box of tunes and do a spot. So even though Johnny Weston was the guest at Stafford we set out for Shrewsbury. (Sorry Shute, but I'll definitely be there in May) The parking at The Britannia is on the road, so Woody managed to pull up right outside the pub, and I mean right outside, it was less than two yards to the door ! I knew nothing about this night other than it was in a pub, but I'd expected it to be in a room upstairs at the pub, you know what I mean, the usual Soul night type of venue. But no, this was literally, in the pub ! The Britannia is a fairly small, clean, and tidy pub with a good choice of beers, seating for about fifty, and a small, but big enough, dancefloor up the stairs at the back of the pub, and a smoking area at the back, with chairs and tables and a telly no less. When we arrived Kiddo was the only Soulie in there, and there were about eight locals, Hmm, we thought, it should have started forty five minutes ago, and there's no music, and nobody here. It doesn't bode well. However, within five minutes of our arrival Chris and Carlos arrived, then Kenny Onions, and a steady trickle of Shrewsbury Soulies. Music policy is quite simple. Anything goes as long as it is Black music, so it was no surprise to hear Chris kick off with a few Ska tunes. The surprise was that the Landlady was dancing behind the bar ! Kiddo followed Chris on the decks, and by then Mr and Mrs Felton had strolled in (And Neil was drinking pints of Coke, claiming he was having a month "Off the beer". He stuck to it as well !) Lou went up to the decks next, and played a very creditable half hour spot. Curtis Blandon - Mr Imagination - Port Gordon Keith - Look Ahead - Calumet The Caesars - La La I Love You - Lanie The Venturas - Baby Be Mine - Daniels Valerie & Nick - I'll Find You - Glover Brenton Wood - Sweet Molly - Brent Jo Jo Petite - Joey - Boss If I Had My Way - Rose St John - United Artists The Venturas - Heart Of Love - Green Light Kiddo had been telling me that come ten thirty the doors are locked, and the music just carries on (and it went past five in the morning one month), with some comfort being provided to the smokers as well later on, so the night was looking up ! Chris Morgan had persuaded me to do a half hour spot as well, despite my protestations that I only had a sales box with me (Like I really needed persuading !) So here's what I played in roughly the right sort of order as well. All taken from the R & B side of the box, and as already mentioned all for sale, so I've added the price at the end of each track. PM me if you are interested in any of them Betty Everett - I've Got A Claim On You - One-Derful - £35 Joe Tex - Don't Play - Checker - £25 Jimmy Norman - I Don't Love You No More - Little Star - £25 Buddy Ace - True Love Money Can't Buy - Duke - £50 Lowell Fulsom - Make A Little Love - Kent - £30 Eddie Floyd - Baby Bye - Saffice - £30 Oscar Boyd - When Things Get A Little Better - Hermes - £30 Buddy Ace - It's Gonna Be Me - Duke - £30 Bobby Bland - Gotta Get To Know You - Duke - £15 Clentt Grant - Just Like You Like It - Duke - £30 Kitty Clark - Big Wheel - House Of Orange - £15 Clennt Grant - All Mine - Duke - £30 Lowell Fulsom - My Aching Back - Kent - £20 Junior Parker - I'm In Love - Duke - £15 Otis Clay - Show Place - One-Derful - £15 So there you go, a half hour that turned into forty minutes of stonkin' R & B. By the end of my spot Mel and Pat had arrived, with Andy Vass, and that brought the numbers up to around forty that were locked in the pub. Woody was up to the decks next, and surprised me by doing a Seventies spot. Now, Woody is one of the most under rated DJs around, he's got a great collection, and can put them together in the right order, but I'd always pegged him as a Sixties guy, so it really made me sit back when he did a Seventies spot. Well done that man. Unfortunately, by this time, the beer, and the fact you couldn't see the decks from where we were sitting, means I have no idea who went on next, but I would guess that Neil Felton got involved somehow (He's another guy who played some awesome spots at Albrighton back in the day but never seems to get booked often enough these days), but we eventually left around two O'clock with probably still twenty five people in the place. So, it turned out to be a very enjoyable night, and it's certainly a night I'd recommend to any one who fancies something a bit different, It's always on the first Saturday of the month, and the pub itself is dead easy to find because it's less than 100 yards from the train station which is signposted whichever way you go into Shrewsbury. Read Full Entry â ' 0 Comments Options Just Squeezed It In....phew ! Posted by Dave Rimmer, 02 December 2007 · 9 views It's with a certain amount of pride (and gratitude to that nice man Mr Croasdell) that I can say I've DJ'ed at The 100 Club at least once a year for the last ten years. Some years I've DJ'ed at three allnighters, because Ady has used me as a substitute if one of the residents has been ill, others just the once during the year. Before last night, the last spot I did there was in Janury 2006, and I must admit I thought I was going to miss out this year. But, thanks to the thirst of Western economies for oil, Keith Money had to work on the rig this weekend, so I got the nod from Ady to do the last allnighter of 2007. So I just squeezed in this year. It nearly wasn't a good start to the night though. I set off to meet John Weston at Snow Hill station via the Midland Metro from Bilston. The tram got two stops down the line and broke down ! Now if you know Bilston, you'll know that Bradley Lane is hardly a throbbing metropolis, and I was wondering how I would get to Birmingham if the tram didn't start again. Fortunately after about half an hour it wheezed into forward motion again, and I made the train with five minutes to spare. A few beers on the train and then into Marylebone, a taxi took us to The Blue Posts to meet up with Toby and Mandy. A few more beers were swiftly consumed and then I walked round the corner into Oxford street at about 8.50pm. Trevor from Leicester was outside with two young ladies (Who I won't embarass by naming) but they were both virtually hopping from one foor to the other and whimpering slightly. I took them downstairs with me so they could use the ladies. Ady hadn't arrived yet, so I shuffled a few tables and chairs round until he arrived. You'd have thought by now, after all the niters Ady has run he would have realised it was a bit optimistic to put himself down to DJ at 9pm, so he asked me to fill in for ten minutes or so whilst he got more tables and chairs set out and the door sorted. It turned into half an hour before he came back, and played the awesome Jackie Day unreleased track he's just found for the first time. Here's what I played in the first half hour: 9.00 - 9.30pm Anglos - Since You've Been Gone - Scepter Marvelettes - I'll Keep Holding On - Tamla Barbara Mason - Bobby Is My Baby - Arctic Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough - St Lawrence Willie Mitchell - That Driving Beat - Hi Soul Brothers Six - I'll Be Loving You - Atlantic Joe Douglas - Something To Brag About - Playhouse Royal Jokers - Love Games A - Z - Wingate Edwin Starr - Back Street - Ric-Tic As Ady's explained in the past, up until midnight the idea is to play Oldies and Club Classics, so that's what I did. My first proper spot was at 10pm anyway, so it gave me a chance to get another beer in and chat to a few of the early arrivals, then it was back onto the decks for an hour. 11.00pm - 12.00 Pm Lavern Baker - Wrapped Tied And Tangled - Brunswick Cooperettes - Shing-A-Ling - Brunswick Major Harris - Call Me Tomorrow - Okeh Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess Doni Burdick - Bari Track - Sound Impression Rose Batiste - I Miss My Baby - Revilot Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 Jack Montgomery - Do You Believe It - Scepter Theresa Lindsey - Why Weren't You There - Magic City Jack Montgomery - My Dear Beloved - Scepter Theresa Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City Metros - Since I Found My Baby - RCA O'Jays - I'll Never Forget You - Imperial Volcanos - Laws Of Love - Arctic Van Dykes - Save My Love For A Rainy Day - Mala International G.T.O.S - I Love My Baby - Rojac Mel Wynn & The Rhythm Aces - Stop Sign - Wand Belles - Don't Pretend - Mirwood Fuller Brothers - Time's A Wasting - Soul Clock If you notice in the middle of the set I managed to play both sides of Jack Montgomery and Theresa Lindsey, simply because they are great double siders, and the 'flip' sides deserve playing more often. Thanks to Johnny Timlin who replenished my beer half way through my set as well ! By now the place had started to fill up, and the dancefloor was getting busier with each record played, it was shaping up to be a good night. Johnny Weston staggered in from the pub just as my set was finishing (I'm sure he does it deliberately!!!!) Mick Smith and Butch admirably filled the next couple of spots, with Butch playing a cracking set, and then it was back to me again. As you'll know from previous playlists, I do like a bit of R & B even though I say it myself, and as it was another half hour spot I thought I'd bang on with a full R & B set. I know not everyone likes this side of our scene, but the dancefloor stood testiment that there were enough in the 100 Club tonight who do like R & B. 2.00am - 2.30am Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - Sar Betty Everett - I've Got A Claim On You - One-Derful Delcos - Arabia - Ebony Beverley Ann Gibson - A Three Dollar Bill - Jubilee Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette 5 Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Don Gardner - My Baby Loves To Boogaloo - Tru-Glo-Town Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Gladys Tyler - Mr Green Mrs Green - Decca Barbara Lynn - I'm A Good Woman - Tribe Karl Heard followed me with his debut set at The 100 Club, and didn't he do well. Karl's put together a nice combination of uptempo Sixties tunes which range from the rare to the quite common, but never heard type of sounds. He ripped into the dancers and never let up through the whole of his set. Well done mate, an excellent debut. In between my third and fourth sets I was interviewed for 'Kaths Northern Soul Radio Show', which is broadcast on a Saturday at 5pm in Brighton. They also have an internet site which is www.radioreverb.com. It was quite funny because the only place Kath could find to do the interview was on the back stairs at the 100 Club. It wouldn't have been to bad if Mick Smith and Taffy didn't come wandering up the stairs for a fag halfway through. So if the interview is good enough quality to be broadcast, you'll hear the volume of the music go up quite dramatically halfway through as they opened the doors to get onto the stairs. In fact I was chatting away quite merrily with Kath afterwards without realising the time, and it was only when Butch called me over the mic that I realised it was 4am, and time for my last set. 4.00am - 4.30am Betty Lavette - (Happiness Will Cost You ) One Thin Dime - Unreleased Scepter Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn (The Jimmy Washburn C/U) Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Hyperions - Why You Wanna Treat Me Like You Do - Chattahoochie Joanne Courcy - I've Got The Power - Twirl Vondells - Hey Girl (You've Changed) - Airtown Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Troy Dodds - The Real Thing - El Camino With the exception of the Bettye Lavette and the Troy Dodds, every single one of these records had been requested during the course of the night. And as they also happen to be some of my favourites, it would have been rude not to play them wouldn't it. I finished off with the 'flip' side of Troy Dodds because it's another great side that you don't hear often enough, and it obviously hit the mark with the dancers because I was able to leave Karl Heard with a full floor for his second set. I think I've got most of the records in the order that I played them, but they won't be far out anyway, and I'm fairly sure I've got them all in the right set 1 Ady finished the night off in his usual style and then it was out into Oxford street at 6am. I must admit, personally I'd prefer the niter to run from 10pm to 7am, rather than the 9pm to 6am it runs as now. Purely selfish of course. Our first train back wasn't until 8am. The plan was to grab a coffee at McDonalds, but someone said it was shut, so we wandered off to try and find an all night cafe. Futile exercise that was ! We ended up at McDonalds, which wasn't shut, had a quick coffee and then Lionel and Marie dropped us off at the station fifteen minutes before our train was due. John Weston had been remarkably well behaved all night, so no funny stories to relate this time, just a really good night out at the world's number one allnighter. Long may it reign, especially as all the dates are at the 100 Club this comming year. So thanks to Ady for inviting me to DJ (Even though I didn't expect to do two and a half hours), and to Keith Money for not being able to make it ! And thanks to everyone else who I spoke to during the course of the night. Your company, and presence on the dancefloor, is appreciated. 100 Club dates for 2008 January 19th 2008 March 8th 2008 April 12th 2008 May 17th 2008 July 5th 2008 August 16th 2008 September 20th 2008 [29th Anniversary - ticket-only event] October 25th 2008 December 6th 2008 December 20th 2008 (Tues) - XMAS PARTY - 9pm-2am NB: There will be no all-nighters in February, June or November 2008. Cleethorpes Weekender is on June 6-8th 2008. Click on the link for the 6T's Website Read Full Entry â ' 0 Comments Options A Thank You And A Marrs Bar Posted by Dave Rimmer, 04 November 2007 · 9 views I'd like to start this episode by saying thanks to all the people who have enquired about Margie, my wife. As some of you may know, she has been ill for six months now, and it's only in the last three weeks that the Doctors have managed to diagnose what is wrong with her. She's suffering from Antisynthetase Syndrome (An auto immune disease), and apparently it's so rare that it only occurs twice in every million people, which means thare are only 120 sufferers in the UK Fortunately the consultant she saw was superb and not only diagnosed it, but also started her on the course of treatment which will stop most of the constant pain she has been in for the last six months. She'll never get rid of the disease, so it's been a bit of a shock and stressful time for the whole family. So it was really important to both Margie and myself that so many people care enough to ask and offer help and support. Thank you. Onto last night. This was the last Saturday Marrs Bar allnighter, because next year Pete Robinson is going to run on the Bank Holiday Sundays. Easter, Whitsun, August, and Boxing day. I arrived early, as usual, and the next person to follow me through the door was Johnny Fingers who was doing the first spot at 8pm .In reality starting at eight was too early, it was a very sparse crowd that listened to Johnny's set, which was a shame because he'd travelled from Cambridge, and played some really nice records. I used to bump into John all over the place in the early Nineties then he seemed to drop off the scene for a few years so it was good to see him again, and good to hear him DJ again as well. Des Parker followed John and thoroughly enjoyed himself throwing quite a few unreleased or alternative versions into his set. I followed Des, and at the end of his spot he said he'd really enjoyed doing it. That's always a good sign, if you have a DJ who is enjoying what they are doing that enjoyment comes through to the dancefloor. The numbers had improved considerably by the end of Des's set, so when I went on at 11 pm it was nice to see quite a few people already on the floor. Looking at the DJ line up there wasn't another DJ who was really going to play much R & B, so more than half my set was from that broad genre. I really enjoyed doing my set as well, and played quite a few things that haven't had an airing out of the box recently. Here's the play list, in roughly the right sort of order. Marrs Bar 11pm to midnight Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 Swans - Nitty Gritty City - Unreleased Cut Ernie Marbray - Ain't Nobody's Business - Wee Johnnie Mae Matthews - Lonely You'll Be - Atco Betty Everett - I've Got A Claim On You - One-Derful Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit Betty O'brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty Dorothy & The Hesitations - Trying To Work A Plan - Jamie Reetha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - SAR Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Delcos - Arabia - Ebony The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Bobby Bland - Sweet Lips Of Joy - Duke LP Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man - Midas Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love) - St Lawrence Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep By the time I'd finished the place was really filling up (Quite a few people had been to bonfires before coming to the niter) Lionel arrived wearing a wig and make up, and I never found out why ! Johnny Weston arrived smelling slightly of smoke and cordite, yes he'd been to a bonfire, and had managed to get away without setting himself on fire, so I showed him my new business cards Molly followed me on the decks, and as you would expect from someone with great taste in Soul music, played a great spot. Then it was Nige Brown's turn behind the decks. Nige is someone else I haven't seen much of recently, so it was nice to have a chat and catch up. Funnily enough, having gone months without seeing each other, I saw him in London at the Kent 25th Birthday party and I'll be seeing him later this month at the Nige Shaw Memorial Alldayer. Here are the details for that event: The Nigel Shaw Charity All Dayer - Nov 24 2007 Nige Brown & Sean Chapman in conjunction with the Burton Phonix Connoisseurs Soul Club proudly present An Charity All Dayer in Memory Of Nigel Shaw on Sat 24 Nov and will take place at the The Belvedere Park Club in Burton on Trent. This will be a two roomed affair with Room 1 playing 6T's & 70's, Motown and R&B plus Room 2 featuring the legendary 76 Clubs Classic Sounds. The All Dayer kicks off at 4pm in the Main Room and the first four hours will be a chance for the DJ's to play something different. Admission is £5 OTD with all proceeds to the Air Ambulance Service. All DJ's have kindly giving their services Free of Charge. DJs: Nige Brown, Sean Chapman, Pete Lyster, Neil Rushton, Andy McCabe, Dolly & Neil Jones, Rob Kay, Dave Rimmer, Nick Hackett, Mick Moylan and Paul Gould (Room 1) - Jason Hunt, Mark Johnson, Dave Johnson and Mark "Edge" Dancer - Room 2. As you can see, there's a cracking line up, and every penny raised will go to the Air Ambulance Service, so if you can get along, please do, it should be a great day. Sean Chapman is the joint promoter of the alldayer with Nige Brown, so it seemed quite appropriate that he followed Nige on the decks last night. I don't need to say anything about Sean as a DJ, he always does the business, and tonight was no different. When I was chatting to him after his spot he was saying that he would love the opportunity to play a complete spot of Seventies, so if any promoters are reading this, there's something different for you to offer your customers. Of course I'd do the same, except there aren't any Seventies records in my DJ box !!! Kenny Burrell was next up. He'd already been to Banbury Anniversary and played a good spot there according to Woody and Lou who had also been there first. The Marrs Bar was no different, rare, uptempo Soul music all the way. We caught the beginning of Dave Evison's spot, and I have to say he is playing some great stuff these days, Oldies, but not necessarily the 'Top 500' Oldies. He always manages to play something that makes me think "I haven't heard this for ages". Unfortunately we had to leave half way through his spot, so missed promoter Pete Robinson's last spot of the night. Over four years of Saturday allnighters ended at the Marrs Bar last night, and I have to say last night was, musically, one of the best. The numbers were quite respectable as well with people still arriving at 3 am. So, it's time to look forward to the new era of Bank Holiday Sunday niters next year. Read Full Entry â ' 2 Comments Options Belfast Soul Club 4th Anniversary Posted by Dave Rimmer, 16 October 2007 · 5 views Another weekender survived ! I've been through five different airports, done the equivilent of three allnighters and four alldayers in the last eleven days and it's all catching up with me now ! Belfast though was worth every minute though. Those Irish guys know how to party. Margie and I set off Saturday morning and made it to Birmingham airport in good time to have a cooked breakfast, with the obligitory pint, for me not Margie, before the Rugby crew turned up and then we went through security no problems. The Rugby crew decided they needed to have something to eat and mobbed Burger King. Shame it was so close to boarding, Denise managed to get through the boarding gate still eating hash browns though ! The flight was on time and we landed at a sunny Belfast International airport. Chic and Dean Anderson had arrived before us, so we retired to the bar to wait for guy Hennigan. Denise and I decided we would have a quick cigarette outside. It was only when we got there that we discovered we weren't supposed to return to the arrivals hall. Well my records were still in there so we decided to walk back in though a very long corridor. As we got about halfway down the PA system announced "STOP ! You cannot return to the arrivals hall once you have left". We ignored it. They repeated it, we ignored it. I had visions of ending up spreadeagled on the floor with a policeman aiming a machine gun at me. At this point someone else passed us. Denise decided it was him they were talking to, so we just carried on. I tell you, it was the longest corridor I have ever seen, especially as they repeated the warning again before we made it to the end !!! After some protracted discussions with the biggest Policeman I have ever seen, he must have been nearly seven feet tall, Sian arranged a Taxi and a minibus (Why, and how, she arranged this with a Policeman I never actually worked out !). Tina, Fudge, Margie and me were in the Taxi, and Tina set the tone for the weekend by keeping the rest of us in stitches. Her first question was to ask the cabbie what his name was, because the last time she had been in Ireland the Taxi driver was called John, and she wanted a cabbie with a proper Irish name. Now I don't know whether it was his real name, or whether he was just humouring Tina, but this guy said his name was "Paddy", and Tina then quizzed him all the way to the hotel about various aspects of Belfast. I don't know how he kept a straight face because there were tears of laughter streaming down my face at one point when Tina asked him whether there were any prisons in Belfast. Why did she need to know that ? We arrived at The Parador Hotel, and I'm sure that's the Gaelic way of spelling Fawlty Towers. No, to be fair, they couldn't have been more accommodating to us, mind you, we had booked every room in the hotel between us. We were on the top floor, which in a way was a blessing, but I'm not sure if the hot water ever reached that far up, or whether it was because the whole hotel was so hot that the boiler couldn't heat any more water up. I kid you not, the place was like a sauna all the time, yet the radiator in our room, and all the other rooms were turned off ! The Saturday alldayer started at 3pm, so once we'd all unpacked, we wandered up the road to the venue, The Errigle Inn. A nice bar downstairs which served fabulous meals, and the actual venue was upstairs. A low ceiling in a fairly large room with the decks opposite the bar and dancefloor in the middle, dark and atmospheric, all ready to go ! We retired back downstairs for a meal and I ordered the roast beef. I think I got half a cow with roast, and new potatoes. Delicious though. Once we'd all eaten it was back upstairs to set up the base camp for the weekend, and the music started. As more and more people started to arrive it was great to renew friendships with the many people I've met from Ireland. If you include last year's Anniversary this was my fourth trip to Ireland (Dublin and Belfast) in the last twelve months. I know it's a cliche, but eveyone is so friendly you immediately feel welcome and at home. I struggle to associate any of the Irish people I've met with the troubles that beset Northern Ireland for so many years, but that's religion for you ! Fortunately we were here for a different religion though...Soul music. There were so many good sets played throughout the day that the copious amounts of Smithwicks Irish Ales I consumed means they have all blurred into a mish mash of great music. I have no idea who played what, and have a very blurred recollection of what I played, but it seemed to go down ok because the dancefloor was full. I did the penultimate spot on the Friday and Guy Hennigan finshed the night off until 1am, then it was back to the hotel. As I'd mentioned earlier, we had booked every room in the hotel between us (Chris and Carlos, as well as Budgie, Jo and Jeanette had the other rooms) so the decks were brought back to the hotel and set up in the bar. There were about thirty who came back in total, and along with about eight rather bemused locals, we set about having a party. Peter the hotel manager had arranged a late bar, opened the back door of the hotel for the smokers, and as it was a polished wooden floor anyway, we had a dancefloor. For the first time ever I saw Phil Shields with a drink in his hand, and apparently he carried on drinking through the night. I must admit to being a bit of a part timer here because I only lasted until about 3.30am before I had to go to bed. In my defense I did do two niters and two dayers the previous weekend !!! This is why being on the top floor was a blessing, the sound proofing in the hotel was superb and I couldn't hear the music from our bedroom. I don't know what time they finished in the bar, but room 2 had been designated the party room, and it was still going on when I surfaced for breakfast about 7.30 am. Breakfast was termed 'Continental', which meant you made your own toast and coffee, but the real killer was the sign on the door. "Dinning Room". Now when you think about it, someone, 'designed' this sign, someone else made it, and someone from the hotel bought it, and probably someone else screwed it to the door, and not one of them noticed that it was spelt wrongly ! Did I mention Fawlty Towers, oh yes I did ! So, cereal, toast and coffee, with a healthy slug of Bushmills courtesy of Chris Morgan was breakfast. Margie came down slightly after me, so we just sat around chatting with everyone else who alternated between the Dinning Room and room 2. As the alldayer on the Sunday didn't start until 4pm we decided to go into the City centre to look at the shops. Not knowing what Belfast was like on a Sunday I asked Phil whether the shops would be open. He said yes, but not until midday. Now I'll assume Phil doesn't do much shopping on a Sunday, rather than it was anything to do with the alcohol in his system, but the only shop open before 1pm was McDonalds ! So after a quick Strawberry shake (Which isn't really the best thing for you if you are diabetic, but it was my treat for the weekend) we hit the shops. I bought nothing, Margie bought four new tops (I don't know why she bothered packing any to bring with her to be honest !!!), but best of all, she paid for them herself !! Across to the venue for something to eat, again superb, and then back to the hotel to discover the party was still going on in room 2 ! Margie decided on a couple of hours sleep, and I, because I didn't know what time I was DJing went back to the venue to discover I was on at 10pm. Hmm, only another six hours drinking then before my spot !!. Guy and Dean were leaving around 8pm so they did a spot each early doors, and I actually paid attention this time. Great stuff from both of them. I spent a fair bit of time outside on the roof garden where you could smoke, and as people came and went it made it a really pleasant afternoon just chatting with different Irish Soulies. By 8pm, all the UK crowd had turned up, and a fair few Irish as well, and although the numbers were down from Saturday, it was still quite a healthy crowd. Paul Grant played the standout spot of the day for me, great tunes, put together as a great set. Especially the one he dedicated to me (And I'm not saying what it was until I've got a copy). I suspect that Phil Shields had been indulging again because he was spotted Pole Dancing round one of the pillers in the room, I blame that Rugby crowd because he used to be such a shy and unassuming chap !! At this point I do really have to say thanks to Phil, he put the whole weekend together, and with assistance from Joe and Jo, organised everything on both days. It all ran like clockwork, even the non appearance of Liam (A flat tire meant he missed his plane) wasn't noticed. A midnight finsh, with the last spot from Phil himself meant it was all back to the hotel again. A few less people this time, and we were in the Dinning Room as well. Joe and Jim appeared with crates of beer and bottles of wine as the decks were set up. No sound though, and Tina was directing operations. Fuses were changed, plugs were taken apart, cables were plugged in and taken out again. This went on for half an hour, so being nosey I decide to have a look. From where I was sitting I noticed a rather significant problem. "Try connecting the mixer to the amp". Lo and behold, twenty seconds later the music was on. Again, I part timed it, and sloped off to bed around 2 am, only to be told I missed the funniest thing of the weekend. I bet you thought you'd got away with this one didn't you guys. Apparently, as the alcohol flowed, Joe, Kev, and Jim decided to do their own version of the X Factor, and lined three chairs up in the middle of the room to stand on as a stage. I believe Marv Johnson was the record, with Kev doing lead vocals over the microphone, with Joe and Jim doing back up either side of him. Oh I wish I'd seen it ! I was again up early, mostly because our double bed only had two pillows and Margie had pinched both of them, again, so I didn't sleep very well and wandered down to the Dinning Room, to find Phil and Jo Brock just finishing tidying the room up. Jo was actually wearing the ice bucket on her head ! Not wanting to intrude on this bizarre spectacle I went out to find a coffee at Subway. Coming back a bit later I roused Margie (That means woke her up for those of you with a limited vocabulary and dirty minds) and we went back down to the Dinning room to find there was no milk left. Sian texted me and suggested that I go and knock on all the doors taking breakfast orders, I texted her back suggesting I didn't, or words to that effect. The flight out was at 2.35pm, so with nothing else to do we decided to go out to City airport early. Checking out was the last dealings we had with the hotel, and what should have been a simple task turned into Fawlty Towers again. In the end, i paid using my card, for my room, Denise's room, and Sian and Dean's room (Because Sian had neglected to bring her cards with her). The young girl who dealt with it had no idea what she was doing and in the end we just said take £160 off this card. She said Ok, and put it through as £1.60. I was tempted, but then thought it would all come back on Phil in the end, which wasn't fair, so I told the truth and paid the full amount. The flight back was fine, even watching the Rugby crowd using the self service check in was funny, and we landed on time in Birmingham. Our last sight of the Rugby crowd was of Denise licking the window of the bus stop as we waved goodbye. It says it all really. Another fantastic weekend, with so many laughs, and such good company. If you have never been across to Ireland, you must go. You're made to feel so welcome, and everyone just wants to party. Brilliant time. I just need to recover now ! Lost In Hamburg With A Crocodile And A Snake Posted by Dave Rimmer, 09 October 2007 · 10 views Another adventure for the UK's Rare Soul warriors to sally forth onto the continent. And what a great adventure it was. John Weston picked me up, on time, at 8 am on the Friday morning and we set off to drive to Manchester airport. Arriving a couple of hours later we set off to find the check in and everything went smoothly. A couple of pints in the bar, and then we bumped into the Greatstone crew. At the security checks they even let John and me though without having to open the records up. The guy asked what they were, and when we said "Records" he just waved us through. that's the difference between Manchester and Stansted though. In Manchester they understand what records are ! AirBerlin did us proud and we arrived at Hamburg International on time, a slight wait for the baggage and we were through to find Ralf and Jan (The co-promoters) waiting with Dave and Malayka Thorley, who had flown in an hour earlier from Birmingham, for us. Into the mini bus and off to the hotel. We knew we were staying in the Kogge Rock and Roll hotel. John had the Tikki Room. Although he actually had black satin sheets with a dragon motif ! Oh yes, that's where the crocodile comes in, there was a stuffed one hanging from the ceiling !! I had the Honneker Men's Room. Very strange because the photo shows everything in the room, there wasn't even a wardrobe. As soon as we had dumped the bags it was downstairs to the bar to sample the local Astra beer, and then next door to a restaurant where we had a tasty meal, but more of the restaurant later. Claire, Pete and Karen turned up just as we were finishing our meal, and were duly taken on a tour of the Hotel rooms. John and I left to go and have a wander up and down the Reeperbahn. I knew of it's reputation as a centre of bars and sex shows, but in all honesty it wasn't as outrageous as I expected. A few beers in a bar and then Toby texted us to say he'd found and Irish bar, so off we went to meet up with the Letchworth Mobsters. On the way back to the hotel to meet up with Ralf we bumped into Mike Bolderson so it was looking to be a good English turnout. Ralf had asked us to meet him so that he could show us the way to the venue. and when we got there I began to wonder if it was the right place ? Surrounded by scaffolding and barbed wire it looked more like a stalag than a weekender venue ! How wrong can you be. Inside the main room was probably as big as Bidds with the Modern room not much smaller. The only down side to the whole weekend was that the dancefloor was concrete rather than wood, but it was lavishly covered in talc, before the niter started. As we walked in Jan gave us all ten tickets for free drinks, and then told us that when we had used them not to worry because there was a fridge behind the stage that was full of beer for us anyway. It's like telling a kiddie to take whatever sweets they want in a sweetshop isn't it !! We indulged ourselves of this charming facility for the DJs, to say the least. Musiaclly, the Friday night seeemd to be a little up and down to start with. There was nothing wrong with the records played, they just aren't what I would have expected, particulalrly in the first couple of hours of an allnighter. So fuelled by Astra, Jevers, Kilkenny, and Becks, I set about playing a stomping Oldies set for my first spot. It seemed to do the job nicely and the dancefloor was rammed. In fact, Mr Weston over indulged, there's a novelty, and left before his second DJ spot. Overall I don't think I heard a bad spot all night, and I would guess that the 600 or so people in the venue agreed. Saturday morning I was off into the city centre on the Ubahn to do some shopping and buy Margie a present. It seems a nice city but very Modern compared to other cities I've visited in Germany. then again I suppose most of that was our fault back in the war ! Lunch at the train station, because if there is one thing you can guarantee in Germany it's that the main train station will have lots of different food outlets and at least one specialist tobacconist where they sell Old Holborn. Back to St Pauli, and I met up with Toby at the Irish bar. Which was closed ! Fortunately I'd spotted an English pub earlier just round the corner, so eventually Dave and Pete turned up as well and we settled down to watch the football. Dave is a Man U fan, so was well pleased when they beat Wigan. We of course pointed out that he was a typical Man U fan because he lived near London ! Johnny weston eventually surfaced and asked where we were by text. I gave him some simple directions. Twenty minutes later I received this text. I eventually had to go out and find him. We discovered the Juke box had 'The Soul Survivors CD on it, which is where The Snake comes in because it was one of the records I picked. Don't know why they all complained, they all sang along to it. Following that it was the Rugby Union. Now it's fairly well known that I'm not keen on Union, but to see England beat Australia, when you are in an English pub in Germany creates a special atmosphere, and it was a terrific afternoon. Onto the alldayer for a couple of more beers and then John and I went back to the same restaurant for some food then, I ordered spaghetti bolognese, which arrived and tasted lovely. But I'm sure it was self reproducing itself on the plate as I ate it. I ate solidly for twenty minutes and there didn't seem to be any less on the plate than when I started ! Onto the Saturday niter. Three rooms tonight, with the introduction of an R & B / Crossover room. Good job there was a third room as well because the numbers were well up on Friday's attendance. The whole night went in a blur of Becks, but my last spot left Ralf and Jan with a fairly full floor as they were starting the last spot of the night. Sunday morning we all met up at the English pub again before setting out on the boat trip. Great idea, and of course it was free beer for the DJs again. We'd been round a couple of times when I was asked to DJ, and that's when someone managed to fall into the decks and knock beer all over the place. Enough was enough and I ended my spot there and then. Dave Thorley played one of the best Sixties spots I've heard him play in a long time as well. Stayed on board until 8pm and then decided to go for something to eat at the same restaurant. To our surprise we found Osi from Nuremburg already there with a group of friends, so we joined them. Eventually we wandered off to the alldayer venue, only to find the three representatives of Scotland at the weekender holding court at the Irish pub next door. We joined them for a couple and then went into the Riverside Five bar. A couple of more drinks and it was gone 11pm. As I'm quite sensible the day before an early morning flight I left and went to bed. John stayed, and I'm told was later seen dancing with a partially dressed mannekin. But I wasn't there so have no photographic evidence. Monday morning I was up at 7 am feeling fine. John looked like death. Oh happy days. Straight to the airport, and although there were long queues everywhere we made the flight in plenty of time and landed back in Manchester right on schedule. A really great weekend, and it's only keft for me to thank Ralf and Jan for booking me, the sixty or so English (and Scottish) people who came over for the weekend, and all the other German DJs and punters who all contributed to making it such a fun time. Read Full Entry â ' 1 Comments Options Hamburg Weekender Playlist Posted by Dave Rimmer, 09 October 2007 · 20 views Here's my playlist from the weekender. I did two spots Friday night in the main room. Three in the main room Saturday night and one in the R & B Room, and one spot on the boat on Sunday. These aren't in the order I played them, but alphabetically listed Anglos - Since You've Been Gone - Scepter Al Apollo - I'm Walking - Cub Larry Atkins - Ain't That Love Enough - Highland Douglas Banks - Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Guyden Doug Banks - I Just Kept On Dancing - Argo H B Barnum - It Hurt Stoo Much To Cry - RCA Bobby Baskerville - Gotcha Where I Wancha - Dot Rose Batiste - I Miss My Baby - Revilot Bobby Bland - Yum Yum Tree - Duke Bobby Bland - Shoes - Duke Bobby Bland - Sweet Lips Of Joy - Duke Brilliant Corners - Three Lonely Guys - Modern Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Doni Burdick - Bari Track - Sound Impressions Solomon Burke - Stupidity - Atlantic Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Chandlers - You're Love Makes Me Lonely - Col-Soul Brice Coefield - Ain't That Right - Omen Cooperettes - Shing A Ling - Brunswick Joann Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl King Curtis - Foot Pattin' Part 2 - Atco Larry Davis - I've Been Hurt So Many Times - Kent Delcos - Arabia - Ebony Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise Doc & The Interns - Baby I Know - Now Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Marge Dodson - Be My Baby - Decca Dorothy & The Hesitations - Trying To Work A Plan - Jamie Joe Douglas - Crazy Things - Playhouse Enchantments - I'm In Love With Your Daughter - Faro Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee Three Five Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Sam Fletcher - I'd Think It Over - Tollie Edward Hamilton - I'm Gonna Love You - Carrie Andrea Henry - I Need You Like A Baby - MGM Hyperions- Why You Wanna Treat Me Like You Do - Chatahoochie Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille International GTO's - I Love My Baby - Rojac Marion James - That's My Man - Excello Dick Jordan - I Want Her Back - Jamie Charles Lamont & The Extremes - I've Got To Keep Movin' - Challenge Jimmy Lewis - Let Me Know - Minit Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City Barbara Lynn - I'm A Good Woman - Tribe Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Ernie Marbray - Ain't Nobody's Business - Wee Barbara Mason - Bobby Is My Baby - Arctic Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes - Get Out - Landa Metros - Since I Found My Baby - RCA Willie Mitchell - That Driving Beat - Hi Jack Montgomery - My Dear Beloved - Sceptre Jack Montgomery - Take A Chance On Me- Revue Tommy Navarro - I Cried My Life Away - De-Jac Cliff Nobles - Your Love Is All I Need - Atlantic Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty O'Jays - I'll Never Forget You - Imperial Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep Paramounts - I Won't Share Your Love - Mercury Patti & The Emblems - I'm Gonna Love You A Long Long Time - Kapp Ray Pollard - The Drifter - United Artists Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Ringleaders - Baby Baby What Has Happened To Out Love - M-Pac Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man - Midas Johnny Rogers - Gone But Not Forgotten - Okeh Royal Jokers - Love Games From A - Z - Wingate Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash Johnny Sayles- I Can't Get Enough - St Lawrence Seven Souls - I Still Love You - French Epic Dee Dee Sharp - What Kind Of Lady - Gamble Shep - Fool To Fool - TNT Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U Soul Brothers Six - I'll Be Loving You - Atlantic Sparkles - Try Love - Old Town Rose St John - I Know The Meaning - Veep Edwin Starr - Back Street - Ric-Tic Tommy T & The Targets - Sales Pitch - Big R Ted Taylor - Miss You So - Ronn Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine Gladys Tyler - Mr Green Mrs Green - Decca Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - Sar Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess Volcanos - Law Of The Land - Arctic Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown Jimmy Wallace - I'll Be Back - Alpha Tammy Wayne - Have A Good Time - Boom T J Williams - Baby I Need You - Josie Mel Wynn - Stop Sign - Wand Full write up later today in my blog. Read Full Entry â ' 0 Comments Options Johnny Weston And The Curse Of Virgin Trains Posted by Dave Rimmer, 23 September 2007 · 5 views Well, to start with I forgot the camera, so no photos this time, but that doesn't really matter does it. Woody got on the train in Wolverhampton, and I joined him at Sandwell & Dudley, all we'd got to do was meet up with John Weston at Birmingham New Street and we were set. Couldn't be simpler could it ? Not if Mr Weston is involved ! I get a phone call from him; "Dave, you will have to ring me when you get to New Street, there's a train to Euston leaving at 18.30, and another one at 18.33 and I don't know which one you are on !" So the train pulls into Birmingham and I have to ring him to tell him which platform we are on. Of course there's no sign of him. Did I mention the Millwall fans ? No I didn't did I. The last coach of the train was full of some rather boisterous Millwall fans, so the Police weren't letting anyone go near the back of the train. John's managed to get on the train, but in First Class, eventually he manages to persuade the Police that he isn't going to attack the Millwall fans and they let him come and join us in the cheap seats. The train arrives in London on time so it's a Taxi to meet Toby at the Blue Posts round the back of the 100 Club, a quick pint and I set off towards Oxford Street to claim my table. I get there before Ady, and when he arrives he kindly says I can bring my sales stuff down. What he didn't mention was that he really wanted someone to put chairs and tables out for him. I grabbed my Anniversary single (Damn, it wasn't Luther Ingram or Ben E King) and set the stall up With the 9pm start the 100 Club now play three hours of Club Soul, and it gives the night a different feel to hear some stuff that everyone knows but probably hasn't heard for ages, then at midnight it's onto the rarer side of things. I must admit I didn't pay much attention to who DJ'ed when, (And I even asked Roger Stewart what time he was on, twenty minutes after he finished his spot Ooops....Sorry Roger) I was too busy chatting to a variety of people. Some of whom I see nearly every weekend, others only in London, and quite a few people I hadn't seen for years. At least four people asked me where the toilets were during the course of the night, and that to me says they have never been to the 100 Club before, so why did they choose the Anniversary night to come, and possibly stop one of the regulars getting a ticket, and the price of the beer is now extortionate: £3.80 a pint ! I wouldn't mind too much if it was a good pint, but to be honest by the time you get back from the bar it's as flat as a pancake, but that's what you get drinking in London. I have to own up, and say that I did go back to the bar a few times to check that the beer was still expensive, and still flat ! Six hours of top notch Northern Soul rarities from midnight, and all of a sudden it was time to go, the early start means an early finish as well, so it was up the stairs into the sunshine of Oxford Street again. Another niter over. Two and a half hours before the train so it was into the coffee shop at Euston for the strongest brew I think I have ever tasted, I put four cartons of milk in mine and it was still vile ! They announce the train so off we go, only to be stopped at the barrier and told the train is full. The nice man from Virgin Trains said that there was another train on Platform 13 going to Manchester and we could catch that. Minor problem that it didn't stop at Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley, or Wolverhampton ! On top of that we spent a good twenty minutes just sitting in the middle of nowhere whilst they decided whether they were going to go forwards or back to Milton Keynes and put us all on buses. Thing is, these horrendous train journeys only seem to happen when John is on the train with me. perhaps he is cursed ! We all got off at Birmingham International and went our separate ways, tired, but happy to have had a good night in good company, with good music as well. The next trip down to London is going to be for the Kent Records 25th Birthday party next month, and what a party that will be ! Just look at the line up on the flyer. Oh yes, I'm looking forward to that night, and I'll definitely remember to take the camera that night ! Read Full Entry â ' 0 Comments Options Rugby Soul Club, 8th September Posted by Dave Rimmer, 09 September 2007 · 7 views Good to be back at Rugby, it seems ever such a long time since the last one in June. Set off nice and early to have a meal in a pub just round the corner from the venue where we met up with Geoff and Sue Claxton. Sue kept us amused with tales of all the notes and letters she finds in Geoff's car (He's a milkman), and is constantly amazed at how many elderly women sign notes to the milkman with love and kisses. Mind you, the story about the Nunnery ringing up for some milk on a Sunday morning was the best one. Arrived at the venue just before they opened and set the record sales up in time to see Sian arrive and issue instructions to all and sundry, "You do this, you do that". I have to say, she's a great organiser, some of the time. It's a bit of a standing joke that when Sian does the flyers she always get's something wrong on them. For tonight the deliberate mistake was billing Mick H as Mike H, nothing too drastic there, but with the flyers for November Sian excelled herself. She put September on them !!!! So, 2,500 flyers with the wrong date on them. Hmmm, all credit to Sian she printed 2,500 stickers with November on them and stuck them all on herself. Being slightly mischevious, the first thing I did was peel one of the stickers off and go to Sian. "Sian, I thought you'd put stickers on all the flyers ?" "I have. Oh God, that must be the only one, I'll have to go and check all the other ones I've put out now" Now I could have been really nasty and let her panic, but the word she used when I dropped the sticker into her hand was most un-ladylike, and I'll have you know my parents were, and actually, still are, married ! My first spot was 7.45 to 8.30pm, and as the room hadn't filled up much yet I took the opportunity to indulge myself and play a mostly mid-tempo set. Betty Lavette - Only Your Love Can Save Me - Calla Donald Jenkins - Somebody Help Me - Cortland Sandy Hollis - I'm Tempted - Big Wheel The Dells - Thinkin' About You - Cadet Carlena Weaver - Jealousy - Audel James Conwell - The Trouble With Girls - 4J Ann Heywood - Crook His Little Finger - Hondo Rose St John - I Know The Meaning - Veep Jimmy Gilford - Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby - Thelma Joe Douglas - Crazy Things - Playhouse The Sparkles - Try Love - Old Town Bobby Bland - Sweet Lips Of Joy - Duke Lp Al Apollo - I'm Walking - Cub Ted Taylor - Miss You So - Ronn Bobby Baskerville - Gotcha Where I Wancha - Dot Dave Evison followed me with his first spot and I was off back into the bar where I spent the rest of the night chatting away until it was time for my second spot. By the end of Dave's first spot there was a very healthy crowd in, and they were already dancing Of the other DJs, Mick H played a blinder of a spot, Adam mixed it up with some Seventies, Matt Smart (Who has come on in leaps and bounds in terms of his collection and his confidence when DJing), and then Dave Evison came back for his second spot. As always, the last spot of the night is the 'send 'em home happy' spot, so it was a bit of everything from me: 1 Am To 2.10 Am The Constellations - I Didn't Know How To - Gemini Star Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City Mel Wynn & The Rhythm Aces - Stop Sign - Wand Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA Bobby Freeman - Never Fall In Love Again - Autumn Ike And Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Watson & The Sherlocks - Little Old Groovemaker - C/U Reatha Reese - Only Lies - Dot Larry Banks - I've Been Hurt So Many Times - Kent Syl Johnson - Try Me - Twilight Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty Dorothy & The Hesitations - Trying To Work A Plan - Jamie Dick Jordan - I Want Her Back - Jamie The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille The Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash The Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess The Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 The Metros - Since I Found My Baby - RCA Larry Banks & Jaibi - My Life Is No Better - Unreleased Gwp Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino The Seven Souls - I Still Love You - Okeh The San Franciscan T.K.O.S - Make Up Your Mind - 100 Club Anniversary Chuck Jackson - What's With This Loneliness - 100 Club Anniversary The Fashionettes - Losing Control - Kent Select Mill Evans - Why Why Why - King Fantastic Four - Can't Stop Looking For My Baby - Ric-Tic Ray Pollard - The Drifter - United Artists Gwenn Douglass - The Picture - Michelle It was two new Security Staff tonight, and they hadn't been warned about me, so I managed to carry on until ten past two, but what made me laugh was the two regular Security staff who we have a laugh and a joke with actually turned up to attend the last couple of hours on their night off ! I have to say that Sian and Dean have managed to create a real community around the Rugby Soul nights. A community where everybody enjoys themselves, leaves the politics at the door and just goes for it. This is evidenced by the distances that people are now travelling to come to Rugby. There were people from Belfast, York, Widnes, Salford, Blackpool, London, and all the places in between. As usual I barely poked my head into the Freestyle Room, but whenever I did people seemed to be having fun. Soul night over, and a crowd of about twenty rolled up at Sian and Dean's to carry on partying. We left at 4 am, and I think we were the first to go ! As already mentioned the next one is in November, and will actually be the last Soul night at Rugby, because next year they are going to be allnighters ! Here's the flyer for November (With sticker) On the back of the flyer I've marked the pub where we usually go for a meal with a blue circle. It's good, cheap food, and a pleasant way to start the night off, we usually roll at the pub about 5pm, so if you fancy it, we'll probably see you there. Read Full Entry â ' 4 Comments Options Oh Danny Boy ! Posted by Dave Rimmer, 19 August 2007 · 13 views I tried my hardest to avoid using that title, but when Danny Duggan booked me to DJ at Sleepless Nights in Dublin,,,,what can you do ?? So at 4.30 am on the Friday morning I'm up doing breakfast for Margie and the dog (they both have three slices of toast so no problem confusing them) and then it was off to the station to meet Woody and Lou for the train to Birmingham airport. I know that you have to book either early or late flights to get the really cheap tickets, but it doesn't half make it a long day when you arrive at the airport at 6.20 am ! No problems booking in or going through Customs, although Margie was stopped at the metal detector. She claims it was her Mobile phone which set it off, personally I think it was all the gold bullion she was smuggling through, but they didn't find that so we were okay to board the plane. Now Lou is scared of flying, and it has taken her several weeks to just build up the courage to even think about coming with us. So scared of flying that when the train arrived at the airport she couldn't look at the planes on the runway !! Almost as soon as we boarded the plane she assumed the 'Crash Position', head down, eyes closed, arms of the chair gripped so tightly that there were hand impressions on the metal. I thought it was hilarious, but the two young girls sitting next to her were a little worried to say the least. But, and I was ever so pleased for Lou, once the plane was off the ground she relaxed enough to sit up and chat to us. She even laughed when I started shaking the back of the chair in a rather violent way. (I know, evil of me wasn't it). Bythe time we landed she was fine, and I could have joined in the cheer and round of applause she spontaneously came out with when we landed. I know I've taken the mickey here, but this really was a big challenge for Lou, and I really do mean it when I say WELL DONE ! Taxi to the hotel, drop the bags off, and at 10 am what can you do in Dublin ? We went to the pub ! A full Irish Breakfast with a pint of Smithwicks hit the spot. Margie and Lou decided to go and do a bit of shopping, so Woody and I decided to stay in the pub. In April when we were over we never actually ventured any further into Dublin than the first pub round the corner from the hotel, so this time I was determined to experience a bit more of this wonderful city. So we downed our pints and set off to explore. The next pub along had the most wonderful name: Madigans Drinking Emporium. It just conjures up images of an old fashioned boozer with sawdust on the floor, and an open fire, smokers, and a really good choice of quality ales. Unfortunately in this sterile day and age, all we got was a very smart pub with a choice of good quality ales, but that kept us going for a while. Feeling adventurous, we sallied forth into the grey overcast weather to the next pub. Brannigans: where we only stayed for one pint, well half a pint really because I managed to spill most of mine all over my trousers, it looked like I was a wino with dubious bladder control !! Margie and Lou got back, Margie having spent an absolute fortune on T-Shirts and Guinness pens for the kids, and were talking about a great big 'Spike' in the middle of the street ? I thought they had been drinking on the sly because I'd never noticed it, but true enough, when I went for a walk Sunday morning, there it was. A huge metal spike right in the middle of O'Connell Street, it must be 200 feet tall, and sways in the wind. How could I have missed it ? And I can hear you thinking...befuddled by alcohol, and you're probably right ! A couple more pints in the hotel meant that the rooms were ready, so we all went off for a couple of hours kip. As usual I woke up first so went and had a fight with the power shower. The jet of water was so strong I had to warn Margie not to get her bouncy bits under it !!! Something to eat, and then downstairs for Sleepless Nights. Although this was only the second time I'd been to Dublin, there were so many friendly and familiar faces there it boded well for a good evening. I was a little worried by the low numbers early on, but Danny Duggan explained that most people wouldn't arrive until 11 pm because that was they way things worked in Dublin. He was spot on as well because from about half ten onwards there was a steady stream of people coming through the door, and it turned out a lot better attended than some Soul nights I've been to over here recently. The first couple of spots were by a couple of local lads (One of whom was making his debut) and I'm sorry but I never got their names. Pip came on next and played a blinder, it was a good way to warm up for his spot at Jacks on the Saturday night, I hope it went well mate). Woody hit the decks at 11pm, and soon got the floor moving with a set of uptempo tunes (I'll get a playlist from him later and add it in.) Danny followed on, and slipped a few Seventies into the mix which kept the floor full, then Paul Grant did a cracker of a spot, and finished with a record I didn't know at all. I know I asked him what it was, and he showed me the label, but alcohol and lack of sleep mean I can't remember the artist, title or label ! Impressive eh ??? So if you're reading this Paul, let me know what it was please. Danny had asked me to do the last hour, and to me, at Soul nights that always has to be the 'Send 'em home happy' hour. So no 'cutting edge' undiscovered tracks from me, just plenty of good Northern Soul and R & B. Sleepless Nights Playlist 1.30 am to 2.40 am Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl Thelma Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City The Cavaliers - Hold Onto My Baby - RCA The Cooperettes - Shing A Ling - Brunswick The Satisfactions - Take It Or Leave It - Smash The Casualeers - Dance Dance Dance - Roulette The Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess The Van Dykes - Saving My Love For A Rainy Day - Mala The Vondells - Hey Girl (You've Changed) - Airtown Ike & Tina Turner - Dust My Broom - Tangerine Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Johnny Sayles - I Can't Get Enough - St Lawrence Big Daddy Rogers - I'm A Big Man - Midas The Delcos - Arabia - Ebony The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille The 5 Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Frank Dell - He Broke Your Game Wide Open - Valise The Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac The Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman The Hyperions - Why You Wanna Treat Me Like You Do - Chatahoochie The Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep Jimmy Wallace - I'll Be Back - Alpha Johnny Mae Mathews - I Have No Choice - Big Hit Ray Pollard - The Drifter - United Artists Andrea Henry - I Need You Like A Baby - MGM It fitted the dancer's desires perfectly, and a full floor ensued. Meanwhile Margie was practicing her skills with the camera: Note I said Practicing !!! All I wanted was a photo of me DJing with the Irish Tricolour in front of the decks ! I have to say the Irish crowd are one of the most enthuiastic I've come across in a long time, they whistled and clapped through almost every record, and that's something you don't see these days in the UK. It's such a shame because it adds so much to the atmosphere of the night. Mind you the two darling young ladies who decided to bear their breasts to me in appreciation also helped (Live that one down girls !!!) Finally, I played the last record of the night at 2.40 am having over run by ten minutes (With the approval of the staff believe it or not), so one last photo and then off to bed. A brilliant night, brilliant company, good beer, good music, I just wish it was a bit closer because I'd be there every month if it was. As usual I was up at the crack of dawn, having had three hours sleep, so by the time I got the others up and moving I was starving, so first port of call was the pub, and another scrumptious breakfast. I tell you what, they've got the right idea in these Irish boozers, the place was packed at 10 am on a saturday morning. Fed and watered we went off to the Guinness Storehouse to do the tourist bit. It was quite funny because Margie and Lou both have problems with their knees, and as the exhibition is on seven floors it looked like Margie still had the bondage leg irons on, and Lou was doing impressions of the Ministry of Silly Walks. We made it to the top eventually though and all enjoyed our complimentary pint of guinness The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering around Temple Bar until it was time to head off to the airport for our flight back. Lou did wonderfully and didn't assume the crash position once, and we even landed at Birmingham half an hour early. So, my thanks to Danny Duggan, a true gentleman, for inviting us over, we all had a great time, and met and made so many friends. Cheers ! Read Full Entry â ' 2 Comments Options Ironing Taken In - Very Cheap Rates Posted by Dave Rimmer, 29 July 2007 · 8 views I haven't been out at all this weekend, my wife Margie has been quite ill, ending up in hospital last Wednesday. So, I had a couple of days off work, and took over the domestic chores side of things. I've learnt five things this last couple of days: 1. You don't have to iron towels, if you fold them up smartly when they are dry then smooth them out, they look quite acceptable when stacked up in the cupboard 2. Don't try and hang net curtains when there is a bloody cactus on the window sill 3. My son Martin is a pretty good cook, but has never let on before so he could avoid cooking for anyone. The cat's out of the bag now son 4. There is now, at 10.30pm on Sunday, not a single piece of clothing in the house that hasn't been washed. dried and ironed. This is something Margie never achieved. Thus is clear evidence that when a man puts his mind to something, he can definitely do it better than a woman (Even if it's a woman's job normally) 5. I am going to die very slowly when Margie reads this and recovers enough to kill me I'm gonna be champing at the bit to get out next Friday night though Read Full Entry â ' 5 Comments Options Grits Ain't Groceries ! Mushy Peas Are Though...... Posted by Dave Rimmer, 21 July 2007 · 11 views On one of the wettest days I can ever remember for July we set off on a trip down to Warwick for the inaugural Soul night. Dead easy place to find, cheap bar, nice dancefloor, which was kept full all night by the collection of DJs who all played to the demands of the crowd. A success for Dave (Briles on Soul Source), and as Chalky (The Hitsville variety not the Chesterfield one) mentioned a couple of times, it's all back on again on the 21st September. I must admit I approached the venue myself with some trepidation. Having called Sian from Rugby Soul Club "Slightly Butch" earlier on in the evening. Now my timing was immaculate, I waited until I knew she would have gone out before posting the comment, of course I was grassed up, and was receiving threatening text messages even before we arrived. So I'll put the record straight. Sian is not slightly butch at all, she is one of the most gracious, beautiful, feminine, fun loving, people, who can take a joke, that I have ever had the pleasure to be kicked by ! So, where do the mushy peas come in ? It turns out that Briles is from Burnley, thus another expatriate Lancastrian like myself, and he, like me is also proud of the fact that he's a Lancastrian. So when we accepted his invitation back to his house for a beer and a bite to eat I was overjoyed to discover that he had laid on some proper Lancashire snap. Home made meat and potato pie and mushy peas. Heaven !!!! It was so good I went back for seconds, and would probably have gone back for thirds as well if it hadn't already been finished off. (And apparently Briles was the chef as well) It's a strange thing,but when I moved to the Midlands 26 years ago one of the things I missed was meat and potato pies. You couldn't buy a decent meat and potato pie in the Midlands for years, and I regularly used to get food parcels off my parents when they came to visit, which consisted of a dozen pies ! I used to watch Coronation Street just so I could see the pies that the Rover's Return served, and as for Betty's hotpot, well......my mouth would salivate just thinking about it ! You couldn't get proper mushy peas either, but I'll come to the peas later. Eventually Morrisons opened a supermarket in Bilston, and although they are a Yorkshire firm, they do do a tasty meat and potato pie, so equilibrium was restored in the world of Rimmer. Mushy Peas. Ah ! Another great culinary delight from Lancashire. I tell you what, this was Soul food, Northern Soul food, of the highest order. I went to bed that night a happy man, with the sounds of my farts ringing out as loud and as often as the Eddystone lighthouse foghorn !!!! So, I'd recommend Warwick Soul club to anyone, and if you're lucky enough to get the invite back to Briles afterwards you are in for a treat. No promises mind, but I put a request in for Hotpot with a proper suet crust for September. I'm off to visit the homeland tonight, I'm DJing at Salwick near Preston, so you never know, the Foodie tour might well continue although knowing Geoff and Sue Claxton we will be sampling good Lancashire beer rather than food. Read Full Entry â ' 6 Comments Options Jenny Is A Smoke Free Zone Posted by Dave Rimmer, 15 July 2007 · 8 views So, Middleton comes around again. Which means a trip into Manchester in the afternoon to sell Beatin' Rhythm some copies of the magazine. Mind you I don't really sell them anything because I take the payment as trade out of the shop, so it's kiddie in a sweet shop time for a while !! Onto Middleton by six, drop the sales stuff off in the Civic Hall and then meet up with Geoff & Sue Claxton in the pub. A pleasant couple of hours was passed imbibing some of the top class Boddington's they had on tap. Back to the Civic Hall and the first shock of the night..........Jenny Banks has given up smoking !!!! I asked Jenny how she had been coping, and she said "Fine really, it's not been too bad". I asked Roger the same question: "How's Jenny been coping with giving up smoking ?" Now you know the sort of posture a dog adopts when it's been caught doing something it shouldn't, ears down and slinking away before it's shouted at. All Roger said was "Don't ask !!" I managed to keep my niccoteen addiction under control by frequent trips outside, along with about sixty others. The only time it really frustrates me that I can't have a fag is when I'm DJing. Talking of which, here's what I played 10.30pm to 11.30pm Athens Rogues - She Could Love Me - Stop The Valentinos - Sweeter Than The Day Before - Chess The Constellations - I Didn't Know How To - Gemini Star Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn International GTO's - I Love My Baby - Rojac The Vondells - Hey Girl - Airtown Larry Atkins - Ain't That Love Enough - Highland Ripple Blast Singers And Band - Sadie Sadie - Power The Dream Merchants - Stop - Renee Joanne Courcy - I Got The Power - Twirl Theresa Lindsey - Prepared To Love You - Magic City The O'Jays - I'll Never Forget You - Imperial The Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Hyperions - Why You Wanna Treat Me Like You Do - Chatahoochie The Cavaliers - Hold On To My Baby - RCA Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca The Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 The Accents - Who You Gonna Love - One-Derful The Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac The Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Johnny Robinson - Gone But Not Forgotten - Okeh The Eptones - A Love That's Real - Jox The Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Gwenn Douglass - The Picture - Michelle Read Full Entry â ' 0 Comments Options 98, 99, Yes, It's The 100 Club ! Posted by Dave Rimmer, 08 July 2007 · 12 views Unbelievably, last night was my first visit to the 100 Club since November last year. I was DJing in Germany in December, there wasn't one in January or February, March was Jacks, I was DJing at Keele in April, May was Jacks, and June was Cleethorpes. I know for a fact I haven't had that long a gap in the last fifteen years. So, how did it go ? Well Stuntman Woody and I caught the train at Wolverhampton at twenty past five. I'd emptied the first can before we left the station ! A few more cans followed it and we arrived spot on time in London. Not knowing what the score was with the new hours at the 100 Club, I went straight there at about 8.30pm, expecting Ady to be arriving soon. Woody went round the corner to the Blue Post pub to meet up with Johny Weston, Toby, Mandy, and a few others. Paul McKay, who was the first DJ arrived soon after me, and we waited for Ady, me smoking furiously to try and build up the nicotine levels in my body before we went in. Ady cheated and went in the back doors, so I played at being a bouncer for him until the proper badged doormen arrived. Down the stairs and into the club. It hasn't changed a bit since November. Isn't that a surprise. I set up and listened to Paul's first set, to a hardy dozen people who had arrived for the 9pm start. (Strangely, in the Midlands and North, most niters start at either 9pm or 10pm, and fill up quickly, in London though it was getting on for 10.30pm before the club started to fill up) As advertised Paul played Club Soul, Oldies and well known stuff for his first set, followed by Ady playing the same sort of stuff for the second hour. Towards the end of his set, Ady dashed over to me and said "Where's Weston ? He's on next" The answer of course was.....still in the pub ! Twenty past eleven, I've offered to do a set from my sales box, but I think Ady's seen the contents of my sales box, so Paul Mckay went back on for a few more spins. John arrived, mysteriously managed to get a pint within seconds of walking in and went straight on to DJ. No Club Soul or well known Oldies from the boy though, straight into his normal set. It was quite funny watching the consternation on the faces of a group sitting near us. I don't think they knew one record John played !!! It was good to be back ! The night carried on with the sets getting better and better, the laughs louder and louder, and the bar still open at 5am. The back stairs hosted more than one smoker sneaking off for a quick fag, and a motley crew was gathered outside the front door all night as well, but overall, not being able to smoke as often didn't really bother me, and I certainly felt better for it this morning. Still the best niter in the country, and still going strong. Finally, to make the night even better, Woody and I managed to scrounge a lift back from Alex who lives in the Midlands and had spare seats in the car. So instead of hanging around in London for the 9.02 train, I was back home by 9.30am. And what's more, it's my second favourite niter next week as well....Middleton. Read Full Entry â ' 1 Comments Options Mace At Full Volume ! Posted by Dave Rimmer, 25 June 2007 · 7 views Friday night was a happy occasion, Northern Soul and the wedding reception for Dave and Sarah Evison. Held at Alsager Civic Hall, this was a celebration with a difference. Dave and Sarah had asked several people to DJ for them (I suspect Sarah just asked whoever she wanted), and Mace ended up with the job of trying to come up with a DJ roster that included the first dance for Dave and Sarah, cutting the cake, and twenty two DJs ! In fairness to Mace, he did the job well, and each DJ got approximately fifteen minutes, and it all ran like clockwork. Talking of Mace: Because I was DJing at Winsford the following night I just couldn't be bothered sorting half a dozen records out for Friday, only to have to put them back into the box for Saturday, so I decided to take my whole DJ box. Now Mace isn't the most subtle of characters, or even the quietest, when he's sober, but when he's been drinking for a good eight hours, all sense of decorum goes, and the volume slider is turned up full. We arrived, said hello to Dave and Sarah and offered our congratulations (Sarah looked beautiful, Dave's still a Stoke City fan), then entered the main room. Mace spotted me carrying my DJ box and boomed across the hall "What the f*** you brought that box for ? You're still only having fifteen minutes you C***". Priceless !!!! I also missed the photo opportunity of a lifetime as well. Dave Evison, Steve Whittle and Brian Rae together. It would have looked so good, especially as I could have titled it 'M's revisited - The Ravages Of Time' Seriously though, I'd just like to add my congratulations and wish Dave and Sarah a long, prosperous, and happy married life together. Saturday was Margie's birthday (Soul widow on SS), and I'd bought her a laptop of her own. It might seem a high price to pay to keep her off my PC, but I think it's well worth it !! Saturday night of course meant it was Winsford allnighter. I've always enjoyed the niters at Winsford, having a soft spot for the venue because I did the first DJ spot at the very first allnighter promoted by Barry and Pete about ten years ago. An early arrival meant there was time for a few beers in the pub with Geoff and Sue Claxton, then over to the Civic Hall for the niter. At one point the numbers at Winsford looked as though the niter was going to close, but all the promoters have worked hard at keeping the venue going and the last two have had really good numbers (This one especially). A variety of DJs, played a variety of sounds so there was something for everyone really. Pick of the night for me was the spot done by Liana (Espo on SS), who not only played some great records, but also put then together in the right order, and that's what makes a good DJ. My spot was 3am to 4am and the playlist is below. Fabulous Peps - With These Eyes - Wee 3 Mel Wynn & The Rhythm Aces - Stop Sign - Wand Cooperettes - Shing A Ling - Brunswick Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Get Out - Landa Joanne Courcy - You Got The Power - Twirl Caressors - I Can't Stay Away - Ru-Jac Hyperions - Why You Wanna Treat Me Like You Do - Chatahoochie Walter & The Admerations - Stop - C/U Patience Valentine - If You Don't Come - Sar Mickie Champion - What Good Am I - Musette Betty O'Brien - She'll Be Gone - Liberty Delcos - Arabia - Ebony Idols - Just A Little Bit More - Reveille Don Gardner - My Baby Likes To Boogaloo - Tru-Glo-Town 5 Royales - Catch That Teardrop - Home Of The Blues Bobby Freeman - Swing Me - Unreleased Autumn Magnetics - I Have A Girl - Ra-Sel Brooks Brothers - Looking For A Woman - Tay Vondells - Hey Girl (You've Changed) - Airtown Marge Dodson - Be Your Baby - Decca Johnny Robinson - Gone But Not Forgotten - Okeh Elbie Parker - Please Keep Away From Me - Veep Troy Dodds - Try My Love - El Camino Jimmy Wallace - I'll Be Back - Alpha Dave and Sarah Evison were there as well, Sarah again looking radiant in her wedding dress, and Dave's still a Stoke City fan ! They made the really nice gesture of bringing half a dozen bottles of champagne and sharing it out with as many as they could to celebrate their wedding all over again. Overall, a really good night, good music, good company, and a pleasure to have a beer or two with Gary Beattie as well. So that's it for another weekend. Keeping a record of my vinyl purchases seems to have gone a little haywire recently because of the rather haphazard way in which I've been doing the blog, but I'll try and get back to it next month.
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    Part Four Posted by Trevski, 04 November 2008 (The ultimate Accessory) Accessories With accessories, subtle, stylish and subdued is the way to go. Flash is not cool, not attractive, not anything but naff! Neck chains, sovereign rings, bracelets, Urrghh! Horrible. A good quality, automatic watch such as Breitling, Rolex, Philipe Patek etc is not only a sound investment, but also a thing of exquisite beauty. Keeping things simple, plain, unfussy cuff-links, such as these from Links of London, are ideal, and you can have then subtly monogrammed with yout initials, for a more personal, individual touch. Slightly more expensive, but still not too over the top, are these from my favourite, Tiffany. Tie-clips are also a very nice addition, again from Tiffany. They are often limited in their designs, so one bought now will soon become a collectors item. Also I would recomend searching out antique designs, in clips and pins, or failing that, get your local jeweller to make you one. I had a small, round diamond ear-ring that had belonged to my Grandmother. I got my local jeweller to fit it on a silver pin, complete with a spring cover for the pin end, and a fine chain and bar to slipthrough your shirt button hole, for very little cost. Unique and very attractive!Other accessories can be used, such as money clips and key-rings.Of course one accessory no Gentleman should be without is a silk pocket square! (Not forgetting the cheapest and most underused accessory, a nice Carnation in ones lapel!) Happy dressing! Part Three Posted by Trevski, 05 August 2008 If you enjoy this Blog (or if it gives you a good laugh) Please visit it using the link on the right. Or the link under my signature in my posts It is the 'Official page' It has more features, video, and the layout is better. (It also bumps my score up!) Shirts, Ties, Shoes. Shirts "White linen, country washing, and plenty of it!" So said George Bryan Brummell, better known as 'Beau'. He was talking about neckties, but could just as easily been referring to shirts. (A quick word about GB, as I call him. Somewhat of a hero of mine, the epithet 'Dandy' has become somewhat corrupted from its original usage. A Dandy, as invented by GB, was not a strutting, bewigged peacock, that was a 'Fop' (See Beau 'sort out' a couple of fops in the video!) If the Fop was a 'new romantic' type, then the Dandy was defiantly a Mod! The look was a 'Less is more' style, with a palette consisting of mainly black, white and dark blue. The accent was on superb tailoring and fit, to reveal a masculine look. See Ian Kelly's excellent biography, and the BBC Biopic. You will not be disappointed) Now we hopefully have our suit, or suits, as a black, dark blue, and a grey is the minimum, then the shirt is the foundation upon which everything else is literally built upon. Your shirt, (not mentioning underwear yet!) Is the first thing on, and then the rest goes on top, so a good foundation is essential. In my humble opinion, one cannot go wrong with White, which is where GB's quote comes in. I never wear anything but white with a suit. I goes with all colors, and a brilliant, crisp, white shirt is the business, believe me! As for style, a classic English collar i.e. semi-cutaway, with a double cuff, for links, and removable collar stiffeners is the way to go. Find a style and maker that suits you, and go with it. Of course, bespoke shirts are best, but I recommend Thomas Pink of Jermyn Street, for very fine shirts. His are the only ones I will wear! When ironing, spray on a little starch to the front, and cuffs, for a superb crisp look. 100% pure Cotton, made in the UK. of course, is best. Ties Never, ever wear a comical, novelty, or anything loud in a tie! Subtle and classy, pure silk. No exceptions. I can't resist ties! Like a lady with shoes, I can't have too many ties. Of course, I have my favourites, and none come better than HermÃÆ’©s. They do make some cute, silly ones, but the classic HermÃÆ’©s 'signature' ties, the ones with the subtle H woven into them are sublime. Learn to tie a Windsor knot and you will always be sartorially complete! Shoes Whatever you may wear for work, never go 'out' in anything other than leather soles, and never, ever skimp on shoes. I have to be firm here. You can tell a lot about a person from their shoes, may be an old saying, but its true. Cheap, scruffy shoes say.... Well it's obvious, isn't it? Really, anything under £100 is out of the question. (not including bargains etc) Loake, Church, Barker, Lobb, the choice is yours, but make sure they are English made. The exception is for loafers, which are far better by the Americans like Bass and Sebago. Aim for at least one pair of Black brogues, one pair brown brogues, some loafers and my particular favourite, the traditional English Chelsea Boot. Socks! Like ties, no comedy or novelty socks, like those horrible things one gets at Christmas! Black shoes-black socks. Brown shoes-brown socks. That's it, simple! Make sure they are at least over the calf length as well. Nothing worse than a band of pasty leg-flesh between sock and trouser when one crosses the legs! Uuurgh! The other thing that drives me mad is the silk sock. Expensive they may be, but they look like ladies stockings! Cotton. No exceptions! As George Bryan said, "I feel a trip to the tailors coming on!" Part Two Posted by Trevski, 16 June 2008 · Part Two Seperates and casual wear After receiving most complimentary remarks upon the first part of this guide, I thank you dear readers! It is now time to move on to more casual, daywear. As mentioned earlier in the guide, dependant upon the time of year, and England's fickle weather, then a coat is always uppermost for a stroll around town, shopping, lunch, an evening at the pub, cinema, etc. Very adaptable according to the other clothes it is teamed with. I would suggest at least two coats if possible, for maximum variety. Of course, one must choose according to ones own taste and style, but one cannot go far wrong with a Crombie. Do not confuse the shoddy garment so beloved of skinheads/suedeheads as a Crombie. These were cheap imitations of the real thing, bought from high street outlets in the main, although some discerning chaps may well have had the real deal. Crombie, no connection to Abercrombie (and Fitch) is a Scottish cloth. Coats can be made by Crombie themselves at a retail price in excess of £500 at the present time, or made from Crombie cloth, and labelled as such, by other manufactures. In the sixties, Burton, Dunn and Co. etc all made a coat that bore the Crombie cloth label along with their own. Nowadays, one does not see the Crombie label unless it is in a genuine Crombie garment. The style however, is much copied and very good quality coats can be obtained from such shops as Ted Baker, and even the venerable M & S who sell a very good wool and cashmere, made in Italy. The style, for those who need a reminder, is knee length, with a flap, or placket over the buttons, two pockets with perhaps a ticket pocket, one breast pocket and sometimes a velvet collar. The traditional lining for a Crombie is red silk. A Crombie is very similar to the 'Covert Coat' so named from the hunting background from which it came, The main distinction of the covet coat is four bands of stitching on the cuffs (no buttons) and around the bottom hem. This is to prevent fraying when negotiating bushes etc when out shooting. Colours are usually black for the Crombie, whereas the covert can be black, beige or camel, and grey. A smart Crombie (For simplicity I will refer to the covert as a Crombie also) can even be teamed with jeans, should one wish! Chino's or cords being a more preferable choice. To cut a real daytime dash though' I would suggest Brown brogues, chinos a bright waistcoat over a button-down shirt and a bright silk square in the breast pocket. I always like a carnation in the buttonhole as well! For evening, try a white shirt and tie under a dark waistcoat and dark trousers. Black brogues or Chelsea boots, loafers being a bit too lightweight for this look. A nice sweater or the now back in vogue cardigan, in a retro style looks good also for an even more casual look. I try to avoid labels as such but subtle ones are ok and Ralph Lauren do make very good Oxford cloth button-downs and chino's, although if one can get Brooks Brothers then by all means do! Try and get a vintage 'Tootal' paisley or foulard scarf too. Very snazzy! A word or two about the cravat. Much maligned these days, but they can look really good under a button-down shirt! Apart from the Crombie, a really good tweed jacket is the business! Bespoke if one can, of course. I am, at the moment looking at getting made a dark green one, with a 'salt and pepper' fleck to it. Again, with bespoke, one can let one's personal taste run free, ticket pockets, a half belt at the back, shoulder vents, patch pockets with pleats, velvet collar, horn buttons, jazzy linings, all are within reach. A very good off-the-peg tweed can be purchased; I got one myself the other day. Be careful to find a manufacturer that has many years experience in such styles and materials. Brook Tavener are well established and recently had a road show in Leeds to 'up' the profile of the brand. You will find on visiting your tailor, that Brook Tavener deal in cloth also, and many of the swatches in the tailors will carry the Brook Tavener logo. With tweed, go for a Scottish tweed, without question. Brook T. know this, and their tweeds comes from Reid & Taylor of Scotland, amongst others. Of course, I am not advocating this style for everyday use, sometimes the sun does shine, and when it does, I can be found in a t-shirt like anyone else (although it will be a very nice one!) A further word about customer service, something sadly lacking in the high street today. Too pushy staff or totally disinterested ones. Seek out a good, traditional 'Gentlemen's outfitters' if one can! I found the tweed jacket in Clarksons of Petergate, York. Modestly titled "The shirt shop" it is a veritable emporium of gentlemen's accoutrements. The service is second to none. Andrew, the owner appears at ones elbow with a friendly "can I help you sir?" rather like Jeeves! He will discuss and help through numerous trying-ons until you are satisfied, rather than palm you off with anything for a sale. Most helpful and most recommended! Trevski's Style Counsel Posted by Trevski, 05 May 2008 About the author "I remember becoming interested in style at a very young age, about four or five years old at least. I insisted on a 'Tony Curtis' hairstyle on the first trip to the hairdressers I can remember, back in '61-'62. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. affected me greatly, I wanted a polo neck sweater like Illya Kuriakin, not an ordinary one, but a short sleeved one like he wore. Napoleon Solo's suits were fascinating too, the cut and line, the slim trousers and the sheen on the material. I loved John Steed's Chelsea boots so much, I insisted on Chelsea boots for school when I was about 6. By the time I was about 12 or 13 I had a definite eye for the stylish clothes worn by the older chaps in my neighbourhood, the mod guys, or smoothies as we called them then. By that age I had a three-button 'Tonik' jacket, Levi Sta-Prest, loafers, Ben Sherman shirts etc. I committed the occasional fashion faux pas, as does everyone, especially in the '80's, but I like to think, even though the style might have been a little awry, I wore it with a certain panache! In later life I came to know what style suited me best, despite the vagaries and ever-changing whims of fashion, and stuck to it. However, I learned many a lesson on what to wear, and what not to wear, by trial and error, by mockery from my compatriots, and finally, through praise for my individual tastes from others that wished they could emulate it. It is these hard won rules, tips and ideas that I wish to pass on in this blog. If there is one thing I am good at, it's knowing instinctively what is style, and one should always seek to exploit ones strengths. After reading this Blog you will be able to exploit yours too" Here is the first part of the guide, should it recieve favourable comment, it will continue! FORWARD Who is this blog for? Simple, everyone! Ok so you think you have style, perhaps you have, as everyone thinks they have style but, that unfortunately, is not always the case. As the song goes "You've either got or you haven't got style, when you've got it, it stands out a mile" So what is style? A million-dollar question it seems, for even those with a million or more dollars don't necessarily possess it. The thing about style is, when you see it, you know it. Look at Cary Grant, Connery as Bond, The Rat-Pack, David Niven, Gregory Peck; they have it by the solid silver bucket load. Look at some of our footballers, 'celebrities' and the other so-called trendies. Not a prayer of a stylish line amongst them. Money cannot buy you style if you don't possess it to begin with. If you have style and money, the world's your oyster, but style and little money can work wonders too, so don't despair! If you haven't got it at all, don't worry either, it can be learned, though not easily, and may take a little trial and error, but if you take heed of this tome, and apply its guidelines and suggestions then you might just achieve it! For the truly stylish then, this blog may serve to confirm what you already know, Which is always nice, as one can bask in self-congratulatory bliss! For the single guy it may give confidence. It won't, unfortunately, get you a partner, although it may certainly help! For those in a relationship, it may save you from divorce, as a scruffy chap who has let himself go down the casual sportswear route is a sorry sight! For ladies it might help in giving an insight into what to look for in a man, and for those who already have one, how to whip him into shape! Style is a frame of mind, as much as it appearance and confidence is the key, as it is to most things. "A gentleman should choose his clothes with care, dress with attention to detail, then forget all about them" Is a good quote to remember. The stylish appearance should look effortless, despite the effort put into achieving the appearance! For those lacking in the necessary confidence, hopefully this humble guide will serve to supply some of that much-needed commodity. When one looks good, one feels good and when one feels good, confidence comes as a natural attribute. Looks are not important, certainly not as important as confidence and style. Take Humphrey Bogart for example. Hardly a classically handsome chap, you will agree, yet ladies, even today, are still wooed by him. Why? Because the guy had style, and that gave him self-confidence. He knew he looked good, and it reaped rewards, not least of which was Lauren Bacall! Read on and I hope to impart some of that style on you, should you wish to acquire it, and who doesn't? What is style? Style Guru's and the 'Fashionistas' There are a plethora of people and TV shows, magazines and role models, style icons, even your friends, trying to tell you what's hot and what's not. Programmes to tell you how to wear, what to wear, what not to wear, how to lose weight, gain weight and so it goes on.... I am not, and never have been, nor will be a Style Guru. I do not wish to create clones of me, or restyle you in my own image. Nor do I wish to dictate what is fashionable and what is not, simply because I don't believe in fashion for fashions sake and the constant re-make and re-model, this years brown is the new black claptrap that the so-called Style Gurus expound. As I said earlier, Cary Grant is a style God, not a Guru. You could put that man in a sack, complete with 'It ain't half hot mum' shorts, beige socks and sandals and he would still look as cool as an ice cube in a G & T! Project him forward into today, and he would still look as spectacular as he did in 'To catch a thief'. Style doesn't date, style doesn't alter, and except for the imperceptible changes due to technology and fabric etc, the essence of style remains aloof to the shifting tides of fashion. That is what I want to help you achieve, a style that serves you day in, day out, year in, year out, perfect and sublime. The style Gurus of this world are all driven by fashion, obsessed with fashion, controlled by the designers of fashion and there dictates. What they tell you this year, they will decry the next, as fashion shifts and they shift with it. Consider: An Aston Martin today, that classic British icon of sports cars, is directly identifiable with an Aston of the sixties. Bond looks just as stylish in the DB9 as he did in the DB5. Technologically they are poles apart, but on the surface they look instantly identifiable. Sleeker yes, lower, perhaps, faster, most assuredly, but still very much an Aston. Why? Because style is timeless, style is forever and when you achieve perfection of style, why change it because others say 'this is so, or that is not' Give any fashionista or footballer the money and they will buy an Aston in a heartbeat! They recognise style, but can't equate the fact that it can't be bought. Now I know I said earlier that you can't buy style, but if you buy the car, surely then you have bought style? Am I contradicting my own theory? Not at all! You can buy the Aston, a most stylish vehicle, but it won't give you style. The Aston will remain stylish, but although you have bought the car, you haven't bought its style. It still belongs to the car, not to you. The same equates to designer labels. Buying them, however stylish, will not give you personal style. For an example of this just think of Wayne Rooney, not a pretty thought I know, but do it anyway. Now picture him stepping from an Aston, or Bentley Continental CoupÃÆ’©, the Footy players current favourite. Does he look stylish or irredeemably naff? You know the answer don't you? Now picture Connery/Bond stepping from the same car. Get the picture.? Now take it one degree further and see our Mr. Connery stepping from an Austin Maxi. See, it's the man not the car! Grasp this concept and you're learning! So let us now progress into my ideas, thought and views on style, the things one should and shouldn't do to achieve it, and the essential items of ones wardrobe. I will deal with each item in turn, and as you may have noticed, will probably go off on a tangent somewhere along the way! I hope you find this guide informative, enlightening and amusing. After reading it you will be on your journey to stepping out in the world as a stylish chap. The Suit Essential and non-negotiable! For any man wishing to cut a stylish dash, one has to start with the suit. Nothing else comes close to imparting that air of style, confidence and cool as a well cut suit. I'm not talking about the work suit, if indeed you have to wear one for work, although there is still no excuse for a badly fitting, cheap looking work suit. Many 'off the peg' suits can look perfectly acceptable with a nip and tuck here and there. In fact, I have several for everyday wear, but I, or rather my tailor have doctored them! Make sure the sleeves are the right length. All to often these days you see blokes with the sleeve down over their hands. (TV weathermen being the main culprit of this) A jacket sleeve should not, on no account, reach your knuckles, as many seem to do, but should show between a 1/4and 1/2 inch of shirt cuff. The shops that sell suits in the high street or more often the designer outlet, seem to have lost the art of fitting a suit. Perhaps they never had it in the first place. Any salesman worth his salt will tell you if the suit you are trying is not right. Unfortunately, in today's 'low salt' society, not many sales staff are bothered. So... if you must have off the peg, don't buy a suit that you do not feel completely comfortable in. It is not a suit of armour! You should be able to move in it with ease. Check the shoulder seams, are they sitting perfectly on the edge of your shoulder? This is an aspect that cannot be altered later so it must be right. A tailor will tell you that everything hangs from the shoulder, meaning that: if the shoulder line is right the rest will follow. Length of the jacket is also important as you can take up a sleeve or a trouser bottom, but anything else is pushing it a bit unless you are really cheeky. A jacket should be of a length that, with arms relaxed at your side, you should just be able to curl your fingers under the bottom of the jacket, or it should fall in line with your knuckles. A tad shorter can be acceptable if one is under say, 5'8", as this will give an impression of height. More of this when we get to the Bespoke Suit. Bespoke, Off-the-peg, Style and fit. Double or single breasted is entirely up to you, although I would always choose single. They look better unfastened, especially with a waistcoat, double-breasted, on the other hand, should be unfastened when sitting, and fastened upon standing up, rather a messing about really. When worn with a waistcoat, a single-breasted is usually left unfastened to show the waistcoat. It is always worth getting a waistcoat if possible with a suit, as it gives another option to wearing. I actually like a well fitting waistcoat, as it hides the join between trousers and shirt. Try a contrasting one for a touch of individuality. A black waistcoat with a silver grey mohair suit looks splendid, as does a yellow waistcoat with a dark blue suit. Red waistcoat with a black also looks fine, as does a royal blue. Accessories, such as a watch-chain look good, as long as they are subtle. I prefer silver for all accessories, rather than gold, which can look rather naff and showy, more on accessories and jewellery later. The key to waistcoats is nothing loud, patterned and definately nothing of the novelty! Experiment, but keep it subtle. In the recent 'Savile Row' documentary on the BBC they showed, just for a second, a lovely blue waistcoat under a black jacket. It looked so nice I had to have one made! Beware the lure of the waistcoat! The exception in bright weskits, is with a coat, rather than a suit, usually for daywear. For example, a pair of chino's brown country brogues, a blue oxford button down shirt and a yellow or red doe-skin waistcoat look the business under a black Crombie, or covert coat with velvet collar for daytime smartness with a casual twist. My rule for shirts on these occasions is button downs for wear without a tie, classic collar for wear with tie. You can put a tie with a button down, but a classic collar always needs a tie, I feel, and therefore does not really apply to casual wear. A cravat, in a complimentary tone to the waistcoat is a nice option with the button-down, or a silk scarf worn as a cravat. Back to the suit! Trousers should really be flat fronted, especially if one is slim. The problem with off the peg suit I see all the time is length. Like sleeves they are always too long. Many chaps spoil what could be a reasonably good look, by wearing trousers that end in several unsightly folds at the bottom, crumpling over their shoes. Tip: do not listen to stylists like Trinny and Susanna when they say a long trouser over the shoe makes you look taller. It does not! It may work with a woman wearing 4" heels but it does not work on men. I remember a show they did with a chap who was short and they put him in the most ill fitting suit! The only thing trousers too long do is make you look like you are wearing a suit that is too big for you. They do not lengthen the leg; they draw attention to the crumple at the shoe and just look awful. Get a trouser that just touches the instep, no more. If you are short or of average height, try to find a slimmer leg trouser, this is what makes you look taller, not the length. The average width of shop suit trousers is 18" If like me, you are average height- 5' 9" try to find a slimmer fit, 16" is best. Remember when laid flat, an 18" bottom measures 9" on one side, a 16" bottom measures 8" so in actual fact, the difference only appears to be 1", but it makes a lot of difference! Get the length right, and it improves the appearance of a shop bought suit immeasurably. Another problem with fit is the waist size, unless you are lucky like me and have a trim waist and flat belly, trousers always tend to slip under the belly. Not a good look! A belt never keeps them up either. Try this. Get a pair that fit comfortably and at the right length. Wear a dark waistcoat, that is slimming, particularly with a lighter suit, and wear braces. (For our American friends-suspenders) This will keep the trousers in place, and prevent the unsightly belly overhang! However you try, an off-the-peg suit cannot compare to bespoke. For a truly perfect fit in a suit, bespoke is the only way. Do not be put off by price, it isn't that bad, really! OK we know a bespoke suit "On the Row" is upwards of £2,000, fine if you can afford it, and the feeling of a Savile Row suit, is beyond compare. The best in the world, you can't do better! However, one can do almost as well for much less. (Just going back to Off-the-peg for a moment, don't be fooled by designer labels. Most Designer Outlets will have Hugo Boss, Armani, etc. These are not the same as worn by celebrities! Theirs are bespoke, by the designers! An off-the-peg Boss suit is around £300/£350 in my nearest outlet. They are made by the thousand, probably in China, at minimal cost. Interlinings, that gives structure to lapels etc will be 'fused' or glued, not hand-stitched, and look bad after a time as the glue parts from the cloth. For the same price you can have a suit hand-made for you and you alone!) Cultivate a relationship with your local tailor. Discuss what you want and decide if he can do the job. A good tailor will advise, but not impose. Look for a tailor that will make up customers own cloth, this is where the savings come in! For example. My tailor recently made me a beautiful single breasted, three button, three-piece suit; to my exacting specifications for £300, I supplied the material. Now comes the good bit. Use the 'net! I purchased, on EBay, a suit length of 3 1/2 yds of Super Kid Mohair, (70% kid mohair 30% wool) made in the Huddersfield mills (the Huddersfield mills, in Yorkshire, are world renowned as the best in the business, and supply the Savile Row houses) for the princely sum of £18! The same suit, with cloth supplied by the tailor would have been £600! Of course, even at that price, it is a fraction of Savile Row prices, but that is typical for small local tailors. Find a good one and they are worth their weight in gold! Now for the nitty gritty of style and fit. The suit I mentioned above, in black kid mohair, is not outrageously styled. No fancy bits, nothing unusual, yet only last night, the number of compliments I received were amazing and most satisfying to ones ego! Try that with a shop suit! Bespoke stands out, head and shoulders above anything else. Most people don't know the difference, to look at, but they can see what looks good! One chap said, completely unprompted, "You wear a suit better than anyone I know" How good does that make you feel! Worth the money for that alone, I can tell you! Now there were quite a few other chaps in suits the place, so why did I get the complements? Because my suit fitted me and fitted perfectly, Pure and simple. Until you have had a well-made bespoke suit, you cannot appreciate what well fitting means. All the readers who have had this sublime experience will be nodding in self-assured agreement. Slip on a bespoke suit and you cannot tell you are wearing it, believe me. A lot of men find suits uncomfortable, restrictive, and unpleasant to wear. That is because they don't fit properly! A chap said to me the other day "Don't you feel uncomfortable, trussed up like that?" He obviously had been the victim of too many off-the-peg suits! Mohair is a light, cool, superb material that combined with a bespoke cut, is supremely comfortable to wear. It moves with you, and you really do forget you are wearing it at all. This is down to the skill of the tailor in cutting and fitting. A good tailor can make you look taller, slimmer, broader in the shoulder, longer in the leg, he can achieve what six months hard slog in a gym would do, for a fraction of the price and non of the effort! As to style, again lets take the aforementioned suit as an example. Of course you will find a style that compliments you best, for your size, shape etc, but as a general rule, keep it simple, clean, elegant. I prefer a three-button front, as opposed to two, which seem to be more common in shops these days. Never do up all the buttons, only the top and middle, or as I prefer, only the top. Fastening the middle one only looks unsightly, in my opinion, as the top tends to gape slightly and makes you look like a sack tied in the middle. I went for a 3" wide, notched lapel, breast pocket, two slanted side pockets with flaps, and my own personal touch, a ticket pocket on both sides, rather than the usual one on the right, as I think it gives balance. The jacket was fitted at the waist, that is to say, tapered in to flatter a trim mid-section. Four button cuff, (working buttons of course) waistcoat with lapel, not something you see on off-the-peg, but a staple of "The Row." Four pocket front, six buttons (of course you NEVER fasten the bottom one) Flat front trousers, 16" bottoms a good metal zip and a French bearer (That is the flap inside the trouser that fastens across, behind the zip, and takes any strain of the zip when sitting etc) Cerise pink Bemberg lining in the jacket, waistcoat back and underside of the pocket flaps. Nothing out of the ordinary, save the lining and a few individual touches, but combine it with a crisp white shirt, Silver oval monogrammed cuff-links, dark blue HermÃÆ’©s tie with tie-pin, a blue silk square elegantly folded in the breast pocket and a gleaming black pair of traditional English Chelsea boots and you have something that is hard to beat! Finally on bespoke for the moment, for I'm sure I'll return to it as I ramble, a quote that is not mine, but I think it sums up bespoke perfectly. "Labels say you're 'one of the boys' Bespoke says 'I am the MAN" Why buy flashy designer labels with logos all over, trying to look exclusive? All they say is "I can afford this" but so can thousands of other customers, on any high street the world over. What can be more exclusive than something that is made for a customer of one! You and you alone. That's exclusivity, That's bespoke.
  22. Prestatyn Starts Here, Well It Does For Me And Harpo Anyway Posted by sandi, 11 March 2009 · Endless mountains of ironing now eventually come to an end,and all this in preparation for Prestatyn weekender. We are really looking forward to the weekend and having a great time with our many ,many friends, and hope to make many more. Paul started to get all excited on tuesday,god knows why !!!!,we still have 2 days to go yet before we set out on friday morning, so all being well we should arrive at Prestatyn by about 12 noon,unpack ,then make our way to where ever the music takes us. See you all there. PT 1 of the Prestatyn report over and out. Sandi x Pre-niter Invite Posted by sandi, 28 February 2009 To all that it may be of interest, we are having a bit of a get together at my new home as a warm up for tonights lifeline allnighter at Brookfields riding stables, all you need to bring is a bottle/can and yourselves. Those of you who need my address/ phone number, please e-mail me and l'll send you the details. Sandi xx LIFELINE ALLNIGHTER : OH WHAT A NIGHT. Well we had a few responses to our invitation for the warm up prior to the allnighter, good friends of ours who came to wish us well in the new house:Jane,Phil,Johnny,Gary and Smokey, we had a bloody good laugh which set us up to enjoy the rest of the night. So off we set for Brookfields Lifeline's venue and found it extremely busy,and thats how it stayed all night. I'm usually a avid dancer,but due to feeling really knackered from all the unpacking etc that is all part and parcel of a house move, l did'nt do much dancing, yet l really enjoyed the atmosphere,company and fantastic soul music. Tricky Vicky was as always in fine feckle and very good company, we exchanged bollocks verbal shite during fag breaks throughout the night, l did poor Willy's head in as l do to most folk when l've got my silly head on, but l know he forgave me as he came back to my house after the allnighter had finished,as did,Johnny,jane, and two lads,who l'm sorry but l did'nt get their names(promise to ask them next time l see them), then l always tend to forget names anyhow,but l never forget a face, and they are regulars on the scene, they were stuck for transport so we offered to take them back to mine and give them cups of tea,played them some records,and l think they enjoyed their time with us load of nutters, Harpo (Paul) then kindly gave them a lift to Wednesbury bus Station,and saw them safely on their way, another visitor to the house was Smokey(3 times), we always enjoy his company,he truely is a great friend who provides a laugh every minute,and also he never ceases to amaze me with his wealth of knowlege, be it soul records,artists or even more serious topics. So all in all l think l can say with real confidence that l had a fantastically enjoyable evening/night/day................and l still have'nt been to bed yet No rest for the wicked, which in that case l think qualifies me as truely evil. I would'nt have it any other way. Sandi House Moving Is Stressful. Posted by sandi, 26 February 2009 It's been a few weeks now since l put anything on my blog, this being due to l've been busy moving into a new house. I'm getting to old for all this shit so l think l'll have to settle in this house...........for now anyway. Hoping to be at the Lifeline Allnighter on sat, and might even be having a bit of a house warming before hand and carrying on afterwards, so anyone who knows me is more than welcome. See you all soon, Love Sandi x Assembly Of Soul. Posted by sandi, 01 February 2009 As l've already stated in my post on the "Events look back" section, this was a fantastic night, and you always know it's good when you check the time and find it's nearing the end, the night just fled by, l suppose that was due mainly to the friendly happy crowd letting their hair down and having a bloody good time. This is a very classy venue, the interior being designed by Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen (very posh), Large function room with big dance floor, and a top quality sound system. I was very pleasantly suprised by the amount of younger people who were there, god it's about time we had an influx of new blood,it's what's needed on the scene and has been for a long time. In my opinion going on what l saw lastnight this venue can only go from strength to strength and become one of the scenes success stories, just like "Lifeline" is setting a presidence so it seems is "Assembly Of Soul". It's not easy these days to promote a venue and keep it healthy, so l take my hat off to the promoters.....Well done guy's. Chalkie............what can l say about this guy!! he's such an entertainer, he gets up on that stage and he really goes for it, he's got so much passion,enthusiasm,and pure love for the music he believes in, he's just a STAR . My Play List Deon Jackson/Love makes the world go round. Eddie Kendricks/Keep on truckin. Four Tops/Something about you. Jamo Thomas/I spy(for the FBI). 21st Creation/Tailgate. Dezro Orchestra/Witchunt. Silvetti/Spring rain. Epitome Of Sound/You dont love me. Bobby Hebb/ Love,love,love. Lloyd Price/Love music. Isaac Hayes/Disco connection. O'Jays/I love music. Benny Troy/I wanna give you tomorrow. Steve Karman's Big Band ft Jimmy Ratcliffe/Breakaway. Mike McDonald/God knows. Frankie Valli/The night. Harpo's Play List Bob Relf/My little girl. The Furys/I'm satisfied with you. The Belles/Dont pretend. The Younghearts/A little togetherness. N.F.Porter/Keep on keeping on. David And The Giants/Ten miles high. The Isley Brothers/My love is your love. The Detroit Spinners/I'll always love you. Marvin Gaye/Come get to this. Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes/The love l lost. The Trammps/Hold back the night. O'Jay's/Love Train. Luther Vandross/Never too much. Dobie Gray/The in crowd. Rex Garvin And The Mighty Cravers/Sock it to em J.B. Robert Parker/Barefootin. Oscar Toney Jr/Ain't that true love. Frankie Valli/The night( request ). A Final Farewell To Dougie. Posted by sandi, 30 January 2009 · We attended Dougie's funeral this morning,arriving at about 9.25 am to join the many,many friends and family to say our final goodbyes. The attendance must of been 400 plus, apart from Harpo and myself representing his love of soul music were,Max,Kenny Onions,Pardo,Dawn and John Pugh,Micky Devey and l'm sure there were more,but these are the ones we saw and spoke to. As funerals go,it was a lovely service, not just a mourning to a dear departed friend but a celebration to his life, and although sad it was that Dougie lost his fight for life aged just 47, the people and the memories Dougie left behind are a fitting testimony to the man himself. His sister Hazel was invited to say a few words about her brother,she had us laughing and she had us also crying, she spoke with love and tenderness about Dougie but above all with pride. Dougie was indeed a larger than life character,who made friends where ever he went in all the aspects of his life. Paul(Harpo) and I very proud to have known him. Sleep well Dougie Sandi xx Good Times At Bushbury Posted by sandi, 26 January 2009 This was my very first time in the Bushbury Working Mens Club, all these years of passing it by in the car and never really giving it a sideways glance, so l was very suprised at how classy the place is,very nice. Max had a couple of days earlier prior to the Sat night event posted me a question on the events forum, asking if l could mix 10 12" modern records in half hour, l thought he was pulling my leg,so l went to visit him the next day and ask if he was serious!!!, and apparently he was...........mind you l had been a tad cheeky earlier in the week and e-mailed him telling him how much l was looking forward to Pauls (Harpo) D.J. spot that Max had booked him for on that sat night, adding............"so when you putting me on then" Just goes to prove if you dont ask you dont get eh!! The night turned out to be great fun,everyone in attendance just really let their hair down and enjoyed themselves, so many smiling faces at one venue, well , maybe it could become a regular sight at venues all over the country, soulies actually enjoying every minute, laughing,joking ,dancing (even to , god dare l say it!!!! some modern music ) and SMILING, l aint saying everyones like that, on the whole most are pleasant enough, but l think there will be one's reading this blog who will know exactly what l'm on about, please dont shoot me, l'm just expressing a generalised opinion . Max and Gary have chosen a lovely venue that deserves a visit, so come on what you waiting for ?,especially the local soul crowds, give it a try , you got nothing to lose and everything to gain......and if you dont like it then you dont have to come again, but l'd love to see some of my old mates who l dont see very often at any venue any where any more, and l'm sure their are other people who attend this and other venues ,will feel the same. Open Invite Posted by sandi, 18 January 2009 Anyone out there reading this who wants to hear some great soulful music from now until whenever we decide to call it a day is very welcome to come and join us, we have'nt planned a party but we have'nt been out in weeks due to lack of funds (xmas blues). We have already started, and are well and truely up for it, so come on what you waiting for ????? "Please make up your mind" and "accept our invitation" dont be "shy Guy's" we will be "Dancing in the street" "bare footin" with our "happy feet" this could be your "Salvation", it's a "one night affair" yes "this l swear" it's a "one nighter", so "come on down" and we will play"your song" or "the next best thing". Sandi and Harpo P.M us or Phone if you have either of our numbers, alternatively if you know where Harpo lives just turn up. Demons Itv Posted by sandi, 14 January 2009 · Soul on TV Occasionally during the week when one is relaxing and just watching the T.V. trying not to think too much about anything soulful,because most of us store that energy up for fun packed weekends and then ....................woosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tonight while watching the re-run of Demons on ITV 2 they go and play a classic soul track/ Billy Butler-The Right Track(vocal)" Okeh Okeh Okeh "!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyone else got a story to tell ?? Oakley Cancelled. Posted by sandi, 14 January 2009 Unfortunately The Oakley has been cancelled until further notice. Can't go into the reasons why, l'm sure if anyone want's to know they can ask Swoz, or refer to the thread in events talk. At this difficult time our best wishes are with him and Rona. Sandi and Paul (Harpo) D.j. Dates For Jan 009 Posted by sandi, 11 January 2009 · Where to find us when weI DJ Two dates are now in our diary for Jan where we are to be D.J,ing. 1, 24th/Jan....The Oakley Country Club,Brewood,South Staffs. 2, 31st/Jan....The Assembly Rooms,Leamington Spa. Hope to see you there. Sandi and Harpo. Another Year Older. Posted by sandi, 01 January 2009 · 2009 is here....Happy new year to you all, with best regards, Sandi and Harpo Good Times @ Brookfields Wolverhampton Posted by sandi, 28 December 2008 Harpos Play Listings Deon Jackson/Thats what you do to me. Darrow Fletcher/What good am l without you. Sidra/Sidra's theme. Robert Thomas/Salvation. Tempests/Someday. Bobby Bland/Yumyum tree. Marvin Smith/Who will do your running now. Belles/Dont pretend. Bobby Gerret/My little girl. Fury's/l'm satisfied with you. James Fountain/Seven day lover. Lou Edwards and Today's People/Talkin'bout poor folks Chris Jackson/l'll never forget you. Incredibles/There's nothing else to say. Oscar Toney Jr/Aint that true love. Tony Middleton/To the ends of the earth. Taj Mahal/A lot of love. Lou Courtney/Trying to find my woman. Darrell Banks/l'm the one who loves you. Backstabbers...and I Aint Talking The O'jays Posted by sandi, 28 December 2008 lm very well aware that there are some people on the soul scene who can't find anything better to do than slag off fellow soul lover and in most cases without due cause or even sound foundation. l am pleased to announce that it is my time to shine as the twat of the soul scene, l have been informed by a very close and dear friend this weekend that some weeks ago my name was mentioned at a allnighter and some person (female) made a negative comment about me and made it known her feelings, l dont know the identity of this female, but l assume she's a tittle tattling backstabber with self worth and jealousy issues, thats her problem.....good luck love. Apparently she seemed to know the exact number of the people who came through the doors at the last Oakley.....15 in total she confirmed to my friend, which l can now put the record straight is untrue, there were more than that in attendance. Anyway it does'nt matter if there was just 1 or 1001, it was none of her business to pass any comment on something which is obvious she knew sweet F all about,as by her inaccurate comment,clearly proved she was'nt 1 of the people who did actually turn up,how can anyone possibly make stupid remarks and put themselves forward for a response from someone who was there.....derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Oh yeah she also stated with complete confidence that l and Harpo are the promoters of the Oakley venue,again this is untrue, some people should stop with the guessing games and get a life, if they did maybe they could interact with like minded people like me,who's sole purpose is to go out on the weekend after working hard all week just to unwind,dance to the music that we love and have association with friends and aquaintences, nothing more and nothing less, and what if l do D.J. at some venues, whats the big problem with that ??, all l can assume is it's bourne out of pure jealousy, simple as that. She remarked that l was a "silly cow".......the way l have chosen to deal with this unsavory individual is by breaking the insulting comment down into 2 parts and turn it into something possitive. Pt 1.........Silly, yeah maybe l'm a bit silly at times at venues because there are too many serious soulies,and l believe life is what we make of it, the soul scene is all about enjoying what we have.........or have l got it wrong all these years???.....Oh silly me, of course it's all about the politics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT. However if she is meaning silly in a stupid sense, then please indentify yourself by P.M.ing me and l can forward you solicitors papers, because l'm very sorry to inform this female that stupid l'm not and l can prove it, hope she has the proof ready to discredit me. Or is it a case of yellow back fever ??? Pt 2..........Cow, No l look nowt like a cow, a cow is a four legged animal,and at my last count l have only 2 legs and l look very much like a female of the homo sapien species, so sorry untrue yet again. Yet to turn it right round on it's head, the way l look at it is in India cows are worshipped and revered, they are seen as being holy and sacred, so whoever you are my fine feckle friend thanks for holding me in such high esteem , but honestly lm just a mere mortal!!!! It is evident that you don't know one thing about me so should not be so loose with your tongue, my advice to you is stop to think before you make nasty comments that can come back to bite you hard on the arse............... Because what ever you think about me l can put you right, now, l'm far worse than that....trust me,and l should know, so carry on, l was gonna put a negative comment about this female, then l thought why bother !!! she is'nt worth it because as far as l'm concerned she is a non consequential, of no substance or importance, and just to round it off nicely can l just make my comment: for every 1 person on the scene who dose'nt like me, there are 100 who do. THE'RE TALKING ABOUT ME, WORDS OF JOHNNY BRAGG. Hey take note: l really don't give a fook, just wish that if you can't help but backstab then at least please get your information correct for gods sake, or it's always gonna be a case of egg on your face . Sandi comments posted at time of orig post very well said sandi ! Illya Tape swappers fav Posted:Dec 28 2008 09:26 PM Good For you there's a lot of it about, "Simple Minds" that listen too the "O'jays" and become Back Stabbers and come up with being "The Young Halt Trio"Wack Wack all over there face. What they need is a bit of James Fountian77 day lover and be William BellHAPPY not be a Al WilsonSnake in the grass. I know of two simmilar back stabbings goings on that could end in Lee Roye Tears(Nothing but tears) and a possible third on the horizon. Your Dean Parish Determination is a credit to you, and from reading your blog you have passion for the music we and others love "O'jays"I Love the Music It is a shame this happens,it is not rare soul music thing it happens in work, boxing, off road cycling, you organise events and people would rather do another clubs event in stead of the one you spent time Junior Walker Money doing for them, and then you find out they have been bad mouthing me, it must be a crap event ect if no one is entering it and you had got the entry forms out before the other events on the same weekend. In the end I had to cancel the event due to lack of intrest and they had asked the event organise to arange it, my position as membership secretary and event organiser I eventually gave up, and the club folded shortly after. Guy Darrel I've been hurt by Judy Street Whathappened but don't trust people,I was going to a bash for 50th a Soul night for the Parkinson's charity, but I have not got the Gil Scot Heron The Bottle to do it. What I have done is to get people to think when reading this by thinking of song titles by the artits then you edit by getting rid of the title or if you think it is not suitable just get rid, The Lovelites Get it off my Conscience Regards Andy sandi Tape swappers fav Posted:Jan 02 2009 06:59 AM Thankyou for your comments of support, l would normally of ignored such a comment and treated it with the contempt it deserves, but unfortunately 2 lies where told and l needed to nip it in the bud before it got out of hand.......Chinese whispers can cause so much damage and l can do without that. Backstabbing remarks were still filtering through on new years eve when l and my partner Harpo were at the Oakley getting ready to d.j. at the allnighter, apparently it was a waste of time anybody turning up to the venue because according to certain ones (they know who they are) said we would only get 12 people turn up.......what l really want to know is that including the d.j.s !!!!!!! OOOOpppps, like l said these one's have been left well and truely with egg on their faces, Over 250 turned up from all over the country and we had a fantastic night, some of those who came along to celebrate new year with us were, Chris Waterman,Marcelle,Vicky,Mick,Dave and Marg Rimmer, Dave and Sarah Evison, Katrina,Rick and weasle from nuneaton, paul had'nt seen him for years so it was nice for them to catch up. Sorry if we have dissappointed our backstabbing friends, but inadvertantly your negative remarks cemented at least half a dozen more people deciding to come to the Oakley ( do you think it had something to do with them wanting fun and not be subjected to politics ??). Friendship and loyalty forged over many years still proves to be as stong as ever, think before you speak, can you really be sure of the person your speaking to !!!!!!!!!!!! harpo1 Tape swappers fav Posted:Jan 02 2009 07:54 AM Hi, its Harpo here, thought i would tell you my thoughts on what Sandi has heard Well guess what, i don't give a toss, i have been in the frame for all sorts of things in the past, some of 'em ain't even been true, thats the price you pay for having been a zealous participant in the "scene" over many years, in many ways!! I'm sure there are quite a lot of people out there who can't stand me, and thats what anyone who choses to put themselves in the public domain(with dj'ing and other acts of enjoyment and high spirits) must accept, you must expect both good and bad reaction, But then it must be seen as a worthwhile action, if it is capable of such responses. However to then use this to try to scupper a persons choice of where to go is for want of a better word" twatish!" Especially when the venue is nothing to do with us, other than as just two of the line up of 15 dj's in two rooms on the night. It is i'm glad to say a growing trend amongst the hard core to refuse to listen to all the bleating and sniping that has been a blight on the scene, you pay your money, you makes your choice. So to those who i and my lady have ro upset, or maybe left with feelings of jealousy or anger, let me reassure you 2009 will be "service as normal", as i'm sure our 100's of good friends would expect. Resolution for the year...to carry on living the scene to the max, with lots of excess even more fun, and enjoyment, and playing what we see as great soul music. Just use yur feelings in a more responsible way, or better still live with it, we aint going away wev'e put in 70+ years of work to get this far Happy new year....Harpo Seasons Greetings Posted by sandi, 25 December 2008 A very merry Christmas to all our readers, friends old and new, and also to all the friends we are yet to meet. With best wishes and regards, Sandi and Harpo xxx Out Of The Ash'es Maybe A Phoenix Rises ! Posted by sandi, 11 December 2008 A Little Birdie Told Me As Shute closes the doors on Stafford,it appears that Mr John Fisher is set to open the doors once again from Jan in the new year. I wish him good luck. Where To Hear The Records You Love- @ Home! Posted by sandi, 07 December 2008 · Behind the decks at home While Paul was in the forums wreaking havoc, l was playing with the decks, l decided to start this category to share some things both me and paul play at home,which many either get over looked or are just dissmissed for whatever reason.......but not all. This is'nt in any particular order as l'm just trying to remember in the main what l played and not in the order of play. Something new to do/ Bobby Sheen. You keep coming back/100% Poison. How can l go on without you/ Corey Blake. Everything man/Main Ingredient.....For my old mucker Shute. Trippin on your love/ A Way Of Life. The whole damn world is going crazy/ John Gary Williams. A song for the children/ Lonnie Liston Smith. l belong to you/Milton Wright. Thats loving you/ Percy Wiggins. Superstar Lady/ C.B. Overton. Mother of shame/ Loletta Holloway. Only the strong survive/ Jerry Butler. Like taking candy from a baby/ J.T.Brown. Dont you care/ Jodi Mathis. Loving you is all l wanna do/ Dee Edwards. Love takes a long time growing/ Deon Jackson. All on a sunny day/ Deon Jackson. Cracking up over you/ Roy Hamilton. It'll never be over for me/ Baby Washington. l'll always love you/ Dean Courtney. Love dont come no stronger/ Jeff Perry. It takes heart/ Gregg Perry. Man without a woman/ Michael and Raymond. Show and tell/ Al Wilson. l can't help loving you/ Paul Anka. Sweet Sherry/ J.J.Barnes. The moment of truth/ Dunn and Bruce Street. God Knows/Mike McDonald. March/ Shirelles. Last minute miracle/ Shirelles. If l had my way/ Walter Jackson. Touching in the dark/ Walter Jackson. l dig everything about you/ The Mob. All over the world/ Chuck Jackson. Walk away from love/ David Ruffin. Dont let love slip away/ Freddie Jackson. Final Night For Stafford Rangers Posted by sandi, 07 December 2008 After five years Shute & Gary lastlight decided to call it a day and close the doors on Stafford Rangers, and l fully understand and support that decision,after all how long can anyone be expected to "cast their pearls before swine"!!!!! thats not an insult on anyone,just a quote from the bible, if the support aint there ,it aint there ,simple as that. I'm a dedicated follow of soul,yet as the years slip by sadly it also seems so do the masses, what was once a thriving scene is now a pitiful sight espescially in the west mids, is it just a west midlands thing or is it nation wide, please do tell. I'm really at a loss these days to even try and understand "what's going on", soul music to me is a passion,and perhaps thats why l get so upset,not just for me but also for the promoters that put so much time and effort...not to mention money into trying to make a venue succeed,only for it to fold because of the lack of support. Can somebody,anybody, please explain it all to me ! Or is it just me!!!!! The Strange World Of "northern Soul" Posted by sandi, 30 November 2008 · Aint it funny what some folks say Over the years l have met a wide range of people on this elitist scene of ours,and it never fails to amaze me what comes out of some peoples mouths..................most of which l'm glad to say has had me in fits of laughter, the most recent came from my own daughter Sian, she and her friend Paige came along with us on friday night 28th Nov to the J2 Oldbury/Mike Terry tribute, anyway during the evening Paige asked me why everyone calls me Sandi as my name is Alexandra !, l told her it was a long story from my young and wild days at Wigan Casino, encountering the scottish lot, it was they that started calling me Sandi.........anyway to cut a long story short, l said that was from way back then when l was just "knee high to a whipper snapper"..........my daughter then pipes up "what! you used to pull your skirt up to your thigh,and you was a wigan slapper", l said l didnt say that,yet she was convinced that l had, after repeating what l had said, she laughed and said, "OOOOpppps sorry mom". Anyone who wants to share their funny experiences with me please feel free to leave a post, l look forward to hearing them. Mike Terry Tribute : J2 Oldbury Posted by sandi, 29 November 2008 · We had a choice of two events to go to tonight,Ilkeston and Oldbury.We chose Oldbury because it was a special tribute night organised by Hitsville Chalky for a great guy sadly no longer with us who brought so much pleasure to the soul scene, not only was he a fantastic saxaphone player,he arranged and produced some of the best soul music ever to come out of Detroit,amongst some of the artists he worked with were Darryll Banks, Mary Wells,Moses Smith, JJ Barnes,Donnie burdick,The Precisions,Luther Ingram,Dena Barnes,Stanley Mitchell,Jimmy Mack,Appreciations,Fred Hughs,Fantastic Four,Lorraine Chandler,Edwin Starr,Deon Jackson........The list is endless. Yet although the night musically was absolutely outstanding ,the attendance was pretty shit......to tell the truth, and l can because it's my blog l was really disgusted that just a handful turned up to pay respect to this incredible MAN who gave so much for our benefit and was repayed in such a pathetic way...........he recieved as little in respect as he did in payment when he was alive..........yet without his contributions,can we honestly say we did'nt gain a great deal of musical wealth,just by looking at the few artists listed he worked with that gave us & continue to give us classics such as Moses Smith/Girl Across The Street,Jack Montgomery/Dearly Beloved, Deon Jackson/Ooh Baby,Dena Barnes/If You Ever Walked Out Of My Life. To me Chalky did a excellent job of putting this night together, it is the best oldies night l have attendended for god knows how many years,so refreshing to hear good classic soul music that is'nt over played,and also credit to all D.J.'s for their part in making it a fantastic night, dont worry that the "Soulies" were'nt there , the 25 or so that were enjoyed it, NOW THATS WHAT I CALL KEEPING THE FAITH.........It's us few against the rest. Can l just also mention that this night was about raising money for Mike Terry's daughter to help her out finacially with cost's towards funeral expenses etc, like l said Mike gave so much freely,it seemed only fitting that we gave something in return..............lastnight we managed to raise £140, l only wish it could of been more. 25/30 people lastnight were of the same opinion...............sometimes l really feel that l'm banging my head up against a brick wall There's a saying is'nt there that goes " you can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink"......Come on guy's something has to give here, or is it a case that most have just given up, if so why!!!! tell us what it is that will motivate you to KTF. Sandi signing off........but not for long xxx Time To Party With Sandi And Harpo Posted by sandi, 12 November 2008 Where to find us when weI DJ Due to all the controversy that blights our elite scene, l have now decided that l shall post all forthcoming venues and dates that myself and Paul will be asked to D.J. at on this blog. This Sat 15th Nov we are both playing in the modern room @ The Oakley Country Club , Brewood , Nr Wolverhampton. For more info contact Swoz. This venue is being run by the Owers of the club Maria and Ray who have no dealings with any other promoters on the soul scene, their motivation is purely to provide a venue which will bring beneifits to their business only. Anyway l ain't getting into all the in's and out's of it , l'll just give a brief description of the place, as the name suggests it's setting is in the country a short drive away from the village's of Brewood and Coven, the building itself is very quaint wood panalling on the walls etc, olde worlde type interior, it has the two main dance rooms plus other little rooms with comfortable furnishings for chilling out,chatting to mates etc. Outside the gardens are fantastic,with loads of patios and undercover area's for the smokers among us,it also has the added feature of it's own lake with island accessible by a bridge ( very Pretty)................thats enough, if you want to know more you'll have to come along and see it for yourselves . The night kicks off at 8.30pm and finishes at 5.00 am. D.J. Line up............ Main Oldies Room. 8.30......Jamie Carr. 9.40......Ron Garrett. 10.50....Keith Minshull. 12.00....Shute. 1.10......Hitsville Chalky. 2.20......Paul Gould. 3.40......Swoz. Modern Room. 9.00......Tim Fletcher(Toad). 10.10....Micky J. 11.20....Kev John. 12.30....Sandi. 1.40......DJ Graham(Greyman). 2.50......Harpo. 4/5.......Tbc. We look forward to seeing you there. Sandi xx THE OAKLEY COUNTRY CLUB PLAY LISTS. 15th Nov 2008. Sandi's Play List. Wahoo/Dont Take It Personal. Ron Carroll/Im In Love. Terry Hunter ft Terisa Griffin/Wonderful. Dionne Warwick & Detroit Spinners/I Dont Need Another Love. Drizabone Remix,Lulu/There Has Got To Be A Way. Jazmina/Let The Rain Come Down. Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomiie/Tears (Full Intention Remix) Groove Junkies ft TC Moses/So Damn Crazy. Dennis Ferrer/Church Lady. Marquito ft Duane Harden/Face It Now. Panevino/Freeze The Frame. M.A.S. Collective ft Su Su Bobien/Joy. Harpo's Play List. Wilton Felder/Inherit The Wind. Al Hudson & Soul Partners/Spread Love. Michael Wycoff/Looking Up To You. Oliver Cheetham/Something About You. Shazz ft Ken Norris/Innerside. Kenny Bobien/Justifiable. Mark Grant ft Russoul/Guessing Again. Jaheim/Never. Sunburst Band/Everyday. E-Smoove/Deja Vu. Tow A Tei ft Joi Cardwell/Luv Connection. Luther Vandross/Can I Take U. Dennis Taylor/Enough Is Enough. Johnnie Taylor/What About My Love. Request played for Pardo, Prince Phillip Mitchell/One On One. The Oakley New Years Eve Party. My playlist for the modern room. A Way Of Life/ Trippin' on your love. Main Ingredient/ Everything Man. John Gary Williams/ The whole damn world is going crazy. Silvetti/ Spring rain. Loleatta Holloway/ Mother of shame. Lonnie Liston Smith/ A song for the children. Doug Parkinson & The Southern Star Band/ I'll be around. Double Exposure/ Everyman. Fire Island ft Loleatta Holloway/ Shout to the top. Mousse T/ Brother on the run. Cerrone ft Jocelyn Brown/ Hooked on you. Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz/ The way you love me. Deep Swing ft Xavior/ Shelter. M.A.S. Collective/ Joy. Panevino/ Freeze the frame. Groove Junkies ft tc Moses/So damn crazy. Dennis Ferrer/ Church lady. Lenny Fontana presents Byron Stingily/Light my fire. Loleatta Holloway/ Dreaming(Satoshi shell shock reconstruction mix) Shazz/Fallin' in love. mixed with Splinterpella(Accapella). Heather Headley/I wish l was'nt. Terry Hunter ft Terisa Griffin/Wonderful. Jazmina/Let the rain come down. Lulu(Drizabone remix)/There has got to be a way. Crue-L Grand Orchestra ft Philip Ramirez/Spend the day without you. Harpo's playlist Shazz/Innerside. joi Caldwell/Let him go. Jaheim/Never. Kenny Bobien/Justifiable. Marc Evans/Reachout. UBP ft Michael Proctor/Love don't live. Tears/Frankie Knuckles. Sunshine Band/Everyday. E-Smoove/Deja`vu. UBP ft Bobby Pruitt/We are one. Johnnie Taylor/What about my love. Bobby Womack/Daylight. Michael Wycoff/Looking up to you. Joe Anderson/You & l. Al Wilson/You did it for me. Mixed Feeling/Sha la la Martha Hicks/Looking over my shoulder. Dells/Your song. Webster Lewis/Let me be the one. Truth/Coming home. Walter Jackson/Touching in the dark. Zingara/Haunted house. Lenny Williams/Chosing you. Brainstorm/Wake up and be somebody. Jean Carn/If you wanna go back. Oscar Perry/l got what you need. Benny Troy/l wanna give you tomorrow. Jeff Perry/Love don't come no stronger. Eloise Laws/Love Factory. Leroy Hudson/Ella weez. Keni Burke/Let somebody love you. Patrice Rushen/Have'nt you heard. Jackie Moore/This time baby. Timmy Toads Playlist. William Bell/Trying to love two. Pioneers/My friend James. Marc Sadane/One minute. Fourth Day/You turn me on. Bliss/Move it. Patrick Henry/Lovin you. Billy Cole/Extra careful. A.J.Brown/Making love. Su Hightower/I wonder why. Emanuel Laskey/Put your name in the hall of fame. Dee Dee Warwick/Funny how we changed places. Midnight/Keep on walking by. Bileo/You can win. Roy Dawson/Over the top. Ambelique/Talk like that. Teddy Pendegrass/Do me. HARPO'S WARM UP SPOT : OLDIES ROOM. Deon Jackson/You gotta love. Darrow Fletcher/What good am l without you. O'Jay's/Hold on. Robert Thomas/Solvation. Bobby Bland/Yum yum tree. Tempests/l just don't want to lose you. Jimmy Soul Clark/Tell her. Magnificent 7/Never will l make my baby cry. Kenneth and Delroy/Let me hold you close (pt 1). Deon Jackson/Thats what you do to me. Baby Washington/l've got to breakaway. Prince Philip Mitchell/One on one. Marvin Smith/Who will do your running now. Natural Four/Your love is wonderful. Darrell Banks/l'm the one who loves you. Double Decking Play Lists... Me And Him. Posted by sandi, 02 November 2008 Play list from Co-Op Club, Nuneaton H.Overture/The Miracles. S.You're My Main Squeeze/Crystal Motion. H.Dont Be Affraid/Creative Source. S.Keep On Running Away/Bit's & Piece's. H.Hung Up On Your Love/The Montclairs. S.Life & Death In G&A/Love Child Afro Cuban Blues Band. H.Tailgate/21st Creation. S.When You Drop Your Guard(love knocks you down)/ The Nights. H.I Got What You Need/Oscar Perry. S.Making My Daydream Real/We The People. H.Seven Day Lover/James Fountain. S.Dont Depend On Me/The Fantastic Johnny C. H.Lend A Hand/Bobby Hutton. S.Love Factory/Eloise Laws. H.House For Sale/Millie Jackson. S.Turn The Beat Around/Vicki Sue Robinson. H.If You And I Had Never Met/Magic Night. S.Spring Rain/Silvetti. H.Ha Cha Cha (Funktion)/Brass Construction. S.Mother Of Shame/Loleatta Holloway. H.It Really Hurts Me Girl/The Carstairs. S.Everything Man/Main Ingredient. Stafford Rangers 1st Nov 2008 Posted by sandi, 02 November 2008 · Harpos Play Listings Martha Hicks/Looking Over My Shoulder. Johnny Bristol/Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me. Truth/Im Coming Home. Darryl Fletcher/What Good Am I Without You. Prince Phillip Mitchell/One On One. The Promatics/Sugar Pie Honey. Tempests/Someday. Magnificent 7/Never Will I Make My Baby Cry. Kenneth & Delroy/Let Me Hold You Close Pt1. Deon Jackson/Love Takes A Long Time Growing. Marvin Smith/Who Will Do Your Running Now. Oscar Perry/I Got What You Need. Bit's & Pieces/Keep On Running Away. Crystal Motion/You're My Main Squeeze. Benny Troy/I Wanna Give You Tomorrow. Jean Carn/If You Wanna Go Back. Dutch Robinson/Cant Get Along Without You. Urban Blues Project feat Bobby Pruitt/We Are One. Wahoo/Dont Take It Personal. Shazz/ Innerside. Bobby Hutton/Lend A Hand. The Carstairs/It Really Hurts Me Girl. Update On The Past Few Weeks......by Popular Request. Lol Posted by sandi, 02 November 2008 While out and about tonight a few people approached me and asked why l had'nt put a blog on about my poor little car breaking down outside The Kings Hall !!, Ok rub it in why dont ya . It was funny though,after getting soaked every time l went for a ciggie it did'nt seem that bad..........after trying to coax my male friends to come and help out by pushing the car to get it kick started failed with very feeble excuses, l said l'd name them and shame them,but they were many and time is precious and so are my fingers !!! ANYWAY THEY KNOW WHO THEY ARE, just wait till they need assistance. However we did get some help off some true gents, Johnny Metcalfe, Telford Dave, Dave from Anglesey,Johnny Fingers, Andy who came to the rescue with jump leads, and Tim from Leicester. This was no flat battery, so about 2 hours later Colin The lovely AA man came to the rescue. Needless to say all this took it's toll on my health not to mention bank balance , anyway all's well that ends well, both myself and Henrietta are doing fine now. Stoke was yet again a fantastic night, esp in the Modern room, the dance floor being a vast improvement on the time before, this time it did'nt make a mad dash for the exit. The music was outstanding, Barry Maleady,Bob Hinsley and Colin Curtis were fantastic, but then l knew they would be.Sorry we missed Soul Sam but that was only because we were elsewhere, Paul always says we dont have to be there to know Sam will be Good if not better than good. Previous to Stoke, Paul (Harpo) and myself had D.J.ed at Mark Freemans Venue the Co-Op club in Nuneaton, and what a great venue this is. 1st time for us there but wont be the last, really enjoyed our time behind the decks (playlist to follow later). Bang up to date now, we started off lastnight at Stafford Rangers, always support Shute and Gary at their venue,and it's a great little venue only wish more people would come along and support it. I will be posting Harpos playlist later. We then headed off to Bishops Wood allnighter, we really enjoyed it for me it was more social then anything else, l dont mean that in a disrespectful way just that it was nice to see all our old mates at one venue and lovely to meet new people all having a great laugh and just really having a good time,nowt serious on the agenda like that rude P word (politics). Anyway Col ,Larry,Gaye and Elaine deserve a good pat on the back for perseverance because it looks like its paying off, Well done to all. It's All Fun And Games ! Posted by sandi, 04 October 2008 I've been having a look around the forum esp on events talk and catching up on the latest news and gossip, bloody hell l have a few days out due to suffering from this nasty virus thats going round and god all mighty world war three's broken out !!! again Oh well all l can say is , it was'nt me l did'nt start it ....this time I'm for all my sins one of the DJ's thats been booked for The Oakley Club next sat 11th Oct, and l need to say l'm really looking forward to it, mainly because it's my birthday the day before ( 10th ), and cant think of a nicer present than to play the records l love in a public setting, the Oakley is a lovely venue, l'm being realistic and expect to be playing to a empty room...( or should that be pessimistic ), whichever l'm used to it, however it will be great if people prove me wrong and actually turn up and dance . Forget about the politics and remember the music, is'nt that whats important !!!!!!!! Just to mention the other tue's when l was invited along to Stoke and played a set at The Foxley in Milton, what a great night that was, no politics anywhere raising it's ugly head, just good soulful music, nowt like the over played stuff most of us get P'ed off with hearing , just great records one after the other, perhaps thats why there was a good turn out, and apparently so l was informed that was a quiet night due to Stoke playing at home uuummm, if that was a quiet night l'd love to be asked to play on a normal one. See like minded soulies tonight at Stafford Rangers. Calamity Jane Is My Middle Name Posted by sandi, 21 September 2008 · After paying out for car repairs on both cars this month has left us a little strapped for cash, so yesterday when we had a phone call off our dear friend John Metcalf who we had'nt seen in months asking us if we were going to The Oakley we had to tell him no. He was'nt having any of that and told us to be ready by 8 and he would treat us to the night out, we were really grateful for his kind offer but had to refuse, John bless him insisted we join him for the night, and so we humbly accepted. Right all that sorted out off we headed to the Oakley only to find it empty of anyone looking vaguely like a soulie, l made a quick inspection and found it to be like a ghost ship, no staff to be found anywhere, but did find a hand full of diners.... so then we made our way over to Rugeley only to find it had been on the weekend before................mock if you like, we can take it, as you will find out shortly as this sorry little tale unfolds. Remembering our little janey had mentioned that the Butter Market was on we decided to head northish, in the mean time l texted our little Scotty to ask if anything else was on, after he replyed with a couple of alternatives we all agreed the Butter Market it would be. So from Lincoln ( thats where John Lives ), to Wednesfield, then to Brewood near wolverhampton, onto Rugeley Cannock, then all the way back again to the motorway to Shrewsbury.......and this historic town being so quaint, we could'nt just pass through it, so we did a site seeing tour, twice l think . Ok so now we are safely at the venue, it was my 1st visit to the Butter Market and l liked it straight away, it's atmosphere, class soul music,fantastic friends, dance floors everywhere ( good ones at that ) and something we dont see very often these days : people actually dancing, my kinda place to be so will deffinately be going there again. Everyone enjoying themselves.........then at approx 4.30 am, my lovely husband to be Mr Paul Harpo Harpin came outside to the smokers area and said to me " This guy thinks l gay", l look at him and think oh he's having a para again!, so l said " What guy?, and what did you say!!", after repeating his statement he nods towards this young man stood behind him, " him he thinks l'm gay and that John is my boyfriend!!!!!!!!!! " trying to make light of it l say " do you mean he thinks you look happy " . Paul is clearly offended, so l ask the guy to tell me if he had said that to Paul, he admitted that he had..............Well that got my f**kin back up, so l told him that Paul was'nt gay and that he was my husband and l could verifiy from 1st hand experience that he was very much a man in every sense of the word ......The cheeky prat and thats putting it mildly. This gezza then said to me " He is gay aint he!! he looks gay anyway" telling him for the last time that Paul was my husband and NO he aint GAY, god talk about thick as a brick..........going back inside to have a dance, the guy follows us and starts dancing next to Paul, Paul comes over to me and l can tell by just looking at him, he did'nt have to say anything his eyes did the pleading(help me Sandi) , l made a joke about it and said"Paul get your coat you've pulled", but really l was fuming to the point of decking the prat. l'm not sure if he sensed it,but he suddenly focused his attention on two female dancers....one of them being Sue a very good friend of ours..........l was on watch alert by now , l thought to myself, the barstool comes grabbing me while l'm dancing and he's hitting the ground...fortunately someone complained to the door staff about his behaviour, and then he was gone, thank god. He did say other stuff to us,but it's too offensive to put on this post, he also grabbed me in front of Paul and tried to snog me, forward for a boy just out of nappies eh. Friends of ours if you want to know the full details we will be happy to fill you in.....oh err mrs! please pardon the pun.. . Harpo's Hit's Lists Posted by sandi, 07 September 2008 Harpos Play Listings After experiencing twice now on the trot while booked to D.J. at two seperate venues a reduction in his spots by half hour each, we are now pleased to announce that Harpo has been given a new name, so from to-day he will officially be known as Half Hour Harpo He's asked me to start a category so that he can post when and as he gets bookings , at this rate he will qualify as a resident at Double Deckers: I've been a dutiful little woman and done as he asked and just like a typical bloke,he's mislaid the bloody list he wanted me to put on here, maybe we should call him Hopeless Harpin Harpo........................he's still looking so he can come on here later and post it himself,while l play the records for a change. Stafford Rangers Posted by sandi, 07 September 2008 · Life in the fast lane for a busy soulgirl takes it's toll you know, just when you think it's safe to raise your head above water someone comes along to push you under again, both mine and Pauls cars are in the sick bay awaiting attention, would'nt of been a problem on any other weekend but it had to be this one.....sods law, l swear if l fell into a bucket full of rose petals l'd come out smelling of shite, so there we were no car and Paul D.J.ing at Stafford , after loads of fone calls we got a lift assured by Mr Phil Jordan, really greatful to the big man. The night was going great as usual at Stafford,cus we get to catch up with some fantastic friends, Kev (Shute), Mr and Mrs Foster, Gaz, Jane and Ade who very kindly came to give Harpo their support, Tracey and Johnny, Marie ,steven(Planky),Jackie,Swoz ,Eddie and Mr and Mrs Little Scotty, thanks to all for their support..........Got to mention it was Lyns birthday yesterday and l dont think she will mind me telling you it was her 50th, So HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYN, so here we are enjoying the night and it's half hour before Pauls due to go and do his spot when................Shit happens all over again, due to a mix up with D.J. times Paul is asked if he will do just Half Hour instead of the full hour, talk about feeling like a deflated balloon, l was really upset for him because l knew how much he was looking forward to this night. Ok a minor hurdle, and like the true professional he his,he accomplished in half hour to captivate the dance floor with which can only be described as a set of excellent soulful dance music, maybe l'm biased because he's my man and l love him to bits....those of you who were there feel free to make your comments on this matter please. Paul(Harpo's) play list Marvin Smith/ Who will do your running now. Natural Four/ Love is so wonderful. Prince Phillip Mitchell/ One on one. Oscar Perry/ I got what you need. Webster Lewis/ Let me be the one. Truth/ Im coming home. Jimmy Soul Clarke/ Tell her. Bobby Bland/ Yum yum tree. Darrell Banks/ I'm the one who loves you. Shazz feat Ken Norris/ Innerside. Other D.J.s offered up some really fantastic bits, Doody Spot on as per usual he did a great set, Shute played a couple of requests for me, Black Nasty/ Cut your motor off, and Whaoo/ Dont take it personal, thanks Kev. Mart and Helen Did a good set also, with the exception of just one, that was'nt to my prefered taste, but l would'nt knock anyones taste, obviously Helen and Mart like it so stood by their belief in it and gave it a airing, fair play to them they did what some D.J.'s fear doing and thats to take a chance, l commend them for that, although after saying that l know there were peeps there that made positive comments about the track, so there you have it play it they may just like it, and just to add the old saying, "you cant please all the people all of the time" and it would be a boring world would it not if we all liked the same thing.Paul was on after Martin and Helen, and when Mart was informed by Paul that his time had been cut to half hour he said he wished he'd of know earlier because he would of let Paul gone on for the last 20 mins of their spot. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Martin for making such a kind offer, and bless them they did finish a few minutes early when they heard the news to give Paul a bit more time.Paul was very touched by this considerate gesture on Martins part.Paul was also humbled by the many nice comments he recieved after his spot. Johnny Fingers and Tony ( are you talking or dancing) Foster,finished the night off with some really nice stuff, some l had never heard and some l had'nt heard in a very long time. Johnny Fingers what a great guy he is, very eager to listen and learn about every aspect of soulful music, l for one value his opinion and like wise, l have the greatest respect for this man,because he's constantly searching for and taking in knowlege, and thats how is should be, we all should be willing to learn and progress,it's no good becoming stagnant. He is our kinda guy. Tony Foster is also a guy l respect and learn from,and he does from both Harpo and myself.......l still aint giving him my secret source details tho . All in all Stafford is a great little venue, with a massive dance floor l'd like to see packed with people who are on our wave length dancing to great soul music across the board, and not have "Soulie tunnel Minded Biggots" standing around the dance floor slagging everything off that they consider crap...why! because it is'nt overplayed oldies! or they dont know it so it must be crap! or "l need to say it's crap(even if l like it secretly)because my other dinosoulielivalotinthepastusandboreus mates dont like it", Sad sack soulies ,if only they would listen,and yet most comments lve had thrown my way " Modern Krapp", when asked if they have ever been into the modern rooms the typical answer is , "no way, you would'nt get me in there if l were dead, they play disco crap,...............well Derrrrr so do'es the oldies room, check your american soul history, were'nt most of what we adopted as -to coin a fraze-"Northern Soul" popular black american disco beats??and were'nt these oldies newies once?? of course they were,all records started life in the same way did'nt they! no matter what your genre and if your chosen genre for instance was say (swear word coming up now ) Rock music, does that mean if you live in the south it's called Southern Rock and in the north Northern Rock, silly me Northern Rock was a bank that folded and Southern Rock you buy in stick form when you visit Southport, l know,l know l'm extracting the urine,but it's only because l see Soul music as simply that Soul music,if l like it then l like it,l dont care what year it was released,l just thank god it was released for my benefit to enjoy listening to , l'm glad there is soul music in the world because it can pull on all of your emotions,and in that way it reminds me l'm human,warts and all, Enough said,and l started so well, there l go again whooosh off on a tangent. Soulful Sandi signing off,l look forward to any comments good or bad...if it's gonna be bad can you please be kind ,,,,,Thankyou. Help For The Frustrated Posted by harpo1, 31 August 2008 · Harpo here as a designated contributer to Sandi's blog, i thought i might offer some help to members, my idea is to offer to act as an independant mediator for those constant fall outs and cat fights arising on Soul Source......thought i'd call it.... Harpo fixing in the blog !!!! Lifeline Niter Posted by sandi, 31 August 2008 · Yet another great night put on by the promoters, lifeline is exactly that,it offers such a different approach to giving the scene a wake up call thats what it has needed for a long time. So l suppose the title is apt, all is left to do on our part is to grab that line, if like me you are concerned about whats going to happen to the scene then grab onto that line, because it is a start on the right track back to healthy venues. Lifeline is setting a presidence with it's music policy being totally across the board, yet with the D.J.'s putting forethought into what should be played......... in a nut shell they did'nt play overplayed records,many soulies are fed up of hearing now, nothing played at lifeline is predictable, now in my opinion that is a refreshing change, something l've been hoping for for years now. When we stop to think about it,there are thousands,if not millions of records available to us that never get aired, and l dont mean particularally rear expensive records, but good soulful records that deserve to be heard. Lifeline in a way went out on a limb to bring new life into what is/was a declining sickly looking soul scene, l think the promoters have actually found the key to turning it all around and making venues come to life again. Maybe the promoters have listened to what we have to say about what we want from a venue, l know what l want, and lifeline have provided just that. I hope others follow suit, l'm not slating any promoters ,quite the opposite,l admire anyone who takes on the job, l know it's not easy yet it could be made a bit easier if they listened to what the paying punters want and keep an open mind which would allow for flexability, and not be swayed by sentiment or proverbial backscrathing, in other words taking to task putting on a successful venue is only as good as the tools you use and how you use them to maximise potential.....1st rule of thumb in any business is " there is no room for sentiment", if you are'nt prepared to be ruthless no matter how much you try and make it work,it will most definately fail sooner or later, this is just an intelligent point of view and mere observation based on a 38year apprentiship on the soul scene..................Please let me know your thoughts on this. All thats left for me to say is a great big thankyou to everyone who made lastnight for both me and Harpo (Paul) so enjoyable......Promoters,D.J.'s, but most of all and most importantly the paying punters,cus lets face it,if it was'nt for you there would be no venue. Introduction: L Welcome Comments Regarding Your Thoughts And Opinions On How You Feel About The Soul Scene On A Whole, With It's Many Facets Posted by sandi, 30 August 2008 · l thought it was about time l actually started my own blog, to express how l feel about the soul scene as it is today. l'm a bit fed up with trawling the forum and finding that people just go round in cirles, and lots of the threads that are started (if the topic is interesting enough) actually after god knows how many entries and pages finish up lost altogether, and what started off as a thread obviously that had meaning to the topic starter (in some genuine cases) mostly finish up with comments off a few members using the forum to personally contact buddies to discuss what they are gonna cook hubby for tea( l say hubbie because women are mainly responsible for this) l tried my hardest on many occassions to work out what curry and chips actually had to do with soul music.......unless that is what these people think soulsource means............... . There you go thats it for now, l'm off to get ready for Lifeline allnighter @ Brookfields riding stables......should be good if the last one is anything to go by, if not you will be in for a treat when l share my antics with you. Sandi
  23. Conversations That Bring A Smile To Your Face. Posted by sandi, 05 October 2009 · There is only 1 Smokey I think that many of us on the soul scene know the name Smokey from Wolverhampton, he never fails to disappoint, he's larger than life, and a real character, up and down the country Smokey has entertained and enlightened many of us, he's had us rolling around in stitches, he has been known to hold court with many a captive audience. His tales/stories are that far fetched that they have to be true, because l swear to god even the best novelist could'nt invent them. I, like many others over the years have actually witnessed first hand some of these adventures. The latest one being lastnight while outside Stokes Kings Hall, actually some others may of had their own encounter with Smokey lastnight or sometime over the years, please post your stories on here if you have a funny tale to tell involving Smokey. I'm not exactlly sure what time it was when l was outside having a ciggie and a chat to a lovely lady who l'd met for the first time last week at Bishops Wood, l reckon the time was about 4 am, anyway there we were just chatting away about music and along comes Smokey, in his usually style he joins in the conversation which quickly turns from music to Scotland , England and Ireland (but not Wales for some reason), he's explaining to this lovely, very attractive and petite lady (l'm witholding her name for a reason but all will make sense .....l think in the end) some sort of political stuff to do with Scotland and mentions some gezzers name, at which my friend quickly pulls Smokey up on, saying he should'nt be talking about things like that because there could be some poor Scottish soulie who may over hear and take offence, she also asked him how he could say such things, and he simply replyed "cus it's true", he then started going on about Hadrians Wall, he said it was,nt built for nothing, .......by this time l'd already started to get a fit of the giggles because l know Smokey and how he winds people up, anyway my new found friend still was'nt having any of it, She asked him what his views were about the irish, and again he made a simple reply , he said "they make a lovely thick stew". She then says to him "are'nt you loud! your just brash loud rude and a neanderthal, and anyway you have just insulted me because l'm named after a Scottish flower". At which Smokey replied "What !!!!! THISTLE !!!!" (very loudly), by this time l was absolutely howling, and l said "No Smokey her name is Heather" By now all three of us were laughing about it, Heather started to walk off saying " he's doing my F****in head in , but walked back and said to me " I bet he's hardly ever left his cave in years ". Smokey then goes on to torment poor Heather even more, by asking her what part of the country she live in because she kept saying "Me Duck", so she then turns the question on him ...his reply "I'm a citizen of the world", "thats it she say's he's done my F****in head " and off she headed for the car park, and there as only Smokey can he starts shouting after her "Hey THISTLE come back", I know she took it as just a bit l've fun, because she could'nt stop laughing......and all day l've had flash backs of the whole incident, which has kept a smile firmly planted on my face and even made me titter quite a few times. Smokey even came round this evening to visit, and the first thing he said to me was "Hows THISTLE", and that was it rolling around in fits of laughter again He asked me what Heather had called him and l told him Neanderthal, a very clever Smokey then said "Well she got that wrong, because it Troglodite's that are cave dwellers". Oh dear he did say next time he sees her he's gonna have to let her know that he's a Troggy and not a thal. Think there may be a part 2 to follow. Harpo's Unpaid Secretary Posted by sandi, 20 September 2009 Been asked to post his lastest at home playlist......."yes master" Dramatics "No rebate on love". Southside Movement "Do it to me". Enchantment "Hold on". Vernon Burch "Frame of mind". Lou Edwards & To-days People "Taiking about poor folks". Black Nasty "Cut your motor off". Lenny Williams "Choosing you". Crystal Motion "You're my main squeeze". Mandrill "Never die". Marboo "What about love". Vessie Simmon "I cant make it on my own". Double Exposure "Ten percent". Al Hudson & Soul Partners "Spread love". Philly Devotions "Just can't say goodbye" (inst). Eddie Kendricks "Going up in smoke". Originals "Down to love town". Skip Mahoney & The Casuals " Running away from love". Earth Wind & fire "Happy feeling". Aquarian dream "Phoenix". G.Q. "This happy feeling". Ronnie McNeir "She's gone". Fantastic Four "I got to have your love". Tyrone Davis "What goes up". Montclairs "I need you more than ever". Voices Of East Harlem "I like having you around". Impressions "I'll always be here". Leroy Hutson "Ella Weez". Persuaders "Two Women". Imagination "Love diet". Walter Jackson "Let me come back". Garland Green "Just loving you". Randolph Brown "It aint like it used to be". That all for Harpo for now folks. Time For An Update On My Blag Posted by sandi, 13 September 2009 While at Maxims lastnight l was approached by a few people who asked me why l had'nt made an entry on my blog for a while..............the truth is l've been a victim of hateful text messages from a very vindictive female on the scene, l could have posted an entry about this unsavoury insignificate, but my reaction would of been based on anger had l posted a entry sooner, it's been a while now and l'm calm about the issue, my head is clear and my plans of how to deal with her are simple. She is expecting me to kick off at a soul venue, but l'm affraid if she is waiting for that , she'll be waiting a very long time. I have too much respect for the scene, the music l love and the people who attend the venues, we pay our money to enjoy a night of music and dance, the last thing anybody wants to see is a brawl. I could quote some of the nasty messages l've recieved from her, but l'm not going to waste my time or energy, it's a clear and shut case of pure jealousy. So what am l gonna tell you all about!! 1stly the past few weekends have been some of the best, musically speaking IMHO. Lifeline allnighter and lastnight Maxims. They obviously have got something right, keep it up lads your doing a grand job. My circle of friends just keeps growing, it's great meeting likeminded soulies who don't focus all their attention on slagging off any genre they don't like, both these nighters are structured to every taste and those who attend as far as l can gather don't harp on about the polotics of it all. I think l can honestly say we all have a mutual respect for each others musical tastes. I'm not saying maybe there's isnt any of it going on at these venues, it's just that l have'nt witnessed any evidence of it. If anyones personal experiences differ from mine please feel free to leave an entry on my blog, l'm sure the promoters would only be too happy to hear you comments, good or bad. After all they are just mere mortals like you and l, and don't have the power to read minds (well l don't think they do). What else to tell you ! oh yeah it's my 50th birthday on October 10th, yet l will be holding my birthday bash on fri 9th, this is because of the Prestatyn weekender clashing, but can l just state "l had the date booked 1st 50 years ago" . Everyone is welcome to come and join in on the 9th......except for you know who . Just e-mail me or Harpo for details, or visit the "people with soul" forum. Finally in true Harpo and Sandi fashion, we are still up, and still playing, l did a 2 hour spot downstairs while Paul (Harpo) was tap tap tapping away on SS forum. Here's what l played for those of you who are interested. Sandy Mercer "Now That Your In (What C'ha Gonna Do About It)". Inner Life "I'm Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)". T-Empo "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning". Delegation "Back Door Love". Thelma Houston "No Ones Gonna Be A Fool Forever". Frederick Knight "When It Aint Right With My Baby". Daybreak "I Need Love". Wee "Try Me". O.C.Smith "Nothing But The Best". Baby Washington "I've Got To Breakaway". We The People "Making My Daydream Real". C.B.Overton "Superstar Lady". John Gary Williams "The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy". Oscar Perry "Main String". Garland Green "Come Through Me". Bobby Moore "(Call Me Your) Anything Man". Major Lance "You're Everything I Need". Marboo "What About Love". Herbert Hunter "My Life". 100% Pure Poison "You Keep Coming Back". Bloodstone "Just Wanna Get The Feel Of It". Sister Sledge "Love Don't Go Through No Changes On Me". Change "The Glow Of Love". A Way Of Life "Trippin On Your Love". Main Ingredient "Everything Man". William Bell "The Man In the Street". Bill Brandon "We Fell in love While Dancing". Joe Arnold "More Today Then Yesterday" (Instumental). Street People "Never Get Enough Of Your Love". Garland Green "Just Loving You". Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes "Tell The World How I Feel About C'ha baby". John Valenti "Anything You Want". Bobby Sheen "Something New To do". D.J.Rogers "Love Bought Me Back" Stanley Clarke "Straight To the Top". Double Exposure "My Love Is Free". Carol Smith "What A man". The Dells "Your Song". The Joneses "Hey Baby(Is The Gettin Still Good?)" Prt 1. Mike Jemison "I want Some Satisfaction". Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose "Too Late To Turn Back Now". Lew Kirton "Come On with It". Thats all folks for now. The nasty one said my blog was nothing but BLAG, ain't everything just a load of old BLAG ? Well maybe she's right, yet all my BLAGGING is based only on fact, not fiction. All the records listed are real, made of real, genuine vinyl, plastic or whatever, they are played on top of the range decks which are also real, using up real electric to play them.........cus we get a REAL LECKY BILL to prove it. Then l might be talking a load of old BLAGOX. So to the female...she knows who she is 15Th August, Poma's Birthday, Poma's Tribute. Posted by sandi, 16 August 2009 · Robert Pomroy, what a character,larger than life and a true friend. It's over a year now since we lost Rob yet not one day goes by without a thought or two for him.My life for as long as l can remember has revolved around the music that l love and the people that l have encountered within this big soulful family, forming friendships with certain ones that have made an impact on me,for all sorts of reasons. Rob was one of these people, he was a loveable rouge, a Jack the lad and sometimes a bloody pain in the arse, but l, like many others who have embrassed 'Poma' can't help but love the guy. Rob left behind one hell of an impression on the Soul Scene, a legacy that lives on in my heart, and as long as it keeps beating Rob will always live on. Rob's family had approached Sean and asked if he would mind organising a tribute night on 15th August (Rob's Birthday). Sean took on the task willingly and it was many months in the planning, and lastnight all that planning and effort payed off, it was a great night everyone there to celebrate a much missed soul brother. I was so proud to have been asked to be part of the d.j. line up and play a few records l know Rob loved to dance to. Repect to all of Rob's family especially his mom and dad. Also a big thankyou to them for allowing us to celebrate Rob's Birthday with them. OUR PLAYLIST FOR THE NIGHT. Whispers 'Remember'. Magnificents 'My Heart Is Calling'. Capitols 'Don't Say Maybe Baby'. Jerry Naylor 'City Lights'. Milton Wright 'I Belong To You'. Jodi Mathis 'Don't You Care Anymore'. Darrell Bank's 'I'm The One Who Loves You'. Richard Temple 'That Beating Rythm'. Duke Browner 'Crying Over You'. RPM Generation 'Rona's Theme'. The Younghearts 'A Little Togethernesss'. Bobby Hebb 'Love,Love,Love'. Spyder Turner 'I Can't Make It Anymore'. Doug Parkinson 'I'll Be Around'. Franki valli 'The Night', Requested by Rob's family to be played last. Now That Harpo's 50th Birthday Is Over...... Posted by sandi, 14 June 2009 · All the preparation and planning over, you'd think l could relax a bit and just enjoy looking forward to Paul's Birthday Party...........WRONG. I was still hard at it with the organising and making sure everything would be just right, not a minute to myself and everyone wanting a piece of me.....pooow l only had 20 mins to be ready, that being showered,hair washed,dressed, and makeup on. People to be picked up, dropped off and delivered safe and sound in the correct room at the Bushbury Arm's, Records to be plonked on the stage.....Stressful dose'nt come close to explaining it all. Helen and Martin, arrived at about 7.20 pm as promised with the D.J. equipment, and it's all systems go, some of the guests also start to arrive.........GREAT, looking good for Harpo, all the hard work is stating to pay off. Decorations and Banners etc had already been put up by myself, Tim Toad and Benko earlier in the day, and at one point l really did'nt think l would be ready as everyone when l got home was calling for my assistance, Sian and Keeley her friend were in demand mode "Mom, Get This, Mom Get That, Mom Can I Have , Mom Will You Do", then my oldest Daughter "Mom Can You Get Me Some Fags, Pick Me Up".......When was l gonna get some time for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....No bloody chance, along came Harpo, "Sandi where's the iron, where's my trousers, where's my shirt". When you think it's safe.....they all ask me "Why Aint You Ready ? ", Bloody Hell Why Indeed, derr can't think why. Yet all's well that end's well.....or even starts well, it kicked off just before 8.00 pm, Helen and Martin kindly giving up their time to start the night off, they played some really cracking stuff and did Harpo proud. Timmy Toad supplied us with a class spot, then we knew he would be good, if not better than good. I know he was really looking forward to this day and had planned for it, he did'nt disappoint us, his spot paid tribute to Paul and everything Paul stood for as one of this country's most able D.J.'s . John Pugh was equally as good playing a set of totally across the board gem's, something for everyone. My spot was some what different, as many of you must know by now both Harpo and myself are progressive and forward thinking in our attitude towards soulful music, and my spot reflected that. I started with Soulful House...................l only planned on playing three and then blending the rest of my spot with a choice of 80's,70's, and sixties. It seem's that if there is going to be a attack about the choice of music we pick then l am the target. I'm not saying that everyone complained but it was made clear by just a few , that l should be playing SOUL music. I was in the opinion that l did play SOUL MUSIC, Frankie Knuckles,Panevino,Soularis(Can l just point out the clue is in the Artists name), Fatback Band, Benny Troy, Micky Moonshine,Harold Melvin & The Blue notes, Eddie Holman, l do believe these are all soul artists . Correct me if l'm wrong please. I did point out to these individuals that it was a party and not a venue and as it was Paul's 50th party, and as he is into the soulful house genre along with the 60's,70's,80's and beyond then l played it for him and his friends who have also embraced the movement of soul music, on the whole l did my best for Paul and the one's who appreciated it, l have no room for apologies on this subject. I don't want to get into the policies of what is soul, but l will just say that both Harpo and myself have over the years supported many venue's in our local area and not once gone up to a D.J. and diliberately disrespected any one of them. We have always been respectful of others genre's. We are well aware of the driving beat in the midlands is mainly centred around the 60's tunes, and we like the other "Soulies" appreciate and dance to these, because we still have the passion and the love for the music that has lead us to where we are to-day. This was Harpo's day and he had a great turn out which in it's self was testiment to a great guy. On the night Harpo's closest and dearest friends where there and that is what matters most, everyone there were there for Paul and he was moved by it. It's just a shame that it was tainted slighty by one or two people , but then it would'nt be a party if there was'nt a bit of bovva. Thankyou to all those that came and where part of these celebrations. Harpo's 50th Birthday Posted by sandi, 27 May 2009 By now many of you will know that we are celebrating Paul's (Harpo) 50th Birthday on fri 12th June, his birthday is actually on the 11th and originally we were going to combine it with the Cavendish revival at Broad Lane, unfortunately that all went tit's up and we are hoping to put the Cavendish on at a later date, however we were lucky enough to book another venue to hold a birthday bash. We have had a good response from friends who have confirmed they will be coming along, however it's not possible to contact everyone in person before the 12th, so everyone's welcome. We will be starting the celebrations earlier at my house,a bit of a pre venue warm up,let me know if you would like to come to that first and l can give you details. Looking forward to seeing you all. Sandi x Celebrating Dave's Birthday Left Us In The Party Mood: Then We Don't Need Any Excuses. Posted by sandi, 02 May 2009 Tom me ode mukka, if you happen to read this, then you're right, l never sleep,been up all night playing records and seeing you lot need your rest l thought it's about time l put a play list down in my blog, just to let you know what you've been missing.......................or not as the case may be . And many of you who know me, then you will know my motto is "we will sleep plenty when we is dead", lots of records to be played so it's best done now while l have time!!!!! We went along to Dave Rimmers Suprise Birthday Bash and had a fantastic night, great music,great friends, what more could we wish for !. Arriving home we were up for a night of record playing and l've got quite a list , and l enjoyed playing every last one. Pauls took over on the decks now so l dare say you'll be getting his play list also. I started off pretty mellow, then cranked it up a notch or two, then had to abandon the decks to go to the little girlies room, Paul then suggested that maybe l let him have a go.......well l suppose it was only fair, l must of been playing non stop for over two hours, yet it only seemed like half hour . Time fly's and all that. Sandi's Night Owl Treats With Beats.......or Tweets, you decide. "You & I" Joe Anderson. "Show & Tell" Al Wilson. "You & Me" Solaris. "Let Me Do It" Oscar Perry. "We're Not Getting Any Younger" Kaleidoscope. "I Dig Everything About You" The Mob. "Love Diet" The Imagination. "Do It To Me" Southside Movement. "Cold Game" Myron & E with The Soul Investigators. "Loves So Wonderful" Natural Four. "Everything Man" Main Ingredient. "A Stone Good Lover" Jo Armstead. "Was That All It Was" Jean Carn. "Loving You Is All I Wanna Do" Dee Edwards. "The More I Get The More I Want" Lorraine Johnson. "This Thing Called Love" Marc Evans. "Another Star" Stevie Wonder. "Trippin On Your Love" A Way Of Life. "Slipping Into Something New" 5th Dimension. "Heaven In The Afternoon" Lou Curtan Revue ....on PAD P-120A "Me & You & Love" Milt Matthews. Pt 1 "I'm At The Crossroad" Vernon Garrett. "Daylight" Bobby Womack. "Come On With It" Lew Kirton. "Get The Cream Off The Top" Eddie Kendricks. "Rising To The Top(Give It All You Got)" Keni Burke. "I Wanna Thank The Lord Above"(Higher Blessings) C/U Beres Hammond. "I Need Love" Daybreak. "I've Got To Break Away" Baby Washington. "Mighty Hard Man" Weapons Of Peace. "We The People" General Johnson. "Find My Way" Cameo. "Bare Back" The Temptations. "Sho' Bout To Drive Me Wild" Al Robinson. "Life & Death In G & A" Love Childs Afro Cuban Blues Band. "Your Autumn Of To-morrow" The Crow. "The Bottle" (Drunken Mix) Gill Scott-Heron. "Life's A Song Worth Singing" Mistura ft Lloyd Michels (Trumpet). "Shake It Up" Dazz Band. "I would'nt Give You Up" Ecstasy,Passion and Pain. "The Moment Of Truth" Dunn & Bruce Street. "Turn The Beat Around" Vicki Sue Robinson. "You're My One Weakness Girl" Street People. "Witchunt" The Dezro Orchestra. "God Knows" Mike McDonald. Well thats it folks, hope there is something in the list that appeals to your taste. Please feel free to leave a comment, or even share some of your favorites with me. THANKYOU FOR LOOKING. I'm Getting Too Old For All This ! Never. Posted by sandi, 18 April 2009 We got back from Bishops Wood at around 2.30 am, and yes we are still up, been playing records as per usual, l played 5th Dimentions "Slipping into something new" l'd forgotten how good that is......bloody great record in my humble opinion. Anyway l've been also up to my old tricks scanning the forums,making the odd comment, and also hold back replying to certain threads, as l dare say we all do at one time or another . l've also developed a fit of the titters, mainly due to remembering recent, conversations, misheard comments, and generally the silliness we get up to and encounter with some really nutty friends whilst on our travels. Every time l see John Weston now l can't help but comment on his "arse being tickled with a feather" Bad case of Mishearing . Then there was a comment made about Soul Sam when he was dj'in in the bar at Prestatyn , Someone said he looked like a Jockey, the way he jigs about behind the decks,.......of course he does says l " he's a disc jockey" Paul (Harpo) came out with a gem, while having a nonsensical conversation ( and being totally straight and sober), about Steptoe and Son!!, he said he'd even get me some mittens to keep my hands warm, and so that l could still have use of my fingers he'd cut the fingers off !!! Derrrrrrr, There are no fingers in mittens . Last Bank Holiday Sunday(Easter), fookin hell, if you think we are mad, then you obviously dont know Lionel,.... and Luci comes a very close 2nd.Before going to the Marr's Bar Allnighter we went and spent some time with them, when we arrived Lionel was dressed up like some sort of Nora Batty-ish- Carmen Miranda, l wished l'd got my camera, bloody hilarious....what was even funnier was that he'd painted big white circles around his eye's, well thats not funny l hear you say...no, but after trying to wash it off his face he asked us how he could get it off as it was'nt budging, l asked him if it was face paint, to which he replied "No it's Tippex" God love him yet some mothers do have em. There was the Banner l made for Molly to take along and wave infront of him when he did his spot at the Marr's Bar....it read "Molly's Dolly's, Official Fan Club", with all 4 members signitures on the bottom, and a playlist, which warned him "play these or we are going over to the Rimmer side". John Weston got our gift for his birthday, an L.P. "Sing It Lofty" Winsor Davis & Don Estelle, customised and Track Listing up-dated by us, Winsor Davis being renamed as Dave Rimmer and Don Estelle as John Weston. Anyway my heads hurting now trying to remember all the laughs we've had in just a few short weeks, and everyone of them made that extra special by the many fantastic friends l can truely say it's a privilage to know. Can't wait to find out what's gonna happen next. Alan Gittas' Birthday Bash. Posted by sandi, 12 April 2009 · Just got back from Alan's 50th Birthday Bash that was held at Goodyears Pavillion, and l can honestly say l had a very enjoyable night. We arrived just after 9pm and the place was packed with people wanting to wish Alan all the best on his Birthday. ( l vaguely remember some soul nights that used to pull a crowd like this did tonight........dim memory ). Although not all there were "Soulies", everyone had a great time, the dance floor was packed all night and Wilko played something for everyones taste. (Even Modern....oooohh Swore there ). He hired a seven piece soul band called Solid Soul and they entertained the masses, and on the whole the majority enjoyed the live performance. For me the night was made all the better by seeing people l have'nt seen in a long time, Bev (poma's girlfriend),Andy,Angie,Linda,Billy,Bev and Ben, Ginny and Ray, Kim and Colin,Bev and Shane,Tess and Lee.....the list is endless, so if l've not mentioned you, you know l was very happy to see you all and you know who you are. Please feel free to leave your comments on the night, l'm sure Alan and his good lady wife Jenny would love to hear your feedback. Sandi x Wigan Charity Allnighter Posted by sandi, 30 March 2009 God knows how long now it was that Anton asked us if we would D.J in the 70's ,80's room, it must be at least 8 months ago, he explained what the night would be all about and we had no hesitation in accepting his invitation and offer our time free of charge for such a worthy cause. So the day arrived after much preparation and planning, we had a very good feeling about how it would pan out,and we were'nt wrong, after setting out at approx 6pm, we arrived at Wigan by about 7.30, that was the easy bit. Anton had contacted us earlier in the week asking if we knew of anyone who would be willing to loan out some decks for the modern room, of course we did.....us, .....Anton however was another kettle of fish, Ludwig his surname, l reckon he should change it to Houdini,or the scarlet pimple," we seek him here,we seek him there", where the fook is he when u want him most ????, l swear it's a mystery, eventually he answers his phone and came to meet us outside Maxims (which is now W N 1, apparently). We are allowed to go into the venue and set up the decks in the modern room, sorted......not quite....technical problems arise,although only minor one's, headphones not picking up any sound(not broken cus they work perfect at my home), just gremlins in the works, then the mic decided to join ranks with the headphones , nothing that was'nt eventually sorted. The Modern room kicked off at 9 pm officially, even though unofficially it did get record play time from 8.30ish,when Jimmy B took charge of the decks with our blessing to warm up and set the atmoshpere, he played some right cracking tunes,a man who truely knows what a soulful record is, now thats what l call music. D.J.'s in order of play times. Steve Clegg Sarah Evison Paul Gould Larry Sandi Dolly Harpo Jimmy B Jimmy B/Harpo Steve Clegg, he was introduce to me by Anton, who asked me to look after him and show him how the equipment worked. This was the first time l and Harpo had met the guy, and found him easy going although a little nervous, this l'm sure was only due to not knowing what type of music the punters were expecting to hear.We all have that dreaded feeling sometimes,so l knew how he felt, so l tried to reassure him, "if you know what you like, and like what you know" then it's easy,relax and appear confident,that always prepares you to settle down and enjoy the experience,and before you know it the nerves are gone. He went on to play a fantastic set, very impressive, l liked his style and taste in music, however later in the evening he did have a conversation with Harpo,and say that the styles and range of music played in the modern room had opened his eyes. To me the soul scene is a progressive ongoing forward thinking and adapting to new soulful trends, it is if you like in effect a school of music developing in all styles and accommodating every taste..........Unfortunately there are just a minority who fail to recognise the wealth and importance of this gradual evolution. Sarah, what can one say about Sarah, god love her, she's as nutty as a fruit loaf.....With NUTS, Big un's, she is truely a breath of fresh air, and really has fun along the way, she seems to take life as it comes and grabs every opportunity to just be herself, l personally would'nt want her any other way and l'm sure Dave will agree that she is perfect in every way, even her imperfect ways.Full of energy(no wonder she's so slim),she really enjoyed her spot behind the decks, donning a fine afro pink wig, spangled waistcoat, and something hanging near to her never reigions,that looked like next doors dead moggy, time to have that waxed Sarah!!!. What a STAR, entertaining and funny, her spot was'nt half bad either, Sarah made me smile throughout her spot.....maybe it was her womanly plan to slip a couple of 60's into her set, without us noticing, IT DID'NT WORK, but we loved your spot and no-one gave a hoot about the dates on the labels, it was the music quality that mattered, well done Sarah, I know you were nervous but you looked very composed and settled within the first few minutes. P.S. You owe me a tenner for the shoulder rub . Larry and Paul made the decision to double up behind the decks, l asked Paul why !, he said cus we work well together, l did take the mick a bit and qouted the advert..."We wanna be togther", soz l could'nt resist, Paul found that amusing...Not that l have any gripe about double decking, if it works for them, and they do seem to make a good team, then why not, the emphysis is on enjoying the experience and delivering the goods, they seemed to do both adequately well, see you both soon guys. Sandi...ooohh Thats me, not gonna blow my own trumpet,just gonna give a little insight to who l am and where l'm from musically. I dont consider myself to be better than the next person,but l do appreciate what comes my way no matter what it may be,be it good or bad, when things are good l very often find myself thinking this is too good to be true,and l wait with bated breath for the bad...sometimes the bad is not too bad after all and sometimes its chronic,but l deal with it head on, l'm a survivour,always ready with a smile,l try not to rock the boat with anyone,yet sometimes l do have to voice my opinion,recently l voice it quite alot , sometimes it gets me into trouble,but l beleive in "what you see is what you get", l cant pretent to be someone l'm not,if that offends certain people then l'm sorry,it's never a deliberate action on my part,and at times l have found myself thinking"oops, did l really think that out loud".....Thats just me. It's all the trappings of life that has made me the person that l am, and an extented portion, rather a long one, has taught me to love,embrase,respect,and cherish every record l consider soulful, l have grown with the music and evolved with it,and it's this progressive movement that has shaped the range that l hold dear to me,it's at time's been uplifting,spiritual,encouraging,and in my darkest hours my best friend,so those who know me,will now understand the importance and the passion l have that burns inside me as bright,or even brighter than when l first heard a soulful tune, because when l did it awakened a appreciation for the words and melody,the both are a marriage of perfection and harmony,evoking all human emotion, l like to think that sets me higher than any other living animal on the planet......but that is just my heartfelt opinion. I play records when l'm asked to D.J. that l consider have helped me mature into the soul loving person that l am to-day,Spots on my bum and all. In some way l feel it's like giving something back to reach other receptive soul lovers,in the hope that the music is embraced also and loved the way l love it. Enough about me Dolly followed me: I'd never met the lady before,and she came up to me shook my hand and introduced herself, she is a very refined lady ,friendly and it was a pleasure to meet her...all that showed through her taste in what she considers to be soulful, diversity however small can speak volumes, that is why my signature in my personal proflie states" the world has music for those that hear", she and all the other D.J.s in the modern room have moved with the times, not forgetting the fundimental roots of the origins of all soul music and the passion for it that drew them to this elitist scene. It's true about that quote,....to hear the music that this world has to offer in abundance, first we have to listen, there is a great difference between, hearing and listening,in listening we are forced in a way to make a conscience effort to examine everything about the piece of music/song, that includes the rhythm,beat,backbeat,harmony,and WORDS, l cant believe that some people actually have said to me, "l never listen to the words"..unbelievable, it's the words that make the song,they evoke emotions from sadness to joy, how can you not listen to the words?. Dolly dilivered all this and much more,she put her stamp on the venue. My Paul (Harpo), he always delivers the goods and with his excellent range of knowlege about everything that is soulful,he can afford to extend his range and supply a bountyful array of soulful records that will cater for anyones and everyones taste in 70's and 80's. Paul has been my guiding light,my mentor and my biggest fan,he believes that the passion that motivates him also motives me, he is forever seaching for records he considers to be treasures(musically) and never ignores the possibilities of the records he has'nt heard , willing to give them a hearing, most of them obtained by hours of diligent searching/listening to if they are not know,or not familiar, by your's truely ME, l very often turn up with a bundle that have appealed to my taste,which is similar if not in most cases the same as Pauls, he will give them a play and usually 99% he'll like and thats the way we work, Paul however is still trying to build up his original collection that he once owned,he's realistic about it and knows he'll never get the complete set back,yet he lives in hope. This is Pauls driving force and it gives him the determination to keep on playing one great crossover/modern/house/garage...over and over again, what ever, sometimes he doubts his ability, but l know that he is charged by soul music,he feels every emotion that a true from the heart soul record can deliver. He has been a inspiration to me and many others including Johnny Fingers,Shute,Tony Foster,Neil Rushton,Dave Weston,Dave Evison,Brian Rea,Butch,And many many more d.j's, oh l must not forget to mention a lady d.j he has inspired, our very own Jumping Joan. To me thats one hell of a tribute to the wealth of his sensational love and knowlege for the music. His spot was as ever a selection of creme de' la creme from the 70's and 80's the man has earned total respect for the contibution he has made to develope the soul scene we have to-day, and l must mention without him being involved with the cavendish and discovering certain records that are loved by many even today on the scene,then there would be no soul scene in wolverhampton. Pioneers like him are rare,most give up due to lack of support, l for one am right by his side we aim to give it our best shot at putting soul music back where it belongs..on the soul scene. Sorry if you think l have diversed from the main topic, but it needs to be said,respect please where it's due. Jimmy B, he's quite a character, hard on the outside with a soft heart and good ear for soulful music,anyone who left the room and missed his spot will be gutted they did'nt have the faith to stay, what a banquet to savour.Jimmy you really know what is what when it come to choosing a set, it would put most "D.J.'s to shame that they dont reachout and embrace what is right under their noses. You played a blinder. Well l think thats that,if l've upset anyone then l'm sorry,it's not intentional, l've only spoken the truth as l see ,ear , and feel it, l've got true soul in my veins,if l did'nt have a respect and a passion for the music l love then l would'nt be on the scene,but l do, and l have the drive in me to express openly what many other soulful bro's and sis' have said over recent years. If all spoke out more freely then it would make for a better way of soulful life now and in the future to come. Anton thanks again and love to Nikki and the kids Sandi MY PLAYLIST Brainstorm/ Wake up and be somebody(inc prelude). Stevie Wonder/Another Star. Street People/ I wanna spend my whole life with you. The Nights/ When you drop your guard(Love knocks you down). Melba Moore/Pick me up l'll dance 12". Jackie Moore/This time baby 12". O'Jay's/ I love music 12". Lloyd Price/ Love music. Crystal Motion/ You're my main squeeze. Curtis/ How can l tell her. 5th Dimention/ Slippin into something new. Jean Carn/Was that all it was. Silvetti/ Spring Rain. A Way Of Life/ Trippin on your love. Main Ingredient/ Everything Man. John Gary Williams/ The whole damn world is going crazy. We The People/Making my daydream real. Keni Burke/ Let somebody love you 12". Bobby Thirston/ The very last drop. 4 Below Zero/ My baby's got E.S.P. Lou Curtan/ Heaven in the afternoon (Extended version). Walter Jackson/ Touching in the dark 12". This Is Gonna Be My Last Entry About Backstabbers,and Just For Once It Aint Me They Is Chat Shit About....damn Posted by sandi, 29 March 2009 · Right l know it's getting a little bit boring, but please forgive me if l feel the heartfelt and caring need to just .....just...and only a tadish bit to vindicate their names and some dignity . We all have been subject to gossip and truely we should rise over it all, although there are times when it's not fair when judgement as be passed on other while only one side of the story is heard, l know cus l've been or rather we (me & Harpo) have been in the exact same position. Ask our selves 1sty is it any of our business, and 2ndly do we have the right to interfer and then without a "trial" be sentenced for a "crime" that the poor victims have be accussed off................one short answer NO. Now to the point in question, certain stuff has been happening to very good friends of ours, who we think the world of and will do anything we can to help out, Primarily because circumstance dictates we are concerned about 2 of these close friends,although initially there are more than 4 involved. Right just to name our 2 friends they are and many of you will know them , Luci and Lionel, and as you will also know they were a merry bunch of nutters just going out to venues to enjoy the soulfulness of it all and be mental..............and why not ,it's better than being a boring moaning pow faced git, more people should just be crazy, As kenny Thomas says"It's a crazy world". Now it's not my intention to take sides, because unlike some l kept my nose out,tho some did try to tell us " a version of the story", l made it clear that all those involved are friends and as far as l was concerned then if these wanted to tell us, then it would be up to them, rather that than chinese wispers, and we all know how they work eeeehhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. We did'nt see any of them for quite a while, then Paul got a visit from 2 of these completely out of the blue, they put their side to him, and planted the seed, however with me and also Harpo it failed to germinate, it truely fell on stoney ground. My response was to just step aside and wait for either, Luci,Lionel,Mick,Mandy,Marie, any one of them or all of them with their side of the story. Now no matter what certain people on our wonderful caring scene think of me and believe me They think l'm great, well lets face it my name is hotter than J'Lo's ass......and l am aint l !!!!! Now dont get all upset and start looking at something in me saying l'm great ,because for years l really believed that l was nowt but shit, if you hear it enough times it sticks.....so now not only do l love Harpo ,but l love myself also..........any comments , Friends have just ditto'ed that fact. I'm not going to explain the details and the in's and out' of who did what,when and how, or even for how long, like l said it's not my business, and both Harpo and l reserve the right as true friend to all concern not to listen to gossip and hearsay ,mostly unfounded, because l'm judge of character, most thing that been mentioned to us are not true to Luci's or Lionel's character. My advice to them is put it to bed, and then forget it, start afresh. I did ask Luci and Lionel if they wanted to add a comment on my blogg and lm happy to say they declined..........good all my advice and reasoning all day paid off . If Mick and Marie read this, please be assured that we also think the world of you and our advice would be the same, you are equal to us, you've done nowt to us and we respect your feeling too, if you hear any bullshit, it did'nt come from us. I wish you all luck and best regards. Sandi.xxx Shock Revelation Posted by sandi, 17 March 2009 · They are at it again, the gossips are out in force and YET AGAIN got it all wrong. Apparently Harpo and I spent the entire sat night in the car at Prestatyn......why? well l dont know,because as far as l know we spent most of it in one or the other modern rooms. I did however develop a really bad headache and to be honest got really annoyed with the guys who kept banging away on the bloody bongo's in the Soul Intent room, so much so that l thought it best l took myself off into the other modern room before l committed "death my bongo bongo". Now there was a little incident that happened earlier in the day when Paul left me in the chalet to catch up with a bit of sleep ( which never happened due to one thing or another ), he said he'd be an hour.......this actually turned out to be three and a half hours, so as you can imagine l was a little bit pissed off with him, as any woman would be and rightly so. Yet going back to the nights activities, just to put the record straight, because of my thumping head and lack of sleep, l did eventually take myself off to the car at about 4.30 am, which was parked really near to the rear of the building and get my head down, l was zonked and away with the fairies in no time. Is that what the gossips mean by all night !!!!!. This credit crunch thing is even cutting down on hours in the day BLOODY HELL. I know who the gossips are, and they know l know. At this time l will just this once not name and shame them, but dont by any means think that when l see you in the flesh next time l wont approach you and if you have anything to say then say it, but please be brave enough to say to mine and Pauls face's. AND FOR GOD'S SAKE AND TO SAVE YOUR OWN EMBARASSMENT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET THE FACTS RIGHT. THANKYOU
  24. Sharon Cooper

    Sharon Cooper Blog 2006-9

    The End Of This Era: Promoting A Soul Event Posted by Sharon Cooper, 27 March 2009 People used to ask us "how's it going?" There were many answers to that question. Sometimes at the core of the question was either "is it a success," or "do you think it will be a success?" In some ways I feel it was very successful and then there are times when I doubt if it will ever be enough of a success to keep going. So what is success? How do you define it? Is success measured financially?; Now there is a question because for some that is the real crux of the whole promotion of soul events scene. But for us, no it wasn`t ever about the money but about a great and enduring love for the music and the scene as we see it. But is that the only definition that should be placed on a soul event for it being successful? So how do you define success? Is it purely financial? Is it staying true to and accomplishing what you have set out to do? or is it much more esoteric? I acknowledge there were challenges and the ability to communicate well and clearly what your ideals and aspirations are with each other is paramount. If that breaks down it can be hard to fix. I have pretty strong feelings about the soul scene as can be seen from my previous blog entries. I make no secret about that and thankfully many of you who read this blog or have spoken to me about it already know this and are already on board with who I am. But we have tried not to be disgruntled and emotional. I think we need to give ourselves a break and work outside of the box (We stopped worrying about what others think of us and say about us a long, long time ago). My ethos is : If you like what you're doing...keep doing it until it doesn't work for you anymore and then do something else. It would be easy to be resentful about what should have happened at the soul night and what should have been accomplished. We are really not to blame for this, I just feel a little miffed that after 7 years it is handed over for someone else to get what they want from it. Still that's life and we are so grateful to be free of it. Clearly it's possible to achieve what we want to in terms of a soul night and ultimately that is what we will do with the people we want to be involved with. A soul event is not a tool with which to try and gain some bizarre type of petty one-upmanship. It is far more to me than that; It is a social event; true- but again to me it is more than that. I agree with the following quotes: It is genuine, passionate, life-affirming music which connects directly with the feet and the gut (in that order) The culture of Northern Soul is all about spirit, loyalty, commitment - and in some cases, even obsession! The great music and the fantastic atmosphere that should accompany a Northern Soul event has to be experienced... It's just pure joy. We had never lost sight of the reality of what Northern soul has meant to us over the last 35+ years and continues to mean to us: We had just become side-tracked down a route which we are now able to move away from and progress in the way we want to. Thanks for all the good wishes and interest. Look out for what is yet to come!! Sharon Integrity: Lack Of And How About Some Common Decency? Posted by Sharon Cooper, 06 July 2008 · This was my recent comment on the `Local feuds` thread: " I think there is a lot of people who have this idealised thought of what promoting a soul night is all about. It may be about greed but I do think its more to do with people wanting this ` 5 minutes of fame` thing in that most people are ordinary in their daily lives yet on the soul scene there is this chance to be ` a somebody` (albeit only to a very small percentage of the population) and make some sort of name for themselves. This, I think, is human nature in this celbrity type culture that pervades our society and won`t go away and some feel that, as unscrupulous as it seems to others, there is no problem with slating others, their venues, their music ethos, their integrity and won`t think twice about personally slurring others with falsehoods and what ever underhand tactics they think its OK to sink too. Local feuds will continue while ever people who are ,in reality, very ordinary people strive to be somebody`s in what ever way they can." This is really how I feel about how things are and have been whilst ever we have been involved in promoting. There are always people wanting to `trip you up` or waiting for you to fail. I reckon a lot of it boils down to jealousy by some who can`t bear to see someone else succeed whilst they are involved in either the mediocre or not involved at all. Yet again I`ve noticed that there is another soul event taking place within about a 7 mile journey from my house, in Chesterfield; No details and no decency about letting any local promoters at least having a clue about whats happening but thats to be expected ; probably another one offering something different and the `its not on your night so whats it got to do with you?` viewpoint being expressed. Never mind, like I`ve said before its just a social event, not life and death and ultimately health, happiness and family are THE important things in my life not whether another soul do starts, ends, succeeds or fails. The saddest people around must be the ones who think that life really does revolve around these things and that Northern soul is really a way of life!! Please, do me a favour..............................!! Sharon June: Amongst The Sunshine And Showers Posted by Sharon Cooper, 28 June 2008 · Who knows what the weather is going to do from one day to the next? But hey! theres not much we can do about it except perhaps jet off to the sun which is what we did a few weeks ago and lovely it was as well! Off the 5 of us went to South East Spain and the sun shone (Apart from the day we arrived) and we spent the next 10 chillin` and sunnin` and eatin` and drinkin` etc etc. Got back to the foulest of foul weather early in the morning and the following day I found myself in somewhat of a daze I must say seated in front of an interview panel for promotion and........unbelievable ........I got it! So as soon as the usual clearances are through I will be one of three Specialist nurse/network leads for Derbyshire County PCT. Lots of work, loads of challenges in front but very exciting (and a bit more money to boot!) Apart from that I am busy this month and next as my pre registration nursing students have an assignment due so will be holed up marking in a few weeks just about the same time as Chris will be busy installing our new kitchen. Just had our 32nd wedding anniversary on the 26th and despite lots of plans we spent the evening in drinking Baileys and eating Maltezers! One of our lads said it wasn`t much of a celebration but it was alright for us that night as we were both completely knackered (Post holiday tiredness I reckon!) Just watching some of Glastonbury on the TV ; Lots of whooping, hollering, singing along, jumping about and looking like they`re revelling in it and enjoying the moment watching their favourite bands (Even though there`s some debate over whether Jay-Z should actually be headlining) Loads of energy there; Be great if this energy stayed throughout our lifetimes I think. Our sons can be out until 4, 5 6 am and once they`ve slept for a bit are up and ready for it again; just like us when we were their age. The different ages of man, I suppose? Great night at Calow last nights; excellent venue and a really good mix of music; No run of the mill stuff played here and DJ`s not afraid to play something different and as long as the paying public get a good mix and come back for more (which they have been doing) then I think the lads are doing something right. Will need to round up in abit as our eldest lad is round soon as Chris had suggested some while ago that Andrews fiancee might like to go fishing one day as she had never been ; anyway she said that she would give it a go and they are off at 6am tomorrow to induct poor old Charlotte into the ways of the piscator! They are staying with us tonight and as Chris hasn`t been fishing for some while has had to go and get some bits and bobs (£35 worth!) of new tackle. Andrew will be full of last weekends MotoGP at Donnington which they went to (He`d love another motorbike but can`t afford one yet; as would Chris!) A couple of weekenders on this weekend and next but can honestly say that they don`t appeal to me one bit. Had a text from a friend today saying that the venue they are at is good but music is `Run of the mill`. Whats that all about? Silly question really because we know through hard experience that the majority are happy with what they are happy with and not much else. I can`t do that any more. What brilliant music is available to us to listen and dance to and while ever I am able to I will try my damndest to frequent venues that will at least try to give some of the thousands of records which are not played for their billioneth time an airing. I`ve been on this track before I know but just on a bit of a roll there! I really love this site and have been a member of it for longer than my time in the `Bridget` incarnation as I was called something else for a while but, as I suppose is the same with anything that you have been involved with for some time, quite a lot of the threads are re-runs of what have has been on before and sometimes I think I haven`t got the wherewithall to post up again on a thread that was on and active some time ago. Its a shame really as some threads don`t get the activity that the subject has perhaps had in the past.. nothing can be done to change that though...only so many subjects for threads eventually I suppose. See you soon Sharon xx A Bank Holiday Weekend In Norfolk Posted by Sharon Cooper, 03 May 2008 · Just sitting in bed looking out at the Sheringham coast line. Just in front of it theres loads of people on the golf course (chris is one!). Just here in Sheringham until Sunday night (arrived yesterday) Its a place thats got loads of memories for us as we used to bring our boys here a lot when they were little and its not changed much over the years. Still has that old style seaside feel to it. Brilliant apartment we`re staying in. What could be better, sitting here looking out at the sea and listening to sounds of the sixties. Did have a scout around on various websites last night to see if there were any soul nights on tonight in a reasonable travelling distance but didn`t seem to be able to find one. Its strange really; 130 or so miles from home and a Friday and Saturday night without anything on (as far as I`m aware) in reasonable distance. I suppose we are over endowed in the North Midlands with soul nights of every shade and description but then that doesn`t always mean we have a night we want to go to every weekend. We`ve become more choosy as time as gone on and I`m not prepared any longer to listen to the same tunes over and over. This has been said before many times I know and the whole topic has become a bit boring, to me at least. A venue now has to really grab my attention in order for me to gather the momentum to even get ready to go; A discerning customer I suppose or just someone who has been around a long time and has seen and heard it many times before? I`m not sure. But I do know that I will not live in the past to such an extent that I become a relic of a bygone age. Odd isn`t it how I can be happy here when its full of happy memories but can`t bear to go to soul nights full of images and sounds from the past but which live me cold. I suppose the difference is that I have moved on and can see this town as it is today, whilst remembering times past of the fun we had here with the kids. However at a venue playing the same sounds it has become to me nothing more than a distorted, step back into a weird time warp and any happy memories I have I keep of the days when I was 16 and this was all new to me and I was in a crowd of like minded, similar aged people who thought they were the `in crowd` (and probably were!), who wore smart clothes and talked the same talk and undertook the same activities ( ). Now that element has gone because I am a different person with different values and outlooks. I don`t think I`m an old fuddy duddy , I will always love to my very heart the music from my youth and the music I hear today at `my type of venue`that will always evoke tangible memories for me, what I don`t want to be part of is a living graveyard . Time to get up and make the most of the warm weather..... Ramblings On A Sunday Night: Click On Last Entry(problems With My Blog) Posted by Sharon Cooper, 27 April 2008 · Because its Pilsleys 6th anniversary have been thinking about some of the longer standing soul nights that are still around locally and the ones which have come and gone. What is is, I wondered, that keeps some soul do`s going on from month to month/ year to year? I must be honest and say that there have been months when I would have preferred to have tried some other soul night instead of our own but obviously haven`t done and I know that if I have thought it then some of our regular, loyal supporters will have done and probably have some months. But what keeps me turning up is a sense of commitment and a need to keep supporting the two `owd fellas`in what they have stuck with through thick and thin. There have been some crap times in the past 6 years, unbelievable childishness by some people and pathetic responses to situations that have ocurred by some but then again thats people and in my lifetime I have seen and heard some real corking situations and so nothing much surprises me any more in relation to human behaviour. I recognise that its not easy because sometimes things can be out of a promoters hands; venues closing, or problems with venues, people deliberately trying to close down a night (Through very underhand methods) etc. etc. New nights coming along which `clash`But then I think that if its all kept in perspective ie; its not life or death, its not a way of life, its a night out; A great night out, I think, but the reality is it is a soul night...Good or bad....Life does go on. Would do you reckon keeps a soul night being popular with the paying clientele month after month/year after year? What formula if it could be encapsulated would be the ideal soul night? I don`t really know having been involved in what could be classed as a `succesful` night which has run for 6 years: I think perhaps keeping to the `right` mix of music, well known, experienced guest DJ`s who know instintively how to keep the dancefloor happy, friendliness, no `trouble`, listening to the paying publics views, decent atmospheric venue.....Any other ideas? Pilsley, Motogps, Football And Shopping: A Bored Sunday Evening! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 09 March 2008 Really, really really, really peeved.............Just done a really lengthy rambling blog with out saving a draft and when I tried to add the One Republic version of that Duffy `Mercy` single the whole lot was deleted!! Massive pain in the butt or what?? Anyway the abridged version: * How hard is it to DJ at an out and out 100mph stompers, oldies only venue? * More determination and confidence to add not so well known stuff to the mix month in and month out whilst DJing I reckon. * Household full of males; Barcelona vs Villareal, Terminator; the rise of the machines, Motogps; A fun night in the Cooper house, hence the blog! * Westfield vs Meadowhall.. Derby better lay out, shops, food area: Worse for groups of Chavs that seem to be tolerated: Outcome Nottingham is better by a mile than Derby for shopping and Notttingham is marginally better that MeadowHall (Nottingham better city all round!) * Cruft has some cute dogs. * Prestatyn good..youngest off the Skegness with some of our friends (Once soul is in the heart, its always in the heart, is my opinion). Weekenders not my thing really but would like to see The Spinners in October (Even though I`m not a live acts fan) Loads of other stuff to do at Weekends when working full time and lecturing part time. * Is the lower leagues getting so far in the F A Cup a good thing? * One Republic is far superior to the Duffy version (if you like it at all that is?) See the version on YouTube * ITS THE THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH THIS COMING WEEKEND; ITS PILSLEY TIME; APRIL IS OUR 6TH ANNIVERSARY; STILL HERE AND STILL GOING STRONG(Please forgive the large red writing as I think personally it always looks cheap, tacky and naff, but it got your attention didn`t it?) * Easter is a good time to take stock and get rid of the junk that fills up so much of my time and to concentrate on what is really important; Life, love, family, health. More important than anything else See you around Sharon Thoughts On A Saturday Night In Feb..... Posted by Sharon Cooper, 23 February 2008 Just returned from a brilliant 4 days in Edinburgh. It really was one of the best `short breaks` we`ve had. We go away somewhere each year to coincide with my birthday and this year as I was 50 we wanted somewhere a bit special but without loads of travelling. Well we truly did find it! The place we stayed was great, the staff there extremely friendly and helpful; the city itself and the sights were exceptional and Chris was his usual lovely self; making me laugh and just being the best friend anyone could have. The restaurants, bars and shops were very nice and I spent the whole of yesterday on Princes street shopping whilst Chris sampled a couple of the numerous golf courses. Popped in a few charity shops to see if there was anything doing in the vinyl boxes but (as usual) nothing doing. The nearest we got to up tempo music was when we dropped into the Hard rock cafe for something to eat when we arrived and the DVDs were in full swing!! Must say though we didn`t feel we had missed out at all its just a pity we weren`t able to stay for an extra day for the all dayer at the Hibs ground. We will definately go to this city again and try and incorporate it next time with any soul events that may be on. A bit knackered at the moment: Chris is chilling watching the golf from Arizona. The house isn`t too bad considering two young males (18 and 23 ) have had the run of the place. Both out now one at his mates and the other gone for a mates birthday night out to Newcastle. Now then that leads me on to think; In our younger days we thought that Wigan was far enough but Newcastle? Couldn`t do that now but then again I am 50 and 2 days old not 23!! See you at Prestatyn. Chris will be on Saturday and Sunday afternoon I think doing the Pilsley showcase. Have a good week!! Sharon February; Pilsley,50 And Prestatyn! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 13 February 2008 · Loads of stamina needed this month; Pilsley 16th Feb: - It's your night out, so it should be special - At Pilsley thats what its all about; You only get seven a week!! All the crucial ingredients are there (and have been for near on 6 years now) to make this soul night a tried and tested success. See for yourself!! Will be good to celebrate my birthday at Pilsley on Saturday (Birthdays not until Thursday though; Shared with quite a few on this site I think according to the calendar) 50th Birthday: - Looking forward to Edinburgh. Don`t reckon I`ll get Chris into one of these though. Prestatyn: - Haven`t been for a while but looking forward to it. Pilsley is show-casing and Joel and his mate are joining us so we should have a good laugh! It was pancake day. Oh yes its valentines day too... Enjoy February whatever you do and where ever you go Some 1958 Trivia: Sharing My Birthyear With Some Famous Events! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 30 January 2008 · TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 1958 MY FAIR LADY (ORIGINAL CAST) THE MUSIC MAN (ORIGINAL CAST) JOHNNY'S GREATEST HITS (JOHNNY MATHIS) SOUTH PACIFIC (SOUNDTRACK) COME FLY WITH ME (FRANK SINATRA) AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (SOUNDTRACK) WARM (JOHNNY MATHIS) SOUTH PACIFIC (ORIGINAL CAST) RICKY (RICKY NELSON) THE KING AND I (SOUNDTRACK) 1958 GRAMMY AWARDS RECORD OF THE YEAR: Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare), Domenico Modugno ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Music From Peter Gunn, Henry Mancini (RCA) SONG OF THE YEAR: Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu, Domenico Modugno, songwriter BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE, MALE: Catch a Falling Star, Perry Como BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE, FEMALE: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book, Ella Fitzgerald BEST PERFORMANCE BY A VOCAL GROUP OR CHORUS: That Old Black Magic, Louis Prima and Keely Smith BEST RHYTHM AND BLUES PERFORMANCE: Tequila, Champs BEST JAZZ PERFORMANCE, INDIVIDUAL: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, Ella Fitzgerald BEST JAZZ PERFORMANCE, GROUP: Basie, Count Basie BEST PERFORMANCE BY A DANCE BAND: Basie, Count Basie BEST COUNTRY AND WESTERN PERFORMANCE: Tom Dooley, Kingston Trio BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ORCHESTRA: Billy May's Big Fat Brass, Billy May BEST ARRANGEMENT: The Music From Peter Gunn, Henry Mancini, arranger BEST MUSICAL COMPOSITION FIRST RECORDED AND RELEASED IN 1958 (More Than Five Minutes): Cross Country Suite, Nelson Riddle, composer BEST ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM, BROADWAY OR TELEVISION: The Music Man, Meredith Willson (Capitol) BEST SOUNDTRACK ALBUM, DRAMATIC PICTURE SCORE OR ORIGINAL CAST: Gigi, AndrÃÆ’© Previn (MGM) BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE, ORCHESTRA: GaÃÆ’®tÃÆ’© Parisienne, Felix Slatkin conducting Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE, CHAMBER MUSIC (Including Chamber Orchestra): Beethoven, Quartet 130, Hollywood String Quartet BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE, INSTRUMENTAL (With Concerto Scale Accompaniment): Tchaikovsky, Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23, Van Cliburn, pianist; Kiril Kondrashin Symphony Orchestra BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE, INSTRUMENTAL (Other Than Concerto Scale): Segovia Golden Jubilee, AndrÃÆ’©s Segovia BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE, OPERATIC OR CHORAL: Virtuoso, Roger Wagner Chorale BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE, VOCAL SOLOIST (With or Without Orchestra): Operatic Recital, Renata Tebaldi BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE: The Chipmunk Song, David Seville BEST PERFORMANCE, DOCUMENTARY OR SPOKEN WORD: The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows, Stan Freberg BEST RECORDING FOR CHILDREN: The Chipmunk Song, David Seville (Liberty) BEST ALBUM COVER: Only the Lonely, Frank Sinatra (Capitol) Average House Price 2,390 What Events Happened in 1958 NASA North American Space Agency is formed 14 year old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship. Munich air disaster - 21 dead, including 7 Manchester United Players Toyota and Datsun Cars go on sale in The US Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union US passenger jet flights start with a National Airlines Boeing 707 The first Trans Atlantic passenger jetliner service begins with flights between London and New York on the new Comet Jet The Great Chinese Famine begins in 1958 and ending in 1961 causing the death of nearly 30 million through a combination of natural disasters and poor planning. Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army. Brazil wins the 1958 World Cup in Sweden Technology The Microchip first developed in US by Intel London Gatwick Airport opens after two years of extensive reconstruction US Nuclear Submarine " Nautilus " passes under Ice Cap at North Pole Popular Culture 1958 The Wham-O company introduces the Hula Hoop; over 100 million are sold. Popular Films The Bridge on the River Kwai South Pacific Gigi King Creole Vertigo Popular Singers Elvis Presley Billie Holiday Ricky Nelson Frank Sinatra The Everly Brothers Ella Fitzgerald Jerry Lee Lewis Popular TV Programmes Candid Camera The Ed Sullivan Show Come Dancing The Jack Benny Show Panorama Alfred Hitchcock Presents SOME FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS: Michael Jackson Sharon Stone Gary Numan Madonna Alec Baldwin Pilsley: What Was The 19 01 08 Night Like? Read On.......... Posted by Sharon Cooper, 20 January 2008 · On this particular evening in cool, rainy Pilsley, an amalgamation of people gathered together in a dark room eager to hear some good songs, and ready to dance. For the past 5 years and 8 months Chris and Barry have managed to stick to the same basic aesthetic.: Keep the good music flowing and keep the people dancing. The night kicked off with Chris playing some outstanding tunes and from the very first people were on the floor: dancing their hearts out! Clearly one of this soul nights biggest attributes is the residents ability to instantly bond with the crowd, a quality so many DJ`s strive for. These are not DJ`s filling a spot by playing a few records, It is more of an ongoing conversation between a man and his like minded friends who appreciate the same music and have a passion for each record played. Very often full of memories and heart felt nostalgia The result is one of the most enthusiastic crowds you could ever wish to see at a soul night Sam Evans and Andy (Guests for the evening) were as reliable as ever. Some of the songs we all know and love mixed with some not so well known but all equally as soulful and dance worthy! Last night could easily be called a soul music extravaganza with these two guys showing how much they appreciate the opportunity to show the crowd what soul sounds inspires them. Overall the night was one of great atmosphere with the crowd (who ranged from more local to as far afield as Rochdale and Nuneaton area etc.) dancing and boogalooing to the special blend of soul music played. It truly didn't take long before the vast majority of the 130 + crowd was feeling the atmosphere and letting loose!!. I am not talking about `hype` here but true enjoyment. The night was nonstop, the music never failing to please and it was high energy soul with lots of sweat. (Not all of the 100 mph stomper variety however I might add!) At Pilsley it seems to be the interaction between DJ`s and the crowd that makes a memorable night. It's soul nights like this that lets you know soul is alive. Pilsley: A Friendly Night For Serious Music Posted by Sharon Cooper, 28 December 2007 Pilsley: A Friendly night for serious music. This soul night is a bit out of the way, but its reputation alone, however, keeps people flocking to it. It may be tricky to find, but it screams for attention, and those who are in the know are advised to get there early with regular guests Alan and Andy getting the dance floor filling up fast. Pilsley-goers are greeted by unyielding, classic beats. The main room is usually filled to the hilt with a hard-to-stereo-type clientele dancing it up to the eclectic mix that has kept Pilsley at the top of the tree for 5 years. For those who find themselves in the need of a break from the main room the bar/lounge offers a place to chill, drink and talk. In our very biased opinion Pilsley is by far one the best clubs around! The variation of music is wicked and the bar staff are always friendly! A good relaxed atmosphere and a good sized dance floor makes this a club for those seeking a good night, without hassle. Thinking Allowed:bbc Radio 4 Posted by Sharon Cooper, 11 November 2007 · Just been listening to an past edition of thinking allowed (Radio 4 29/3/06) That looked briefly at the cultural influence of Northern soul with Dr Andy Wilson, Lecturer in Criminology, Centre for Criminological research, Sheffield University (Northern Soul: Drug use, crime and social identity in the 1970s northern soul scene published in Sept/Oct 2006 by Willan Publishing) amd Stuart Cosgrove,( Head of programmes at Channel 4's Nations and Regions department, an author and former media editor of NME). They called the scene a '70`s musical phenomenon` and a `major cultural event`. It actually covered the usual format of most interviews of this type on mainstream media outlets ie; The drug scene, the allnighters (Wigan, Torch etc.) but they also,very briefly, touched on the most inportant aspect of it all, to me, which is the current psychosocial effects the scene continues to have on some. This section discussed how people were `stuck there` or stuck in the past and the reasons why, they suggested, this was: that this was the `biggest high` these people ever had and that for them it is difficult to untangle their memories. I would whole heartedly agree with that. Only this weekend Chris and I were discussing something similar to this. Firstly we asked: Why do people who have had no knowledge or interest in Northern Soul previously become so attached to it; Some to the extent of dressing for the part, which they never actually did when they were young? Obvious answer was that: Where else to middle aged people go to socialise, dance and drink without looking out of place (as in the clubs that their kids /grand kids might be attending) and for a relatively cheap entrance fee? Secondly we asked: Why do the people who were into the scene `first time around` still continue to act/dress/behave as they did when they were teenagers? Answer to us was, as addressed in the broadcast: That period of their lives was the most exciting, fulfilling that they had ever experienced and perhaps have never experienced anything that matches up to it since. Now, despite many comments to the contrary, looking at photos on this site and from my own experience of attending soul nights, there is a definate decline in those attending. Perhaps the same numbers overall but now spread more thinly, who knows? The agument will go on and on until the sad demise of a once vibrant teen culture, that really was just that. This current manifestation of it is a pale shadow of its former self, cynical viewpoint I know, but the more I stand in venues with drunken women with high heels, jiving and staggering or wathcing overweight men in wide trousers and vests trying to jump and spin as they possibly did (or not) 30 years ago or again stand in small rooms with people who would prefer to listen than dance; then I see the even widening diversity of this scene. This is NOT the scene of old; If it was the women in the stilettos and evening gowns AND the males in vests and wide trousers (who actually to me seem like a parody) would not be there as they would feel totally out of place. Back From Portugal And A Question: Is My Interest Waning? (oh Yes And Allez Les Blancs!) Posted by Sharon Cooper, 13 October 2007 · Been back from Portugal for a week now and a great time in the sun (and a bit of a deluge) we had. I`ve been keeping up to date as usual with the goings on this site and one or two others (Must agree with the thread which makes this site number one though) and I don't know if its just the time that I've been looking at these sites or whether its just me 'moving on' but there doesn't seem to be anything that really takes my interest any more. Some of the threads obviously will be repetitive over time, thats natural, with different people posting and new members coming on stream but wheres the in depth debates about stuff? Most of the heated ones seem to be localised `me versus him type`and although they make interesting reading and also give you a good laugh at how ridiculous some people are you can`t really join in with your own thoughts and opinions (Apart from `how about growing up?` or `This really isn`t a matter of life or death`) I point the finger at myself here as well because I suppose my interest has waned in `The Scene` as a whole enough for me to think `I can`t be bothered` to even post up any more apart from drivelling out some stuff on this blog. I love the music and always will since my first induction at Christ Church hall , Cinderhill, Nottm at the age of 14 (1972) and then obviously the wider scene as I got older and the memories of what it all meant to me in my teens and early twenties and the friends, laughs and bother we got into (Some to a greater extent than others ) and I will always want to listen to the sounds of my youth and also to the stuff from the golden era that is newer to me and dance and attend the venues that I like to go to but the thought of going to some of these `100% stompers; For dancers only;100%oldies (Sounds of yesteryear!) type places really leaves me cold as does the phrase `Northern soul;its a way of life`. I think I`ve moved on and the realisation that life really is too short not to do what pleases me and not to waste time in petty squabbles: `I`m better than you, oneupmanship` was for many years ago. This is me just dribbling out my thoughts for what they are worth. Anyway; ALLEZ LES BLANCS (and lets hope the rich playboys in the football match do ok too) xx The Scene; Times Don't Really Change All That Much Posted by Sharon Cooper, 05 September 2007 · This is a post on a teen web site. The only bits I've changed on the words I have put in 'bold' type. Things don't really change that much do they? The word "scene" coves a large spectrum throughout recent history, but its most modern definition is used to describe certain subcultures and movements. People on the 'scene' are usually very loyal to their genre and some dress to exemplify this. It is hard to pin down a style for a scene male or female, considering the trends amongst them vary. However, Scenesters take a lot of pride in their overall image. Soul nights are not just for those who are music savvy, but is often a means of socialization for those on the scene. Those people who partake in scene lifestyle often choose to socialize only with those like them, which can cause bitterness or rejection to outsiders. Many scenesters have strong beliefs about their style and consider those who do not to be `Divs` They feel that their scene style is not only a fashion statement, but an all-encompassing lifestyle (Hence; `IT'S A WAY OF LIFE`) The internet has provided a means for the ideas of scene culture to be spread, for scenesters to find new friends and places to socialise. Scenesters like to draw attention to themselves and tend to mix only with others like them, and many people have joined up with the scene `fad` due to internet advertising. The downside of many scene atmospheres is that some scenesters tend to develop a superior mentality. Some who are especially popular and affluent can make it harder for the yet-aspiring scenesters to join in with the subculture. This is not always the case, however. Different areas breed different demographics of scenesters. Perhaps part of their attitude comes from the problem that scenesters have begun to feel threatened about their culture being jeopardized because of a sort of trickle down effect. The internet is permitting easy access for anyone who would want to don scene-esque style and jump right in to a culture that scenesters feel they have built from the ground up and developed into a complex lifestyle. However, this lends many to get caught up in popularity contests in local areas as well as on the world wide web. Unfortunately, this can also lead to rifts in scenes. Groups of hardcore scenesters start "crews. The scene is dividing amongst itself, due to purists who feel the scene is about music only, and those who have taken the scene fashion to be almost, if not equally, as important as the music itself. Some of the scenesters stick to their musical roots, but often due to the aforementioned trickle-down effect, there are people joining the scene who are not interested in the music, but are only in it for the attention. Thus, the scene will continue to divide. Whether they will admit it or not,people interested in this lifestyle of excitement, soul nights and fashion, will continually be labelled as "scenesters." They chose an alternative path because they wanted to find acceptance elsewhere. Now, they face a community just like any other: one of all different types of people, who have different opinions and standards. It has its pros and cons, ups and downs, just like any lifestyle does. Chris Setting Up And I'm Listening To Cream And Nirvana! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 18 August 2007 Hello to all who read my blog...Not been up to writing much lately what with work and now my second job coming on stream! I`m going to be lecturing for the OU which I`m looking forward to, a bit of a challenge and all that. Anyway, Chris was working this morning so I nipped off to McG`s to have a rummage through the discount shops! Sometimes I have been known to pick up a genuine bargain other times I can`t be bothered to wade through the rows of clothes racks loaded up with out of season rags!! The plan was that I`d go to Tesco after but, again, looking at the crowds down at McG I couldn`t face it so I came home (Chris had gone off to set up for tonights PILSLEY:Colours and capitals seems to be the way to get yourself noticed! ) any how, on the way back I put Gold (945MW) on the radio, Mike Sweeney`s rock show was on and I found myself saying (to myself!) `This is cracking music` stuff like old Cream from 1967 and Nirvanas`Smells like teen spirit` Now I must come out here and confess to being a closet Nirvana fan. Our eldest lad was a big fan of theres some years back and you can`t help but find yourself bopping and singing along (or `grunging`) along to a lot of it when you`ve heard it blasted out of the lads bedroom speakers for hours on end. A change is good for you sometimes I reckon. Chris has brought Vito and the Salutations and was like a big kid when I rang him and told him it had come through the post this morning. So all ready for tonight. Perhaps see you...If not enjoy yourself whatever you decide to do. Sharon xx Just Felt 'moved' To Post This Up. Does This Woman Just Ooze Soul Or What? Posted by Sharon Cooper, 04 August 2007 Download Video Youtube Link Options Juste RetournÃÆ’© De France. EspÃÆ’©rez Vous Voir Chez Pilsley Le Samedi Le 21ÃÆ’¨me July Posted by Sharon Cooper, 20 July 2007 · 5 views Once again the third Saturday of the month wends its way around. Seems like ages since we were at a soul night..Must be last Pilsley I reckon. Brittany was great but glad to be home as one of our lads has just left to live in Sheffield with his fiancee and both have just started new jobs after graduating so we are glad to be around to see them settled and what not! Just a quick mention this one as I'm making tea and the British Open is on so I'm multi tasking at the moment. Be great to see you at Pilsley tomorrow if you can make it..If you can; you will enjoy it..Thats a promise XX An Early Reminder: Pilsley Soul 21st July***** Posted by Sharon Cooper, 05 July 2007 As we are not around for the next couple of weeks I thought I would just give you an early `heads up`on Pilsley soul; Saturday 21st July. Check out the website www.freewebs.com/pilsleysoul or read about us on various threads etc. on this site. John Poole joining Chris and Barry ... Come along and ENJOY................ The Passing Of A Personal Era.... Posted by Sharon Cooper, 27 June 2007 · 26th June 1976; The day Chris and I married...31 years...It seems like forever when you think of all the things that have happened in that time, both personally and globally but then again the time just seems to have flown by. On special occasions like this I always feel a tinge of sadness about what has gone by, never to return but then again I look at what I`ve got which makes me happy. 26th June was also the day my mum was cremated in 1987 and the day in 2007 that our cat, Kiwi, died. He was 16 years old and named by our sons after the New Zealand rugby team due to the rugby world cup being on when he was born. He had been ill but we hoped he would survive in time for our son (who we had brought him for when the lad was 7) to say goodbye (He was in Milan Sunday-Wednesday) but unfortunately Kiwi didn`t make it. It was quite a surprise to see how sad the 3 lads were but then, those of you who have animals know how attached you can become to them, especially after such a long time. To me it was like another milestone, the passing of an era; The cat had been around most of the boys formative years (especially our youngest) and it just seemed to me to be an event that marked the end of that. Still much sadder events have happened with the floods and all that..so its important to keep things in persepective. We went to Bestwood last Saturday..It was a good night, even though we arrived a bit late, good music, good atmosphere and good company..Not much else needed really in my opinion. Out with 'non-soul' friends on Friday night and probably won't be out Saturday..Might be..not sure whats on worth travelling to..so will have to have a look. Off to France for two weeks next week so will only be back the night before Pilsley on 21st July 07. Chris and John Poole will be spinning the vinyl as Barry is indisposed.... Saturday 16th June 2007..singing In The Rain..... Posted by Sharon Cooper, 15 June 2007 · What vile weather... 2 hours and 15 minutes to get the 8 miles into work this morning because the Hasland by pass was shut due to three feet of water...Just shows how easily the whole transportation structure of the country can be brought to a standstill...Needless to say my journey to Barnsley this morning was cancelled and so I was able to spend a very fruitful day in the office... Was going to go out tonight but `so many places to choose from` and `so many places where we could go to promote our own gig` so what did we choose to do? Stay in! I reckon theres really not a great deal to be gained by trolling around to places where you`re not really bothered about going in the hope that some of the people there will come to your gig.. People choose where they want to go irrespective of having seen you at a soul do the night or weekend before. Loyality is a misused word in the Northern Soul vocabulary.. DJ`s are on at places where they`ve never (or very rarely) darkened the doorstep, local people travel far and wide when theres a soul do on in the locality, flyers are piled up on tables mostly just mopping up the spilt ale, people snub other people because of what others may have told them (truth or untruths..it doesn`t really matter), cliques of people think they are `it` because of what they wear or what the listen to (or pretend they know from the `good old days`) I thought I was a bit fed up last week but in reality I think disillusioned would be the best word and also awake to the mentality of some that I don`t think I can be bothered with...Too much to do and who knows how much time to do it? Perhaps too little time to spend it cooped up in a darkened room, stinking of somebody elses fag smoke (Thankfully only until 1st July), slithering in somebody elses spilt ale and listening (quite often) to music that if it was on the radio I`d switch it off quite frankly..Perhaps the approach of 50 (Next February) is making me take stock of whats important and whats truly enjoyable to me. A friend of mine said to me recently ` I`m too old now to pretend...I`m going to do what I want, talk to who I want, spend time with who I want and not waste my time trying to please others` I'll second that. Perhaps see you tomorrow??!! Don`t Want To Bore You With The Obvious But It Is Pilsley Soul On Saturday 16th Posted by Sharon Cooper, 11 June 2007 · There is always the tendancy to drone on and on about your own soul night. A bit like some go on about their holidays, kids, grandkids etc. like no one else has ever had a holiday or kids etc. (You get my drift I`m sure) so without stating the obvious : Pilsley Soul is on again this Saturday, as the case has been for the last 5 years, so what else is there to say? Come over if you want or enjoy yourself where ever you go if you don`t. No, we are not the best soul night in the whole wide universe (and even if you print it big in many colours it still doesn`t make it so!) and also you can't ever be that because the paying public have wide and varied tastes so what is the bees knees for one is a dung heap for the next person. Neither are our residents the most excellent DJ`s or promoters and they don`t own the most expensive collection of vinyl in the western hemisphere but then again, they entertain, are friendly, try and put on a worthwhile gig and spend what they can on the sounds they like and hope others will enjoy and dance too. The venue isn`t the plushest, with a sprung dancefloor that bounces you like a trampoline, but the place is presentable, dancefloor is fine for dancing, drinks are cheap, bar staff are down to earth and the place is quite easy to find (Well I think so coz I only live less than half a mile a way!) Anyway, just tried to be honest and not bore the reader too much. Hope to see you Saturday...Glynn Sissons always does play an ace spot. (And that is no exaggeration) A Non Soul Weekend...perhaps! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 01 June 2007 No soul do's this weekend. Both of us out with friends: eating and drinking! At a wedding tomorrow, so tonights shindigs are with the parents of the bridegroom: Chris out with him, mates and lads dad and I'm out with his mum and friends. Looking forward to it. Probably the usual fare of Motown tomorrow at the reception, its good to have a change now and again I reckon. Sorry we will miss out on tomorow nights soul offerings, spoilt for choice around here. Spent a great day yesterday at a Spa and had this Turkish mud treatment, which leaves you feeling refreshed and silky smooth!! Off out now for wedding attire. Have a good weekend wherever you go! and if you don't go anywhere, have a good weekend anyway x This Weekend And Thoughts On Promoting. Posted by Sharon Cooper, 20 May 2007 · This has been a good weekend `soul-wise`! After 5 years of running a soul night, to be honest, some months are better than others and some aren`t as good. Thats the brutal honesty of it all. I`m not going to say "OUR soul night is the best in the world" because as every Forest fan knows (And on that subject; I really believe that a TRUE fan is one that supports their team through thick and thin and usually puts their money into the team by the season ticket route...but then thats another story: oh yes, and it helps if they've ever lived within 50 miles of the team they `support`!!) Past glories can work both ways. Some will use it to say how brill the glory days were and they should be still like that OR will use the past to ridicule the present. My point is, in everything and every activity of life there are the good, the not so good and the downright shocking times. Thats the way with soul nights and as every one who has promoted one for more than 5 minutes will tell you..thats the reality of it. So to say `We are better than them`, `Ours is the best night you will ever experience in the whole world and you have never tasted anything like it and never will again` Smacks of arrogance and childish, lack of inteligence and foresight, in my opinion. In all honesty, I have tried that tack in the early days of Pilsley (Perhaps not to such an extent..I was just trying to make a point) but really, through experience, that when the night is a good one, so be it, when its not so good, then also so be it. Lifes like that and thats a fact! I don`t think we`ve truly ever had a bad night at Pilsley - last night was good, plenty in, good music, full dancefloor, you know, all the usual cliches, but thats just how it was. Sometimes how you feel personally can influence your perceptions of the night also. For instance, every one I spoke to said what an excellent night our anniversary last month was, but for me, in sorting out the raffle, CD`s etc. etc. it was very wearing. See what I mean? Anyway, Chris was on at Bentinck Friday...Good night - Good spot from him and good spot from other DJ`s. Enough said.. Pilsley last night...Good turn out, good spots from DJ`s, friendly people, good atmosphere. Again - Enough said. Sometimes you just run out of things to say - And thats all I have to say about that!! A Rainy Day In Derbyshire And Pilsley Soul Next Weekend Posted by Sharon Cooper, 13 May 2007 · What a vile day: Not just in regard to the weather but also listening to Sky Sports coverage of Man U receiving the championship trophy!! I could switch it off but its on in the other room and my son has had the football on all afternoon and has nipped out of the room for a minute. I`m sure he`ll turn it off when he returns!! Forest won but didn`t play too inspiringly and Derby won which is a tremendous shame, and Sheffield U are down so thats ok....... Hold on just playing "We did it" (Sly Johnson)!! Was in Derby yesterday. Not been actually into the place for about 30 years (apart from driving straight to soul do`s over the years) to attend my degree ceremony. Must say that I don`t reckon we will be going back in a hurry! We were shattered after nearly the whole day at the Assembly rooms for the occasion so unfortunately didn`t make Annesley. Glad to see Steve B`s pictures on the site..Seems the usual decent size crowd. Degree ceremonies can be very long and drawn out but I find them very stirring actually as the whole theatrical nature of the entrance of the `head honcho`s` and the atmosphere of the day makes it very special for me. Its 10 years since my first one in Sheffield and I don`t think I appreciated it as much as yesterdays. The only draw back I think was that I didn`t get to wear a mortar board this time, only a robe to wear. I liked the mortar board and robe last time..felt part of the Harry Potter experience!! Chris on at Bentinck on Friday and then of course, once again, its the third Saturday of the month...Pilsley...I am really going to enjoy this one as last months proved to be a bit stressful (those of you who promote and have had anniversary`s will know what I`m talking about) No new records to report on this time (Well he`s not let on yet so who knows??) I think that recently the site has been a bit quiet. No threads that I have felt could potentially be very controversial which I like..Something to get your teeth into. I`ll have to think about that and start something up!! Thoughts On A Bank Holiday Monday Posted by Sharon Cooper, 07 May 2007 Friday at Rolls Royce and (Unexpectedly) Chris DJ`ed at BarrowHill. Enjoyed both events in their own way. Rolls Royce generally is a good `social` night (if you get my drift) while BarrowHill musically was more to my liking (Chris` hour obviously was) Very pleased that the Attic lads had a good night. We would more than likely have popped over to Mansfield had events been different. Annesley only I think next Saturday. Always enjoy the night. What a week, `newswise`: Sad events in Portugal ; I have read the thread on the site. I can only say that we never left our kids out of our sight or without a responsible adult caring for them, more especially in a holiday resort. As `Child friendly` as these places purport themselves to be; this event just proves that no where is 100% safe: Thoughts are with the parents but I do think they were too trusting and too relaxed in the vigilance required when dealing with small children such as these. The little girl was only a baby and the twin siblings were even younger. How terrifying for them to wake up and be aware that mummy and daddy were no where around- (Not even within earshot if they called out or needed them) Sad event in France (Dependent on your political leanings: I`ll just say that if I was French it wouldn`t be a sad event for me!!) Sad event in Manchester (Lets just say I would have liked Chelsea to have won yesterday!) Shrewsbury -Another Policeman shot All the stuff going off in Iraq (which sometimes is so expected that it is just a short mention on the news). Off to buy some DIY stuff now(Poor Chris!!) A Quiet Weekend Posted by Sharon Cooper, 29 April 2007 · Didn't seem to be anything on locally which took our fancy this weekend so Friday saw us down at The Dakota for a meal with one of our sons and his girlfriend. Saturday: we were at some friends for a barbecue. Its been a nice change to be honest to have a break from what can become a routine of doing the same thing every Friday and Saturday. We were talking yesterday about this and we reckon that there are one or two places we go to simply to meet up with friends (as they like those particular venues) but if it wasn't for that we probably wouldn't go due to the music policy but we generally have a good time because of the company. We have narrowed it down locally to only a few places where we go out of choice of music played and also because the promoters are damned nice fella's I reckon life is too short to be going out to please others...Times come to please ourselves and as paying punters to go where we want to and not to stand around like lemons thinking 'What am I doing here?' ...... Comments On Pilsleys 5th Anniversary Posted by Sharon Cooper, 20 April 2007 · One more zzzzzzz!! only (Thats without counting any naps in between) and then our big event of the year..The 5th anniversary (As if you didn't know and if you didn't where have you been??) Stuff ready for the raffle, balloons and posters sorted courteousy of the NSPCC. CD left in Barrys capable hands. Chris` socks washed, darned, ironed and ready to put on his precious little dancing feet Equipment ready and raring to be set up(!) records in their usual place waiting for the short journey up the hill to the Welfare and a great night to be spent at Bentinck and then a short kip and its all systems go! Really really really looking forward to this one...Sure its going to be exceptional and our two guests will be extremely well received. More to say later............. xx LATER........ Well lived up to the best we could have expected. One or two glitches and stress heads but the night was Steamin'... Some new faces, some not so new, some who regularly attend and some who come now and then...All in all the DJ's were well received as was their choice of tunes, dancefloor moving all night; Plenty of beverages partaken and a lot of laughs - a great atmosphere from beginning to end. Money raised for NSPCC (£117.00) meant that we were able to not only enjoy ourselves but also we could play a small part in helping unfortunate kids. Those that won the great prizes raffled were happy: Thanks to you all for a tremendous 5 years...Heres to year 6 A Sad Heart In The Spring Sunshine Posted by Sharon Cooper, 14 April 2007 Yesterday, I experienced a most moving event: It was the funeral service of one of my sons best friends. I have already posted up details of the circumstances so I won't go into that again but arriving at the Crematorium and standing with about 150 people speaking about the loss of friend, son, work-mate was particularly touching. To see all those young people, crying, thoughtful,talking, silent,lost in their own memories was heartbreaking. To hear his mum say how proud she was of her son and some friends say how much this young mans laughter, genuineness and free spririt had touched their lives brought home the tragic loss such a young life as this is. On arrival to see all these young men and women dressed beautifully to celebrate the life of one so like them reminded me of all the weddings I'd been too with so many young people mingling and chatting and yet this event was tinged with so much sadness. I'm not one for melodrama; in my profession you have a tendency to try and remain slightly removed from the sadness around you as to carry such heart ache day by day would be too much for any one but yesterday I shared with my sons friends and family in this totally pointless waste... Donations were for drugs awareness..Do we take this subject as seriously as we ought? I wonder............? Tonight looks like being a hot one at Annesley...It is at the best of times but with the outside temperature being what it is looks like being a real sticky one! Some different stuff played tonight I would guess with Messrs Seaman and Jackson doing their thing...Can't wait Lookback At The Easter Weekend And Forward To Pilsley Anniversary Posted by Sharon Cooper, 10 April 2007 Just did the 2 events that Chris DJ'd at : Friday at EKMW and Saturday at Barrowhill. Didn't make it to Half time Orange on Saturday as we spent some of the day visiting Chris' dad (It was his birthday) But we are determined to give this place a try as soon as we are able. It was nioce to catch up with Cath, Stu and Keith again; Genuine people and made us very welcome at Barrowhill. As I've said elsewhere, this is a great venue and with the mix of sounds and DJ's they invite then each month I'm sure has something to offer the 'discerning punter' Chris played a different mix at BarrowHill to the one played at EKMW; Two different crowds with generally different tastes it appeared; but both appealing to their own 'fan base' Personally I enjoyed both nights in a different way; Good company at both; Barrowhill promoters are however better known to us and that always give you a sense of being welcome wherever you are. Next weekend is Annesley weekend, which we always try our very best to get to. Guest DJ's Ian Seaman and Andy Jackson will prove to be a refreshing night of music I'm sure. it was nice to see Andy at Pilsley last month. Haven't seen Mr Seaman there for a bit though...Have to have a word when we see him on Saturday! Less than two weeks for the 5th Pilsley anniversary; Put it in your diary; Gonna be a big one ; With two of the biggest and best names guesting for us. More to be posted on the articles section of the site over the next week or two. So look out for it. Thanks for the kind comments in relation to the sad news about our lads friend. Will post up a little blog after the funeral. Thanks again. A Full Weekend! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 04 April 2007 · * Sad to say that Christophers friend passed away on 31st March. Really a sad time for his family and his close friends. 23 years old. What a waste. This Friday sees us at EKMW Notts: Chris is guest DJ. Not been to this venue for quite a few years. Saturday Chris is guesting at BarrowHill for their anniversary. Two genuine fella's Keith and Stu and Stu's lovely lady Cath (Always friendly and nice to talk to). Looking forward to it. Sunday, we might nip down to The Half Time Orange ~ Never yet made it to this event as it has clashed with Pilsley in the past, so will be worth the visit I reckon. Monday sees us down in Leicestershire with our eldest sons fiancees parents so no soul events that day; Tuesday chill out and Wednesday; back to work. Close to Pilsleys anniversary now (21st April) Have got the charity sorted (NSPCC) and also most of the raffle prizes. Free CD being sorted, guest DJ's ready for it...so tick off the dates and join us for what will be a tremendous night. Drugs,drink And The Invincability Of Youth...... Posted by Sharon Cooper, 31 March 2007 · Yesterday morning my middle son phoned me at work in a very upset state..'Mum' he says 'J****'s in intensive care and they don't think he'll live' J**** is one of his closest friends and a really 'good lad' who enjoyed his life and is 23 years old. Decent job, only child, girlfriend, vaccinations on Thursday for his trip to Thailand on Wednesday next, planning a night out in Sheffield with the lads tonight to celebrate one of the groups birthday and then...In intensive care, no responses, no life... He could have been out with the lads watching '300' at the pictures on Thursday night but instead went out with some other lads. He'd done coke before apparently but this night a cocktail of drink and drugs stopped his heart, stopped the O2 to his brain, 20 minutes by paramedics to get his heart going again..In intensive care...distraught mates, mum...You know the rest... At 11.30 this morning the medics will do their last tests to see if they will take this young life off life support and then..again you know the rest...funeral and memories of a good mate, lovely son..Gone. Whats the point of all this..the invincibility of youth as my son says..You never think it will be you or anyone you are close to. Not just youth in my experience... This lad wasn't an 'addict' just a young man trying to push things to the extreme..His mate that night threw up which probably saved his life..J**** didn't which probably ended his.. A sombre mood today in the Bridget household. England Football Or Cricket?+travelling To Hear What I Want To Hear Posted by Sharon Cooper, 29 March 2007 · Apparently the England football team is worth £200million and Andorra are a bunch of part-timers with only 32 registered players in the whole country. Our team could only manage a pathetic 3-0 win. I reckon that any other manager in industry would be, not so politely told, to get his coat in presiding over the show that we have had to witness lately.. I can't understand how the teams preparation can bring them to produce the lack of performance we have to endure. Of course people will still support England but now its about rectifying mistakes that should never have happened. I don't know if firing or accepting the resignation of Mclaren is the right way forward (tactics after all don't seem to be his strong point) but surely in the whole world of football he was never the best man for the job in the first place. Anyway..I'm turning my attention to the cricket..at least we see more self belief, commitment and passion than the footballers and their management team have shown this past week (and before). AND ~ Valentino won of course!! Changing the subject...There seems to be a good contingent from this neck of the woods going over to the East coast (Costa Del Skeg!) this weekend. Not sure what we will be doing.... may be travelling further a field to hear what we would like to hear.. Nothing arrived in the post apart from a Dean Parrish Promo thing......... o Try...but Managing To Watch Motogp Posted by Sharon Cooper, 24 March 2007 Ever felt just so tired at the end of the week that you couldn't motivate yourself to get up and go out anywhere? We went out last night for a meal with friends, visited our eldest at Uni today and had lunch with him and then came home and just crashed out...Hope everyone had a good weekend..We did, just chilling. I think we need that sometimes in order to appreciate the good soul do's we go to when we still come home feeling shot but in different way..if you know what I mean. I reckon we both need a good dose of sunshine..cue for a holiday........ Got to have a good think about next weekend too.. Chris has just received Michael Procter ;Love don't live...Pretty damn good I reckon Off to bed as we're losing that hour...Oh my! I sound ancient...Must get myself together Up this morning after the loss of 1 hours kip but feeling ok and am now settled for the Jerez round of MOTOGP! Come on (again) Valentino! (Its at this time of the year that Chris starts thinking of buying himself another motorbike!) Pilsley..a Bit Thin On The Ground? But Loadsa Room To Dance! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 14 March 2007 · We are expecting it to be a bit short on numbers this month at Pilsley but I'm looking forward to it still. We clashed with Skeggy one year and although numbers were down it was a good night..Plenty of space to shake your thang!! Anyway, Al Taylor will be guesting along with the 'dynamic duo' and not everyone will be off to deepest, darkest Wales... There has been some interesting threads on the site this week..Particularly the one about places playing the same top/pop tunes.. Its a difficult one this though, as we became sick and tired of the same sounds week in week out and thats why I stopped going to some places and tried others. The point is that although everyone would like DJ's to play exactly what they want the fact is the DJ's determine what we hear at any given place on any given night and if that is not to your liking then the best thing to do is go where they play 'Your sort of stuff'. I've had to cover some miles of Derbyshire roads this week at work and this YouTube clip just about summed up my feelings the other day (Although its not always cows in the way, more likely; tractors, lorries, caravans and 'Sunday drivers' and always when I'm running late!!) "the Timeline Of The Scene Is Finite?" Posted by Sharon Cooper, 10 March 2007 · I completed my Bsc health and social care in December and all in all have been studying on and off for the past 15 years. SO....saddo that I am, after saying that this was the end of my studies, I find myself at a bit of a loose end and thought, to wean myself off research, assignment writing and exams I would do a bit of personal research into sub cultures within the UK since World War II which would inevitably throw up some mention of Northern Soul. This article I find quite interesting: Based in the Northern regions of England, Northern Soul was the first underground club scene using DJs who presented the rarest records for highest reputation. The sounds were soul stompers, discovered for not built around, the crowd's demand to dance. This of course made the timeline of the scene finite, but fiercely tribal in the devotion to the clubs and DJs. Since the majority of this scene was ignored by commerical music forces, it gave the factory working youth of industrial England something completely their own. Amphetamines gave them the ability release and party at all-nighters, drugs being a direct connection to the Mods influence. Two of the major clubs for this scene were The Wigan Casino and The Mecca. The Wigan Casino had a larger dancefloor and their DJs Kev Roberts and Richard Searling pumped body-soul music to keep the punters hopping. The Mecca, presided over by DJ Ian Levine was a bit more cerebral and focused more on the rarest or tightest grooves. Northern Soul developed its own fashion such as the first baggy pants, dancing styles, and popularized the DJ obsession for covering up their best tracks label (Steaming them off, or even renaming them!). Some of the biggest hits of the scene included R. Dean Taylor's 'There's a Ghost in My House' and The Four Tops 'I Can't Help Myself', (The rarest being Frankie Wilson's 'Do I Love You'). Northern Souls DJ's would often travel to America in search of the most obscure music, and like, Ian Levine, required/had the financial ability & time to hunt. Northern Soul Gave way to Disco, Nu-NRG, and influenced club culture ever after, even if often forgotten or its influence left unknown. I found it particularly interesting that it is written with the view that it has ended and has moved on influencing other genres but is in fact no more in existence. Makes you think that we are actually not a large group in the grand scheme of things and despite the views of others I do agree with some who think that the scene as it is today will change radically with the passing of time and the inevitable loss of more of us. It would be nice to think that we will leave an unchanging legacy but I personally cannot see this being the case. The scene has changed since my first involvement in 1973 and will continue to do so. I see it to date as evolving in some areas and standing still in others. Ultimately though I can't see it remaining in the future as it appears today. Off shopping now........ The Attic Mansfield Last Night (3/3/07) Posted by Sharon Cooper, 04 March 2007 This is a report by M.D of Peterborough about his thoughts on his first night at The Attic, Mansfield "What a belting night .... if you are one of those peole who judges the success of a night by the amount of condensation that runs down the walls, or the numbers of times the dance floor is empty ... then this probably isn't the place for you However.......on the other hand if you are one of those people who judges the succes of a night on the number of times you say " this is nice - never heard this before" about a record ... then this is probably right up your street. I guess we must have got to the Black Bull Inn on Woodhouse road Mansfield quite early... we were first in and we appeared to take the promoters by suprise somewhat.... but none the less they continued to do their thing and we sat down and made ourselves comfortable. It was a bit slow to get going people wise ... but the music was my cup-o'-tea right from the off and me being such a miserable anti - social bastard I had no problem at all with that Within the first twenty minutes I'd heard The Chalfontes - He loves me, Jimmy Norman - family tree, Mary love - Oh what heartaches, Billy Preston - the girls got it and a couple of things I'd never heard before... and this seemed to be the theme for the night, quality 60's northern you rarely seem to hear these days, mixed in with a pinch of R&B and a smidgeon of seventies stuff .... which was nice Despite sitting on our own for a while it wasn't long before bodies started drifting through the door and the place bagan to fill out a bit ... it didn't get packed by any stretch of the imagination but developed into a relaxed family atmosphere and the promoters and jocks were a real friendly bunch of guys who, to a man, came over to welcome us including the forums very own Sharon, nice to meet ya mate. A few technical diffculties which left Chris (Cooper?) doing a Norman Collier impersonation and for a perid working of one deck, but to sum it up a small venue where the music policy is pretty damn good, very few if any of the played out wigan oldies got a look in and those involved are a genuinely nice bunch of guys. It is highly likely we will be going back, but this time with a few more. Keep up the good work guys. .....and there is a big car park, and a wooden dance floor and pub beer prices .... for those who are into that sort of thing p.s. If any of you guys behind the night are reading this .. would love to do a stint behind the decks for you one night ; drop us a line" My thoughts are; Great company, nice wine (!) top notch music, good atmosphere. All in all a good experience and well worth a try!! While Theres Lots On: The Attic Is Still Worth A Try! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 28 February 2007 · Even though there seems to be loads on this Saturday, I would say that The Attic, Mansfield is definately worth a try. Now there will be some cynics out there who may think that she's just saying that coz her old man is on. Well, there is that, but the truth of the matter is that on the occasions when we have been to The Attic we have been given a very warm welcome, totally enjoyed the music played and have come out of the place feeling that we have been to what we call 'A proper northern soul night' Having listened to the sounds that we knew, thought we knew, remembered that we knew them part way through and realised that some we didn't know at all but were stonkin' good sounds anyway! That to me is what a good northern night is about (oh yeah...and dancing to the majority of them) So is you feel like a change, haven't decided what to do or if you are a regular at The Attic then its assured that the welcome will be big and if you are anything like us will not be disappointed.. (Bill in the post lads......) Back To Work And A Stinking Cold Posted by Sharon Cooper, 25 February 2007 I have a week off work and on the weekend before I'm due back I get the most stinking cold. I reckon its the same family of bugs that Chris had... Ended up by going no where at all this weekend but had a marathon American Idol on Friday night (That is sad I know but what was I to do to keep me from feeling sorry for myself.. well feel sorry for some of the acts on there!!) Seems to be some interesting threads on going on this site, currently, with many differing points of view which makes for interesting and lively debate (to say the least). Listening to The Soul Shack at the moment...Always, Always worth a listen Might stay up and watch the Oscars later.. See how the wine I'm currently drinking effects me before I decide (Or should I say before the wine decides) Hopefully the cold think will be well and truly cleared up for next week end as Chris is on at The Attic...Should be a good night...try it if you haven't been.. a smallish venue with a very friendly atmosphere..dance floor big enough for the clientele group... and some top notch music... stuff you don't here on a week in week out basis Catch you later.........xx Bridgets Thanks For The Birthday Good Wishes Posted by Sharon Cooper, 23 February 2007 · Just want to say thanks to those who sent birthday good wishes for last Wednesday. Chris and I have been discussing the 50 celebrations for next year! Where does time go?? I suppose if anyone has got the answer for that they would be a very rich person. Despite some sneering from some one of my sons brought me the Ultimate collection CD: Take That: so I'm sat here singing along with 'Everything changes but you'!! (It makes a change ) We went to Durham for a few days this week...a really nice little city and went up to Hadrians wall (Love history: Thats probably why one of my lads is doing it at Uni)) it was a bit breezy but worth it: Best preserved Roman fort in north Europe up there. Also found out where Piercebridge is en route back and also the whereabouts of Lucys B & B which we just noticed out of the blue Barry (B I L) is on at Peterborough tonight. Might make it depending what Chris feels like when he comes home from work (Its the last day of my weeks holiday so I'm raring to go!) May be at Polish club, Sheffield tomorrow; not decided yet. Could actually stay over at another sons uni accomodation as he only lives across the road and he will be here at home after going to Lincoln to see a Kings of Leon gig! On second thoughts it might be a bit freaky for his house mates bumping into us on the landing in the middle of the night (Poor kids) Thanks for taking the time to read my brief ramblings.......... Chris Cooper; Martyr To The Cause! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 18 February 2007 He turned out, coughing and spluttering (So spreading his germs far and wide) but did a top notch spot as did John, Barry and Kev Smedley who really did keep the dance floor happy with a great mix of sounds. It was good to see dancers who don't normally (dance that is) and also those who were very close to it but didn't quite make it (Perhaps the anniversary in April might tempt. We'll wait and see ) Anyway, an early start for me this morning trundling around Derbyshire taking and fetching sons from and to various places. So, thought I'd try and keep the blog going whilst I have the chance. Chris is feeling not so bad today, Well enough to go golfing anyway. Will try and tie him to providing his play list in a bit. It was really nice to see some new faces again at Pilsley as well as the ones we see on a monthly basis. Some couldn't make it for various resaons and some try other places, which in a way is healthy for the scene in general as there are so many venues to choose from (especiallyin Notts/ Derbys/S Yorkshire area) that we really are spoilt for choice. Catch up later................... xx Pilsley 17th Feb..what A Night To Get A Chest Infection! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 16 February 2007 * We're on for Bentinck tonight...a good night in store in aid of a great cause..One that is very dear to my heart as I work with cancer patients and families. So good company, good music and a drink or two whilst feeling that our bits of money are going to help the greater good makes for a night to look forward too. And then>>>>>>> Pilsley tomorrow with our good friend Kev Smedley: I'm sure this will be another good night..........Watch this space for more details and feedback. xx Todays the day.. Third Saturday of the month again, already - tempus fugit and all that...anyway: poor owd fella has come down with a dose of consumption! Not quite but he does have a bad chest.. Has made it to set up at the welfare however and said how great The Delrays sounds when played on the system... He's had a sleep and,trooper that he is, says he will make it tonight. Bentinck raised about £700 for cancer research which is an excellent and very worthwhile amount given by some great people. (Didn't win anything in the raffle AGAIN! Only thing I have ever won in a raffle was a box of matchmakers at one of our lads sports days about 18 years ago!) Kev Smedley will do us proud tonight I'm sure as he always plays a great spot at Rolls Royce and any other venues we've had the pleasure to hear him DJ at. Top fella and his wife is a lovely lady so I will be in some company tonight. Catch you later.................... Loads Going Off Around Here! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 10 February 2007 Went over to Leabrooks last night for the first time..Bad weather probably affected turn out at this and many other events I would guess. Nice to see Bazza enjoying himself and had a laugh with the two Mr Annesleys. Really looking forward to tonight at Annesley..I reckon its gonna be a cracker!! with Soul Sam guesting should be a good turn out. Chris has eventually got his copy of 'Destination unknown' (Delrays Inc.) Its about time So this will get loads of plays here at home before its official airing at Pilsley next Saturday (17th). Got Bentincks anniversary before that though which also will be a stormin' night I'm sure. March has Chris over with the Attic Boys in Mansfield which again will be a good night. Lots going off currently around here: And not long before the highlight of Pilsleys year...The anniversary on 21st April with both Mark Bicknell AND Nige Brown.. This is gonna be one excellent night.. Just sorting out anniversary stuff so that will be posted up nearer the time. Oh yeah..Almost forget its my birhday somewhere in all that lot too New Night For Us Posted by Sharon Cooper, 05 February 2007 · Went to the Federation in Nottm on Saturday Chris did a DJ spot. Not been there before: Its a relatively new night. Quite a good number in. Graham Weaver was also on. Decent night. Seems to be a lot of new venues cropping up in the Nottm area. Best city in the UK in my own humble opinion but then its my blog so I can say what I want!! Can tell I'm rambling on a bit...really tired and got a cold coming on...Aaaaaaaah!! feel sorry for me?? Will definately be at Annesleys anniversary on Saturday though...Looking forward to that. Nffc ~ A Bad Day At The Office! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 28 January 2007 · Thought I'd post this up as a reminder of better days for Chris and the lads to look at when they get back from Stamford Bridge!! Some Good Nights And A Birthday Coming Up Posted by Sharon Cooper, 27 January 2007 · Been a busy week at work this week (as ever) so haven't been able to spend time on the blog. Great news that Mark Bicknell AND Nige Brown will be able to do spots for us at the anniversary in April. More details on this to follow........ Went to the first night at Bugmans Bar in Lenton Nottm last night...Good night ...Good music, decent crowd. Barry and Pete Taylor did good spots. Probably in tonight (Or may pop over to the Sheffield Polish Club) as Chris has an early start tomorrow with 2 of our lads down to Stamford Bridge to watch Forest v Chelsea. Next Saturday is our first visit to The Federation in Nottm as Chris has a DJ spot down there. Chris has bought 3 records this week: *Its growing ~ Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers on Gordy *Trieste ~ I can see him loving you on Chains *The Delfonics ~ I told you so on Philly groove Three cheapies! Good sounds these ~ Listen out for them at next Pilsley, those who are going (17th February: Kev Smedley from Derby Rolls Royce on as guest : Looks to be another good night and will be my birthday week so looking out to enjoy it even more.. Not quite 50 yet ) Looking Forward To Tonights Do!! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 20 January 2007 Chris not able to go up this afternoon to set up as he usually does as Barry not bringing the equipment over until later: so he will be chafing at the bit by the time Barry gets here to play some tunes. Still a bit breezy here so ladies I wouldn't bother spending a lot of time on the hair do's if you're coming over here tonight as it tends to be a bit blowy up at the 'Welly'!! Doesn't stop the sounds being great and the atmosphere buzzing though. Chris went over to Bentinck last night and said the backroom was full.. I stayed at home as had a really busy week last week at work.. Completely cream crackered by last night. One nurse covering North Derbyshire doing what I do is a bit of a handful.. Any way things to get better at some point with new recruits and an increase in team size on the cards..So will feel a bit more human in the coming months I hope and feel more inclined to venture out Friday and Saturdays. So.. I am really looking forward to a good night tonight- Confident that our resi's and guest John Poole won't disappoint. If you get over would be glad to have your feedback. If not I'll post up my opinions at some point early this week Rainy Night In Pilsley!! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 18 January 2007 Hope the storms calm down for Saturday night..Its a tad breezy at top o'th'ill!! Really sweet of Mark Bicknell to wish us well..top bloke I reckon This Saturday..pilsley..its That Time Again!! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 17 January 2007 Pilsley ...Is it really nearly the third saturday of the month again....?? Yes it is..... John Poole going to be playing his indomitable discs again...He can really do an excellent spot. Chris and Barry to surprise us with their usual mix if who knows what? depends how the mood is on the night but always can be relied on to do a good 'un. Keep you posted if I get any sneak previews. Chris starts getting the records out and playing a few (Limbering up for the night perhaps??) round about now. I also get to see whats he's bought since last time he DJ'd (Funny that he always seems to have had them 'ages' or that they never cost more than a tenner) Pilsley - 5 Years And Still Going Strong! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 14 January 2007 Its incredible to think thats its 5 years ago this April since we started the soul night at Pilsley. its gone through many changes and had some excellent guest DJ's grace the decks with what must be, over the time, the best sounds around. Unfortunately along with the good times there have been some down times too, hence the posting about 'backstabbers' which I have noticed tonight is a new thread on another forum. Sad state of affairs all around I think. It also opens up some pathetic comments such as the ones I have had on this blog but as the soul night has weathered the storms of changes of personnel and a greater emphasis on across the board sounds then on a personal level then so have we. My job keeps me grounded I think as to the really important issues in life and as much as some feel that northern soul is a 'way of life' to me it is not as important as that. Its not about life and death after all: Excellent music and meeting some great people along the road over the last 34 years for me (Even longer for Chris) means I wouldn't want to change the northern soul experience for the world though. If you can get over to Pilsley on the 20th Jan then you will be very welcome and I'm sure you will enjoy the experience as lots have done over the last (nearly) 5 years. Check Out The Two Best Soul Voices Ever!! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 09 January 2007 Look at 'Into 2007 with the two best soul voices ever' Backstabbers!! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 06 January 2007 Something thats got really stupid around my neck of the woods just lately is the backbiting and backstabbing that is going off. I`m not naive enough to think that the soul scene should be perfect.. its made up of human beings after all and we all know what the history of the human race has thrown up so far: its this idiotic stuff like telling people that someone elses gig is cancelled or slagging off another venue or putting it around that a certain genre of soul is played at a gig to try and put people off attending or the usual: putting on a night deliberately to try and affect attendances at another one (while actually telling people that `This new one will be better than theirs'): Also the 'I'm not talking to you because my friend doesn't like you' or 'I won't come to a gig that you're involved with because something you may have done has upset my friend'. The immaturity and pettiness can be really pathetic and is really the mentality of the playground. I suppose to really put the crown jewels on the whole thing is actually fighting in a soul night because people have been so wound up by the actions of others. I wouldn`t want to tell my adult children half of what goes off in this scene I'm into because it would be too embarrasing and too childlike. I don't know what the answer is.. Don't think there is one really - I just think its a sad reflection on a group of mature (in years) people that they don`t seem to have matured enough to no longer behave the way I presume they did as kids. The only positive from it is that I do believe that this kind of thinking and behaviour is only by an extremely small minority of people and that the majority do really behave the way adults should and have respect for others and their ideas and tastes even if they differ from their own. I am aware that saying things like this is very likely to open up another can of worms: but thats what blogs are about aren't they? to air my views and opinions and I think to say it as I see it. Each to their own!! Into 2007 With Two Of The Best Voices Ever!! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 01 January 2007 Can't be many better soul voices than this!! Happy new year Barrowby Soul 30/12 Posted by Sharon Cooper, 30 December 2006 · Off to Barrowby tonight: Probably won't be there in time for all of Bish's spot which is a shame but hope to catch most of it: Ian and Barry can always be relied upon to play a good mix and really looking forward to Mick H: so all in all looks like we're in for a crackin night. Quite a few have said they are travelling over from our neck of the woods and with the regulars and some others that have said they're going from Barrowby way seems like there will be a good number in. Arrived at Barrowby after Bish's spot and Ian was up front playing a good crowd pleasing mix followed by Barry in similar vein: Was a good number in when we arrived at about 9ish (Barry said 65 at that point) but more came in later which made it about the fullest we'd seen it. A great atmosphere with a mix of regular attendees and some from further afield: Mick H played for about 1 1/2 hours and was excellent. Dancefloor full and the atmosphere maintained. Barry and Ian were on as we left and still the dancefloor was moving. A real party feel to last night which left you with a sense of having had a good time. A Happy New Year From The Bridgets Posted by Sharon Cooper, 28 December 2006 · Now the Christmas festivities have started to fade and I have to go into work tomorrow: thoughts are turning towards the new year; We're at a Ball on NYE which has a disco, so no northern for us but looking forward to it as a chance to dress up and meet with 'other' friends! May try and get out to something before then, possibly Barrowby on Saturday with Barry, Ian and Mick H sounding like a good night with some lesser known sounds played which is just about up my street. Might also venture forth this evening, perhaps Willington, haven't quite decided yet. Chris has been to the last couple of Christmas do's and thoroughly enjoyed them so it looks like a likely bet! Just posted up a comment on The Attic event in support of Mark Bicknells show. This is worth going to without the added incentive of being able to help keep Marks excellent show on the road and what a great bloke he is too so makes it worthwhile all round. Back soon...... HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR TRUE FRIENDS AND THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED OUR GIG..LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!! Mr Bridget At Hinckley 4th Anniversary!!~ Posted by Sharon Cooper, 23 December 2006 · Looking forward to the trip down to Hinckley for tonights 4th anniversary shindig. Has always been a good night down there~Sometimes numbers have been lower than when we first used to visit but the atmosphere is generally spot on- so I'm sure this should be a good night. Chris will be playing a variety of stuff to keep the dance floor happy- Its dependent on what the feel of the night is he says!which is about right. Setting off in a bit after I've fed the hungry mouths returning home from all over (kids that is) Pilsley~thanks For Kind Comments Posted by Sharon Cooper, 19 December 2006 · Following Saturdays excellent night at Pilsley; it was really good to read some of the positive comments from those who attended and also to know that even more gave positive feedback on the night to one of us. Its not always easy to know that what being done is the right way to do things but from the feedback it seems we must be doing something right. Mark Bicknell is ace! He is one of those people that you can just hit it off with straight away and he really did us proud wih the set he played. Likewise the Attic lads~ Brilliant bunch! Its really heating up now with Christmas fast approaching. Chris' birthday today and Joels on Thursday we have plenty of celebrating to do. Won't be out souling on Friday due to 'none soul' friends committment but looking forward to Hinckleys anniversary bash on Saturday. Chris DJing at that one: I'm sure it will be a good night. Just a bit sad we can't be at Annesley; Really do enjoy it there. To anyone reading this: Have a great Christmas and fun and frolics at new year wherever you are! If you can try and join us on the third Saturday in January where Chris and Barry will be joined by John Poole ~ Another brilliant night in store!! Pilsley~yes< It Was A Goodun! Posted by Sharon Cooper, 17 December 2006 · Just getting my act together. Chris is out golfing trying to clear his head and I'm off shopping so will try and be a lot more detailed later!! Surfice to say for now it was a special night last night..Lots of new faces and the 1 1/2 hours that Mark Bicknell played kept the dance floor full. The bar is now on until 12.30 and the dance floor full until the new closing time at 1.30 am and it was a brilliant party atmosphere. Be back later...Shops are calling!! Pilsley this Saturday ~ Gonna be a goodun Posted by Sharon Cooper, 15 December 2006 · After a lot of talk and many posts (mainly from Mr B and the Attic crew): the day is nearly here. Saturday 16th ~ Another soul night at Pilsley: Sometimes there is a special vibe attached to up and coming events and this Saturday has just that. Mr B arriving in Chesterfield about 5pm and then I'm sure Chris will do his best to get him on the decks as soon as he can. Looks like we might be in for a long session coz Dean from the Attic is putting Mark up and (Not sure about this) there might be an invite back to his to keep the party rolling. Perhaps might even still be there for one of Steve's tremendous looking brekkies! ~ Probably more like us!!
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    Soul For Heroes A Soul Sisters Thank You Posted by sister dawn, 09 May 2009 · Well seeing as it's nearly a week ago now since that the inaugural event happened its time to hit the keyboard and offer my personal take on the events leading up to, during and after the first dayer. Soul for Heroes was the brainchild of ex forces personnel Pete Watkins who in December last year decided to help those in the forces whom many felt had been let down by the government, highlighted and reported in a national newspaper that many of those whom served Queen and country were now struggling to comes to terms with injuries both physical and psychological, received whilst in combat zones, were being sent home and left to cope with what they had experienced alone. Military hospitals across the UK had been forced into closure, with only the odd one or two still functioning often under stress due to lack of much needed facilities and an ever increasing work load. The Government responded by stating that the NHS would provide for those in need, again a service already over subscribed, and undertrained(at the present time) to provide expert care necessary for the our brave lads and lasses in order for them to have some chance of 'normality' in civvy street.. Pete made the call to me and asked if I would come onboard with the dayer initially and then asked if I would be able to contribute on the soul for heroes crew on a permanent basis, which after reading some of the stories and personal accounts of those affected, many reduced me to tears, and others hanging my head in shame on how we as a country can let this situation go unnoticed for so long, and let those who regularly fight and protect our right to freedom and the freedom of others be treated so disgracefully. I more than gladly volunteered and felt honoured and humbled. Being a Lincolnshire Lass the area has a long and proud history with the forces particularly the RAF with many bases being near to my home town and having always being brought up to respect those in a uniform, then maybe I could help make just a little difference to someone who needed help or assistance. I would just like to state that that at this moment in time, I know that the health service in my area is currently training many good psychiatric nurses and psychologists in the treatment and care of those that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for a centre in Grantham and I know quite a few of the individuals that are going to be working there, and they are brilliant people who already have the life skills and knowledge to be giving the best possible care there is to give as they have had previous experience working within the forces, but in the meantime ... This was December, and May seemed a long way off, The Djay's stand up thread was then started asking for help, support, anything that could provide a means of raising money for the cause. I think none of the 'crew' expected the reaction it got, non more so than myself, it soon became evident that nearly each and everyone of us knew of, or were related too, or had been one of the brave who had served or currently served in the forces and wanted to, like us, be able to give something back to say 'we care'. One of the first to contribute sent me a pm asking what contribution they could make, to which I replied anything at all, no matter how big or how small, what ideas have you got? The next thing I knew a few days later, is a cheque had been sent for £750.00 ... I was absolutely stunned and would like to thank Paul Donnelly and the 'Famous Five' for the fantastic sum donated, which allowed us to get the Soul For Heroes all dayer firmly off the ground. I know Paul is not one to revel in the lime light on issues of charity, but he's never let me or anyone down when the 'cause' is highlighted and is genuinely a fantastic person with a massive heart, So once again Paul thank you so very much x. Next on my list of thank you's has to go to the lads at the Grovsner Rooms aka Mark and Rob, who very kindly agreed to let us 'borrow' their home venue for the day. Mark I know, has invested a lot of time and money into the set up they have in there, and with the banners etc it really contributes to the great atmosphere of the place, this was one of my worries that the dayer wouldn't be able to match up to a 'normal' night at the Grovsner, but I guess I was wrong on that one.. .. As soon as the Lincoln posse got there after getting an 'early' check in of 1pm! At the hotel, the fantastic atmosphere hit ya right between the eyes, and bear in mind it was daylight, still early doors, and the place was buzzing. So thanks guys for all your hard work, setting the scene and for coming good on the 2nd rig in the modern room and for clearing it all away afterwards (something that we as promoters forgot!!) and your generous donations of raffle prizes, Again we couldn't have done it without you, and thanks Mark for looking after me vinyl x Whilst I'm on about the Grovsner a massive thank you to the bar staff there, who did an absolute blinding job of not only keeping my glass full of vodka but for keeping the bar queue free and for contributing to the atmosphere of the day with big cheery smiles and warm welcomes for thirsty travellers. I hope that the chap (sorry crap with names) who gave us a lift back to the hotel, is enjoying his new baby son or daughter now (his wife was due on the Monday) and that you are all are well and things went Ok. The food outlet in the courtyard was a resounding success too, although I didn't partake of 'Babe' she smelt good and those that did said it was yummy. I managed to get a burger eventually as my first one was scoffed! The staff that manned this too, was getting into the good vibe of it all and said they had never met such a great bunch of folk before and enjoyed their day as much as we had. Have to say Our Kez managed to taste or should that be blag, all of which they had to offer on the day as 'official taster' for Soul for Heroes as qualified chef Kez wanted to make sure she had a nibble of everything, to make sure it was fit for the brothers and sisters. To all those that had events booked already on May 3rd many thanks all of you for your contributions To Carl and the crew at Kingsway for your £50.00 donation towards the dance comp and also for taking my bucket to the spire on the Sunday, to all at the Metro dome in Barnsley for the great donation of £250.00 from your raffle a massive thank you. To all the crews in the Notts area who had an event before the main dayer a massive thanks for putting Soul for Heroes firmly on the soul map. To the owner of the square peg, and to Dave and Donna Raistrick for the generous donations, and trophies for the dance comp. For everyone that donated a raffle prize and bought a ticket Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I hope that gorgeous Teddy went to a loving home in his combats, and that the lovely vinyl is going to be spun out for everyone to enjoy. Me and Kez enjoyed our hour on the door and think we have missed our true vocation in life, and are available to hire at a modest cost. To everyone that allowed us to take a bucket to their venues thank you, and a massive thank you to Jelly Bean a true sunshine girl, who collected nearly £500.00 with her bucket and travels, I don't know how you did it hun, but you did, and that amount is fantastic. You're my hero. xx To everyone that has contributed a CD already for my auction; more is needed especially from your local nights/scene to give a truly reflective account of the UK's current scene so please keep sending them to me. The collection will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder; I have been sent some stunners so far, so to actually own them all will be a complete collection for some lucky person in the not too distant future. There are one or two 'rare' compilations in there already, so already a must have for someone. To all the wonderful D jays from across the UK, giving up your time, money and effort, what fantastic sets you all did each and everyone of you, I think we managed to keep it all flowing nicely, something which initially concerned me, especially in the northern room with there being so many of us and only having 35 mins each, but we did it, brilliantly I thought, not gonna single one name or individual out as each and everyone looking at those playlists played a blinder. I'm just so sad I didn't really leave my comfort zone and sample the other two rooms, but every time I wanted too someone would play one I had to dance, so never got the choice, but feedback from those that did was fantastic, so hopefully you all had a ball as much as we did in the northern room. A massive thanks to Mick Donnelly for producing not one but two fantastic videos for the soul for heroes cause, expertly done and in the words of his lovely wife Lucy is wasted in the job he does now. Keep em coming Mick, you help weave that special magic. x To the three winners of the dance comp and all of those leading up to the final three, absolute joy to watch you all, I saw it from two angles from up on the stage and then on the sidelines, your all winners too me, but I have to gloat a bit and say top banana to Colin from LINCOLN yes LINCOLN and of course, soul for heroes couldn't have a better male winner as he's ex forces too. Big love to Mandy and Carol too and big respect for giving all that lovely dosh back to the cause, I'm not going to harp on about who said what or why cos nothing's gonna spoil the days memories for me, its just nice to see that individuals can still be recognised for the love and passion they have for dancing regardless of the moves, like in the words of the song ''it takes heart to get up'' and nearly 200 of you had the heart to give it a bash and from where I was standing it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, what a fantastic sight it was, a real lump in the throat moment for me, and one that instigated memories from the halcyon days gone by. To everyone of you that came on the day, or put your trust in us by purchasing a ticket beforehand, or couldn't make it but still contributed in whatever way you could, thank you, this was a dayer put on initially to make money for our brave lads and lasses who need some care, but I think its more than that now, its something which has become close to my heart as it is now to yours, its something which isn't going to stop, so if your sick of the threads, the buckets, the asking of prizes etc, etc, then I apologise because we're not going to go away, in fact we've just upped the anti, so join us in Chatham in Kent, we the brave from 'oop north' will be travelling to see the soul south crew and giving em a taste of our northern brass, then its back up this way again for the Poppy Dayer at Newark later in the year. Remember if you can make a contribution, want to dedicate a night, or volunteer your services please get in touch with one of us, you know where we are. So that's my take on the greatest dayer this year so far, the sleepless nights, the worry, the sickening feeling in the stomach, that we could actually do this and not let anyone down, paid off. I hope we didn't let you down, if we did then please tell us, it can only help us improve our future days. This was the soul scene at its very best, with no big egos, with everyone wanting it to work for the right reasons and most of all wanting to let those who mean so much, to so many really know we care. Dawn Soul for Heroes 2009( You had to be there) A Soul Sisters Take On Life Part 8 (what Already?) Posted by sister dawn, 13 April 2009 · Well time flys when your certainly having fun or not the later in my case, but needs must and work certainly comes first especially in a new job and role, followed closely by family, So once again a soul fix has been shortcoming. But despite not getting out and about much, I have been able to chuck myself into the soul for heroes all dayer (did I tell you it was on May the 3rd and was 12 hours of quality soul in three rooms all for the price of a tenner via ticket or £12.50 otd) all soul tastes catered for and delivered by one hell of a list of djays doing what they do best. And it goes from 12 midday to the witching hour .. what else are you going to be doing on a bank holiday weekend, anyway its shaping up to be like a proper traditional dayer and now with a cash prize dance comp too, with trophys awarded to best female and male dancers with £250.00 quid split between the winners ... So I have been limbering up and sticking to a rigid keep fit routine thanks to the marvellous invention called the wii fit, unfortunately I have the attention span of an ant and have digressed to kicking alien arse instead which if Im honest I have got pretty good at...lol it takes me back to the days of assignment writing, when I would do everything else except write! I had the cleanest cupboards in my neighbourhood at one time...lol anyway I have decided I work better under stress so when time is running out I produce some of my best work, So on the day and in need of a modern day miracle I shall be pulling backflips, handstands and the smartest stomp you've ever seen ...lol and if you believe that you'll believe anything.. but I have a secret weapon that is being 'proteined' up as we speak... ha ha ... the gauntlet has been dropped with a vague whisper that the Notts area is gonna steal the crown, but we'll see on the day. So today bank holiday Monday should have seen many of us heading towards the Palais at Nottingham for what promised to be a dream come true reunion for many of us, regretably this was not to be, so today I have a bit of a heavy heart, but I don't blame anyone for it, not like some, so quick to apportion blame and the accusing finger, I think once it had been announced that guest appearances were likely it was doomed, but Im forever the optomist, and hope that one day in the not too distant future the idea of the great Notts Palais reunion will become a reality and happen without the arty farty organisation of putting on big names and its just us and the djays.. a perfect chemistry that has withstood the sands of time. But big up to the lads and lasses who answered the call for someone in Notts to put something on today and I hope it all goes well for you and everyone has a great time. Kez and I had a great night at last months grovesnor rooms in sutton in ashfield, as always, the lads there make everyone feel welcome and it was great to meet up with Tommo from Notts a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor and winner of this years Prestatyn dance comp. And what a dance floor it is at the Grovesner rooms, I know I keep waxing lyrical about it but it really is the dogs nads and Mark says all the other rooms have the same standard so the dayer on the 3rd we will certainly be putting what he says to the test. We attended the A1 soul at the squash club in Grantham on Saturday night its a place I haven't visited before and was a little disappointed as my good mate Sam was off doing her paid job, it would have have been nice to catch up and have a good ole goss about music, but no doubt we will catch up soon. But Andy Jackson in my opinion played a cracking set he really knows his stuff does Jacko and is a modern soul genius and I had a good boogie. The surroundings of the modern functions seems to concentrate on comfort with big squashy chairs and swanky surroundings, I say get in old tea chests and sawdust then the buggers would dance more!... lol As I sit here typing I am listening to the first anniversary CD given to me on saturday and Im very impressed guys and Sam, some crackin sounds on it, am particularly liking the April Hill No more tears and the Tata Vega I need you now tracks, very very soulful and emotive. Well hot news I am bringing back the Grafton this is after speaking (or was I bullied into it) with The Caveman from Retford and officer in charge of Soul for Heroes, the conversation went a bit like this 'Hey Dawn been speaking to xy and z and they are wanting to know why theres no proper soul venue in Lincoln anymore, they want oldies and nowhere near is playing these etc etc etc, my reply was well they should have supported the fecker when it was here'' the conversation goes on, until I can actually hear myself convincing myself to bring it back and sounding expletives at the caveman for convincing me, well he didnt actually I did!!! (and Im still confused as to how it happened) whats the saying you can take the girl out the soul but ya cant take the soul out of the girl, so as from the 9th May the Grafton is back its an oldies music policy with a sprinkling of 7ts (god when will they be classed as oldies?..lol) So lets be hoping that shes supported by those whom have said they want it back else I will name and shame!...lol So have a butchers at the flyer and as I get more details on whos gonna be guesting for us I'll post em up! ...lol. So there we have it a wet easter bank holiday weekend here in the shires, no b and b's left at Scarborough to enable us to get up there as originally planned but hey life goes on ... as always there will be others. Well Im off now to get a b and b sorted for the Skeggy weekender later in the year. Hopefully see ya out and about, stay safe and enjoy life. Dawn x A Soul Sisters Take On Life Part 7 Posted by sister dawn, 15 March 2009 · Well unfortunately have to start this weeks blog of with some disappointing news from the shires and thats with the devastating announcement that our jewel in the crown, favourably known by its regulars as Horny has closed its doors, or rather its doors were closed for us. Horncastle soul nights had been on the go for 6 years, admirably run by Nick Rennie assisted in the early days by Dave Raistrick from skegness, then in its later years Nick was ably assisted by Doug Hall. The latest of the nights was due to be held yesterday and Nick had gone down mid week to check that things were all ok, only to be informed at that point, that things were not ok and to cut a long story short, a new manager/promotor from the venue basically said they didnt want the soul nights there anymore and that was that!!!. I for one was gutted to say the least, as some of the best local nights were held here, and some of the best camping weekends ever with like minded folks. I'm certainly going to miss it as it was a family affair for many of us that attended. I would just like to say a massive thank you to Nick, in keeping the faith all this time, even in his darkest days when diagnosed with cancer, Horny was always his baby and he nurtured her well. Its a shame we couldn't have had just one last nite there to put her to bed in proper soul style, but at least all those that attended have some fantastic memories of the place which are safely stored away. It all seems total madness to me, especially in these so called days of recession, that nights such as ours that were put on, puts money behind the bar and the venue on the map. At first I thought it was a cruel hoax as on the previous event someone had sent text messages to people saying the nite had been cancelled at the last moment which meant the numbers were down dramatically, call me paranoid but I hope nothing sinister has or is taking place, and that someone else is trying to get in the back door, like another venue I had heard about just recently, ffs this is 2009 and not the heady days of the 7ts and 8ts, where the 'soul mafia' ruled the roost in some ares of the UK. So unfortunately that was my weekend spoilt again, so soulless in Lincoln again was I. Thankfully at times like that the net and its wonders kept me going between SS, facebook and youtube, it wasnt such a bad weekend at all, and thanks to the wonderful weather gave the garden some tlc, and I purchased some new tunes to console myself. The Soul for Heroes campaign is starting to shape up nicely for May 3rd, and constantly the list of Djays keeps being added too, but I have decided there is a definate lack of available RnB djays as I have been asking for weeks for ones able to contribute to the cause and apart from a couple no one else is up for it, oh well Im sure we'll manage, and will raise to the challenge. As mentioned previously about the recession, we are still desperate for raffle prizes, so if anyone can contribute a prize then please feel free to email me via these pages. Whilst we are on the Soul for Heroes theme, I would just like to say a massive thank you to all those wonderful people whom have sent me CDs from past promo nites at their local soul venue, I am really starting to gather an eclectic taste of the UK's soul scene which will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Looking at the playlists attached, I have come to realise, that I actually know feck all about soul, as there are many wonderful tracks from all over the UK that have yet to grace my lugholes, So thanks all once again, and if you haven't yet contributed your areas soul tastes then please feel free to send a CD to me, once again pm via these pages for my addy. 2009 seems to shaping up nicely now for some great soul events, non more so than the Palais reunion with non other than Little Anthony and the Imperials performing live, along with Ruby Andrews, I was up for the reunion prior to the acts being announced, so to have two top drawer acts appearing is just the cherry on the cake for me. Its going to definately be a trip down memory lane, as the palais next to cleethorpes was part of my old stomping ground, at least this time around we wont have to do the 5 minute mile from the train station to the palais,and leg it back again in time for the last train, thankfully things will be more sedate travel wise, So the hotel is booked for this one and I will savor every single moment. And of course coming up later in the year is the Torch reunion, another great in the northern soul hall of famous venues. I have been following the torch thread daily and I can honestly say it was indeed a forunner of its time, with some of THE best music being spun here in its day... its sounds of course is what many of us were weaned on 'back in the day' and of which is still described today as 'proper northern'. Im already quite excited about the prospect of this nite, and have me tickets booked. Well on a personal level I have at last got my new job and am loving it, and realistically should have done it years ago, but I guess we sometimes get in a rut, but I took a deep breath and took the plunge, and it seems to be paying off at last. Next year sees me getting my long service award for 30 years in the NHS, I recently found my last long service certificate for 20 years but the premium bonds they presented me with haven't won a bean!. I think they maybe better invested in vinyl ... as my wants lists continues to keep growing (do we ever get to complete a wants list?) The mosher princess is a tyke for want of a better word at the min, she is 15 in 3 months and is the A typical, kev and perry type teenager, grunts when it needs something and makes an awful sort of moaning noise when asked to do anything...lol, used cups and plates are left outside the moshpit door as in hotel collection style!! She has a cold at the moment and it would seem it is about to turn into some sort of virus like in 28 days later!!! She is the only person on the planet that has ever been ill ya know...lol, and of course I know nothing being a registered nurse... Well thats all from me for now and am looking forward to reading the reviews from the prestatyn weekender as Im sure by now there are many weary souls whom have had a wonderful time. Til next time Dawn The Take On Life In 2009 Posted by sister dawn, 04 February 2009 Its been a long time since I last contributed to the blogs, lots of changes and challenges during these past few months both on a personal and professional level. Not as much live action either (well not as much as I like) on the soul front, due simply to work committments. But thats all about to change in 2009, thanks to my 4 years hard graft at uni finally paying off and me doing the job I was trained to do, so no more night duties for me thankfully, the only duties I want to be doing at night is dancing and spending time with wonderful friends. Well in December 08 saw me finally pull the plug on the monthly ELSC nites at the Grafton, I was gutted to say the very least, as we had been on the go for the past five years met some great people along the way and enjoyed some fantastic sounds provided by some excellant guest djays. It had always been a labour of love, but like everything else labour bears a price and things were suffering both on the home front and nationally, I have more respect for the scene and the music to be constantly apologising to those whom have travelled and played for us for the lack of support locally, even though dependant on numbers everyone who came always went away happy. So after makiing the decision (the day before after prolonging it for a few months) decided that the fifth anniversary would indeed be the last for the ELSC. But we had a ball and rather than a wake it was sent on its way in the party atmosphere in which it was started. But never say never and plans are afoot for something new and exciting(well I think it is) for 2009. Whats the old saying you can take the girl out of the soul, but you cant take the soul out of the girl, So I have been buying like a demon and am adding constantly to the collection yet again. Although venueless at the moment I had decided to keep up with the djaying,as once a vinyl whore always a vinyl whore . I see there are some great events being planned for 2009 with a wonderful reunion of a dayer at my old stomping ground Notts Palais ( I must get me bloody tickets still, note to self) and am really looking forward to this and the memories it will instigate. Of course too the great all dayer planned for the Grovesner rooms at sutton in ashfield with all funds going to the soul for heroes campaign, a cause that is close to my heart and I am proud on honoured to have been asked onboard for this one both as a D jay and officer in charge of the raffle.. so i will be harressing all those on here and the www net for donations, I know in the current economic climate things are hard for everyone, but its what us soulies do best when it comes to charity events. And of course later on in the year the 2nd weekender at Hunstanton now known as our official girls weekender of the year, the last one was a blinder and I would recommend it to anyone, it was a real friendly atmosphere and was great to meet like minded folk who had one thing on their minds and that was to have a good time. Well organised by Jamie and the crew, and sounds to die for. With first class digs to boot ya can't go wrong, and I apologise to the masses for my inpromtu spot on the saturday evening when I duetted with Kenny Bernard, I still cant remember what it was I sang (well he did the singing bit as I was off key, the accoustics are never right anywhere other than my bathroom) although Kez is convincing me daily it was build me up buttercup, but I only know one line of that sober. So am still awaiting the DVD to see what it actually was we sang...lol. Soul night wise we have travelled to see the crew at Kingsway, and am never ever disappointed with this venue, if ever you feel your soul is on the wane, come here and it will be restored. Dr Carl and Dr Gee have the antitidote for your soul needs. A new night for us and now deemed as one of our regular ones, has to be the night at the Grovesner rooms in sutton in ashfield, a git of a venue to find even with ozzies dulcet tones on the sat nav telling us we had gone the wrong fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff'ing way. But once there a dancefloor to die for, a music policy similar to that of the kingsway crews, an absolute dream of a night that will be the in place to be seen in 2009, Mark tells me thay have a modern/crossover room planned from April onwards so soul heaven for my tastes. Locally the scene is dire, with the exception of the Ad-Libs nites, where that wonderful gritty and dirty RnB is played, this is a place I find offers me total escapism, just me, the music, the vodka and the dancefloor and ya dont need anyone or anything else. So plans to travel further afield this year are well underway for us gals... lol and am looking forward to the first scooter rally of the season, and have packed me thermals already (yes I know its not til easter but hey!) So be warned we have nites in the planning, and may be at a venue near you, just make sure the bar is well stocked and the music hot. I recently received the DVD from the last cleethorpes all dayer (Thank You) and it was two years ago as of yesterday that we were there, so was curled up in my fav chair, with a glass of baileys toasted the memories and watched what a truly emotional day we had. The old place is still flattened and nothing built on it, so what was the bloody urgency to close her??? It Still sickens and saddens me. The mosher princess continues to do well at school and now attends collage weekly. she has a dream of a course and regularly brings home vids on her phone of the monkeys, lizards, snakes and those things with 8 legs that are big and hairy and makes my flesh creep... but shes lovin it and her target goals are set to a distinction level, lets hope she keeps away from the two legged bum fluffed variety that saw her mother go down the slippery slope many years ago at school, and concentrates on the exotic critters that she is studying. She is desperate at the moment for the collage to deliver the goods on the avairy that sold the whole course package to her as she wants to work with the feathered variety of owls eagles and hawks, and has a vast and extensive knowledge of them already due to self study, all thanks to a little furry owl that has a wigan casino badge stuck on his chest which belonged to me and was found in the loft several years ago. Its been a long hard slog of a winter that is tending to keep its cold clingy grip on us for as long as it can, and I really cant wait now to be out of the dark nites and dark mornings, working nites in the winter is horrendous, and its a rare thing to see daylight, so I look like I have two permanent black eyes and have been dug up out of some crypt (not my normal preferred look, before someone comments that it is ) I have been constantly cold for days as the heating in the main areas where I work go off ensuring that patients rooms are kept nice and warm, so my nighter bag consists of a blanket and extra jumper, a wheat bottle (to warm up in the microwave) and packets of boring soup!!! But like I said thats all about to change and I am moving on to pastures new, a new unit with daylight hours, so only two weeks left in my old place then Im out of there. But 16 years in one place is a very long time, and its time to move on... So a new challenge for me and one that has been over due for too long. So with new venues to go too, new jobs to be experienced and a new way of life it looks like 2009 is shaping up nicely. Til The next time D xxxxx A Soul Sisters Take On Life Part 5 Posted by sister dawn, 22 June 2008 A blog of two halfs It been a while .... But just to catch up, the dark princesses party was a success, thankfully her friends kept their side of the bargain and never let the cat out of the bag, and added to the already intensifying paranoia of a 14 year old!, who by the time the end of school had arrived on the Friday was convinced that everyone was talking about her behind her back, which of course was true but for the right reasons...lol. Some of her friends came round to ours on the day itself, even brought bowling shoes just to add to the effect, so we all piled into the minbus when it arrived and set off, half way down to the venue, the dark one was blindfolded ... and became unaware of her whereabouts, much to the delight of my nephew who likes sinister things ...lol.... Arriving at our destination, the minbus emptied rapidly leaving me to lead the dark one into the venue, its a place where our soulclub nites are held, so once in the doors the cheeky mare, whos senses apart from her eyesight are in over load says ''I can smell old'' ... from the mouth of babes and all that ... Next came total silence, a parent and teachers dream of a room full of teenagers quiet as mice, stood perfectly still and smiling, as the dark one was led into the middle of the room, now in hindsight I should have savored that moment just a minute or too more, as all hell was unleashed on the removal of said blindfold, and party poppers were expelled like gunfire..... The festivities were underway and first out of the speakers were Korns 'Lets get this party started' full on frontal attack to my earlobes that was..... Now I am quite proud of the fact that I managed not to do just one cd for this party but three, which is good going since I hadn't got a chuffing clue who was who, or what but I had a system, and that was to watch three solid days of kerrang and write down the ones which sounded vaguely like the stuff coming out of the moshpit, anyway to cut a long story short I got it right on the night, and boy, can them kids dance, well its a sort of jumping, headbanging, bobbing up and down sort of move, that looks strange when its just one person, but quite effective when its a group.... The band we had booked had every girl in the room heart beating at double the rate as they were a bunch of good looking lads the same ages as their audience, and they were absolutely fantastic, talented, dedicated and I am certain they will be destined for higher things, they write their own stuff, have just released a CD, and they made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck when they began playing ... anyone whose kids are of a similar age and are into the dark stuff give this band a booking, Last Constellation http://profile.myspa...endid=114777200 As all good things time ran out for us, we were treated to skateboarders in the car park, and some parkour (think that how its spelt) Which is amzing stuff, as Lincoln has its own Parkour group and they too are extremely talented heres a clip of a lad who is truly exceptional at his sport from our neck of the woods and so we ended the night at 11pm which was respectable, and gave me time for me then throbbing headache to go before I started on the wine which had chilled nicely in my fridge back home, slip on me slippers and put on some soothing soul, the mosh pit had guests, all gossip about the nites events and the most fancieable boyz etc etc but a notch up on the stereo drowned out the chatter. Soul Talk Soul wise everything has been a little quiet for me, with having to do silly mixed shifts at work, mostly on a Friday and Saturday night and me sleep pattern has gone out of the window. So my attendance at other venues since my last night out has been minimal, So by the time last nite came I was up for not only a good nite out but had also been booked to Djay at the square peg in Skegness. Now this was a booking made some months ago by the promotors and last night two good venues in the same town clashed, unfortunately it was the 2nd of Dave Raistricks Upfront on the Sea Fronts weekenders, I attended the first one at the Grovsner and had a fantastic time with some brilliant sounds being spun by the multitude of excellant Djays that Dave gets to play at his weekenders, the only letdown last time was the numbers through the doors and unfortunately, So I am led to believe, the numbers let him down again this weekend too. It felt strange for me, when Djaying to know that a venue and a promotor whom I have always supported, just a matter of yards down the road, was hosting a weekender and I wasnt there enjoying it. The car full on the return journey home, all agreed that although musically it had been a good night at the peg, it had seemed a strange atmosphere, one you couldn't quite put your finger on, maybe people felt torn between the two venues Im not really sure what it was, but it was there. Anyhow before we left I popped in to see Dave at the suncastle, to speak to him firstly on a personal matter and secondly to explain my absence, not that I had too, but felt it neccessary out of curtesy and respect, like the brill promotor that he is we were invited in but due to work committments a couple of our group had to be at work by 6am, we had to decline his offer. Those that know, my own venue which is now in its 5th year, has been dormant for three months now, mainly due to work and family issues, but also for reflection on my own part, I also found that as a punter/Djay/promotor, I was getting to stressed over certain issues within the local and not so local scene, and needed to back away for a while in order to take stock (for want of a better word) take a breath, visit other venues and come back with a stupid grin on me face ... well thankfully feeling ready to take on the world again the ELSC returns on July 5th. It saddens me deeply when I read of established clubs/venues having to close down due to the recent upsurge of every dog and his djay putting on nites on a whim. It would seem it isnt just a local thing, its an all over plague that is affecting and depriving the scene. When all said and done people can only be in one place at any one time, When you read of long established venues such as most recently as an example, New Century Soul having to give up because of a 101 one other nites taking place on the same nites, it makes me wonder where this scene of ours is heading, are we in the not too distant future going to have to be satisfied with a group of mates just spinning a few sounds in the back room of a pub somewhere? Not travelling to other venues anymore because they too have fell victim to the plague of ''lets put on a soul nite''. We complain now about having to listen to the same old, same old, WTF is it going to be like maybe in twelve months time?? I have always been militant at heart, and I say we need to make a stand against this major influx, by voting with our feet and door taxes by going to those venues which have kept us fed on the soul food we have craved for so long and support them like they have supported us. Til Next Time Dawn x A Soul Sisters Take On Life Part 4 Posted by sister dawn, 20 May 2008 Well its been a while since my last blog and despite the agony of a ripped cartiledge in the knee managed to make it to (thanks to painkillers and alcohol) The latest of this years bi annual events at Horncastle. This event has been going a tad longer than the ELSC and is one we have always supported since its conception, simply and purely because the music hits the spot. The venue itself is one that is nestled in the glorious Lincolnshire wolds in the middle of nowhere with a decent sized room and a well stocked bar and along with some of the best resident Djays and some top notch guest Djays, you don't really want anything else to be honest, its all there. But this time of year we do things a little differently, and have done so for a number of occasions now with the Cleethorpes and Lincoln crews being first to brave the elements by having a ''soul camp out'' I cant remember exactly how many times we have done this now, but its been a few, and gradually over the years others have taken our lead and joined us, this year was no exception. We always manage to nail the weather as well and so last weekend saw us baking in a field of glorious sunshine, and boy was it hot!!! there was no escaping it, pure relentless heat, so nothing to do but kick off the flip flops crack open the vino put up the soul city walk sign, and listen to the various tunes being played around the camp site. The Friday night was an absolute blast as it always is, with tales around the camp fire with like minded souls, who take us back in time and recall memories from the mighty casino and balcony jumps in order to hit the dance floor when a certain tune was played, and we laugh, as we drink just a little bit more (it would be rude not too) and we laugh alot more, on the decks tonight there became a point where we fancied a change from the northern so Ska was placed on the decks and there we all were singing and skanking along to the likes of some of the more well known ska sounds over the decades, til eventually the camps well loved and respected chef extroadinaire found his cleethorpes tunes and we were thrown back into the halcyon days of the pier and gardens... the rest of that Friday evening/saturday morning became a blur my sides hurt from laughing and my legs were swopped with someone elses, and the very dark journey back to the tent was a long one, but I did make it, as the next thing I remember was the dulcet tones of Brian Matthews sounds of the sixties blasting out (a saturday morning tradition at Horny) and the smell of bacon being sizzled, so there was nothing to do but get up and indulge. Saturday saw us with more glorious weather and more souls arriving to camp over for the Saturday nite shannigans, each one being greeted with the warmest of welcomes and ribbings. Saturday day times are for chilling and fishing rods dipped in the lake, full on sunbathing, yakking, football, golf and whatever takes your fancy, before its time to hit the showers and get your gladrags on for the saturday nite function. It was at this point I had all my fingers and toes crossed that tonight went really well attendance wise, as there was a 101 other events on that same night and tonight was special for the promotor, as he had recently been diagnosed with cancer and after receiving treatment and a set back he is hopefully on the mend now, he was wanting to give something back to the treatment and causes that had helped him fight against this awful illness by organising a raffle with all proceeds going to the cause, So I really wanted plenty of lovely soul folk through the door, and through the door they came 130+ of them, there was still room for plenty more too!! but we were happy and by the end of the night we had made £300+ pounds, so job done all that was left was to celebrate birthday wishes with our host, which of course we did. Whoops havent even maentioned the music have I?, waxing lyrical here...lol What can I say?? except all that was delivered by the resident list and with Dave Raistrick playing one of the best sets I have ever heard him play ever and a surprise spot by Tats Taylor my lovely weekend was complete. If you have never been to one of these nites at Horncastle you are seriously lacking in your soul quota and must get yourselves down there. We have another summer camp out again in July (the 11th for friday nite party) and the 12th for the actual in house nite. So pack up yer tents, hook up the caravan and come down, you seriously wont be disappointed I believe next guest listed is none other than Tony Deller. And again a raffle will be held so if you want to donate something soulful then please feel free its all for a good cause. I am hoping to have been seen by those in the know then at the local hospital (but wont hold my breath) and Ive a feeling op 2 will be forthcoming sometime in 2008 maybe 9,10,11...lol. But we will cross that bridge when we come to it!. Well its just over a fortnight til the mosher princesses 14th birthday, she wanted to go bowling with the darkside crew, but yours truly has other ideas and is giving her a surprise party....lol.... I have even managed to get a localish darkside band to come and perform as well, after trawling through some weird and wonderful unsigned local bands on my space, some of which I have to say were very good but all on the too old side for a 14th birthday party (they were 20+lol) So the ones booked are of the 15/16 age group and do MCR covers as well as write their own stuff, and they are in tune which is a bonus! I have roped in a couple of her bessie mates to distribute invites to the year group at school, its all very secret squirrel here...lol. So on the nite my mp4 will be well stocked up with soul sounds and at its max volume wise.... it'll be a busy week for the lass as she has her birthday day on the official day, she is going to have a look around the local agricultural college the day after with the hope of being accepted there for the next four or so years ... (she wants to work with environment issues etc she did tell me the proper name but I forgot!) In my infinate wisdom I have promised her a shopping day for new togs and the Saturday she is going bowling (NOT..lol) I seem to remember when I was at that age just me and a mate went to the pics, I got a recorder (never could play it) and a fish supper... ahhh how times change. Til the next time Dawn x A Soul Sisters Take On Life Part 3 Posted by sister dawn, 06 May 2008 Well thats another weekend flown by in a haze of soulful tunes and good company, gone all too quickly once again. But what a good weekend it was, Friday night saw me armed with a couple of boxes of sacred vinyl to play at Retfords sisters of soul nite, although numbers were down, those of us that attended were privy to hear some great sounds being spun. I have to publish my playlist at a request from a couple of people that attended, so this evening I will be trying to remember just what I played as the record boxes were just left in my hallway in my haste to rush up the stairs to the bathroom when I arrived home, after hitting every pothole and speed bump on the return journey home. During my set I had the pleasure of playing some sounds for the dance competition and also judging it, it was a nice warmish evening so the tempo shot up, and I made the winner work for her badge of honor It gave me great pleasure to play out Holly St James's Thats not love, as a request, now anyone that knows me, knows this is one of my all time favorite sounds from 'back in the day' it was always known as the early morning call played at 6am at the infamous Drill Hall alnighters here in Lincoln, and I promised that the next time I played it I would say a few words of thanks to the soul crowd for something we have held dear to our hearts for so long from no other than Holly St James herself, whom I have been speaking to electronically now for some time, She is such a wonderful person and has a multitude of knowledge concerning the american music scene, her grandkids are still coming to terms that grandma is famous here in the UK. So in a nutshell that was basically my friday nite, The vino flowed well, the company was good, and the music flowed what more can you say. Saturday saw us travelling to Mansfield to the Attic club, it was the first time I had been to this venue as it co- incided with my own nites here in Lincoln, but having a few weeks rest from our own venue we said we would try places we hadnt been to before and this was on the list of to do's and how pleased am I that I did, totally blown away from the sounds the lads there played, this was the music I was lucky enough to have been weaned on thanks to some great role models I had in my youth, who took me to places that carried on the policies from the top all nighter/dayers in the land. The quality was 2nd to none from 10 quid tunes to the you just know its expensive tune, all original, all soul. I wrote a proper review on the night on the lookback thread. It got me wanting more though and made me think about some of the drivel we have to play out week in and week out, that sometimes isnt quality at all, it just fills the floor, losing the magic for what it was really intended. I have desisted from burning my records though and starting all over again, but when I have some time will be looking at those that have remained in the havent played boxes for a number of years. Sunday I was really wanting to go to the sheffield all dayer wanting more of the genre from the previous night, but guilt got the better of me and the garden won as it was resembling something like out of the adams family film, So a day in there has it back on par for the garden unlike myself who has ripped the cartiledge in my knee and is hobbling around like an old grannie!!!! We were going to go the all dayer at miners welfare yesterday so that went out the window. So its to the docs for me this afternoon, I cant pronounce his name, and no doubt will have difficulty in understanding what he has to say, but I will be polite and nod in the right places and hope I havent agreed to have an xray in aberdeen as the local hospital is to busy!!!! The poor old mosher princess has SATS this weeks! 13 years old and they are sitting exams!! poor kids, at 13 I was enjoying life, not stressing over exams, and stressed thay are! I havent put the pressure on her, just told her to do her best and that will be good enough for me, it might not be the governments but I dont really give a fig about their audit lists and numbers. So yesterday saw her and her bezzie mate having a day out at the coast for some sun and sea air, So by ten last night she was snoring blissfully in the mosh pit and has woke this morning ready to take on Mr Browns government and kick Ass! Today is Maths. Watch this space Friday at school in science they cut up Rats!! So I was treated to all the gory details, it took me back to a time when me and several others at school ''protested'' about the unlawful killing of lab mice for dissection. The mosher princess and I discussed these issues and how she felt about them, her reply that it was ''ok, as all the bits were sent to the falconary centre up the road to feed the owls and falcons''. (She has a thing about owls) and that was that, how times change!. Dawn x A Soul Sisters Take On Life Part 2 Posted by sister dawn, 23 April 2008 Here we are again , its Wednesday already! (Being sarky there cos it feels more like a week of ruddy mondays) and this week has been the week from hell, well work wise anyway, got a couple of days off now and am celebrating the fact that my ass is my own again for 48 hours anyway rather than the governments...lol. Called in at the off licence on the way home, and came out armed with a couple of nice bottles of red and doritos for the munchies later...lol. Just come of the phone after having a yarn with one of me home girls, it always feels better when you have caught up on the gossip from the real world and goss we did... so much so the batteries nearly dead on me phone . Been making plans already for the weekend and also for later dates about where we were going northern wise, and the subject got around to ''the same old, same old''.. So in our infinate wisdom we have decided to go further afield this year on the northern circuit, and also to rekindle a long lost relationship with the scooter scene by attending a few rallies, I never really lost the taste for the scooter scene, but circumstances such as work, family life and not enough hours in the day tore me away from it in the first place, and I have had a secret yearning to return to the scene that prides itself on a weekend of scooters, fun and beer in that order.... so apologies now to any unfortunate scooter bods who are unlucky to have a tent pitched next to three mad women from the shires, one has a terrible habit of grinding teeth in her sleep the other snores and the other has wind problems!!!! not gonna tell ya who is who, but we apologise now in advance... The mosher has another sleep over tonight with her bessie mate who is also from the darkside, and I have just been subjected to 3 hours of kerrang and scuzz, all thanks to the ruddy teaching profession going on strike tomorrow, (PLEASE MR PM GIVE EM WHAT THEY WANT NOW) So my nite of tranquil getting slaughtered whilst catching up on the world of soaps went straight out of the window, so in order for self sanity I had to resort to getting slowly merry in my study, in front of the PC with its trusty soundfiles of relaible comfort music for me and a ban on anyone under the age of 15 with ruler straight hair on entering..... I have also issued a do not wake me before 10am ruling unless a. The house is starting to smell of burning..b.... one of you loses a digit and you cannot stem the bleeding...c.... If a man from the national lottery comes knocking on the door with a cheque ... oh and a ban on redying hair Black in my shiny white bathroom!! .... So Kerrang and Scuzz have now gone on standby as the moshpit upstairs is getting the 60 minute makeover via posters of the weird and wonderful being repositioned at all angles around the room ..... how anyone can get a good nights kip with some really scary people looking back at you is beyond me...lol.... anyway back to the stuff I have some sort of knowledge about me soundfiles.... I didnt realise but I have hundreds and hundreds of them, and my 'F' Drive is just about nearing capacity.... So I am well chilled listening to a few tunes I havent heard, played out on vinyl or clicked on for ages and ages, and each one is like a long lost friend and instigates some fantastic memories from where you first heard it, who you were with, and what you were doing .... I wonder if those into other genres of music feel the same sort of things for their music as us soulies? I am sure they do, but I guess if you were to strike up a conversation on the bus or at the local starbucks about the subject, they would move seats pdq thinking they had sat next to the local loonie.... . Somedays I am opened minded about my soul but at other times, such as this I do love the oldies, especially when you think you are in need of some TLC, as the other stuff doesnt sort of comfort you as much, as they are still relatively newish to the ear... (some of 'em are about 20 years old and still classed as newies...lol) but Im sure ya know what I mean What peeves me off though is my own laziness at not taking the time on occasions, of typing in the title and artist, and just numbering them cos I cant be arsed to do it at the time, and when you listen to them at some later date you havent got a ruddy clue who it is or the name of the track, and its always a good un... So I am thankful to those knowledgable folk on here, who end up naming em and providing the info for lazy gits like me . Right it seems as though the 60 minute makeover team has finished in the moshpit, as I can hear the dulcet tones of MSN mesengers iritating message alert, plus they must be on mosher.com where there are obviously pics of black haired mosher boys cos i can hear the comments of ''he's gorgeous'' and ''no he's not my type he's a minger''...lol. So its time for me to pour another glass for medicinal purposes, remove the dog (under protest from him) out of me fav chair, and watch a re run of sex in the city or if I am really lucky an episode of family guy maybe on..... So until next time..... Dawn x A Soul Sisters Take On Life Posted by sister dawn, 18 April 2008 · I really don't know whats happened to Global warming, but its bloody freezing out there tonight, and I have only been out to shut the garage door, the only thing warming is my heat providers bank account as opposed to mine, but hey this is my first blog, so what the hell should I talk about??? I suppose it should be something soul related, but then a blog can be about just anything!. I have been penned up within these four walls all week due to a bout of tonsillitus, now I have had this before, a few times, and they wont take the damn things out, say its not bad enough to do that yet!!!! So it doesnt matter if it incapcitates you for over bloody 5 days now, feeling like your throat is going to explode like something from a sigorney weaver movie and your tonsils making a break for it down the road.... the legal prescription painkillers are crap, and now I wouldnt know where to go to get any others In husked discussion with my very soon to be 14 year old daughter today about music, she discloses that she likes a bit of ska, now I used to take her on the rallies with me from an early age, but for the past year and a bit she has been into the darkside of popular music, with unmentionable band names (to me) but the likes of slipknot, marilyn manson MCR etc etc, the posters alone scare me, never mind the videos or the music!! So we never spoke about the ''old days'' until tonight when virgin were advertising their latest music promotion, which is ska, her ladyship sits there and says, I like Ska but you had to chose Northern Soul!!, what was that all about then???? Well already low on speech power due to the throat infection I was speechless!!, She hates all the love and stuff associated with soul, prefering instead cut em up and kill em music, but she asked if I could sort her old some 'old ska' just for listening to in her room when she has some ''me time'' in other words when the rest of her dark princess mates aint around for a sleep over or just to hang out in the mosh pit No doubt at these times the ska will be well hidden in the knicker draw!!! But like she requested, I will do her some 'old ska' and I will peep through the crack in the bedroom door when she is skanking in full mosher outfit in front of her mirror to it, and try and stifle my laughter as these teenagers aint half sensitive, I am sure I wasnt as bad at that age, but my mother assures me I was worse, she says though at 15 I settled down a bit, that was cos I was out at nighters and dayers around the UK I told her, and she replied Oh yes I forgot about that!! recalling some of the best weekends that her and me dad had while I was 'away' or sleeping!!. It makes me wonder if my 'little un' (shes taller than me already) will ever get to experience the things that I did, staying out alnight with her mates somewhere with like minded folks who were into the same sort of music with a general feeling of being a family , I somehow doubt they will experience the big venues where you stayed for 12 or more hours, no doubt hers will be all night parties in someones house, then I will worry terribly that she isnt drinking alcohol, taking drugs or having under aged sex, and I will stay up all night texting her and ringing to make sure she is ok ..... Somehow I am just so pleased that technology such as mobile phones weren't invented in the 7ts Anyway the dulcet tones of Nirvana have drifted into silence in the mosh pit, so it must be time for my useless painkillers to be swolled and for me try to get some sleep without coughing at 10 minute intervals, I got that bored last night I was even timing them!!! So this has been my first blog, I don't know what happens to it when I press the post entry button, no doubt it will go somewhere it wasnt ment too..... but hey theres a first time for everything...... til next time x


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