Northern Soul - Any fans out there sound off!

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  1. After making a couple of posts re: dance music the other day, some posters suggested that we start a Northern thread. I know quite a few of you are fans of the Northern genre, because it gets several favouable mentions on this site from time to time. So if you were around at the time of the Wheel, Golden Torch, Blackpool Mecca or the Casino, you're an ex- or current Mod, get nostalgic about rare Motown or minor label Soul tracks, like energetic dance moves or are a rare record collector, then this thread is yours.......
    How I got started: I first discovered the Northern scene about 1974, when I was 14. I went to a cheesy school disco & some of the other kids were into Northern. They'd brought some of their records along, & once I'd heard some of these killer dance tracks & seen the moves that went with them, I was hooked! Northern Soul was part of life where I grew up (the East Midlands) because it had a strong fan base there, & Northern tracks could be heard at all the clubs, discos & funfairs in the area. My greatest regret is I never made it to Wigan, that would really have been something to remember.
    Favourite tracks: the list is long, but a few that stand out for me are:
    Better Use Your Head - Little Anthony & The Imperials
    You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies - Dana Valery
    Love On A Mountain Top - Robert Knight
    Looking For You - Garnett Mimms
    I'll Do Anything - Doris Troy
    Cuz It's You, Girl - James Walsh Gypsy Band
    Reaching For The Best - The Exciters
    There's Nothing Else To Say - The Incredibles
    Rat Race - Righteous Brothers Band
    I'll Always Need You - Dean Courtney
    There's plenty more, just don't have the space for all my favourites here!
    Did a record ever make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? The one that did it for me was "Bring The Boys Home" by Freda Payne. I know it was written about Vietnam, but it's particularly relevant in these present times. I had a chance to see Freda Payne once as part of a nationwide soul tour, but the promoter pulled the plug & the gig was cancelled at the last minute. Bugger! Still, I'm going to see Gloria Gaynor this month. I know it's nowhere near as good as seeing a Northern Goddess live, but a quality artist all the same.
    That's all for now, hope this generates some interest. Please feel free to add your comments & memories, Northern Soul was a big part of life in a DPM suit for me too & I'm sure I'm not the only one.......Let's keep this thread going & Keep The Faith! :wink:
  2. I've been a fan since 1980 and still listen on the net to stations like Starpoint Radio & Solar Radio. I like all soul genres, some more than others, but these stations have great Northern Soul DJs.

    I suppose my all time favourites are quite predictable but quality stands the test of time

    Do I Love You - Frank Wilson
    Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
    Dells - Your Song
    Impressions - You've Been Cheatin
    Darrell banks - Open The Door To Your Heart
    Epitome of Sound - You Don't Love Me
    The Contours - Just A Little Misunderstanding
    The Fascinations - Girls Are Out To Get You
    Moses Smith - Girls Across The Street
    The Dells - Wear It On Our Face
    Nolan Chance - Just Like The Weather
    Mel & Tim - Backfield In Motion
    Candy & The Kisses - The 81
    Friends of Distinction - Grazin In The Grass
    Archie Bell & the Drells - There's Gonna Be A Showdown
    Dells - Run For Cover
    Dobie Grey - Out On The Floor
    Hoagy Lands - Next In Line
    Archie Bell & the Drells - Here I Go Again
    Isely Bros - I Guess I'll Always Love You
    Platters - Washed Ashore

    Could go on but gotta go back to work! :p
  3. This is getting good! Thanks for the posts. T_S_O, respect to you for some great tracks. I listen to Solar Radio when I can too. Do I Love You is one of the rarest records in the world, only 5 genuine originals known to exist. Last one sold to a UK collector for over £15000.
    Dr.S, thanks for the photo of the Casino. The place where memories were made! Was that taken just before the all-nighter started, can see a queue forming there?
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  4. No idea of date for that pic sorry.
    my family emigrated downunder in '74 when i was a kid, i only started coming back to visit and work in pieland from '96 so i'm afraid i missed out on the casino and the all nighters, My family here never stop letting me know how much fun i missed out on.
    every now and then a local pub or club will have a soul night, and great fun and drinking sessions they are too.
    they tried a 'casino reunion' last year at the horrid shopping center they built on top of the hallowed ground and it was a pathetic commercial flop.
    theres a lot of vids of the casino all nighters on YouTube, i get a kick watching them and spotting my uncles and aunts dancing away like uncoordinated spastics.

    WiganCasinoHomePage <info and gig list for 'Northern Soul' in the north/west.


    keep the faith.
  5. The 6Ts Rhythm & Soul Society at the 100 Club (Oxford Street - London) was one of my favourites. Other venues were quite small and some even ran by our friends. One of them went on to bigger things. Eddie Piller started by running Mod/Northern all dayers and went on to form Acid Jazz records. I never went north for my Northern fix even though I did meet quite a few who came south.

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  6. 6ts still going Click Here

    Was a Mod ( talking proper Mod not just having a Parka) in the late 70's and still love the music.

    I like all the variations for Mod Jazz to Northern Soul, being from down south never really go to see the Casino and the likes.

    Wasn't Duffy singing in the Casino in the 'Mercy' video.
  7. The Al Wilson video shows how bad some white folk can dance! 8)
  8. Far too many faves to list but a rare one if you can get a called "The Flasher" by Mistura, it's an instrumental track which requires a lot of energy to get through. I'll try and make an mp3 version to upload as I am currently (and slowly) transferring all of my vinyl.

    I got my love of N Soul from my older brother who was a fanatic and regularly frequented Wigan Casino, sadly I was too young to go with him. Then I lived in Notts where there is still a very strong following, that said, I now live in Blackpool and there are frequent Northern events.

    I'll try to upload a few common classics later that I already have as mp3s.
    The Snake, The Wigan Joker, Skiing in the snow, Ghost in my house, agent double o soul etc etc
  9. The Snake - A bit of a favourite on the German Scooter Scene. Didn't they use it for an advert a while back with some dance move on it?

    Just found it on you tube

    Do the Lambrini

    Still got my membership for Ady Croasdell's 6T's Rhythm and Soul Club, but The 100 club is a bit of a trek from Germany.
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  10. Loved the Northern Soul scene and too many favourite tracks to mention but a few stand out like Queen of Fools by Barbera Mills and my Hearts Symphony by........stop you fool your now too old.

  11. This is getting even better now, sorry I get a bit anorakky about Northern tunes. The Flasher is a superb track, came out about 1975 & was discovered by Russ Winstanley of Casino fame. It charted in this country, got to about No.19 I think, & it always sticks in my mind because I remember some of the "purists" I was at school with got a bit sniffy about it after it was played on Top Of The Pops - because of that it wasn't a true Northern sound for them, too commercial & mainstream. They got the right arrse because Pan's People danced to it on TOTP too - sacrilege! Me, I just enjoyed it & still do - always one of my fave instrumentals.
  12. Just watched it - some of those golfing trousers are stunners too! Killer track though. Check your pms.