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!