Author Topic: 10 tracks you wouldn’t normally hear on a Mod/Northern/Soul/Revival Club night  (Read 6663 times)

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Doing the rounds on FB at the minute is the challenge to come up with 10 tracks that you wouldn’t normally hear on a Mod/Northern/Soul/Revival Club night, but in their own way could, and some may argue SHOULD, grace the decks and the sprung wooden dance floors of such events.

As so many of my next favourite tunes or artists are picked up through tips on here I thought we could give it a go on here...

You'll note I’ve added in you-tube files in each case as whilst many people will be familiar with these, there may be a couple on here that people may not be, in which case you’d be doing yourself a mighty big favour by checking them out!

Would be good form for those with recommendations to add the you-tube to your selections.

So here goes mine:

Firstly a brace of tunes that used to get some good Mod plays in the mid 80’s and bands that need little or no introduction…’bout time we heard these doing the rounds again

1.   Small Faces Don't burst my bubble https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brN8jA3AmJ0

2.   Kinks Sitting on my sofa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRTwQ2Dbi84

Now a tune that’s squirrelled away on a Decca B-side from 1964 – this is a monster from a guy who’s voice is up there with some of the greats of UK Soul Shouters:

3.   Steve Aldo Baby what you want me to do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE1QYiYLhUA

On the Soul side a couple of tunes that should again get more plays than they receive. The first is the great Rusty Springboard proving that she too was a great white Soul singer and could have graced many a Motown track and secondly, never mind the very over-played Ramsey Lewis and Marlena Shaw versions. This is the DEFINITIVE version. Let Mama take you to school..

4.   Dusty Springfield - Live it up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPDguEjEitM

5.   Big Mama Thornton - Wade in the water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfgBdccQYGg

Moving into Northern Territory, here’s a couple of tunes that would really grace the talcum powdered dance floors, one from an artist who almost never gets played at such events and one who frequently do, but never this track…

6.   James Brown Why did you take your love away from me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaAf-iQPiqI

7.   Impressions Stay close to me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXErGObCFa4

Moving up to date to the Mod Revival era, a couple of tunes I’ve always loved but have rarely heard. The first is a B-side to a tune that started the whole Two-Tone she-bang and deserves greater plays and secondly an album track to one of the finest live acts I’ve ever seen…

8.   The Selecter Selecter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czVEty7-n6E]

9.   JTQ Car Crash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CAP4XERdIc

And finally a tune, albeit from 1968, that to me typifies why Mods Christened themselves as Modernists. I’m sure you’ll dig!

10.   Tubby Hayes Dear Johnny B https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pbVB6YFF8I

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I played dont burst my bubble last night,although i was dj'ing for a folk band. They said i could play what i wanted,so i did  ;)

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That JB track is massively overlooked and one I always play out. LP only, would love it on a 45!
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Great list! Thanks for taking the time to post all the links too.

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Anybody else think this would work on a Mod/Northern dancefloor? 'That' voice is perhaps a distraction, but musically I think it works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_uDvscyoFk
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As i like a bit of elvis im gonna say hell yeah  ;)

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Some great choices here from my good mate 'Young Jim' Bedford

https://m.mixcloud.com/beatsofmusic/jamie-bedford-straight-from-the-play-box/

His old man Paul is a bit of a legend on the NS scene and one of the original members of the Suave Collective

Well worth checking out all his mixcloud mixes by the way

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Anybody else think this would work on a Mod/Northern dancefloor? 'That' voice is perhaps a distraction, but musically I think it works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_uDvscyoFk

Yep, I reckon so, Nick. Gets a bad press, does Mr Presley.
I used to play these a lot - always got a good response

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpPP75GVE8k

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c0JfsHB1kc
« Last Edit: December 04, 2014, 05:26:19 PM by Soulstar »

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Anybody else think this would work on a Mod/Northern dancefloor? 'That' voice is perhaps a distraction, but musically I think it works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_uDvscyoFk

Yep, I reckon so, Nick. Gets a bad press, does Mr Presley.
I used to play these a lot - always got a good response

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpPP75GVE8k

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c0JfsHB1kc

The wife and I are both unashamed Elvis fans, visited Graceland as part of our honeymoon many years ago. Mightn't be cool, Bill, but that voice, and the aura he had, was almost uniquely special. If you dig music and popular culture, there's no denying it. And yeah, those two tracks would definitely fill a dancefloor!
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I try to sneak this one in from time to time..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc_obkdTByU
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