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General music chat / Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« on: December 03, 2021, 04:10:35 PM »
Nice organ jazz track

Seemingly an album in the works, too!

General music chat / Re: New Eddie Piller box set - British beat!
« on: October 28, 2021, 07:12:16 PM »

With regards to not hearing them out much nowadays, whilst I love the music, I found many of them difficult to dance to, even back then when I was perhaps a little bit more flexible 😁. Maybe that has something to do with it???

Paul, British Beat wasn't as much about dancing, in the sense soul and r&b are, as it was about excitement, raw power and experimentation. Catchy melodies were more important than rhythm, more often than not.

I wouldn't disagree with anything you've said Rafa, I was merely offering a possible reason to Robin's question about why many of these tracks aren't heard out at events any longer.

I know people go out to events for many different reasons, but for many I would argue that being able to have a dance would be quite high on many people's lists (it certainly is for me). Assume you were djing at an event and you'd got the choice of playing a 60s beat record, which many would like but few might dance, and a stone cold soul or RnB classic which would fill the dance floor, which would you play?  That's all I was saying in my earlier post.

Yeah I think you've both hit the nail on the head there, really - and it *is* hard to dance to

Also, as Rafa points out - the above box set does contain a lot of old war horses... so perhaps British Beat etc is a little played out? That said, for a younger generation who haven't heard it, the box set is a gold mine. Strange that it's dropped so deeply out of fashion, though, despite being a key part of the Mod soundtrack.

General music chat / New Eddie Piller box set - British beat!
« on: October 27, 2021, 03:00:39 PM »
New Eddie Piller box set incoming and it looks a whopper!

A raft of British beat, R&B, freakbeat etc - some top tunes, club classics...

Oddly, you don't hear this style out that much any more. Wonder why?

Mod fashion and style / Re: The What Are You Wearing Thread
« on: July 16, 2021, 07:24:46 PM »
Thanks guys, very kind!

The shirt is indeed John Simons, a long sleeve button-down madras - love that shop, always very nice people

The jacket came from A Dandy In Aspic, the long-running vintage shop in Camden. Have always visited, and never picked anything up - typical vintage, the sizing would forever be slightly off! Found that jacket during lockdown and fell for it straight away - originally Italian, I had the sleeves taken out slightly but otherwise a perfect fit.

Oh, and if any forumees are in London in the next few months the Night Owl looks great - great food, and events every night of the week!

Mod fashion and style / Re: The What Are You Wearing Thread
« on: July 16, 2021, 02:34:19 PM »

Will see if this works, not posted a picture before...!

UPDATE: It did work!

Bass weejuns, Adam Of London strides, vintage jacket, and John Simons shirt.

The Night Owl is a new soul themed pub in North London, I was DJing alongside the excellent PM Warson (whose album is well worth checking out - very Georgie Fame / Nick Waterhouse)

Banter / Re: The official Modculture football thread
« on: July 09, 2021, 03:35:58 PM »
Gents, after our (unfair) demise before Italy, my heart is with you, aupa England!!!!!

I'm sure the Danes would take the opposite view!  ;)

It's a one off, can definitely see England snatching it

But who knows?!

Jump The Gun vs DNA Groove / Far Afield vs Capirari

It's impossible to pick!  ;D

General music chat / Re: Top ten British RnB songs
« on: July 08, 2021, 04:33:47 PM »

Two clarifications, Robin: I think the AWs were looking for a saxophone (doubling french horn, mind) player!  ;D. And I'd say the Action were more of a soul band than a r&b one.

Good point RE Artwoods

General music chat / Re: Top ten British RnB songs
« on: July 07, 2021, 02:51:57 PM »
For a long time I thought Richard Kent Style must be American because they had such a different sound to other UK bands of the time. It must have been something in the water in Manchester!!

Yeah really super band, very Mod!

Would add:

Graham Bond - Wade In The Water
Zoot Money - Big Time Operator
Artwoods - Looking For A Trombone Player
John Mayal - Crawling Up A Hill

And no one's mentioned The Action!  8)

General music chat / Re: Top ten British RnB songs
« on: July 05, 2021, 07:47:35 PM »
Love all of the above!

Would add:

The Animals - Big Boss Man
The Birds - No Good Without You Baby
Clayton Squares - Imagination
Richard Kent Style - Go Go Children
Alex Harvey - I Just Want To Make Love To You
Chris Farlowe - The Fool
Duffy Power - If I Get Lucky Someday

Wicked sounds, often under-rated on the current scene imo

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