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Month: June, 2008

Sounds For Sunday pt 2: Something Funky For Friday…

OK, I’m sitting up at 2.30 listening to a tune on repeat, while I’m sorting out some business before I head off. I think you’re gonna like this one….

It’s by the Young Disciples. But this isn’t the early 90s Acid Jazz bunch. This tune comes from 1968 and features Larry Williams on lead vocals. Apparently the same Larry Williams responsible for Dizzy Miss Lizzy and Bonie Maronie. And the band…dunno too much about them, but I have to say, I’ve not heard many people funkier….whew…..I simply had to share to this with you!

If anybody can fill me in on some more detail than that I’ll be grateful!

I dare you to listen to this without wanting to dance!

Young Disciples – Crumbs From The Table


Sounds For Sunday On A Thursday

I’m away from the blog this weekend and into the start of next week. Weddings, families and drinking. You know the kind of thing.

So I’m going to leave you with some dancers that will sound good while you drink cold beers or eat some barbecue in the sun we’re undoubtably going to have. I mean come on, Glastonbury’s on this weekend right? Never rains for festivals!

Give the Fabulous Emotions a listen if you can’t do them all. A great little dancer!

So have yourself a good weekend. I certainly intend to while I laze about in the country…..

Johnny Rogers – Soul Food
Disciples Of Soul – That’s The Way Love Goes
The Jades – I’m Where It’s At
John Wesley – Love’s Such A Funny Thing
Patti Austin – You Didn’t Say A Word
Fabulous Emotions – Number One Fool

Love Bites

Mr Planet Mondo posted a track yesterday called ‘Don’t Falter’ by Mint Royale, which featured Lauren Laverne which led met to dig out Kenickie, the band Lauren had fronted in the 90s.

Their first album ‘At The Club’ was a punky pop feast, like an (almost) girl group Ramones. For their second album ‘Get In’, Kenickie went all Saint Etienne, all strings and brass and summery vibes. It didn’t go down as well as the first album and Kenickie split up. But it was a damn shame because ‘Get In’ is one of the lost classics of the 90s. Fantastic sounding pop music, great vocals, really good lyrics; just great!

(I was at the Reading Festival one year – 96 I think – and Kenickie were wandering around, really dressed up, the girls in party dresses and the drummer in a very Mod suit. They were also wearing Mickey Mouse ears. They looked like stars!)

Kenickie – Stay In The Sun
Kenickie – I Would Fix You
Kenickie – 60s Bitch

Something New: Wild Beasts…

…and a tune called The Devils Crayon.

Just saw this and thought of you lot. I think you’ll like it.

Sounds For Sunday

A day spent in Chessington World Of Adventures. A night spent celebrating a friend’s birthday. A Sunday morning where I’m not really up to much.

Bettye Swann – I Want Sunday Back Again

Nick Heyward

This is lovely.

Nick Heyward – Club Boy At Sea


….If truth be told I’ve spent more nights dancing to this tune and tunes like it than any soul track. Many nights losing myself in a crowded room somewhere while the track builds and builds taking you somewhere special. Falling out into the emerging daylight and realizing it’s the next day, after what feels like five minutes since you arrived. Feeling the bass kick in your stomach and the swirly strings sending shivers across your skin. Following the melody like some synthesised Pied Piper, letting it lead you into what can best be described as the biggest smile you’ve ever felt. Eyes screwed shut as you become one with the music. Everything tingling and flying upwards. Until the sunrise and the first bus home.


Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II

Milton Wright and The Terra Shirma Strings

Here’s a couple of classic Northern dancers. Actually it’s one tune: the instrumental “The Gallop” and the vocal version “I Belong To You”. If I had to pick one I’d go for the vocal ‘version’. It’s simply gorgeous; and those strings……one of those tracks that freezes you on the spot while your brain says: Whoa we’ve got a live one here!!!

The tracks I’ve got in the rather large bundle of tunes I got the other week….I can’t stop dancing!!

So push back the carpet, dust those floorboards with talc and get dancing with me!!

(nerd fact of the day: Milton Wright is the brother of the amazing Betty Wright.)

Milton Wright And The Terra Shirma Strings – The Gallop
Milton Wright And The Terra Shirma Strings – I Belong To You

Sounds For Sunday

Happy Fathers Day to any of the dads out there! If the day becomes just a little too much for you find a quiet corner, close your eyes and immerse yourself in the smooth sounds of The Isley Brothers. 3 tracks, nearly 20 minutes; an oasis of calm in an otherwise busy world!!

Have a good day!

The Isley Brothers – Make Me Say It Again Pt 1&2
The Isley Brothers – For The Love Of You Pt 1&2
The Isley Brothers – That Lady Pt 1&2

Friday 13th

Lucky for some: I bring you Talk Talk and “Life’s What You Make It”.