Crossfire Allnighter – 10 October 2015

I’d never attended the Crossfire Allnighter, not really sure why, think I’d had the idea it was an oldies fest. It’s advertised as an oldies night but when I enquired of my friends they told me that it wasn’t the same old same old Northern Soul top 100, not that they’re bad records, it’s more a case of them being overplayed especially as DJs know that they’ll fill the dance floor at some clubs, so they’re a safe bet.

I checked out the DJ roster and was impressed: Irish Greg (Capitol Soul Club), Nick and Dawn Brown (Scenesville), Val Palmer, the first lady DJ at the 100 Club nighters, and Jim Watson (Soul On The Square) plus of course Ady Croasdell. There are also two other rooms, Boogaloo and Psych beat to cater for the Mods.

Attending turned out to be a good move, some excellent records played, many bringing back happy memories, and a nice mix of tempos. I like fast tunes but struggle these days to dance to many of them.

Among the records played were: Speed Up (Betty Moerer); Feminine Ingenuity (Ruby); It Really Hurts Me Girl (Carstairs); Same Old Thing (Olympics); Voodoo Mademoiselle (September Jones); Crying Time (Brenda Holloway); The Reason Why (The Dolls); both sides of Carol & Gerri; and so many others. As I say above a real mix of styles.

 

The only times I’ve attended this venue, 229 Great Portland Street, has been the New Year’s Allnighters over the last few years. The venue has always impressed me, spacious and the dance floor is really good. I danced more than I usually do, had a great time. No doubt will suffer later.

The left hand side of the room near to the stage was a mini 100 Club with many of the usual faces, so good to see you all. And a good mix of ages too. It was great to see Andy and Tracy from the Midlands there, don’t see them that often in London.

As is so often the case nowadays it began to clear out at about 3pm leaving the hard core nighter people. Ady did the last set and kept the floor moving, in fact it had been busy most of the time. The last record was Charlie Rich’s Don’t Tear Me Down, then it was all over and time to leave.

Hopefully I’ll be returning to Crossfire next year, thanks to Ady, the DJs and the staff of the Venue, very pleasant I thought.

The revived Thames Riverboat Cruise – 3 October 2015

didn’t really know what to expect, never done a music cruise before but when I saw the advert in the Cleethorpes’ programme it appealed to me. And it was a good move on my part.
I arrived early but soon others got there and we boarded the boat at 6.45. I grabbed a seat and dumped my bag, most headed straight for the bar. Quite a few people there that I knew, plenty I’d not seen before. But everyone seemed to enjoy the trip.

The music was very good, mainly 60s but some 70s too, e.g. She’s Gone, Heartaches And Pain, If You And I Had Never Met, danceable tunes. In his last set Ady played a few that reminded me of Sunday night at Cleethorpes, Sweet Darling, You’re Ready Now, that type of tune, party time.
Most people danced upstairs but I found that there was much more space in the downstairs lounge.
Probably should have taken more notice of the view to the Thames shore, but was too busy talking, etc. All of a sudden I noticed we were going back to the Temple.

The three DJs did a sterling job, plenty of well known tunes without being predictable, thanks Ady, Roger and Adam.

Some of the people I spoke to said it would be nice to do it again, perhaps an afternoon trip in the summer, don’t know if that is possible but can imagine how pleasant it would be listening to our music gliding down the Thames on a sunny day. Just a thought. I certainly think that this should be a regular occurrence.

100 Club 36th Anniversary Allnighter – 26 September 2015

Another anniversary, 36th, another record that is unlikely to be rivalled by any other soul club. I looked at the comments I made last year and to be honest it’s hard to write anything much different but here goes.

The anniversary is always a packer and this was no exception but unlike last year it did start slowly. I got in at about 10.10pm, expecting a queue but there was only one person in front of the booth where Rolly sits. After saying hello and picking up my record I walked down the stairs and was surprised that there weren’t that many people in, last year the dance floor was busy at this time. Good to see Trickster back at the club, he’s been missed but it’s not so easy for him to attend as he’s not living in London at the moment. After sorting myself out I was ready for action.

Mick Smith now only appears at the anniversary nights now, he was the first DJ on, playing a mixed tempo set. For the first 45 minutes or so the dance floor was not at all busy, just the odd person dancing. When he played Lady In Green I think I was one of only a couple dancing, quite surprising to a record of that quality. Among others he played were Etta James’ current popular tune Can’t Shake It and the old Northern classic Run For Cover by the Dells. I don’t normally dance to the latter tune, but when you listen to it you could actually give it as an example of Northern Soul to any non soul person who is curious about the music.

Keith Money is another regular DJ at the club, when he is available of course. He followed Mick, and the dance floor began to fill up. People were coming in at a fast rate now, suddenly the club was filling up fast.

Butch took over, again playing a mix of lesser known and well known tunes. I think he said one of his early plays was by the Curators, but I may have misheard. The problem I have when I write my report is that my brain and memory are a bit tired so often can’t remember what records the DJs played, I remember him playing Little Love Affair, his Chuck Jackson cover up, United Sounds, Arthur Willis or was that in his second set. He did play an instrumental track, don’t know what it is but sure I’ve heard it before. He finished this set with two of my current favourites: Milton Wright’s Like A Rolling Stone and the Jax Transit Authority’s Life Is A Miracle.

For the second time that night Mick took the decks over, playing mainly uptempo oldies, but not the usual suspects, not too many of the top 100 were played during the nighter. Seem to recall Job Opening but at this moment in time my brain isn’t really working to full capacity.

Keith again and he played some of his favourites including Clydene Jackson’s I Need Your Love, the Vondells and others.

Ady did his first set next, starting off with Ben E King’s Getting To Me. At this point I went to the bar for a drink and met up with a couple of friends who are regulars. The dance floor was extremely busy and I decided to just listen to the tunes Ady played. Welcome To Dreamsville, What’s That On Your Finger, the Demures’ I Wanna Be Good To You, the Gerri Grainger cover up Why Can’t It Be Tonight, and some of the Pied Piper favourites: Ooh It Hurts Me, Voodoo Mademoiselle, He’ll Be Leaving You, the club classic Sorry Ain’t The Word and a few I didn’t recognise. I think the last one of his set was Mikki Farrow, but I could be wrong. My friend who was listening to this set couldn’t praise it enough, he run out of superlatives. It was good solid rare sixties soul.

For his second bite of the cherry Butch started with the Perfections’ Just Can’t Please You. He played a version of Didn’t Say A Word, I think it was the one by Patti Austin but no doubt someone will correct me. I tried dancing to Shake Cheri but found the floor very sticky, I think someone must have spilt a drink. But just a little later when he played Satan Let Me Sleep tonight found I could dance okay. Finished with Little Caesar cover up, excellent.

Then it was Roger Stewart’s turn, one of the original 6ts DJs. A nice set of oldies, including one of my favourites from the Capitol Soul Club days Carol & Gerri’s On You Heartache Looks Good.

For his last set Keith opened with Richard Caiton’s I’d Like To Get Near You followed by the Exits’ Another Sundown In Watts. He included the Epitome Of Sound, still one of the greatest records of our genre, and got me onto the dance floor with Ask My Heart, lyrically one of the best love songs written in my opinion.

Mick did the penultimate set mixing up tempos and ending with one of my favourite beat ballads, The Drifter by Ray Pollard.

At 5.30 it was time for the last set and of course it was Ady. Some of the classics of the last 30 minutes were played, Sweet Temptation and Don’t Bring Me Down immediately spring to mind. The last three records were Carla Thomas (of course), followed by Marva Josey’s Don’t, Ady said he was playing that one for himself, and finally Baby I Need Your Loving. Lights on, That’s What Mama Say, and time to go home. Time for a last picture of my friends with me in the background, and then off home.

My thoughts on the night: capacity crowd, but did begin to thin out, but a very large number did stay till the end; good to see my friends there, you help make the night for me; only quibble is that at times the sound was a bit dodgy. It actually went off during Keith’s first set but did seem to improve as the night went on. The dance floor got a bit sticky as the night went on, but that happens quite often.

I apologise for the length of this review, did intend to curtail it but as usual verbal diarrhoea took over. A big thanks to Ady and the DJs, and to the bar staff, they remain constantly cheerful, do wonder what they think of us all. Anyway on to the boat trip next week and on to the 37th anniversary next year.

Phoenix Got Soul – 19 September 2015

A great night of soul music at the Phoenix but sadly not that well supported, so many of the London crowd missing. And they missed superb music from the three DJs, Yann Vatiste, and guests John Weston and Irish Greg. The latter of course was a stalwart of the Capitol Soul Club and I noticed a few faces from those happy days.
Yann started off  the proceedings and was followed by John, both played fast Northern Soul records that would have probably induced a heart attack if I’d tried dancing to them. Most were not familiar to me so I hope all the DJs can post up their playlists. Greg followed and played slightly more medium tempo tunes, starting off with There’s Room For Me.
As slightly better known tunes were played the dance floor filled up. And I must add that the dance floor was really good, and so was the sound, it put many places to shame. Thoroughly enjoyed dancing to so many good records.
The night ended with Yann and John double decking and the last two records were Shirley Edwards’ Dream My Heart and Lee McKinney & The Magnetics’ I’ll Keep Holding On, which seems to be getting plenty of plays at the moment.
There was a hen party there and they seemed to enjoy the music, dancing a lot. I did feel tired about 2am but got my second wind before the finish. Too many great records to recall, but Girl From A Country Town, Deceived, Save The World, Beside Myself stick in my mind.
Thanks to Tony Smith for giving Alan H and myself a lift back to our respective north London boroughs. Well done to Yann and the DJs, and to Kym for her work on the door. If this night continues, and I really hope it does, I’d ask all soul people in the London area to support it, Northern Soul at its best.

100 Club Allnighter – 22 August 2015

Once again time to head down Oxford Street to the 100 Club, and it’s a hot night too, hope the air con is working. That was one of my thoughts as I approached the club. I think it was on but it was still very hot down there.

I got in at my usual time of 11.15, paid and picked up my tickets for the anniversary night and the boat trip, the latter should be nice, a new experience for me, soul on a boat.

As usual it was Ady on first, playing some medium tempo tunes I didn’t recognise. Then the first guest took over, Yann Vatiste, well known in London and beyond, and a 100 Club regular.

Butch followed, and got me dancing straight away. He’s about the only DJ who can get me dancing to tunes I don’t know, and I wasn’t familiar with his first two or three records. He played some of his better known classics, e.g. Arthur Willis and United Sounds, and delighted me when he played two of my current favourites back to back, Milton Wright’s Like A Rolling Stone and the Jax Transit Authority’s Life Is A Miracle.

Tomas was on next, starting with Celeste Hardy, one of my old favourites from the Dome days. He was followed by the other guest Nev, who hails, as far as I know, from the north east.

Then it was Ady for his second set, starting with the club favourite Can’t Shake It by Etta James. For this set he included quite a few of his current “biggies” like the Demures, September Jones’ Voodoo Mademoiselle, Nancy Wilcox’s He’ll Be Leaving You, Sharon Scott’s It’s Better, Paramount Four, plus new ones, at least to me, by Holly Maxwell and JJ Jackson.

For his second set Yann started with Betty Wilson’s I’m Yours, then included Joe Jama, Papa & The Bears, Constellations’ I Don’t Know About You, Camaros, and finished with Dream My Heart and This Time, Shirley Edwards and Ray Pollard respectively, Shrine label masterpieces.

In his second set Butch included well known tracks like Man Of My Word, Shake Cheri, Just Can’t Leave You, Look At You plus quite a few I was unfamiliar with.

The Ringleaders’ Baby What Has Happened was Tomas’s first one, then he followed with Betty Lloyd’s I’m Catching On, the Four Sonics’ Easier Said Than Done, Hard Road To Hoe, etc., and ended with The Time Is Right For Love.

Nev, for his second set, started with the Hamilton Movement, now that’s an old favourite. He also played the Scott Three, and one called I think Superman, don’t know who it is by.

Lucky Yann had a third set, starting with Buddy Smith’s When You Lose The One You Love, one I’d requested, a lovely beat ballad, he followed with another slowie, the Sweet’s Something For My Baby. And generally he kept the pace slow or medium tempo, but did play my other request for Pee Wee, Shucks & Huey, a real nighter record in my opinion.

At about 5.30 Ady started his final time on the decks, starting with Ray Pollard’s It’s A Sad Thing. Looking At You by Garnett Mimms and the 100 Club classic Maxine Brown’s Let Me Give You My Loving were included, Ady mentioned that Maxine had just hit 80, and was still singing. Finally it was close to 6am, Walter Jackson’s Uphill Climb (surely one of the best records ever made) and the Four Tops’ Baby I Need Your Loving ended the night. And while That’s What Mama Say played we gathered our bags, etc. and said farewell to our friends.

There were definitely more in than in July, and all seemed to be soul people, no obvious tourists. Many regulars, Charlie; Gary and Rolly; Eddie and Tabs; Cristina; Kym, Yann’s better half; Simsy and Kylee; and many more, sorry if I’ve not mentioned you. It did clear out a bit before the end, that is normal, but there was still a good number at the finish.

The dance floor was nice and slidey, didn’t get too sticky, although I did see some talc, that wasn’t necessary and I thought it was banned. Danced quite a bit, took it easy, but no doubt will suffer later.

So once again a good night, sorry to keep saying that each time I comment on the 100 Club, but it was true. Thanks to Ady, the DJs, and 100 Club staff.

100 Club Allnighter – 11 July 2015

It was a hot one last night in the 100 Club, even with a slightly reduced crowd. And I’m not just referring to the temperature, the music was hot too.

A slightly different night, Butch was absent, guess he’s on his holidays, but the DJs present did an excellent job. Some of the regulars too were missing, some because of family commitments and at least two due to railway problems. There were slightly fewer in, but that did mean a bit more space on the dance floor so every cloud has a silver lining, although Ady may disagree. It was a hot night in London, and Oxford Street didn’t seem quite as busy as usual as I walked from Oxford Circus tube station.

I arrived at about 11.15; the guy on the door checked my bag for fluids, I suppose they don’t want anyone bringing their own drinks in. After sorting myself out and giving out the flyers I brought with me I felt I could relax. Ady was playing first but Keith Money took over at about 11.30; Make My Love A Hurting Thing by William Cummings was my first foray on to the dance floor. Shortly after Keith started his set Russ Vickers came through the door. He works abroad so his visits to the club are fairly rare, it was good to see him and have a chat.

About midnight the first guest, Andy Jones, took over after Keith finished with Another Sundown In Watts by the Exits. I’ve known Andy for years now, first via the MonuMental Soul monthly nights and latterly at Filthy Soul and the MonuMental weekenders. His first set was mainly mid tempo Crossover and some slower tunes. Thanks for playing The Same Old Feeling for me, nicely followed by Oh What A Feeling by Jimmy Ricks. I hope that Andy can post his playlist as quite a few of his first set were not known by me, yet the dance floor had action.

After about 30 minutes the second Andy took over. Andy Newman has been a regular at the 100 Club for years, albeit when he can get there from Guernsey. He hit us with solid Northern, enticed me on to the floor with tunes like Betty Lloyd’s I’m Catching On and Otis Lee’s Hard Road To Hoe. A fairly unusual play was a version of Purple Haze, the Jimi Hendrix song, presumably by Johnny Jones.

Joel Maslin, one of the regular DJs, followed and kept things busy on the dance floor. I particularly liked his last record, Steve Aldo’s You’re Absolutely Right. I had to ask what it was, I’d heard it before but never knew any more than that I liked it.

For his second set Ady included some of his Pied Piper tracks like Gamblers Blues and He’ll Be Leaving You, Etta James’ Just Can’t Shake It plus some classic oldies.

He was followed by Keith, nice mix including Ask My Heart, Job Opening, I Need Your Love

Then it was Andy Jones’ second set with an emphasis on Northern Soul; Stubborn Heart, Speed Up, you get the picture.

For his second set Andy Newman played more Northern, e.g. Choice Of Color’s Your Love, the Constellations I Don’t Know About You, Unique Blend’s I’m In Love With You, etc.

Again it was Joel next, playing tunes including Lost In A Crowd, Let Our Love Grow Higher and the instrumental version of Make My Love A Hurting Thing.

At this point I sat down, my legs had began to feel they’d had enough.

Keith replaced Joel at approximately 5am, playing some of his favourites like Sweet Memories, I’ll Be On My Way. But when he put on Yvonne Baker’s You Didn’t Say A Word my feet told me to get up and dance. It was followed by You Don’t Love Me by the Epitome Of Sound; these are two oldies I don’t tire of/

For the last 30 minutes Ady was on the decks as usual. A nice mixed set including the Avons’ When The Boy That You Love, Charlie Rich’s Don’t Tear Me Down, Sharon Scott’s It’s Better and ending with Annabelle Fox’s Lonely Girl, Carla Thomas’ I’ll Never Stop Loving You and Baby I Need Your Loving as usual.

It was certainly an across the board night musically in my opinion, with the dance floor busy, but with still room to move about. Nice to see plenty of my friends there. It looked as if people were enjoying themselves, the object of the night I guess. Well done to Ady and co.

We Are One – Charity Alldayer – Sketchley Grange Hotel, Hinckley – 6 June 2015

Thanks to Sam and co for organising such a good alldayer, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did pop into the Modern room a couple of times but the music was “too modern” for me. However the Rare and Crossover room was right up my street with some of my favourite DJs doing the business. As usual Butch did a great set with I think a slight emphasis on 70s tracks including a couple of Crossover at the start of his set. Cliff played one of my favourite “disco” sounds (if I’m allowed to say that, lol) Paradise by Jewel, but of course he had to remind me what it was. Thanks to Andy Dyson for playing the Tropics’ Hey You Little Girl, love the way it builds up. What’s the title of the Point Of View record Steve Guarnori played in his set? All the DJs did good sets with a mix of sounds including funky soul, Crossover, 70s Modern and of course Northern. As I type this I’m finding it hard to remember who played what but will wrack my memory to see if I can put more down.

The company was excellent, thanks to Hayley, Faye and Matt for leading John Muir and myself to that nice pub by the canal where we had a very pleasant meal outdoors. Good to see friends from all over the country with the 100 Club well represented.

I left about 1ish, I was suffering from sleep deprivation and had began to feel a bit faint from the heat. After a few hours sleep felt as right as rain, and the journey back to London went well.

I didn’t stay at the Sketchley Grange hotel, I was too late but got into a really nice hotel/B&B a taxi ride away which if I’d recommend to anyone who needs to stay in Hinckley.

Once again thanks to all concerned.

100 Club All-nighter – 30 May 2015

It seemed a very long time since the last 6ts allnighter at the 100 Club but in fact it was only five weeks. Last night proved to be a packer, very busy with plenty of younger new faces, but it did begin to clear after 3am.

There were two guest DJs, Ady Lupton who did two sets, one at the start of the night and one at about 4.30ish, and Steve Woomble who did one set, about 3.45 I think, although to be honest I hardly looked at my watch all night.

Ady Croasdell had three of his regular stalwarts, Butch, Keith Money, Tomas McGrath, and himself of course.

Ady Lupton was doing his first set when I arrived at about 11.15, Keith took over after him and was followed by Butch doing an early set. He played some of his big tunes, Salvation, Mighty Lovers, Chuck Jackson c/u, Milton Wright, Frankie & The Daemons, Jax Transit Authority, Vessie Simmons c/u and others whose titles I don’t know. Of course the dance floor was now very busy.

Tomas followed on and started with the Ringleaders. His set continued filling the floor, then Keith followed him.

Ady C took over next. He started off with Because Of My Heart and Stop Leave My Heart Alone, then he played some of his current Pied Piper and other rarities. He’ll Be Leaving You and I Wanna Be Good To You kept me dancing. Among others he played were the Paramount Four and his new one the Mighty Whites, which has grown on me in the nicest possible way. He played a Holly Maxwell record whose title I didn’t catch, perhaps he’d be kind enough to post on here with the information?

Butch then did his second set mixing the better known with the lesser known, or at least lesser known to me. He included Flashback and I Hurt On The Other Side and It’s All Over (Baby). The floor had cleared a bit by then, and as usual became a little sticky.

Steve Woomble took over and started with Yes I’m In Love. He played a mix of Northern and Modern.

Keith then did his third set, a mix of some classics and some very nice medium tempo. He included one of my favourite beat ballads Little Anthony’s It’s Not The Same. That certainly revived my tired feet. As did Time Will Pass You By, still love that one.

About 5am Ady Lupton came on, started off with very uptempo records, My Prayer and Look Into My Heart for example but slowed it down a bit towards the end of his set with Fool Don’t Laugh and Isn’t It Just A Shame among others,

For the final thirty minutes it was Ady C as usual. Great to hear Kenny Carter’s What’s That On Your Finger. Then it was time for the last three tunes, I’ll Never Stop Loving You, I Have No Choice and of course Baby I Need Your Loving. Lights on, Walter Jackson playing and time to gather one’s self together and say farewell to friends and reflect on a most enjoyable night. I must have enjoyed it because I’d had to change my shirt, I got so hot.

As I said above quite a lot of newish people, some didn’t know the etiquette of no drinks on the dance floor but when the bouncer pointed this out they willingly complied.

Good to see the usual collection of 100 Club reprobates there, perhaps like me you regard it as your second home, a place I always feel at ease in. Thanks to Ben for the slice of chocolate gateau, that was very nice as I was feeling a bit peckish, happy birthday to you.

And a big thanks to Ady, the DJs and the staff or the club. No doubt see many of you at Cleethorpes.

Lifeline – 25 April 2015

Lifeline often seems to either precede or follow the 100 Club nighter so it’s often the case that I’ve just got over one when it’s time for the next night. So it was this time. Lifeline is on every two months now, proving the move to Bidds has worked out well.

I made my usual journey to Kettering to meet my friends, this time Irish and Carry picked me up from the station and off we went to Stoke-On-Trent. In fact we arrived before the official opening time, we went in, Andy Dyson playing records but the bar was shut. However it opened shortly after our arrival.

It didn’t take long for a few people to get up and dance which must be encouraging for any DJ. I remember him playing Night Of The Wolf among others.

Next up in the “collectors spot” was Steve Morgan, he played a set of mixed tempos, including Johnny McCall’s I Need You and the Ethics’ I Want My Baby Back and finishing with my favourite record These Memories, one I’d never expected to hear at Lifeline, but why not?

Mick H took over and played for about 45 minutes, he told me that most of the records were from Detroit. If my memory is correct his first record was You Can Win by Charlene & The Soul Serenaders, I remember dancing to it. Another one was the Soul Brothers Six’s You Better Check Yourself, which one of my friends had told me about.

Then it was Soul Sam’s turn, always plays something new and interesting. He played quite a few tracks that I didn’t recognise, mostly they’d be called Modern Soul, as we know it, and also some of his “biggies”, e.g. Angela Davis, Tommy Dent, Zodiacs, Apaches, Tighten Up, Willie Dale, etc. When I see Sam behind the decks really enjoying himself I stop worrying about my age.

The night’s guest, Dean Anderson, was the next guy up there. He played a set of reasonably well known tunes plus some that I didn’t recognise. I recall My Dear Heart, Gotta Strange Feeling, You’ll Always Be In Style (the Ad Libs I think) and I Can Feel It by Carl Carlton.

Just before the end of Dean’s set Cliff Steele arrived, presumably he’d had another engagement possibly. And he played a very dancey set, much more Northern than usual I thought, and the dance floor responded. On the journey up we’d been talking about records, as you do, and Irish had mentioned a record by Little Johnny Blair (Momma’s Gone), and Cliff played it, nice bit of Northern. Towards the end he slowed things down slightly with King George’s I Need You, the Flint Emeralds’ Just Like A Baby, Count The Days and the Martiniques’ If You Wanna Call Me.

By now the clock had moved past 3 am and Andy returned for his second set. Chico Lamarr, Sir Joe, Hopkins Brothers were among his tunes but one that really got my attention was Sweet Little Girl by Royal Texas Slim Bell, great sort of fast medium tempo dance tune.

Then it was Mick again for his last set of the night, including the Mello Souls, that really gets people up out of their seats, the funky Are You Ready For The New Day, the Soul Superiors, and finishing with one by the Downbeats’ Say The Word.

As usual Chalky finished off the night but we left at about 5.25, my friends dropped me off at Kettering and I got the first train back to London.

I did pop into the Pow Wow room, the joint was jumping and very full. It’s hard when there are two rooms, can’t be in two places at once. Some of my friends rave about it so perhaps I should try to spend more time next one. The main room seemed to clear out as it got towards the end but I think many had gone next door.

There were loads of my friends from all over the country, good to see you all, hope I didn’t ramble on too much. It was Trickster’s birthday, he was in good form. Nice to see Billy there, spinning away like a good’un, and Matt, Debbie, Maria, Arthur, Pete, Gail, Kev, Pauline and others too many more to mention. Seeing all of you with the great music makes the night for me. As I said what else is there to do? And amazingly enough my legs held out to the end, I danced quite a bit, just to ones I really like, sadly gone are the days of dancing all night, more’s the pity but still enjoy a nighter.

Thanks to Irish and Carey for the lift and to the DJs.

100 Club Allnighter – 18 April 2015

I wasn’t one hundred per cent certain I’d be going to the 100 Club this time, I’d had back and leg pains but dosed myself up with Ibuprofen. I found out later that I wasn’t the only regular feeling a bit under the weather, Suzy wasn’t feeling too great, neither was Garry or Andy from Guernsey. We joked that Ady should have had an ambulance available for us. But we all attended and all stayed right through to the end of the night.

As usual I arrived at about 11.15. I was surprised to be “patted down” by a security guy at the entrance to the club, and he looked in my nighter bag, but fortunately didn’t pull everything out, perhaps the sight (or possibly the smell) of the shoes I change into for dancing put him off delving too deeply. I’m sure the discovery of my library book, towel, deodorant and spare shirt would have made his night. I’ve never experienced this before at the 100 Club, what’s it all about? Are they worried about people taking alcohol in to the club?

Keith was playing when I got down the stairs, think it was the Masquaders’ The Same Thing. He was followed by Joel Maslin, who opened his set with the Monitors’ Say You. A couple of us didn’t know it so I asked Joel, who added that it was a cheap record, that’s a change for me to ask about a record and find that I could afford it. Among the others he played in this set were I’ve Only Got Myself To Blame and Paulette’s Love You Baby.

Joel was followed by Butch, returning after a break due to Prestatyn in March. He opened his set with the record I’d requested, Milton Wright’s Like A Rolling Stone, he’d played it at Crewe. Thanks. In this set he included some of his biggies, Arthur Willis, Hopkins Brothers, United Sounds, but also another one from the Crewe set, The Man From Soul by a female group, and a version Get It Off My Conscience, plus his Vessie Simmons cover up. And some that were new to me.

By this time there was a reasonable number in, not quite as many as March I think but still a good turnout, some new faces I think. The dance floor was busy but you could still dance comfortably.

Matt Sneath, the guest DJ took over and played what I’d call a nighter set, starting with I Got Soul. I didn’t know most of the records he played, one I asked about was the Paramount Four’s You Don’t Know, I just couldn’t remember what it was. Matt brought a touch of Lifeline to the metropolis, he’s been a guest there. Although I wasn’t familiar with most of the records I enjoyed listening to new sounds.

Ady then took over to do his first set of the night starting off with Oh Baby Don’t You Weep by Luther Ingram, a favourite of the club. I remember dancing to Etta James’ Can’t Shake It, the Demures’ I Wanna Be Good To You, Nancy Wilcox’s He’ll Be Leaving You and Your Little Sister by the Marvellos. He played a few I didn’t know, I imagine they were acetates.

Back to Butch for his second set. During this one he did play some well known tunes, e.g. Man Of My Word, Flashback, Chuck Jackson cover up, Precisions, I Hurt On The Other Side, Four Dynamics, but quite a few that I either didn’t know the title or didn’t know at all. He finished his set with Satan, Let Me Sleep Tonight by Brenda Starr.

Then it was Joel again. He mixed up the sounds with well known ones like Eula Cooper’s Let Your Love Go Higher, Lost In A Crowd, etc., but plenty of lesser known tracks.

Third time for Keith then, again kept the floor moving with records like Job Opening, I Need Your Love by Clydene Jackson, You Didn’t Say A Word, Tell Me Baby and Ask My Heart, the latter I’d have danced to but heard while in the gents.

At about 5 am Matt started his second set and carried on with nighter records, again most I didn’t know but others certainly did because there were a fair few dancing. It had cleared out a bit by then.

For the last half hour it was Ady, as usual. Starting off with Make Up Your Mind by the San Francisco TKOs, it was mainly a medium paced set finally ending with Walter Jackson’s wonderful Uphill Climb, followed by I’ll Never Stop Loving You with the finale being of course Baby I Need Your Loving.

Time to leave then to the strains of Walter Jackson’s That’s What Mama Say; gather our coats and bags, say farewell to our friends and make our way home.

It did clear out from 3ish onwards, but at the end there were plenty still dancing, a tribute to the night. As usual good to see friends there. I hope Julie enjoyed her hen night. They were very restrained, didn’t know they were there.

I seem to say it each time but well done and thank you to Ady and the DJs, and to the staff of the club.