"I Love the Music" by the OJs do it for you? Would you simply
have to get up and groove if "Love Roller Coaster" by the
Ohio Players came on the sound system?
get yourself to the Hot House on Wednesdays and climb on board
the Soul Train.
be in the company of DJs who effortlessly keep the dancefloor
jumping all night.
Train came into being in 1990 when DJ Paul Alexander got together
with brothers Steve and Adryian Ashby who, during the 70s,
were importing all the latest soul and jazz funk from America
at pre-club The Guildhall, and decided to put on a one-off
70s soul reunion at Chasers with other DJs from the era.
11pm the venue was sold out and jumping and the rest is history.
pleasing to me is that 10 years on the same folk are still
attending Soul Train and others who were prominent in the
70s are still around," Paul Alexander told the clubbing pages.
Train found a more permenant home at McClusky's having previously
moved from Chasers to The Parkside where the famous jazz funk
room came into being.
it was back in the 70s when funk and soul ruled the dancefloors
and the soul boys and girls in their cutting edge fashions
packed The Guildhall Tavern and The Assize Courts that the
Soul Train DJs were perfecting their art.
remember at the time how big Brass Construction were and what
a big impact they were on the jazz funk scene," recalls Paul.
favourite tune though was always Donald Byrd Change Makes
You Wanna Hustle, but for me the highlight of the 70s was
DJ Seymour who was the main man on the local club scene.
"Wherever Seymour was playing (usually The Blue Lagoon) it
was always busy and boy did Seymour have top tunes."
move from The Assize Courts to take up residency at the Top
Cat brought the opportunity for Paul to host George McCrae,
other soul artists and reggae bands such as Steel Pulse.
at Durdham Down was a regular mid-week slot where Paul worked
with Edwin Starr then Barges Cellar Club at Keynsham and The
Carousel at Newton St Loe - both niche early soul venues.
in Bath and The Monaco Rooms were the end of the line for
the soul scene leaving Paul with bits of work at Rockwoods,
Vadims, Maxims, Curves, LeMans and Platform One where Keith
Valle was the man.
1977 Punk battered its way into the collective consciousness
- people, fashions and music changed, morphing into the big
club scene of the 80s and forcing the soul scene to take a
popularity nose dive.
phoenix-like, the soul scene has risen from its ashes in Bristol
introducing a new generation of funksters to the honeyed sounds
of George Benson, James Brown, McFadden & Whitehead , Loose
Ends, Gwen McCrae, Jocelyn Brown, Alexander O Neil or Luther
65 Whiteladies Road
7 pm - 11 pm
Happy Hour all night - yipee
Soul Train DJs on rotation playing some fine jazz, funk and
soul are Steve Phillips , John Stallard , Steve Ashby
& Paul Alexander.
the motto "The music lives on with Soul Train",