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    Posted by BernieBass (U14376309) on Saturday, 28th September 2013

    I enjoyed this sort documentary and much respect to Paul mason for giving it large on the dance floor. Northern soul passed me by in the 70's. Down south we were all into Mud, Sweet and T Rex.

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    Posted by Lemon Sabotage (U9577550) on Sunday, 29th September 2013

    Yes, it was a terrific programme, wasn't it? I could have happily sat through another half hour of the same. I knew nothing of Wigan Casino when it was all happening, but I'm sure I'd have gone there if I'd lived anywhere near there, instead of Basingstoke.

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    Posted by man-in-the-moon (U3655413) on Sunday, 29th September 2013

    I agree an excellent introduction into Northern Soul.

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    Posted by angelictennisfan (U8898769) on Sunday, 29th September 2013

    I enjoyed this sort documentary and much respect to Paul mason for giving it large on the dance floor. Northern soul passed me by in the 70's. Down south we were all into Mud, Sweet and T Rex.  Thanks so much for this post. Mr A and I are huge Northern Soul fans and we did go to NS nights in Southampton in the 70s where it was very popular.

    We didn't see the programme. Going to watch it now on iPlayer.

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    Posted by Monty Burns (U7868864) on Sunday, 29th September 2013

    Whilst I'm not particularly a Northern Soul fanatic I don't mind some of the music and quite enjoyed this. I actually spotted someone I knew right at the very beginning of the programme, an old acquaintance of mine, Guy Hennigan who was wearing a brown leather coat and smoking a cigarette while DJing.

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    Posted by Pampy (U1022836) on Sunday, 29th September 2013

    Wish I'd known this was on - and hope it gets repeated. I would hope it at least mentioned Roger Eagle who was really the lynchpin of Northern Soul. Although I was around during the era, it wasn't until the 90s that I got to know him, not long before his death, and he was a great chap.

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    Posted by Baldinio (U2012448) on Sunday, 29th September 2013

    I enjoyed this sort documentary and much respect to Paul mason for giving it large on the dance floor. Northern soul passed me by in the 70's. Down south we were all into Mud, Sweet and T Rex.  Thanks so much for this post. Mr A and I are huge Northern Soul fans and we did go to NS nights in Southampton in the 70s where it was very popular.



    Not far from Southampton and I agree. N S was very popular down here, still have many of the records (in the loft) and have bought them again on CD and then downloads.

    To be fair to the OP, Mud, Sweet and T Rex were really for younger music fans.

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    Posted by angelictennisfan (U8898769) on Sunday, 29th September 2013

    Did I love this .... indeed I did. Just fabulous. Was going through the moves in our lounge to "Out on the Floor"!

    Pity I didn't know it was on earlier in the week. Would have recorded it for posterity. I hope it gets repeated in the future. It was lovely to see the youngsters embracing this music.

    It was a shame though that the programme gave the impression that everyone that went to Northern Soul nights took drugs. I know that some did - but not all. Just a blot on which was on the whole a brilliant programme. I don't need drugs - just the music itself gives me an almighty buzz and natural high. If I'm feeling down it is a wonderful pick me up.

    There are still NS nights going on around here. Someone I know still runs them every even numbered month in Bishopstoke. Must go there again some time.

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    Posted by groovyoldwoman (U1679885) on Sunday, 29th September 2013

    Although I live in the deep south I was aware of Northern Soul in the 70s as there was a kids Saturday morning programme that had an item on it each week.

    I can't for the life of me remember which one it was but I knew about the Wigan Casino and the dancing even though I didn't know the music.

    Now I've found out a bit more about it and really enjoyed the programme. Was trying to master the moves around the ironing board while I watched it!

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    Posted by groovyoldwoman (U1679885) on Sunday, 29th September 2013

    I'm now thinking it was probably tiswas!

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    Posted by me_the_first (U1291324) on Tuesday, 1st October 2013

    I watched this excellent documentary and indeed, credit to Paul Mason for showing us his "moves".

    I related to Paul when he mentioned moving on to other elements of dance music, although I was not into Northern Soul and mine was more a jump from rock and a sidestep from punk & new wave. The link made between the Northern Soul culture and rave culture of the late 80s/early 90s seemed very reasonable.


    Now, in danger of overdoing this but I have a request for info on 2 threads already. Might as well make it a nice round three smiley - smiley

    I wonder if afficionados like angelictennisfan would be able to help on my quest to find the name of a track briefly played but NOT included in the programme's tracklist. Precise details on this thread:

    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

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    Posted by angelictennisfan (U8898769) on Tuesday, 1st October 2013

    I'd have to watch again to see if I could recognise it. Mind you, there are thousands of NS tracks out there and even a fan like me doesn't know all of them unfortunately.

    Can't promise but it's a good excuse to watch again to see if I can identify it for you.

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    Posted by Blithermiester (U15494975) on Tuesday, 1st October 2013

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Although I was much into black American music during the 60s & 70s, Northern Soul rather passed me by until about 5 years ago. I bought a couple of CD compilations after reading a book about Northern Soul called "The 'In' Crowd". From that moment I was hooked. I couldn't believe how much good music came out of that era that just didn't make the charts.

    Also, it's great to see so many of today's youngsters picking up on Northern Soul. Those tracks are surely timeless. I wonder how much of today's so called 'R&B' will still be played in 50 years time?

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    Posted by me_the_first (U1291324) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    I'd have to watch again to see if I could recognise it. Mind you, there are thousands of NS tracks out there and even a fan like me doesn't know all of them unfortunately.

    Can't promise but it's a good excuse to watch again to see if I can identify it for you. 
    thanks angelictennisfan, in fact a kindly soul (geddit?) responded, it was Mel Britt with "She'll Come Running Back". Available on YT for your delectation...

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    Posted by average40 (U14458923) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    I tried to find this on my On-Demand system last night but couldn't locate it. Can anybody let me know when it was on please and on which BBC channel?

    Many thanks.

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    Posted by laughinsam (U11244950) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    www.bbc.co.uk/iplaye...

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    Posted by Prunereturns (U14149767) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    The name Northern Soul intrigues me. Having lived in the north from age 5 to age 29 (1957 to 1981), I'd never even heard of it until a Londoner friend told me she liked it, about 1988, I suppose. It's American music, surely?

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    Posted by me_the_first (U1291324) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    Yes, Prunereturns, it's explained in the documentary that it's essentially 60s soul music, similar to Motown but without the clout of such a successful label to take it all the way. Hundreds if not thousands of releases came out over time, on tiny labels by unknown artists and the vast majority did not even get the merest sniff of a chart position, even though for many people, the quality is just as high.

    Seemingly, folks in the UK and especially in particular, parts of the north-west, always on the lookout for something a bit different, started demanding more & more obscure tracks and less chart "fodder" which resulted in a great deal of interest in songs that were otherwise destined for the bin, or were barely more than demos.

    I don't think the doc ever clearly identified the numbers of people following the trend, but it was certainly not huge and focused on a few specific clubs, the most famous being Wigan Casino. So I believe not many people DID know about it at the time, but for those who were directly involved, it was a way of life, and nothing less. The term was coined by a London record shop owner if I recall, and it just meant the soul music that was preferred by people from the north (of the UK).

    Keep The Faith. smiley - smiley

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    Posted by me_the_first (U1291324) on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

    I should add: like many music trends, apart from the music itself it involved a particular group of people who dressed and appeared in a particular type of way, and established d a particular way of dancing. And many of the original fans still go to all-nighters & enjoy doing exactly all that, 30+ years later.

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