Ah now, My cutting related activities are for the moment on a temporarily short pause (I hope) and here I find myself at a loose end, and so I've ventured into the "Treehouse" a sub-forum of "The Discotheque" which I find most apt. Over the years I've D.J'd at many a Soul Venue here in the U.K. I even recall selling to a Forum Member, the now Internationallly Renowned but then an up and coming young Soul DJ called Chris King, a "London American" copy of "It Keeps Raining" by the brilliant Fats Domino ( Early- Mid 7Ts @ K.G.B- Sheffield Chris ??). And whilst most Venues never embraced the "Bubble Machines" and "Flashing Lightshows" of the more "Commercial" contemporaneous Discotheques, they were, however great places to meet Like-minded Soul Music Aficionado's, who enjoyed having a Dance and sharing their stories of when and where they'd made their latest Soul-Music related purchases. The more obscure your Artist, Title, or Record Label purchase. the more Highly Regarded and Authoritive you were held to be as a Soul Music Collector. Whilst never reaching the "Upper Echelons" of Soul-Collector Status, I did however amass quite a Tidy number of "Top-Flight" mainly U.K. issued collectable Tunes. My fun was to be had Seeking Soul Tunes Out, mainly finding them Second-Hand and not costing a Kings Ransom, I never ever subscribed to the Philosophy that the most money meant the Best Collection. Apart from being very expensive, wheres the Fun and the Challenge in that? Here's a Snap Shot of perhaps 1/10th of my Vinyl Collection
As mentioned in the title of this Post, this is a Cautionary Tale, and it relates to ill-advisedly making a visit to a Commercial Discotheque for perhaps the first time in 30+ years. These places are best left to the Young People, and the Able Bodied. I was trying to get into the spirit of things by doing as the DJ Suggested. He said to do whatever the record says, he then played Van McCoy's"The Hustle" So I did the "Hustle" he then played Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and I did "The Twist" I was grabbed by the Bouncers, or "Stewards" as they now like to style themselves, and un-ceremoniously "Kicked Out" about half-way through Dexys "Come On Eileen"
I'll get my coat!!