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Neil Gits A Clear Run

25th August 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

My Saturday football trips are now well under way and are a big highlight of my week, right up there with presenting my show of course! I never know quite what I am letting myself in for , but I rarely have what you could call a “bad” day going to a match. What can take the shine of a good day though are the motorways getting there or coming back …

It’s not exactly breaking news that the M25 is a nightmare, but I’ve got used to dealing with it’s constant heavy traffic and regular insane drivers, though it seems it’s got even busier lately – if that were possible ! I think three of my last four trips using it have resulted me spending upwards of 15 minutes stationary on the road with the engine turned off at some point whilst emergency services deal with the fall out up ahead of somebody else’s incompetence behind the wheel !!

I always allow a ridiculous amount of extra time for my journeys so that I hardly ever miss the kick-off, but sometimes coming home can be even more painful, especially late at night after a midweek game or a particularly long Saturday trip – that’s when they start closing multiple lanes on the major routes and even closing some roads completely, all unexpectedly, sending you on divertions through unfamiliar territory.

However … this week I can happily report that I had one of those very rare experiences on the road – a completely clear run, there and back – A130, A12, A120, M11, A14, A1, M1 and even the aforementioned M25 were all flowing as smoothly as you could wish for and having taken some especially lovely photos on a sunny day in Yorkshire, it was almost the perfect “Old Gits Road Trip” – I was in a state of shock when I got in !

The good news for soul music fans is that the more driving I do and the further I go, the more chance there is of me discovering some rare old gem of a tune amongst my many CDs and MP3 folders that I play in the “Neil Mobile” en route and a couple of beauties made it on to the playlist last Monday – see if you can spot them below :

The Tunes – Monday 21st August 2023

Al Jarreau – Easy
Billy Paul – Let Em In
Sugar Rainbow & Heather Haywood – Think About
Detroit Spinners – Games People Play
Detroit Spinners & Dionne Warwick – Then Came You
Jean Carne – Givin’ Up On Love
Sister Sledge – How To Love
Dennis Taylor – Want
Emotions – Love Vibes
Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up
Archie Bell & The Drells – Where Will You Go When The Party’s Over
Freddie McGregor – Eyes On You
Shara Nelson – Down That Road
Philadelphia International All Stars – Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto
Velvelettes – He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’
Cameo – Candy
Acantha Lang – River Keep Runnin’
Al Green – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Shirley Brown – Boyfriend
Four Tops – Baby I Need Your Loving
Aurra – Such A Feeling
Rockers Revenge – Walking On Sunshine
First Choice – I Can Show You (Better Than I Can Tell You)

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