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Neil Gits A Warm Fuzzy Glow…

23rd November 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

Going by the official title of my Cool Soul Show (“The Old Gits Soul Show”) it will come as no surprise that I don’t exactly embrace many of the ways of the modern world, including some of the ridiculous practices thrust on staff in the retail / business world. But even back in 1988, when I used to date a girl who worked at Woolworths in Chelmsford, I remember her telling me of how the staff there were instructed to always greet customers with a “Warm Fuzzy”, presumably meaning “smile & be friendly” – so silly jargon in the work place is not a new thing ! Last Monday, whilst sitting back in the studio presenting the live show after a particularly satisfying visit to Nandos, I found myself thinking “I’ve got a nice warm fuzzy glow this evening” no doubt brought on by a generous slice of the world’s best ever chocolate cheesecake! But it could well have been due at least 50% to the splendid selection of soul, jazz-funk & disco I was sharing with my listener – see if the tunes have the same effect on you by bending an ear to Gateway 97.8FM this evening from 5pm when we do it all over again….

The Tunes

Funkadelic    One Nation Under A Groove 
Change    Mutual Attraction
Dynasty    I Don’t Wanna Be A Freak
Chuck Woods    Seven Days Too Long
Sylvester    Fever (Sergio & Allen Craig On Fire Edit)
Detroit Spinners    Love Is In Season
Be Be & Ce Ce  Winans    Meantime
Rose Royce    I’m In Love (And I Love The Feeling)
Dennis Coffey    Gimme That Funk
The Limit    Say Yeah 
Slave    Wait For Me
Double Exposure  – Soul Recession 
Astrud Gilberto   -The Girl From Ipanema (Disco Version) 
Laura Lee    (If You Want To Try Love Again) Remember Me 
Trammps    Hold Back The Night
John Davis & The Monster Orchestra    Bourgie Bourgie
Lisa Stansfield    8-3-1  
Archie Bell & The Drells    There’s No Other Like You   
Eddie Kendricks    Intimate Friends
Cindy Scott    I Love You Baby
Rimshots    7,6,5,4,3,2,1 (Blow Your Whistle)
Percy & Them    Shake It !
Rodney Franklin  –  On The Path 

The Gigs

Saturday 23rd November

“Treacle Mine Soul & 90s Anthems Night”
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays, RM17 5PR
DJs: MJ & Bully
“Retro Soul Sounds & 90s Club Anthems”
8pm    12 Midnight  ;  Free Entry
Sunday 24th November (Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Bonnie DJ, Richard Brown, Sandra C & guests
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm  –  11pm – soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !
Friday 29th November (Every Last Friday)
“Friday Night Live!”
Bar Plazma, Wickford High Street, SS12 9AT
“Soul, funk, disco & club classics”
DJs: Bully & Merve The Swerve
Over 25s only ; Free Entry ; 8.30  – 2am
Friday 29th November (Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Vetro Bar, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves from the 70s & 80s”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Dave Bishop, Frostie
Free Entry     8pm    1am
Friday 29th November
“70s & 80s Disco Night!”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJ Neil Matthew plays Soul, Disco, Pop & Party Hits
Free Admission        7.30pm to 11pm
Friday 29th November
“Soul In The Sun”
The Sun Pub, London Road, Romford, RM7 9QA
DJs Steve Kite, Ian Holmes & Richard Brown play
“Jazz Funk Soul & Boogie”
Free Entry    8.30pm  til  1am
Saturday 30th November (Every Last Saturday)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert & Tommy Gun
“70s & 80s Disco Classics”
8pm    1am  ;  Free Entry
Friday 6th December
“Northern Soul Night”
The Curlew Pub, Gandalfs Ride, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WS
DJ: Ricky Oatham
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB & A Few Soul Classics”
8.30    11.30pm  ;  Free Entry
Friday 6th December  (Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
DJ Bully plus guest Brian Kelly
“Old School Soul, Funk & Disco plus a sprinkling of Nu Soul &
Soulful House From The 70s Upwards”
“Weekender Anthems All The Way!”
Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am
Friday 6th December
“Westcoast Soulstars with Digi Soul & Laura Jackson”
Westcoast Bar, Margate
DJ: Fitzroy The Buzzboy
Tickets £10
Saturdau 7th December
“Hockley Soul Night”
Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive
“70s & 80s Soul Anthems plus a great atmosphere!”
DJ: Geoff Grove
8pm – 1am   ;   Tickets £6 in advance, £7 On The Door
Saturday 7th December
“KTF Soul Club Festive Knees Up”
The Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Gavin Page, Mark Gurcha Collins & Tom Page
“Northern Soul Event”
Tickets £5 In Advance including free CD ! (£8 OTD = no CD)
7.30pm    1am
Saturday 7th December (Every First Saturday)
“Soul On The Harbour  – 3rd Anniversary Special !”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guests
“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”
Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am
Friday 13th December
“Xmas Killer Soul – With Kenny Thomas!”
Rayleigh Club Golf Resort
8.30pm    Ticket Info to follow…
Saturday 14th December
“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Special!”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly & Mr Messy plus
Special Guest … Paul Clark
“Top Quality Jazz Funk & Soul …
…Keeping The Spirit Of the Goldmine Alive!”
Wristbands £5 each in advance only (07989) 591399
9pm    1am     See below for more details:
Saturday 14th December
“Handbags & Gladrags 2”
Bar Plazma, High Street, Wickford, SS12 9AT
DJs: Stretch Taylor, Brian Jay, Euan Bass, Gayle Lawless
9pm    2am
More Info to follow…
Saturday 14th December
“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”
Harlow Town FC
Two rooms of funky soulful music provided by:
DJs: Les Knott, Marky Mark, Frostie, Terry Munro…
…and Scott Savill, Marky P, DJ Bushbaby
8pm –  1am   ;  Tickets £10
Saturday 14th December (Every 2nd Saturday Of the Month)
“Be Chic!”
The Crown, High Street, Billericay
Soulful Seduction DJs MJ & Bully present…
“Old Skool Soul, RnB, Carwash & Soulful Club Anthems”
8.30    12.30          Free Entry
Saturday 14th December
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar, Carl Hyde & guests
8pm –  1am  ;  Free Entry
Friday 20th December
“The Woodmans Xmas Soul Special”
The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh, Thundersely, SS7 3TA
DJs: Bully & MJ
“Nu Soul, Street Sounds, Soul & Funk Anthems, Soulful House & Ibiza Classics”
For ticket details visit:
Saturday 21ST December
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister) & DJ Hugsta
7.30pm start   –  Free Entry
Tuesday 24th December
“Xmas Eve – Soul At The Manor”
The Berwick Manor, Rainham, RM13 9EL
DJs: Chris Alexander, Pete Collins, Scott James,
Mark Gurcha Collins , Sandra C & Richard Brown
“All Things Soulful & Funky”
8pm    1.30am  ;   £10 in advance, £15 OTD
Friday 27th December (Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Vetro Bar, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves from the 70s & 80s”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Nick Aravis
Free Entry     8pm    1am      Smart Dress Code
Saturday 28th December
“Xmas @ Soulbay”
The Knot, Beach Road, Westgate-On-Sea, CT88AD
DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson, Penny K & Theresa B
“Quality Upfront & Classic Soul, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Soulful House & more…”
Tuesday 31st December
“New Years Eve Soul Family Affair”
The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
8pm    2am             Tickets £5
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013?
Let me know the details whether you are a DJ or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space!
E-mail: [email protected] or send a text message to (01268)833978The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world via from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm