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Neil Gits In A Muddle…

24th February 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

I normally plan my show playlist out meticulously, so I know exactly what songs I am playing and  when, leaving me free on the night to concentrate on pushing all the right buttons in the studio and come up with something vaguely intelligent to say in between. One week I actually managed to do all three things together! This time however, for some weird reason, I decided to keep chopping and changing the tunes around, but damn good tunes they are as you can see from the selection below.  The highlights this time are possibly the full length album version of a Philly classic for the Tasty 12″, a cool slice of vocal Jap-Jazz from the 80s, a “Soul Smoothy” on Motown from the early 90s and a Solar act that weren’t quite as successful as Shalamar or The Whispers but had that same great sound ! If you listen carefully you can also here rock stars Richard Marx, Michael McDonald, Don Henley and the bloke from Chicago harmonizing on one of the other tunes too – I like to keep you on your toes …

The Playlist :


Detroit Spinners  –  Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time
Second Image  –  Star
Raydio  –  Jack & Jill
Harold Melvin & Bluenotes – The Love I Lost
Dynasty  – Does That Ring A Bell
One Way featuring Al Hudson  –  Music
Three Degrees  –  Woman In Love
David Garfield & Friends – Let’s Stay Together
Touchdown  –  Ease Your Mind
Heatwave  –  Too Hot To Handle
AB’s  –  Déjà Vu
Webster Lewis  –  El Bobo
James Brown  –  Get Up Offa That Thing
Chimes  –  Heaven
Johnny Gill  –  My My My
Silk  –  I Can’t Stop Turning You On
Jones Girls  –  This Feeling’s Killing Me
Chairmen Of The Board  –  Working On A Building Of Love
Eddie Mobley  –  Stick It In Your Earhole
T-Connection  –  On Fire
Advance  –  Take Me To The Top
Madagascar  –  Rainbow
Brian Simpson  –  Closer Still

The Events:

Saturday 25th February
“ Street Soul!”
Henry’s Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB
DJs: Andy davies, Terry Jones, Ginger Tony, Grumpy Brown, Steve Kite
9pm – 2am    –   £5 on the door    –   Tel(01708) 864042

Friday 2nd March
“The Zero Soul Night”
Marcos Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
DJ: Bully & guests
8pm – 1am    –   Admission free

Saturday 3rd March
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack (Upstairs), Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly
Special Guest DJ: Graham “Grumpy” Brown
Wristbands £5 in advance on (07989)591399
“Soul Funk & Jazz Grooves – Keeping The Spirit Of The Goldmine Alive!”

Saturday 3rd March
“ Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate, Kent
DJs: “The East Kent Soul Connection”
8pm – 1am    –   Free Entry

Saturday 10th March
“KTF Soul Club – 2nd Anniversary Bash”
Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Street, Grays, RM16 2AP
Featuring “Soul On The Square” DJs:
Jim Watson, Ian Stebbings, Sly Aylott & Chris Redman
7.30 pm  –  1.00 am  –  £2.50 in advance or £4 on the door
Telephone Danny: (07895) 538835

Friday 16th March
“Killer Soul VII”
Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh, SS6 9QS
8pm -1am    –     Tickets £7 in advance,  £10 on the door
Top tunes with the Zero Radio DJ Team!

Saturday 7th April
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Paul Clark, Jonny Layton
8pm  –  1am    –   Tickets £8 in advance, £12 on the door
Tel: (07800)724757 / (07989) 591399 / (01273) 413800

Saturday 7th April
“Soul Connexion All-Dayer”
The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1JE
DJs Dave Palmer & Dave Burton plus guests
Three rooms of music playing …
“Soul, Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove & Caister Anthems”
12 pm  –  3 am    –    £8 in advance, £10 on the door
Tickets available from Dave Burton: [email protected] 07584626972       and Dave Palmer: [email protected] 07961101746

Saturday 14th  April
“Soulful Seduction”
The Silver Jubilee, Link Road, Canvey Island, SS8 9QA
DJs: Bully & Stevie B
“Dance Soul Disco & Club Classics”
8pm – Late     –    Free Admission
Telephone Tracey (07816)831702 for more info

Friday 3rd August
“Hitsville – The Sound Of Motown”
The Welcome Club, Victoria Road, Stanford Le Hope
“Top Motown Tribute Band – Hitsville”
Plus support from the KTF Soul Club DJs
7.30 pm – 1am   –   Tickets £10
Telephone Danny (07895) 538835
Every Friday:
“Soul @ The Squire”
The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry – 8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister) plus various guests

Every Saturday:
Love Canvey Soul
Bar Monico, Canvey Seafront
8pm – 2am – Free Admission
Tony D with Guest Djs & Live Acts
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Old Skool, Disco, Boogie, Motown & Reggae”

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one March 2nd
First Friday: 80s Soul Funk & Disco Night – The King Willy, Sawbridgeworth
Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next 24th Feb
Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 3rd March
2012 Dates: 28th April, 23rd June, 25th Aug, 20th Oct, 15th Dec
Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April
The Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
***Tickets & Accomodation Selling Fast ! Hurry! ***
More info at and

And don’t forget…
Live Jazz at The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay
Every 1st Sunday Of The Month
1pm – 4pm   –  Free Admission
Next Date : 4th March

If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo.

Also recommended…
Friday Nights At …
Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton
Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove
Both chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place early in 2012 ? 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 voice/text message to (01268)833978

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