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Neil Gits Sloppy

20th January 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Hands up, I was very tired when presenting this show, for one reason or another, but … everything was prepared to the last minute detail so it should have gone like clockwork. WRONG! A super duper new microphone appearing in front of me was the first thing to throw me and took a few minutes to adjust to, then Nathan picked the worst possible moment to trip over in the studio and send a pair of headphones flying nosily to the floor and before you know it concentration had been totally lost … with the plot following quickly behind !

Luckily this blog can fill you in on the gaps I created at the time and lets me tell you that Bunny Sigler was born two days before Easter which is how he got his nickname (think about it!), The Incredible Mr Freeze track was a big fave tune on Sunday nights at The Forge in Billericay when it first opened in 1986  and last but not least, we sadly lost another member of the soul family this week in Etta James who you can hear at her funkiest soulful best in this week’s show. As always the music was lovingly hand-picked so if you can ignore the waffle in between, sit back this Saturday at 5pm and enjoy top quality soul, jazz-funk & disco from the 70s & 80s … or if you are “in the business” just gloat over my many errors !!

This Week’s Playlist:

Kool & The Gang  –  Straight Ahead

Mahogany  –  Ride On The Rhythm

Steve Arrington  –  Feel So Real

Sugarhill Gang  –  Rappers Delight (89 Remix)

Three Degrees  –  Dirty Old Man

Bunny Sigler  –  Come On & Dance

Alexander O’Neal  – If You Were Here Tonight

Howard Hewitt  –  I’m For Real

Unlimited Touch  –  Searching To Find The One

Ronnie Laws  –  All For You

Jean Carn  –   Free Love

Not James Player  –  Friends Again

Etta James  –  All The Way Down

Shalamar  –  I Owe You One

Sunburst Band  –  Everyday

Bobby Womack  –  I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much

Manhattans  –  Shining Star

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles  –  Going To A Go Go

Crown Heights Affair  –  Dance Lady Dance

The Incredible Mr Freeze – Back To The Scene Of The Crime

Locksmith  –  Blackjack

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:


Saturday 21st January
“KTF Soul Club”
Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford Le Hope
7.30pm – 12.30 am    –  Admission £4  on the door
DJs: Mick Love & Lee Markwick
“Northern Soul and more…”
Tel: (07895) 538835 – Danny
Saturday 21st January
“Love Canvey Soul”
Bar Monico, Canvey Island Seafront
8pm – 2am    –   Free Admission
“Pure Solid Soul, Drinks Promotions, Dress To Impress”
*SPECIAL GUEST : ROY CARTER – SINGING LIVE*                                                                                   (Former  Singer/Guitarist with Heatwave) Plus DJ: Tony D                                                                            (This event takes place each Saturday with live singers & guest DJs –                                                        Feb 4th: Georgie B of Second Image)




Thursday 26th January
“Down To The Bone – Live!”
The Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-on-Sea
“Celebrating Ten Years of Jazz-Funk”
Tickets £10 – £5 students
Tel: (01702) 351135




Friday 3rd February
“Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh.
DJ Darren Bull & Guest Lee Aldwinkle
“Soul, Disco, Jazz-Funk & Dance Anthems”
8.30pm  –  1am      –     Admission Free


*First Friday Every Month*


Saturday 4th February


“Soul On The Harbour”


Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate


8pm  –   1am    –   Admission Free


“Classic and upfront Soul, Funk, Jazz & Soulful house”


East Kent Soul Connection DJs


*Charity Night In Aid Of UNICEF – inc Prize Draw*




Saturday 11th February


“Valentines Soul Night”


The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays, RM17 5PR


DJs: Bully & MJ – Soulful Seduction


“Caister Soul Anthems & 90s Dance Classics”


8pm  –  11.30    –   Free Admission




Saturday 11th February


“Dance To Donate – Soul All Dayer”


*In Aid Of Chailey Heritage School*


The Squire, North Street, Romford


2pm  –  2am   –   Admission £15


DJ Line-Up Includes Dr Bob Jones, Scott James & Mark Webster




Saturday 18th February


“The Goldmine Reunion”


La Quinta, 22-28, Benfleet Rd, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 1QB


DJs: Chris Hill & Mad Marx aka Snowboy


9pm til 3.00am  –  Tickets £12.50 in advance from the venue  07811 111333 or






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






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


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 Feb 3rd                                                First Friday: 80s Soul Funk & Disco Night – The King Willy, Sawbridgeworth
Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next Jan 27th
Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one TBC
Further details above as each night comes around.
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 @ The Inn On The Green – Mountnessing Road, Billericay                                                        Every First Sunday of the month                                                                                                                             Lunchtime Session: 1pm – 4pm                                                                                                                                  Next date : Resumes in March 2012


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


Admission is FREE ! Hope to add more details here soon…




Also recommended…                                                                                                                                            Friday nights at…                                                                                                                                                                 Lot 75 , Shenfield with Graham Norton


Plasma, Wickford with Geoff Grove


Both guys play every other week and include plenty of “our” tunes amongst other styles…




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

 The 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