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Neil Gits The Subbuteo Out !

20th March 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

OK it’s not exactly relevant to my (twice) weekly show full of super soul disco & jazz-funk from the 70s & 80s, but if you are the same age as me (probably a bloke !) and love your footy, then I bet you had Subbuteo as a kid ! Young Nathan, my producer (and occasionally my 9 year old son…) saw them playing it in an episode of Gavin & Stacey recently and knew that dad still had his set lurking in a corner upstairs somewhere, so asked if we could have a game – talk about an invitation to treat ! Two weeks later we are in the middle of an intense “Subbuteo World Cup” competition and if you are on Facebook you can see some photos of the action – while you are there hunt down “The Old Gits Soul Show” page and join up for the latest news and banter from your fellow listeners, and maybe make some new soulful friends ! It’s all about the nostalgia for the god old days, check the paylist for this week’s show and have a listen from 5pm on Saturday, with a new show live on Monday at 7pm …

The Tunes

Aurra  –  You & Me Tonight

Chaka Khan  –  What Cha Gonna Do For Me

Maze  –  Too Many Games

Donnie Elbert  –  A Little Piece Of Leather

Lou Rawls  –  Some Folks Never Learn

Earth Wind & Fire  –  Runnin’

Freddie Jackson  –  Tasty Love

Viola Wills  –  Dare To Dream 

Level 42  –  Almost There 

JALN Band  –  Disco Music (I Like It)

Gayle Adams  –  Lifesaver / Plain Outta Luck 

Candido  –  Dancin’ &  Prancin’ 

Faith Hope & Charity  –  To Each His Own

Shalamar  –  Take That To The Bank

Chi Lites  –  Are You My Woman

Patti Labelle  –  Oh People

Babyface  –  Whip Appeal

Lenny Williams  –  Sometimes Love

Rick James  –  You & I 

Pasadenas  –  Riding On A Train

Swing Out Sister  –  Alpine Crossing

The Gigs

Friday 22nd March
“Soul & Club Classics Night”
The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley,SS7 3TA
DJs : MJ Mac & Bully
“A Night of old skool club classics, soul, funk, RnB,
disco and dance….”
Free Entry  –  8pm – late
Friday 22nd March
“Dance Decades Night”
“80s Soul Grooves”
Visage Bar, Gants Hill, Ilford
DJ: John Leech
Free Entry  –  9pm – Late
Saturday 23rd March
The Knot, 20 Beach Road, Westgate on Sea, Kent, CT8 8AD
DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson
Guests: Penny K & Tom Glide
8pm – 1am  ;  Free Entry ;  Tel:(01843) 833907
Friday 29th March (last Friday of the month)
“The Return Of Shaft”
Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester
DJs:  Chazz J, Jimmy Dixon, Kev James
“Soul Jazz & Funk”
9pm  –  2.30am    –    Free Entry
Friday 29th March
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Vetro Bar, Billericay (corner of Western Road & High Street)
“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves From The 70s & 80s”
DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus Guest DJ Pete Collins
Free Entry   –   8pm  –  1am
Friday 29th March
“Destiny Michelle”
The Inn On The Green, Billericay
Beyonce / Destinys Child Tribute
8.30 pm start  –  Free Admission
Friday 29th March
“The Frog March”
The Bull, Rainham Road South, Dagenham, RM10 8AQ
“Special Event to commemorate 5 years since the passing of the original mix master and legendary soul DJ , Froggy”
5pm  –  2am   ;   Free Entry
DJs include: Frostie, Tony Fernandez, Dr Bob Jones & Scott James
Saturday 30th March 2013 (next 6th July)
“Essex Funkers Spring  Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow
DJ: Les Knott with Guests Jeff Young, Paul Clark
Soul DJ Essex, Soundchaser & Terry Munro  & Madhatter T-Shirts
Times 8pm –  2am
Tickets £10 in advance available from (07800)724757
Saturday 30th March
“Soul Birthday Party”
Caffe Alma, (formerly The Westcoast Bar), Margate
“Upfront, Modern & Classic Soul Grooves”
Saturday 30th March
“The 3rd Soul Connexion All Dayer”
The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JE
12 Noon – Late
Tickets £4 In Advance from (07584)626972 (£5 OTD)
More info at
Saturday 30th March (Every Last Saturday)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert plus guests
70s & 80s Disco Classics
Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 5th April
First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 6th April
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 20th April
Last Friday: Shaft, Circle Bar, Crouch Street, Colchester – next 29th March
Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 30th March
Last Saturday: We Love 80s, The Edge, Basildon  –  next: 30th March
Also recommended…
Most Friday Nights At …
Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton
Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove
Every Friday: Funkin’ Fridays, Bar West One, Brentwood
These chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !
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 !
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