With all of the attention of the new film ‘Northern Soul‘ directed by Elaine Constantine, the BBC broadcasted an hour-long show on the scene that was and still is Northern Soul. For once the scene grew from strength to strength in the North of England in the hotbeds of Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino. If you want to hear from those who made the scene what it is then you must watch this programme ‘Living For The Weeekend‘. Even I didn’t realise the rivalry that emerged within the scene. Still though it is the four beat sound that is all important.
Recently even I’ve attended a few Northern Soul nights locally which have been packed with folk there for the tunes, the more obscure the better. The programme even highlighted the snobbery that came with those who had those hard-to-get singles from the sixties and others who had to settle for the re-issued tracks or worse still on a compilation label. On that I was rather surprised that the Kent Records label wasn’t mentioned as it did give access to many records that buyers could only dream about owning. For me for it is the music that counts, thankfully not my woeful dancing, but I don’t care. Keep the faith!