Based in the Northern regions of England
, Northern Soul
was the first underground club scene
s who presented the rarest records
for highest reputation. The sounds were soul stompers
, discovered for not built around, the crowd's demand to dance. This of course made the timeline of the scene
finite, but fiercely tribal
in the devotion to the clubs
Since the majority of this scene was ignored by commerical music
forces, it gave the factory work
ing youth of industrial England
something completely their own. Amphetamines
gave them the ability release and party at all-nighters
, drugs being a direct connection to the Mods
Two of the major clubs for this scene were The Wigan Casino
and The Mecca
. The Wigan Casino had a larger dancefloor
and their DJs Kev Roberts and Richard Searling pumped body-soul music to keep the punter
s hopping. The Mecca, presided over by DJ Ian Levine was a bit more cerebral
and focused more on the rarest or tightest grooves.
Northern Soul developed its own fashion such as the first baggy pants
, dancing styles
, and popularized the DJ obsession
for covering up their best tracks label (Steaming them off, or even renaming them!).
Some of the biggest hits of the scene included R. Dean Taylor
's 'There's a Ghost in My House' and The Four Tops
'I Can't Help Myself', (The rarest being Frankie Wilson's 'Do I Love You'). Northern Souls DJ's would often travel to America in search of the most obscure music
, and like, Ian Levine, required/had the financial ability & time to hunt.
Northern Soul Gave way to Disco
, and influenced club culture
ever after, even if often forgotten or its influence left unknown.
I'm reading the history of the disc jockey by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton who write for Mixmag-USA.
These are my own words from a brilliant chapter of their book.