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’70s Dance Music: Part 6

By | April 9th, 2017|Music Reviews|

The Age of Funk and James Brown In the 1970's I found myself at university in Brighton. Back in Nottingham Motown was morphing in to Northern Soul, but that was never going to take hold on the South Coast. In the night clubs, I frequented as a long haired student, something else was happening. That [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 5

By | March 15th, 2017|Music Reviews|

Apologies for the delay  in posting Part 5 Apologies to all those looking forward to another fix of '70s dance music. I'm afraid that my visit to the Southport Weekender two weeks ago took over a bit, but I hope to get back on track and post the remaining parts every ten days. However Southport [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 4

By | February 8th, 2017|Music Reviews|

DJ Lou gets Part 4 rolling I was wondering where to start on this, the fourth, journey through the vaults of '70s dance music. I then remembered the 'Guess the year' quiz from the Ceroc South Birmingham intermediate class. You had to guess the year of the tracks played during the lesson. It turned out [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 3

By | January 29th, 2017|Music Reviews|

The Sound of Philadelphia In Part 1 of my search for eighty Modern Jive-able '70s dance tracks, I featured The Richie Family's Best disco in town. This track includes clips from a number of classic disco tracks, including several from the '70s. One track I managed to recognise was TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) by MFSB [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 2

By | January 20th, 2017|Music Reviews|

How about a '70s music freestyle In my post '70s Dance Music: Part 1 I suggested that there might be enough great music from this decade to fill a four hour freestyle. In that article I managed to come up with just ten tracks. Seventy to go then! So let me get started right away, by going back [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 1

By | January 11th, 2017|Music Reviews|

Best Dance of The Night! A few weeks back at Kelham Hall DJ Mark O'Reilly played a track I'd not danced to before at a Modern Jive venue. The track provided me with the best dance of the night. Why had I never danced to this track before? It had everything that makes a track perfect [...]

Song List: ’70s Dance Music

By | January 1st, 2017|Music Reviews|

'70s Music Modern Jive Freestyle In my article '70s Music Part 1, I came up with the idea of having a '70s Music themed Modern Jive Freestyle. I have calculated that I will need 80 tracks to fill a four hour dance set. In the end I've made a list of ninety one songs. Here they [...]

Serious Jockin’- no G

By | October 9th, 2016|Music Reviews|

So how do the Modern Jive DJs find the fresh music tracks that keep the dancers interested? Of course many are already implanted in their subconscious and just need a slight memory trigger to reveal themselves again. Others I'm sure are found by trawling through iTunes, YouTube and other places on the internet. I'm sure the DJs [...]

It’s the Same Old Song

By | September 9th, 2016|Music Reviews|

At a recent freestyle I was in conversation with another dancer about the music. He was not impressed but I thought it was pretty good. He went on to tell me the name of another regular freestyle where he prefered the music they played 'However it's a bit Same Old, Same Old'. This is a [...]

Disco Inferno

By | September 7th, 2016|Music Reviews|

My passion for dance music was ignited in the grandiose dancehall of the Nottingham Palais. It was here I first heard tracks from the Motown Studios before they broke through in to the main stream pop charts. Uptight by Stevie Wonder and (I'm a) Road Runner by Junior Walker had me tapping my feet. Sadly feet tapping was [...]