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    Side A: Northern Soul Mix pt.1, Side B: "The Get Down" Rap by Tucker
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I first heard the term Northern Soul in the early 2000s while watching a one-hit wonder show on VH1 that mentioned "Tainted Love" as a song the members of Soft Cell used to dance to as teenagers in discotheques. A few years later, I was watching a documentary on rave culture, and there was Soul again. I was hooked. It turns out that for every Motown hit we all know and love, there were probably 50 copycat bangers that never made it to the radio and ended up coveted by British DJs in the late '70s. Instead of my planned 70-minute Soul set, I ended up with two parts. For part 1, I went in with early Hip Hop, inspired by "The Get Down". Between parts 1 and 2, you'll hear selections of Northern Soul, very early Rap, and sweet old Reggae. The connection being these were all relatively overlapping urban jump-ups that spawned lasting scenes. Part 2 is on the way. Until then, allow me to rock so viciously that all the fly ladies will admire me...

Side A
Shirley Ellis - Soul Time
Gloria Jones - Tainted Love
Johnny Taylor - Friday Night
George Kirby - What Can I Do
Eddie Parker - I'm Gone
Willie Tee - Please Don't Go
Black Ivory - I Keep Asking You Questions
Ruby - Deceived
J.J. Jackson - But It's Alright
Soul Brothers Inc. - Pyramid
Salt and Pepper - Man Of My Word
Chubby Checker - At The Discotheque
Billy Butler - Right Track
The Velvelettes - He Was Really Sayin' Something

Side B
Paulette & Tanya Winley - Rapping And Rhyming
Treacherous Three - Feel The Heartbeat
Funky 4 + 1 - Do You Want To Rock (Before I Let Go)
Rappermatical 5 - Party People
Spanish Fly & The Terrible Two - Spanglish
Busy Bee - Making Cash Money
Captain Rock - Cosmic Blast
Joeski Love - Pee Wee's Dance

More info on Northern Soul: blog.gregwilson.co.uk/2013/11/...ern-renaissance

I went by DJ alt.rock for 10 years as a tongue-in-cheek diss at lazy rock & roll radio program directors "discovering" '90s alternative rock in the late aughts. DJ alt.rock was also a nod to early rap names that usually contained either "rock" or "ski"... Never in a million years did I imagine that the prefix "alt-" would be so drastically ruined by a former reality TV clown, but that's exactly what happened in 2016/17... I've done my best to clear that name from as many mixes and artwork as possible, but some sets have so many alt.rock DJ-drops in them that I've opted to just post this notice and keep it moving. From now on, I'm using my first name, because nobody can mess it up (other than myself).

    0:00   Shirley Ellis - Soul Time
    2:40   Gladys Knight & the Pips - I Want That Kind of Love
    5:00   Johnny Taylor - Friday Night
    12:20   Willie Tee - Please Don't Go
    14:40   Black Ivory - I Keep Asking You Questions
    17:20   Ruby - Decieved
    19:40   J.J. Jackson - But It's Alright
    28:00   Chubby Checker - At The Discotheque
    30:20   Billy Butler - Right Track
    32:40   The Velvelettes - He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'
    35:20   Afrika Bambaataa - rhymin' and rappin'
    39:20   The Treacherous Three - Feel The Beat
    42:40   Funky Four - Do You Want to Rock
    56:00   Busy Bee - Making Cash Money

    R&B, Northern Soul, Hip Hop
    • Type: DJ-Set
    • Oakland, california
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