Genre Northern Soul Music



(-an introduction to Northern Soul )



Northern soul the revenge of the small town 

The perfect blueprint for the rave culture started in the 1970s (20 years before) with Northern soul spread across e working-class towns the North of Yorkshire. Think of the book by Adele Stripe ‘Black Teeth & a Brilliant smile”.

Bleak times to live in. People grafted hard. Some needed hard escapism.


High off speed, amphetamine, and even dextrose tablets ( sugar)

The disc jockey for the first time had to work hard to keep crowds attention.

The birth of the Music record trainspotters.

Vinyl became sort after by collectors.

 DISC jockey’s  scoured the lands to find

 rare one-off, unknown records to turn into overnight hits.

They became seen as specialists and a connoisseur culture grew.

Northern soul put dance music on the same level as classical & blues music.

The rarest record in the world ( originally thought to only have  1 copy in existence) is Frank Wilson’s ‘ Do you love me?’

When it hit British soil it became an instant hit.

In 1998 it was sold to a Scottish collecter for £ 15000.

Copies were reissued by music labels and could sell for £ 40 onwards.

This led to D.J.’s covering up records labels. Some D.J.’s even went so far as to cover up the label of the original record label a song was released under to protect it from being tampered with.

This obviously led to a load of bootlegs rip-offs offs being made.

Northern soul found its way to North & South Carolina where it became known as Beach music.

Myrtle beach anyone?


This subculture started out because a community of people wanted to jam to ‘black music’ in a deeply prejudiced state & time in the Americas.

Back to the U.K. in the 90’s when Fat Boy slim sampled an instrumental of ‘sliced tomatoes ‘ by the Just brothers on his massive hit ‘ Rockefeller skank. Northern soul turned into Nu-Energy

Northern soul was about a culture that networked & became a community.

It’s powerful image thinking of kids dressed in Fred Polos shirts, and comfortable shoes repping it on the dance floor to sped up beats to match their state of mind.

Working class “Machines” on the outside with a soul no matter how cold.

It became increasingly difficult to find untampered with copies of Northern soul criteria hit songs.

Traditionalists wanted to stick with the pure energy of Northern soul but were running out of vinyl hits. It took a renegade, Ian Levine (Wigan resident D.J.) who took a trip out to the U.S.A. and came back to Blighty with a rare unheard (commercial) Motown label track ‘Ghost in the house’ to divide the Northern soul community.

Music needs to move people, move on, create sub-genres, inspire other generations.

Posted on Jun 27, 2019, in MUSIC BLOG, UNCATAGORISED and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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