Sunday, 1 June 2014


Last weekend was a Bank Holiday and after a rainy afternoon scooter rideout organised by the New Untouchables and Bar Italia Scooter Club there was the Timebox all-dayer at the Strongrooms in Shoreditch.  I was otherwise engaged at Wembley (did I mention QPR’s last minute winner? Oh man, you shoulda seen it…) but made it for the evening and played a couple of sets.

The original plan was to mix it up with a mixture of R&B and soul plus some beat and garage tunes but Alex (billed as "from The Embrooks" even though that was such a loooong time ago) was DJing either side of me and had the “white” side excellently covered, so I stuck predominately with the “black” side. Was a mixed crowd (this was Saturday night Shoreditch remember) but they got stuck in and from about eleven the dancefloor stayed packed. Made the second set a doddle and a pleasure (although I stuck to tried and tested floorfillers) and the earlier first set - when still filling up - allowed for more diverse choices including a couple of singles I’d picked up recently after being introduced to them via The Sidewinder Club in Islington. I’d never played Johnny Young’s “Slam Hammer” in a club before and as much as the dirty harmonica is wonderfully over the top, hearing it as such loud volume shredded the ear drums of many; won’t be doing that again, sorry Johnny.

The Dippers – Goin’ Ape (Diplomacy)
Lester Young – Wobble Time (Chase)
Afro Blues Quintet Plus One – La La La La La (Mira)
Eddie Holland – Baby Shake (Motown)
Hindal Butts – In The Pocket (M-S)
Cecil Garrett – Bearcat (Calla)
Tommy Ridgley – I Want Some Money Baby (Johen)
Brian Auger & The Trinity – Tiger (Marmalade)
The Action – Never Ever (Parlophone)
Mouse & The Traps – Cryin’ Inside (President)
Earl Stanley – Fish Eyes (Pitassy)
Johnny Wyatt – Any Kind Of Love (Challenge)
Pete Mayes – Peace (Ovide)
Young Jessie – You Were Meant For Me (Mercury)
The Hammond Brothers – Thirty Miles Of Railroad Track (Amber)
Slim Harpo – Little Queen Bee (Excello)
Johnny Young – Slam Hammer (Arhoolie)
Lowell Fulsom – Love Grows Cold (Checker)
BB King – Beautician Blues (Kent)

Big Daddy Rogers – I’m A Big Man (Midas)
Young Jessie – Big Chief (Mercury)
Chubby Checker – Karate Monkey (Parkway)
The Gardenias – What’s The Matter With Me (Fairline)
Lloyd Price – The Chicken And The Bop (KRC)
JB Lenoir – She Don’t Know (Checker)
Charles Sheffield – It’s Your Voodoo Working (Excello)
Mike Pedecin – Burnt Toast And Black Coffee (Federal)
Grover Pruitt – Little Girl (Salem)
Curtis Lee – Is She In Your Town (Mira)
Lonnie Lester – You Can’t Go (Nu-Tone)
Kim Weston – Helpless (Gordy)
Barbara Randolph – I Got A Feeling (Soul)
Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine (Tamla Motown)
Marv Johnson – Come On And Stop (United Artitsts)
Leo Price Band – Hey Now Baby (Up-Down)

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