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Northern Soul

Ace film out just recently about, well, Northern Soul.
Set up t'north in a small town and about a couple of teenagers get into the scene and start on the trail of hunting out the music and playing the music they find in a local youth club progressing into going to the Wigan Casino and doing what the youth did back then to stay awake and dance all night long.
Great film to watch even if like myself are not really a great lover of the music. Worth watching just for the nostalgia thing. Great clothes and the attention to detail for all things 70's is brilliant.
Superb little film and would recommend to anyone into youth culture and Northern Soul alike.
Plastic Man

Being an offcumden and having only lived in the North just over 20 years, Northern Soul was a phenemonon that had originally passed me by. However, local radio does feature it regularly, so I am moderately familiar with the style. It's not quite my cup of tea, but there is the odd tune which catches the ear.

However, I am intrigued by the whole Northern Soul concept in general, its still vibrant activists' scene, and the concept that one of it's major attractions was the apparent rarity value of records, based on them being shite that the record companies in the USA couldn't/ wouldn't sell.

I have heard good reports about the film and will be looking out for it.
Late Doors

'twas in my xmas sock so will be playing it soon.
fartcatcher

When we lived in Brum, they used to have a Northern Soul night once a month at the Cadbury's Social Club.

You had to watch out for all the guys sliding along the floor on their knees. Like dozens of Steven Gerrard goal celebrations.

A lot of the music was a bit obscure but not too bad. I think I heard Tainted Love for the first time there.
Cutsyke

A lot of it was put out on small labels that didn't have the financial clout to promote them at a time when so much great music was fighting for air time. Also the size of America and the way radio is mostly local, you could conceivably be big in one state but not the next. I don't think the fact a single was unsuccessful is a measure of it's quality. I love a lot of Northern and  just soul in general without knowing what category it falls into. Motown, Staxx etc, it's all soul to me.
smiling badger

Like most music you have to be in the mood for it.
But for Soul and Reggae alike i find it even more so really having to be in the mood for it.
Must admit to having disliked Norhern Soul for quite a few years only for the fact that i was bombarded with it on the Scooter Rallies i went to as a kid.
Just wore me down and especially as then in my youth was wanting to be hearing loud, fast, angry type of music more along the lines of Psycho Billy or the likes.
But as ive grown older i have stand out Soul tunes that i really do like. But lots still dont really do much for me. Horses for courses and all that..
Think that it is great that it still has a good following and that there are youngsters still joining a sub culture that has stood the test of time.
Not sure id want to be wearing flares and tank tops this day and age though.
Late Doors

Watched this last night and enjoyed it. Impressed with the period capture as well, like Badgey said. Clothes, hair, attitudes, venues and locations all very evocative.

Like all these period youth cult dramas though it falls into the trap of condensing what usually happens over a two year period into a few days thereby glamorising something that just wasn't glamorous at the time. Suppose you wouldn't have a film though if they didn't.
Dock

Watched this at the weekend. I'm much too young to remember the original Northern scene but have always been a fan of the music. I thought this really captured the excitement of being into a certain scene/ music with your mates when you are young. Enjoyed watching it.
Frazier Cranium

Yeah thought it not too bad.  I seem to remember there was almost a batch of NS films brought out recently, and this was the best of the three... but still not ace.  Simply too much content to cram into one two-hour if that, film.

They've done a good job with This Is England... they could have done the same with Northern Soul and made a classy, grittty drama series for TV of it.  Just my opinion, as if anyone gives a toss.
Heyho

I enjoyed the film although it was let down by the fact that they didn't use any land line telephones in it.
Dock

Heyho wrote:
I enjoyed the film although it was let down by the fact that they didn't use any land line telephones in it.


I've just spat tea all over my keyboard, FACT!
Dock

Oh dear. Somebody doesn't like it:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-7YFOjmOeeQ
Late Doors

Ha, ace, "seeing as you have your leather coat and that"
"Baggy trousered  fucking clowns"  

The clip was from Downfall no?  best Hitler filum I've ever seen, brilliant
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Ha, ace, "seeing as you have your leather coat and that"
"Baggy trousered  fucking clowns"  

The clip was from Downfall no?  best Hitler filum I've ever seen, brilliant


He might have been angered that the film featured Wigan, but witness his anger when his staff inform him that Wigan Casino has been closed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiBMaN84wSc
Late Doors

Pie Eating Dog Racing idiots, i bet Dave Whelan has something to do with this.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Pie Eating Dog Racing idiots, i bet Dave Whelan has something to do with this.


I don't know who does those clips but they really tickle me.
Heyho

Woman a work went to the Blackpool New years eve Northern Soul event. You go in on NYE when it's still light and you come out knackered the next day when it's light. She said it was brilliant

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