Dave Wakeham

Still on the Journey through four decades of club music , heres part three of favoured music from some of the clubs i have worked in, so much good music that i could fill thousands of hours of radio here.

Continuing the Journey through four decades of club music , heres part 4 of favoured music Leighton Court , In part five we go down stairs to the other dancefloor for some new wave.

Clubbing 1981 Leighton Court , Downstairs There was the other dance floor , something started to develop at the begining of the 80s , the new wave scene, a new era . one club , many possibilities. last stop before embarking on a tour or Europe that would last ten years.

Part 6 of a series of radio shows , from my years as DJ all over Europe this time the Scandinavian tour , which took me all over the nordic regions , from Kristiansand in Norway right up to Tromso the island of Vado and a visit to nordkapp , all this allowing me to meet interesting people in interesting places, and DJ in some clubs at the same time. Remember at this time , not much TV not much Radio and up in the north of Norway it was difficult to get to know what music was going on elsewhere.

Club Sounds of the 80s , following My DJ years and picking out some hits on the dance floors all over Europe and Scandinavia. I left the UK in 1983 to follow a professional career as DJ with various agents, the future hadnt been invented.

Continuing my tour of Europe as DJ and pulling out some of those great tunes from some great times sit back relax and remember

The idea of producing a local magazine might sound like pie in the sky to any ordinary individual , it was 2003 and I was in a situation, struggling to get work ,feeling completely stressed out and left out , however my mind was buzzing with ideas , I decided to create my own work. WEST SIDE not only West Side Magazine , but the idea of having it linked to a web site and a web site linked to downloadable local artist stuff a blog a local interactive platform.

In the area there were bars opening up , various boutiques , cafes , theres a live music venue alternative cinema showing interesting films and some retro cult films. Plenty of scope for dates for art exhibitions , local info it was like without having to think too hard I had enough stuff to fill years and years of concept. and how to get this rolling on a no budget.

I was only a young boy but took it all in from the older boys in the street, there seemed to be quite a mix , some were into rock music others into the soul music and others into both and had essential albums in their collections. The late sixtees and early seventees rock is a music is a culture of its own, and then the enture glam rock thing took things into other dimensions. Over the years I have worked in many open air public events and been asked about this area of music , which has always been a refreshing change for me. Quite a collection can be accumulated over a period of years and just to take in bands like Ram Jam " with black betty , Deep Purple , AC DC, ZZ top to name a few and then top it up with some eightees classic bands like Guns n Roses , Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Queen , then there is enough music to do an entire rock classics party night. Obviously from a DJ point of view its a collective scenario. 

Here are some radio shows featuring fourty years of rock classics, enjoy.

When I started club Dj-ing in nineteen seventy nine the main stream dance music of the time was either soul and funk or disco. I was reaching back a few years into the beginnings of the funk era. The repetoire consisted of some of the first Kool and the Gang hits "funky stuff and hollywood swininging comes to mind" Commodores " brick house " Fatback Band and Fat Larrys Band, all of which were coming through the major city clubs. I still have a large collection of this music in my archive, I have noticed in recent years many bar DJs playing some of this music from compilation CDs and I was actually quite surprised to hear something like " David Bendeth feel the real from nineteen seventy nine, fourty years later in a bar near my home. The philadelphia International label contributed a lot to the disco era and so did the arrival of various new technologies.

Northern Soul Motown is still alive today , there are many events following this trend.

This music had a particular sound and a culture behind it, Although northern soul sounded very much like the so called motown sound a lot of northern soul was on smaller labels and limited amounts were released thus becoming valuable collectors items. Its said that the Northern Soul music trend became very popular all over the North West of England, Wigan casino being a well known spot for playing those Northern Soul Classics, some of the single Vinyl now exchanges hands for high prices. Motown music however hit the UK charts and was avainlable everywhere at that time any DJ in the north of England could be playing anything from Marvin Gaye Diana Ross and The Jackson five Smokey Robinson, the temptations right down to the depths of the Northern souls roots. mainly from Detroit but a also Los Angeles, Memphis, Chicago, and New Orleans as well. 


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