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Northern soul, as played at the Swindon Bird Nest, circa 1975

Northern soul, as played at the Swindon Bird Nest, circa 1975

Playing tracks by

Richard Temple, Tony Clarke, Showstoppers, The, Johnny Johnson & Bandwagon, The, Jay & The Techniques and more.

Sometime back in 1975 I started spinning northern soul tracks on a Wednesday night at the Bird Nest club in Swindon for a bunch of lads that came in from Newbury, Oxford, Salisbury, Reading and eventually further afield as news spread, until the manager took a dislike to their style of, as he called it, "poofter dancing" because they didn't dance with girls, or in fact anybody but the music. Troglodyte, although that isn't what I called him at the time.

For a while at least, it was a little piece of the northern soul scene in the south ...

This mix set is fairly representative of the tracks I played back then, though I've added a few I didn't know at the time, like the brilliant John Leach 'put that woman down', but would have been regular floor fillers if I'd had them back then.

The quality of some tracks is not great as they are 40-50 year old vinyl!

Keep the Faith.

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