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Funky Friday – Scooter Tunes

Posted in 60's, Funky Friday, guest blogger, mixes, mod, northern soul, Soul on September 5, 2008 by planetmondo


It’s a guest blogger day today, and Tall J from the Tall J Blog has picked and mixed a medley of Mod, Soul and French Funk for Scooter Mix Volume Two – aside from this mighty mix, J has also managed to track down one of my fave funk obscurities Willy Mitchell ‘That Driving Beat’ by way a of soul stomping comp, which is well worth grabbing and a vid’ well worth watching below. So, over to Tall J…

When I make a mix, my first priority is too make it fun. I want it to be something I would dance too. To quote the Junior Walker track I put in here, I want someone to hear this and say “Put on your wig woman, we’re goin’ out to shake and fingerpop.”

This one starts out with Gemini by Gunter Norris. Don’t know much about him, but it’s a great track and I thought the space theme was appropriate for a visit to Planet Mondo. From there on out it’s a mix of classics and hopefully a song or two you may not have heard before. The original version of this mix was a bunch of hopelessly obscure songs but in the end it didn’t flow right, didn’t feel right, and was just a real bore. I mean, there is a reason that a song like the Vandellas’ Nowhere to Run will always pack a dance floor, regardless of how many times it has been played before. So rather than just slap together a bunch of “nuggets”, I picked tracks for how they work together. I picked them for their beat. There’s no grand reason any of these songs are here. They are here because I really like these songs and for me, that’s reason enough.

I had a lot of fun making it. I’ve had a lot of fun listening to it. There’s some Northern Soul. There’s some YéYé. There’s some Mod Revival stuff. Hopefully there’s a little bit of something for everybody who hangs around Planet Mondo. Big thanks to PM for inviting me to do this.

Scooter Mix – Volume Two

Gemini-Gunter Noris
Same Old Song-The Four Tops
Baby Hit And Run-The Contours
Les Responsable-Jacques Dutronc
Shake and Fingerpop-Junior Walker and The Allstars
Air Travel-Chris Farlow
Let Your Heart Dance-Secret Affair
Sproston Green-Charlatans UK
I Can’t Explain-The Who
He Was Really Saying Something-The Velvelettes
Latin Skate-The Cheap Skates
Les Filles C’est Fait Pour Faire L’amour-Charlotte Leslie
Save It For Later-English Beat
Alexander-The Boots
Nowhere To Run-Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
Own Up Time-The Small Faces
I Love You Baby-Cindy Scott

Scooter Mix – Volume 1 (and a little extra )is available at Tall J’s always excellent blog.

Willy Mitchell ‘That Driving Beat’

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Funky Friday – The Joy Of Six

Posted in Funky Friday, guest blogger, rock n roll, rockadoodledoo, vive le rock on July 17, 2008 by planetmondo


It’s guest blogger time again, and here’s a first – a Mr and Mrs post!
That snappy couple Devil Dick from The Devils Music (Psych Rock, Stoner Funk and Garage Goodies)and Jenn from Eye Eat Music (Punky nuggets, Hippy treats and Rocking Beats), have hand picked six – yes SIX rock-a-doodle dandies to fill your boogie boots, so over to that ol’ Devil called Dick …

We’d both like to thank Planet Mondo for having us do this little guest post over here at his world famous Mondo Atomic Blog!!! This is as it looks a HIS and HERS Collaboration for Your Funky Friday. Please Enjoy

Ladies first and she’s giving you some Doo-Wop…

The Dells – “I want to Go Home”: Boy Group Harmonizers of the 50’s. Doo-Wop Born in a Chicago Burbs High School . Cut released late 1956.
The Dells – “I want to Go Home”

The Eternals –“Rocking in the Jungle”: Bronx Doo-Wop Groups 1st 45’ release originally titled “Christmas in the Jungle” which wasn’t working out so well since the holiday was over 8 months away. Careful where you step, you may cross a lion in your travels with this tune.
The Eternals –“Rocking in the Jungle”

The Coasters – “Sorry Gonna Have to Pass”: Storytelling R&B Vocal Group of the late 50s. They were outside the box when it came to Mainstream Doo-Wop, many would try to imitating their style in later years. But they are the Kings of weaving vocals around a story.
The Coasters – “Sorry Gonna Have to Pass”

The Devil’s part of the show is 3 choice, little instrumental nuggets!

Jon Thomas – “Fat Back”: A nice little soulful instrumental R&B number with plenty of Killer organ and sax from1957
Jon Thomas – “Fat Back”

The Craftsmen – “Rock Along”: A kooky little rockin’ surf type instrumental from -1961: Plenty of crazy organ and twangy guitars a-go-go!!!
The Craftsmen – “Rock Along”

The Dartells – “Dartell Stomp”: Another Great Rockin’ Instrumental this time from 1963! More killer organ work, pumping bass and a driving drum beat and break that doesn’t quit!
The Dartells – “Dartell Stomp”

If these 6 little ditties don’t put a smile on your face this fine Friday then I don’t know what will!!!

Now you you’ve filled your groovy boots here – why not pop on over to The Devils Music and Eye Eat Music for a bellyful of sizzling and scorching sounds

Fur Den Untergang

Posted in 80's, Brian Eno, electronic music, guest blogger, mini mix, new wave, soundtrack, theme tune on July 7, 2008 by planetmondo

Roman Empress and I have been putting our collective noggins together for a ‘prog blogging’ project. RE has thumbnailed nine key scenes for an imaginary film ‘Fur Den Untergang’ capturing the cultural claustrophobia, ‘Stasiland’ suspicous minds and shifty whispers of early eighties East Germany – while I’ve compiled a nine song soundtrack which hopefully matches the mood of each scene and the Totalitarianism and tower block greyscapes of the time..

You can read the script here, and download the soundtrack below…
(or stream it over at RE HQ)

‘Fur Den Untergang’ – O.S.T.

‘R.A.F’ – Brian Eno (& Snatch)
‘Big Dome Pt. 1’ – Phil Manzanera
‘48 Hour Drive’ – Baltic Fleet.
‘Warm Leatherette’ – Grace Jones.
‘`84 Pontiac Dream’ – Boards of Canada
‘Back To Nature’ – Fad Gadget.
‘Tom Baker’ – The Human League
‘Memories Can’t Wait’ – Talking Heads.
‘Small Hours’ – John Martyn.

But there’s a couple of extras and outtakes too.

Gina X – ‘No G.D.M.’
I had planned to use this for ‘scene 4-the party scene’, but ‘G.D.M’ seemed cult rather than club, and didn’t have the new wave cocktail cool of Grace Jones

Brian Eno ‘Mist/Rythm’
This had been ‘final scene’ for 90% of the time, but seemed soothing rather than sombre, whereas John Martyn’s ghostly notes seemed pitch perfect for the lonely closing coda.

Funky Friday – Cheesy Wotsits

Posted in charity shop classics, cream cheese, easy listening, Funky Friday, guest blogger, pop quiz on June 6, 2008 by planetmondo

It’s guest blogger time again – and today it’s the turn of Piley from Start The Revolution Without Me who’s
testing the cleverness of your clogs by dishing up three mystery chunks of cheese and asking – can you unmask the artists? ….

Before I start, I’d just like to say a big thank you to Planet Mondo for asking me to be guest blogger this week, a great honour, especially on the now legendary Funky Friday…

Although my main music obsessions have always been on an indy/punky kinda vibe, I’ve always had a soft spot for a bit of the ‘ol easy listening. This is due in no small part to the kind of stuff my parents used to play ‘when I were a lad’.

So back in the early to mid-90s, I was delighted when the ‘cheesy listening’ phenomenon hit the clubs, and it always brought a smile to my face to see the uber-cool Britpop kids grooving on down to the likes of Alan Hawkshaw, Tony Hatch, Bert Kaempfert and The Button Down Brass (featuring of course, the funky trumpet of Ray Davies). Yet when some of these kids wandered off to the DJ booth to find out what they’d just been dancing to, you could see the disappointment in their faces, which is a shame, coz a quality tune is a quality tune right?

So, with the above in mind, I’ve selected three tracks from the Piley vaults — all lovingly brought into the 21st century from my vinyl originals. However, I’m not telling you who these tracks are by… not yet anyway!

For the moment, just enjoy these three cool nuggets – and see if you can guess who the artists are. (Mondo’ll give you the answers in a few days time.

Amazingly pop pickers, this trio of mystery artists has been unmasked in one day (see the comments for the scores on the doors) – so here is the gallery of groovers..

Cheesy Wotsit Number 1

‘I’m Coming Home Baby’Peters and Lee

Cheesy Wotsit Number 2

‘The Party’Henry Mancini

Cheesy Wotsit Number 3

‘Happy Brasilia’ James Last

In the meantime, if these tracks have given you the buzz to hear some classic lounge-i-fied cover versions, why not pop over to my place, where ‘CHEESE’ is very much on the menu this week — and I’ve just served up three very big MP3 slices of the stuff!

Piley

Funky Friday – Spliced Krispies

Posted in Bootleg remixes, Funky Friday, GHP, go home productions, guest blogger, mark vidler, mash up, Questions and Answers, spliced krispies on May 15, 2008 by planetmondo

For as long as DJs and remixers have been recycling rock, rap and pop scraps into home made hybrids and patchwork tracks – I’ve been collecting them.

The King of cut and paste pop is Mark Vidler/Go Home Productions (the legendary ‘Ray Of Gob’ and ‘Can’t Get Blue Monday Out of My Head’ are both GHP creations ) whose brand new booties ‘Spliced Krispies’ have been rocking my noggin for the past two weeks. And as if he’s not busy enough making mashups and a full set accompanying videos, Radio One appearances, magazine features, podcasts guest spots and a new album – the Grand Master of Mashups himself Mr Mark Vidler is here, right here to give us some exclusive snap, crackle and pop on a selection from his latest tasty treats ‘Spliced Krispies’

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Have A Finger Of Fudge”

OK, I was born in the original Summer Of Love (not the attempted ecstacy-fuelled 80’s version), pre-Pepper by a month yet the smell of Strawberry Fields was still strong, if you get my drift. So…that means I grew up in the Seventies:

Space Dust, Planet Of The Apes, The Double Deckers, Krazy Comic, Horror Bags crisps, Top Deck, Space Invaders, Glam Rock, Punk Rock, New Wave, Mod Revival, Texan Bar, Curly Wurly, Finger of Fudge (got there in the end).

The Cadbury’s Fudge jingle / TV ad appeared at the tail end of the 70’s and well into the 80’s, so if you’re of a certain age you’ll either remember it fondly or dismiss it for being a mild irritant. I guess I’m somewhere between the two camps but back in April when I started creating the “Spliced Krispies” album, I always knew I was going to ‘doctor’ it in some way. It’s light and breezy feel (mostly a capella) and school boy charm was just crying out to be bastardised with something from another universe (in musical terms).

Fact 1: Mike D’Arbo (formerly of Manfred Mann) wrote the jingle.
Fact 2: I originally matched it up with Nirvana’s “Teen Spirit”.

Thank God I didn’t stick with that idea though. It’s one of those ‘For every 5 gems, there’s 50 shit ones’ scenarios. So I continued trying to find Fudge a partner well into the wee small hours, fuelled by a bottle of Columbian Gallo and roast chicken (Hong Kong style), until Pet Sounds came calling from the corner of the room. It was purely accidental If I’m brutally honest. I was listening to ‘Let’s Go Away For A While’ earlier in the week, so the CD was close to hand. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” seemed to good to be true. One of those ‘goosebump’ moments when I could hear that Fudge worked effortlessly with it…

I guess it’s the one track that’s getting the most attention since releasing “Spliced Krispies” to an unexpectant public in May. Chris Moyles (Radio 1 DJ) picked and played it 3 times on his breakfast show. Fair play, he gave ‘The Vidler’ and ‘Go Home Productions’ website a very massive plug, questioning my sanity for even contemplating the 2 songs together yet describing it as genius. The phone was hardly on it’s hook that morning.
Funny what a ‘finger of fudge’ can actually do for you…

GHP – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Have A Finger Of Fudge”

“Grandstand Supreme”

Throughout March this year I was aquiring and listening to a hell of a lot of KPM Library Music, probably fuelled by my sudden ‘trying to reclaim my youth’ mood that was taking me back to the Seventies, so I was consuming a lot of Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield, Brian Bennett etc and dragging out my Blow Up compilation CD’s, DeWolfe comps and TV Themes albums. I felt like I was living out an episode of every BBC / ITV production between 1973-1979. Very weird but very enjoyable at the same time, so it was hardly suprising that something would filter through and end up on the album. The full Grandstand theme is quite simply a work of art. It’s probably Keith Mansfields’ most well known. The addition of the Supremes is probably not too much of a surprise really. I think the surprise lies in how well the vocal fits
with the backing track at certain changes. It took a bit of editing and shuffling around but I think that my decision to leave the song length the same as the opening titles was right. In the end it was probably more a case of making the music to fit the video that I was creating at the same time. Funnily enough Moyles played this track on his Breakfast show as well…

GHP – “Grandstand Supreme”

“Finally, Did You No Wrong'”

I can’t leave the Sex Pistols alone.They are my regular fix of energy and attitude, reference point and inspiration. See, I was too young to be a punk in 1976/1977. I was only nine years old and more into supporting my beloved Arsenal and playing with my Six Million Dollar Man doll than following bands or pop stars. I watched Top Of The Pops from a very early age (apparently) but never went out and bought records until I was 12. I can remember Gary Glitter, Slade, The Sweet, Suzy Quatro, The Bay City Rollers, Osmonds and T.Rex but I never indulged in the sacred plastic. Those bands seemed a bit cabaret to me at the time if I’m honest. Anyway, I witnessed the Pistols on the Grundy show and that definitely left an impression. Janet Street Porter’s ‘Punk’ documentary for the London Weekend Show was another slice of legendary TV that I caught as well, but it wasn’t until 1979 that I jumped right in and started buying the stuff.

By then the Pistols had run their course and the new wave was settling in but I bought ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ and am still amazed to this day by it’s awesome production and energy. It’s the best album to put on when the sun is out and the windows are open. It’s pretty well known that “Ray Of Gob” (Pistols vs Madonna) gave me the foot-up into the Music biz back in 2003, so I just felt like doing another one for a laugh and see what turned up. This one came about pretty quickly. In fact the video took longer to make because I spent so much time watching all my Pistols DVD’s for source material…I mentioned elsewhere that I had to bolster the bottom end by playing the bass part and mixing it back in but I think the track works well enough now and it’s quite strange how nicely female vox fit with a Pistols song.

GHP – ‘Finally, Did You No Wrong’

All the best

Mark.

I’m sending out extra special soul salute to Mark for finding the time rustle up with a great bowlful of goodies of for my blog – so please speed on over to Go Home Productions and fill your boots with his boots..

Funky Friday – Roman Holiday

Posted in Funky Friday, guest blogger, motown, northern soul, Soul on May 2, 2008 by planetmondo


It’s a bank holiday!!! There’s an end of term ambience and spring tingle in the air – so to kick-start this three day weekend, the super chirpy Suzy Pepper from the Roman Empress blog is here, right here – pushing the buttons and choosing the tunes for a Funky Friday May Day special……

Girls and Boys

Men and women go together like soya peas in a pod, like raw tuna in sushi, like onions in gravy. Sure men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but man, the need of a man for a good woman is as old as the hills. A man needs a maid (with a voice that will blast you backwards).

Well, sometimes, these things need highlighting, you know?

And by gum, with this formula in mind, these songs sound as urgent and exciting as anything the recording industry has produced. Imagine sweeping the floor and brewing some builder’s tea of the production studio when these sensational offerings were being smashed out – sure wish I’d been tea lady that day.

To explain, these are all carefully chosen songs to highlight how a woman’s voice can take an already fantastic male-fronted song to a whole new dimension. The singer is male and the backing singer/s is/are female.

Here’s five examples for you, four absolute stompers and one seering, soothing work of genuine beauty.

You have my permission to enjoy.

Watch Your Step (Bobby Parker)
Repeat back, ‘watch your step,’ with these womanly vocals, that’s all this song needs to make it an amazing pearl, even though Bobby Parker does great Tim Buckley-esque faltless falsetto.

Watch Your Step

Money (Barrett Strong)
The best things in life are free, but great backing singing is the order of the day here. The result is well-polished and clipped backing singing creating a new deal for Strong’s voice.

Money

Mama, I got a Brand New Thing (Undisputed Truth)
For the hawk-eared among you, this isn’t strictly a female only backing singer only. She does sing lead too in places, but her inclusion makes this one of the most impressive male/female parings I’ve ever heard. This song is really exciting.

Mama, I got a Brand New Thing

Get Ready For Love (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
I believe this is the greatest opening track ever recorded and Abbatoir Blues/ The Lyre of Orpheus is in the top 5 of albums ever recorded. This had to be included. Warning – get ready – a bullet is about to go off in your brain and I don’t want to be around to pick up the pieces.

Get Ready For Love

Poor Boy (Nick Drake)
Piquantly perfect, it’s no coincidence the supporting voice in this track makes this the stand-out track in what is already the finest Drake album. This song just floods into itself, maturing as the music progresses.

Poor Boy

So friends, please do reflect – a man just ain’t gonna do right – without a good woman by his side. These songs will join you in court to testify the fact.

This just leaves me to say I hope you all have a fab bank holiday weekend and please stop by either of my sites for a cuppa anytime.

Roman Empress xx

Funky Friday – It’s A Blog Swap!

Posted in Funk, Funky Friday, guest blogger, guest blogging, mini mix, mixes on April 11, 2008 by planetmondo

Yes a blog swap! I’m over at Mr Double Down’s thumpingly funky Hook And Sling site with a brand new bespoke mix ‘Dial M For Mondo’
(Which you can taste test below with this two minute teaser trailer…)

While MR DD pushes the buttons and plays a royal flush of funky aces right here …

Mr Double Down Presents Funky Friday (The Hook And Sling Meets Planet Mondo)


Hello, my name is Mr Double Down and I am one part of The Hook And Sling, a monthly 100% funk and soul night in London’s West End with The Popcorn King and Hoppin’ John . We also run the same titled Podcast / Blog over on Podbean.com. I’m really honoured to be invited over here by Dave to contribute to the ongoing ‘Funky Friday’ section of his fantastic Blog..

The old saying “All good things come in threes” couldn’t ring truer here today as I have the pleasure of sharing three of my favourite 45’s with you, they have all really been doing the business at our night lately! Its ’Funky Friday’!, so loosen that collar because the week-end’s just beginning!

Curtis Mayfield – Mother’s Son (Curtom)

Download Curtis Mayfield – ‘Mother’s Son’ here

First up is an artist most of you will (should!!) be familiar with. Curtis Mayfield, legendary singer, writer and producer from the 70’s. This cut, ‘Mother’s Son’ is perhaps a little less well known, but popularity should never affect quality, and it certainly doesn’t here! Taken from his own Curtom label, this is a 45 that Hoppin’ John has been hammering since our nights humble beginnings on the south coast of England – and justifiably so. What a record!! Definitely one for the bass heads out there!

The B.B.K. Expedition – For The Love Of Money (Dynamite Soul)

Download The B.B.K. Expedition – For The Love Of Money here

Dynamite Soul is a relatively new record label in the grand scheme of things. Lately they’ve been resurrecting all sorts of forgotten funk, soul and reggae gems from the 60’s and 70’s and issuing them on 45 again.
The B.B.K. Expedition’s cover of ‘For The Love Of Money’, a track originally by The O’Jays, was taken from an unreleased album called ‘Upships Creek’. The B.B.K’s version here is certainly the rougher and rawer of the two, and if the horn break at the end of the cut doesn’t do it for you , then give up now! This version also always manages to turn heads at our night! As a small Brucie bonus, here’s a great live version of the original by the O’Jays from 1974!

Tony Bowens And The Soul Choppers – Boilin’ Water (Tony Bowens)


Download Tony Bowens And The Soul Choppers – ‘Boilin’ Water’ here

I first heard this several years ago at Keb Darge’s ‘Legendary Deep Funk’ night in Soho. It’s an absolute funk monster and on the account that its as rare as hens teeth, it doesn’t come up for sale too often for anything less than 3 figures (I told you all good things came in 3’s). I caught my copy a few years back after a manic bidding frenzy on the Bay, and it was worth every single penny! For those that don’t dabble in the practise of shelling out ‘silly money’ on vinyl, it was recently comped by Will Quantic for Jazzman Records and was also put out on a French re-issue 45 under the name of The Soul Choppers. I don’t know all that much about the 45, other than that Tony Bowen’s hailed from New York and put the record out independently, probably due to monetary constraints. I think in this case the music says all that needs to be said!

I’d like to thank Dave once more for allowing me to contribute over here. You can find him holding the reigns over at The Hook And Sling where he is currently dropping his ‘Dial M for Mondo’ Mix as part of our continuing Guest Mix Series. I hope you enjoyed my selections today and for those of you who are in the London area, you can catch us at The Hook And Sling every second Saturday of the month at The Brown Sugar Bar in High Holborn. All the dates and details can be found HERE

Mr Double Down
http://thehookandsling.podbean.com