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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’


Purple Nasties

Posted in 80, crocs, electronic music, mini mix, mixes, new wave, Punk on April 14, 2008 by planetmondo

When I first started shaking a leg (or ‘flapping’ if it was The Cramps) at clubs back in the early eighties, Crocs in Rayleigh was the place to go if you were in the sunny Southend area. Marmite, Piley and I were regulars at Crocs alongside Depeche Mode (who played their debut show there), Boy George, Steve Strange and various other celebrity Blitz Kids, Punks and Pysco Billies that hoofed it down from London for the cheap drink (50p a pint before 10) and top tunes spun by resident DJ ‘Fatman’.

This Mixwit comp is a rough sampler of the sound of the crowd from Crocs around the 1982/84 period until it eventually became refitted in chrome, mirrors and plastic palm trees and rebranded as the ‘Pink Toothbrush’. One tune that was a guaranteed banker and fitted formats of all local clubs at the time…

The Monkey House – sounds for alt.student crowd
Chesters – Electro night on Wednesdays
Zero Six – Jazz Funk for Casuals and Soul Boys
T.O.T.S – Eighties Disco

was the Bobby O produced Ronni Griffith track ‘The Best Part Of Breaking Up’. Unfortunatley but understandably Mixwit’s database didn’t stretch to this eighties obscurity, so I’ve loaded it up below…

Ronni Griffith – The Best Part Of Breaking Up

I will be loading up a hard copy of this mix at some point – but on a similar theme the good people at Punk Globe magazine invited me to submit a ‘Top Ten’ of anything for the April issue – which is now on their website and includes my top tunes and random items that I’ve been buzzing on recently – s’here if you fancy a peep Punk Globe Top Tens. (They’ve also loaded up my Brian James interview too – in case you missed it first time round)

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 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

Fufu Stew Goes Mondo

Posted in 80's, glam, guest blogger, mixes, new wave, Punk on March 20, 2008 by planetmondo

There’s no Funky Friday this week, it being Easter weekend – but instead there’s a bumper Bank Holiday special.

Vince the Soul Chef who dishes up those sizzling mixes and spectacular singles on Fufu Stew, has beamed across the Atlantic to cook up a mix of punk, electro and new wave nuggets that is the soundtrack to scouring Smash Hits and NME for new releases, home made tapes (on ‘compact cassettes‘), late night listens to Radio Luxembourg and John Peel, picture sleeves, 12 inch singles, button badges and trips to the Great Gear Market (or similar) for togs like these. So over to Vince……

Hello, kiddies.

It is my pleasure to be here on Planet Mondo for this special post. Most of you may know me for my many and varied mixes of Funk and Soul music, but let me assure you that that is only the half of it. When I was a teenager, I was one of the millions who saw the birth of MTV. Back then it was inconceivable to think that the music video would influence me, much less having a lasting effect on my musical education. Some twenty five years later I look at my closet full of LPs and I am reminded of just how much influence it truly had…

I can vividly recall that fateful day in August of 1981 when the infamous rocket first took off. It couldn’t have happened at a better time too because I was serving a very severe punishment for getting caught doing something quite stupid. Imagine having all of your records and tapes taken away for eight months! Well, it happened to me. Luckily I was still able to watch television so I made sure to keep my eyes glued to the set waiting for my favourite videos to come on. While I waited, I discovered a totally new genre of music that would find its way into my heart and most important, into my record collection subsequently replacing the R&B of the day that I normally played. It also helped that I could go to my local public library and dig even deeper into this new sound. From Glam to New Wave and New Romantic all the way to full blown Goth, here is just a small sample of some of that music and what it means to me personally.

01 Capitol Radio-The Clash (NU-Disk).
Taken from the original 10″ LP “Black Market Clash”, and lyrically a very important statement that should be adopted by practically every blogger.
02 Friends-TheTubeway Army (Beggars Banquet).
My first introduction to the minimalist vision of Gary Numan was obviously enough the hit single “Cars” until I heard the debut recording from 1978… WOW!
03 Judas Sheep-Hunters And Collectors (Virgin). I found this one digging through dollar bins one day. Being from the US, it was a novelty to have British imports in my collection so I gave it a try. What a brutal assault on my brain, complete with the funky wah wah pedal. More of that to come…
04 Metal-Gary Numan (Beggars Banquet).
Here is the flip side of the US pressing of the “Cars” 45, which I tend to dig a lot more than the A side.
05 Saturday Week-Katrina And The Waves (Aftermath).
Here’s another dollar bin find that pretty much sat dormant in my crates until now. Of course I know their signature hit “Walking On Sunshine”, but curiosity got the better of me. I had to pick a cut from this 1982 release just to see if it worked.
06 Big Shot-The Beat (Fame).
I don’t mind a good dose of British Ska once in a while, and this tune certainly fed the need along with the next tune…
07 Nightboat To Cairo-Madness (Stiff).
MTV played lots (and LOTS) of Madness back in the day.
08 Belief-The Danse Society (Society).
Here’s one that I didn’t discover until years later when I was babysitting records for a friend during my heavy Gothic period. Another tune that made me go WOW!
09 Malpaso Man-Visage (Polydor).
And another classic MTV moment featuring the talents of John McGeoch, who in my opinion was the best of the many guitarists to play for Siouxsie & the Banshees.
10 Press Darlings-Adam And The Ants (CBS).
Mr. Mondo was pleased that I chose this tune to play. Kings of the Wild Frontier in my opinion is THE quintessential New Wave album.
11 Baby Oh No-Bow Wow Wow (RCA).
Yet another classic MTV moment. Being 14 at the time made it easy to have it bad for the very provocative Anabelle. Those of you who are around my age would certainly have to agree.
12 Armalite Rifle-Gang Of Four (Warner).
From the infamous Yellow EP, enough said.
13 Anti Pope-The Damned (Chiswick).
No need to say anything here…
14 Assassination K – Kanserous-The Wolfgang Press (4AD).
There was a time when 4AD could do no wrong. Even if the music was terrible, I still put my hard earned money on the counter, sometimes paying up to 30 bucks for a CD. This one is the remix from the “Bird Wood Cage” LP. Dig that funky wah wah once again!
15 Supernatural Thing-Siouxsie & The Banshees (Polydor).
Here’s another one from that huge pile of records I got to babysit. Of all the tunes that Siouxsie covered over her illustrious career, this one was the most unlikely along with being the funkiest.
16 Telegram Sam-T. Rex (EMI) .
It’s a known fact that Glam heavily influenced Goth. Being a huge Bauhaus fan, I loved the way they treated this one. When I found the original at long last, I was quite happy with myself.
17 It’s Going To Happen-The Undertones (EMI).
MTV even had the video for this tune…
18 Madness-The Belle Stars (Stiff).
I discovered this band during a bout of insomnia one night. Suffice it to say when I saw all those hot women freaking that New Wave funk, I had to rush right out and find a record. This is the B side of the US 12″ for “Sign Of The Times”. I wonder whatever happened to them.
19 Chicken Outlaw-Wide Boy Awake (RCA).
Does anyone know anything about this band? All I can tell you is that I picked up the record in a dollar bin over 25 years ago because it looked New Wave…
20 Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)-Spandau Ballet (Chrysalis).
Another classic MTV moment, and quite frankly the first song of its kind that led me to realise that Funk can be found in the most unlikely of places.
21 Resurrection Joe-The Cult (Beggars Banquet).
I close with this tune from the proverbial turning point of this band’s career, between the brilliant yet sadly out of print debut and their slow descent into crossover oblivion.

Please download and enjoy Fufu Stew Goes MONDO!

Fufu Stew Goes Mondo – 71 MB mp3 file
Fufu Stew Goes Mondo – 70 MB zip file

Thank you Mr. Mondo for giving me an outlet to share some of these treasures that I was afraid to share on my own blog. Not that I dig the tunes any less than my funk and soul 45s, but there’s a time and place for everything. I would love to come back soon and do it again because I have many more tunes just waiting to get the patented Fufu Stew treatment. Here’s hoping that you all enjoyed this little stroll down memory lane with me. As my British blogging colleagues would say, all the best!

Peace and blessings.

Funky Friday – Before They Were Famous

Posted in before they were famous, Funky Friday, guest blogging, mini mix, mixes, mod, northern soul on March 14, 2008 by planetmondo

It’s a Mod Mod Mod world on Funky Friday this week, and a celebration of the first steps of all things swishy, swinging and sixties…In the red Mini – there’s a fistful of early doors appearances from proto popsters performing soul stompers here on Planet Mondo

In the white Mini – ‘Cool Britannia’ a bespoke ‘Funky Mod Mix’ – 45 minutes of 45s, rarities, obscurities and cinematic tracks is available for download by way of Fu Fu Stew

And in the blue Mini – a selection of blues boom guitar a go-go goodies and my big bang theory of rock are up for grabs in more guest blogging over on The Axe Victim

So the pre fame fruggery and funkiness comes in the form of light entertainers and lungbusters like…

David Essex – yes him from ‘Rock On’ ‘Tahiti’and ‘Nightclubbing’ getting all Northern Souly

David Essex – So-Called Loving.mp3

Elkie Brooks – yes her from ‘Pearl’s A Singer’ and ‘Lilac Wine’ sounding just like a proper Ronette.

Elkie Brooks – The Way You Do.mp3

And the atomic Tom Jones huffing, puffing and bellowing the house down on his first single ‘Chills and Fever’

‘Chills and Fever’ is part of the ‘‘Cool Britannia‘ mix (available at )Fu Fu Stew which continues the ‘Before They Were Famous’ theme, with appearances from Quincy Jones, Lulu, Tony Newman (later working with Bolan and Bowie), Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker as the rhythm section of The Graham Bond Organisation.

Here’s the full menu and a two minute taste test

Michael Caine on Swinging London
The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – Cool Britannia
The Small Faces – Grow Your Own
Georgie Fame – Somebody Stole My Thunder
Graham Bond Organisation – Long Tall Shorty
Tom Jones – Chills And Fever
Loose Ends – Taxman
Bo Street Runners – Drive My Car
Lulu – Feelin’ Alright
Jack Bruce – The Ministry Of Bag
Shotgun Express – Curtains
The Shadows – Scotch On The Socks
The Kinks – Brainwashed
Quincy Jones – It’s Caper Time
Lord Sitar – I Can See For Miles
The Who – Heatwave
Zoot Money – Uncle Willie
Tony Newman – Let The Good Times Roll
Keith Mansfield – Young Scene (Theme from The Big Match)
The Italian Job -Getta Bloomin’ Move On! (The Self Preservation Society)

So get on over and fill your Chelsea boots with ‘Cool Britannia’

Jude Rodgers also has some sixties glossy pop amazingness from a very young Gloria Hunniford