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Freaky Friday – Trilogy Of Terror

Posted in Funk, Funky Friday, garage rock, halloween, mini mix, northern soul, Soul, video, YOUTUBE on October 30, 2008 by planetmondo

Happy Halloween all you crypt kickers, freak-beaters and fangomaniacs. Hell comes to your house early this year with a three part posting for this week’s Freaky Funky Friday including …a seventy minute monster mix – Youtube treat – and a right ol’ Carry On (plus some chilling tunes on C-Mondo too)

Mondo Mania
This years collection of Halloween themed hits and howlers (in a good way) have been alchamixed into ‘Mondo Mania’. Some of the ingredients may not seem immediately obvious witch-way winners but….

‘Barabajagal’s mutterings and mantras about Hammer Horror herbalism, seems to suit the mood of the moment

And ‘Who Do You Love’s imagery of “tombstone hands, graveyard mines, “cobra snake neckties” and “chimney, a-made out of human skull” qualifies it for dead-cert selection..

Mondo Mania

After getting blog-busted last week, I was almost tempted to put the this list in the comments – but nevermind that cobblers, here’s the tracklisting..

The Playboys – Whatizit
Ruth Copeland – Gimme Shelter
The Preachers – Who Do You Love
The Strangeloves – In The Nighttime
Alder Ray – My Heart Is In Danger
Carl Douglas – Sell My Soul To The Devil
Tom Jones – Chills And Fever
Tony Jackson Group – Fortune Teller
Paul’s Disciples – See that My Grave Is Kept Clean
Zoot Money – The Mound Moves
Affinity – Three Sisters
Dusty Springfield – Spooky
Tony Joe White – Stud-Spider
Klaus Doldinger – Back In The Dark
Cream – Strange Brew
Donovan – Barabajagal
The Rattles – The Witch
Tom Jones – Witch Queen Of New Orleans
Georgie Fame – Seventh Son
The Coasters – Love Potion No9
The Exciters – Blowing Up My Mind
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – I’m Your Witchdoctor
The N’Betweens – Evil Witchman
Jimi Hendrix – Fire
The Sonics- Psycho

And why not revisit last year’s mini-monster-mixes
Tunes From The Crypt and Frighty Night Is Music Night

Or Bitter Andrew’s Halloween countdown, Devil Dick’s spooky tunes or a trip to The Dude’s Ghost Town

Video Nicey
Live from the Prancing Pony-A-Go-Go it’s Georgie Fame as Gandalf the groovy and his bopping hobbits, rocking ’em dead in the Shire

Seventh Son

Frying Tonight
Why not pop on over to the Whippit Inn for a Carry On Screaming grab bag of goodies. There’s everything from Lobby Cards to Locations.

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Grotbags A-Go-Go

Posted in 70's, before they were famous, charity shop classics, cream cheese, Funky Friday, northern soul, pop quiz on October 25, 2008 by planetmondo

So, the musical mysteron was …..Carol Lee Scott

Better know as ‘Grotbags’ from the Rod Hull and Emu show.

Carol was something of a cabaret legend before crossing over to TV, working with stars like Max Wall, Arthur Askey, Morecambe & Wise, Ella Fitzgerald and Tommy Cooper – there’s an cabtastic interview with her here – on the Licorice Soul website. I first picked up on this tune via the mighty Licorice Soul Working Mans Soul album, a cracking comp’ of classic cabaret turns.

The final rundown looks like this…

1) Kiki Dee – The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday

2) Brotherhood Of Man – Reach Out Your Hand

3) Carol Lee Scott – That Little Bit Of Love

As young Mr Grace used to say “You’ve all done very well” so here is the Tronik shredit of N.F.Porter’s Keep On Keepin’ On

Orig’ version

Funky Friday – Who The Funk Are You?

Posted in 60's, 70's, before they were famous, Funk, Funky Friday, northern soul, pop quiz, Soul on October 24, 2008 by planetmondo
It’s Pop-O-Matic!

Well Pop pickers – it’s something a bit diff’ for this week’s Funky Friday..

Can you work out who’s who on this tricky trio of mystery tunes? Can You do it? Of course you can. The prize of an exclusive ‘Tronik Youth’ shredit of a Northern Soul Classic will go to first past the post(ish)

I ran these three nugg’s past Marmite when I bumped into him on the Fenchurch Flyer earlier this week – he managed a healthy crack at it and was certainly in the right territory for all tracks…so I reckon it’s doable, but will give one clue for starters.

All artists are British

Mystery Track 1

Mystery Track 2

Mystery Track 3

Now, you could go a’Googling for clues – but do you really want to live with the head-a’hanging shame of knowing you’ve had a dodgy ace up your internetty.

Who Are The Mystery Girls ?

Posted in 60's, Funky Friday, james jamerson, motown, northern soul, re, Soul on October 10, 2008 by planetmondo

I only know a limited amount about each of these performers, and I think I’ll keep it that way. It’s actually quite liberating enjoying these songs for the songs sake – and not having the added baggage of facts and figures or being weighed down with the relative worth worked out on some ready reckoner of rock, pop and soul, which would burst the mystery bubble and take the gloss of the goodies anyway.

And for more funky nuggets why not check out what’s a popping on all new That Black Magic blog


Judy Clay

‘Private Number’ the duet with recorded William Bell, was her only UK hit.
Judy Clay – ‘It Ain’t Long Enough’

Chris Clark
Was the first white female artist signed to Motown.
Chris Clark – ‘Everything’s Right Everything’Wrong’
(It’s that man again- James Jamerson on bass)

Dee Dee Warwick
Is Dionne’s elder sister.
Dee Dee Warwick –Rescue Me

Dee Dee also does a belting version of ‘Monday Monday’ – I’m desperate to get any version of this – so I’d be eternally grateful if anyone could slip a ‘Monday Monday’ MP3 my way.

Funky Friday – Bloggers Banquet

Posted in Cover Versions, Funky Friday, motown, northern soul, Remake Remodel, Rolling Stones, Soul on October 3, 2008 by planetmondo


Most of the Stones uptempo output comes with a fully formed stomp in it’s step, created by a combo of Charlie’s pumping pulse-beat drums, Keef’s louche grooves and Mick’s swishery (check out ‘Bitch‘ or ‘Monkey Man’ for examples of all three in perfect synch’), so it only takes a touch of extra heat under the tunes to clonk them up a groovy gear…

Merrie Clayton – Gimme Shelter
Merrie’s belting version of ‘Shelter’ was my proto-Funky Friday post

Anadar Shankar – Jumpin Jack Flash
Sitar Hero a Go-Go

Little Richard – Brown Sugar
A screeching, squawling, Southern Soulish re-work of ‘Brown Sugar’

Mary Wells- Satisfaction
A Tamala flavoured twist on the Stones Standard

And also worth lending an eye too…

Sympathy For The Devil

Recording possibly the most influential “ooh-ooh’s” ever (kicks in at 1:18)

Thelma Houston – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

A beaut’ of a belter

Otis Redding – Satisfaction

Otis’s (backed by Booker T and The MGs)entire Monterey set is explosive, but this track is unrelenting – listen out for ‘Duck’ Dunn’s piledriving bass runs.

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’

Funky Friday – Hear The Drummer Get Wicked

Posted in bernard purdie, Cover Versions, drums, Funky Friday, latin, northern soul, Remake Remodel on July 3, 2008 by planetmondo


Well we’ve given ‘guitar‘ a go-go (although some ol’ spoilsport’s pulled the vid’s since), thumbed around with ‘bass cadets‘ , tinkled with ‘keyboards‘ and covered ‘vocals‘ – so how about those bad boys (or girls – check out Chaka Kahn here) at the back of the band then?

If you’ve ever fancied a go at air percussion or desktop drums – these two tunes are the perfect soundtrack to some fantasy flailing.

I’ve no idea who the anonymous bod banging out back beat in Pucho’s band is, but, like all truly top drawer drummers he balances his heavy handed crash, bang, wallop with perfectly positioned breathing spaces. Check out the light but tight tension and small scale pauses teased into his demolition drum breaks during this flute tooting tear up.

Pucho And His Latin soul Brothers – ‘Got Myself A Good Man’

Tony Newman is a legendary session drummer that’s played with Bolan and Bowie (all three are seen in this clip) Jeff Beck and Donovan (all three can be heard on the Donovan’s funky number posted last week).

‘Let The Good Times Roll’ is a full pelt belter with scattergun drums thunderpunching their way through this Northern Soul thoroughbred that gallops out of the traps like a Grand National winner – it can’t surely be possible to pack any more action into 2:36 – can it?
Tony’s non stop stomper was featured as part of the ‘Cool Britannia’ mix over at the Fu Fu blog(congrat’s on your recent wedding Vince).

Tony Newman – ‘Let The Good Times Roll’

And you just can’t do a drummer post without an appearance from the ‘The King of Sticks’ Mr Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie who demonstrates the delicate difference between Salsa and Afro Cuban styles.