September 5, 2011

Modcast #212: Go For Soul

What is it about soul music that has captivated every mod since ... well, since the beginning of time? Or at least since the beginning of the 'rock' era. I guess mods like to dance, and truly there really isn't any better dancing music. Pop music dancing, I'm not talking any sort of stuff you have spend six weeks of lessons learning like tango or swing (a thing I've never done, but someday might thanks to Groupon). Nope I'm talking about the music plays, the notes hit your brain, and your toe begins to tap. For most mods the toe tap becomes a shoe shuffling, body spinning, eyes closed sort of religious experience. My wife knows what it looks like, though she associates it a bit more with gin and vodka than Sam and Dave. So be it. Point is mods love soul music. And I think it's because it makes us dance. Maybe we gotta dance because it's in our genes. Or at least in our blood, thank you pharmaceuticals of all sorts. No matter. When the sound is right you gotta go for soul.

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  • Jackie Wilson & Count Basie -- Uptight (1968)
  • Bill Cosby & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band -- Funky North Philly (1968)
  • Jimmy Lynch -- Let A Woman Be a Woman and a Man Be a Man (1961)
  • Sir Joe Quartermain & Free Soul -- I Got So Much Trouble On My Mind (1974)
  • Chico & Buddy -- Can You Dig It (1969?)
  • Black on White Affair -- Bold Soul Sister, Bold Soul Brother (197?)
  • Eddie Jefferson -- Filthy McNasty (1968)
  • Ray Barretto -- New York Soul (1968)
  • J.J. Jackson -- But It's Alright (1966)
  • The Equals -- Police On My Back (1966)
  • Gloria Jones -- Tainted Love (1964)
  • PP Arnold w/The Small Faces -- If You Think You're Groovy (1967)
  • Barbara Lynn -- Movin' On A Groove (1976)
  • Gospel Classics -- More Love (1968)
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -- Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying (1963)
  • The Countdown Five -- Shake Shake Na Na (1969)
  • William Bell -- Just As I Thought (1963)
  • Marvin Gaye -- You're A Wonderful One (1964)

P.P. Arnold - The First Cut Is The Deepest (live 1967)
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