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Where did the Good Times go?

I was in London in 1979 and 1980. My then girfriend was into soul and dance music in a big way. On a Friday nights we’d head for Leicester Square “Up West” to the Empire Ballroom which hosted the Capital Radio Roadshow Disco. Some of the music wasn’t to my taste but some of it was truly awesome.

I can remember all the black kids in particular at the dances loving “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang. Little did anyone know the impact that that record’s success would have on the black music scene in America over the following 30 years.

Rapper’s Delight sampled Bernard Edwards’s bass line from Chic’s Good Times. Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards were a fantastic combination as songwriters, musicians and producers. Check this live performance from 1996, Edwards’s last.

Check it out at three minutes ten seconds where they go into Rapper’s Delight.



More Yosser

“I could have been a footballer, but I had a paper round”

Top Ten Abandoned Places

Frightened Rabbit

I noticed this band are playing at the Cafe Continental in Gourock on 11th April. The venu is a very pleasant old fashioned pub/restaurant at which you can have a nice meal.

I’d have thought these guys would have been playing stadiums by now.

Too much stuff

There is far too much stuff going on in my heid this morning.

If only there were a song and a photo montage which could explain perfectly what I mean…….



And whilst on the subject of boxing……

Possibly the song I enjoyed most at the recent Knopfler/Dylan gig at Braehead was this:

The decline of empires

Things get interesting from about 1955 onwards: