Friday, September 28, 2007

Funky Friday - Northern Soul Nuggets

This week's Funky Friday brings you a couple of long lost Northern Soul nuggets, with downloads of both tracks available via the links.
Plus a 5 track home made mini mix featuring both songs posted at the bottom.

The Supremes - Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart.mp3

An overlooked and underplayed Supremes stomper from 1966, when Diana Ross was just a lowly Supreme and not the separatley billed superstar. It also features(yes,it's him again!) James Jamerson on bass.

I've uploaded the instrumental version of this track as it just seems to have more 'bounce to the ounce' than the vocal version.

The Flirtations - Nothing But a Heartache.mp3

Two videos were made for this single. One's a black and white mime filmed in a night-club, but I prefer the colour clip with it's Hammer Horror overtones and swishy hipshaker strides. It seems to have been filmed at Tintern Abbey? A long way to hoof when Highgate Cemetery must surely have been closer...

Mondo Mini Mix

This 5 track mini mix includes The Supremes, The Flirtations and 3 other tracks that seem to suit the mood. It's absolutely free of frills, having only had 10 minutes to rustle it up.

The Track listing is

I Surrender - Bonny St. Claire
Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (vocal version)- The Supremes
Nothing But a Heartache - The Flirtations
Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Billy Sunshine - Judi Scott


bleecher said...

noth but a heartache niiiiice ... i remember the day when a girl could wear a frock .... on each leg.... ho-ya!

Mondo said...

Check out the minimix B, it'll get you be back on the ableton run

Funky16Corners said...

Not only is that my fave Supremes record, but the Flirtations has long been a cornerstone of my soul crates. I hd no idea that there was a promo film either! Cheers to you for posting it

Mondo said...

Thanks for that Larry - it's a privilege to have the King of Crate Diggers Mr Funky 16 Corners beam over to Planet Mondo

The Supremes track is a real hidden winner, I thought your postingon this track totally nailed it by describing L.I.L.A.I.I.M.H as the template for all Northern Soul.

The Flirt's video is great, have a peep and the B & W if you get the chance

ally. said...

lovin those poses - they really could throw some serious shapes. and a supremes tune new to me so thanks ever so

Mondo said...

Those red suits and butterfly belts are rocking aren't they? but not a piece of stout footwear in sight for a days ramblin' around the ruins!!!

Check back soon as I've got stacks more winners to spin

marmiteboy said...

Nothing But A Heartache reminds me of Scootering night down at The Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh. A top Northern night if ever there was one.

A real floor filler this one Mondo.

Mondo said...

Cheers MB, give the minimix a spin for more of the same.

I never went to those scooter do's - wish I had now.

Gotta couple of great guitar goodies lined up for this Friday and some funky drum vid's later in the week.

Clair said...

Ooh, I love that Flirtations record. Girls Aloud? PAH!!!

Mondo said...

It's a stormer isn't it? - Why wasn't it massive at the time ? And how does she hit those notes?

ally. said...

somehow only just listened to the brilliant minimix - i'd forget my head if it wasn't screwed on as my old gran says.
brilliant rousing stuff maestro. i'd only heard the evie sands version of billy sunshine but this one is ace.
thanks ever so

Mondo said...

Thanks Ally - you can find it on Le Beat Bespoke CD which is packed full of sizzler's

I've got a few more mini mixes ready to spin up - coming soon pop picker's