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Northern Rock

Posted by The man 
Northern Rock
May 08, 2013 10:59AM
After 40 years of a thriving soul scene, teenagers in the wilderness hinterlands of England's northern towns are turning their backs on the music of black America and involving themselves instead with late 1960s US rock music.

DJs like Roger Vulture from the Twisted Arm in Whitby and Chris Collier of The Olympic Torch in Gateshead are spinning classics of the era. Vulture specialises in New York groups such as The Electric Prunes and Lothar And The Hand People, while Collier goes for the Texan psychedelic sounds of acts like Red Krayola, Shiva's Headband and the 13th Floor Elevators. Everyone on the scene plays The Lemonpipers' epic 13 minute dance classic 'Through With You'.

Featuring overdrafts, bank loans, and the spectacular credit squeeze, the northern rock dancing style was inspired by the stage performances of visiting American rock acts such as The Seeds, The Charlatans and Moby Grape.

It is thought that the scene started when crackheads in Northumberland starting swallowing bucketloads of lysergic acid and mescaline and demanding Iron Butterfly recordings at clubs in the Newcastle area. Certainly, the term was coined by Newcastle DJ Dave Gordon, who is also credited as the first jock to play HP Lovecraft in the north east.

The first nightclub that effectively defined the northern rock sound was Whitby's Twisted Arm Club and its resident DJ Roger Vulture. The club opened in 2003 and is still running today. Other early clubs were The Q in Sheffield, The Caves in Wolverhampton, The Olympic Torch in Stoke, The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Dancer in Wigan, the Wigan Roulette and the Blackpool Betfair.Com.

As a result of this interest, certain singles by the like of Mouse And The Traps and Quicksilver Messenger Service are now selling for astronomical amounts. Chris Farlowe, who runs the famous Vinyl Cheats shop in Islington's Essex Road, says: "A few years ago we couldn't get rid of all this self-indulgent hairy music, but now everything has changed. Only last week a guy from Bolton came in offering me £500 for any Creedence Clearwater Revival albums I could sell him. He bought three copies of the previously unsaleable 'Mardi Gras' set for £1200.

Re: Northern Rock
May 09, 2013 03:42AM
Bizarre, how the music of America is sometimes digested in the belly and mind of Britain.

And of course, vice-versa.
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