Loose Ends

  • Carl Mackintosh of Loose Ends in Conversational mode with Dj Mistri - May 2010 - The Lost and then found Interview...

    Carl Mackintosh one of the founding members of the Uk Soul and Rng group called Loose Ends porting a trendy hat....

     One of the most successful Uk soul and Rnb bans to ever of come out from the Uk to the International music scene. Yes as nation (UK) we have had theBee Gees, Average White band, Imagination, Sade, Soul 2 Soul and nowadays Adele - however this group seems to have been forgotton. There impact on the world scene was something to behold. The group in question were Loose Ends( London, England)

    As the group had their first huge national and International success with "Hanging on a String". In fact it went to Number 1 in the Usa, and hit the Uk within the top 10 of the national charts.

    More hits came in the form of "Magic Touch", "Gonna make you mine" and  "Slow down"...

    In 1990 all good things come to an end. it saw Carl Mackintosh leaving the group that we had all been accustomed to (Steve Nichol and Jane Eugene)

    Carl decided to carry on with the name that is Loose Ends; and with that came up with a huge hit for the group which was - "Don't be a fool". The new members of Loose Ends were Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman

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    Carl then decided to produce - and did so producing... Caron Wheeler (Lead singer of Soul 2 Soul) and Ruth Joy......

    Below is the Interview with Carl Mackintosh back stage as he was getting ready to perform at the O2, LONDON - MAY 2010.... 

    I just managed to capture a few moments with him backstage with another person who came down with me that on that day - a local dj known as - Colonel C

    Please click on the Start Button to hear the Interview..

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  • Here they come again - The Second British Musical Invasion of the Usa - The 1980s

    The 2nd British Invasion - The 1980's

    The 1980’s has a number of things to be remembered for. One of them would be the was the decade that gave birth to the “Yuppies”. Yes them. These young, upwardly mobile and professional peoples sprung up during the early to middle 1980’s. It was largely due to the political “atmosphere” of the time that lead to their creation.

    THE FILM - WALL STREET - 1987 (Trailer)

    The governments of both Ronald Regan within the USA; and also the government of the Margaret Thatcher within the UK. Both governments had nearly worked towards achieving the same political agenda. Both wanted to remove government interference from financial institutions and social platforms alike within their countries. The removal of Industrial deregulation, and tax cuts for industry and individuals alike was also phased in.

    Margaret Thatcher stand against - Socialisim

    The rewarding of businesses and individuals alike for success that they had achieved for the nation/s sake was also phased in as well. The thinking behind this was to allow the nation’s business and individuals to keep the more of the money and bonuses’ that they earned. With that they were able to keep more of this money instead of it being taken away in the form of taxes from their respective governments. The thinking was that, it would encourage them to buy more goods and invest in businesses within their respective countries. Thus the resulting nation’s economic growth would “trickle down” and benefit everyone.

    However on the domestic front, Reagan’s economic plans didn’t run entirely smoothly. For instances - balancing the budget. Huge increases in military spending - were not “righted” by spending cuts or tax increases elsewhere within the country.

    By 1982, the United States was experiencing its worst recession since the Great Depression. For instance, 9 million people were unemployed by November, 1982. Businesses did closed, families did lose their homes and farmers lost their land.

    The same sorts of the things were happening or did happen as well in the UK. Union laws within the UK were deregulated by the UK government, which helped to free business and enterpreneurs from their powers; and thus to stop hindering stopping production. However, as within the USA, the financial experts and other political factions within the UK were not impressed. They felt that this political thinking and upheaval was going to lead to business failure and jobs being lost  

    The thoughts of Margaret Thatcher as seen by Member of Parliment - Dennis Skinner (has was never a fan)

    Margaret Thatcher being heckled by Dennis Skinner - 1990 -about her thoughts about "European currency" and Europe

    However, this entrepreneurial political spirit that was within the “Air” allowed for the media, movie and musical industries to experiment and take chances. For instances at the movie theatre’s, the 1980s became known as the age of the blockbuster. Movies such as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Back to the Future”, "Trading Places", “The Terminator”, “Cocoon”, “Predator” and “Beverly Hills Cops all appealed to moviegoers of all ages and made hundreds of millions of dollars at box office.

    The Movie  - "Back to the Future offical Trailer - 1985

    The 1980s was also the heyday of the "teen movies". Movies such as The Breakfast Club,” “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Weird Science”, “Ferris Buellers day off” and “Pretty in Pink are still popular today.

    Within the USA, people watched within their homes TV sitcoms such as The Cosby Show,” “Family Ties,” “Roseanne” and “Married…with Children for instance.

    Here in the UK, people watched similar TV sitcoms within their homes such Butterflies”, “Just good friends”, “Only fools and horses”, “To the Manor born”, “Blackadder” and “Birds of a feather for instance.

    The UK Sitcom called "Blackadder"

    However, if there is was a 2nd Invasion there music have been an 1st invasion. And this did happen. The 1st British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred in the mid-1960s when ROCKand POP MUSICacts from the UK,as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the USA. Pop and Rock groups such as the Beatlesthe Dave Clark Fivethe Kinksthe Rolling StonesHerman's Hermits and The Whowere at the forefront of the invasion.

     The Kinks - All day and all of the night - 1964 (Uk Release)

    On October 29, 1963,The Washington Postpublished a story about the frenzy surrounding the rock/pop group the Beatlesfrom the UK within the USA.

    The Beatles' performed at the Royal Variety show (London, Uk) during November, 1963, in front of theQueen Mother which sparked parked further interest about them in regards to the music and media industry.

    Also during November, 1963, a number of major American print outlets and two network television evening programs published and broadcast stories on the phenomenon that became known as "Beatlemania".

    On December 10, 1963, CBS Evening News presenter Walter Cronkite, was looking for something positive to report. He decided to re-ran a story about Beatlemania that had been originally aired on the 22nd November 1963; but it got shelved that night because of the assassination of US President John Kennedy.

    After seeing the report, a 15-year-old, Marsha Albert of Silver Spring, Maryland, wrote a letter the following day to disc jockey, Carroll James at radio station WWDC asking, "Why can't we have music like that here in America?" (11th December, 1963).

    The Marsha Albert from of Silver Spring, Maryland, usa - who asked in 1963 - why can't we have more music like this in the Usa?

    On December 17, 1963, Jamesarranged for Miss Albert to come to the radio studio and introduce "I Want to Hold Your Hand" live on the air. WWDC's phones lit up, and within the Washington, D.C. area, record stores were flooded with requests for a record they did not have in stock.

    James went about to sent the record to other disc jockeys around the country sparking similar reaction. OnDecember 26th, 1963, Capitol Records released the record three weeks ahead of schedule.

    The release of the record during a time when teenagers were on vacation helped spread Beatlemania in the US. On December 29th, 1963,The Baltimore Sun newspaper, reflecting the dismissive view of most adults, and added this, "America had better take thought as to how it will deal with the invasion. Indeed a restrained 'Beatles go home' might be just the thing."

    That comment proved prophetic. In the next year alone, The Beatles would have 30 different listings on the USA Hot 100.

    On January 3, 1964,The Jack Paar Programran a Beatles concert footage licensed from the BBC "as a joke" but watched by 30 million viewers. While this piece was largely forgotten, Beatles producer George Martin has said it "aroused the kids' curiosity".

    In the middle of January 1964, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" appeared suddenly, then vaulted to the top of nearly every top 40 music survey in the United States, launching the Fab Four.

    "I Want to Hold Your Hand" went to number one on the January 25, 1964.

    On February 7, 1964, the CBS Evening News ran a story about the Beatles' arrival within the United States arrival that afternoon in which the correspondent said, "The British Invasion this time goes by the code name Beatlemania."

    On Sunday, February 9, 1964 - The Beatkes appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

    Not many of the 73 million viewers who watched the event on the 9th February 1964would fully understand what impact the band they were watching would have.

    By the 4th 1964, the Beatles held the top five positions on the USABillboardHot 100 singles chart, and to date no other act has simultaneously held even the top three.

    The group's massive chart success, which included at least two of their singles holding the top spot on the USA Hot 100 during each of the seven consecutive years starting with 1964, continued until they broke up in 1970.

    After the demise of the Beatles and the other groups from the period in regards to their musical output. It was thought that this would never happen again. Many stated that it was a "fluke".

    However, it did happen again - only this time we had to wait another 20 years to see this come to fruition. In regards to the music industry at the time, the term that became known as the “Second British Invasion” refers to the many acts that came from the UK during 1981 to 1986 of the USA. Music videos were not the staple diet to the USA music loving nation until at least 1981.

    In fact it was Europe and more so the UK that were weaned on music video’s before the USA. Also Pop and Rock music acts within the USA had declined somewhat due to the magnitude of Disco music, which finally succumbed by the year 1980. Many of the UK acts that were making music at the time came out of the Punk Rock, Rock music Phase; and for Urban Acts from the UK, they came from the Disco music and Jazz/Funk musical movements within period of time.

    When the Music TV Channel that was/s – MTV was created in August 1981. The original purpose of MTV was to be a "music television", playing music videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week, guided by on-air personalities known as VJs, or video jockeys

    MTV - Ist came on air on the 1st August 1981 

    With this being a fact – MTV - had little choice but to play a large number of music videos from British 2nd Invasion acts – which had accompanied with their music and music video’s.

    The first music video shown on MTV was The Buggles' - "Video Killed the Radio Star" originally only available to homes in New Jersey, USA.

    The Buggles - "Video killed the radio star" - 1979 (Uk release)

    I remember this time quite very vividly indeed. I was attending college at the time. And it seemed that this single was everywhere. It was on all UK Radio and Television that I can tell you. It seemed to leap frog over from the craze that was huge at the time within the UK. The return of the music that was – Ska and Rocksteady. It was known this time that as – Two Tone.

    Madness - "The Prince" - 1980 on Top the Pops

    The single and music video of -The Buggles' - "Video Killed the Radio Star" - took the music industry by surprise. As many of the records that got viewed and heard on MTV were soon being asked to be played up and down the land within the USA. The buildup of this impending invasion was identified as early as 1981. As more and more UK based music were making more and more inroads within the USA music charts.

    On the July 3, 1982, The Human League's - "Don't You Want Me" started a three-week reign on top of the USA Hot 100 charts. This song got considerable boost from MTV airplay, and has been described by many within the USA music industry as "the moment that the Second British Invasion, kicked off”.

    The Human League- Don't you want me baby - 1981 (Uk Release)

    By September 1982, the arrival of MTV within the media capitals of New York City and Los Angeles via the USA, led to positive publicity for the company. By the autumn of 1982, these UK music tracks kept coming, coming and coming. From A Flock of Seagulls - "I Ran (So Far Away)", the first successful song that owed almost everything to video, had entered the USA Billboard Top Ten. Duran Duran's glossy videos of the time would come to show the power of MTV.

    In 1983, Billy Idol became an MTV staple together with the songs such as "White Wedding" and "Eyes without a Face" and had commercial success with his second album Rebel Yell with the top selling single from the same album called “Rebel Yell”.

    Billy Idol - "Rebel yell" - single

    Pop/rock songs that topped the charts included Bonnie Tyler's - "Total Eclipse of the Heart", John Waite's "Missing You", and Robert Palmer’s "Addicted to Love". “New Music” as it became known within the USA (but known as in the UK – 2ND Invasion music); was a term used by the music industry to describe young, mostly British, androgynous, and musically diverse artists such as Culture Club, Yazzo, Depeche Mode, Spandau Ballet, Visage, Abc, Heaven 17 and the Eurhythmics continue to thrive within the USA.

    Yazzo - "Don't go" - single - 1982 uk release

    It must added that the UK urban acts such as Central Line, Junior Giscombe, Level 42, Linx, Beggar and Co and Imagination all contributed to this success just as successfully; and had a good following as well at the time.

    Junior Giscombe - "Mamma Used to say" - 1981

    Another factor as to why the 2nd Invasion British music made such an impact so quickly was through the show called - Miami Vice.  Miami Vice was created on such a level that we saw Movie productions techniques, and Movie production sounds in creating a weekly TV SHOW for us each and every week. The clothes, the cars, the girls, the fashions, the sun glasses, the boats and yachts and even the colours used were all planned down to the last detail.And the last part of that jigsaw being the music. This is where the 2nd British invasion artists got a huge hand up. As this show ued alot of music from those artists. 

    Miami Vice was an American television crime dramaseries created by Anthony Yerkovichand produced by Michael Mannfor NBC. The series starred Don Johnsonas James "Sonny" Crockettand Philip Michael Thomasas Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, as two Metro-Dade Police Departmentdetectives working undercover within Miami, USA.Unlike other standard police shows,Miami Vicedrew heavily upon 1980s New Wave (2nd British Invasionculture and music). The show became noted for its addition of music and visual effects. It is still to this day recognized as one of the most influential television everIn keeping with the show's title, most episodes focused on combating drug trafficking and prostitution. Episodes often ended in an intense gun battles, claiming the lives of several criminals before they could be arrested. The choice of music and cinematographyborrowed heavily from the emerging New Wave (2nd British Invasionculture and music)culture of the 1980s

    The  Cast Of Miami Vice - 1984

    As Lee H. Katzin, one of the show's directors, stated, "The show is written for an MTV audience, which is more interested in images, emotions and energy than plot and character and words." Miami Viceis noted for its use of countless pop and rock hits of the 1980s and the distinctive, synthesized instrumental music of Jan HammerWhile other television shows used made-for-TV music, Miami Vice would be looking spend around $10,000 or more per episode to buy the rights to original recordingsGetting a song played on Miami Vice usually meant that a artist would receive a boost to themselves and the record labels. In fact, some newspapers, such as USA Today, would let readers know the songs that would be featured each week. The clothes worn on Miami Vice had a significant influence on men's fashion around the world and not just in the USA. They popularized, if not invented, the "T-shirt under Armanijacket"-style;and popularized Italian men's fashion in the USA. Don Johnson's typical attire of Italian sport coat, T-shirt, white linen pants, and slip-on sockless loafers became a hit.Even Crockett's perpetually unshaven appearance sparked a minor fashion trend, inspiring men to wear a small amount of beard stubble, also known as a  five o'clock shadow(or "designer stubble") at all times.

    Miami Vice - 30 years plus later  Click on video below

    In an average episode, Crockett and Tubbs wore five to eight outfits, appearing in shades of pink, blue, green, peach, fuchsia, and the show's other "approved" colours”.Designers such as Vittorio Ricci, Gianni Versace, and Hugo Bosswere consulted in keeping the male leads looking trendy. Crockett also boosted Ray Ban'spopularity by wearing a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer(Model L2052, Mock Tortoise),which increased sales of Ray Bans to 720,000 units in 1984. Probably one if not the most famous episode to come from the Miami Vice series is  called – “Brothers Keeper” –  (16th September, 2016 – within the USA),allowed for that episode to gain cult status. The song that was played during a particular gun battle within the episode was by Phil Collins – “In the air tonight”. It’s an episode that many whom saw claim its’ one of the best in the entire show. Phil Collins – “In the air tonight” gained even more popularity as the song rose through the charts because of its inclusion within this episode.

    Phil Collins – “In the air tonight” - being used within the episode - Brothers Keeper - 1984

    Many of the Second UK Invasion artists started their careers within the Punk music era and desired to bring change to wider audience, resulting in music that, while having no specific sound, was characterized by a risk-taking spirit within the context of pop music. Rock-oriented acts that knew how to use video, such as Def Leppard, Big Country and Simple Minds, became part of the new influx of music from Britain.

    Culture Club, Duran Duran and The Police lead 2nd Invasion by Rogar Kaye - October, 1981 via the Newspaper - The Pittsburg Press 

    Early in 1983 radio consultant Lee Abrams advised his clients at 70 album-oriented rock stations to double the amount of New Music (Second UK Invasion artists) they played. 

    Newsweek magazine ran an issue which featured Annie Lennox and Boy George on the cover of its issue with the caption Britain Rocks America – Again, while Rolling Stone magazine would release an "England Swings" issue in November 1983. Culture Club and Duran Duran created "hysteria" similar to Beatlemania during the 1st British Invasion.

    At the Second Invasion's height, during a three-month period the UK acts claimed eight consecutive Hot 100 1 hits, from - Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" through to Tears for Fears' "Shout". For instance Simple Mind - "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (which was featured within the movie called The Breakfast Club) was the first of 3 x British acts to provide the theme songs for then knownBrat Pack movies.

    Trailer for the Movie called The Breakfast Club

    The other songs were John Parr's Hot 100 1 charting single "St. Elmo's Fire" (which featured in the movie called “St. Elmo fire") and The Psychedelic Furs -"Pretty in Pink” (which featured in the movie called -"Pretty in Pink).

    U.S. radio stations that catered for black audiences also played Second UK Invasion acts. Music critic Nelson George added to this "reverse crossover" that this novelty of this music went down well on the dance floors. Another music journalist, Simon Reynolds (UK), added that, just as in the 1st British Invasion, the used of Black American influences by British acts such as Wham!, Eurhythmics, Culture Club, and Paul Young helped to spur their success.

    (The Courier Newspaper (USA) - June 8th 1984 - The 2nd Invasion - How it really happened)

    During the Second British Invasion, established British acts such as Queen, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins and Elton John saw their popularity increase. Counting his work with Genesis, Phil Collins had more top 40 hits on the USA Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist.

     "The guys were so beautiful. Not handsome in the classic "movie star" way, but actually pretty—lush lips, cheekbones a mile-high, porcelain skin—and they all knew how to apply make-up better than most women I knew"Nina Blackwood - MTV VJ.

    All of this activity and the unusually high turnover of artists in the charts caused a sense of upheaval in the United States. Commentators in the mainstream media credited MTV and the British acts with bringing color and energy back to pop music that had been missing since the 1960s, while rock journalists were generally hostile to the phenomenon because they felt it represented image over content and that the "English haircut bands" had not paid their dues.

    Great Britain initially embraced what was called "New Pop". However, by 1983, the song by the UK Punk group called Orange Juice – "Rip It Up" and "kill ugly pop stars" graffiti were expressions of both a backlash against the Second Invasion groups and nostalgia for Punk music.

    Orange Juice – "Rip It Up" on Top of the Pops - 1983

    "Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything)", which became an underground hit for Philadelphia punk group The Dead Milkmen, took a satirical shot at the American subculture that followed British alternative/new wave.

    "I hear the radio, it's finally gonna play new music you know the british invasion but what about The Minutemen, Flesh Eaters, D.O.A., Big Boys, and the Black Flag were the last American bands to get played on the radio please bring the Flag, please bring the Flag glitter disco synthesizer, night school all the noble savage drum drum drum"

    American Punk Band X from their 1983 song I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts According to music journalist Simon Reynolds, a majority of acts that signed to independent labels in 1984 mined various rock influences and became an alternative to the Second Invasion. Reynolds named The The Smiths and R.E.M. as the two most important "alt rock acts" among this group noting that they "were eighties bands only in the sense of being against the eighties".

    End of the Invasion As the 1980s wore on, American rock, heavy metal and pop music acts learned how to market themselves using video and make catchy singles. Martin Fry of ABC added that "The reality was that Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson did it better, bigger and more global than a lot of British acts."

    Martin Fry - The lead singer of Abc - (The one dressed in the gold suit)

    Martin Fry the lead singer of the Uk band that is - "ABC" - He is the one with the "Gold" suite in the middle of the picture

    From 1983 to 1985, several hair metal acts dented the U.S. charts and received some airplay on MTV, but heavy metal was still seen as a genre limited in popularity to teenage boys.

    In the spring and summer of 1986, acts associated with the Second UK Invasion music acts continued to have chart success, with eight records reaching the USA Hot 100's summit.

    That fall Bon Jovi's third album Slippery When Wet topped the Billboard 200 and spent eight non-consecutive weeks there, and the leadoff single "You Give Love a Bad Name" displaced The Human League's - "Human" atop the USA Hot 100.

    Such developments eventually led to decreased visibility of New Music.

    Human League - Human - 1986

    By 1987, "New Music(2nd British Music Invasion music) was now only being exposure on MTV via The New Video Hour within the station.

    But was that it? Over and out for the Uk? Well if I get time to do another one of this same article I will show you otherwise. I hope that you enjoy the article. Please let me know what you felt about it. It brought me back some what - especially seeing those old "Tops of the pops"(UK) moments.

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • If it moves, Funk it - The Radio Catchphrase from the Uk Legendary Dj/Radio Broadcaster - Robbie Vincent

    He is catch phrase was and will always be - “If it moves Funk it”.

    The Legendary Robbie Vincent = 2015 

    For a number of us over here in the Uk. As soon as we hear this catchphrase It means only one person and one thing; and that person is Robbie Vincent.

    Robbie is originally from the county of Suffolk, here in England where I am based actually.

    In fact he was born on the 9thJune, 1947 within the town of Felixstowe, Suffolk, here in England; which is about 11 miles from my home town which Ipswich Town, the county of town of Suffolk, England.

    Within the Usa however; and especially around the New York Area of the Usa (late 1970’s and early 1980's). We know that you had a Dj/Radio personality of around the same time that had the same special pull and or special relationship with music lovers of Soul, Funk and Jazz .

    That persons name was Frankie Crocker; and his nickname that he was known by was as “The Chief Rocker” or “Hollywood”.

    He was so influential within the Music industry (within the Usa) as a Radio dj/personality and as a music selector; especially around the time that these legendary clubs were running as well. Studio 54 and the Paradise Garage.

    That both Dj and the clubs mentioned above became national news items to the nation around the country of the USA.

    Probably the only other Dj at the time that could match him at that time would have been Larry Levan (the main club dj for the world famous Paradise Garage club, in New York, Usa).

    Probably the greatest ever club DJ that ever did it - Larry Levan 

    Larry Levanwas a club Dj, and Frankie Crocker was a Radio/DJ (WBLS-FM – New York, Usa). Both had tremendous pull within the world of Soul, Disco and Funk music scenes.

    It has been well reported that Frankie Crokerduring the height of the Disco boom  - when Studio 54 nightclubwas at the height of its popularity. Crocker rode in through the front entrance of the nightclub on a White Stallion.

    In the studio, before he left for the day, Crocker would light a candle and invite female listeners to enjoy a candlelight bath with him.

    He signed off the air each night to the tune "Moodys Mood for love" by vocalese crooner King Pleasure. Crocker, a native of Buffalo, coined the phrase "URBAN CONTEMPORARY" in the 1970s, a label for the eclecticmix of songs that he played.

    Frankie is credited with introducing as many as 30 new artists to the mainstream, including Manu Dibango's - "Soul Makossa" to American audiences.

    While both Gary Bryd  and Herb Hamlett were influenced by Crocker, it is only Hamlett who always attributes his success to his mentor in Buffalo, Frankie Crocker.

    In October 2000, Crocker went into a Miami area hospital for several weeks. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and kept the illness a secret from his friends and even from his mother. He died on Saturday, October 21, 2000.

    For us within the Uk. Well, within the southern part of the Uk that is. Robbie Vincent’s (“If it moves Funk it” catchphrase)  meant we were NOW going to hear quality radio that would feature the latest Funk, Soul and Jazz/Funk releases from the Usa, Brazil and Japan.

    If it moves funk it  - THE FAMOUS CATCHPHRASE FOR - ROBBIE VINCENT

    No Robbie he didn’t ride into the nightclubs on any White horse such as “Flicks” in Dartford and the Goldmine' in Essex. But his music influence was just as legendary.

    Being born, bred (Dj Mistri) and situated myself within the town of Ipswich, here in England. Getting hold of the numerous London Pirate radio stations that were in abundance at the time (1980’s) in London was a no go for me and many others that lived my part of the world at that time.

    Robbie Vincent via his Radio show on Radio London, offered many of us Soul, Jazz and funk fans the ability to hear the latest releases before them came out on vinyl. It may not mean anything today generation in regards to being able to hear tracks like what was mentioned above on your Mobile Phone as standard.

    However, for many of us this show was a god send at that time. It really was. Pen at the ready, you made sure that the Radio had a good supply of batteries. You put the Radio to the Window, or the best place in the house so that you can get the best Radio reception.

    Robbie Vincent was so upfront with his tunes and album releases which he sourced  from the Usa, Brazil and Japan in regards to Soul, Jazz, Funk and Brazilian Jazz Funk; that you had to make sure that you got those music titles down – quickly and precisely.

    As when you visited your local record shop you would bombard the hell out the Shop assistant with list that you had in your hand.

    More often then not they didn’t have them. So a trip to London would have to be arranged. Such was the level of upfront tunes that he was playing that you your record bill could come to £100 pounds sterling, each visit (which was a lot of money to be spening on vinyl records at that time). And in those days single 12inch records come cost you £6 pounds, or albums up to £20 pounds!

    I managed to catch the show for the first time during the year of 1980 during the lunch time period. I could only get about 40 minutes of the show due to the Radio reception would fade and you would no longer be able to hear the show.

    Robbie Vincent's Saturday Show broadcast in the early 1980's on Radio London had a cult following. It must be said. Most people when you visited London in that period of time were listening to the show.

    Below is part of his show that he devote to Jazz and Jazz.Funk and Jazz/Fusion within the early 1980's - Please click the You tube Video below!!

    Something that I did myself and have now found out other fans of the show were doing the same. We were all making Pirate Radio cassettes of his show (Robbie Vincent) each and every week.

    However, for myself I have lost those tapes now. I just can’t find them. I still shake my head about this even today. As I know some of those tunes that he played will be lost for ever especially those obscure Brazilian Jazz Funk tracks and Japanese Jazz/ Funk albums details from the early 1980’s

    I have found out that many fans of the show made Pirate tape (c90) cassette recordings of the shows week after week, which was on aired from 11:30 amto 2 pm.

    Robbie show that included these promos and new releases would become club dance floor anthems that filled dance-floors from Flicks in Dartford to The Goldmine in Canvey Island.

    Robbie would play a selection of UK and US Imports, thus strengthening the sales and reach of the sales both in London and further afield.

    Such was the show's cult listening habit that many fans would travel to locations within the Uk where even the weakest signal of BBC Radio London could be received – these locations included High Wycombe, Marlow, Luton, Dunstable and even just east of Guildford.

    His Saturday show in 1983 progressed to include a Fusion Jazz 40 (which often would mirror the Fusion Few Chart in Blues and Soul magazine).  I loved this part of the show so much, however it used to drive me crazy, as the Radio frequency always started to fade out. This resulted in me try to extend the aerial or running up and down the house to try and get a better reception for the show.

    Robbie Vincent's  importance to the scene of Soul, Funk and Jazz music scene within the Uk was that several import 12" singles and albums would not have been officially released in the UK without HIS influence.

    Some of albums or tracks from these artists included Maze feat Frankie Beverley, Brass Construction, Tania Marie, Earl Klugh, and Alfie Silas.

    Below is the 1st Uk Radio Interview for Maze - done by Robbie Vincent (1982) - Part 1

    For instance the first official playing of Lionel Richie's All night Longwas by Robbie Vincent on his Saturday Show in Autumn 1983 as a promo, well ahead of the Richie's album - Can't slow Down.

    Occasionally, the Saturday Show standard format would be held over for Robbie's popular "All Winners Show" where the fans would choose the tracks to be played.

    On this occasion during the 12th October 1982, one such All Winners Show unearthed a long lost jazz funk band called Prnce Charles and the City Beat Bandand within weeks, their song 'In The Streets' was re-released in the UK. The band went on to have a renewed career in the next few years and UK hits.

    On the same show, The Tramps'Soul Bones' was played resulting in a scurry to find deleted copies of this forgotten soul classic. On the same show, a composite of Merry Clayton's 'When The World Turns Blue', John Klemmers 'Adventures in Paradise' and Teena Marie's 'Portuguese Love' was a sequence which has remained as a memorable highlight.

    Other notable successes down to Robbie Vincent's work include Gilberto Giland Sadao Watanbe. Robbie was also first to play Teena Marie's comeback recording in 1983 called 'Fix It' following her signing from Motown Records to Epic.

    Careers previously restricted to the US and Latin America were given prime exposure on Robbie Vincent's Saturday Show notably, Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill and Brenda Russell.

    Below is the 1st Uk Radio Interview for Maze - done by Robbie Vincent (1982) - Part 2

    Robbie supported Uk acts such as Second Image, I-Level, and early 12" Singles from Loose Ends.

    In fact during 1981, Robbie became manager of UK Soul Funk band, Second image, securing record deals with Polydor record label and then in 1984, with MCA Records. He acted as their sole personal manager until the band split in 1986.

    It was a very exciting time for music much of it underground and unique to Caister all-weekenders and all-dayers.

    In spring 1983, Robbie Vincent played a 7" Single by unknown funk band here in the UK called - Mtume – the song 'Juicy Fruit' became a massive UK hit being released as an extended 12" single largely as a result of Robbie's pushing.

    It should not be underestimated the contribution to the UK Jazz Funk and Soul scene made by Robbie Vincent between 1979 – 1989, but in particular in the early 1980s.

    With Greg Edwards, Jeff Young, and other DJs, Robbie Vincent was part of both a soul revival as well as a massive move for commercial acceptance of Jazz-Funk.

    In addition, the mainstream Jazz movement, so often missed in the story, received an incredible boost thanks to unknown and new artists being given a media platform.

    Robbie Vincent and Roy Ayers

    More recent news of Robbie is that he is still doing what he does best which is his radio show along the same format.  However, during 29th November 2013, Robbie Vincent announced his decision to leave Jazz FM (UK)and was denied a final farewell show on the station following his announcement.

    This caused a stir within the Uk Radio world. As many though it cruel of Jazz Fm (Uk) to prevent him from saying goodbye to his listeners to his show.

    Like I mentioned that Robbie  is still going and can be found here - Robbie Vincent

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • In the Blue Corner we have Loose Ends. In the Red Corner we have Soul 2 Soul - who's your champion???

    Who were better? - Loose Ends or Soul 2 Soul ???

    Lets get ready to rumble between Loose Ends and Soul 2 Soul within this musical boxing ring arena

    At the time. Both bands had amazing successes within the USA with their brand of Soul and RnB music. The USA and International Soul and RNB music fan were shocked to learn about the input that these groups had achieved within the mid 1980’s to early 1990’s.  The shock came from the fact that they actually came from the UK!

    The USA or the International music fan should haven’t been that shocked about this British sound. As this happened a decade before within the Soul, Pop and Rnb musical genders.

    Music acts such as the Bee Gees, The Average White Band; and the songwriter that was Rod Templetonduring the 1970’s and early 1980’s set the tone for uk acts performing, singing and writing soul and rnb material.

    However, I fear the shock factor in regards to the worlds reaction to this sound coming from the Uk within this new decade that was the 1980’s – was that the sound which was coming from the uk was from the black communities within the Uk.

    Other artist/s from the Uk black community were also making small waves within the International music charts that come to mind during this time. For instance artists such as Light of the World, Lynxz, Central Line, Imagination and Sade come to mind here.

    Black artists or groups from the UK were listening, taking their "queues" from Usa Rnb and Soul musicians and Jamaican Reggae artists; and honing their musicianship and musical sounds from those groups and acts from those countries. These nations have always been the true heavyweights of Pop, Soul, Hip hop, Reggae and Rnb music that we know today whether we like it not (The USA and JAMAICA).

    The world got a taste of England’s intentions when groups as mentioned above during the decade of the 1970’s put their hats into the arena - and shocked everyone.

    However, a new decade was upon us (1980’s). And its probably the most influential musical decade of the 20th Century. (Others might disagree with that statement, stating the 1960’s was instead). The 1980’s saw an explosion of black music acts within the Uk.

    The Uk has one advantage that it can produce from its jacket sleeves. It had on its side the use and inclusion of Pirate Radio network within their music industry.

    It allowed the Uk music loving public to keep in touch with the latest pop and dance music acts from the musical giants that are Jamaica and the Usa.

    This love affair of the Uk music loving pubic and Pirate radio began within the 1960’s. In this decade we saw Pirate Radio stations taking to the North Sea and locating there to provide us with import Usa pop and dance music acts with the occasional Jamaican music acts as well.

    This illegality of the Uk Pirate radio movement attracted a huge audience; it also attracted the notice of the UK government to this movemennt at the same time.

    After years of trying to curb the activities of the Uk Pirate Radio movement. The Uk government passed a law within 1967 called The Marine Broadcasting Actprohibiting the use of these Sea based Pirate radio to operate within the UK. This led to the BBC Organisation themselves having to realise and recognise the love that the Uk music loving public had for the UK Pirate movement.

    During the same year of 1967 the BBC reorganised its self in response to the recent laws passed by the UK government. The BBC restructured its self by establishing new radio stations within its own organisation. These stations were/are Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4.

    However, the Uk Pirate movement was not just over yet. This new crop of Pirates radio stations that appeared over the next decade (the 1970’s) stated appearing on land within the Uk. To be fair they seemed to be appearing within allthe big cities of England. Cities such as London, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Manchester all had their share of Uk Pirate radio stations.

    However, London had the biggest amount of pirate radio stations within the UK (And it still has).

    This has helped for the UK nation to continue to hear upfront musical genres such as Rnb, Reggae, Funk and Disco hits of the day to be heard; in which they had no chance of hearing on the National Radio stations of the Uk of the day.

    By the time that the 1980’s had arrived, the city of London had an estimated 400 Pirate Radio stations playing upfront Rnb music, House music, Soul music, HipHop music and Rare groove tracks of the day to the London public. Other cities within the Uk also saw a huge increase of these Pirate radio stations within their own areas as well delivering the same service.

    The UK Pirate Radio movement is still alive and kicking here in 2016 within the Uk. Even with the advent of the Internet. Please click on the Video below done by the BBC programme called News Night about the movement.

    The Radio authorities of the Uk were not happy about this situation nor were the emergency services as they believed these stations were interfering with these emergency services frequencies.

    Many within the music industry whether they be record labels, artists, music groups and the music loving public were grateful of these stations. As the nation were now hearing new sounds and new musical styles of music that they would never ever have got the chance of of hearing on National Radio Stations within the Uk at the time.

    The music group that is Loose Ends were based within the area of South London. Loose Ends themselves state that this was the case for them when they stated out. And are grateful for th support that they received from the Pirate Radio stations at the time.

    Their first single called ”In the sky” benefitted hugely from being played on these same styled pirate radio stations within the early 1980’s. Due to the single getting requests at dance record vinyl stores around London. Soon Radio 1 stated playing the single…and they were on their way.

    Loose Ends - In the sky - Please click on the the video to hear the song

    I remember listening to the single myself on the BBC Radio one channel via listening to the presenter called Jeff Young (during the year of 1992). A week later I had purchased the 12inch single myself.

    The group that isLoose Ends were formed in1980 by Steve Nichol and Jane Eugene. A very shortly afterwards to then cameCarl Mackintosh to the band. Now in my opinion they are the greatest soul and Rnb that has ever come out of the Uk. Many critics would stateThe Bee Gees.  However, I have discredit this idea. As great as theThe Bee Gees were, they were not an out and out Soul and Rnb band.

    They were Pop band, they were Disco band, they were a ballad band yes they did release Soul and Rnb numbers but not all the time. However, what is said about them they were a great band. However they were not an out and out Soul and Rnb band. Loose Ends were an out and out soul and Rnb band.

    Loose Ends are often credited as being the best band to ever come from the Uk as an straight out and out Rnb and Soul band. I tend to agree with them.

    The first 4 x albums received some help from the New York Producer called Nick Martinelli. He had the same influence on the band as George Martin (Producer of the Beatles) did with the “Fab Four” - The Beatles. Nick Martinelli was the unofficial member 4th member of Loose Ends.

    Technically they have not called it a day. However, the group has not put out a studio album since 1990. In fact that they have released 5 x studio albums so far.

    These are:

    1. A little spice - 1984
    2. So where are you – 1985
    3. Zagora – 1986
    4. The Real Cuckaboo – 1988
    5. Look how Long? – 1990

    One of the great strengths of the music of Loose Ends was/is the quality of their album releases; and the music singles that is contained within them. Every single album in which they have bought out was of great quality. The only studio in which they made in which was a little below par the others, was the album called – The Real Chuckaboo – 1988

    My favourite studio albums are in this order from the group.

    1. Look how Long? – 1990 

    2. A little spice - 1984

    3. Zagora – 1986

    4. So where are you – 1985

    5. The Real Cuckaboo – 1988

    The Loose End sound had/has developed into a highly classy, Soul, Rnb and Urban Contemporary production.  As I have mentioned above my favourite album from the group was – “Look How long” (Made in 1990). And this was produced with two of the original members of the band that was Steve Nichol and Jane Eugene leaving the band in the year of 1989.

    Carl Mackintosh the other original member ofLoose Ends decided to stay on and continue with band. By doing that he had to hire new musicians and other vocalists.And I have to stay every track on the album called “Look how long” (1990) is probably the best Uk soul and Rnb album to come from the Uk. It’s that good.

    Loose Ends - Love Controversy, Pt.-1 - Please click on the the video to hear the song

    However, many state that Loose Ends greatest moment was with the single that was “Hanging on a String” from the album called “So where are you”…..Their Single called Loose Ends was the 1st ever, from a Uk Soul and Rnb band to top the Usa Rnb Charts.However, Loose Ends do have a competitor. 

    Loose Ends - Hanging on a String - Please click on the the video to hear the song

    Its not all plain sailing with regards to Loose Ends being noted as being the best ever Uk band to make and produce Soul and Rnb music.There was one main competitor towards Loose Ends; and that band was Soul 2 Soul.  Soul 2 Soul was one of the most influential Dance/Rnb bands that heralded from the late 19080’s to the middle 1990’s.

    Their sound that they managed to create, captured and put out to the world was simple but special. It music of theirs was fusion between Rnb music, Reggae music, Hip Hop music and Soul music. The band were led by Jazzy B (Producer, Songwriter and vocalist), Nellie Hooper and Philip Dadee Harvey.

    BBC - THE ONE SHOW - TELLING YOU ABOUT SOUL 2 SOUL STORY

    However, many people around the world only see the band as complete with the vocalist that is Caron Wheeler. I remember buying my first Soul 2 Soul single as a 12inch single and was amazed how funky it sounded at the time. The single was called “Fairplay”.

    I then bought their second single release; which again came out on 12 inch single. The single was called “Keep on Moving” and I was hooked. That bassline, and then the sweetest vocals on top from Caron Wheeler made this single heavenly in my opinion.It was then I decided to make up my mind that I would not be buying any more singles from Soul 2 Soul.

    I would wait for an album release from them. Then I would buy the album.I eventually did do that. However, before the album was released another single which went to number one. It was called “Back 2 life”. What a single that was. Hearing these days it gives me goosepimples on how good it was. It was an Soul/Rnb single but it contained that irresistable Sound system, Bristol/Jamaican basslinefeel to itthat made a firm favourite around the world for the year of 1989.

    It probably the best Soul and Rnb single that as Uk artist/s has ever made. But that is bound to cause friction amoung Uk music lovers. As surprisingly as it seems. The Uk has made some truly classic sounding Rnb and Soul singles over the years.

    SOUL 2 SOUL - BACK 2 LIFE - Please click on the the video to hear the song

    But "Back 2 life" takes some beating as the group that is Soul 2 Soul made headlines all over the world with that single. That was the single that made them international musical superstars for the year of 1989.

    Over within the Usa,  no one could believe that a Soul/Rnb band with a Reggae/Hip Hop tinged sound - such as Soul 2 Soul could have originated from the Uk. Many were left open mouthed when they learned of this knowledge. Many American music fans have told me the first time that they heard of the single was when they heard a small segment of the song via an episode of the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" - starring Will Smith. It was after hearing the the song via that show - that they checked their radio stations and eventually there record shops for the single to purchase it.

    PLEASE CLICK ON THE YOU TUBE VIDEO SHOW

    WILL SMITH WITHIN THE SHOW CALLED THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR - DANCING TO SOUL 2 SOUL.

    Talking and conversing with a number of American Soul and Rnb fans over the years; or other Soul and Rnb fans from around the world it seems clear that they consider Soul 2 Soul and maybe Sade as the best that they have heard musically - on a Soul and Rnb perspective to come from the Uk.

    However, If you were to ask the same question to the peoples of the Uk, the majority of them would say that Loose Ends are the best that has ever come from the Uk with them being a straight out Rnb/Soul bnd.

    Soul 2 Soul released these studio albums:

    1. Club Classic Vol 1 – 1989
    2. Vol 2 – A new decade – 1990
    3. Just Right – 1992
    4. 2 Sides of Soul 2 Soul – 1992
    5. Vol 5 – Believe – 1995
    6. Time 4 change – 1997

    The best ones out of the whole bunch would be

    1 .Club Classic Vol 1 – 1989

    2Vol 2 – A new decade – 1990

    Those were the best albums from Soul 2 Soul that captured the heart and soul in what they will always be remembered for. However, in my opinion their other albums were not a patch on the first two albums that they released. And it was with this deduction that I have decided to say with my opinions in regards to rating Loose Ends as the standards on which a Uk has to be to reach to amaze the world.

    SOUL 2 SOUL - Missing You - Please click on the the video to hear the song

    Yes, these days we have Adele who is flying the flag for the Uk. She has sold even more albums then both Soul 2 Soul and Loose Ends put together. However, have any listen to any Loose Ends album (Apart from the album called The Real Chuckaboo), and you will hear quality  productions that trump over music and  from other Uk giants such as Sade, Soul 2 Soul, Lisa Stansfield, Amy Winehouse and even Soul 2 Soul.

    So getting back to the original question, Who is your fabourite or the better of the two bands.Please let me hear your thoughts.

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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