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Monday, June 16, 2008

Emerald City Nipperishi

posted by on June 16 at 17:25 PM

babypowder2.jpgDJ Mike Nipper from Emerald City Soul Club is a vinyl maharishi. He broke down the latest installment of the monthly Lo-Fi dance night:

How was this past Saturday?
Nipperishi: Packed and sweaty. Like they all are. And fun. Sweaty fun.

What were some cuts that you spun? Do you pre-arrange your sets?
I went with Contours “Baby Hit and Run” and Connie Clark’s “My Sugar Baby.” Let’s see, I also played a ballad, “I Love You More” by Lee Williams and the Cymbals.

I kinda put my choices in order. For an hour set, that’s 25 to 30 sides. I always assume I will be buzzed when I spin so the pre-arranging helps give some structure and is good for pacing. I like to dance when I DJ. I’d rather not have to get too bogged down with digging through the crate looking for what to play.

Y’all put baby powder on the dance floor to enhance dancing movement. What kind of baby powder works best?
Any talcum powder works. I try to get the non-scented, but sometimes that’s hard to find. We go through one of those giant bottles every time. That floor needs to be good and slick. For proper, traditional Northern Soul dancing, there needs to be room. The dancing is more a shuffle, more a left to right, less of an up and down. I recently went dancing in Chicago on a painted cement floor and my knees still hurt.

Speaking of space, Emerald City Soul Club seems to fill Lo-Fi to capacity. Have you all thought of moving to a bigger space? To have more left to right?
We do fill that place up and it would be nice to have some more room. But at this point, I can neither confirm nor deny any statement about moving.

But you can confirm the fact that the 1964 Gloria Jones version of “Tainted Love” is better than the 1981 Soft Cell version, right?
Yes, I can confirm that.

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Nipper puts the firm in confirm.

Posted by Paulus | June 16, 2008 6:10 PM

if I were going to play Lee Williams & The Cymbals ballad, the obvious choice would be I'll Be Gone, however I would be more inclined to play Girl From A Country Town, which i am unable to find online to save my life right now. But, thats just me ... ;)

Posted by kevin jones | June 16, 2008 8:47 PM

yeah, and "I'll Be Gone" IS the flip to the track I played and is hella good, but I can't get over that hook of "Eyeeee luuuuuuuv you more, thananybodyseverlovedanyone (BAAAAABAY! baaaabay)...I LOVE IT! um, and THAT I can confirm, natch!

Posted by nipper | June 17, 2008 9:55 AM

i heart you guys.

Posted by sheena | June 17, 2008 10:12 AM

actually, my copy of ill be gone has Shy Girl as the flip, which is also excellent.

Posted by kevin jones | June 17, 2008 12:20 PM

i take that back, i was thinking of johnny and the expressions

Posted by kevin jones | June 17, 2008 12:34 PM

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