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Muscles

Fantastic Soul/Funk band from the 70s with Geoff Brown, Richard Ford , Steve James, Stuart Scott.

Discography

Album

Muscles – Big Bear Records 1976

Singles & EPs

Make Me Happy – Big Bear Records 1975

Space Party – Big Bear Records 1975

Music Is Our Message – Big Bear Records 1976

Jungle Strut / Muscle Hustle – Big Bear Records 1976

Love Is All I’ve Got / I’m Gonna Synthesise You – Big Bear Records 1977

If It Relaxes Your Mind / Music Is Our Message – Big Bear Records 1977

I’m A Girl Watcher ‎(7″, Single, Promo) – Big Bear Records BB12 1977

The Smooth Side/The Rough Side ‎(7″, Ora) – Big Bear Records

Delegation

Delegation was a British soul musical group with a lengthy career, and an amount of international success. They are generally viewed in the U.S. as a one-hit wonder, based on the crossover hit, “Oh Honey” (1978). Their biggest UK success came in 1977, with the Top 30 hit single, “Where Is The Love (We Used to Know)”.

Delegation was formed in the United Kingdom in 1975 by Ricky Bailey, Len Coley and Roddy Harris. Working with record producer/songwriter Ken Gold (who masterminded The Real Thing), they began releasing a series of moderately successful singles such as “The Promise of Love” and “Where Is The Love (We Used to Know)”. But their fortunes changed for the better in 1977 with the release of “Oh Honey,” a mid tempo cut that hit the Top Ten in several countries. The accompanying album, The Promise of Love, included the ballad “Mr. Heartbreak”, “Where Is The Love (We Used To Know)” and “Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby),” which also charted.

Coley left the band and Bruce Dunbar took his place. In 1979, Delegation released Eau De Vie, on the Ariola label and had international hits with “Heartache #9”, “You And I” and the “Put A Little Love On Me”. By 1980, Harris was replaced by Ray Patterson, and the group continued on with lesser success.

They followed with an eponymously titled album in 1981 and Deuces High in 1982. All charted in Europe but not in the U.S. In 1984 Dunbar quit and was replaced by Kathy Bryant. The act recorded a couple more singles, and continued to perform through the end of the decade. The record It’s Your Turn, on Epic was successful only in France although did well on the UK club scene, and The Mix on Scorpio Records, a segue compilation of five of their greatest hits also sold poorly.

Bailey reunited with Gold to form Euro-Jam Records in the mid 1990s, to repackage Delegation’s earlier recordings into new compilation albums, and reformed the group to release Encore in Europe in 1999, but this was Delegation’s final recording.

“Oh Honey” was sampled on Three Times Dope’s “Funky Dividends”, from 1989’s Original Stylin’ ; Geto Boys’s “Quickie” from We Can’t Be Stopped in 1991; “When Will They Shoot?”, which appeared on Ice Cube’s 1992 album, The Predator in 1994 “Ugly Bitches”, which was featured on Coolios It Takes A Thief; also on “Glow”, a track onJake One’s 2008 album, White Van Music; and on “Chillin’ Wiv da Man Dem”, a track on Dizzee Rascal’s 2009 album, Tongue N’ Cheek. Whilst “Heartache #9” was sampled by Phats & Small on their 1999 album, Now Phats What I Small Music. It was also sampled in the house music song, “Back to the Funk” by Klusters. It was also sample by 90’s R&B group the Barrio Boyzz on “This is How We Roll.”

The Delegation Band from 2012 still features original member Ricky Bailey. To see what the band is up to now please visit DelegationBand on last.fm or the website www.delegationband.com

Discography

Singles

  • “Where Is The Love (We Used to Know)” (1977) – UK #22
  • “You’ve Been Doing Me Wrong” (1977) – UK #49
  • “Oh Honey” (1978) – U.S. R&B #6, U.S. Pop #45, CAN #99
  • “Put a Little Love on Me” (1979)
  • “Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)” (1979) – U.S. R&B #45, (1980) – U.S. R&B #66, U.S. Dance #57
  • “You and I” (1979)
  • “Welcome To My World” (1980) – U.S. R&B #50
  • “Singing/Twelfth House” (1981) – UK
  • “In Love’s Time” (1981) – U.S. R&B #54

Albums

  • The Promise of Love (1978) – U.S. R&B #8, Pop #84
  • Eau De Vie (1979)
  • Delegation (1980) – U.S. R&B #69 (another “Eau de vie” release)
  • Delegation II (1981)
  • Deuces High (1982)
  • Encore (1996)

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West End Bar

Another great venue recently demolished. The West End Bar was situated on St Chads Island, just across the road from Snow Hill Station and around the corner from the Thistle Hotel.

This was a much vaunted place back in the 1980s and 1990s serving the soul, rare groove, funk and hip hop crowd downstairs while rockabillys and psychobillys congregated upstairs.

I’d like to hear about it’s past life as well as some of the dj’s and faces from its history.

As always, any memories you have of this place, photo’s, flyers and so on, please send them in!

Lazer92FM

The Medicine Bar

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John Peel live on Air from the Medicine Bar in 2001.

 

The Medicine Bar in Birmingham, England started as a collaboration in the 1990s between the London Medicine bar and local hip hop DJ ‘Simon Fat Head’, who began his career at the legendary ‘Brothers and Sisters’ at the ‘Coast to Coast’ club on Broad Street.

The bar is in the Custard Factory in Digbeth, and has hosted many techno, acid jazz, funk and hip hop events.

Substance (which evolved out of Amplified) is the longest running hip hop night in the bar, with DJs Roc1, Magoo, Chris Reid (also from Scratch in London) and MC Mad Flow. It has brought hip hop acts including Afrika Bambaata, De La Soul and Jeru the Damaja to Birmingham.

Leftfoot is the bar’s main funk and soul night which is part run by ex Rockers Hi-Fi DJ Dick and Adam Regan (who now owns the Bull’s Head bar in the birmingham suburb of Moseley). Leftfoot hosts many large acid Jazz type events with appearances from Gilles Peterson to Mr Scruff. Both nights feature live acts.

Other events to take place at the bar include breakdance and graffiti art shows.

For a short period in 2006/07, the Medicine Bar hosted the Birmingham leg of Club NME.

 

[info via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine_Bar ]

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