Literature[ edit ] The Northern soul subculture has spawned a number of memoirs, novels and short stories. Commemorative sew-on patch similar to those designed by Russ Winstanley and sold at the Wigan Casino.
Additionally, the track samples the famous soul drum break from James Brown 's " Funky Drummer ", performed by Clyde Stubblefield.
These types of records, which suited the athletic dancing that was prevalent, became known on the scene as stompers. Fashion and imagery[ edit ] Photograph of a sew-on patch featuring the clenched fist symbol adopted by the Northern soul movement A large proportion of Northern soul's original audience came from within the s mod subculture. By the reputation of the Twisted Wheel and the type of music being played there had grown nationwide and soul fans were travelling from all over the United Kingdom to attend the Saturday all-nighters.
While the tempo was similar to the earlier Motown Records -style recordings, this shift in emphasis heralded a slightly different style of Northern soul dancing and dress styles at Blackpool Mecca and created a schism in the Northern soul movement between Wigan Casino's traditionalists and Blackpool Mecca's calories in blackjack sweets approach, which accepted the more contemporary sounds of Philly soulearly disco and funk.
The regular Saturday night events began at 8. InThe Four Seasons released the song " The Night ", from their May album " Chameleon ", a disco song which appealed to the Northern soul scene and as a result, it was successfully re-released in the UK in the spring of . There was a notable scene in the east of England, Shades Northampton was one of the leading venues in this part of the country during the early s until it closed it doors in The s — often dismissed as a low period for Northern soul by those who had left the scene in the s — featured almost new venues in places as diverse as BradfordLondon, Peterborough, Leighton BuzzardWhitchurchCoventry and Leicester.
These were often covered with sew-on badges representing soul club memberships.
Music, artists and records[ edit ] See also: Keith Rylatt and Phil Scott wrote: Of the regular attendees he said, "All they wanted was fast-tempo black dance music Gradually, the music policy became less eclectic and shifted heavily towards fast-paced soul, in response to the demands of the growing crowds of amphetamine-fuelled dancers who flocked to the all-nighters.
Until his departure inresident 'All Niter' DJ Bob Dee compiled and supervised  the playlist, utilising the newly developed slip-cueing technique to spin the vinyl. Contemporary black American soul was changing with the advent of funkdisco and jazz-funkand the supply of recordings with the fast-paced Northern soul sound began to dwindle rapidly.
Influence on DJ culture[ edit ] The Northern soul movement is cited by many as being a significant step towards the creation of contemporary club culture and of the superstar DJ culture of the s. As in contemporary club culture, Northern soul DJs built up a following based on satisfying the crowd's desires for music that they could not hear anywhere else.
The clenched raised fist symbol that has become associated with the Northern soul movement emanates from the s Black Power movement of the United States. The album sleeve features Northern soul-style sew-on patches.