Label: Goldmine Soul Supply - GSCD 51 • Series: The Wigan Casino Story • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul
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Have fun and enjoy the use of our website. IsraBox - Music is Life! Unquestionably the World's most illustrious Better Use Your Head - Various - The Wigan Casino Story Club, not only nationally famous, but internationally s well. Whist appreciating the honour bestowed upon it most of the Casino regulars would have winced at the term 'Disco'.
None of this at the Casino! It served no alcohol whatsoever, it was too hot and sweaty to wear a suit and for the most part men and women ignored each other, unless of course they I Bring You A Song - Unknown Artist - Walt Disneys Bambi discussing the latest soul r eleases.
Forgiving our American Friends their ignorance the Casino was never a Disco, it was a Soul Club and most of its followers would have been offended to hear it called by any other term. Despite not having the same financial clout as Blackpool Mecca the Casino was still remarkably s uccessful in unearthing unknown soul obscurities.
It also boasted Better Use Your Head - Various - The Wigan Casino Story healthy programme of live American acts. This was not the main reason for its legendary reputation however as both the Torch and the Twisted Wheel brought them over on a more regular basis. It was much more to do with the venue tself which had begun life as a large post-Victorian theatre before turning into a Snooker hall.
By the time it became a Soul Club it was more than Lucifer - Zomby - Dedication little dilapidated but was perfect for the soul lover's tastes. It's main room held a massive wooden dancefloor surrounded by a large balcony. There was lenty of seating downstairs where people could sit and replenish their bodily fluids on Coke or Lemonade. Just like the Mecca it also had a secondary room known as 'Mr M's' which opened a couple of hours after the doors had opened.
This room was 'oldies' only and concentrated exclusively on sixties Soul. This may well have been a significant factor in the Casino's success as any new member would almost certainly hear something with which they were familiar. Paradoxically the Casino's success may well have contributed to its demise because as its reputation grew so did its commercial viability. At one stage it could boast a membership of overpeople. Record companies started exploiting Northern Soul favourites by pushing them into the pop charts.
White Bands such as Soft Cell started making poor cover versions of the Casino's discoveries in a bid for commercial success. Silly dancers appeared on Top Of The Pops calling themselves 'Wigan's Chosen Few' but the main reason was that DJ's were seduced by the hype and promises of untold riches. The authentic Soul records of the sixties had virtually all been 'discovered' so in an attempt to find new sounds they started introducing soul influenced pop songs and tried to pass them off as the genuine article.
The true Soul Fans moved on as the Casino became increasingly populated by curious trendies all wanting to jump on the Northern Soul bandwagon. On December 6th. A few months later in a freak accident the Casino caught fire and was razed to the ground. Despite its later loss of irection the Casino will forever remain a treasured memory for those Streetmeat + Respirator - Streetmeat + Respirator were fortunate enough to attend.
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