Soul Control Website Launch Boat Party - Review 1
Review - Jules
I’m happy to say I was one of the lucky ones who attended the Launch Party for Soul Control's Website on Sunday 18th November. The location was a big covered barge boat - I don't really do boats due to sea sickness, but the chance to hear my beloved Soul Control who don’t do things by half was way too tempting to resist. Well, in all my days as an original 'Soul Control Groupie', traveling up and down the UK’s motorways and now the UK’s waterways to listen to them, this had to be the first time that I’d got home having had a brilliant time and with my hearing still intact!!
The night was wicked!! The attendees were very close knit, so much so that some may call it 'Clicky', but it was like a little family party. It was a good call to tell people to get there for 6-6.30 pm BPT - (work that one out)!!!. When we finally embarked & set sail, most of us were sat or stood in our coats as it was that cold, but this didn’t last for too long. As the boat began to move I felt a little woozy but I soon realised that I would be fine as long as I didn't look out of the window. I also sussed that the more alcohol I consumed, the less the sight of the river waters flowing past affected me…….so that was me guzzling brandy and champers for the rest of the night like it was going to run out!!!! Within 45 minutes and as the drinks began to flow along with the tunes, my coat was off and I was properly flinging foot on the dance-floor! The poor man who owned the boat may have to reinforce the roof because as Soul Control really started to kick like only they know how, the crowd were all thumping the low ceiling for the rewinds in true back-in-the day fashion! It was just like the bottle banging we used to do in The Gallery & The Reno, my only regret is that I didn't bring my whistle or air horn!!!
Before this night, I thought that I'd grown out of being a groupie, but me and my other half Oneal were drawn ever closer to the Soul Control set where we boogied and fully soaked up the amazing atmosphere for the whole night. I do miss the old days but can see that as long as we retain our old school spirit, those days will never go away. There was me getting ready for a life of sponge rollers, early nights and looking for a good home for my party clothes and then Soul Control come along and mashed up my plans!!! I don't go out very often but I'll save a few items of clothing just in case there's another Boat, Christmas, New Years, Birthday, Christening, Wedding.........party - get the picture!!!!!!! Not that I'm desperate for a good night out - well yes actually I was hungry for a good night out but will Sunday suffice for the next few months? Don’t let us wait that long for the next Soul Control showcase, but DO remember that we can't shake it as often as we used to !!!!!! Somebody asked me what time I got home but I don't have a clue - I'll ask the babysitter and let you know.
Soul Control Verdict:
Nice to know that Soul Control still have it in them and that they have finally taken people's hearing into consideration - Even if it was just for that one night!!
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Soul Control Website Launch Boat Party - Review 2
Review - Tracy
“Ship Ahoy Me Matey’s its da Boogie Down Bass Barge”
The Mighty Soul Control Guys officially launched their website on Sunday 18th November 2007. They kept in theme of the secret location which always adds to the anticipation. T2 Bad dropped off my tickets and informed me that we were going on ‘The Bass Barge’. Wahoo jaunty hats at the ready peeps!!
On the ticket it said arrive 6pm prompt for champagne reception at Barca. Sadly Barca was closed and there was no reception or champagne.
Assuming we were operating on British Maritime, the keen members of the crew arrived on time. If only we had known it was Caribbean time we could have shovelled down ‘rice and peas’ before bolting out of the door! We found sanctuary at Dukes 92 where we glugged wine and scoffed bread, pate and champagne cheese. Very nice, which was a God send as otherwise they would have been operating with a skeleton crew. By 7pm the barge was ready to be boarded and after a brief health and safety procedure the boat set sail.
The initial reluctance of people to dance encouraged myself and a friends sister to officially open the dance floor. Once everyone got over the shock of not only being able to walk but dance on water things were cool. In true Soul Control style the first tune dropped and two bars later Mr Bass-line made his unmistakeable presence felt…..The most key member of the Soul Control crew. Travelling at a steady speed of 5 knots the Lurve boat coped well with the motion of the party groove against the motion of the waves. Slight turbulence and crashing into the odd shopping trolley embedded in the canal added to the constant excitement.
Everyone was in fine formation form and we boogied our batties off along the rain splattered shores of Manchester. The audience participation of Chaka Khan’s groove “I’m Every Woman” even had “Da’ Man Dem” singing along. Absolute Class!!!!
It was a fantastic night filled with classic, original tracks from when music was ‘TUNES’ to the current day raves that keep those of us who should know better shakin’ out on the dance floor. The rewinds, shout outs and banging on the barge ceiling kept the atmosphere alive.
Thanks to all the original Soul Funk Masters of delivery in Manchester Soul Control. God Bless the Good ship Soul Control and all who sail in her. We eagerly wait in anticipation for the next night.
Soul Control Verdict:
We still love you guys and what the evening lacked in sustenance, it well made up for in Heart and Soul.
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