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Thursday, Jun 27 2013 | 21:31
Image: 1580133 Here we are again, the third volume in a series set to outstrip my “Legendary Deep Funk” comps. We do hope so, as we much prefer the music on these. The funk and soul thing seems much too serious nowadays. Whereas rockin tunes are all about fun. Not to detract from the quality of music on these tunes, but you can clearly here the fun they had recording them.
The majority of the tunes on volume 2 were ultra-rare rockabilly classics. This time we’ve gone for pure fun with a few deeper sounding rarities thrown in to add a hint of diversity. Dj’ing is also much more fun for us now as this music generates happiness in the crowd too. The old northern soul days of “drowning in a sea of my own despair” have been replaced with “having a ball”. That seems the condition we left the UK in too, with lots of younger club goers having a ball to the likes of Johnny Burnette or Charlie Feathers.
Japan is already in the grip of Rockabilly fever, but we have our work cut out in other countries over here in South East Asia. Noel Coward once said “funny how powerful cheap music is”, and Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of the way that mass marketing of shite works
here. Still give us a few years and we will save them from a life of pish music. Already little pockets of resistance are breaking out. A bit like the UK ten years ago then ??

The legendary out-spoken Scotsman has been around the Northern soul & funk scene since the start and began his career as a dancer. As soon as he had enough money together he started collecting and buying Northern Soul in the UK, during regular trips to the US and was starting to play around the Wigan area at the heyday of The Casino. By 1981 he had gained a respectful reputation as a DJ.
He moved to London at the age of 22 and decided to start living a normal life and quit DJ'ing, but was quickly playing Northern-soul again due to heavy demand by old Wigan promoters. He brought the scene to London and drew the Northern punters that had moved to London after
the Wigan scene dissolved. After a few years, the Northern scene faded, Keb sold his music collection but he still had a loft filled with 'junk' music (according to himself) that he had picked up in the states that was to-be classified as "Deep Funk" later on.
So in 1989 house music arrived in the UK, and Keb decided to play the funk grooves after a trip to Japan. He managed to get a regular night at an acid-jazz club called 'The Wagclub' and he finished there after a period. And around 1992/93 he met fellow collector Snowboy on the first funk-only night in London called 'Deep Funk', named by Keb (that he later used as a name to describe the sound) but arranged by the owners of the club (Club Ormonds). After a while Snowboy and Keb wanted to push the funk sound further and they decided to start their own
night in an old restaurant. The nights failed due to the domination of house and shut down after a few months.
In 1996 BBE and Keb Darge teamed up to start releasing the now infamous Deep Funk and Funk Spectrum series that spawned a whole host of imitators.

Today he holds two weekly spots at the club (Legendary Deep Funk –Fridays / Lost & Found –Saturdays, where he focuses on his current passion – underground 50’s music), travelling around the world DJ'ing, and running the label Kay Dee Records with Kenny Dope. He has achieved legendary status by far with a 40's to 70's musical knowledge second to none that is perfectly reflected on his BBE compilations.

Tracklisting CD
1.Ganimian & His Orientals - Come With Me To The Casbah
2.Angie & The Citations - Headache
3.Round Robin - I'm The Wolf Man
4.Gene Maltais with The Gibson String Band - The Raging Sea
5.Johnny Knight - Rock & Roll Guitar
6.Phil Barclay And The Sliders-Short Fat Ben
7.Tony and Jackie Lamie with The Swing Kings - Sunset Blues
8.The Shindigs - Thunder Reef
9.Ole Miss Down Beats - Geraldine
10.Riki and The Rikatone - Whiphash
11.Marlon "Madman" Mitchell and The Rocketeers - Ice Cold Baby
12.Johnny Powers with the band of Stan Getz & Tom Cats - Rock Rock
13.Eddie Gaines and The 'Rockin' Five - Be-Bop Battlin' Ball
14.Ray Taylor and Alabama Pals - Connie Lou
15.Everett Carpenter - Let Your Hair Down Baby
16.Untouchables - Crawlin' (The Crawl)
17.The Page Boys - Barricuda
18.Joe Lee and Orchestra - Hang-Out
19.The Rebel Rousers - Peter Gunn Twist
20.The Country Dudes - Have A Ball Available from 07.06.2013
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