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2 hours ago, FLY2 said:

Being a rock fan, I prefer Jeff Beck's version. A great song though.

 

There's a chap called Paul Kappa who plays the Cavern Pub opposite the Cavern proper every weekend. He and his band 'Kappa' do Superstition very well.  I first saw them in a couple of pubs in St Helens 15 years or more ago.. Excellent band and worth catching if you're in the area.

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I'll look out for them if ever I'm in the area for a weekend. Can't beat a pub with a group !

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There’s nothing worse than music in pubs unless it’s been pre arranged and you’re going to listen specifically. I used to meet up with friends for a chat at the Coach House in Southwell on a Monday night until a new landlady organised singers. It was mainly old blokes who went in on a Monday for a general moan but the singing rapidly cleared the place. We now meet elsewhere and although there is a bit of light background music (you can never avoid that!) at least we can hold a conversation.

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One of the good things about Wetherspoon's - and there are also a number of not-so-good things - is that they have a deliberate policy of having no music in their pubs.

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Used to work behind the bar in the Highbury Vale pub (old one) early 60s 4/- per hour,,,and the landlord installed a ''Juke Box'''and very low lighting in a tiny room called the Blood-room...got its name from my Grandads days of being a regular,,,it was where after settling an argument on the waste ground opposite the 'Combatants'' retired to to get cleaned up and ''Shake Hands'',,anyway i digress,,

                           The reason the landlord installed the '''Juke box'' was to stop the old fellows spending all night playing Dominoes and only drinking a couple of 'Halves''..........his idea failed ,despite the Juke box'' being very loud,,,and lighting very low,,,the old chaps were mostly Deaf and the lighting greatly enhanced the ''Spots'' on the Dominoes............lol

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I must say that we three spend an hour and a half over just a pint each. When we leave at 11pm we’re always asked if we want another one but I’m sure the landlord is pleased to get off to bed!

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Ben,

When we came back here in 88-89 we bought a bar that was always busy , or so it seemed. It was busy maybe the busiest in the village. The problems was the oldies ( men) would go in the morning and have their coffee and then meet their mates for a game of cards. The bar had 2 rooms one was large with card tables and chairs the other was a smaller room where you could sit for a while and enjoy your coffee or ice cream in peace .

My husband got fed up with the oldies sitting down all day playing cards and only consuming one drink, getting up one by one ( toilet visit) and nipping out of the back door.

He soon stopped it by installing games and slot machines and a snooker table. It encouraged the younger generation and the oldies rather to their discontent were confined to the smaller room. Smoking was still allowed then so you can imagine , you could cut the air with a knife. The bar  ( no longer ours) now has a Dehor  where the locals sit all day smoking and drinking. The locals now being, Marocchini, Macedoni, Rumeni etc. A truly international bar ....the Chinese run it.

You have a business but you can never guarantee what clientele you get.

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How did that get from Motown to customers outstaying their welcome. Sorry if it got in the wrong topic but Ben just brought to mind something from the past

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3 hours ago, nonnaB said:

How did that get from Motown to customers outstaying their welcome.

 

It's not the first time, Nonna :happy:       If threads didn't have a tendency to drift off topic, they'd all come to a sudden stop fairly quickly.

 

And we wouldn't hear a lot of ben's stories.

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Fly 

 

I don’t remember him doing “Hey Jude” but I do remember going to see him at the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. i will have to search for it.

 

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It's on utube Martyn. Stupendous !

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Lizzie, I don't know if you listened to the entire Top 100 Motown songs, but I can imagine some of the less popular ones being dire, but also some very interesting ones.

I like Rock and Blues, but for every Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, AC / DC, Whitesnake, G & R etc, there's some appallingly awful bands like Kiss and Motley Crue etc.

Likewise in the early 60's, there were many good bands from Liverpool / Manchester, such as The Beatles, Searchers, Hollies, Big 3, but then there's the other side of the coin with joke 'bands' such as Hermans Hermits, Gerry & The Pacemakers and Freddie & the Dreamers, who musically were nowhere. 

I could never take to pop bands such as The Tremoloes,  Dave Clark 5, etc. Give me The Zombies and Spencer Davis any day.

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