Gary Walker – Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag


You’ve probably noticed that I’m a little later with the update this week, unfortunately that’s due to the fact that my home was burgled over the weekend and I’ve had a lot of things to sort out over the last few days.

As well as the stress of the burglary the fact that I had my laptop stolen (among other things), has made bringing you this week’s track particularly challenging since I’m creating this update via my mobile phone.

So given that, this one will be a bit shorter than normal. It’ll hardly be a surprise (given the title) that this one is pretty much just a cover of James Brown’s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” with the lyrics slightly changed. No bad thing of course…

Happy bloody Christmas!

Phil Flowers – I Saw Her Standing There

Phil Flowers - I Saw Her Standing There

The record I bring you today comes courtesy of an artist that I featured way back at the very beginning of Gazfunk (5 years ago – wow!) – Mr Phil Flowers. You may remember the song I selected then, a rousing cover of Bob Dylans’ “Like A Rolling Stone”. Well,today’s pick is yet another cover, this time it’s his take on The Beatles classic “I Saw Her Standing There”.

Those Beatles fans among you will doubtless be aware that it was the anniversary of George Harrison’s passing last week, so I figured this track would be a fitting tribute to the man. I’m sure you’ll dig it!

This week also brings the last of my Soul Party radio show for the year as I’m taking a well-earned break over Christmas. With that in mind, it will be something of a yuletide special with Christmas themed songs by a variety of artists including James Brown, The Jive Turkeys, Binky Griptite and Clarence Carter. I hope you can join me (don’t worry, it’ll be a Mariah free zone!) 

Count Sidney & His Dukes – Soul Christmas

Count Sidney & His Dukes - Soul Christmas

A friend of mine was recently asking for suggestions of Christmas songs that were soul related and it got me thinking about some of the tracks in my collection. Now I’m sure absolutely everyone with the slightest interest in soul music will be well aware of Clarence Carter’s “Backdoor Santa” – heck, it was even sampled by Run DMC in “Christmas In Hollis” and covered by our favourite Dutch funksters, Lefties Soul Connection.

Among others we’ve got James Brown’s “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto” from his Christmas album and Stevie Wonder’s excellent “What Christmas Means To Me” but aside from some of the more obvious Motown Christmas tunes there’s relatively few Christmas soul records that get played on radio,tv or even at club nights.

So, with us only being a few days away from the big day I thought I’d bring you a record that you may not have heard before. It’s arguably the most Christmas soul record there is especially given its title!! I’m guessing that this song was released around ’68/’69 but I know little about the artist so I couldn’t be so sure!

That just leaves me to wish all my readers a very happy & soulful Xmas & New Year.