Terry Farley: 50 Songs I Love

Co-founder of the seminal Junior Boy’s Own label and fanzine talks us through his 50 greatest songs.
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Co-founder of the seminal Junior Boy’s Own label and fanzine talks us through his 50 greatest songs.

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BARBRA STREISAND - DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE

The greatest white female voice after Patsy Cline - taken from the film ' Funny Girl ' she hits notes most have no idea existed.

GLEN CAMPBELL -GALVESTON

I'm a big fan of Glen's voice and this anti Vietnam song is up there with his best.

BIG YOUTH - SKY JUICE

The greatest toaster in JA music history - yes even in front of Daddy U Roy . This evokes visions of Kingston street sellers cutting ice with machetes as the city boils over

DORIS DUKE - HOW WAS I TO KNOW YOU CARED

Deep soul - a genre that sadly no longer exists. Doris should be as well known as Aretha but only the heads truly understand

TWINKLE BROS - SINCE I THREW AWAY THE COMB

A Shaka dubplate that ruined rival sounds for well over a year until its release - militant rebel music

HORACE SILVER - SONG FOR MY FATHER

Memories of Church's crown slippers and trying to dance like the skinny 14 year old masters upstairs at the Electric Ballroom in the early 80s

THE WHO - EMINENCE FRONT

Nu Balearic was what this amazing track was touted as when it got big around 10 years ago. Sounds amazing in the right place at the right time. Harvey tune I'm told

FRANKIE VALLI - THE NIGHT

Obvious Northern classic I know but still after over 40 years one of the greatest records ever to grace the scene

MASS PRODUCTION - SHANTE

70's US Funk n Jazz that reminds me of Saturday afternoon skating sessions at the Starlight ballroom in Hammersmith. Strange to think hundreds of kids would skate for hours every Saturday to imported funk.

CARL CRAIG - AT LES

My sort of techno - real modern soul. I love Carl Craig's productions - they embody the whole african american tradition

SAM COOKE - CHAIN GANG

One of those records that I heard as a child on the radio that seemed almost a novelty record but had much darker and deeper messages

RAY CHARLES - GEORGIA

Again another african american classic that stirs your soul and lifts the heart

GLADYS KNIGHT - MORNING , NOON AND NIGHT

I remember watching those awful sea side specials on bbc in the 70s with my mum and gladys and the pips would always be on there doing there cabaret stuff but the reality of her music and especially that voice was so much more …

WILL DOWNING - A LOVE SUPREME

Big Acid House E record .. memories of Shoom and strawberry flavoured smoke

JOHN COLTRANE - MY FAVOURITE THINGS

Gilles Peterson's jazz juice comps got me hooked on this Coltrane masterpiece - simply timeless dance music

SAMMY DAVIS JR - MR BOGANGLES

Always felt sorry for Sammy - always the butt of the Rat Pack's jokes and never really got the props he deserved but I loved his whisky drinking suited n booted character and his unique voice

I ROY - SISTER MAGGIE BREAST

Version excursion time - Dennis browns magnificent 'Wolf N Leopards ' dubbed out with I Roy riding the riddim in a style he made his own

FAT BACK BAND - WICKY WACKY

Plastic sandals , red smith jeans and airtex cap sleeve t shirts from westwood's SEX shop at worlds end - very much a soundtrack to the summer of '75

LOUIS JORDAN - CHOO CHOO CH CH BOOGIE

They used to show Louis Jordan movies on small TV's at Le Beat Route in Soho when it seemed the world revolved around friday nights at that cool as fuck night and the innovative playlist of DJ Steve Lewis

DAVID ESSEX - ROCK ON

School days and trying to push your hair back to look like David Essex. The well dressed boys either were in the Adam Faith / Budgie camp or David Essex .

T REX - GET IT ON

Holiday camps and fun fairs, punch-ups with baby skinheads fighting big growling old rockers

BOWIE - GOLDEN YEARS

The moment we realised white people could make funk and dress better than the Americans

FAT LARRYS BAND - FASCINATION

Cover version of the bowie tune - better in my opinion. Off a great LP that gave us the classic 'Centre City '


TROUBLE FUNK - TROUBLE FUNK EXPRESS

Go-Go was bigger than house in london in 1987 and i always wondered if only the kids in washington had taken E instead of Angel Dust would Go Go have been the soundtrack to the summer of love ?

BLACK SLATE - STICKSMAN

Right up there with Aswad's 'warrior charge ' as one of britains finest reggae tracks , dark and sinister - just like the cult of stickmen themselves

THE CLASH - SHOULD I STAY

Didn't think much of punk at the time - half the soul boys jumped ship when 'Anarchy in the UK ' came out and we saw em as traitors but the clash had funk and a cosmopolitan attitude and a style that I could relate to

CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR - FAR OUT

Dancers battle tune - evokes the smell of body odour, the heat of battle and teenage testosterone.  Jazzy as fuck

BROTHER DEE AND COLECTIVE EFFORT - HOW WE GONNA MAKE THE BLACK NATION RISE

Using 'To Be Real ' as the loop this is hip hop as it should be: angry , positive and inspiring

JUNKYARD BAND - SARDINES

Go Go on Def Jam, a label I was a real sucker for. Great artwork and almost every release a classic

JAMES BROWN - FUNKY PRESIDENT

The guvnor.  Black music during a real innovative golden period

PARLIAMENT - CHOCOLATE CITY

The genus that is George Clinton and co imagining the day a black president would grace the white house

PARLIAMENT - P FUNK

Like music from another planet - the LP is amazing and Clinton a mad genius at the top of his game

GREGORY ISSACS - SOON FORWARD

Cool ruler - the girls threw flowers at him and the boys dressed like him .. THE first Casual.

WOODENTOPS - WHY WHY WHY

IBIZA 68 / 87 ..

ROMANCE - ALL DIS MUSIC

Chicago house music thats both sexual and sleazy

DELROY WILSON - BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN

COVER OF THE 4 TOPS CLASSIC ON JOE GIBBS JA LABEL -  IM A SUCKER FOR REGGAE VERSIONS OF SOUL MUSIC AND THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS .. HE EVEN GIVES LEVI STUBBS A RUN FOR HIS MONEY HERE .

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THE JAM - ETON RIFLES

Basically this song was written about all us oiky kids from slough who used to go to Eton and 'toff bash ', chucking missiles at them as they rowed under the bridges in their boats - the Eton lot were all tall lads who were rugby types and we were scrawny midgets but they were not allowed to get involved so liberties were taken, so to speak. Its not as if they have not had the last laugh is it.

DJ PIERRE - WHAT IS HOUSE MUSIC

Wild pitch is my face genre in HOUSE .. druggy n hypnotic its relentless and largely forgotten

DR BUZZARDS ORIGINAL BAND - ILL PLAY THE FOOL

The best track off the best Disco LP of the 1970s ..  another level in every way

ELVIS - MYSTERY TRAIN

Bad bad tune .. that hillbilly cat of German heritage will go far

GENE CHANDLER - DUKE OF EARL

I love Doo Wop , makes me think of Al's hamburger bar from Happy Days when in reality it was segregation and the KKK

DINAH WASHINGTON - WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES

Amazing vocal of a song im a big fan of. Esther Phillips did a great disco cover that got played on the northern scene in the 70s

ESTER PHILLIPS - AND I LOVE HIM

Speaking of Ms Phillips - this is as good a Beatles cover as your ever here. All her drug and alcohol intake is apparent on her magnificently fragile voice

DUKE ELLINGTON - CARAVAN

Cool as fuck

LOUISA MARKS - CAUGHT U IN A LIE

The UK lovers tune ? It's got a baseline to kill for and is still a tune that will rock any blues or house party

BOBBY HUMPHREY - HARLEM RIVER DRIVE

Jazz funk before it became a dirty word

ALICIA KEYS / JAY Z - EMPIRE STATE OF MIND

Modern African American music at its peak. Will be played in new york until the end of days

JACKIE WILSON - NOTHING BUT BLUE SKYS

A real hero of mine.  Great haircut, amazing dancer and a voice from heaven

JUDY GARLAND - HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN

Fragile, soulful, iconic. If anyone out there cant feel this woman they simply aint got no love in there bones

SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS - THE PRESSURE

Frankie Knuckles 5AM at The Sound Factory the club plunged into darkness and in comes this all time classic. The memory of 2,000 queens stamping n hollering at their church still brings tears to my eyes

JEFF PERRY - LOVE DON'T COME NO STRONGER

My face Modern Soul track. Bass wejuns, special branch and wedge haircuts

SAM DEES  - THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Deep Soul that crossed over and was an essential Soul Boy LP. Big Peoples music.

DENNIS BROWN - MALCOM X

Dennis was more known for his Studio 1 and Lovers output but when he got political his voice sounded THE perfect instrument for protest .

JON LUCIEN - WHO WILL BUY

Lionel Bart penned gem from Oliver done jazz style - huge record for the jazz dancers and soul patrols alike

AL CAMPBELL  - CRUSIN / EBONY EYES

New release using ancient studio 1 riddims - real foundation music