Clive Hodghton’s Inheritance Tracks

As ShowNights are on hold due to the Corona crisis, we took the inheritance track feature to Zoom Video online.  So, on Tuesday 14th April 2020, it was Clive Hodghton’s turn to present his SEDA inheritance tracks.  This is an opportunity for us all to hear another DJ’s influences in music.  Here are Clive’s choices in his words, and why he chose them:

Clive’s inheritance Tracks

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In the summertime by Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime was the very first song I bought myself on 7″ Vinyl, now whilst it always reminds me of my childhood I think it was very poignant of the time, “Have a drink have a drive go out and see whet you can find” and “If her daddy’s rich take her out for a meal, if her daddy’s poor just do what you feel” were synonymous of the time… although back then I was far too young to understand and preferred the Milk Cow Blues on the B-side.

 

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The next couple of tunes were the very first songs I played as a “DJ” back in 1979. I was 15 and had just got to the local Youth Club Disco when word went out that Theo (the local DJ) had crashed his van and the disco wasn’t going ahead… He had already set up his kit and was on his way back when he was held up. So I immediately asked if I could start the night off and it was such a success when Theo eventually got back he saw how much I loved it and let me carry on… and the rest, as they say, is history!
The Ruts Babylon’s Burning and The Clash Capital Radio / Police and Thieves were all great songs of the era and even now all three still make the hairs bristle on my neck!  I followed all these songs up and became a Punk, attending most of the huge names in the scene like Siouxsie and the Banshees, the RUTS, Damned, to  name but a few.

 

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The next song whilst totally the opposite genre from Punk has been my favourite song for so many years it hurts and I always sing along in my head and have even been known to rap for as much as I can….Sugar Hill Gang – Rappers Delight!

I remember at the time listening to loads of tunes from any genre and that is where my love of music came from and looking back I am so glad I didn’t stick to one genre as Music is so important and whilst I really cannot stand Country and Western or northern soul… I can tolerate and play it with a good knowledge of what works etc.

My one piece of advice to anyone is listen to all genres of music at least twice, look at the styles and tempos and get acquainted with them as well as the stuff you like and mainstream tunes as you never know when that knowledge is going to be called on! Hell I even did some parties for a Line Dancing Instructor, couldn’t stand the music but their daughters were nice!

 

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This leads me on to the next tune, now I stumbled on this when I was buying some soul music and the record shop (yes remember them) guy said to me have a blast of this… and I loved it, and it didn’t take me long to incorporate this into my set and I even learnt the words to copy his rap! I must say a huge Sorry to all you real “Soul Boys” for this version of the Fatback Band song: Steve Walsh – I found Love.

 

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Next up is a nod to my love of most dance music and this next tune was playing on the car radio when I drove up to have a look at buying the shop here in Lacey Green, I considered it an omen and it changed my life! Music Sounds Better With You – Stardust

 

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My next curve ball tune is a huge memory of a really special man who shaped a lot of my later career and made me realise that there is always more to do… whether that be in life as well as business and family.
The man I refer to is Seb Knowles, a huge shining light who was taken from us at only 26… This next tune is a song that will always remind me and my boys of us skating at his roller disco and then him getting Christopher up on the decks to have a go… I will always be forever grateful to him for sparking that musical interest in Chris! Jason Derulo – Wiggle!

 

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My penultimate song has been a real pleasure to play and always ranks highly in my ever changing top ten and this is a version that I actually now prefer than the original, and you won’t hear me say that very often…
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life – Indeep (DJ-S- Version)

 

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My final song is an up to date song, that we here in the Hodghton household can’t stop singing at the moment, originally a great tune but it’s been beefed up and is my current banger that I just can’t wait to play live… whenever that may be!
Pour the Milk – Robbie Doherty & Keees

 

So to wrap up I want to say thank you to Brian, to SEDA and to you all for indulging me with this, a brief potted history of my life in music!

Clive Hodghton

C.R. Services Group,
Entertainment House, Main Road, Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire. HP27 0QU UK.

 

Clive's inheritance tracks


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