Vincent The Soul Chef

I love music... any kind of music... as long as it's groovy.

After a decade of trial and error, here is the official website where I attempt to chronicle my forty year obsession with all things vinyl. I dedicate this endeavour lovingly and respectfully to each and every single cratedigger the world over, who has offered me education and inspiration either directly or indirectly. Without you, this site, much less my record collection, would cease to exist. Thank you and enjoy.

Hello, kiddies.

Here it is, the long awaited relaunch of Fufu Stew! There's going to be a lot of interesting stories, praises and rants to read in this iteration of the old blog. I thought about how to present it all for months; so many wonderful blogs out there have kept my interest for years on end by virtue of the stories that were told...
I had wanted this document of my 40 year journey of crate digging to be neat and concise for quite a while. I think it's a nice story, one that I know a lot of my colleagues can relate to in one way or another, and one that will serve to provide even more hours of aural pleasure. I need an outlet to beef up my writing skills, and this is the best way I know to get the practice. I've already told the story in bits and pieces, jumping off on some tangents here and there, but I really want elaborate on certain thoughts... some that may enlighten, surprise or even disturb. Whatever the case, I hope that you find the commentary interesting and informative...

That being said, let's begin the journey. 

 

Manifesto number thirteen...

I really need to get my priorities in order here, because as it stands right now, the infamous Fufu Stew brand has pretty much taken on yet another life of its own… yet another “reinvention”. It’s been about fifteen months since I was invited to join the Funky 16 Corners Radio Network. It continues to shock me that I still have complete and total control of the Tuesday night format, or lack thereof, depending on who you ask. I remain grateful that Larry continues to let me realise the dream that I’ve been holding in my head for the last thirty five years. Of course, it’s something that I could’ve been doing on my own for the longest, but having a little extra incentive (not to mention, a space on a platform that has long been established and recognised for a little over ten years) certainly doesn’t hurt. Big things are in the works on that front, but wait, there’s more…

Bear in mind that I will lobby for monetary support to help keep the F16C network going strong by default (I feel it’s my duty to do so at this juncture), but the Fufu Stew arm of the aforementioned network still is, has been and always will be a not for profit venture. I can never ask for any monetary donations for this. This is something I would’ve been spending money to do anyway, even it fell on deaf ears. The internet is a crazy place these days, so I figure if I can add even a small amount of something over and above than the usual thing, then I will have done my part, at the very least, to make the world a little more tolerable. Heaven knows that the world is going through some shite right now…

Hell, the fact that I haven’t been laughed off of the internet for even launching this blog way back in 2007 continues to shock me to this day… I look at it like this: if I can make just one person smile with what I do, then I’ve done a good thing. The fact that I’ve made at least a few thousand smile, even if only for a few fleeting moments at a time, just means that I’ve done a miraculous job. I couldn’t be more proud… that being said, here’s where I acknowledge just a few more people who have helped me along the way with moral encouragement, equipment, extra peripherals and of course, more records. First off, a huge round of thanks to my man Rick is definitely in order. I mean, does he have a warehouse or what?!? Going from one to FOUR computers in the span of less than three months is something I would’ve never imagined possible with my budget, but he made it possible. Second, big thanks to Bob and Mary Ellen for doing the heavy lifting, and other various and sundry legwork necessary to keep the crates overflowing with 45s… and for that sage technical advice Saturday night, too. Finally, I won’t force my hand, but I did learn a piece of news yesterday that could very well serve as the proverbial “cherry” on top of this sweet dish of good fortune. More on that later…

In my estimation, one must always be willing to learn in order to get better. For starters, I’ve definitely learned that there’s way more to life than just trying to own more three digit funk 45s than my contemporaries over the last few years, and that I actually can follow up This Mortal Coil with the Meters in a mix with no one even batting an eye. Watch me do more of that in 2019; I mean, I need an excuse to play all the records I’ve accumulated over the last five years, especially all of the ones that came from the growing number of record fairies… seriously, I’ve got quite a few of them now, and seriously, I am not worthy.

Who knows, this year’s manifesto is probably as disjointed as my shows are on some weeks, but I’m going to stand by each and every character of it as I always do, along with saying thank you once again to each and every one of you who took a chance, and dared to “click the link” over the last twelve years. I can definitely guarantee more of the same, and a whole lot more of it as the weeks and months progress, and I can also say with absolute certainty that even though what I do here is far from unique, it’s unique anyway, because I am the one who makes it so with my personal stamp. That’s all I’ve got, nothing more or less. Just enough. Same as it ever was… as always in closing, have fun(k), and now, more than ever, please be safe because we have no choice.

Peace and blessings.

The Twelfth Manifesto... here we go

Hello, kiddies.

For those of you who are new to the experience, welcome aboard. I'll defer to this post.

For those of you keeping score, this is the twelfth time I've come forth and said hello, and ushered in a new year of Fufu Stew for what it's worth... no, I'm not being cynical here, on the contrary. I'm so excited this time. When my hero extended the opportunity to me to be a member of THE Funky 16 Corners radio network, probably the only other member that will ever exist, I was essentially over the moon. Not to gush, but keep in mind how long it took me to get here, much less, being able to share a bit of cyberspace with the one who was pretty much the reason why I started in 2007 in the process? Really? Real talk though, Larry is a genuine human being, and not just because his crates are deep... anyways, I digress, but you will hear mention of Larry at least twice before this is over...

Please be sure to check of the Fufu Radio page if you haven't already done so... the last four episodes were a lot of fun, but going forward WILL be even better. When I got the green light to throw the rulebook out the window last week, hooo boy...What does that mean? Well, for those keeping score on social media, you already know that I ain't afraid to play anything, and I expect to do just that going forward. It may please you, it may excite you, it may even disturb you, but that all remains to be seen starting on the 9th January when I unleash episode five on unsuspecting ears... I put a commercial on bookface about a month ago, it's there. I've really got nothing else to say, except to wish you all a very happy new year, and that I've got good hopes for the future of this website, most importantly, Fufu Radio on THE Funky 16 Corners radio network. That still boggles my mind each and every time I say that, I cannot thank Larry enough for allowing me the opportunity to fill your earholes with everything every other Tuesday of every month. It ain't about anything other than keeping as good a presence as I can without getting too big. I still yearn for a permanent gig somewhere, but for now, I'm very content with where I'm at, and with how well the blog has been received over the past decade... damn. Thank you all. Sincerely. I hope that you won't be disappointed.

I do have an exhaustive list of people to thank for all of this, which I will do in the next post.

Thanks to all of you who chose to click the link eleven years ago, and let's make it good and fun going forward. I've got a WHOLE LOT OF SHITE to play. Yup. Happy new year, have fun(k), and as always, especially in the here and now, PLEASE be safe.

Peace and blessings, just like it used to be, just like it will always be...

The AntiDivas have returned...

Hello, kiddies...

It only took me about five months to come correct, but I did. I brought the infamous AntiDivas brand out of retirement one more time, in an attempt to get back in touch with this here website. Of course it's not as easy as it once was last decade, with a whole lot more real life getting in the way and all... it's a wonder I haven't completely abandoned everything... let's be honest for a second though, for me to do that would be the equivalent of cutting off a little bit more than just my right arm. Besides, negotiations will soon be in the works for something else that I've been threatening for the last three years. I won't show my hand until everything is etched in stone, but know that it will bring me joy, and fulfill a dream that I've been trying to *not* wake up from for the last ten years. I'll leave that at that for now, and give y'all about two more hours worth of more tried and true favourites... as only I can do...

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There will be a limited edition lossless version of this available for download very soon, I promise...

01 Short John - Dinah Washington (Wing)
02 Find My Man - Linda Mackey (Claire)
03 My Heart Is Closed For The Season - Bettye Swann (Capitol)
04 While You're Out Looking For Sugar - Honey Cone (Hot Wax)
05 Unhooked Generation - Freda Payne (Invictus)
06 I Need A Man To Love - Big Brother & The Holding Company (Janis Joplin) (Columbia)
07 Ain't No Sunshine - The Sweet Happenings (Tee)
08 Leave My Man Alone - Raeletts (Tangerine)
09 Dead - Carolyn Sullivan (Philips)
10 Casanova - Ruby Andrews (Zodiac)
11 Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do - Betty Wright (Alston)
12 Forget About Me - Carolyn Crawford (Motown)
13 Compared To What - Della Reese (Avco)
14 Save Me - Nina Simone (RCA/Bluebird)
15 Anti Love Song - Betty Davis (Just Sunshine)
16 Here It Is - Dorothy Moore (Malaco)
17 (We've Got) Honey Love - Martha Reeve & The Vandellas (Gordy)
18 Lonely Girl - Andrea Davis (Chess)
19 Rain - Dorothy Morrison (Elektra)
20 Walk Tall - Esther Marrow (Flying Dutchman/Bluebird)
21 Mama Don't Want - Varetta Dillard (Groove)
22 Lee Cross - Aretha Franklin (Columbia)
23 My Baby Must Be A Magician - The Marvelettes (Tamla)
24 Living on Plastic - Stephanie Mills (Motown)
25 Peace With Youself - Labelle (Warner)
26 The End Of Our Road - Gladys Knight & The Pips (Soul)
27 I Like It - The Emotions (Volt)
28 Funky On My Back - Cold Blood (Lydia Pense) (San Francisco)
29 Viramundo - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (Lani Hall) (A&M)
30 Should I Tell Them - The Velvelettes (V.I.P.)
31 Good Morning Heartache - Natalie Cole (Capitol)
32 Up In Heah - Ike & Tina Turner (United Artists)
33 You Can't Always Get What You Want - Maxayn (Capricorn)
34 Maybe - Three Degrees (Roulette)
35 Hey Jude - Petula Clark (Warner)

The closing commentary will consist of nothing but shoutouts to Emery and HeavySoulBrutha... I see you, gents. Yup. Have fun(k), and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

#lifechanger

Hello, kiddies.

There isn't a day that goes by where you say something to the effect of "that song changed my life". Believe me, I've said it more than a few thousand times in my short life. If you follow me on Facebook, whether as a friend or as a member of the many vinyl groups I belong to, you've undoubtedly seen the hashtag in my posts or comments over the last three years. There's a reason for that... I don't take my love for music lightly, but that in and of itself is a gross understatement. The prime years for my obsession were definitely when I was a precocious teenager, especially when I got my first job, and I could afford to buy countless records with my earnings. Sound familiar? Well thankfully, I still have most of them, in varying degrees of condition of course, depending on how much they were played. Some were played way too much. Some weren't played nearly enough. Fact of the matter is that all of them have a special place in my heart, and I hope to be able to share some of them here, along with the stories that go along with why they mean so much. With that said, let's get to the heart of the matter...

Somewhere during my young adult life, I was turned on to the darker side of the spectrum. I still miss William, and all those records he let me babysit for over a year whilst he traveled south. Many a cassette tape was created back then, and of course I got lucky and found (and subsequently bought) a lot of them along the way in record bins and such. Recently I purchased a new truck complete with a cassette player, so as a treat to myself, I jumped in the ol' time machine and made this virtual "tape", chock full of plenty of old favourites, which can be had courtesy of that ever popular player thingie below...

 

01 Foxey Lady - The Cure (Fiction)
02 Sixteen Days - This Mortal Coil (4AD)
03 Martin - Soft Cell (Some Bizarre)
04 Like An Animal - The Glove (Polydor)
05 Clock - Danse Society (Sonet)
06 Press Darlings - Adam & The Ants (Epic)
07 Sound Of The Crowd - Human League (Virgin)
08 A Bigger Splash - Tones On Tail (4AD)
09 New Gold Dream - Simple Minds (Virgin)
10 Lucifer Sam - Love And Rockets (Beggars Banquet)
11 King Of Soul Dub - Wolgang Press (4AD)
12 Spirit Walker - The Cult (Beggars Banquet)
13 Come Again - Au Pairs (A&M)
14 Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four (Warner)
15 Into The White - Pixies (4AD)
16 De Luxe - Lush (4AD)
17 Boys - Bauhas (Small Wonder)
18 Just A Thought - Modern English (4AD)
19 Interzone - Joy Dvision (Factory)
20 Dear God - XTC (Virgin)
21 Pond Life - The Reegs
22 Floorshow - Sisters Of Mercy (Merciful Release)
23 Throw Them To The Lions - Siouxsie (Polydor)
24 Drugs - This Mortal Coil (4AD)
25 Waiting On The Wire - Breathless (Tenor Vossa)

There's gonna be many more chapters in this "book" to come sooner than later, along with some more surprises too... until then, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

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