A HARD ROW TO HOE : Vol. 1
Popcorn is a style of music and dancing first established in Belgium in the 1970s and 1980s. The style includes a wide variety of mostly American and British recordings of R&B and pop music made between the late 1950s and mid 1960s, often relatively obscure, and characterised by a slow or medium, rather than fast, tempo.
The Popcorn music scene first developed from dances held at the Groove discotheque in Ostend, where mid-tempo soul and ska music played by DJ Freddy Cousaert became popular in the late 1960s.
In September 1969, a café, De Oude Hoeve, opened in a converted farm barn at Vrasene near Antwerp, and began holding dance competitions on Sunday afternoons.
Soon up to 3,000 people began attending each week, dancing in a "slow swing" style.
De Oude Hoeve was later renamed Popcorn and the special genre had it's name. Later on the DJ's messed up a perfectly fine recipe by adding all kinds of pop tunes as long as the groove was right.
The typical Popcorn tempo was usually reached by pitching the record up or down, sometimes massively.
This record features 14 pure Popcorn groovers from the "golden era".
01. Big Daddy : Daniel Webster And The Devil
02. Lou Johnson : It Ain't No Use
03. Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks : Southern Love
04. Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men : She's Gone Too Long
05. Sam Fletcher : I'd Think It Over
06. Ivory Joe Hunter : I'm Cuttin' Out
07. The Sims Twins : It's A Sad Thing
01. Roy Gaines : Black Gal
02. The Pilgrim Travelers ft. Lou Rawls : Motherless Child
03. Otis Lee : A Hard Row To Hoe
04. Jack Grayson & The So And So's : Go Ahead On
05. Landy McNeil : Move It (Move On)
06. Maylon Humphries & The Tri-Seniors : Weep No More
07. Louis Jordan : 65 Bars