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Added 5th June 2007 by jedinudger

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Harlem Spirit
Nile Club

My eldest brother was lead guitarist and songwriter with Harlem Spirit and when I was a teenager I followed them to a great many gigis around the Manchester area. I worked at the Midland Hotel at the time and the fact that our Pete was in a band (let alone Harlem Spirit) gave some great street cred with many of my colleagues. I had all of their singles and also their Sussed album (as you would expect) however I lost them all when I split from my first wife towards the end of the 80s. The band had already split up by that time and so as the years passed I just forgot about their music although from time to time I would find myself singing "Universal Man" or "Dem a sus" then about two years ago something prompted me to search the net for articles about Harelm Spirit and I found (by chance) that someone on ebay was selling the "Sussed" album so I bought it. I converted it from the vinyl onto CD and have switched a number of people on to the bands music as they have been forced to listen to it whilst travelling in my car. I have given the original vinyl version to Pete as he no longer had any of the vinyl this then prompted him to get out a lot of the demo tapes etc the band had done and we spent a great night drinking, playing guitar and listening to the old stuff some of which never saw the light of day other than at live gigs.

Latest Discussion

“Great story and scan. Time for a Harlem Spirit revival? Were there any twelve inches?”
“i'm going to chase up my friend Kieth who was the bassist (I think) of Harlem Spirit. I've already spoken to him and he's in touch with a couple of the other members and i think there's a fair bit of memorabilia floating about amongst them.... an interesting band.”
“Do you know where I could get a copy of the cd from? I saw them many times at the Band on the Wall all those years ago.

Mikey P”
22 Sep 2007
“Recently Dj'ed Buzzcocks gig at The Academy (Jan 09) and played 'Dem A Sus' slap bang in the middle of a punk set, went down well I think. The Promoter, Phil Jones came up to me and said "F++k me. not heard this in years", top stuff.”
03 Feb 2009
“Yeah, sort of in the Steel Pulse style I suppose.”
03 Feb 2009
“Would just like to say that my dad was also in the band and has recently sadly passed away. He was Joe, the percussionist (yes, the Chinese looking man).

I've tried recently to track down some of the band members and only successfully spoken to Keith (bassist), Harold (rhythm guitarist) and Myke Wilson (drums).

I'd love to chat to Pete Strong and hear some stories about the band. Any help would be appreciated.

20 Nov 2018
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