Furious Styles TV is a night focussing on the best of black entertainment on TV through the ages, hosted by comedian/actor Doc Brown and curated by me, Tayo.
While we were planning the first show, the legendary presenter Don Cornelius (pictured), host of Soul Train, passed away. So we decided to make our first show – which takes place at The Old Queen’s Head in Islington, London, on Monday 5 March - a Soul Train special. To whet your appetite for it, I’ve come up with my personal top ten favourite moments from The Greatest Show On Earth.
10. DAVID BOWIE PERFORMS ‘FAME’
Not many white performers starred on the Soul Train stage. But then not many white performers were as cool as Bowie. My favourite bit is when a bemused Don Cornelius calls him “Uh David Boo-wie” in his introduction.
9. NEW EDITION SING ‘CANDY GIRL’.
Bobby Brown and the boys get down in all white, sequinned shirts, and synchronised dancing with arguably the world’s tallest man dancing in the background in gold pantaloons. I will never tire of watching this.
8. SOUL TRAIN LINE GETS DOWN TO KOOL & THE GANG
The famous Soul Train line dance to ‘Jungle Boogie’. I want all the clothes on all the bros in this video. Funky doesn’t even do this clip justice.
7. SOUL TRAIN - ‘LOVE TRAIN’
Everyone knows that fat people are the best dancers. I often wish that the dude at 1:08 was my cousin. Plus the guy at 1:54 is a dead ringer for Sol Campbell. My favourite example of the Soul Train line in action.
6. RICHARD PRYOR PRESENTS SOUL TRAIN
It would have to be someone special to outshine host Don Cornelius. The funniest man in America gave it a good shot when he guest presented in 1975, doing a stand-up routine (a clean version of course) and this interview with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.