December’s Record Club: Lucky Dip


Glossop Record Club returns to Glossop Labour Club on Thursday 5th December for a pre-Christmas ‘Lucky Dip’. The session starts at 8pm and entry is free.

Here’s how it’ll work.

Choose a vinyl album (maybe a few). It could be your favourite record you’ve bought this year (whether it be a new release, reissue or secondhand). It could be an old favourite you just want to share, or maybe something that’s been tucked away in the loft or the spare room that you haven’t heard for ages.

Bring it with you to record club, write down what it is on a slip of paper, put the paper in the ‘hat’ (or whatever we’ve got that’ll do the job) and the two albums that get drawn out at random are the ones we’ll play in full. If your record doesn’t get chosen there’ll hopefully be time to spin a track or two anyway.

It’s a bit like the last day of term when you got to bring some games in. Or those sealed lucky dip bags that some record shops used to do with ten singles for £1 (although they were usually rubbish).

We’ll have some festive nibbles (nothing too fancy), Brett from The Downstairs Lounge blog will have some vinyl comedy treats and I’ll have a few vintage Christmas records too.

Finally, we’ll also have a donation box for the Bare Necessities Glossopdale Food Bank. Anything you could give would be really appreciated. They especially need tinned foods such as meat, tuna, tomatoes, veg (potatoes, carrots, peas, sweetcorn) and things like rice, tea, coffee, long life milk and sugar.

Read more about the food bank here –

So. Bring a record. Bring something for the food bank. Bring yourself. And see you on December 5th.

(Don’t worry if you don’t have a record to bring, everyone is welcome).

A load of Cults

Thanks to everyone who braved a rather chilly evening to come down to the Labour Club for the Cult Heroes session, and thanks to those who brought down their own Cult Heroes on vinyl to share with us all.

We began the evening with the Lou Reed compilation album ‘New York Superstar’ by way of a little tribute. The winner of the Velvet Underground poll was ‘The Velvet Underground’, their third album released in 1969, and we heard music from The Melvins, Frank Sidebottom, Television Personalities, Jonathan Richman, Ivor Cutler, Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, not forgetting the other album we played in full – ‘Cold Fact’ by Rodriguez.

Thanks to Mathew, Gavin, Matt and Brett for kindly bringing along their records to share with us. It made for a hugely entertaining and varied session.

Our next session is on Thursday 5th December (the first Thursday of the month for a change). More details on that to follow.

Here’s what was played.

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Lou Reed – New York Superstar (Fame, 1978/80s reissue)

Side One: Walk On The Wild Side/Charley’s Girl/Vicious/Berlin/Lady Day/A Gift

Side Two: Intro To Sweet Jane/Sweet Jane/ Caroline Says I/Billy/Goodnight Ladies

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The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (Polydor, 1969/1986 reissue)

Side One: Candy Says/What Goes On/Some Kinda Love/Pale Blue Eyes/Jesus

Side Two: Beginning To See The Light/I’m Set Free/That’s The Story Of My Life/The Murder Mystery/After Hours

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Rodriguez – Cold Fact (Sussex, 1970/2008 reissue)

Side One: Sugar Man/Only Good For Conversation/Crucify Your Mind/This Is Not A Song, It’s An Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues/Hate Street Dialogue/Forget It

Side Two: Inner City Blues/I Wonder/Like Janis/Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)/Rich Folks Hoax/Jane S. Piddy

The Melvins – Hooch (Houdini, Atlantic, 1993)

The Melvins – Black Betty (single, Amphetamine Reptile Records, 2011)

Frank Sidebottom – Popular Medley (Frank’s Firm Favourites EP, Regal Zonophone, 1985)

Television Personalities – I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives (single, Rough Trade, 1981)

Jonathan Richman – Those Conga Drums (Jonathan Sings, Rough Trade, 1983)

Ivor Cutler & Linda Hirst – Women Of The World (single, Rough Trade, 1983)

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Some Velvet Morning (Nancy & Lee, Reprise, 1968)

Pink Floyd – Mathilda Mother (2010 Mix)/Syd Barrett – Here I Go (2010 Remix) (An Introduction To Syd Barrett, Harvest, 2011)

Kevin Ayers – Girl On A Swing/Song For Insane Times/Stop This Train (Again Doing It)/Eleanor’s Cake (Which Ate Her) (Joy Of A Toy, 4 Men With Beards, 1969/reissue)

Glossop Record Club’s Cult Heroes

The next Glossop Record Club session is this coming Thursday (14th November). We’ll be at Glossop Labour Club from 8pm. Entry is free, although a donation to the labour club is welcomed. Full venue and travel details here.

Our featured artists are The Velvet Underground and Rodriguez and we’ll play one album by each on vinyl and in full, with the Velvets album being decided on by votes (vote here now). Following the recent death of Lou Reed, instead of a Cult Heroes ‘mixtape’ we’ll play the 1978 compilation ‘New York Superstar’ instead.

We’ll have lots of other Cult Heroes on vinyl too. Expect to hear The Melvins, Syd Barrett, Bob Lind and The Swamp Rats. Feel free to bring along any records you think fit the theme and we’ll play a track or two from them. If you want some inspiration, this NME feature may help.


Here’s roughly how the evening will go:

8.00-8.30 – Lou Reed ‘New York Superstar’ (1978 compilation).

8.30-9.15 – The Velvet Underground poll-winning album.

9.15-10.15 – Bring Your Own Cult Hero.

10.15-11.00 – Rodriguez ‘Cold Fact’ (1970).

Hope to see you there.