Sometimes, rules are there to be broken. Or at the very least respectfully ignored…
Usually at Glossop Record Club, we ‘listen to albums, on vinyl, in full’ (as the slogan goes). But, on Thursday 13th February, the evening will revolve at 45 RPM, as we turn our attention to the single (and its close cousin the EP) of all vinyl shapes, sizes and colours… 7″, 12″, coloured vinyl, picture disc… We’ll even have the technology to play precious 78s.
Taking pride of place alongside the usual record club hi-fi will be a fully-working early 1960s Dansette RG31, on which we’ll stack up some vintage 45s and play ‘Dansette Roulette’, a little game that involves watching the records drop down on top of each other and finding out which ones will play, and which ones will slip and slide. It’s great fun! The Dansette is also equipped with a stylus suitable for 78s if anyone wishes to share the shellac.
From rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s; The Beatles, The Stones, Mod, Motown and Stax in the 60s; Glam, Punk, New Wave and 2 Tone in the 70s; Factory, Rough Trade and 4AD in the 80s; to Sub Pop and Britpop in the 90s… get digging through your 45s and bring some with you.
Doors open at 8pm, and from 8.30, the session will be broken into 20 minute chunks, so if you fancy claiming one of these chunks to spin some of your favourite singles and maybe talk about them, get in touch (via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below). I’ll be devoting my slot to 1960s b sides and non-album tracks (plus making good use of the Dansette).
But if you’ve just got a couple of things you want to play and not talk about, that’s fine. Just bring the records with you on the night and if needs be, elbow your way to the deck.
Finally, we’ll end the evening by listening to one of three classic singles collections (all that getting up and down and changing records might get a bit too much). Either Buzzcocks ‘Singles Going Steady’, The Cure ‘Standing On A Beach’ or Squeeze ‘Singles 45s And Under’. No online poll this time, we’ll make a call on it on the night.
I hope you can join us for what promises to be an eclectic and entertaining evening of music, all in celebration of the single.
One final note… Don’t come looking for love, it’s not that kind of singles night!
Glossop Record Club’s SINGLES NIGHT
Thursday 13th February, 8-11pm.
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT.
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