Memory of a free record club


It’s been two days since the BOWIE ON VINYL session, and I’m still stunned and somewhat slightly dazed. And that’s not just down to the effect of hearing The Legendary Stardust Cowboy at high volume and in close proximity (more about that later). It’s the sheer number of people who came along on the night.

At around 35 people, it was our biggest crowd yet for Glossop Record Club, meaning that we had to quickly move the gear from our usual spot in the labour club’s snug and into the main bar so that everyone could be accomodated. It was great to see so many new faces alongside the regulars, but rather nerve-wracking for me when I stood up to introduce the first album.


I’d like to thank you all for coming, and most importantly, for listening and making it a brilliant night. Also, thanks to those who brought along Bowie and Bowie-related records to play. Special mention must go to Steve McNamee, who brought The Legendary Stardust Cowboy single ‘Paralyzed’, and for the very informative and entertaining story behind the record and it’s connection to David Bowie. However, for those of us who had never heard the song before (myself included), nothing could have prepared us for what lay in those grooves…

Another special addition to the night were the David Bowie buns, courtesy of my wife (those cake toppers were my Christmas present I’ll have you know). It was his birthday the day before after all (Happy Birthday Mr Bowie). But don’t expect to get fed every time!


The winner of the ‘Berlin Trilogy’ poll was Low, with “Heroes” and Lodger coming joint second. And finally, with a little bending of the vinyl-only rules, Frank Sidebottom made his third Glossop Record Club appearance with his brief but brilliant version of ‘Life On Mars?’. It’s definitely become a tradition (and a challenge) to get Frank in there somewhere.

Here are a few of the comments posted on Twitter after the session:

“Fantastic Bowie night at Glossop Record Club complete with David Bowie cakes!”

“Enjoyed a packed Glossop Record Club Bowie night. Had to run on the dot of 11pm but took my Bowie cupcake. Well in.”

“Loved Bowie Night at Glossop Record Club tonight. Just hope me playing the Legendary Stardust Cowboy doesn’t scare everyone away for next time…”

“I love sitting in a room with a load of strangers listening to vinyl records IN FULL. IN SILENCE. Long live Glossop Record Club.”

“last night was just perfect”

Our next session is SINGLES NIGHT on Thursday 13th February. Details coming soon.


BOWIE ON VINYL – music played

All songs by David Bowie unless stated otherwise.


Golden Years (7″, RCA Victor, 1975)

WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT (BBC sessions bootleg): White Light White Heat/Let Me Sleep Beside You/Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed/The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud

CHANGESONEBOWIE (RCA Victor, 1976): Ziggy Stardust/Suffragette City/The Jean Genie

HUNKY DORY (RCA Victor, 1971)


Side One: Changes/Oh! You Pretty Things/Eight Line Poem/Life On Mars?/Kooks/Quicksand
Side Two: Fill Your Heart/Andy Warhol/Song For Bob Dylan/Queen Bitch/The Bewlay Brothers

Davy Jones & The King Bees – Liza Jane (7″, Decca, 1964/1978 reissue)

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead (12″, Small Wonder, 1979)

Amsterdam (1973, Pin Ups bonus track on EMI 1990 reissue)

Helden (1977, from Bowie Rare, RCA, 1982)

Lou Reed – Vicious (1972, from New York Superstar compilation, Fame, 1978)

Hang On To Yourself (BBC session)/A Lad In Vain (outtake) (bootleg 7″)

Frank Sidebottom – Life On Mars? (Sci-Fi EP, Regal Zonophone, 1986)


The Legendary Stardust Cowboy – Paralyzed/Who’s Knocking on My Door? (7″, Mercury, 1968)


LOW (RCA Victor, 1977)


Side One: Speed Of Life/Breaking Glass/What In The World/Sound And Vision/Always Crashing In The Same Car/Be My Wife/A New Career In A New Town
Side Two: Warszawa/Art Decade/Weeping Wall/Subterraneans


Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing/Funtime (The Idiot, RCA, 1977)

Underground (Picture disc, EMI America, 1986)


The London Boys (Toy, 2000, bootleg)

David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Forbidden Colours (7″, Virgin, 1983)

The Man Who Sold The World (‘live’ version) (Strangers When We Meet 7″, RCA, 1995)


Absolute Beginners (12″, Virgin, 1986)

Listen to the BOWIE ON VINYL digital highlights mix on Mixcloud.


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