November’s Record Club: THE SMITHS ON VINYL

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Glossop Record Club is back on Thursday 13th November for a session that has been a long time coming… THE SMITHS ON VINYL, with life-long Smiths fan Gavin Hogg once again at the helm.

It’ll be an evening packed with Smiths and Smiths-related music. We’ll be playing two albums from vinyl and in full – Morrissey‘s 1992 glam-inspired Your Arsenal and of course an album by The Smiths. But which one? Well, that’s up to you, as once again we put it to the poll (see below). Choose which of the four original Smiths studio albums you want to hear on the night.

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Alongside a selection of rarities and classic tracks, we’ll also be playing records with a Smiths connection. It could be Morrissey or Marr solo records, guest appearances by Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce on other people’s songs (The The, Electronic, Billy Bragg, Sandie Shaw, Kirsty MacColl, Modest Mouse, Julian Cope, Badly Drawn Boy…) or a cover of a Smiths song by another artist. Plenty to go at there.

And if you want to bring your favourite Smiths (or Smiths-related) records along, we’ll give those a spin too.

Here’s the poll. You only get one vote, so use it wisely…

 

Finally, a few words from Gavin.

IMG_20140629_022627[1]In 1982 an ambitious, young guitarist called Johnny Marr travelled to 384 Kings Road, Stretford to introduce himself to 22 year old Steven Patrick Morrissey. He’d heard that Morrissey was an interesting character and had a feeling that they could be the next Lieber & Stoller.

Like Hinge & Brackett, Lennon & McCartney, Wood & Walters or Goffin & King, this was a partnership that was just meant to be. There was an alchemy and an immediate understanding between them, despite the 4 year age gap. The songs they quickly began writing appeared almost fully-formed and without clear or obvious influences. The basic ingredients were a hint of Bert Jansch, a few lines of Shelagh Delaney, a sprinkling of Roger McGuinn, a drop of 1950’s kitchen sink dramas and a dash of Oscar Wilde; unlikely elements which were marinated to perfection. They were so prolific that some of the greatest songs of the decade, like ‘How Soon Is Now’ and ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ were initially hidden away as B-sides or album tracks.

Morrissey’s lyrics dealt with the personal and political in a witty and direct fashion. In the Eighties the pop mainstream was awash with Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran and lines like ‘She used to be a diplomat, now she’s down the laundromat’ , or ‘You’re about as easy as nuclear war’. Morrissey brought a love of words and a poetic sensibility to his lyric-writing; now on Top Of The Pops we had lines like ‘Why pamper life’s complexities, when the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat?’ or ‘The rain falls hard on a humdrum town’. He wrote about such challenging themes as the Moors Murders, suicide, animal rights, unemployment, violence at fairgrounds and schools and comatose girlfriends. These were topics unlikely to be tackled in song by Culture Club or The Thompson Twins.

They were a group that absolutely divided opinion, as they still do. People either understood and loved them instantly  – or they thought Morrissey was a pretentious, miserable sod and despised everything The Smiths stood for. From the first moment that I saw them on TOTP as a 13 year old, I knew that I’d found my band. 31 years on and I haven’t yet changed my mind.

Glossop Record Club presents THE SMITHS ON VINYL
Thursday 13th November, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
FREE ADMISSION

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John Peel Night – comments and music played

This comment from Brett perfectly sums up the evening:

“What I loved was that it really sounded like a Peel show. Diverse, perverse, eclectic and dyspeptic!”

I could waffle on, but there’s no need with a summary that concise and precise. Thanks Brett.

But… Just to say a big ‘thank you’ to Gavin and Steve for providing us with a great choice of main albums and sharing stories of the music they discovered through listening to John Peel’s show and his importance to the British music scene.

Also, thanks to Paul from Glossop’s very own indie heroes (and NME C86 faves) The Bodines who told us the tale of their 1987 Peel session (and also played a track from it which he hadn’t heard since the original broadcast 27 years ago).

Finally, thanks to Brett, Rick, Bill, Beany, John and Andy for bringing down records to play and to Peter for digging out his 1970s cassettes of Peel show recordings. It was great to hear Lonnie Donegan, The Four Brothers and Ivor Cutler alongside The Fall, The Wedding Present and Mudhoney. Some proper Peel diversity there! And all the records were at the correct speed (although the Four Brothers record did fox me at first).

And if you’re wondering, the winner of the poll was The Wedding Present’s 1987 indieguitarpop classic George Best, with Joy Division and Half Man Half Biscuit coming a very close 2nd and 3rd.

We’ll be back on Thursday 13th November for THE SMITHS ON VINYL. Full details very soon.

COMMENTS

“Really enjoyable evening over at tonight. Take my hat off to for pulling it together.”

“Enjoyed tonight club. Kinda strange listening to The Fall in a room full of people! Very enjoyable evening- I will return”

“The Fall… please make it STOP!”

“The Fall. That was The Fall. The Fall. The Fall. More from The Fall later. Love The Fall. The Fall.”

“Currently listening to The Wedding Present – George Best at Glossop Record Club. Great!”

MUSIC PLAYED

Various – Fast ‘N’ Bulbous (Tribute to Captain Beefheart) (Imaginary Records, 1988)

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Side Two: That Petrol Emotion – Hothead/The Primevals – China Pig/Sonic Youth – Electricity/Good And Gone – Harry Irene

John Peel 30 minute montage – clips of Peel’s shows from 1967-1996

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Including excerpts of: Honor Blackman & Patrick Macnee – Kinky Boots/DEB Players – Murder!/Half Man Half Biscuit – Bad Review/Nirvana – Pentecost Hotel/Nirvana – About A Girl/Beck – Steve Threw Up/Don Carlos – My Bretheren Party/Joy Division – Dead Souls/The Faces – Stay With Me/Pink Floyd – Let There Be More Light/David Bowie – Almost Grown/The Skids – TV Stars/Billy Bragg – A Busy Girl Buys Beauty/Electro Hippies – Escape/Altered Images – Song Sung Blue

The Fall – Grotesque (After The Gramme) (Rough Trade, 1980)

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Side One: Pay Your Rates/English Scheme/New Face In Hell/C’n’C-S Mithering/The Container Drivers
Side Two: Impression Of J. Temperance/In The Park/W.M.C. – Blob 59/Gramme Friday/ The N.W.R.A.

Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick (Superfuzz Bigmuff, Sub Pop, 1988)
The Four Brothers – Makorokoto (Makorokoto, Cooking Vinyl, 1988)
Jah Woosh – Freedom Connection (Jamaica Sound 12”, 1977)
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Lonnie Donegan – Lost John (Lonnie Donegan’s Golden Hour Of Golden Hits Vol. 2 , Pye)
Charlie Feathers – Deep Elm Blues (Rock And Roll, Star Records)
The Bodines – Clear (Peel session)
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The Wedding Present – George Best (Reception Records, 1987)

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Side One: Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft/What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?/Don’t Be So Hard/A Million Miles/All This & More/My Favourite Dress
Side Two: Shatner/Something & Nothing/It’s What You Want That Matters/Give My Love To Kevin/Anyone Can Make A Mistake/You Can’t Moan Can You

The Undertones – Teenage Kicks (twice, from 1978 John Peel broadcast)
The Squares – No Fear (Airebeat 7”, 1978)
The Beat – Ranking Full Stop (live) (Dance Craze, Two Tone, 1981)
The Wedding Present – Brassneck (RCA 12”, 1989)
Ivor Cutler – Bicarbonate of Chicken (Jammy Smears, Virgin, 1976)
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Half Man Half Biscuit – Time Flies By (When You’re The Driver Of A Train) (Back In The DHSS, Probe Plus, 1985)
The Colorblind James Experience – Considering A Move To Memphis (Indie Top 20, 1988)
Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band – Yellow Brick Road (Safe As Milk, reissue)
Beck – Steve Threw Up (Bongload 7”, 1994)
The Dirtbombs – Ode To A Black Man (In The Red, 2002)

Peter’s old tape of John Peel shows

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Jeff Beck – I’ve Been Drinking/Roxy Music – Virginia Plain

Peel Sessions Selections (reel-to-reel)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Radio One/David Bowie – Suffragette City/Tyrannosaurus Rex – The Misty Coasts of Albany/The Damned – Neat Neat Neat

Listen to digital highlights here.