March’s Record Club: THE CAT CLUB

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We are not alone. There are others out there doing what we do (or very similar), gathering in darkened rooms to spend an hour or two sat in a hushed silence…

I’m talking about record clubs, vinyl nights and listening sessions of course! In Derbyshire alone there are regular happenings in Bamford, Chesterfield and Matlock. Beyond the borders there are record-related goings on in Macclesfield and Shipley. There’s a new listening session starting up in London and ones in the pipeline in Shropshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. All do their own take on things, but the basic principle remains the same – communities of music-lovers coming together to share, listen and enjoy.

One such collective is The Cat Club (Classic Album Tuesdays) up in Pontefract and on Thursday 12th March, a minibus full of Cat Clubbers are coming over to Glossop Record Club to join us for a ‘record club exchange trip‘. Among their number is writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton. Ian will be leading the session, playing a few records and sharing a couple of stories from his books. He’ll also be treating to us to a full album by a vocalist he considers to be “the greatest jazz singer who ever lived”, Billie Holiday.

On the night we’ll also be equipped with a turntable capable of playing 78s, so if you have any shellac you wish to share, this is your chance.

I hope you can join us to do things Cat Club style and welcome our Yorkshire brethren to the labour club. See you there.

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Record Club Exchange Trip with The Cat Club & Ian Clayton
Thursday 12th March, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
FREE ADMISSION


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Singles Night II: post-session review

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Thanks to everyone who came along to our second annual Singles Night. What a night! Classic ska, reggae, rockabilly, r’n’b, punk and indie; New Orleans party tunes; coloured vinyl, picture discs and flexi-discs; Max Bygraves, The Residents and Floella Benjamin (in that order!); Emu; a German glam rocker who married a pineapple…

What happened kind of defies description, definitely a case of ‘you had to be there’. But if you weren’t or would like to double-check what actually did occur, the full list of singles played is below, along with digital highlights to listen to at your leisure.

Big thanks to Gavin, Steve, Rick, John L, Trevor, Beany, Keith, Brett, Bernard, Martin The Mod, Bill, Steven, Amy, John W, Darren, Penny, Terry and everyone else who brought records to share.

Here are a few comments:

I love – where else would a Max Bygraves song about mining safety be followed by ‘ Satisfaction’ by The Residents?

Just played Satisfaction at club. Perfect response: mixture of wincing, outrage and laughter.

Great night at . Tonight’s singles – some good, some bad, some bloody awful!

Did last night really happen?!

And this from first-timer Trevor who recently moved up to the area from down south and heard about Glossop Record Club when I managed to get on The Chain on Radcliffe & Maconie’s BBC 6 Music show back in January (listen here if you missed it):

The idea of a meet-up in my new locality where people could share their passion in music was irresistible… Anyone that enjoys music and is broadminded enough to listen to a wide diversity of genres and tastes is well advised to give this club a go. Thoroughly recommended.

Thanks Trevor. Kind words indeed.

We’ll be back on Thursday 12th March for a record club exchange visit – The Cat Club join us from Pontefract and count writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton among their number. Ian will be leading the session, playing a few records and sharing a couple of stories from his books.

 MUSIC PLAYED

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Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Gals
Suede – Metal Mickey
Flying Lizards – Money Bill Withers – Harlem

Gavin

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http://www.jz-arkh.co.uk – ddrhodes (grey vinyl)
Terry Edwards & The Scapegoats – Ice Cream For Crow (yellow vinyl)
Eat Lights Become Lights – Test Drive (Silver Apples Remix) (square green vinyl)

Steve

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Professor Longhair – Big Chief
Lee Dorsey – Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)
The Dixie Cups – Iko Iko
Al Johnson – Carnival Time
Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras

Rick
The Skatalites – Latin Goes Ska
Joe White – Rodie All Around
The Upsetters – Eight For Eight
Hot Rod All-Stars – Lick It Back (Boss Sound)
John Holt – Rainy Night In Georgia (dub)

John
Beltane Fire – Excalibur (album sampler flexi-disc)
The Blue Cats – Wild Night
X-Ray Spex – The Day The World Turned Day-glo

Simon

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Ramma Damma – Rammadamma (the German glam rocker who married a pineapple)

Free for all Part 1
It’s Immaterial – Ed’s Funky Diner (brought by Trevor)
Max Bygraves With Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The ‎– Do It The Safety Way (brought by Beany)
The Residents – Satisfaction (brought by Keith)
Floella Benjamin – Reggae Rita (brought by Brett)

Bernard
The Dubliners – Maids, When You’re Young, Never Wed An Old Man
Vince Taylor And His Playboys – Brand New Cadillac
The Houghton Weavers – Blackpool Belle

Martin The Mod

Martin The Mod doing some nifty Ska moves

Laurel Aitken with The Boogie Cats – Boogie Rock
Lord Creator – Independent Jamaica Calypso
Inez Foxx – Mockingbird

Bill
Charlie Feathers – Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine
Charlie Feathers – That Certain Female

Steven
Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love… (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)
The Jam – In The City
Stone Roses – Made Of Stone The Cribs – Burning For No One

Brett
Manuel – Manuel’s Good Food Guide
Marvin The Paranoid Android – Reasons To Be Miserable
Max Wall – England’s Glory Emu – Emu

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Free for all Part 2
The Smiths – Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before (brought by Amy)
The Jam – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (brought by John)
Snuff – The Tour Flexi (brought by Darren)
Carrie Cleveland ‎– Love Will Set You Free (brought by Rick)
The King Brothers – The Tupperware Brigade (brought by Penny)
The Wombles – Bungo’s Birthday (brought by Penny)
King Kurt – Zulu Beat (brought by Terry)
Mark Lanegan Band ‎– The Gravedigger’s Song
The Long Ryders – Looking For Lewis & Clark (brought by Terry)
The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket (brought by Amy)
The Stranglers – Walk On By (brought by Trevor)
Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Let Me Down (brought by Rick)
The Etheopians – The Whip (brought by Rick)
Bobby Francis – Chain Gang (brought by Rick)
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter (brought by Terry)
Simon G – In My Dreams (brought by Simon)

 

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