July’s Record Club: SUMMER OF ’85


Who needs a DeLorean when we can use the power of vinyl to transport us back to the glory days of ’85? Glossop Record Club returns on Thursday 9th July, landing smack bang in the middle of the ’80s to celebrate the SUMMER OF ’85. It’ll also be just a few days short of the 30th anniversary of Live Aid.

So, what music were you listening to back then? What records did you buy?

Using a genuine 1985 Sharp music center (my Christmas present that year I’ll have you know), we’ll be making a collective compilation tape. So get digging through your records and bring along any from our chosen year that you wish to share, or choose one from the box of records that’ll be on hand. There’s a blank C90 just waiting to be filled!

Our full album will be revealed on the night. But here’s a clue… It was the first album to sell a million on CD, so this is our chance to claim it back and thumb our noses at an industry that told us records were rubbish. Ya boo sucks.

If you need any help in being reminded about the musical goings-on of 1985, this brilliant Smash Hits archive is a good place to start. Or if the music weeklies were more your thing, check these ‘end of year’ lists from NME and Melody Maker.

Looking back, it seems to me that pop music was still credible and wide-ranging, but was the last time it would be. The likes of The Cult, Madonna, Killing Joke, Scritti Politti, Fine Young Cannibals, Prince, The Cure, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode and Eurythmics rubbed shoulders in the Top 40 and on Top Of The Pops. That’s just how it was.


And where were you when it was Live Aid? I watched it all on a portable black and white TV in my bedroom, perched next to the hi-fi, taping pretty much the whole lot on successive C90s until I fell asleep at around 2am (during Duran Duran’s set). I’ve still never seen or heard all of that last couple of hours, but I played those cassettes endlessly in the weeks and months that followed. If you’re lucky, I may play a few snippets on the night.


Hopefully that should be enough to get your memory going.

So, bring your records, bring mementos and memorabillia and share your stories and music of 1985. And if you’re feeling really brave, bring along a photo of yourself from 1985 to complete the picture! To show willing, here’s my school photo from that year.


We’ll draw the line at fancy dress though.

See you there.

Thursday 9th July, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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JUMP JAMAICA WAY: Post-Session Review


The sun was out. The bass was up. And the music flowed.

With two turntables, the Jamaican flag and a box full of amazing records, Rick entertained and informed as he kept to his promise of taking us on a voyage through Jamaica’s golden age of music. Starting with the birth of Ska in the early 1960s and its evolution into Rocksteady, Reggae and beyond, he also took in Dub, Dancehall, Lovers Rock and even a few British acts for good measure. All in around three hours.

And yet Rick says he’s only scraped the surface! So, good news is, he’ll be doing another session at some point in the future.

In the meantime, a full list of the records played is below, along with links to the podcasts (a two-parter no less).

Here are a few comments posted after the session:

Today’s hot weather is the perfect backdrop for Club’s trip through the history of Jamaican music.

Great night, top tunes. Beer went down far too easily.

Really enjoyed Jamaican vinyl night. Great music, great atmosphere. Thanks to Rick for an interesting + entertaining night.

A class night of learning and musical delights. Brilliant.

We’ll be back on Thursday 9th July for the SUMMER OF ’85, looking back at a pivotal year in music and also marking 30 years since Live Aid. Full details soon.



Toots and The Maytals – Bam Bam
The Jamaicans – Ba Ba Boom
Desmond Dekker – Intensified
Toots and The Maytals – Sweet and Dandy
Hopeton Music – Boom Shacka Lacka
Techniques – You Don’t Care
Justin Hinds – Here I Stand
Rico – Take 5
King Stitt – Four Corners
Skatalites – Passing Through
Paragons with King Stitt – On The Beach
King Stitt – Scandal

JUMP JAMAICA WAY – 1st set (Ska to Rocksteady)


Laurel Aitken – Going to Kansas City
Count Ossie and Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
Don Drummond and Skatalites – Addis Ababa
Skatalites – (blank)
Desmond Dekker – Get Up Edina
Eric Morris – I am The Greatest
Baba Brooks – One Eyed Giant
Dandy – The Operation
Jimmy Cliff – Gold Digger
Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
Roy Richards – Honky Panky
Heptones – Fat Girl
Joe White – Bad Man
Ken Booth – Feel Good
Gladiators – Train Is Coming Back
Ethiopians – Cool It Amigo
Dandy – Rudi A Message to You
Desmond Dekker – 007

JUMP JAMAICA WAY – 2nd set (Reggae, Dub, Dancehall & Lovers Rock)

Lester Sterling and Stranger – Cole Bangarang
Clancy Eccles and King Stitt – Vigarton 2
U Roy – Behold
The Wailers – To The Rescue
Horace Andy – See A Mans Face
Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket
Chantells – Waiting In The Park
Jah Lion – Soldier and Police War
Jacob Miller – Baby I Love You So
Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
Rico – Soundcheck
Johnny Osborne – Fally Rankin
Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
Gregory Isaacs – Rumours
Cornel Campbell – Nothing Don’t Come easy
Nerious Joseph – No One Night Stand
Thriller Jenna – Madness
John Holt – Time Is The Master

Revolutionaries – Leggo Dub track1
Revolutionaries – Leggo dub track2
Burning Spear – Irie Niya Keith
Desi Roots – Weedfields
Desi Roots – He Aint Coming
Skatalites – (blank)
Dub Specialist – Banana Walk
Sound Dimension – Rockfort Rock
Soul Vendors – Death in the Arena
Sound Dimension – Real Rock

Digital highlights are split into two parts. Part 1. Part 2. Or click on the players below.

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