July’s Record Club: KRAUTROCK!


On Thursday 14th July, we’ll be focussing on experimental German music of the 1960s and 1970s, commonly know as Krautrock or Kosmische music.

It’s a scene that never existed. A term concocted by British music journalists in the 1970s and made popular in the 1990s by Julian Cope’s Krautrocksampler, the Arch Drood’s essential guide to the albums made by this dispirate collection of bands and musicians, tied together by the coincidences of nationality and of producing experimental music during the same era. Some built up cult followings in the UK and across Europe, but nearly all languished in obscurity in their home country. However, like all the best underground music its importance has grown over the years, its influence reaching far and wide.


Our foray into Krautrock will take in tracks by Faust, Can and Kraftwerk and our featured album will be Neu! 75, the duo’s third album, which pointed the way to punk, post-punk and ambient music and was also a huge influnce on David Bowie during his Berlin years (as were many German bands of that time).


Time permitting, we’ll also feature the Kosmische of Tangerine Dream and Edgar Froese, the electronic and rock melting pot of Harmonia and the relatively conventional sounds of Amon Duul II and whatever else we can squeeze in.

For the curious and those wishing to know more in advance, David Stubbs’ comprehensive overview Future Days is well worth a read, as is the aforementioned Krautrocksampler by Julian Cope (if you can get your hands on it*). Or you can simply watch the BBC4 documentary from a few years back.

*There’s a PDF of Krautrocksampler out there if you look carefully.

Thursday 14th July from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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PRINCE ON VINYL: records played

Big thanks (as ever) to everyone to came down to our Prince night. Great to see some first-timers too. And of course special thanks to Lippy Kid for digging through his record collection to put together a superb selection of Prince and Prince-related music. Hearing the full Purple Rain album blasting out across the labour club was nothing short of a revelation. 

Some comments from the night…

Great Prince tunes tonight courtesy of . How good did those tracks sound through the big speakers?!

Thx & + all The Beautiful Ones last night! The Future never sounded better! 

Purple Rain sounded great last night enjoyed it so much.

Purple Rain was a standout track as were Sign of the Times and Kiss

We’ll be back on Thursday 14th July for KRAUTROCK! Full details soon.



Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music/Family Affair (7″ singles)
Rick James – Superfreak (from Street Songs, 1981)
Little Richard – Good Golly Miss Molly (Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, 1977)
Kendrick Lamarr – These Walls (To Pimp A Butterfly, 2015)
The Stylistics – Betcha By Golly Wow (Greatest Hits, 1974)
James Brown – Sex Machine/Make It Funky/Cold Sweat (Soul Classics, 1972)
St. Vincent – Rattlesnake (St. Vincent, 2014)
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Off The Wall, 1979)

Prince – It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (Sign “O” The Times, 1987)
Prince – 1999 (1999, 1983)

PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION – Purple Rain (Warner Bros, 1984)


SIDE ONE: Let’s Go Crazy/Take Me With U/The Beautiful Ones/Computer Blue/Darling Nikki
SIDE TWO: When Doves Cry/I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m A Star/Purple Rain

Prince – Housequake/Sign “O” The Times (Sign “O” The Times, 1987)
HeeBeeGeeBees – Purple Pants/ (When) Two Songs (Sound The Same) (single, 1985)
Prince And The Revolution – Mountains/Kiss (Parade, 1986)
Prince & The New Power Generation – Gett Off (single, 1991)
Prince – The Future (remix) (12″ single, 1989)


Chaka Khan – I Feel For You (12″ single, 1984)
Prince – Alphabet Street (Lovesexy, 1988)
Prince – Controversy (Controversy, 1981)
Prince And The Revolution – Girls & Boys (Parade, 1986)
Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend (Sign “O” The Times, 1987)
Prince And The Revolution – Sometimes It Snows In April (Parade, 1986)


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