October’s Record Club: ENGLISH WEATHER

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Glossop Record Club is back on Thursday 12th October, and for the first time ever we’ll be playing a various artists compilation album in full!

Curated by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs and released on Ace Records earlier this year, ‘English Weather‘ is (to quote from the Ace website):

“The autumnal sound of Britain at the turn of the 70s, looking out through wet window panes to a new decade with a mixture of melancholy and optimism for what might come next. With the Beatles gone and the pound sinking, a new and distinctive sound emerges, led by flutes and Mellotrons.”

As Bob Stanley writes in the sleevenotes, it captures “the post-psychedelic, pre-progressive moment”, where elements of jazz and folk mingle with psych and the early strains of prog.

With 19 tracks spread over four sides of vinyl, the Saint Etienne crate-diggers have skilfully blended a handful of well-known acts (some previously featured at past record club sessions) in the shape of Caravan, Van Der Graaf Generator, John Cale and Camel alongside cult classics and evocative obscurities from  Daevid Allen (Gong), Matching Mole (Robet Wyatt), T2 and Bill Fay.

The album is already a hit with several record clubbers, your host (a prog sceptic) included. It’s the perfect soundtrack for autumn in Glossop. See you there!


ENGLISH WEATHER
Thursday 12th October from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
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September’s Record Club: THE SOUNDS OF 1967

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Glossop Record Club is back (after a little summer break) on Thursday 14th September for THE SOUNDS OF 1967.

Join us as we dig deeper than the usual Sgt Pepper, flower power and summer of love, with a stack of vinyl that changed the world, playing a mix of singles and album tracks, and of course, an album in full.

And when it comes to which album, we’re spoilt for choice, with classic long players from the likes of Cream, Love, The Who, The Kinks, Buffalo Springfield and The Mothers Of Invention among others to choose from. It was also an amazing year for debut albums with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Doors, Leonard Cohen and The Velvet Underground all making their mark (or trying to) on the music world. It’s from that roll-call of debut offerings that we’ll be selecting our full album to play on the night.

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So, relax your mind, open your ears and join us at Glossop Labour Club from 8pm. And don’t forget to dig through your records and bring your own sounds of 1967 to share. See you there!


THE SOUNDS OF 1967
Thursday 14th September from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
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July’s Record Club: OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED

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You may not know it, but Glossop Record Club is a hotbed of musical talent. We’re not talking about the records that we listen to each month. No. We’re talking about the folk who bring the records!

It turns out many of us have been in bands or made music over the years. And many still do. Glossop is the hometown of C86 and Creation Records legends The Bodines and the recently reformed purveyors of power pop The Trend, not to mention Steve Roberts, Quiet Loner, Shield Patterns, Rhys Bloodjoy and Stickboy among others. Plus there are our friends from further afield like Lippy Kid.

So if you’ve ever been in a band or made your own music, recorded a demo, self-released a single or album or even landed a record deal, this night is for you!

If you have some sort of recorded evidence of your musical endeavours, dig them out to share at this special record club session (along with any photos, posters or other mementoes you might have) and tell us about the time ‘Opportunity Knocked’.

We’ll try and cater for all formats – vinyl, cassette, mini disc and for one night only… CD!!! But so I know what to expect – and if you have any unusual formats – please let me know in the ‘format chooser’ below what you’ll be bringing, and get in touch if it’s some weird format.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED
Thursday 13th July from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
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May’s Record Club: HERE COME THE GIRLS Classic American Girl Groups

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We’re back at Glossop Labour Club on Thursday 11th May, when record club regular Bernie presents HERE COME THE GIRLS – an evening of classic American girl groups – from The Andrews Sisters in the 1940s and The Chordettes in the 1950s, to the golden era of The Shangri-Las, The Shirelles, The Crystals and many more in the 1960s.

Bernie will be armed with a stack of records (33, 45 and 78) to tell the history of girl groups from their first flush of popularity during WW2 and how they evolved through the 1950s to become the ultimate post-rock & roll music makers of the early 1960s, telling the stories behind the groups and the songs and how they influenced the British beat groups of the time. Along with classic artists, we’ll also hear the productions of Phil Spector, Shadow Morton and Motown, as well as the songwriting skills of Goffin & King, Greenwich & Barry and Holland-Dozier-Holland among others.

And if you want to bring along to records to share, there’s just one rule – it’s gotta be by a girl (or girls)!

See you there.


HERE COME THE GIRLS – Classic American Girl Groups
Thursday 11th May from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
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April’s Record Club: NICK CAVE ON VINYL

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Glossop Record Club is back on Thursday 13th April for an evening of Nick Cave On Vinyl, curated and hosted by Lyn Lockwood. Lyn writes:

Nick Cave has been on an epic creative journey as a poet, artist, collaborator, novelist, essayist, actor, musician and vocalist. From Old Testament gothic punk preacher to New Testament observer of human fragility, he has built a world both of terrible violence and aching human love.

We’ll be listening to tracks from (almost) the very beginning as a young Australian art school drop out to the whole of last year’s astonishing album The Skeleton Tree. Johnny Cash, PJ Harvey, Shane McGowan and even a Mr L Cohen amongst others may also cross our paths along the way.

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NICK CAVE ON VINYL
Thursday 13th April from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
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March’s Record Club: COVERS NIGHT

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We’re back on Thursday 9th March for COVERS NIGHT, a whole evening dedicated to the fine art of the cover version.

Often to be found lurking on b sides, charity compilations or deep within albums, the cover version is where an artist shows us a different side of themselves, whether wearing their heart on their sleeve, showing us they can have fun or indulging in some irony.

There are of course two albums of cover versions that we can’t ignore, both released by artists at the height of their early popularity back in 1973 – Bryan Ferry’s These Foolish Things and David Bowie’s Pin Ups. We’ll be pitching Ferry’s wide-ranging pop history collage against Bowie’s tightly focused tribute to his London Mod days, exploring how they both came to be made with parallel tales of fall outs, break ups and bitter rivalries. We’ll only play one of those albums in full, but the choice, as they say, will be yours.

We’ll also hear covers by bands whose songs feature on those two albums, alongside some groovy soul remakes of rock tunes, and of course there’ll be plenty of chances for you to share your favourite covers too.

So getting digging out that vinyl and see you there!


COVERS NIGHT

Thursday 9th March from 8pm

Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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February’s Record Club: NEW ORLEANS funk & soul

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We’re back on Thursday 9th February for a taste of the funky flavours and soulful sounds of New Orleans.

The Crescent City has long been a cultural melting pot, especially when it comes to music. The birthplace of jazz, home to the blues, not mention rhythm & blues and rock & roll, it has produced more than it’s fair share of influential musicians, songwriters and performers. We’d need more than just one evening to even begin to scrape the surface of all it has to offer, so instead we’ll be focusing on the soul and funk that emanated from New Orleans in the 1960s and 70s. And what better time to celebrate than during the month of Mardi Gras?

Several names loom large from this period – songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint, singer Lee Dorsey, and funk legends The Meters, who also doubled up as the backing band on dozens of classic funk and soul tunes during this time – we’ll be playing records featuring all three. We’ll also hear from Mac Rebennack, the session pianist turned Night Tripper, better known as Dr John, with some heavy voodoo vibes, along with whatever else we can squeeze on the turntable.

See you there!


NEW ORLEANS – funky flavours and soulful sounds

Thursday 9th February from 8pm

Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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