THE SECRET SONGS OF DAVID BOWIE – records played

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It was a packed labour club for our fifth anniversary session, as we dug deep and delved into the forgotten and seldom-heard corners of David Bowie’s long and productive career, playing live tracks, radio sessions, demos and outtakes to show another face of the Dame. We also played probably the most valuable record ever to grace to the record club turntable, Bowie’s 1970 flop single ‘The Prettiest Star’, which was quite a special moment (for your host anyway). My thanks to Beany for very kindly bringing that in to share with us all. And thanks to everyone who came along.

We’ll be back on Thursday 11th October for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Aretha Franklin, a whole night of the Queen Of Soul on vinyl. It’s going to be a special one. Details soon.


RECORDS PLAYED

Station To Station (live at Nassau Coliseum, 1976 – from ‘The Thin White Duke’)
Waiting For The Man/Five Years/White Light White Heat/Moonage Daydream (BBC radio sessions, 1972 – from Bowie At The Beeb)
London Bye Ta Ta (unreleased single, 1970 – from ChangesThree)
The Prettiest Star (single version featuring Marc Bolan – Mercury 7″, 1970)
Tired Of My Life/Shadowman (demos c.1970-71 – from The Trident Tapes)
Zion (aka A Lad In Vain, aka Tragic Moments) (recorded during the Pin Ups sessions, 1973 – from BowieStudio70-75)

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TOY (unreleased album, recorded 2000)
SIDE ONE:  Uncle Floyd/Afraid/I Dig Everything/Let Me Sleep Beside You/Toy (Your Turn To Drive)/Hole In The Ground
SIDE TWO: Shadow Man/In The Heat Of The Morning/Silly Boy Blue/Liza Jane/The London Boys

Rebel Rebel (US single mix, 1974)
John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version, 1973)
When I’m Five (BBC session, 1968)



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Krautrock 2 – records played

Amon Duul II – Archangel’s Thunderbird (1970)
Faust – It’s A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl (1972)
Neu! – Negativland (1972)
Harmonia – Monza (Rauf und Runter) (1975)
La Dusseldorf – Rheinita (1978)
Can – Halleluwah (1971)
Kraftwerk – Ruckzuck (1970)

Kraftwerk – Radio-Activity (Capitol Records, 1975)

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SIDE ONE
:  Geiger Counter / Radioactivity / Radioland / Airwaves / Intermission / News
SIDE TWO: The Voice Of Energy / Antenna / Radio Stars / Uranium / Transistor / Ohm Sweet Ohm

Neu! – Hallogallo (1972)


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Psychedelic Soul (1967-74) – Records Played

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Photos above courtesy of Rachel, Darren and Mark

Souls were well and truly psychedelicized and a few minds freed at our Psychedelic Soul session. There was even an outbreak of actual dancing, a rare but beautiful sight at record club. Their asses did indeed follow. Right on!

As ever, we only had time to scrape the surface, but hopefully those who asked “What exactly is Psychedelic Soul?” will have had their question answered in full. It was a real pleasure to share this music with you all and made me think we should get down and funky more often. Plans are being hatched!

Thanks to all who came, listened and danced to the music, and also a big thanks to Brooklyn’s Slice Of Spice Records for suggesting (and sending over) a few tunes to get us warmed up.

Here are a few comments from the world of social media:

At & Mr has done some ace research on Psychedelic Soul. I’m learning so much!

A brilliant Record Club last night. I’m aching from fast stepping to the full version of Poppa Was A Rolling Stone.

Nice grooves Simon. The Chairmen of the Board tracks were a revelation.

Enjoyed it immensely. The dancing at the back was fantastic.

It was fantastic, thank you! 

Listen back here or click the player at the end of this post.

We’re back on Thursday 12th July for Krautrock 2 when we’ll further explore the kosmische music of 1970s Germany, including tracks from Amon Duul 2, Neu!, Can and Harmonia alongside a full album by Kraftwerk. Details soon.


MUSIC PLAYED

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Young-Holt Unlimited – Hot Pants / Baby Huey and The Babysitters – Hard Times / David Axelrod – Mucho Chupar / Dorothy Ashby – Soul Vibrations / Young-Holt Unlimited – Food Stamps / Baby Huey and The Babysitters – Mama Get Yourself Together / David Axelrod – The Warning Talk (part 1) / Dorothy Ashby – The Moving Finger / Young-Holt Unlimited – Rubber Lips / Baby Huey and The Babysitters – Running / Dorothy Ashby – Truth Spoken Here / Parliament – Put Love In Your Life

Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music (7″, Direction, 1968)

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The Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today
(from ‘The Time Has Come’, Columbia, 1967)
The Temptations – Cloud Nine (from ‘Greatest Hits II, Tamla Motown, 1970, orig. 1968)
Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go (from ‘Curtis’, Curtom Records, 1970)
(The New) Rotary Connection – I Am The Blackgold Of The Sun (from ‘Hey, Love’, Cadet Concept, 1971)

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Funkadelic – Can You Get To That
(from ‘Maggot Brain’, Westbound, 1971)
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed (from ‘Introducing Shuggie Otis’, Epic Records, 2013, orig. 1974)
Chairmen Of The Board – Morning Glory/Life & Death Pt. I/White Rose (Freedom Flower)/Life & Death Pt. II (from ‘Skin I’m In’, Invictus Records, 1974)

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Spanky Wilson – Sunshine Of Your Love (7″, BGP, 1969)
Johnny Jones & The King Casuals – Purple Haze (7″, Cream, 1968)
The French Fries – Small Fries (7″, Columbia Special Products, 1968)

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Sly & The Family Stone – Underdog (from ‘A Whole New Thing’, Epic, 1967)

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – Stand (Epic, 1969)
SIDE ONE: Stand!/Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey/I Want To Take You Higher/Somebody’s Watching You/Sing A Simple Song
SIDE TWO: Everyday People/Sex Machine/You Can Make It If You Try

The Temptations – Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (full version) (from ‘All Directions’. Gordy, 1972)


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2 TONE RECORDS: records played

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Our thanks to John Walmsley for a fantastic night of music and stories all drawn from the 2 Tone label. After starting with a selection of 45s that were all in the top 40 the week The Specials (and 2 Tone) first hit the charts, John took us through the ‘rise and demise’ of the short-lived but hugely influential label, with a mix of A sides, B sides, album tracks and live cuts from The Specials (and variants of, including their pre-fame incarnation The Coventry Automatics), Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Elvis Costello, The Bodysnatchers and The Apollinaires. You can listen back to all the 2 Tone records played here (or click the player at the bottom of this post).

We’ll be back on Thursday 14th June for PSYCHEDELIC SOUL, full details soon.

A very Specials night of Two Tone at from I was tempted to dance at several moments but thankfully thought better of it. Timeless music, great to hear it played loud on those speakers.

Great night with giving us the insight to the rise and fall of Two Tone records

Great night great tunes. brought back so many memories. Thanks John & Simon.

Brilliant night Thanks toe tappingly brilliant

Fabulous 2 Tone night on Thursday  really enjoyed myself, brought back some good memories. Thanks John.


RECORDS PLAYED

A selection of top 40 singles from the week ‘Gangsters’ by The Special AKA first entered the charts (28 July 1979)

Teena Marie – I’m Just A Sucker For Your Love (Motown)
Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Beggars Banquet)
Squeeze – Up The Junction (A&M Records)
Undertones – Here Comes The Summer (Sire Records)
Blondie – Sunday Girl (Chrysalis)
Buzzcocks – Harmony In My Head (United Artists)
Sex Pistols – C’Mon Everybody (Virgin)
The Knack – My Sharona (Capitol)
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays (Ensign)

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The Coventry Automatics – Rock And Roll Nightmare (from Dawning Of A New Era, Free Range Product, 2018)
The Specials – It’s Up To You (from Live At The Moonlight Club, TT 5011, 1992)
The Special A.K.A. – Gangsters/The Selecter – The Selecter (TT1, TT2, 1979)
Madness – The Prince (TT3, 1979)
The Selecter – On My Radio (TT 4, 1979)
The Beat – Tears Of A Clown (TT 6, 1979)
Specials – Do The Dog/Stupid Marriage (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Special A.K.A – Too Much Too Young (live) (TT7, 1980)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (TT 7, 1980)

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The Bodysnatchers – Easy Life (live)/The Specials – Nite Klub (live) (from Dance Craze, TT 5004, 1981)
The Specials – Stereotypes/Stereotypes Part 2 (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
The Specials ‎– Ghost Town (TT 17, 1981)
The Apollinaires – Envy The Love (TT 22, 1982)
The Special AKA ‎– Nelson Mandela (TT 26, 1984)
Rhoda with The Special A.K.A – The Boiler (TT 18, 1982)
The Special AKA – What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend (from In The Studio, TT 5008, 1984)
The Specials – Enjoy Yourself/Pearl’s Cafe (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
Specials – You’re Wondering Now (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Specials – Why?/Friday Night, Saturday Morning (from Ghost Town 12″, TT 1217)
Specials – A Message To You Rudy (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)


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An Evening with David Hepworth: podcast and photos

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It was our great pleasure to welcome David Hepworth as our guest on April 19th. Gavin Hogg was our host with the most, and steered David through a range of topics relating to his books, Whistle Test, Live Aid and of course Smash Hits. Add to that the Q&A (Benny Hill, Top Of The Pops and Van Morrison all got a look in there) plus a few records, it was a very entertaining evening. David was even presented a record from Beany by the Hepworth Band, a platter we’re sure he’ll treasure from this day forth (see David’s tweet about it below).

A big thank you to Lyn (door and photos) and to Steve (book stall and roadie) for their invaluable assistance on the night. If you want to find out more about George Street Community Bookshop and maybe even get involved, check out their Facebook page.

Stream the talk here, click the player below or download (minus music) here.

We’ll be back on Thursday 10th May for a session dedicated to 2 Tone Records with John Walmsley. Details soon.

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AN EVENING OF THE FALL: Records Played

Across the country in the last few weeks, in the back rooms of pubs and in small independent venues, people have been finding their own ways to commemorate the life and genius of Mark E Smith, play his music and share stories. Defiantly single-minded and fiercely independent to the end, this is how he deserves to be remembered, with DIY celebrations organised by those who loved his music.

And in a packed Glossop Labour Club, that’s exactly what we did, with the help of Gavin, Darren and Steve and several piles of records. With personal recollections and readings from a few choice books about Smith and The Fall, between them they managed to navigate 40 years of music – from the first EP to the last LP – each track and every tale reminding us why (despite or because of?) they were such a unique band. We were also lucky enough to welcome two ex-members – Simon Wolstencroft (drums 1986-1997) and Ben Pritchard (guitar 2001-2006) – who really brought to life what it was like to be in The Fall and work with Mark E Smith.

It’s a night we won’t forget.

Thanks to Gavin, Darren and Steve for putting this session together and also to Funky Si and Ben for being so generous with their time and stories.

Listen to some of the music played here or on the player at the end of this post.

 
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RECORDS PLAYED

GAVIN’S SELECTION (1978-1982)
Repetition (Bingo-Master’s Break-Out! EP, Step-Forward Records, 1978)
No Xmas For J. Quay (live) (Totale’s Turns (It’s Now Or Never), Rough Trade, 1980)
Printhead (Dragnet, Step-Forward Records, 1979)
Jawbone and the Air-Rifle (Hex Enduction Hour, Kamera Records, 1982)
Fit and Working Again (In: Palace Of Swords Reversed, Rough Trade, 1981)

DARREN’S SELECTION (1984-1988)
No Bulbs (458489 A Sides, Beggars Banquet, 1984)
My New House (This Nation’s Saving Grace, Beggars Banquet, 1985)
Living Too Late (Living Too Late, Beggars Banquet, 1986)
Hey! Luciani (John Leckie version) (Sounds Showcase 1 EP, Sounds, 1987)
Athlete Cured (The Frenz Experiment, Beggars Banquet, 1988)
Big New Prinz (Jerusalem/Big New Prinz, Beggars Banquet, 1988)

STEVE’S SELECTION (1999-2015)
Touch Sensitive (The Marshall Suite, Artful Records, 1999)
Dr Buck’s Letter (The Unutterable, Eagle Records, 2000)
Contraflow (The Real New Fall LP (formerly Country On The Click), Action Records, 2003)
Blindness (Fall Heads Roll, Slogan Records, 2005)
Dedication Not Medication (Sub-Lingual Tablet, Cherry Red, 2015)

Extricate (Cog Sinister, 1990)
First Half – Subjective, As Usual
Sing! Harpy / I’m Frank / Bill Is Dead / Black Monk Theme Part 1 / Popcorn Double Feature
Second Half – Objective, Unusual
Telephone Thing / Hilary / Chicago, Now! / The Littlest Rebel / And Therein…

Fol De Rol (New Facts Emerge, Cherry Red ,2017)



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THE SOUNDS OF 1967: records played

Lights courtesy of Matt

RECORDS PLAYED

Various Artists – Hit ’67 (Stax, 1967)

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SIDE ONE: Sam & Dave – Soul Man/Otis Redding – Let Me Come On Home/Carla Thomas – Something Good (Is Gonna Happen To You)/Eddie Floyd – Things Getting Better/Booker T & The MG’s – Groovin’/Otis Redding & Carla Thomas Knock On Wood

SIDE TWO: William Bell Eloise (Hang On In There)/Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tramp/Bar-Kays Soul Finger/Otis Redding – Glory Of Love/Booker T & The MG’s – Hip Hug-her/Sam & Dave – Soothe Me

Simon’s 10 from ’67

The Bonzo Dog Band – The Intro And The Outro (from ‘Gorilla’, Liberty, 1967)
The Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine (from ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, Columbia, 1967)
David Bowie – She’s Got Medals (from ‘David Bowie’, Deram, 1967)
The Beatles – It’s All Too Much (from ‘Yellow Submarine’, Apple, 1969, recorded 1967)
The Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home (from ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’, Decca, 1967)
The Bee Gees – Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You (from ‘The Bee Gees 1st’, Polydor, 1967)
The Move – I Can Hear The Grass Grow (7″, Deram, 1967)
The Troggs – Night Of The Long Grass (7″, Page One, 1967)
The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset (7″, Pye, 1967)
The Small Faces – Tin Soldier (7″, Immediate, 1967)

INTERVAL

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The Hollies – King Midas In Reverse (7″, Parlophone, 1967)
The Who – Pictures Of Lily (7″, Track Records, 1967)
Cream – Strange Brew (from ‘Disraeli Gears’, Reaction, 1967)
R. Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House (7″, Tamla Motown, 1967)
The Doors – The Crystal Ship (from ‘The Doors’, Elektra, 1967)
The Who – Armenia City In The Sky (from ‘Sell Out’, Track Records, 1967)
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (7″, RCA, 1967)

Thanks to Penny for the show-stealing white rabbit!

MEMBERS’ PICKS

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Love – Alone Again Or (from ‘Forever Changes’, Elektra, 1967)
Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man (7″, Fontana, 1967)
as chosen by Gavin

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band ‎– Dropout Boogie (from ‘Safe As Milk’, Buddah Records, 1967)
as chosen by Darren

The Kinks – David Watts/Death Of A Clown (from ‘Something Else’, Pye, 1967)
as chosen by Scotty

Esther & Abi Ofarim ‎– Cinderella Rockefella (7″, Philips, 1967)
The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday (7″, RCA, 1967)
as chosen by Penny

FEATURED ALBUM
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Radio One Jingle (from ‘Radio One’, Castle, 1989)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? (Track Records, 1967)

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SIDE ONE: Foxy Lady/Manic Depression/Red House/Can You See Me/Love Or Confusion
SIDE TWO: I Don’t Live Today/May This Be Love/Fire/3rd Stone From The Sun/Remember/Are You Experienced

ENCORE
The Beach Boys – Vegetables (from ‘Smiley Smile’, Capitol, 1967)
The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever (7″, Parlophone, 1967)
The King Brothers ‎- The Tupperware Brigade (from ‘There’s No Business – Like Our Business’ EP, 1967)

Listen to highlights here or click the player below.

 


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