OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED – music played

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With a multitude of formats – 7″, 12″, CD, cassette, even streaming from a phone – and armed with photos, press clippings, gig posters and set lists, it was a record club session like no other. All the music played was made by the people there. And my! What a talented bunch!

It was great to hear not only the music, but also hear the stories behind the songs, how bands were formed and evolved, how songs were written and recorded and what became of those bands. Tales of euphoria and disappointment with no inbetween. For one night we came together, shared our dreams and remembered when opportunity knocked.

Listen to highlights here or click the player at the bottom of this post.

Also in the ‘music played’ list below are links to listen and/or buy/download some of the music played.

Huge thanks to Scott, Mark, Paul, Aidan, Steve M, Lyn, Matt, Gavin, Martin, Darren, Steve R, Jim and Scotty for bringing the tunes and telling their stories. And thanks to everyone else for coming and listening.

The dream is never over!

A few comments from the world of social media:

Great night listening to the home-made sounds from

Digging out my old music for ‘s “Opportunity Knocked” tonight has been brilliant.

loved tonights Rec club.Hearing of peoples hopes & dreams behind the tunes.Rec Club with peoples tales are the best for me.Another classic night.Thanks.

Thank you for giving us all the opportunity, really enjoyed it.

Top night. Great to listen to nuggets of people’s work. A lot of talent around and a great insight into misspent youth.

What a talented lot! Loved hearing all the fab songs and stories, thanks for a great evening

Very enjoyable night and me picking up the wrong tape meant you didn’t get to hear my vocals on the Crying Shame demo – win/win

What a brilliant mix of music & anecdotes!

Don’t forget, no record club in August but we’ll be back on Thursday 14th September for The Sounds of 1967. See you then!


MUSIC PLAYED

 

Wasting Asset – Total Desolation (rehearsal tape)
Four Small Custards – I Can Put My Bus Pass On My Chin
Wasting Asset – Laughing (live)/I Get The Shivers
Butter – I Adore You
Stanley – Got A Feeling (live)/Harrison (demo)
The Bacillus – Power Of Fear/I Can’t Adapt To This Prison You Call Society
The Soil Brothers – Crawdad Hole
One For Whitney – Presley’s Used Car Lot
Big Bad Squares – I’m Left Wondering
The Bellis – Or What
Grrr! – Truculent Galoshes
The Professionals – Starstruck
Frantic – Goodbye/Dummy Too Real
16 Tambourines – How Green Is Your Valley?
eaststrikewest – With One Last Breath
The Trend – Cool Johnny/Polly And Wendy/I Don’t Anymore
Suburban Daze – Suburban Daze


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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
FREE ADMISSION


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HERE COME THE GIRLS Classic American Girl Groups – Records Played

A big, big thank you to Bernie for a brilliant record club, exploring the origins and development of classic American girl groups from the 1940s through to the golden age of the 1960s, Phil Spector and Motown with  a top selection of records. The list was whittled down from over 60, down to 30, of which we got through about two thirds.

It was also fascinating to hear Bernie’s recollections of being a teenager in Glossop in the early 1960s, where he bought his records, what there was to do around town and beyond, plus tales of travels and work in Belgium, Spain and Germany, encounters with American soldiers and the Vietnam war. The records were only half the story for this session!

You can listen to all the records Bernie played here or by clicking the player at the bottom of the page.

A few comments from the world of Facebook and Twitter

Brilliant Club tonight. Sixties girl groups and reminiscence of life in Glossop back in the day.

Really enjoyed Bernie’s records & recollections. Had me in stitches. Also poignant stories how Spain changed & of friendships with black G.I.s.

One of the best. Really good night

Don’t forget, due to the general election there’s no record club in June, but we’ll be back on Thursday 13th July for OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED. Details soon.


RECORDS PLAYED

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The Andrews Sisters – Shoo Shoo Baby (from The Andrews Sisters In Hifi, Capitol, 1956, orig. 1943)
The Chordettes – Born To Be With You (London Records, 1956)
Patience & Prudence – Get Along Without You Now (1956)
The Chantels – Maybe (1957)
The Teddy Bears – Don’t You Worry My Little Pet/To Know Him Is To Love Him (London, 1958)
The Shirelles – I Met Him On A Sunday (from Golden Hour Of The Shirelles, Pye, 1973, orig. 1958)
The Fleetwoods – Mr Blue (Top Rank, 1958)
The Shirelles – Mama Said (Top Rank, 1961)
The Pony-Tails – Born Too Late (HMV, 1958)
Kathy Young & The Innocents – A Thousand Stars (Top Rank, 1961)

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The Crystals – He’s A Rebel (London, 1962)
The Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron (London, 1963)
The Ronettes – Be My Baby (London, 1963)
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans – Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah (London, 1962)
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans – Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts (London, 1963)
The Supremes – Stop! In The Name Of Love (Tamla Motown, 1965)
Martha and the Vandellas – Dancing In The Street (Stateside, 1964)
The Velvelettes – He Was Really Saying Something (Tamla Motown, 1964)
The Shangri-Las – Long Live Our Love (Red Bird, 1966)
The Shangri-Las – Past Present Future (from Golden Hits Of The Shangri-Las, Philips, orig. 1966)


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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
FREE ADMISSION


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Nick Cave On Vinyl – records played

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Thanks to everyone who came along to the Nick Cave session, expertly curated and introduced by Lyn Lockwood. Here are a few post-session social media comments:

Great Nick Cave night from – a highlight was the early applause for ‘Sonny’s Burning’ by The Birthday Party.

Really enjoyed night at Club tonight, big thanks to , a brilliant guide for the evening.

A great night. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Nice one Lyn!

And here’s what Lyn has to say about it…

“So where to start with an artist who has had four bands of his own as well as several collaborations, recorded over twenty studio albums, made two documentary films (about himself), written a dozen or so film scores, two novels and a couple of film scripts?

I didn’t quite start at the beginning but we made an early foray into The Birthday Party and the raucous Sonny’s Burning that memorably opens with Nick Cave yelling ‘Hands up who wants to die!’ and ended with a spontaneous round of applause from Glossop’s finest. We then took a chronological journey through some of the key points of Nick Cave’s career, as I tried to show some of his astonishing range- from brooding murder ballads like Stagger Lee to gentle love songs such as Lime Tree Arbor, taking in some of the wild and esoteric landscapes and characters that Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld and his many other Bad Seeds have created so brilliantly. And it’s a tough choice when you have to leave out entire albums like Let Love In and Push the Sky Away.

The sheer breadth of Nick Cave’s work can be bewildering so it was really great to hear people commenting that they appreciated being guided through the back catalogue and hearing some of the stories behind the songs and albums. We ended with Nick Cave karaoke, with call outs for Nature Boy, Palaces of Montezuma, Idiot Prayer and more, and we even got time to play a little Elvis and Leonard Cohen. So, thanks Glossop Record Club regulars, and some new folk, (and Gavin Hogg’s technical support) for helping me to kick the Easter weekend off to such a wild start”.

We’ll see you on Thursday 11th May for Here Come The Girls – Classic American Girl Groups (from the 40s, 50s and 60s, in case you were wondering). Details soon.


RECORDS PLAYED

Leonard Cohen ‎– Songs From A Room (CBS, 1969)

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SIDE ONE: Bird On The Wire / Story Of Isaac / A Bunch Of Lonesome Heros / The Partisan  / Seems So Long Ago, Nancy

The Birthday Party – Sonny’s Burning (from The Bad Seed EP, 4AD, 1983)
Nick Cave featuring The Bad Seeds – From Her To Eternity (from From Her To Eternity, Mute, 1984)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‎– The Ship Song (12″, Mute, 1990)
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Stagger Lee (from Murder Ballads, Mute, 1996)

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Lime-Tree Arbour (from The Boatman’s Call, Mute, 1997)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Hiding All Away (from Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus, Mute, 2004)
Grinderman – Heathen Child (from Grinderman 2, Mute, 2010)

Elvis Presley – 40 Greatest Hits (Arcade Records, 1975)

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Hard Headed Woman / King Creole / Jailhouse Rock / A Big Hunk O’ Love / I Got Stung  / One Night

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‎– Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed Ltd, 2016)

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SIDE ONE: Jesus Alone / Rings Of Saturn / Girl In Amber / Magneto

SIDE TWO: Anthrocene / I Need You / Distant Sky / Skeleton Tree

Grinderman –  Palaces Of Montezuma (from Grinderman 2, Mute, 2010)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Brompton Oratory (from The Boatman’s Call, Mute, 1997)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – There She Goes, My Beautiful World / Nature Boy / Abattoir Blues / Let The Bells Ring / Fable Of The Brown Ape (from Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus, Mute, 2004)


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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
FREE ADMISSION


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COVERS NIGHT: records played

‘Soul Rocks’ mix

Bobby Womack – California Dreamin’ (The Mamas and The Papas)
Ramsey Lewis – Day Tripper (The Beatles)
David Ruffin – Feelin’ Alright (Traffic)
The Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
Merry Clayton – Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
Ben E. King – Into The Mystic (Van Morrison)
Bettye LaVette – Heart Of Gold (Neil Young)
Al Green – Light My Fire (The Doors)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Just Dropped In (Kenny Rodgers & The First Edition)
The Isley Brothers – Love The One You’re With (Stephen Stills)
Spanky Wilson – Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream)
Big Maybelle – 96 Tears (? and The Mysterians)

Simon’s Covers Selection

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David Bowie – White Light/White Heat (The Velvet Underground)
(from Ziggy At The BBC bootleg LP, recorded 1972)
Bryan Ferry – What Goes On (The Velvet Underground)
(7″ single, Polydor, 1978)
Solomon Burke – Maggie’s Farm (Bob Dylan)
(from Blues & Soul Power, Atlantic, recorded 1965)
Richard Hawley – Some Candy Talking (The Jesus And Mary Chain)
(Hotel Room b side, Mute Records, 2006)
Frank White – Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly)
(7″ single, Fantasy, 1973)

Gavin’s Covers Selection

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Big Daddy – Whip It (Devo)
(from What Really Happened To The Band Of ’59, Making Waves, 1983)
Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane (The Velvet Underground)
(7″ single, Cooking Vinyl, 1988)
The Wedding Present – Falling (Julee Cruse)
(Silver Shorts b side, RCA, 1992)
Spizzenergi – Virginia Plain (Roxy Music)
(Soldier Soldier b side, Rough Trade, 1979)
Frank Sidebottom – In The Summertime (Mungo Jerry)
(from Oh Blimey It’s Christmas 12″, Regal Zonophone, 1985)

Darren’s Covers Selection

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Fatima Mansions – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Bryan Adams)
(b side of Manic Street Preachers 12″, Columbia, 1992)
Butthole Surfers – Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan)
(from Piouhgd, Rough Trade, 1991)
Devo – (I Can’t Get Me No) Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)
(from We Do ‘Em Our Way, MFP, 1980)
Mudhoney – Revolution (Spacemen 3)
(from This Gift 12″, Glitterhouse, 1989)

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Brian Eno – The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (The Tokens)
(7″ single, Island, 1975)
The Wedding Present – Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Theme From Cheers) (Gary Portnoy)
(Montreal b side, Cooking Vinyl, 1997)

Bill’s Covers Selection

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Elvis Presley – Lawdy. Miss Clawdy (Larry Williams)
(from Elvis, RCA, 1959)
Jerry Lee Lewis – Don’t Be Cruel (Elvis Presley)
(Sun Records, 1958)

Bryan Ferry v David Bowie

Bryan Ferry – These Foolish Things (Island Records, 1973)
SIDE ONE
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan)
River Of Salt (Ketty Lester)
Don’t Ever Change (The Crickets)
Piece Of My Heart (Erma Franklin)
Baby I Don’t Care (Elvis Presley)
It’s My Party (Lesley Gore)
Don’t Worry Baby (Beach Boys)

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David Bowie – Pin Ups (RCA, 1973)
SIDE TWO
Friday On My Mind (The Easybeats)
Sorrow (The Merseys, also The McCoys)
Don’t Bring Me Down (The Pretty Things)
Shapes Of Things (The Yardbirds)
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (The Who)
Where Have All The Good Times Gone? (The Kinks)

BONUS TRACKS (courtesy of Brett, Anna and Beany)
Ian McShane – Avalon (Roxy Music)
(7″ single, Polygram TV, 1992)
Kate Bush – Rocket Man (Elton John)
(7″ single, Mercury, 1991)
The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love (Kate Bush)
(7″ single, 679 Recordings, 2o05)
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin – Busy Doing Nothing (Bing Crosby)
(7″ single, Broken Records, 1983)
Jonathan King ‎– Space Oddity / Major Tom (Coming Home) (David Bowie / Peter Schilling)
(7″ single, Epic Records, 1984)
Dutch Uncles – Slave To The Atypical Rhythm (Grace Jones)
(12″ single, Memphis Industries, 2013)

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