An Evening with David Hepworth: podcast and photos


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 Comedy: post-session review


In a preamble that took us back to 1978 and Brett getting his first comedy records, he recalled “whilst other kids were getting into Bowie, I was getting into Bernard Bresslaw and Barron Knights”…

With his customary record bag of delights in tow, we were treated to classic sit com, some near-the-knuckle comedy songs, and sketches that some (most? all?) of us knew all the words to. Not mention a generous helping of ‘Carry On’ stars in a musical setting. A full list of records played is below. You can listen to digital highlights here. A big ‘thank you’ to Brett for a very entertaining evening, in the truest sense of the word (entertaining, that is).

Thanks also to everyone who brought records to share, special mentions for Beany for some rather special offerings and Penny, who lugged a rather heavy but very well-preserved HMV wind-up gramophone down to the labour club. Good effort! And finally, thanks to Matt for the photos.

We’ll be back on Thursday 14th May for an evening of Johnny Cash on vinyl. Full details soon.


Various Artists – Oh! What A Carry On (Music For Pleasure)


SIDE ONE: Jim Dale – Be My Girl/Bernard Bresslaw – You Need Feet/Barbara Windsor – On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep/Frankie Howerd – It’s Alright With Me/Kenneth Williams – Green Grow My Nadgers Oh/Joan Sims – Spring Song

SIDE TWO: Kenneth Connor – The Ugly Duckling/Jim Dale – Piccadilly Line/Dora Bryan – Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend/Frankie Howerd – Song And Dance Man/Joan Sims – Men/Kenneth Williams – The Ballad Of The Woggler’s Moulie

The Barron Knights – Knights Of Laughter (Pickwick, 1978)


SIDE TWO: 1358 Into Beetroot Song/Green Knickers/I’m A Nut/Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm

Tony Hancock – This Is Hancock (Pye, 1960)


SIDE TWO: A Sunday Afternoon At Home

Benny Hill – Benny Hill Sings? (Pye, 1965)


SIDE ONE: Moving On Again/The Andalucian Gypsies/In The Papers/Golden Days/Flying South/My Garden Of Love/I’ll Never Know


The Goodies – Blowing Off (Island, 1976, 7″)
Edric Connor With Ken Jones And His Music ‎– Manchester United Calypso (Oriole, 1957, 78rpm)
Woody Allen – The Moose (from Standup Comic, Casablanca Records, 1979)
John Titford & Richard Scollins – Derbyshire Humour (from Ey Up Mi Duck! – A Celebration Of Derbyshire, Ram Records, 1978)
Dirk & Stig – Mr Sheene (EMI, 1978, 7″)
Billy Jones – When It’s Night Time in Italy, It’s Wednesday Over Here (from Silly Songs 1922 To 1934, BBC Records)
Cheech & Chong ‎– Bloat On (Epic, 1977, 7″)
Spike Jones – Always Hurt The One You Love (from The Best of Spike Jones Vol.2, RCA)

Monty Python – Live At Drury Lane (Charisma, 1974)


SIDE ONE: Introduction/Llamas/Gumby – Flower Arranging/Secret Service/Wrestling/Communist Quiz/Idiot Song/Albatross/Colonel/Nudge, Nudge/Cocktail Bar/Travel Agent

SIDE TWO: Spot The Brain Cell/Bruces/Argument/Four Yorkshiremen/Election Special/Lumberjack Song/Parrot Sketch



Penny’s wind-up HMV gramophone

Flanders & Swann – Song of Reproduction (from At The Drop Of A Hat, Parlophone, 1957)
Harry Tate & Company – Motoring (part 1) (played on a HMV wind-up gramophone)
Private Eye – Just For The Record (flexi-disc, 1970)
Frank Sidebottom Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (from Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father, NME, 1988)
Bruce “Babyman” Baum With Little Roger & The Goosebumps ‎– Marty Feldman Eyes (Runaway, 1981, 7″)
Carmen Silvera – Theme from ‘Allo ‘Allo (7″)

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April’s Record Club: AN EVENING OF COMEDY


On Thursday 9th April, Brett (curator of The Downstairs Lounge blog) will be at the helm for an evening of comedy. On vinyl of course.

If you’ve ever been to a Glossop Record Club session before, you will have no doubt encountered Brett and his record bag of delights. He was there at the very first session and his regular stints at the turntable are always memorable. Sometimes for the right reasons.


Among the treats lined up will be a smattering of Tony Hancock and Benny Hill, and the full album will be Monty Python’s ‘Live At Drury Lane’ from 1974. Plus if you have any comedy records you wish to share, bring them along and elbow your way to the deck when the moment presents itself.

Here are a few words from Brett about comedy records and his love for them.

“Comedy records have existed alongside mainstream music acts from the very earliest days of recorded sound. Popular music hall acts such as Albert Chevalier, Marie Lloyd, Billy Merson and Harry Lauder all committed songs from their stage act onto the new medium 78rpm records.

From then on, nearly all major stars (and a lot of very minor ones) have made and produced comedy records. The genre encompasses transcripts of radio and tv episodes, comedians performing live sets in venues from the largest hall to a room over a pub, as well as songs both silly and occasionally serious.

My obsession with comedy records began when my dad bought a new stereo to play his ‘serious’ music on. So while Eric Clapton and Black Sabbath stayed downstairs, I inherited the old stereo along with the records that he didn’t mind his young son playing with. So it was that I grew up with The Goons, Charlie Drake, Tony Hancock and Bernard Bresslaw for company, all played on aging record player. When December 1978 rolled around and The Barron Knights topped the charts, there was only one present I wanted. The die was cast and I was a determined comedy record collector. Thirty years on and despite a long dalliance with CDs I am still pursuing the odd, the quirky, the insane and the elusive. If only I could find that Finnish recording of  Barry Cryer singing The Purple People Eater.”

If you want a little something to help get you in the mood, have a listen to Brett’s appearance on All FM’s Charity Shop Classics from a while back. And see you on April 9th.

Glossop Record Club presents An Evening of Comedy
Thursday 9th April, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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