NOTHING IS REAL: records played

The Dukes Of Stratosphear ‎– 25 O’Clock (Virgin Records, 1985)

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SIDE ONE: 25 O’Clock/Bike Ride To The Moon/My Love Explodes
SIDE TWO: What In The World ??…/Your Gold Dress/The Mole From The Ministry

Arnold Corns (aka David Bowie, recorded 1971) (Krazy Kat Records, 1984)
Looking For A Friend/Hang On To Yourself

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Dread Zeppelin ‎– Un-Led-Ed (IRS Records, 1990)

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SIDE ONE: Black Dog/Heartbreaker (At The End Of Lonely Street)/Living Loving Maid/Your Time Is Gonna Come

Chris Morris – The Select Flexidisc (1992) including Pixies pastiche ‘Motherbanger’

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BRETT’S SELECTION

Bad News – Warriors Of Genghis Khan (from ‘Bad News’, EMI, 1987)
Spinal Tap – Big Bottom (from ‘This Is Spinal Tap’, Polymer, 1984)
Jehosophat And Jones (aka The Two Ronnies) – Up Cat Pole Cat (from ‘Jehosophat And Jones’, Philips, 1973)

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The Barron Knights ‎– Call Up The Groups (from ‘Call Up The Groups’, Columbia, 1964)
John Shuttleworth – You’re Like Manchester (from ‘The Yamaha Years’,  Free Range Product, 2015 reissue)
Flight Of The Conchords ‎– Inner City Pressure (from ‘Flight Of The Conchords’, Sub Pop, 2008)

The Rutles – The Rutles (Warner Bros, 1978)
SIDE ONE: Hold My Hand/Number One/With A Girl Like You/I Must Be In Love/OUCH!/Living In Hope/Love Life/Nevertheless

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SIDE TWO: Good Times Roll/Doubleback Alley/Cheese And Onions/Another Day/Piggy In The Middle/Let’s Be Natural

The HeeBeeGeeBees: David Bowwow  – Quite Ahead Of My Time (from ‘439 Golden Greats – Never Mind The Originals Here’s The HeeBeeGeeBees’, 1981)

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An Evening Of Comedy: post-session review

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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.


RECORDS PLAYED

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

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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)

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

Tony Hancock – This Is Hancock (Pye, 1960)

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SIDE TWO: A Sunday Afternoon At Home

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

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

COMEDY FREE FOR ALL (part 1)

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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)

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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

COMEDY FREE FOR ALL (part 2)

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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

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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.

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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
FREE ADMISSION


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