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The Lucky Dip entries

It was a brave soul who ventured out in the midst of the weather bomb down to our second Lucky Dip session. But venture out they did! Brave, dedicated or daft…?

The festive mood was set by Beany’s excellent and eclectic Christmas mix, which among its many highlights featured Jon Bon Jovi‘s first ever appearance on disc, albeit uncredited, as part of a Star Wars Christmas album. Beany also snuck in a Christmas message from Phil Collins. Oof.

Then it was time to pull a slip from the oveflowing pint pot of luck. First up was Bernard’s Walker Brothers LP but he only wanted to play two tracks, so our first full album of the night was the Pixies’ Doolittle brought along by Darren, an album that he bought on the day of its release back in 1989 and although a little crackly here and there, still sounded fantastic (as the many nodding heads and tapping feet confirmed).


Darren with Doolittle

The second LP of the night also came from the 1980s and also shared the letter P as the artists’ initial – The Proclaimers’ Sunshine On Leith – brought along by Jonathan and an album already familiar to a few who were there, but for many was the first time hearing a full album by the Scottish duo.


Jonathan with The Proclaimers

Alongside spinning as many tracks as possible from the records people brought with them, we also found time to pay our respects to Ian McLagan with a couple of Small Faces 45s and mark the 50th anniversary of Sam Cooke‘s death.

So thanks to Bernard, Beany, Frank, Gavin, Bill, Ian, John, Peter, Terry, Steve, Becky and Jim for sharing some great records (better luck next time) and congratulations to Darren and Jonathan for having their albums picked out. The full list of songs played is below.

We also raised £25.53 from our little record sale, which will be donated to a local charity. Thank you.

Here are a few post-session comments from Twitter.

“Nice to hear my (rather crackly) copy of Doolittle at @GlossopRecord lucky dip night 🙂 Hope everyone else enjoyed it”

“Taken aback to have my record pulled out at the @GlossopRecord lucky dip. Still get goosebumps at some of Sunshine on Leith though. Magic… and with Doolittle as the other drawn album, that was a couple of hours of listening pleasure”

“Great night at @GlossopRecord walked home and now as wet as an otters pocket.”

“Another great night at @GlossopRecord tonight. Pixies and Proclaimers in the same night. Never saw that one coming!!”

“Another good night out @GlossopRecord. The lucky dip gave us 2 albums from the 80’s and was brought to us by the letter P.”

We’ll be back on Thursday 8th January 2015 for 21st Century Sounds – an evening of music released since 2000. Full details soon.

Happy Christmas!


Jimmy McGriff – Christmas with McGriff (Mistletoe Records, 1963)
White Christmas/Christmas with McGriff/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Hip Santa

Beany’s Christmas Mix
Barenaked Ladies – Green Christmas/Terry Hall & Lenny The Lion – I Want A Hippopotomus For Christmas/The Go Go’s – I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek/Richard Cheese – Do They Know It’s Christmas/Bob Rivers – Grahbe Yahbalz/The Fab Four – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Jon Bon Jovi – R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas/The Lancashire Hotpots – The Trafford Centre/Trans-Siberean Orchestra – Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 1224)

The Walker Brothers – Take It Easy With The Walker Brothers (Philips, 1965)
First Love Never Dies/Love Minus Zero

Pixies – Doolittle (4AD, 1989)
Side One: Debaser/Tame/Wave Of Mutilation/I Bleed/Here Comes Your Man/Dead/Monkey Gone To Heaven
Side Two: Mr. Grieves/Crackity Jones/La La Love You/No. 13 Baby/There Goes My Gun/Hey/Silver/Gouge Away

The Small Faces – Tin Soldier (Immediate 7″, 1967)
Sam Cooke – Change Is Gonna Come (RCA 7″, 1964)
Dick Emery – All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (Christmas With The Stars, Wing Records)
Dee D. Jackson – Automatic Lover (Jupiter Records 7″, 1978)
Ray Charles – Busted (Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul, ABC-Paramount, 1963)
Roy Head – Treat Her Right (Vocalion 7″, 1965)
The Small Faces – Itchycoo Park (Immediate 7″, 1967)
Silicon Teens – Just Like Eddie/Sun Flight (Mute 7″, 1980)

The Proclaimers – Sunshine On Leith (Chrysalis, 1988)
Side One: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)/Cap In Hand/Then I Met You/My Old Friend The Blues/Sean/Sunshine On Leith
Side Two: Come On Nature/I’m On My Way/What Do You Do/It’s Saturday Night/Teardrops/Oh Jean

Johnny Burnette And The Rock ‘N Roll Trio – The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (s/t, MCA Records, orig. 1956)
George Faith – I’ve Got The Groove (To Be A Lover, Black Swan/Island, 1977)
Cato Salsa Experience – Listen To Me Daddy O (A Good Tip For A Good Time, Garralda Records, 2000)
Masters Of Reality – The Blue Garden (Masters Of Reality, Def American, 1988)
The O’Jays – Backstabbers (Super Bad, K-Tel)
Irma Thomas – She’ll Never Be Your Wife (In Between Tears, Fungus, 1973)
Sparks – Thank God It’s Not Christmas (Kimono My House, Island, 1974)
Joni Mitchell – River/A Case Of You/The Last Time I Saw Richard (Blue, Reprise, 1971)
David Bowie – Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me/We Are The Dead/1984 (Diamond Dogs, RCA, 1974)

Listen to digital highlights on our Mixcloud page (or on the player below).


December’s Record Club: LUCKY DIP 2

LuckyDip2resizeGlossop Record Club returns on Thursday 11th December for a pre-Christmas ‘Lucky Dip’. The session starts at 8pm and entry is free.

If you were there for last year’s lucky dip, you know what to do. If you weren’t, here’s how it’ll work…

Choose a vinyl album (maybe a few). It could be your favourite record you’ve bought this year (whether it be a new release, reissue or secondhand). It could be an old favourite you just want to share, or maybe something that’s been tucked away in the loft or the spare room that you haven’t heard for ages.

Bring it with you to record club, write down what it is on a slip of paper, put the paper in the ‘hat’ (or whatever we’ve got that’ll do the job) and the two albums that get drawn out at random are the ones we’ll play in full. If your record doesn’t get chosen there’ll hopefully be time to spin a track or two anyway.

We’ll also have a special Christmas mix of lesser-heard and more unusual festive tunes, compiled by Record Club regular Beany.

So. Bring a record. Bring yourself. And see you on December 11th.

(Don’t worry if you don’t have a record to bring, you can still come).

Glossop Record Club’s LUCKY DIP 2
Thursday 11th December, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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