A load of Cults

Thanks to everyone who braved a rather chilly evening to come down to the Labour Club for the Cult Heroes session, and thanks to those who brought down their own Cult Heroes on vinyl to share with us all.

We began the evening with the Lou Reed compilation album ‘New York Superstar’ by way of a little tribute. The winner of the Velvet Underground poll was ‘The Velvet Underground’, their third album released in 1969, and we heard music from The Melvins, Frank Sidebottom, Television Personalities, Jonathan Richman, Ivor Cutler, Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, not forgetting the other album we played in full – ‘Cold Fact’ by Rodriguez.

Thanks to Mathew, Gavin, Matt and Brett for kindly bringing along their records to share with us. It made for a hugely entertaining and varied session.

Our next session is on Thursday 5th December (the first Thursday of the month for a change). More details on that to follow.

Here’s what was played.

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Lou Reed – New York Superstar (Fame, 1978/80s reissue)

Side One: Walk On The Wild Side/Charley’s Girl/Vicious/Berlin/Lady Day/A Gift

Side Two: Intro To Sweet Jane/Sweet Jane/ Caroline Says I/Billy/Goodnight Ladies

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The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (Polydor, 1969/1986 reissue)

Side One: Candy Says/What Goes On/Some Kinda Love/Pale Blue Eyes/Jesus

Side Two: Beginning To See The Light/I’m Set Free/That’s The Story Of My Life/The Murder Mystery/After Hours

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Rodriguez – Cold Fact (Sussex, 1970/2008 reissue)

Side One: Sugar Man/Only Good For Conversation/Crucify Your Mind/This Is Not A Song, It’s An Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues/Hate Street Dialogue/Forget It

Side Two: Inner City Blues/I Wonder/Like Janis/Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)/Rich Folks Hoax/Jane S. Piddy

The Melvins – Hooch (Houdini, Atlantic, 1993)

The Melvins – Black Betty (single, Amphetamine Reptile Records, 2011)

Frank Sidebottom – Popular Medley (Frank’s Firm Favourites EP, Regal Zonophone, 1985)

Television Personalities – I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives (single, Rough Trade, 1981)

Jonathan Richman – Those Conga Drums (Jonathan Sings, Rough Trade, 1983)

Ivor Cutler & Linda Hirst – Women Of The World (single, Rough Trade, 1983)

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Some Velvet Morning (Nancy & Lee, Reprise, 1968)

Pink Floyd – Mathilda Mother (2010 Mix)/Syd Barrett – Here I Go (2010 Remix) (An Introduction To Syd Barrett, Harvest, 2011)

Kevin Ayers – Girl On A Swing/Song For Insane Times/Stop This Train (Again Doing It)/Eleanor’s Cake (Which Ate Her) (Joy Of A Toy, 4 Men With Beards, 1969/reissue)


Glossop Record Club’s Cult Heroes

The next Glossop Record Club session is this coming Thursday (14th November). We’ll be at Glossop Labour Club from 8pm. Entry is free, although a donation to the labour club is welcomed. Full venue and travel details here.

Our featured artists are The Velvet Underground and Rodriguez and we’ll play one album by each on vinyl and in full, with the Velvets album being decided on by votes (vote here now). Following the recent death of Lou Reed, instead of a Cult Heroes ‘mixtape’ we’ll play the 1978 compilation ‘New York Superstar’ instead.

We’ll have lots of other Cult Heroes on vinyl too. Expect to hear The Melvins, Syd Barrett, Bob Lind and The Swamp Rats. Feel free to bring along any records you think fit the theme and we’ll play a track or two from them. If you want some inspiration, this NME feature may help.


Here’s roughly how the evening will go:

8.00-8.30 – Lou Reed ‘New York Superstar’ (1978 compilation).

8.30-9.15 – The Velvet Underground poll-winning album.

9.15-10.15 – Bring Your Own Cult Hero.

10.15-11.00 – Rodriguez ‘Cold Fact’ (1970).

Hope to see you there.


November’s Record Club: Cult Heroes – The Velvet Underground and Rodriguez

Cult Heroes

Glossop Record Club returns on Thursday 14th November with ‘Cult Heroes’, an evening of music from artists “whose artistic ability – genius, in some cases – has dwarfed their limited commercial success” (I nabbed that quote from the NME, I’m sure they won’t mind).

If you haven’t seen the little ‘Cult Heroes’ video, get your headphones on, turn it up and make it full screen…

Our featured albums will be ‘Cold Fact’ by singer-songwriter Rodriguez, and a choice of one of five albums by The Velvet Underground (there’s a poll below waiting for your vote).

We’re also looking for your Cult Hero suggestions – the underdogs you’ve championed, the ones who showed great promise only to fall by the wayside, or individual talents pursuing a singular vision. Here are a few to get you going:

Nick Drake. Captain Beefheart. Big Star. Jonathan Richman. The Fall.

If you’ve got your Cult Hero on vinyl, bring it (or them) along and we’ll play a song or two. If not, I’ll add suggestions to the ‘mixtape’ contenders list.

Further reading http://www.nme.com/list/ultimate-cult-heroes/216779


Cold Fact

Releasing just two albums in the early 1970s and often drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan, the Detroit singer-songwriter disappeared from the music industry seemingly without trace. This led to speculation of his demise when his music belatedly found success in South Africa and Australia in the mid 1970s. Reissues of his albums in the last 10 years have brought him greater attention, along with the feature-length documentary ‘Searching For Sugar Man’.

The Velvet Underground

Experimental. Subversive. A commercial disaster. The ultimate cult band. The story goes that they only sold a few thousand copies of their debut album, but all those who bought it started a band. Their influence is still being felt today.

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The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) – includes their most well known songs. Waiting For The Man. Venus In Furs. Sunday Morning.

White Light/White Heat (1968) – an album of extremes. Loud and quiet. Melodic and cacophonous. Short and long. In fact, side two has only two tracks, one being the seventeen minute Sister Ray.

The Velvet Underground (1969) – My personal favourite and their most consistent album. What Goes On. Pale Blue Eyes. Some Kinda Love.

Loaded (1970) – The last VU album to feature any original members and a deliberate attempt at a more commercial sound. It failed, of course. Who Loves The Sun. Sweet Jane. Rock And Roll.

VU (1985) – A collection of outtakes recorded 1968-69, the sleeve notes say it’s NOT the lost Velvets album, but it pretty much is. Did much to reignite interest in the band when it was released in 1985. I Can’t Stand It. Foggy Notion. I’m Sticking With You.

Hear the winner of the poll, along with Rodriguez, on vinyl and in full at Glossop Record Club, Thursday 14th November at Glossop Labour Club from 8pm. FREE ENTRY. https://glossoprecordclub.wordpress.com/venue-and-travel-details/