First Record Club

The first ever proper Bradford Record Club was curated by our very own Stu at theThe Kirkgate Centre, Shipley. Check out the event photos.

Longtime member of Quack Quack and vinyl aficionado, he chose Horses by Patti Smith and the debut album by Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band. Unfortunately he didn’t manage to track down Safe as Milk on vinyl so he subbed it on the night withClear Spot.

Previously Stu had brought a selection of records to our first informal gathering of Record Club, and we all loved what we heard.

The third album on the night was chosen via an online vote, with Rock N Roll with the Modern Lovers coming out as the winner.

In between the albums, Daz managed to spin a few 7″ singles.

Most importantly, it was a great social occasion, with lots of record talk throughout the evening. The bar had some nice beers (and cake!), and it was great to meet a bunch of other people that seemed to like what we were doing.

Don’t just take my word for it. Check out this blog post: Shipley Record Club – an Evening of Music, Chat and Beer.

If you have suggestions for future albums, or curators, or anything else, then let us know via the nominate section, or leave a comment below.


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Clear Spot

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Clear Spot

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band



When we played this we had at least one Captain Beefheart fan that had made the trip especially to be at the club. As it happens we should have been playing Safe as Milk, but we hadn’t managed to track down a copy in time!

For some of us this was the first time we’d listened to a whole Beefheart album.

Good stuff!


Patti Smith - Horses

Patti Smith



A pre-punk favourite from Stu. Interesting to note that this was out 2 years before the punk explosion in the UK.

Rock N Roll With Modern Lovers

Rock N Roll With Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers



Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers were a big inspiration on Punk music – simple short songs played and sung with more enthusiasm than spot-on precision, particularly where Richman’s highly idiosyncratic voice is concerned.

Jonathan Richman famously appeared as the wandering minstrel in the film ‘There’s Something About Mary’.

Their most famous song ‘Roadrunner’ is not on this album. Rather than the heavier electric sound of their first album (“The Modern Lovers”, 1976), this album features an all acoustic ‘skiffle’ type line-up and the natural ‘live’ sound of the group playing together in a room.

The cover art comprises a photograph on one side and a near-identical painting on the other, which are – at first – hard to tell apart. This disc was greatly enjoyed by the assembled few!