Being Difficult

Record club regular, Keith, took control in November. He went with a theme of “Being Difficult”—that is, artists which have challenged the status quo by being “difficult” in some way.

Just to be difficult, Keith messed with the format for this event, so rather than pick three complete albums, he played side 1s from six different albums.

Here’s the playlist:
Being Difficult
Half-a-dozen side ones of music deemed difficult by some and brilliant by others.
  • The Residents: ‘Meet the Residents’, 1974
  • Tangerine Dream: ‘Rubycon’, 1975
  • Holger Czukay: ‘Movies’, 1979
  • Sonic Youth: ‘EVOL’, 1986
  • Test Dept.: ‘The Unacceptable Face of Freedom’, 1986
  • My Bloody Valentine: ‘Loveless’, 1991
Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

EVOL

EVOL - Sonic Youth
Artist:

Sonic Youth

Year:

1986

After the success of Death Valley ’69, Sonic Youth set their distorted re-tuned guitars on stun and knock out an album of beautifully dischordant tunes. It’s Pop, Jim, but not as we know it.

Loveless

Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Artist:

My Bloody Valentine

Year:

1991

The record that nearly bankrupted Creation, recorded in 19 different studios over two years, provided a no-compromise vision of music as how it really sounds in your head. A very influential album, they found it almost impossible to follow up, but they did, 22 years later!

Meet the Residents

Meet the Residents - The Residents
Artist:

The Residents

Year:

1974

Featured in the ‘Being Difficult’ event, this album cover upset the Beatles’ label. The Residents’ first album set their manifesto: throw away everything you learned about making music, and start again. No genre is safe from deconstruction or parody.

Movies

Movies - Holger Czukay
Artist:

Holger Czukay

Year:

1979

Can’s bassist and engineer goes solo, and shows off his avant garde qualifications as a former student of Stockhausen and early adopter of World Music and Sampling.

Rubycon

Rubycon - Tangerine Dream
Artist:

Tangerine Dream

Year:

1975

Widely regarded as one of their best albums, this second outing on the Virgin label capitalised on the success of Phaedre, but with a more hypnotic and rhythmic result.

The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom

The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom - Test Dept.
Artist:

Test Dept.

Year:

1986

This collective of political artists prefer metal bars, industrial materials and hammers to musical instruments and produce a surprisingly musical result.

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Independent Record Shops

In a change of format we showed the film Last Shop Standing, as well as spinning some vinyl.

This recently released short film charts the rise and fall of the record shop. It’s a documentary with interviews with the shop owners (including Jumbo in Leeds) and some top musicians (Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon).

The film lasted for about 50 minutes, so then we played 2 albums based around contributers to the film, Richard Hawley and Johnny Marr. We also managed to spin some vinyl that people had brough along with them in their independent record shop plastic bags!

The film went down well, as did the beer, the pakora and the music.

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

The Queen is Dead

The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
Artist:

The Smiths

Year:

1986

“Side 2 is just hit after hit after hit”.

Interesting listen this, with the first side not as familiar as the second. Played because Johnny Marr featured in Last Shop Standing which we showed in October 2012.

The Sun is Often Out

The Sun is Often Out - Longpigs
Artist:

Longpigs

Year:

1996

The debut album by the Longpigs, featuringRichard Hawley on guitar, who also features in the documentary Last Shop Standing that we showed at our October 2012 event.

The Byrds and more…

Those of you that made it along to out Box of Records event will have witnessed Steve treating us to some of his 45’s.

We convinced him (it didn’t take much) to curate September’s event, where he treated us to an evening based around The Byrds.

We had a good mix of tunes, including the work of individual members of the group, especially Gene Clark and Gram Parsons.

Thanks to everyone that also brought their Byrds related tunes along to add to the evening’s musical offering.

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Grievous Angel

Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons
Artist:

Gram Parsons

Year:

1974

After a spell in The Byrds, Gram Parsons went off to do his own thing, and this was his second solo album. Solo, except it had a great supporting cast, includung Emmylou Harris who sings on practically all the tracks.

No Other

No Other - Gene Clark
Artist:

Gene Clark

Year:

1974

“The best record ever made” according to Steve who looked after us on our Byrds night.

The Byrds Collection

The Byrds Collection - The Byrds
Artist:

The Byrds

Year:

1987

“You can’t have a Byrds night without playing some of their of their best known hits”.

We also got one of the best Byrds covers – Eight Miles High by Husker Du.

Saltaire Festival

To celebrate the tenth Saltaire Festival the organisers of Record Club selected 10 vinyl albums that they think everyone should hear at least once in their lifetime.

You voted for your favourite, and we squeezed the top four into a great evening of music and chat.

The pakora was particularly strong, so we’ll try to make sure that it’s a bit easier on the pallet next time!

Photo’s should appear in the gallery soon…

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Endtroducing…..

Endtroducing..... DJ Shadow
Artist:

DJ Shadow

Year:

1996

Winner of the vote for the Saltaire Festival Special. Managed to beat Dark Side of the Moon and Rubber Soul in a popular vote. What does that tell you about the Record Club regulars?

Rubber Soul

Ruber Soul - The Beatles
Artist:

The Beatles

Year:

1965

4th in the vote for the Saltaire Festival event, a good ol’ bit of classic Beatles.

The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Artist:

Pink Floyd

Year:

1973

The album that everyone owns?

The Head on the Door

The Head on the Door - The Cure
Artist:

The Cure

Year:

1985

Very pleased that this made it into the Saltaire Festival Event. A big one from David’s teenage years. Listened to on a personal stereo much of the time back then, but great to hear it on vinyl again.

Jubilympics!

Sandwiched between the year defining events of 2012, the Jubilee and the Olympics, July’s event had a Jubilympics theme.

Here’s what YOU did…

You picked out some records that were released in either a Jubilee and/or Olympicyear, and that you wanted to hear at the July Record Club.

So WE selected some of them for the vote.

So YOU voted and you chose the records below.

Again it was a lovely intimate night, with record talk, nostalgia, good company and a fine bar (even if we were a bit more disorganised than usual).

Lovely to see both new and returning faces. Thanks to Daz for the photos

If you have ideas for future events tweet, or email us.

 

 

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here'
Artist:

Sex Pistols

Year:

1977

At last a Jubilee record. God save the Queen!

Like many albums you think you know, for some of us this was the first time of hearing it all the way through. Intersting to hear it 35 years on, and trying to work out what all the fuss was about back then!

Seventeen Seconds

Seventeen Seconds - The Cure
Artist:

The Cure

Year:

1980

This was a big one for a few of us in our teenage years.

Winner of the Jubilympics vote, personally I was quite surprised. It had made it into the vote on a whim and went on to win it.

 

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
Artist:

David Bowie

Year:

1972

A popular choice that came second in theJubilimpics poll.

The instructions on the sleave read “Play at maximum volume” so we did. (Well obviously that would have been too loud – but it did sound good cranked up a bit!)

A Box of Records

A box of records was given to the Record Club by a couple who were moving, and needed to get rid of their vinyl collection (long ago copied to digital). The records in the box include Hendrix, Dylan, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Fairport Convention, Martin Carthy, Madonna, Velvet Underground, Yes, Steeleye Span, Carly Simon, John Mayal, Cream, and more.

We put a few of these to the vote in order to pick 3 albums for the main event. Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, and Ian Dury canme out on top.

The box of records was available for people to pick through at the event, so we played a few tracks from the other records in between.

We also had Steve turn up with an ace collection of singles, so we were treated a few great 45’s fropm his collection. Maybe he’ll come and curate an evening for us in the future.

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Axis: Bold as Love

Axis: Bold as Love - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Artist:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Year:

1967

This was voted as one of the records to be played at our June event.

David said: “Because our impression of Hendrix has probably been formed by many different influences, it’s interesting to listen to an album in full, and Axis has many great songs that you might not think would be the kind of thing Hendrix and co. would do.”

Do it yourself

Do it yourself - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Artist:

Ian Dury & The Blockheads

Year:

1978

“I can’t help thinking that the title is probably a bit rude, knowing what Ian Dury was like” – Daz

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
Artist:

The Velvet Underground

Year:

1969

“I had this compilation album Diving for Pearls for years, with some great tracks on it, and Pale Blue Eyes is on there by Edwin Coillins and Paul Quinn. It wasn’t until I dug this out of our gifted box of records that I realised it was a cover” – David

House is on Fire

In May, we played the vital vinyl that you’d rescue from the flames if your house was on fire.

For this event the turntable was at the mercy of the Record Club audience/members/punters. What would they save and why?

We had 8 people lined up, including: @boemason@LeeGoater@Mezandy@Danbliboos, Nagbea, Paul, Brian, and Bill, bringing along about 30 minutes worth of music on vinyl, to show, tell and play for the rest of us.

We ended up with Nagbea, Bill, Paul, Brian,  Andy, @boemason and  @LeeGoater. Set lists below:

Nagbea played:

  1. Sweet Gene Vincent (Ian Dury)
  2. King Creole(Elvis)
  3. Hot Diggity Dog(1910Fruit Gum Co)
  4. Cuz it’s You Girl (James Walsh Gypsy Band)
  5. Natural Mystic(White label Band Mix) (Bob Marley)
  6. Rudi’s in Love (Locomotive)
  7. Life of Copntradiction(Joe Higgs)
  8. 20 Seconds to Comply (Silver Bullet Band)
  9. Young Americans(Bowie)
  10. Groovy People (Lou Rawls)

Bill played:

  1. Joy Division – Transmission
  2. The Sisters of Mercy – Marian
  3. Grant Hart – All of my Senses
  4. Sonic Youth – Hyperstation
  5. Bob Dylan – Boots of Spanish Leather
  6. Throwing Muses – Hate my Way

Paul played:

  1. Stan Freberg – John and Marsha
  2. Faust – Exercise with several hands on a piano
  3. Faust – Exercise with voices, drum and sax
  4. Faust – Faslhback Caruso
  5. (All from The Faust Tapes)
  6. The Fall – War
  7. The Fall – Cab Driver
  8. Cabaret Voltaire – Just Fascination
  9. Devo – Social Fools
  10. Devo – Turn Around
  11. Stan Freberg – The Word is Waiting for the Sunrise

Andy (@Mezandy) played:

  1. Bob Tilton (side one of “wake me when it’s spring time again” 7″ ep) songs – My very own rope & Ring o’ roses
  2. Policy of 3 (side one of the “American woodworking” 7″) song – Nine years old
  3. Polaris (side one of the Polaris/ Baby harp seal split 7″) song – Monkey puzzle
  4. Bob Tilton (side two of above) songs – Veronica & Gears Turn
  5. Baby Harp Seal (side two of split 7″ with Polaris) song – If you Saw me
  6. Voorhees (split 7″ with Stalingrad) Song – Powertrip

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Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Gleatest Hits

Gleatest Hits - John Otway
Artist:

John Otway

Year:

1986

This is the album that gave us the title for the House is on Fire event in May 2012.

It will probably never get played in full at the record club – more’s the shame. I only got this recently, but had it on tape from about 1987 I reckon.