Remembrance Songs

We all think about the songs that will played at our funeral right? But isn’t it a shame that we won’t be there to hear it?

That was the idea behind Remembrance Songs.

In similar style of our House on Fire event, 5 plucky punters stepped up to the mark to bring us 30 mins of vinyl that they would want played in remembrance. Like all good themes, we had a broad interpretation, with 5 great mixes of 7’s, 12’s and album tracks.

First up Marie played 30mins from her flexidisc collection, although she was keen to point out, this wasn’t what she would want at her funeral, and that she’s not really a collector, it’s just that she has loads of them. I Ludicrous, Preposterous Tales was my highlight.

Bill, Lyndon, David and Phil, all did fantastic sets. There wasn’t a duff tune all night.

Setlists were Instagramed, so you’ll have to try to work out what they played from thephotos in the gallery where we’ve stolen a couple of photos from @millie_marl and@dctwo

 

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

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Two out of Four

Double Albums have always been a bit of an issue for us. How do you fit them into an eveing of 3 albums?

So, when Bill came up with the idea of  ‘Two out of Four’ – that is 2 sides from the four sides you get with a double album, we thought “why not?”

Obvioulsy this was a ploy by Bill to get Zen Arcade bu Husker Du on  the playlist, but the other two albums went to the vote.

The event itself was nice and busy (we sold out of pakora). I think about half a dozen people brought their own vinyl along, and there were a lot of new faces. Great tunes added to the mix by Phil and Vic, so thanks to them.

Of course each of the albums only got half an outing so be sure to track them down and listen to the rest of it!

Check out photos of the event in the gallery

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

In Rainbows

In Rainbows - Radiohead
Artist:

Radiohead

Year:

2007

Stretching the boundaries of what a double album might be, In Rainbows does come on two pieces of vinyl, but both are played at 45rpm. We played the first 2 sides, and them gave way fro some records the audience had brought along.

Young Team

Young Team - Mogwai
Artist:

Mogwai

Year:

1997

Mogwai’s first studio album.

This came first in our poll for the 2 out of 4 event, which featured double albums. We got to hear sides 3 and 4, and I’m sure a few people will be kean to check out the other 2 sides.

Zen Arcade

Zen Arcade - Hüsker Dü
Artist:

Hüsker Dü

Year:

1984

Bill came up with the two out of four theme idea, so it’s only fair that we get to play his choice. The mighty Hüsker Dü.

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.

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!)