Noise of the Valleys

Author, historian and “former vocalist with legendary local rock gods Phobia”, Gary Cavanagh hosted our April event.

His book, Noise of the Valleys, is all about Bradford’s music history between the years of 1976 and 1987.

But for this event he played 3 records from the Munich based ECM label. With 3 albums at his disposal he chose to play albums by the following artists:

With the exception of one or two people, the label and some of the artists were all new to most of us. Great to see some ECM, (and other vinyl) carried through the door by people coming to the event.

As usual the Record Club evenings are as much about good conversation, good company, and a good bar, as it is about the music. I think it’s fair to say that the music was loved by some, tolerated by others, but universally discussed and debated by everyone.

Next month we have the ‘House is on fire’ event. If you want to play some vinyl there,get in touch.

 

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Journey’s End

Journey's End - Miroslav Vitous
Artist:

Miroslav Vitous

Another of the albums on ECM from bassist Miroslav Vitous.

The Survivors’ Suite

The Survivors' Suite - Keith Jarrett
Artist:

Keith Jarrett

Year:

1977

This record has only 2 tracks, one on each side of the record.

Part of the ECM event, hosted by Gary Cavenagh.

Whenever I Seem to Be Far Away

Whenever I Seem to Be Far Away - Terje Rypdal
Artist:

Terje Rypdal

Year:

1974

This was Gary Cavaenagh’s final album of the night at the April 2012 event, and this was the record that turned him onto the German ECMlabel that inspired the whole of that event.

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A Vinyl Pilgrimage

With Gary Cavenagh’s slot moving to April, we subbed in Record Club regular, Bill, to bring us a fine evening of vinyl music.

Bill said, “To give the American indie a whirl you can’t go far wrong with Come on Pilgrim by the Pixies, which is IMHO by far their best record, and at only 8 songs not too long. My favourite R.E.M. album is Murmur, which does stand up to being played right through, and conveniently contains a song called Pilgrimage – starting to see an emerging theme here…”

He also selected 3 other albums from Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and The Stone Roses, to be put to the vote for the final album of the night. Revovler came out on top, but we managed to slip in some tracks from the other albums as well.

Great to have a few tracks from those people had brought along as well, includingRock Lobster, and tracks from Zounds, The Cure, DJ Shadow, Husker Du,Curve, and many more.

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Come on Pilgrim

Pixies: Come on Pilgrim
Artist:

Pixies

Year:

1987

“To give the American indie a whirl you can’t go far wrong with Come on Pilgrim by the Pixies, which is IMHO by far their best record, and at only 8 songs not too long.” – Bill, Record Club

Murmur

R.E.M: Murmur
Artist:

R.E.M

Year:

1983

“My favourite R.E.M. album” – Bill, Record Club

Revolver

Revolver - The Beatles
Artist:

The Beatles

Year:

1966

Selected with 58% of the vote, Revolver was the last album of the night in March 2012.

From snatched bits of conversation: Ringo’s drumming on Tomorrow Never Knows got praise; there were calls to play the whole thing again; some people cited it as their favourite Beatles album.

Fanny Power!

February’s record club was delivered in style by the good people at Buffet.

They picked two cracking albums, and the rest of us chose Blondie’s Parallel Lines as the third album via online vote.

Another relaxed evening of good company, good music, and fine refreshments. The Buffet crew experimented with some visuals which looked impressive, and even with some new fangled technology (a mixer!).

About Buffet

Buffet is a supersonic disco.
We’re called Buffet cos we put on a nice spread, including music, formation dancing (with resident dance troupe The Bet Lynch Mob!) and cheese on sticks. You can listen to us on the radio via http://www.bcbradio.co.uk – we deliver an hour long show channelling the vibes of Cheggars Plays Pop with a dash of Calendar.

 

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Last Splash

The Breeders - Last Splash
Artist:

The Breeders

Year:

1993

Maria‘s choice for the Feb 2012 club:

“I’ve always wanted the Deal twins to adopt me as their triplet. I was torn between choosing this and Pod, which boasts triple Goddess action with Tanya Donelly on lead guitar. However, Last Splash is a more obvious crowd pleaser and features the mosh-masterpiece Cannonball, as well as other brilliant songs that range from total noise pop to the fantastically angular and odd. The Deal sisters ROCK, and Kelley knits handbags – what more do you need?!”

Parallel Lines

Parallel Lines - Blondie
Artist:

Blondie

Year:

1978

This was chosen as the third album for our Fanny Power event by quite a large majority, both online and in the room. It beat off competion from other great albums . Tracks from the contenders, PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp and Sister Sledge also got played!

The Kick Inside

The Kick Inside - Kate Bush
Artist:

Kate Bush

Year:

1978

Jenny Jet‘s choice for the Feb. 2012 club:

“When I was in Sixth Form all the boys had this album alongside Iron Maiden and The Clash (think it was something to do with the leotard-clad TOTP appearances) so I avoided it like the plague. But someone played it to me on my first day at Uni and was one of those amazing album moments when you know the world will look differently once the record finishes. She’s a complete musical genius and true maverick. Sensual World and The Dreaming are also great albums so it was hard to choose to be honest (the new album has its moments, but it also – sob – has Elton John…)”

Moon, Hunky Dory & Pop Will Eat Itself

The Record Club teamed up with the Shipley Film Society to present an evening of film and music.

We showed the film Moon, directed by David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones , and scored by Clint Mansell from Pop Will Eat Itself.

The film was the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) winner of the 2009 award for the Best British Independent Film. Duncan Jones was also awarded the BIFA Douglas Hickox Award. The film was also nominated for two BAFTAs at the 2010 awards. It won the award for “Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer”.

Afterwards we played David Bowie’s Hunky Dory in full, on vinyl. It features the track “Kooks” apparently written for the birth of Duncan (also known as Zowie). We’ll also managed to find a PWEI’s single and a bunch of moon, space, stars related tunes.

Good film, good music, good company. Not bad for a Sunday in January.

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Hunky Dory

Hunky Dory - David Bowie
Artist:

David Bowie

Year:

1971

The perfect follow up to a sci-fi film directed by his son.

This is Bowie’s 4th album, and the track ‘Kooks’ is dedicated to his young son, known to the world asZowie Bowie but legally named Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones, director of Moon.

Hopefully we’ll have some 1971 vinyl for you. Otherwise it will be re-issue version.

London Calling

As Stu and Lucy were leaving and moving to London the next day, it seemed fitting that we used January’s Record Club to mark their move, and we thought why not do that with a ‘London’ theme. Both have been instrumental in getting Record Club going, so for that, and many other reasons, we’re sad to see then go.

Still we had a good time, kicking the evening off with the Clash’s London Calling in it’s entirety. (Yep, a whole double album!)

Unhalfbricking got a nice introduction from Stu – we’re still not sure if we played his mum’s copy, his dad’s copy, or one his dad got by nefarious means.

Various London themed singles and album tracks filled out the night. A bit of Madness, a bit of punk, some Motorhead live at Hammersmith, etc

Abbey Road by the Beatles was the last album of the night, with an original copy from Stu’s mum getting an outing. This was the record she bought with her first hi-fi because ‘it had good bass’.

A few singles later, (and some dancing – yeah, I know!) we closed the night with West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys.

Good fun.

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Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Abbey Road

Abbey Road - The Beatles
Artist:

The Beatles

Year:

1969

This was played at the January 2012 event.

We had an original copy from Stu’s mum and it sounded great.

London Calling

London Calling - The Clash
Artist:

The Clash

Year:

1979

The perfect sound track for friends as they make a life changing move to the smoke?

Unhalfbricking

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
Artist:

Fairport Convention

Year:

1969

Stu says:

“Great cover photo taken in Wimbledon and one of my favourite albums EVER. I have my dad’s vinyl copy too. Is that ok? Great mix of trad and modern,different tempos,ace singing and some sing-a-longs and amazing instrumental sections. It’s brill!”

A not quite Christmas special

This was our last club before Christmas 2011. We decided to mark the festive season with 3 great vinyl albums – but probably none of them would be by Slade, Shakin’ Stevens, or Wizzard. Then again perhaps that was what the punters wanted. We asked  people to  consider what they might bring along:

  • Maybe it’s something you’d like to receive, or give?
  • Maybe it something that just fits this time of year?
  • Maybe it’s the anti-dote to commercial Christmas?
  • Maybe it’s something you were given many years ago?

In the end, The Pogues made it due to some synchronicity of thought between a couple of people, both brining an album along. Moondog made it cos it seemed different and because he had a long white beard (honestly!), and Lennon seemed a popular choice – with the added bonus of only having one Christmas song on the album, right at the end.

45s and 12″ filled out the night with Dean McPhee‘s single going down well – you cansee him live on the 10th December. Mazzy Star’s Flowers in December seemed to be a hit, but Abba’s Happy New Year, not so…ach well, Daz will be back for the next one, so maybe we’ll get some tastier 45s.

The massive pile of old NME papers went down well. Something for everyone in there. Listening to records and reading the NME, takes me back.

See you in Jan.

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

If I Should Fall from Grace with God

If I Should Fall from Grace with God - The Pogues
Artist:

The Pogues

Year:

1988

Playing around with the Christmas theme, Stu turned up with ‘Rum Sodomy & the Lash’, an album by the band with that Christmas song, but without the Christmas song on it. At the same time, the album with the Christmas song on also turned up, so that cemented The Pogues as one of the records of the night. But which one? The Christmas song won the day.

Shaved Fish

Shaved Fish - John Lennon
Artist:

John Lennon

Year:

1975

This compilation album ends with “Happy Xmas (War is Over) / Give Peace A Chance (Reprise)”, so it’s not a bad choice around Christmas time. A bit of Lennon seemed like a good concensus choice for ending the evening, so that was that.

Viking of Sixth Avenue

Viking of Sixth Avenue - Moondog
Artist:

Moondog

Year:

2005

Moondog made the cut for the ‘A not quite Christmas special’ event, quite shamefully, because he looked a bit like Santa with his long white beard.

Highly recommended by a couple of the people at the event, for most of us this was pleasing new ground. Well worth checking out.

The Sound of Detroit

We went with a Detroit theme for the October event.

We took some suggestions, but also found Tam and Lee, (and their vinyl collections), and their love of Detroit sounds, so they helped get the evening going.

There are some photos of the event in the gallery, and by all accounts the night was the usual mix of good music, good people and  a good bar. See you at November’s event.

 

This might be of interest to anyone wondering what the sound of Detroit might be:

Suggestions, links, comments below.

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Records:

Fun House

The Stooges - Fun House
Artist:

The Stooges

Year:

1970

This was played at the Detroit night event. If it’s Detroit, then there’s gotta be some Stooges.

I think I bought my copy from somewhere in London. It’s still got the shrink wrap sleeve on.

Innervisions

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Artist:

Stevie Wonder

Year:

1973

I know nothing about this album and wasn’t at the event where it was played, so you’ll have to fill in the gaps for yourselves!