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.

Comments, suggestions? Visit our Nominate page, or contact us.

 

 

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!

Record Club Returns

Didn’t we have a loverly time the evening we spent at record club? It was great to see some new faces down there, and, of course, the familiar ones as well.

We built the night based on the suggestions we’d recieved on our nominate page. These included a bit of psychedelic space rock from Gong (a very well played version of the record was supplied by Paul, a gift from “Bagnall”…), some late-eighties indy pop foolery from the Pixies, a tribute to REM in the form of Fables of the Reconstruction, and just ‘cos it’s 20yrs old we ended with Nevermind.

The twittersphere was alive to the sound of Record Club last night, check@therecordclub on twitter for more. Or read our blog.
And, don’t just take our word for it, read the Culture Vulture review.

 

 

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Where:
The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

01274 580186

Records:

Camembert Electrique

Camembert Electrique - Gong
Artist:

Gong

Year:

1971

A popular suggestion in our nominate section. We played a much loved, muched played version, so there were a few crackles, but it was an interesting listen.

Fables of the Reconstruction

R.E.M: Fables of the Reconstruction
Artist:

R.E.M

Year:

1985

As R.E.M anounced they were splitting up just days before Record Club, the punters took matters into their own hands (and why not!) and turned up armed with their R.E.M vinyl. A quick round of UN style diplomacy led us to give Fables of the Reconstruction an airing. Arguably, a little less well known than much of thier work, as it was only their third album, it was an interesting listen.

Nevermind

Nirvana: Nevermind
Artist:

Nirvana

Year:

1981

Well there was just a little bit of hype around this album during September 2011, as it became 20 years old.

Rather than invest in the 4CD/DVD collectors edition box set, why not have a listen to it on vinyl instead? It was chosen as a late addition to the September event and got squeezed in as a bonus 4th album on the night.

Surfer Rosa

Pixies: Surfer Rosa
Artist:

Pixies

Year:

1988

The first full length album by the Pixies got the vote over Doolittle on the night of the Record Club event. The whole of their back catalogue was on offer, thanks to Rob who brought it along.

This is an album that many people ended up getting on CD as it came bundled with another record, Come on Pilgrim, at the time. So we put the theory to the test that the vinyl sounds much better than the CD versions.

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.

Where:

The Kirkgate Centre
39a Kirkgate
Shipley
BD18 3RR

Telephone: 01274 580186

Records:

Clear Spot

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Clear Spot
Artist:

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band

Year:

1972

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!

Horses

Patti Smith - Horses
Artist:

Patti Smith

Year:

1975

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
Artist:

The Modern Lovers

Year:

1977

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!

Be my baby

With our partners off out to a 50’s event at the National Media Museum we had a little impromptu record club, and since we were left holding the baby, used that as the theme.

From the selection of records we brought along we listened to:

  • Another side of Bob Dylan
  • Phil Spector – 1958-1969 [Box set]
  • B.B. King – From the Beginning
  • Captain Beafheart – Spotlight Kid

…not necessarily in that order…

Records:

Another side of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan: Another side of Bob Dylan
Artist:

Bob Dylan

Year:

1964

Surprisingly few Dylan fans in the room, so this was chosen as a gentle introduction for non-believers.

Back to Mono 1958-1969

Phil Spector: Back to Mono 1958-1969 [Box set]
Artist:

Phil Spector

Year:

1991

Event:

Be my baby

This is a box set that Dave picked up in his early 20’s, discovering the joy of the ‘wall of sound’.

From the beginning

B.B. King: From the beginning
Artist:

B.B. King

Year:

1967

Just a great album. Started the debate about double albums and box sets, so we only played one of the two discs.

The Spotlight Kid

Captain Beefheart: The Spotlight Kid
Artist:

Captain Beefheart

Year:

1972

An album to introduce others to the magic of Captain Beefheart?

Dave says: “I was really pleased to hear ‘Click Clack’, a track that I’ve come to love thanks to John Peel.”

Let’s try Record Club

Dave, Daz, Stu and Linda got together to try out Record Club tonight. Lucy andNicky came by later.

Stu brought a selection of records and between us we first selected the Modern Lovers, and then Pit er Pat.

It was great. We decided that talking while the records were on was ok, cos we hardly get to see each other anyway.

Records:

Rock N Roll With Modern Lovers

Rock N Roll With Modern Lovers
Artist:

The Modern Lovers

Year:

1977

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!

Shakey

Pit er Pat - Shakey
Artist:

Pit er Pat

Year:

2005

Pit er Pat are a three piece ‘avant rock’ group from Chicago, whose music often has a dark undertone but (in Stuart’s opinion) is never dirge-ish.

This album has a refreshing guitar-free rock sound, with interesting rhythms, great keyboard sounds, well-used samples and excellent spine-tingling vocals.

Stuart became aware of Pit er Pat when his band played a gig with them in Nottingham a few years ago.

Now a duo, they continue to tour and record extensively. They are friendly with fellow Chicago avant rockers ‘Tortoise’