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:
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
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.
My Bloody Valentine
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!
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.
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.
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.
This collective of political artists prefer metal bars, industrial materials and hammers to musical instruments and produce a surprisingly musical result.
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.
“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 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.
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…
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?
4th in the vote for the Saltaire Festival event, a good ol’ bit of classic Beatles.
The album that everyone owns?
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.
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
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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!
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.
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 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.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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.”
Ian Dury & The Blockheads
“I can’t help thinking that the title is probably a bit rude, knowing what Ian Dury was like” – Daz
The Velvet Underground
“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