We had the suggestion of ‘doing a Smiths night’, and through the discussion we got onto the things that influenced The Smiths and who The Smiths, in turn, influenced, and on the night we had piles of records to choose from. Thanks to everyone that brought something along.
Of course there were plenty of Smiths albums and singles, but also great music from the likes of The New York Dolls, The Stooges, Soho, Suede, Gene, The Primatives, The Shirells, Chic, Sandy Shaw, Bowie, Echobelly, The Velvet Underground, and many more.
Hatful of Hollow was the popular choice for an album that got a full airing.
This is not the first Smiths album to be played at Record Club. In the past we playedThe Queen is Dead at our Independent Record Shops event back in October 2012, and Morrissey’s Viva Hate was played as part of our Debut Albums event.
On the night it came down to Meat is Murder or this. Hatful of Hollow won partly because there are simply more tracks on it!
Thanks to Lee for bringing it along and sharing.
The fair city of Manchester has produced some pretty good music over the years. I think pretty much since Record Club started people have been suggesting that we have a ‘Manchester night’, so finally, we did it.
Keith chose two classic albums to begin and end the evening and the great unwashed public voted for the middle album.
Keith couldn’t make it down in the end, but supplied all the records from the vote, and some notes about them. Phil, turned up and ended the evening with a bit of a DJ set that ended up in dancing of all things! (I need to go have a lie down…)
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Allegedly used as a slang phrase by the band, “bummed” is the state of mind they usually achieved before embarking on recording sessions with producer Martin Hannett at all hours of the day or night. Happy Monday’s second album makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the party, and almost as bummed as they are. Not long after this was released, the slogan “Madchester” was coined, and the Haçienda club became the focus of that scene.
The Durutti Column
Voted by the public as the second record of the night for our Manchester event, The Return of the Durutti Column beefed up the Factory Recordsline up for the night. It didn’t come in a sandpaper cover incase you wondered.
Failing to chart on its initial release, Unknown Pleasures really was as dark as the album cover suggested. This Martin-Hannett-produced debut was the only album they released as Joy Division while singer Ian Curtis was alive (committing suicide before their 1980 follow-up appeared). But, if you ignore the hyperbole, this is a fine album brimming full of musical ideas, still sounding original over 30 years later. People forget that half the record is white.