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Episode One – 7.2.16.

PLAYLIST 1 is

Needle on record
82% VINYL FRIENDLY.   Impressive.


Lyric of Playlist 1:

‘I wanted to change the world, but I could not even change my underwear. And when the shit got really, really out of hand, I had it all the way up to my hairline, which keeps receding like my self-confidence, as if I ever had any of that stuff anyway’.


00.00

(Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Untitled – Unreleased demo. Edit of the only take – 1983

Cliff Peacock: ‘Written on a Tascam 4 track (cassette tape that could be mixed down to stereo for live work) at 2 Herbert Avenue, Leicester. Equipment used: CR 8000 drum machine with crappy preset Casio PT series through a WEM Copicat (Echo Delay). Drums recorded first, then slowed down, so the beat would be slower while I played keyboards (although it sounds like trumpet). Everything running at the correct speed is what you hear. I never recorded the vocals on this track, as far as I know‘. The Flamingos released four singles, including two 12″ers for New Order manager, Rob Gretton’s label, Rob’s Records.


00.37

NEW ORDER – Video 5-8-6 (Edit) – 12″ – Touch – 1997

I first met Jon Wozencroft in the very early eighties. By introducing him to New Order I unknowingly got to play a very minor part in the trajectory this track initially went on.

He and partner, Mike Harding were in the early throws of starting their label, Touch and the introduction led to the band offering him Prime 5-8-6, (as the track was initially known) for inclusion on the label’s then upcoming first release, Feature Mist, a  v/a cassette. Released in December ’82, I played this edit off the tape a number of times at Winkles. Onwards to June ’06 and the book launch for Peter Saville’s Factory Records, The Complete Graphic Album at London’s Central Saint Martins, and myself, Jon and  The Beloved’s Jon Marsh (another massive early admirer of the band, I’d also known him {pre The Beloved} since the early days of darting around the UK catching Manchester’s finest) spent a couple of pints in a pub beforehand pouring over New Order’s career, including a couple of minutes paying homage to this hissing and crackling, fat sounding electronic monster – the full version being 23mins long. For the history of Video 5-8-6, over to Jon W…

Video 5-8-6

The recording was originally made as the soundtrack to a video heralding the opening of the Haçienda nightclub, which took place on 26 June 1982. It was recorded by Bernard and Steve on an early Apple II computer and in many ways is the blueprint for ‘Blue Monday’. The Haçienda title (on the cassette in manager, Rob Gretton’s handwriting) seems to have suddenly changed at the last minute to ‘5–8–6’.

This story might be boring if you are not a New Order fan. However, it is funny, because when Mike Harding and I went to meet Rob and the band in Norwich Pennies nightclub in May 1982, they premiered the vocal version of ‘5–8–6’ that would be on the then upcoming 2nd Peel session (1 June) and Power Corruption and Lies LP. So, the title had to be amended again.

I was helping out Mark Johnson at the time; he was writing a book about Joy Division and New Order. For all its flaws, it was one of the first in a steady stream since then – ‘An Ideal for Living’, it was called, after the first Joy Division record. Anyway, he got it into his head that the track should be called ‘Prime 5–8–6’ and it annoyed the hell out of me that a lot of people thought that was the title, once it was printed as such in his book.

What actually happened… I had a conversation with Steve, Bernard and Rob, in the upper circle of The Venue in Blackpool, when they played there on the August bank holiday, the 30th, and we settled on ‘Video 5–8–6’. We were very much into video then as a way of extending the filmic element, but it’s as well to remember how difficult it was to get moving image work made and distributed at that time. In my mind, cassettes have always been the companion to VHS video.

That’s one aspect of how it goes, or went. This is another. Finding out about New Order concerts after Heaven (London) in January 1981 became just a bit more open. Bristol Trinity Hall in February, two of us were hopeful but we hadn’t got tickets. We took the fast train and late afternoon we lingered outside the church anticipating. Dec helped us. “Hang on a minute”. He went inside and got Rob out, it was sorted, and we got to see the soundcheck. This was quite some while before Touch kicked into action. 1981 was about laying the groundwork.

Dec and I bumped into each other every time I made it to a concert. I was always jealous of him to have got to as many gigs as he managed to drive to. I was also jealous of Duncan (Haysom), who recorded so many of the Joy Division and early New Order days so brilliantly. I was astonished that I was actually sitting next to him at ULU when he recorded that epic JD performance, one eventually officially published in 2007. That’s for another time.

On 4 March 1982 I’d decided to go for it. I remember it because it was my Dad’s birthday. I got the Granada TV telephone number from directory enquiries – I knew that Factory boss, Tony Wilson, worked there. I rang up, and asked to be put through to TW. Amazingly I was. Suddenly, I’m on the line with the man himself. He was most generous, and after a pause he gave me Rob’s phone number – “He’s their manager… ”. Tony went on to describe to me, how New Order were like “Witnessing a car crash ­- they can veer completely off the road when they play live”. I was listening to this as if I was on the hard shoulder of the motorway – a recent personal experience – and not on the phone at all. It felt more like a helicopter.

So, I learn they are playing at Leeds on Tuesday, and Newcastle on Thursday. I make arrangements, thinking it better to appear and speak in person, rather than rely on phones. This is the difference, to be face to face. Arriving in Leeds, we get to Tiffany’s (a disco venue) and buy tickets, and decide that the ambience is not good for us. We decide to go to a pub. Meeting an old friend, going to the concert, she has some good pleasure. Do I fancy some? OK. We have come this far. As and when, fired up, we eventually enter the venue. We arrive in perfect time – before New Order come on stage – walking over carpets and swerving like squirrels to get near the front. The first song is a new one, ‘Who Killed the Irish’. It is truly mind-blowing. Afterwards, I am too blown away to want to try going backstage, anyway.

Newcastle was a second home, I was at University in the North East at Durham from ’77 to ’81. The city would become a big thing, the relationship with Chris Watson, founding member of Cabaret Voltaire and various incarnations of The Hafler Trio. Also, my frequent trips to see gigs at The Mayfair ballroom – the original Human League, the Liverpool bands, and the Clash…

I digress. We arrived at The Mayfair with recording gear and a fresh head. It was another great concert; indeed whenever New Order started with ’In A Lonely Place’ you knew it was going to be a special night. The gig ends, and I see Dec at the bar and I remind him of my plan. As if by magic, Hooky comes out of the dressing room and Dec introduces us. In a moment, I’m ushered in there, and get the opportunity to meet the band and Rob, and I tell them what I’m hoping to do. Having been granted a backstage experience, by the time I’m finished it’s 2am and Dec and his mate, Budge are burning to get back home. I get a lift to the A1 junction with the Durham slip road, and they drop me off. It’s pissing with rain. It’s a 4 mile walk to where I am staying. One of the most exhilarating.

Three days later, I ring Rob on the number he’s given me. “They’ll do it”, is what he says. I can’t believe it.

Next step – next phone call, Rob says they have something “experimental” that I might be interested in. I get invited to meet the band in Britannia Row studios. I’d no idea what this “experimental” track might be. Bernard and Rob said to me that if I didn’t fancy it, they could record a song in the studio for Touch.

Of course I was hoping that it could be ‘Who Killed the Irish’ (it lives now as ‘Ultraviolence’), but I didn’t dare say as much. “Experimental” was exactly what we wanted, and we were afraid of recording costs we couldn’t match.

So, hook or by crook, Rob said he’d give us a tape at the upcoming Norwich Pennies concert in May. The concert featured the debut of ‘5-8-6’. Rob gives me the Maxell tape, and it burns in my pocket through the concert. All is well. Mike and I get in the car and head for London. I can’t put the cassette in until we’ve cleared the one-way systems and got on the main road.

What – The – Fuck   ? ?

We didn’t expect this in the slightest. Sounded like someone playing with a computer. What’s that about? Fuck. Where’s the music?

So, I had to put it down for a while, like a bottle of vintage wine. See if the taste improves over time.

June came, and it was announced – the opening of the Hacienda, with New Order the star attraction, of course. Dec and I met up for the soundcheck, by that time we had each other’s radar. He had parked his car under the arches of some gothic Victorianism of a bridge, around the corner from this new nightclub location in Whitworth St. I put on the cassette and we sat back and listened.

What – The – Fuck   ? ?

As editor, you imagine expecting a piece that lasts around 5 minutes. It turns out to be 23 minutes? New Order deserve some credit for this pushing of duration! We didn’t. We had to edit it, to fit around other things that could be part of a C60 cassette. How to house this thing…

Fast forwarding, it was a joy to be able to publish the full version in 1997 on vinyl and CD. It took a long while, because as far as London Records (the buyers of Factory Records’ catalogue on the label’s demise) were concerned, the track didn’t exist. This wasn’t on their list of ‘assets’. We did sort it out, eventually. The greatest help was making the ‘Heart and Soul’ box-set, thanks to the involvement with Rob, Jon Savage, and Peter Saville, plus getting to know Andrew Robinson.

Making the vinyl 12” for ‘Video 5-8-6’, we came to be at Porky’s cutting studio in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue. We didn’t have a B-side for it. I had thought about this the night before, and had an idea that Joy Division’s ‘As You Said’ could be the perfect counterpoint.

A great thing happened.

Once we had mastered ‘Video 5-8-6’ for vinyl I rang Rob up and asked him if it might be a good idea to use the JD track as the B-side. He said “Yes” straight away. We didn’t have an idea about the copyright situation but Rob said that it wasn’t a concern. In retrospect, I think this was a wonderful example of his ‘Fuck the major labels’ direction. So, I persuaded George Peckham (famous cutting engineer, he was ‘Porky’) that we should cut this as a 7” within the 12” frame. He said he could do that, and he did.

‘Video 5-8-6’ we came to see as an artwork. It’s an exemplar of how a collaboration takes shape. Jon W

New Order - Touch snippet in Jamming #14

Jamming, #14.

From idea to fruition, this podcast took over three years to get here, but whatever, New Order and Video 5-8-6 were always going to kick off Episode One. It’s unlikely any other track on any episode of 41 Rooms will carry as much wordage as here, but then this is New Order… and from their most groundbreaking period.

New Order Video 586


06.37

RED SNAPPER – Suckerpunch – Making Bones, 2LP – Warp – 1998

A wonderfully menacing rumble, that along with the next handful of tracks, seem to carry a sense of unease, foreboding, etc. A gig with Rae & Christian at London’s Astoria, (in ’99 maybe?) stands out in the memory.

Red Snapper Suckerpunch


10.55

GREYMATTER – Give It To Me Slow – v/a 12″ – Wolf Music – 2011

The sound of tension. Definitely 21st century music. Some info here.

Greymatter Give It To Me Slow


14.43

MUSICOLOGY – Preminition (sic?) – Outlook 12″ EP – B12 – 1992

More ‘edginess’ and 24 years on, it’s still sounding fresh. 300 copies on green vinyl.

Musicoly Preminition


17.59

MARK PRITCHARD (feat STEVE SPACEK) – Turn It On – 12″ – Sonar Kollectiv – 2007

And the undercurrent of… ‘something’ not right… rolls on. Fabulous. Steve Spacek and Sonar Kollectiv are both always worth checking in on.

Mark Pritchard Turn It On


23.23

BURIAL – Raver – Untrue, 2LP – Hyperdub – 2007

Will Bevan and his whispers from an uneasy world raised the bar. One of the millenium’s great albums, I spent a summer’s afternoon in the Holly Bush pub in Hampstead, London a few years back catching up with already mentioned Touch label man, Jon Wozencroft and we nearly got emotional talking about Burial. An 18th century pub and more 21st century sounds.

Burial Raver


27.19

HAIRY DIAMOND – Torture – ‘unofficial’ 7″ – PPQ – 2002/3

The welcome return of Dave Robbins’ Hairy Diamond persona with another very groovy downbeat 45. This time Jose Feliciano’s ‘You’re Takin’ Hold Of Me’ gets the chop, with some sleazy horns and a suitably fat bass line… a very handy little tune… Dom Servini, Straight No Chaser, Vol 2, #24, Spring ’03.

I remember Gilles Peterson spinning an earlier take of this on one of his radio shows in the late 90s, so the  track certainly gestated over a few years. I think he even had DR on the show with him at the time. Whatever the legalities, the world of sampling and mash ups does burst with talent and some cool tunes.

Hairy Diamond Torture


30.14

A CERTAIN RATIO – Mind Made Up – Mind Made Up, CD only – Le Son Du Maquis – 2008

As relevant now as they ever were, everyone should see this band at least once. After getting New Order to Bedford in 1981 I made a couple of attempts through Tony Wilson to get ACR to the town but it never happened. Maybe there’s still time to do it… somewhere. Shout outs to Donald and the lads. Twisted future funk. No vinyl sadly, so I bought a digital blank label promo of the album off Martin Moscrop at a gig in London… Dingwalls, I think. That’s right. I got an ACR CDR.

ACR Live Review


35.20

DOJOJI – Quincunx (Look Out) – Dojoji, mini LP – Plexus – 1984

Maybe it was down to the times or its release through a Dutch label, either way this was a slightly lost if very fine EP/mini LP. After the Au Pairs split up in 1983, Lesley Woods briefly joined and fronted this Dutch band, with some Au Pairs work-in-progress crossing over. ‘On it’ in more ways than one, the politics of the day were always in Woods’ sights, so much so she later became a human rights lawyer. In 2015 – albeit in tentative, solo mode – she returned to performing live. Very pissed off I didn’t know about it before I left England. One for a future diary.

Dojoji Quincunx 2


41.34

HUSBAND – Love Song – 12″ – Robot Elephant – 2011

Simple but effective, a Record Store Day release from a duo from Bologna, and more wonderful green vinyl. Only 200 copies pressed of this one.
Husband Love Song


45.38

THE KILLS – Heart Is A Beating Drum – Blood Pressures, LP – Domino – 2011

Driving, dirty and low-slung, listen out for the table tennis/ping pong being played in the middle. Possibly a tea break in the recording session.

The KIlls Heart Is A Beating drum


49.32

ALEX SMOKE – Never Want To See You Again – Paradolia, LP – Soma – 2006

Beautiful, building and soulful techno. I always want to hear this again.

Alex Smoke Never Want To See You Again


55.06

THE IRONWEED PROJECT – Let’s Swim Like Whales – Dustbowl, promo CD only – Fat Northerner – 2007

To date, the IP haven’t exactly been prolific, though 2016 looks more hopeful. There has to be a pretty good reason for a CD to get a visual on this site, and as of Jan ’16 it’s because there’s no listing for this album on Discogs. So, should you feel so inclined, this will be a pig to find. A few cracking videos on uuutuuube, there’s some IP info here, and like many, they will crop up on 41 Rooms more than here on Episode One.

Ironweed Project Dustbowl


58.17

PYLON – Volume – Gyrate, LP – Armageddon – 1980

Not sure how it happened but somehow I missed out on these boys and girl first time around. A trio of top tune(s) on the album.

Pylon Volume


01.02.40

LORA LOGIC – Hiss and Shake – Pedigree Charm, LP – Rough Trade – 1982

Her saxophone and vocals passed through X-Ray Spex and kick-started Essential Logic. Definitely fine by me.

Lora Logic Hiss and Shake


01.07.49

SMOOSH – Make It Through – B-side, La Pump 7″ – Pattern 25 – 2005

500 copies. The combined ages of sisters Asya and Chloe when they made this single was… 22! And they’d made another single the year before! Some going. As of early 2016, recording under the name Chaos Chaos.

Smoosh Make It Through


01.10.44

JOHN GRANT – Queen of Denmark – Queen of Denmark, 2LP – Bella Union – 2010

Lyric of the Podcast‘ winner (’twas highly likely), John Grant is one class act. Fifteen or so years into a career begun in the Czars, his time finally came with going solo and releasing this album. His lyrical style is maybe no better demonstrated than by this track, and label boss and ex-Cocteau Twinner, Simon Raymonde is mightily chuffed to have him in the camp.

John Grant Queen of Denmark


01.15.16

FAKESENSATIONS – Selfish Girls Stay Thin – We Love You… So Love Us Three, v/a promo only 12” – We Love You – 2004

This is one of the great-but-lost pieces of pop music. At least it made it to vinyl on this 12″ promo of a CD compilation of the same name. Somehow I heard it at the time but it really didn’t get a look in with Joe Public. Must be hard writing a gem like ‘Selfish… ‘ and have it stall. Where do you go from there? However, 70,000+ views on uuutuuube suggests the ‘getting it wrong’ bit was done by others elsewhere. A bunch of F’s other songs have also been ‘lost’… partly because they rested on Myspace… and still do.

Fakesensations Selfish Girls Stay Thin


01.18.58

GLOBO – WHIP IT – 7” – Hydrogen Dukebox – 2007

Initially active in the mid 90s, Globo’s very neat take on the Devo classic comes from a second burst of energy in 2007-2008. The 1min 12sec outro is surplus to requirements, so ignore it. I did.

Globo Whip It


01.22.24

LEFTFIELD – Swords – Rhythm and Stealth, 2LP – Hard Hands – 1999

This completely blew me away when I first heard it. Epic.

Leftfield Swords


01.26.54

RUDE AWAKENING – The Silent Boatman – Thank You For Not Buying My Album, CD only – The Third Movement – 2008

I might have done… if it had been on vinyl. RA is, apparently, the ‘dark side’ of one Sebastian Hoff. Alex Guinness’ portrayal of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (from Fall of the Roman Empire) gets to float over this bruising two minutes, possibly the only time the two will get namechecked on 41 Rooms.

Rude Awakening

There is a great truth we have not yet devined… ‘ and it’s coming up next…


01.28.35

NEW ORDER – Truth – Movement, un-eq’d one-sided acetate, LP – The Town House – 1981

Very bizarrely, I happened upon and bought this acetate on the way to a New Order gig, in Tolworth, London, March ’83. Stopping off in Portobello Road on the way, it was on a market stall. When I showed it to NO’s manager, Rob Gretton later at the soundcheck he told me ‘Rough’ translated as uneq’d, and that there would be two or three (at most) such copies in existence. Early in 2015 Hooky added to the intrigue, calling me in a bout of research for his upcoming New Order book. He’d been reading through From Heaven to Heaven and happened on the paragraph I had devoted to the acetate. He seemed very confident it had actually been Martin Hannett’s copy. I’m sure the Vikings (a shout out to this bunch of heavyweight New Order fans) will be on it as to the differences in any the acetate versions played on 41 Rooms, from those officially released on side 1 of Movement… One of the more valuable pieces of ‘vinyl’ I own.

New Order Truth


01.32.54

LONELADY – Marble – Nerve Up, LP – Warp – 2010

I’m a big, big fan of this lady. Intriguing to watch someone who, though only born in the middle of the post punk era, has been so influenced by it. Of even more interest, though, is watching where she’s taking things from here. A star… whether she sells a truck load of records/music or not. And big thanks to Julie for 41 Rooms’ first podcast iD.

Lonelady Nerve Up


01.38.03

AU PAIRS – We’re So Cool – Playing With A Different Sex, LP – Human – 1981

Lesley Woods back again, this time with her better known comrades in arms – and one of the bands that influenced Lonelady above. Funky as f***, this got played more than most on my watch at Winkles, and the Au Pairs’ catalogue maybe resonates louder now than it did back in the day.

Au Pairs We're So Cool


01.41.29

JOSÉE HURLOCK – Invisible – Unreleased

Josée’s best known for being the vocalist/lyricist/co-writer on Hefner’s 2000 album, Residue, (the British Hefner, not the US one). Including a handful of top tracks, it’s one of the albums of the last twenty years of electronica meets beats meets folk/nu-soul. Her only solo album to date, Lost Souls Dancing, is nearly as good, too. Invisible, however, cropped up somewhere else – online and only briefly – and then disappeared off line and without trace. A tragedy. This is a storming tune, pre-dating the likes of Jessie Ware by an age. Release it somehow, Josée … oh, and make another Hefner or ‘kindred spirit’ solo album, while you’re at it.

Tumbleweed


01.45.10

LE TIGRE – Hot Topic – 7″ – Wiiija – 1999.

7″ heaven again. Fronted by ex-Bikini Kill’er Kathleen Hanna, this is cheery, cheery stuff. Namechecking lots of peeps in a song is most probably in someone’s ‘Tricks To Get Your Song Noticed’ manual… and in flagging up an abundance of influential women, Le Tigre did just that.

Le Tigre Hot Topic

Sonically, not a million miles away from…


01.48.44

B-52’s – Is That You Mo-Dean? – Good Stuff, LP – Reprise – 1992.

Being the early 90s, labels got a bit thrifty with where to release vinyl formats of their artists’ albums. Germany for my Good Stuff album. Must grab the 7″ sometime. The B-52’s… collectively, a very idiosyncratic and iconic vocal sound. Winkles favourites.

B-52s Is That You Mo-Dean?


01.52.54

LONDON GRAMMAR – Metal & Dust (Switch Remix) – iTunes only – 2013.

The first remix on 41 Rooms and the newest tune here, to date. Not sure how groundbreaking LG’s third album might be… and they’ve only made one so far – but that’s a bit of a voice Hannah Reid’s got there. More classy pop. No bad thing. As this remix is only available on iTunes, here’s a photo of a pink fairy armadillo. Weird, huh?

Pink fairy armadillo


01.56.43

THOMAS LEER – Control Yourself – 7″, Heartbeat B-side – 1984.

Although still making music, Leer’s vocals have been lost to the wider world, which is an absolute tragedy. His only real shot at album glory – 1985’s The Scale of Ten, on Arista – was awash with quality, and this version of Control Yourself is majestic, trouncing the take on the 12″. He’ll also be back here… and so will we. Episode One saying ‘See ya!’

Thomas Leer Control Yourself

 

 

27 thoughts on “Episode One – 7.2.16.

  1. Well Dec, as already discussed, I got caught out on this so had to play catch up and also as discussed, I plan to add some comment on all the shows, so here goes and bear with…
    Firstly, love the design, don’t know how many groats you paid for it, but worth every bit of your spend, I’d say. Capped obviously, by the Heronscroft hi-fi. Well, I say HI- fi, that’s perhaps strtching it a bit!
    To the tunes: Nice choice for intro music, one of the boys’ understated moments, captured so much of them and of what was about at the time; a deserved acknowledgment of talent, I’d say. A well-considered choice of 1st N.O. track, the playlist blurb adds full colour to it too. For me, other highlights included Mark Pritchard, Red Snapper, Harry Diamond and the Lesley Woods track which I wasn’t aware of, a real treat that. Particularly good to see you evangelise about Burial – first hearing his stuff, while blown away by it in it’s own right, I was strongly remnded of the feelings I got when I first heard, in ’81 I think, Cab Vol’s Red Mecca, some sort of deep yearning communicated between the beats and the drones, magical, magical stuff. And Lora Logic, a good shout for ARJ.
    So yeah, had to really force myself to move on to Show 2.

    1. Cheers, Barry. The ‘Heronscroft Hi-fi’ has a ring to it. Even though we didn’t have, in effect, ‘cameras to hand’ back then, the way we do now with our mobile ‘telling bones’ I’m still surprised I didn’t take a snap or two of the beast in the 70s or 80s. It does crop up in the background of a photo or two, so I might dig one out for show. Burial evoking your feelings for the Cabs. He’s in good company. And Lora Logic definitely with Alan J in mind.

  2. Some stunning sonic treats for our aural pleasure Really good to hear your voice too, Dec. Looking forward to the next instalment already. Cheers.

  3. Hi Dec, this is sounding great. I agree with Jonathan, you do have good radio voice. The funny thing is that I would not recognise it as you if I didn’t know better. I only remember Winkles from the late 80’s but always a great night. Remembering Bedford always puts me in mind of 24 Hour Party People and the thought that everywhere had something like its Factory/Manchester scene. You’re probably too modest but you’re my nominee for Bedford’s Tony Wilson! Just wondering if my candidate for Mark E Smith would think it a libelous suggestion…

    1. See the problem I’ve got with the vox thing, Russ? And you’ve known me 35 years! If you only remember Winkles from the LATE 80s then it’s because in the very early 80s in there you were maybe not unconnected with a bit of that ’24 hour partying’ sort of bizniz in the clubs darker recesses near the DJ booth… or out the back 🙂 Whoever your MES candidate is (and I’m assuming I’ve known him) at least he must still be alive if you’re tempting a libel action 🙂 And that rules a few out 🙁

    1. If I get to do a hundred shows I won’t believe the voice bit, Jonathan, but just feeling ‘comfortable’ hearing it ‘over the ether’ will do. I appreciate the comment, tho’. And as mentioned elsewhere on here, you might well get to hear some snippets of the great JP on a 41R show at some point – from an interview I did with him in 1983.

    1. Danny, I can still here me drunkenly shouting over the mic at Winkles to Terry (owner, behind the bar) to “get these f***ing decks fixed”… when indeed it was quite likely a ‘fluff on the needle’ moment. Innocent times DJing in the early 80s.

  4. Cheers Dec, has made my Tuesday night a bit special. That John Grant has a way with words not unlike Courtney Barnett. Keep it coming.

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Episode 42 – 3.9.17

PLAYLIST 42  41 Rooms’ Playlist 42 is 83% vinyl friendly. Impressive Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever, and… For differing reasons, a couple of tracks have slight sonic misgivings. Lyric of Playlist 42:  From times more innocent  than now, The Flowers: ‘…put on my casual jacket…I’m dancing […]

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Episode 41 – 20.8.17

PLAYLIST 41  41 Rooms’ Playlist…. 41!… is 72% vinyl friendly. Not bad. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever, and… NB: One track here is slightly sonically challenged. Lyric of Playlist 41:  With a handful of worthy contenders in between, for the sake of a little more symmetry […]

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Episode 40 – 6.8.17

PLAYLIST 40  41 Rooms’ Playlist 40 is 96% vinyl friendly. Sooooo close! Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever…   Lyric of Playlist 40:  A slight cop out but a bit of consciousness from the the brothers  gets it. and a cursory nod to the ‘Title of Playlist’ […]

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Episode 39 – 23.7.17

PLAYLIST 39  41 Rooms’ Playlist 39 is 94% vinyl friendly. Near perfect. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever… and  Please Note: This edition certainly has one track with a few profanities. If you’re of a certain disposition, be aware.  Lyric of Playlist 39:  G-SH’s, here in the […]

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Episode 38 – 9.7.17

PLAYLIST 38  41 Rooms’ Playlist 38 is 87% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever… Lyric of Playlist 38:  ‘Do you work at a job you despise? Do you live with cockroaches? Have you been mugged lately? Did your favorite jeans shrink in the wash? […]

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Episode 37 – 25.6.17

PLAYLIST 37   41 Rooms’ Playlist 37 is 93% vinyl friendly. Near perfect. Will we get there one day? Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever… and a couple of tracks are slightly sonically challenged. Lyric of Playlist 37:  For the sheer cockiness – ‘Leeds… Detroit… Berlin… New […]

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Episode 36 – 11.6.17

PLAYLIST 36 41 Rooms’ Playlist 36 is 83% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Just so you know, one or two tracks are slightly sonically challenged. Lyric of Playlist 36:  The Speeka boys maybe speak best here… 00.41 NEW ORDER – Age Of Consent – Power, Corruption & Lies, LP – Factory Records – 1983 Lead track from the album […]

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Episode 35 – 28.5.17

PLAYLIST 35 41 Rooms’ Playlist 35 is 97% vinyl friendly. Soooooo close. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever. Lyric of Playlist 35:  It’s a rap… RG-style – ‘Things getting stranger, they’re stranger every year. Fear come to hunt, feedin’ off the land. Well it might rain, and […]

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Episode 34 – 14.5.17

PLAYLIST 34 My niece’s growing love of vinyl meant acquiring her first means of playing the stuff – so, for this edition it’s one of these! 41 Rooms’ Playlist 34 is 76% vinyl friendly. Not bad. A Word Of Warning: A couple of tracks in this show are slightly ‘sonically challenged’. Tracks marked * have been […]

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Episode 33 – 30.4.17

PLAYLIST 33 41 Rooms’ Playlist 33 is 88% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever. Lyric of Playlist 33:  ‘No more Red Wedge in the pub or ZTT stuff… ‘ – That Mark E. a sniping. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased […]

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Episode 32 – 16.4.17

PLAYLIST 32  Album looks a bit samey… 41 Rooms’ Playlist 32 is 79% vinyl friendly. Not bad. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever. Lyric of Playlist 32:  More an aside, it’s a Ted moment… of sorts. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – […]

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Episode 31 – 2.4.17

PLAYLIST 31 41 Rooms’ Playlist 31 is 77% vinyl friendly. Not bad. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever. Lyric of Playlist 31:  The late Gil Scott-Heron’s simple recount – if he was asked, likely fully explained somewhere at the time of release. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – […]

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Episode 30 – 19.3.17

PLAYLIST 30 41 Rooms’ Playlist 30 is 86% vinyl friendly. Impressive Lyric of Playlist 30:  A bow here to the late Scott Hardkiss. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.41 NEW ORDER – We All Stand (Tokyo, 1985) – Pumped Full Of Drugs DVD – The John […]

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Episode 29 – 5.3.17

PLAYLIST 29 41 Rooms’ Playlist 29 is 79% vinyl friendly. Not bad. NB: One of the tracks is a bit sonically challenged, though it seems like it was just recorded that way… and the show nearly got abandoned when I lost the whole audio on Thursday afternoon and had to start from scratch again… not good, […]

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Episode 28 – 19.2.17

PLAYLIST 28 41 Rooms’ Playlist 28 is 86% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 28:  Assuming it was with someone in particular in mind, it might have to go with Marv. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.41 NEW ORDER – The Perfect Kiss (12″ Version) – […]

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Episode 27 – 5.2.17

PLAYLIST 27 41 Rooms’ Playlist 27 is 81% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 27:  Could be going to Tracey T. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.41 NEW ORDER – Primitive Notion – Get Ready, LP – London Records – 2001  As the years rolled […]

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Episode 26 – 22.1.17

PLAYLIST 26 41 Rooms’ Playlist 26 is 83% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive Lyric of Playlist 26:  With either Arthur or Jon. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/whatever. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.39 NEW ORDER – […]

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Episode 25 – 8.1.17

PLAYLIST 25 41 Rooms’ Playlist 25 is 93% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near perfect. OK, ears! One track is sonically challenged with some bad language and another is… well, just sonically challenged. ‘Lyric’ of Playlist 25:  It could have been the hip hop dons cutting and pasting George Bush Sr to great effect, or indeed Master Morrissey […]

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Episode 24 – 25.12.16

PLAYLIST 24 41 Rooms’ Playlist 24 is 80% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 24:  ‘It’s alright ’cause the historical pattern has shown, how the economical cycle tends to revolve… ‘ Catchy! You’re in a different space when you layer a cheery tune with this level of observation on recession. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – […]

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Episode 23 – 11.12.16

PLAYLIST 23 41 Rooms’ Playlist 23 is 87% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 23:  Mr Curtis gets it again. One tune here, certainly, is a bit sonically challenged and those marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/whatever. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo […]

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Episode 22 – 27.11.16

PLAYLIST 22 41 Rooms’ Playlist 22 is 89% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near Perfect. Lyric of Playlist 22:  Even with a fair amount of competition 2Bo4 shade it. Conscious stuff… A couple of the tunes here are a bit sonically challenged and, separately, those marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms […]

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Episode 21 – 13.11.16

PLAYLIST 21 41 Rooms’ Playlist 21 is 90% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near Perfect. Lyric of Playlist 21: At least I’ve avoided giving it to the late Billy Mac once again… ‘Feel it’s time to pull away, shut your ears to all they say, be yourself you know it’s true, when in the end what’s left is you.‘ […]

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Episode 20 – 30.10.16

PLAYLIST 20 41 Rooms’ Playlist 20 is 81% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 20: ‘Crack may seem cool, it may seem good, it’s the quickest way to kill a neighbo(u)rhood‘. Different era, different means, but no doubt some equivalent result going on somewhere right now. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or […]

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Episode 19 – 16.10.16

PLAYLIST 19 41 Rooms’ Playlist 19 is 90% VINYL FRIENDLY. More than excellent. Lyric of Playlist 19: Combined with the performance – it’s with Mr Curtis. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/whatever 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 […]

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Episode 18 – 2.10.16

PLAYLIST 18 41 Rooms’ Playlist 18 is 72% VINYL FRIENDLY. Not bad. A few cassettes crop up, hence a bit vinyl poor. Lyric of Playlist 18: ‘Pioneers and traders bring gifts; Smallpox, Seagrams and rice krispies… ‘  a history lesson in a poem. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode […]

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Episode 17 – 18.9.16

PLAYLIST 17 41 Rooms’ Playlist 17 is 93% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near Perfect! Lyric of Playlist 17: Ms JM’s contribution, from start to finish. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/ whatever. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. […]

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Episode 16 – 4.9.16

PLAYLIST 16 41 Rooms’ Playlist 16 is 82% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. There’s a bit of a croaky voice and fuzzy head thing going on in this show, apologies. I had to record it at 6.30am when I woke and felt a cold and my voice wavering a bit. It was either that or risk not […]

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Episode 15 – 21.8.16 (inc Winkles 1981, Pt 4. Big Guns +)

PLAYLIST 15 is 94% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near perfect. Lyric of Playlist 15: ‘I go ab ba ba ba ba bada bada ba ba ba ba bada bada, woh oh oh oh‘. Approximately. I’d say it’s more debatable than usual. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/whatever. 00.00 […]

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Episode 14 – 7.8.16

PLAYLIST 14 is 77% VINYL FRIENDLY.  Not bad. Lyric of Playlist 14: The two lines prior give the game away, so… Your limitations are our every care. Every breath you breath belongs to someone there. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/whatever. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – […]

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Episode 13 – 24.7.16

PLAYLIST 13 is 88% VINYL FRIENDLY.  Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 13 ‘I shot out of my old man’s shooter, summer of ’73. Straight into the biological computer of my old girl’s feeding (fruiting?) machine… ‘ The cockney sounding vox adds to the cheeky chappieness. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly […]

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Episode 12 – 10.7.16 (inc Winkles 1981, Pt 3. More Big Guns)

PLAYLIST 12 is 97% VINYL FRIENDLY.  Near perfect! Lyric of Playlist 12: Grandma, your generation believed in talk. Scared of the very steps in which you walked. Father listened to all that was said, until depression set in, leaving mouths unfed… A bit of conscious soul wins it over what could have been here – […]

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Episode 11 – 26.6.16

PLAYLIST 11 is 77% VINYL FRIENDLY.  Not bad. Lyric of Playlist 11:  They come from Tennessee. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’ 😉 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.40 NEW ORDER – Everything’s Gone Green […]

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Episode 10 – 12.6.16

PLAYLIST 10 is 83% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. A Word Of Warning: A couple of tracks in this show are slightly ‘sonically challenged’. Lyric of the Podcast:  Although it’s predominantly newsreel audio, track 15 shades it. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.41 NEW ORDER – […]

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Episode Nine (inc Winkles 1981: Pt 2) – 29.5.16

PLAYLIST 9 is 93% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near Perfect. Lyric of Playlist 9: ‘Each new hour holds new chances for new beginnings, the horizon leans forward offering you new space to place new steps of change… ‘ Could only be with the poetess… 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 […]

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Episode Eight – 15.5.16

PLAYLIST 8 is 85% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. In memory of Rob Gretton, who died seventeen years ago today (May 15). Lyric of Playlist 8: Where’s the harm in voicing your doubt? You’ll find me in the lavatory. And where’s the harm in talking out loud, when I’m on my own? What’s so wrong with reading […]

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Episode Seven – 1.5.16

PLAYLIST 7 is 91% VINYL FRIENDLY. More than excellent. Lyric of Playlist 7:  ‘I wanna be instamatic, I wanna be a frozen pea, I wanna be dehydrated, in a consumer society… ‘ Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’ 😉 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) […]

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Episode Six (inc Winkles 1981: Pt 1) – 17.4.16

PLAYLIST 6 is 93% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near perfect. Lyric of Playlist 6: A bit of a tease. The verses either side of ‘But whatever is behind the door, there is nothing much to do. Angel or devil I don’t care. For in front of that door, there is you.’ Tracks marked * have been given […]

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Episode Five – 3.4.16

PLAYLIST 5 is 86% VINYL FRIENDLY. Excellent. Lyric of Playlist 5: ‘Television, the drug of the nation, breeding ignorance and feeding radiation. T.V. It satellite links our United States of Unconsciousness. Apathetic, therapeutic and extremely addictive, the methadone metronome pumping out 150 channels 24 hours a day, you can flip through all of them, and still […]

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Episode Four – 20.3.16

PLAYLIST 4 is 97% VINYL FRIENDLY.   Unlikely it will get any better than that! A Word Of Warning Certainly one track in this show is ‘sonically challenged’… and it’s also the one that contains an expletive or ten. Lyric of Playlist 4: It’s a tie! Either ‘Someone, somewhere says they’ve got it all, but that’s not […]

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Episode Three – 6.3.16

PLAYLIST 3 is 85% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. A Word Of Warning: A couple of the tracks in this show are slightly ‘sonically challenged’… and elsewhere an expletive or two will crop up. Lyric of Playlist 3: Maybe unsurprisingly – as it’s a poem – the words to ‘Autumn Rose’. Incorporated into an unknown track in […]

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Episode Two – 21.2.16

PLAYLIST 2 is 94% VINYL FRIENDLY.  Near perfect. Lyric of Playlist 2: ‘I’ll see you baby when the clans rise again. Women and men united by the struggle going down. With a pocketful of plastic like a dollar on elastic. In this free world. I wouldn’t tell you if I didn’t care’. Tracks marked * […]

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Episode One – 7.2.16.

PLAYLIST 1 is 82% VINYL FRIENDLY.   Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 1: ‘I wanted to change the world, but I could not even change my underwear. And when the shit got really, really out of hand, I had it all the way up to my hairline, which keeps receding like my self-confidence, as if I ever […]

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