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Episode Three – 6.3.16

PLAYLIST 3 is

Turntable 3

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 the show, it seems inappropriate to isolate a section here so, full details and credits below.


Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, a slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’.


(Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Untitled – Unreleased demo – 1983. See Edition #1 for info.


00.40

NEW ORDER – Leave Me Alone – Power, Corruption & Lies, LP – Factory 1983

New Order - Leave Me Alone

New Order have always had the capacity to do ‘delicate’, with this being a prime example. One of Barney’s best vocal deliveries and first heard live in early ’82, there’s a gorgeous little melody line he used at a gig in Newcastle that year that never made it to the recorded version. Bit of a shame.

Below, 1) pre the Pet Shop Boys, it’s¬†Neil Tennant, in his days as a Smash Hits scribe, reviewing PC&L, May 12-25, ’83 – if you ‘doorstepped’ him now for an opinion on the album I wonder if he’d indicate the same – and 2) the Melody Maker review of the time. Expand to read… hopefully.

New Order - Power, C & L Neil Tennant:Smash Hits review, 12-25.5.83

New Order - PC&L Melody Maker review


05.13

LOVE TRACTOR – Neon Lights – ‘Til The Cows Come Home, 12″ EP – DB Records – 1984

Love Tractor - Neon Lights

Messing with Kraftwerk, but if your weapons of choice are guitars you’ll safely mae the track you’re own. This US band did it fine.


10.58

THE SOUND – Judgement – From The Lions Mouth, LP – Korova – 1981

The Sound - Judgement

I still have the (unsigned by me) contract to promote a 1981 gig by this more-than-fine band, at Bedford Boys’ Club, and for a couple of decades I couldn’t remember why I’d then declined the gig. When I was researching my ‘stuff’ for the New Order book it somehow dawned on me. The Sound’s gig had been set for Sat April 18 and very late on, New Order had organised a short run of three Scottish gigs over the same (as it happened) Easter weekend. Even with the Sound in the equation, there was no contest. I cancelled their gig… and Scotland was on. In any other circumstances, promoting the Sound at the Boys’ Club (less than a month after New Order playing there) would have been a great one to look back on.


15.44

THE AFFORDABLE FLOORS – The Sounding – Same, LP – A.W.O.L. – 1986

Affordable Floors - The Sounding

See what I (unintentionally) did there? Both this and the next crew are yet more bands that passed me by at the time. The Sounding includes possibly the most incongruous (please read ‘disastrous’) bridge imaginable but otherwise it’s a fab tune, and the Pittsburgh band must have thought so too as they reformed in the early noughties and can be found playing a 2005 live version on utuuuuube. Tellingly, they slow it down a bit – as older musicians tend to do ūüėČ – but those advancing years have had their benefits… they’ve toned down that friggin’ bridge.


20.02

THEY FADE IN SILENCE – Won’t Let Know * – Traveller – What Have You Seen, LP – Temple Suite – 1987

They Fade In Silence

Maybe a more solid an overall addition to 41 Rooms than the AFs before them here, this Dusseldorf crew only seemed to last a couple of years or so – but, there was more than one fab track in their greatcoats.


25.03

THE CURE – Play For Today – Seventeen Seconds, LP – Fiction – 1980

The Cure - Seventeen Seconds

It’s the Cure. Tracks from the first three albums a staple diet at Winkles back in the day. ‘Nuff said.


28.37

SCRIMSHIRE – Tenth Tone – Bight, CD only – Wah Wah 45s – 2013

Scrimshire

Adam Scrimshire operates as a producer, remixer, (co-)label boss (Wah Wah 45s), DJ and – as in here – artist. A ten minute walk from where I lived at the time, in Islington, London, I was at the above album launch. A big back room of a cool pub, 150 in attendance, max, Adam’s co-label boss, Dom Servini DJ’ing some neat tunes and a blistering set from Scrimshire… including this tune (possibly taken ever so slightly uptempo) was a rockin’ masterpiece.


31.40

UNKNOWN – Unknown (feat Chuck D) – Your Silence Will Not Protect You, V/a, cassette only – Unknown – Mid-late 1980s’ish

At the time of this track’s/show’s upload to 41 Rooms it was ‘unknown by unknown’, in effect. I had deciphered it uses, amongst others, the words (and I guess, the voice?) of Canadian poetess and writer, Lee Maracle – in the shape of her poem, Autumn Rose. Written in 1983 and inspired by a child of the same name, it’s also featured in Native Poetry In Canada: A Contemporary Anthology (Broadview Press, 2001).

Move on a year and Lee updates…

Wow! I have been looking for that tape for years. I have lost touch with the producer and no longer know who has the master. I think we taped in 1986 and¬† it was released in 1987.¬† I do know that the 1988 International feminist book fair used the tape to advertise the fair.¬† As a result hundreds of people attended my sessions and I outsold everyone at the conference‘.

Image from the Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) collection of self released cassettes uploaded to the net, late 2015 @ www.archive.org

Your Silence Will Not Protect You v-a cassette


37.16

ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE – Numbers And Steel – Love Can Prevail, 2LP – Somethink Sounds – 2014

Electric Wire Hustle - Numbers & SteelNew Zealanders sounding like Marvin Gaye’s back on the planet and mixing it up the pressure.


41.01

SAVANT – Stationary Dance – 12″ – Palace Of Lights – 1981

Savant - Stationary Dance

Seen by some as part of the

First heard by me on John Peel’s show in 1981, I played this a fair amount in our club. And like the Lucky People Center 12″ spun on an earlier show, I regularly picked up extra copies found moping in the bargain bins during the nineties.


45.05

KINNY & HORNE – Us On Fire – 12″ – Tru Thoughts – 2005

Kinny & Horne - Us On Fire

Brighton, UK’s Tru Thoughts is another on those labels you always have to keep an eye and ear on. One album, two singles, appeared and gone, all in 2005. I must check out the album.


48.32

ODEON – Beside (w Bernard Fowler) * – 12″ – Celluloid – 1984

Beside - Odeon

Early 80s electro up there with the best of the more well known culprits of the time. And looking at the price sticker still on my copy, this ¬£5.29 import purchase from HMV in Bedford would have been a sizeable amount of dosh. As both sides still get played round the parts, it was worth every penny. Here given the 41 Rooms mash-up treatment with Culture Club (!!!!) quietly drifting thru’.


56.47

The first in the occasional series of¬†Look What We Spawned….

JOY DIVISION – Insight – Unknown Pleasures, LP – Factory – 1979

Joy Division - Insight

That album of mine above has been through the wars since I bought it late ’79 – not helped by being transported back on forth to our Winkles club nights a few years later in… cardboard boxes(!), but… another that’s up there with the gods. A couple of months back I wouldn’t have put any money on this track being the first of Joy Division’s to grace 41 Rooms but it’s tied in here with its bastard offspring…


01.00.23

DRAGONS – Remembrance – Here Are The Roses, CD only – Ohm Recordings – 2007

Dragons - Here Are The Roses

If you can get beyond the huge influence of Joy Division on this band there are some cracking tracks on this album. They’ll be on 41 Rooms again.


01.04.08

THE COMSAT ANGELS – A World Away – Land, LP – Jive – 1983

Comsat Angels - A World Away

A bit like Joy Division’s Insight, this wasn’t anywhere near the starting grid for this band’s first appearance on 41 Rooms but it suddenly felt right. They’ll certainly be back here…


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FACTORY FLOOR – How You Say – Factory Floor, 2LP – DFA – 2013

Factory Floor

I was due to catch an early FF appearance – at a College of St Martin’s (London) end of year show – but what seemed like a change of scheduling on someone’s part meant I was in the wrong room at the wrong time. Doh! And then a couple of years later, drinking a bit too long in a Manchester pub with some of the New Order Vikings meant I/we only caught the last ten minutes of their support slot to NO, so¬† ¬† I’ve still yet to see a full FF gig – this now not having been helped by my moving to Ireland. On the bucket list, though…


01.14.31

ANNABEL (LEE) – I Will Lead Us – By The Sea… And Other Solitary Places, LP – Ninja Tune – 2015

Annabel - I Will Lead Us

The album’s a bit jazz (thankfully for me, a bit dark jazz), a bit folk, a bit cinematic and a bit Marlena Dietrich. In a way, the combination has her treading her own path.


01.18.28

GARY PUCKETT AND THE UNION GAP – Wait Till The Sun Shines On You – Gary Puckett And The Union Gap, LP – Columbia – 1968

Gary Puckett - Wait Till The Sun Shines On You

I was just a shade too young to capture GO’s hits in real time but it’s a voice I associate a good bit with my youth, and strangely it seems to resonate louder as I get older. No doubt wooing a a horde of women in their sixties at a Disneyland right now… and why wouldn’t he?


01.20.52

KAREN CARPENTER ( and the CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. AT LONG BEACH CHOIR) – Crescent Noon – (CSULB album, ‘private pressing’) – 1968.

Karen Carpenter

Carpenters ‘heads’ have pinned this recording down to the above, so Karen C aged approx 18 years old. It’s been suggested maybe 200 copies, tops, were pressed. How few survive to this day, who knows. I certainly don’t have one. I could happily have gone for the later official (Carpenters) release of this tune but peaking through the hiss and the sands of time, this really has a charm of its own… and that voice. On a forum, ‘Rick-An Ordinary Fool’ suggested ‘sometimes the ingenuity and inspiration that is built around production constraints produces something uniquely beautiful, as is the case with Crescent Noon.‘ He’s not wrong.


01.24.40

EYELESS IN GAZA – Skeletal Framework – Caught In Flux – LP + 12″EP – Cherry Red – 1981

EIG - Skeletal Framework

The second piece of vinyl included here that still has the price sticker from when (pretty close to the release date, without doubt) I bought it. ¬£4.95. Spanning twenty three years (’82-’05), I promoted EIG four times, and they’re cracking along here as if time is of the essence. Buried hear in a punk suit Martyn bates’ voice is one of the great treasures of modern music.


01.28.05

MAZES – Salford – Wooden Aquarium, LP – FatCat – 2014

Mazes (2)

I’d like to think they’re really singing ‘I live in Salford, it’s all good, it’s all good‘ but if they’re not, it’s a trick missed. My daughter has likely used ‘It’s all good’ to precis a whole bunch of highs AND lows of her daily life… the optimism of youth.


01.30.18

JUNIP – Rope And Summit – 12″ EP – City Slang – 2010

Junip - Rope And Summit

Sweden in the area. A fabulous sound…


01.34.32

CABARET VOLTAIRE – Nag Nag Nag – 12″ – Celluloid – 1979

THE BIG GUNS… an absolutely iconic piece of music. Period.

Cabaret Voltaire - Nag Nag Nag


01.39.13

SLAB! – Smoke Rings – 12″ – Ink Records – 1987

Slab! - Smoke Rings

A fat and abrasive funk thing going on here, these guys put out a blast of material over three years in the late eighties, a particular highlight being a version of Painting The Fourth Bridge done for a John Peel session. Saw them only once, though, at London’s ULU. Didn’t regret it.


01.45.07

DEBO BAND – Gedawo (Live) – 7″ – Electric Cowbell Records – 2011

Debo Band - Gedawo (Live)

Somehow I bounced into Electric Cowbell Records on the net one night and waded through all the release that had an audio sample. This jumped out at me, so a 7″ winged its way to me. The sound of the bass on this… wicked stuff.


01.49.38

BREAKBEAT ERA  РOur Disease РUltra-Obscene, 2LP РXL Recordings Р1999

Breakbeat Era - Our Disease

Another top. top album for me. One of the godfathers of drum and bass, Roni Size aided in no small fashion by vocalist, Leonie Laws. And this album was… it. Nothing else, sadly…


01.55.07

BREAKAGE – Plum Fairy – Split 12″ – Critical – 2005

Breakage - Plum Fairy

It’s relentless, it swirls around, it doesn’t shift about too much… but it’s soooo solid.

And we’re gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Episode Three – 6.3.16

  1. Your Silent Face, a defining track for me. And regarding Tennant’s comments, he knew competition when he heard it. Though being a big Pet Shops fan (can I say that on here or will I get trolled?!?), personally, I’d forgive him. Other highlights, ‘Unknown Unknown’, my that’s a winner eh, and knowing that you have that and I don’t has made me like you quite a lot less. Do recall you getting very animated about Savant and it’s aged well. Electric Wire Hustle and Debo a bit good and also the Beside track, though for me Bernard Fowler could probably sing a Farage speech and make it sound good.
    How long did you have to work on your ‘Unknown Pleasure’ mix/segue then? Rather nifty. And Skeletal Framework, well, on more than one occasion I chose to follow Insight with that same track at Winkles. Maybe everyone did?
    The Karen Carpenter number, not only obviously a little bit rare (!!!) but also an early contender for the ‘tracks/artists I least expected to hear on 41 Rooms’ thread. Marvellous.

    1. Cheers again, Barry. The Savant 12″ has mesmerised me forever… and Karen C will crop up again. As a kid, I was always a fan of her voice. The ‘Unknown Pleasures’ idea happened by accident, so I sort of ran with it a bit. I think I’m unlikely ever to listen back to any of the shows, in case though I wince at some of the tomfoolery – a glitch in an edit here or there maybe sometime… but with my heart on my sleeve.

    1. Thanks Geoff, much appreciated. And you’re the third person in the last hour to prod me re that Blue Monday take. ūüôā I like it, not that it sounds (to my ears, anyway) too much like there’s a thirties thing going on.

  2. Catching up on Ep.3 today, and of course had to dig out Mayfair 82 to remind myself how that very early version differs to the recorded version, which actually sounded great to hear out for the blue. Made me wonder if any plans to include ‘unofficial’ material at any point along the road?… Loved Dragons – a familiar sound, as you say – although never heard before, and Plum Fairy – yep, very solid.
    Keep up the good work selecting, looking forward to 4 already.

    cheers
    Steve

    1. Cheers Steve. Well, I know what you’re reeeally getting at ūüôā but I suppose technically I’ve already included ‘unofficial’ material. Uuutuuube etc is already awash with that sort of stuff… I’ll have to see how brave I’m feeling at any given point. Dragons will definitely crop up again, and there’s yet another JD soundalike (even more obscure!) – coming at some point.

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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’ ūüėČ 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’ ūüėČ 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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