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Episode Four – 20.3.16

PLAYLIST 4 is

Turntable 4

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!

EitherSomeone, somewhere says they’ve got it all, but that’s not even what we want. Not even close, not even close. It wont ever be what we want’.

OrZed is the black sheep of the alphabet, Zed is the masculine letter. I’ve known Zed’s who’ve only taken B’s to bed, they said that G’s couldn’t scorch their sweaters’.


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


(Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983

Episode #1 for info.


00.40

NEW ORDER – We All Stand * – The Peel Sessions, 12″ EP – Strange Fruit – 1986

To these ears, New Order’s second session for John Peel – broadcast June 1, ’82, and from which We All Stand is taken – is their best body of work, albeit there are just four tracks. The visual here is from the bootleg vinyl 12″ of the session that appeared in  the early ’80s.

New Order - We All Stand

As of the actual upload date of this playlist – March 21, ’16 – it’s 35 years to the day since I promoted New Order at Bedford Boys’ Club… so here are a couple of bits of memorabilia from the night.

001 ticket (lighter)

Gillian, Barney, Twinny, Terry, Hooky & Steve (Bunger)

Gig photo, copyright: Rod Coleman


05.23

CLICK CLICK – Playground – Rorschach Testing LP – Play It Again Sam – 1988

From Luton, a band I loved and was heavily involved with in the second half of the ’80s, putting out their records on Rorschach Testing, a label owned by myself and graphic designer mate, Mick Lowe. Then – with me as their manager – they signed to Play It Again Sam. Getting lumped in with the industrial scene at the time was understandable but they were more expansive than that. The visual here is from the US copy of the album Click Click named after our label.

Click Click - Playground

Pre Click Click’s Rorschach Testing days, a poster for their gig at one of our Winkles club nights, 28.11.84.

Click Click, Winkles 28.11.84 poster


09.00

COCTEAU TWINS – In The Gold Dust Rush – Head Over Heels, LP – 4AD – 1983

There’s a slightly younger generation of CT fans who pick albums further down the line as faves, but for me Head Over Heels was their finest, and along with getting New Order and Cabaret Voltaire to Bedford back in the day, having the Cocteau Twins play my home town seemed as unlikely… but we managed it. Here, the original artwork for the Boys’ Club gig ticket.

Cocteau Twins Bedford ticket artwork. Old skool!


12.19

FELT (feat Liz Fraser) – Primitive Painters – 12″ – Cherry Red – 1985

What a marriage! Liz Fraser and Felt, and a barometer of the time – £2.79 for a 12″ single in 1985. A track feeling far bigger than that of ‘single’, so well worth the price.
Felt - Primitive Painter

And previously unpublished (errr… apart from the From Heaven to Heaven Facebook page) this may possibly be the only photo of Liz and Felt ‘together’ – my fumbling camerawork managing somehow to capture their respective soundchecks in the same shot, at one of the five UK gigs (I’m not quite sure which) the two bands linked up on, mid April, 1984. Selling my Rorschach Testing magazine – and judging by one of the other photos, the Cocteau Twins t-shirts as well – and with very good mate, Budge along for the trip, this was a week I’d be happy living again… apart from the bit where I had to call the police to get my car out of a pub’s locked car park in Oxford before we’d even got to the first of the gigs.

Liz and Felt (sort of)

Copyright: Dec Hickey


18.13

BLOOD SPORT – Welcome To The Foyer – Axe Laid To The Root, LP – Blast First Petite – 2016

Released in February, and pointed in my direction by their label boss and a long time friend of mine, Paul Smith, to date, this is the newest release to grace 41 Rooms. And I’ll leave it to the Blast First Petite PR to sum up…

‘Drums, electronics, electric chordophone, baritone guitar, voice’ – ‘Premiere ambassadors of Sheffield’s aggro-beat sound’ – ‘Audio propaganda from the UK’s First City of Sanctuary’ – ‘Mongrel soundclash pups of Hi-NRG ‘tronics & Afro-Beat’ – ‘Musical wing of Northern Underground Party Agitators Hydrid Vigour’ – ‘Brothers-In-Arms to tie dye tapes & the Audacious Art Experiment’ – ‘Shoe-Less Dancers’ – ‘A glorious fusion of opposing forces… you never quite know if they are here to start the party or destroy it’ (Loud and Quiet)

Blood Sport


24.17

WHITE DENIM – I Start To Run * – 7″ – Full Time Hobby – 2009

Fiery stuff!

White Denim - I Start To Run


27.08

EGOSLAVIA – Lost Song – Egoslavia, mini LP – 9  1/2 x 16″ Records – 1982

Another to file under ‘Missed It At The Time’.

Egoslavia - Lost Song


A salute to a great lost voice. In the late seventies and early eighties, Sarah Osborne (This Is Some Of Your Life) fronted the Klingons, Repetition, Marine and Allez Allez, and apart from a couple of brief re-appearances a few years later she then left music. Maybe not technically a great vocalist, she still rocked it from jagged post punk to Belgian new wave funk. Here she is with four tracks, from three of the aforementioned bands.

29.22

KLINGONS – The First Question – 7″ – Kang Records – 1980

The sleeve hints this is the B-side but the vinyl says otherwise. I’ll go with the latter, as it sounds way more crucial.

Klingons - First Question


32.16

And also in this ‘grouping’, the second in an occasional series of ‘B-side, what B-side’ double A-side 7″ers…

REPETITION – Fade Out – 7″ – Les Disques du Crepuscule – 1981 +

36.44

A/The Still Reflex

Glorious stuff! Played to bits back in the day… and it certainly looks like it.

Repetition - A Still Reflex

repetition - A Still Reflex


40.37

ALLEZ ALLEZ – Marathon Dance – African Queen, mini LP – Kamera – 1982

A bit of that aforementioned Belgian new wave funk was always right up my street.

Allez Allez - Marathon Dance

Previously unpublished. Sarah Osborne on stage with Allez Allez. Heaven, London, 13.7.81

Marine (16)

Copyright: Dec Hickey


43.25

JOSEF K  – The Missionary – 7″ – Les Disques du Crepuscule – 1982

A bona fide post-punk classic. No argument.

Josef K - The Missionary


46.53

NEGATIVLAND – You Don’t Even Live Here – Escape From Noise, LP – SST – 1987

All roads lead to their website and massive radio show archive.

Negativland - You Don't Even Live Here


48.37

U.N.K.L.E. (feat IAN BROWN) – Be There – 12″ – Mo Wax – 1999

Based on ‘Unreal’ from the ‘Psyence Fiction’ album, this reworking features Ian Brown’s spartan vocals over a mellow mellotron backing… ‘ ***** James Hyman, Record Mirror (Music Week), 13.2.99

UNKLE - Be There


53.21

GB INTERPRETS A RACE OF ANGELS – The Main Attraction – GB Interprets His Contemporaries, 12″ EP – Mahasa Music – 2010

I first heard Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker in 2004-2005 – as it happens under his GB moniker used here. He’s flown slightly under the radar ever since, with some very bespoke and Limited Edition releases along the way, and all his presently available material is here at Gifted & Blessed.

GB Interprets - The Main Attraction


56.13

OMAR feat STEVIE – Feelin It/I’m Feeling You – Single-sided 12″ – White label – 2009

Of dubious legality… but a wicked track.

Omar (feat Stevie_ - Feelin' It


01.00.59

LAUGHING LIGHT OF PLENTY – The Rose * – 12″ – Whatever We Want Records – 2008

One double album (of eight tracks) and one 12″ is all they produced… and both cost quite a bit to get hold of these days.

Laughing Light Of Plenty - The Rose


01.05.53

PLAY A FEW – Wicked Turntable Games – Single-sided 12″ – No label – 1999

Another ‘less than legal’ offering… but a brilliant fusing of Chris Isaac’s hit, Wicked Games, into Richie Hawtin’s Electrophunk Remix of La Funk Mob’s Motor Bass Get Phunked Up. That’s cleared that up. Yet another single (I really didn’t do this often, honest) I saved  a number of times from the bargain bins back in the day. Currently, I’ve three copies.

Play A Few - Wicked Turntable Games


01.10.27

JACKSON C. FRANK – Milk And Honey – Self-Titled LP – Columbia – 1965

A tragic life, outlined in his Wikipedia entry, but if nothing else, those gifted with a talent sometimes get to leave the rest of us with something to treasure… and he did.

Jackson C. Frank - Milk And Honey


01.13.59

THE HIDDEN ORCHESTRA – The Burning Circle * – Download only – 2011

The HO sample the above Jackson C. Frank track and 41 Rooms add to it… with part of Teddy Kennedy’s eulogy to his late brother, Robert.

Hidden Orchestra - The Burning Circle


01.15.36

THE DISTRIBUTORS – TV Me – 7″ – White/no label – 1979

One top, top track back then… and it still sounds brilliant. Archetypal post punk, seemingly it had two different sleeves.

Distributors - TV Me


01.19.10

DEVO – Timing X * – Duty Now For The Future, LP – Warner Brothers – 1979

Another from the ‘sonically challenged’ department but I think it still just about holds together. And hopefully the ‘crop circles nutter’ I overlaid here got some counselling to sort out his anger management issues. The fact that what he’s getting so worked up about is… a crop circle(!)… is worrying enough to start with.

Devo - Timing X


01.20.24

D.R.Y. Project – Bizarre Tastes – 7″ – Di-Stance – 1986

Sounding like an Oriental Talking Heads, I still have the recording of John Peel playing this on his radio show in ’86 and for two and a half decades afterwards I spent a good bit of time trying to chase this single down thinking they were called D.I.Y. Project. Having finally cracked it, it then became the third most expensive single I’ve bought to date. Not hugely expensive in the bigger collecting world, just so for me. I was just about to buy a second copy from the same seller, when someone else nipped in.

D.R.Y. project - Bizarre Tastes


01.23.49

CANDI STATON – Do Your Duty – Pepe Bradock Mixes 12″ – Honest Jon’s – 2004

Don’t know what the lady herself made of this… but it’s more than fine by me.

Candi Staton - Do Your Duty


01.26.43

Here come three belting dancefloor tunes from the more modern day end of the Acid Jazz label.

ANDY LEWIS (feat BETTYE LAVETTE) – Laughter Ever After –  7″ – Acid Jazz – 2004

The Let Me Down Easy woman still firing on all cylinders.

Andy Lewis - Laughter Ever After


01.30.27

THE THIRD DEGREE – Mercy – 7″ – Acid Jazz – 2009

Should you want to track this down, beware! Some mispressed copies on the Tri-Sound label – although labelled correctly – have a completely different song in the grooves.

Third Degree - Mercy

And as it’s Acid Jazz, here’s AJ label boss and top man, Eddie Piller, citing some of his vinyl faves in September ’96 – Record Mirror, 7.9.96.

Eddie Piller article, 7.9.96


01.33.41

TONY CHRISTIE – Something Better – Now’s The Time! LP – Acid Jazz – 2011

Albeit he’s got a big voice, this is probably the only tune I’ll ever need of the ‘Amarillo’ man. I wonder if anybody ever went there to find out what it was like?

Tony Christie - Something Better


01.36.57

S(pencer).D(avis).G(roup). – I’m A Man * – I’m A Man Remixes 12″ – Melted Dubs – 2012

More shady goings on but a stomper all the same. The 12″ is very ‘bitty’, but 41 Rooms edited together the best bits here.

S.W.D. - I'm A Man


01.41.02

Y PANTS – Favourite Sweater – 7″ EP – 99 Records – 1980

Didn’t hit my radar back then but it’s the sort of tune I might actually like more now than I might have then. Looking at Discogs, it’s been wanted by a good few.

Y Pants - Favourite Sweater


01.43.25

THE CHINESE STARS – Drugs And Sunshine – Listen To Your Left Brain, LP – Skin Graft Records – 2007

But from Providence, Rhode Island, US of A. Modern day post punk, to me… ‘noise rock’ to others.

Chinese Stars - Drugs And Sunshine


01.46.37

Joint Lyric of the Podcast… 

THE ASSOCIATES – A – The Affectionate Punch, LP – Fiction – 1980

This album stood out prominently back in 1980 and Billy Mackenzie will have been missed by a steadily growing army of fans since his death back in 1997. One truly great vocalist and some classy tracks and mischievous lyrics along the way.

Associates - A


01.50.18

LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS – Rattlesnakes – 7″ – Polydor – 1984

Sounds way better to me now than it did back in 1984.

Lloyd Cole - Rattlesnakes


01.53.33

TERMINAL WHITE – Worker – Worker, LP – White Records – 1988

Only happened on these guys a couple of years back. A bit of an ‘industrial’ thing going on here.

Terminal White - Worker


01.57.32

Joint Lyric of the Podcast…

THE DEARS – We Can Have It * – 7″ – Bella Union – 2004

Good to see some numbered/Limited Edition coloured vinyl creep in here, if only at the end. Some tracks are just right for the ‘credits rolling’… and this is such a track.

Dears - We Can Have It

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    1. I lost the best part of a day’s editing on this one, Adrian. Could do without that happening again. 🙂 🙁

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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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