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

PLAYLIST 6 is

Turntable 6

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 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 – In A Lonely Place – 12″ B-side – Factory – 1981

IALP does sound depressive and lonely, a mysterious piece of mood music that I don’t actively dislike, but won’t be listening to again.’ Part of the review (journalist unknown) for Ceremony, Melody Maker, Mar 7, 1981.

New Order _ In A Lonely Place


06.38

BRENDAN PERRY – Utopia – Ark, 2LP – Cooking Vinyl – 2010

The Dead Can Dance man in solo mode and here with his extraordinary voice the focus of attention. In a quick search to double check he is indeed a baritone I bounced into a site that has analysed the notes he’s actually hit in certain songs and live concerts over the last few years. Admirable, but possibly someone with a bit too much time on their hands.

Brendan Perry - Utopia


12.45

BLACK – More Than The Sun – Black, compilation LP – WEA – 1987

More torch-like singers, this time Colin Vearncombe who, sadly, died in January from injuries received in a car crash in Cork, Ireland. A radically more post punk / electronic Black will appear in an upcoming 41 Rooms show but this track’s epicness will, for now, more than do him proud.

Black - More Than The Sun


16.18

WHITE AND TORCH – Parade – 7″ – Chrysalis – 1982

An 18minute mix of ‘torch’-like singers and here we have one with Torch in their name. What are the chances, eh? W&T cropped up on a couple of (at least) heavyweight UK early evening TV shows promoting this single, so there was a brief push behind them. The single stalled at #54 in the charts… and I suspect their record company thought if they couldn’t break them with this monster they were going to struggle with anything else, and they soon disappeared. A top over-the-top tune, you could most probably have fun mashing it up with the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, a comparison probably made by some record company bod back in the day. This acetate was sniped by me for about ¬£6 on eBay a while back.

White and Torch - Parade (Acetate)


20.16

Lyric of the Podcast…

SCOTT WALKER – My Death – Scott, LP – Philips – 1967

And this torch singer medley ends with one of the most iconic in the genre. A song I first heard in the mid 70s on a David Bowie Santa Monica ’72 live bootleg album (a brilliant take, by the way) but it was another few years before I realised the Walker/Jacques Brel connections. Doh! You never stop learning…

Scott Walker - My Death


25.04

RAE & CHRISTIAN – Swansong (For A Nation) – 12″ – Grand Central – 1998

I saw R&C live a few times around the period they were promoting the Northern Sulphuric Soul album that houses this track, and they’re up there with some of the best gigs I’ve ever seen. Vocalist Veba had a bit of a ‘chest beating’ thing going on at the time that reminded me of the Cocteau Twins’ Liz Fraser in their own early’ish live days, and when I mentioned it to Veba at an R&C gig in London’s King’s College (Feb ’99) I could see she was obviously enamoured with the comparison. I could certainly hear the early Simon Raymonde era Cocteaux performing Swansong… errr… allowing for the fact it wasn’t to be written for another fifteen years or so. Whenever Veba and R&C surface (both infrequently and often separately) they’re always worth a listen. And look out for a biography from Mark Rae. He was recently gifting diary extracts of his early R&C adventures via his Facebook page and he’s got a very cool way with words.

Rae And Christian - Swansong

An interview I did with Mark Rae in late 1998 for Circuit magazine (#2, 1999).

Rae & Christian interview, Circuit #2, 1999


30.18

Various Production – Lost – The World Is Gone, 3LP – XL Recordings – 2006

Possibly one of the most annoying band names I’ve come across, but it obviously didn’t put off XL. Two or three VP tracks will surface on 41 Rooms.

Various Production - Lost


33.03

BIG BLOOD – 2 + 2=? – Fight For Your Dinner Vol 1, Cassette/CD only – Don’t Trust The Ruin – 2014

There is a lot of Big Blood music… and it’s in lots of places, so their Discogs page is a good place to start; from releases on bespoke labels – Don’t Trust The Ruin, for instance – through to (as of right now) 155(!) free to download tracks at the Free Music Archive. And for some sort of appraisal of their work, here’s super fan Ran Prieur wading through the band’s catalogue

Big Blood - 2+2=?


38.15

UT – Confidential – 12″ – Out Records – 1984

Recently touring Europe and the UK with the Woodentops, more blanket from the girls of Ut. Confidential is their sharpest stab yet: insistent, hypnotic and sparkling – evidence of their consistent improvement. Riffs to live with and that know how to rip it up, belying any reputation for ‘difficult’ groups and sounds like these may have’. Richard Boon, The Catalogue #25, Apr ’85.

Ut - Confidential

The Ut girls, just having supported The Fall – Bedford Boys’ Club, 1.10.83

Ut 1.10.83

Photo credit/copyright: Dec Hickey


43.01

SMALL FACES РOwn Up РSmall Faces, LP  РDecca Р1966

I was just a few years too young to have bought the best of the UK’s sixties bustling ‘beat combos’ first time around, but I made up for it in the seventies; back-tracking (‘scuse the pun) to sweep up 7″ singles by the Yardbirds, Move, Spencer Davis Group, etc… and the Small Faces were a particular fave of mine. Back then, I did have the originals of most of the modsters’ UK¬† albums (pictured is a slightly later – 1970 – copy of the first album) and all the singles. Own Up finds them thrashing about minus Steve Marriott’s swaggering vocals.

Small Faces - Own Up (Time)


45.22

PAUL WELLER – Aim High * – Pay attention here… The first half of this nine minutes plus finds a huge chunk of the album version randomly overlaid (first and only take) on the Larry Heard Remix… which then segues into Aim Higher-The Amorphous Androgynous Remix. And if I remember rightly, there’s a snippet or two floating from the first half to the second. Big props to the AA boys – ex-pat Bedfordian, Gary Cobain and Brian Dougans – for their version. Should you want to track down a vinyl copy¬† (500 12″ copies only, from Record Store Day, 2010) it will cost you a bit… and look like this¬†‚¨á¬†‚¨á ‚¨á ‚¨á ‚¨á

Paul Weller - Aim High(er)


54.28

NATACHA ATLAS¬† – Duden (Talvin Singh’s Indian Jungle Book Mix) – 12″ – Mantra Recordings – 1994

Asian breakbeat… and brilliant.

Natacha Atlas - Duden

Natacha Atlas – Duden (Mantra/Nation)… On the flip, tabla player extraordinaire Talvin Singh goes for breakbeat action with more of the meandering vocals on top. Not a club anthem but perfect for the Megatripolis-style crowds. ***** Brad Beatnik, Record Mirror (Music Week), 6.5.95


WINKLES¬† IN¬† 1981¬† (Pt 1 – The ‘Big Guns’)

01.00.17

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – All That Jazz – Crocodiles, LP – Korova – 1980

The Bunnymen were staples in our club…

Echo & The Bunnymen - All That Jazz


01.03.03

COMSAT ANGELS – Do The Empty House – 7″

My truly knackered copy, as with a lot of the stuff I played down Winkles in the early 80s it was packed in rubbishy open cardboard boxes and often transported back to my house – at the end of what was, for me, likely a slightly drunken night – in the open back of the club owner, Terry’s builders van ūüôā None of that makes for well preserved records. I do look after vinyl a lot better these days. I can always buy decent replacement copies but these are the very records of my clubbing days… and that’s important. No idea why it’s ‘Com Sat’ on the label. Somebody at the label probably got a verbal seeing to.

Comsat Angels - Do The Empty House

My gig promotion, and until I found it recently I wouldn’t have remembered my #001 ticket got signed.¬† My mum had died during the year and in a period particularly high on ‘thoughts of family’ for me I used images of my Aunt Peggy on the poster and ticket. She had died of Leukaemia, aged 26, when I was barely a year old. I’ve told the tale before elsewhere but the artwork for the ticket was five minutes from going to the printers when I had the notion something wasn’t quite right with it – and it then dawned on me. Staring out at me – loud and proud – was ‘Comsat Angles’! I’d have been given stick for the rest of my life.

001 and signed Bedford ticket


01.06.29

COMSAT ANGELS – Be Brave – Sleep No More, LP – Polydor – 1981

Comsat Angels - Be Brave

Having corrected the a/w for the gig’s ticket we still managed to screw up with the poster. Somewhere in transit to the printers, the ‘Dec’ fell off.

Comsat Angels Poster


01.10.08

SOFT CELL – Memorabilia – 12″ – Some Bizzare – 1981

This still sounds wicked. Edgy electronica.

Soft Cell - Memorabilia


01.17.27

JAPAN – The Quiet Life – Quite Life, LP – Ariola Hansa – 1979

I’d actually been a Japan fan before their swing to a new sound and look. In their guitar driven, New York Dolls era I’d seen them a couple of times, one being in front of just a few hundred, all crammed down the front ten rows of London’s cavernous (3000-4000 capacity?) Rainbow Theatre. The Quiet Life album was their image and sound game-changer.

Japan - The Quiet Life


01.22.10

SIMPLE MINDS – I Travel – Empires And Dance, LP – Zoom/Arista –¬† 1980

Sort of Simple Minds’ second phase.

Simple Minds - I Travel

Jim Kerr leaving the stage at London’s Hammersmith Palais, 26.8.80, during their Empires and Dance tour.

Jim Kerr (2)346

Photo credit/copyright: Dec Hickey


01.25.56

ULTRAVOX – Hiroshima Mon Amour

I certainly watched this (BBC) Old Grey Whistle Test performance when it was first broadcast on Dec 5, 1978 but it must have been repeated, as I recorded it early after getting a video recorder in mid November ’79. Either way, this is John Foxx and Ultravox Mark 1 stomping all over Midge Ure’s tenancy with the band.

Ultravox - Hiroshima Mon Amour

Summer Salt fanzine, #2, 1977

Ultravox live review. Summer Salt fanzine #2, 1977


01.29.23

ROXY MUSIC – Street Life – 7″ – Island – 1973

I suspect any alternative/new wave/post punk club on the late 70s/early 80s would have been happy to throw in Bowie and Roxy Music here and there. We certainly did.

Roxy Music - Street Life


01.32.27

THE TEARDROP EXPLODES – Treason (It’s Just A Story) – 7″ – Zoo – 1980

Given my first gig promotion, in Oct ’80, was these lads, it would have been rude of me not to have been playing them when we started our club just ten or so weeks later.

Teardrop Explodes - Treason

Teardrop Explodes - unused ticket, 22.10.80


01.35.15

SHOCKING BLUE¬† – Venus – 7″ – Penny Farthing – 1969

Liked this as a kid and it sounded like it would work in our club… and it did.

Shocking Blue - Venus


01.38.11

ABC – Tears Are Not Enough – 12″ – Neutron¬† – 1981

Martin Fry had previously been in a musty electronic Sheffield outfit called Vice Versa that I liked but this transformation to ABC’s glitzy synth funk/pop still truck a chord in Winkles. Big tune.

ABC - Tears Are Not Enough


01.41.38

BAUHAUS – Kick In The Eye – 12″ – Beggars Banquet – 1981

To the dark side. Being based in Northampton (only twenty miles up the road from us in Bedford) most probably helped to build their following in our town. This was a dancefloor biggie with us.

Bauhaus - Kick In The Eye


01.44.28

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Spellbound – 12″ – Polydor – 1981

More of the post punk/’goth’ crossover.

Siouxsie - Spellbound


01.47.51

PSYCHEDELIC FURS – Fall – Self-Titled LP – CBS – 1980

I saw the Furs three times back in their early 80s heyday, on a six band bill (Teardrop Explodes, Echo and the Bunnymen and A Certain Ratio being three of the others!) at London’s Lyceum in March 1980 being the first of them, and Rep Butler’s vocal is something you don’t forget too easily.

Psychedelic Furs - India


01.50.29

JOY DIVISION – Isolation – Closer, LP – Factory – 1980

Another bit of vinyl that went through the wars at Winkles. ¬£3.99 from Bedford’s HMV at the time. One of my top five albums of all time. Nuff said…

Joy Division - Isolation


01.53.05

THE FALL – Totally Wired – 7″ – Rough Trade – 1980

And the trashed vinyl keeps on coming. We’re in a burst of short snappy records that I used to regularly spin together in various permutations. I should have played more of The Fall than I did. I turned down promoting a Fall gig in Bedford (in ’83) and having then passed it to my mates Nigel Turner and Paul ‘Budge’ Burridge, I was only five minutes into the subsequent gig when I realised my mistake.

The Fall - Totally Wired

Fall Masterbag cover, #18, Autumn '82


01.56.28

GNAG OF FOUR – Natural’s Not In It – Entertainment! LP – EMI – 1979

Another important album. Often referred to by my late friend, Alan J and myself as the Gnag of Four, so¬†in his memory, they will be again, anytime they appear on 41 Rooms moving forward… and they will.

Gang of Four - Natural's Not In It


01.59.30

THE DOORS – Break On Through (To The Other Side) – The Doors, LP – Elektra – 1967

Like Roxy Music, the Doors were another band from a different era that resonated with our club. The visual is from a 1980 re-release copy of the Doors’ debut album.

The Doors - Break On Through


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6 thoughts on “Episode Six (inc Winkles 1981: Pt 1) – 17.4.16

    1. Thanks, Adrian. Some of the more ‘unsung heroes’ spun 1981’ish at Winkles will be cropping up in a show in the next month or two. Kicking off our club that year we obviously had the previous 4-5 years to pull on. It might get a little tougher if I do the same with the years ’82 to ’86 in which the club was running. We’ll see…

  1. And the years rolled back. Top selections. Glad Venus made the cut. Those tunes are inexorably linked to my memories of Winkles nights. I do recall dancing like a loon whenever ‘Bob Hope Takes Risks ‘ was on the decks.

    1. Ha! The Rip Riggers! With 1981, I’ve got the previous relevant years to also pull on, so there may be a few ‘1981 1hrs’ at various points and they’ll be in there, without a doubt, Ian.

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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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