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Episode Eight – 15.5.16

PLAYLIST 8 is

Tutntable 8

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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 my stars, when I’ll be in the lavatory? And what is so wrong with counting the cards, when I’m all alone?… It’s perfectly fine to sleep in a chair, from Monday till Saturday. And what is so wrong with talking out loud, when I’m all alone?

Sometimes it’s nothing profound… just very quaint. The voice just adds to the quaintness.


A Word Of Warning

A couple of the tracks in this show are slightly ‘sonically challenged’.


00.00

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

Episode #1 for info.


00.40

NEW ORDER – Turn The Heater On (John Peel session, 1.6.82) – 12″ – Strange Fruit – 1986

Usually to be seen resting in the 41 Rooms site header visual, here’s the UK cassette, released three years later… The second anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death would have been fresh in their minds when the session was recorded in early May, ’82, not at the BBC’s studios in London’s Maida Vale (as was the norm) but at Manchester’s Strawberry Studios… and then subsequently mailed to the Beeb. When granted a JP session, there wouldn’t have been too many bands back then with the clout to do this. From New Order’s official recorded history, my favourite ‘body of work’.

New Order tape 3

New Order - Turn The Heater On


05.33

MAD PROFESSOR – Voice From The Wilderness – LP, Dub Me Crazy Part 4 (Escape To The Asylum Of Dub) – Ariwa – 1983

Pretty much all the dub and roots reggae I heard in the late 70s/early 80s came to me first via John Peel’s radio shows. The latter more my thing but this track made a big impression on me.

Mad Professor - Voice From The Wilderness


08.44

AUGUSTUS PABLO – Cassava Piece – LP, Original Rockers – Greensleeves – 1979

Cheery vibes…

Augustus Pablo - Cassava Piece


11.12

MISTY IN ROOTS – Judgement Coming On The Land – The John Peel Sessions, CD only? – Strange Fruit – 1995

The first two sessions the band did for John Peel are, for me, right up their with New Order’s second session. ‘Judgement’ is taken from their second, recorded Nov 29, ’79 and subsequently broadcast on Dec 6. I could have sworn I saw a visual of a Misty In Roots John Peel 12″ online once, but I can’t find any hint of one now. Just my imagination?

Misty In Roots - Judgement Coming On The Land


15.59

MARK FARINA (feat. SEAN HAYES) – Dream Machine – 2xLP, Air Farina – OM Records – 2003

A man who likes his vinyl, it would appear.

Mark Farina (2)


21.18

GROOVE GARDEN – You’re Not Coming Home – 12″ – Tommy Boy Records – 1993

Not the only mix on this 12″ that will grace 41 Rooms.

Groovegarden - You're Not Coming Home

N.Y.C. Japanese new wave hip hop vibes. Tommy Boy brings it forth. Female rap, meets vocal cross over, over Larry Young’s ‘Turn Off The Lights’ with a slight Bristol off beat sample feel to it. Totally slammin’. James ‘The Holygoof’ Lavelle, Straight No Chaser (#17), Summer ’92


26.12

MARTHA AND THE MUFFINS – These Dangerous Machines – 12″ – RCA – 1983

Echo Beach was such a big tune but I found the accompanying album, Metro Music a bit of a let down, so I lost interest in them. I started, though, to sift through their back catalogue awhile back and there are some fine tracks in there.

Martha and the Muffins - These Dangerous Machines


31.03

DAVID BYRNE AND BRIAN ENO – Moonlight In Glory – LP, My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts – Sire – 1981

An iconic, maybe even groundbreaking album. Various tracks on it featured down our club.

David Byrne and Brian Eno - Moonlight In Glory


35.15

KUTIMAN – I’m New – ThruYOU, album (digital only) – Self Released – 2009

The world of sampling and mash ups can blur, but quality prevails, and Kutiman is up there with the likes of Go Home Productions in this field. Some of the elements in the tracks on ThruYOU wouldn’t have come across each other in a hundred years without his intervention but ‘more than the sum of its parts’ should be a strapline for his concoctions – disparate uuutuuube videos melted together like they were actually made for each other. His album title, though, remembers to pay tribute to the contributors.

Kutiman - I'm New

Kutiman


39.40

THE DUKE SPIRIT – The Step and The Walk – 7″ – You Are Here Music – 2008

Indie rock 7″ goodness.

The Duke Spirit - The Step and the Walk


43.15

PYLON – Danger – Gyrate, LP – Armageddon Records – 1980

Both them and the Gyrate album made the first 41 Rooms show… and both are back again. The post punk sound personified.

Pylon Volume


48.46

SANDIE SHAW – Frederick – 7″ – Polydor – 1986

Now, given that it’s Patti Smith Ms Shaw is covering here she could have been on a bit of a hiding to nothing, but her Frederick gets my vote. Thankfully, producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley avoided any 80s bombast.

Sandie Shaw - Frederick


51.54

NASMAK  – I Bespot – 12″ – Plurex Records – 1982

A Dutch band that got a a few spins at our club. And they’ll be back here.

Nasmak - I Bespot


56.29

THE ASSOCIATES – A Matter Of Gender – The Affectionate Punch – Fiction – 1980

An album that will never age. Billy Mackenzie should have lived to make more music… and maybe breed more whippets.

Associates - A


01.00.37

CLOCK DVA – Sensorium (Original Single Mix) – Thirst, LP – Fetish – 1981

A reliable Sheffield source once told me that the DVA’s vocalist, Adi Newton used to spend an inordinate amount of time pushing an ancient motorbike around parts of the city way back when. In between, he obviously found time to add an extraordinary voice to the band’s sound. Thirst is a top album, the visual here from its re-release on Doublevision in 1985.

Clock DVA - Sensorium


01.03.05

UNDERWORLD – Push Upstairs – Beaucoup de Fish, 2xLP – Junior Boys Own – 1999

Big guns, all the way back to their earliest Junior Boys Own days.

Underworld - Beaucoup de Fish


01.07.36

CJ BOLLAND – Neural Paradox – 12″ – R&S Records – 1995

Another of those tracks first heard by me on Kiss FM in London, via the techno shows of either Colin Dale or the late Colin Favor. I would have heard a lot of the early R&S catalogue via these shows but I was never really a fan of much on the label However, Neural Paradox is a stormer.

CJ Bolland - Neural Paradox

From Record Mirror, early in ’97, some of the vinyl CJ was playing out.

CJ Bolland article, 1.2.97


01.16.44

NAO – Back Porch – 12″EP – Little Tokyo Recordings – 2014

Grime in Hackney, London calling. Some eye catching graphic design being used in Nao’s marketing for her first two releases, this being the first. Sharp Soulstress #1

Nao - Back Porch

Neo


01.20.46

JONES – Hoops – Digital only – 37 Adventures – 2015

Yet another East London girl on the rise. Sharp Soulstress #2

Jones - Hoops


01.24.24

THE SUNDAYS – You’re Not The Only One I Know – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, LP – Rough Trade – 1990

At the height of their popularity the Sundays seemed to not just step back but completely step away from the music industry. With an approach akin to Kate Bush, raising children became the major focus but there have been hints in recent times that making music has never been far away, and with a bit of luck we might hear some of it again at some point.

The Sundays - You're Not The Only One I Know

As it says on the tin/cover, The Catalogue, Nov/Dec, 1989.

Sundays, The Catalogue #76, Nov:Dec '89


01.28.07

THE WAKE – Torn Calendar – Here Comes Everybody, LP – Factory Records – 1985

Given my love for/connections with the Wake in their early days, I can’t remember whether I first came across them via John Peel or supporting New Order. It might even have been a recommendation from Rob Gretton. Anyway, two great gigs at Winkles, Bedford, with them crashing around mine and another house or two spring to mind. And Torn Calendar is one of three tracks they demo’d on a TEAC 4-track reel to reel borrowed from me… the best use ever made of it in my ownership.

The Wake - Torn Calendar

The afternoon of their first Bedford Winkles gig, Sept 7, 1983.

Stephen, Caesar, Carolyn and Mac - outside Winkles

Photo credit: Dec Hickey


01.32.46

DURUTTI COLUMN  – Otis – Vini Reilly, LP – Factory Records – 1989

Back in 1985 and via Tony Wilson, Vini Reilly gave me a track for Discreet Campaigns, a compilation cassette I was to release on Rorschach Testing, so I’ll always have a soft spot for Durutti Column. As distinctive a sound as you’ll ever hear.

Durutti Column - Otis

But… over to some blogging with style…

My favorite guitarist of all time, Vini Reilly, was also a pioneer with regards to sampling in an ostensibly rock context. His Factory Records label boss, mentor, and best friend, Tony Wilson famously discouraged his use of vocals in Durutti Column recordings, feeling he was far better at literally every aspect of music creation than singing. This obviously contributed to his daring and invigorating use of sampling (and later, frequent female guest vocalists), highlighted by this brilliant piece from the center of his eponymous Vini Reilly LP, released in 1989. A rising arpeggio gives way to a typically gorgeous guitar ramble before the song slides into perfection with recontextualized phrases from Otis Redding’s (also typically gorgeous) Pain In My Heart and Tracey Chapman’s heartbreaking Behind The Wall (listen, seriously) and cements its place in any hypothetical Top 10 Durutti Column countdown.’ David James at Optimistic Overground, Sept 14, 2011 post.


01.36.57

AVIADOR DRO – Envasados Al Vacio – 12″EP – DRO – 1983

And the tracks I first heard on John Peel just keep on comin’… I only heard this one the once and never heard another from the band for the next thirty plus years – and I didn’t know the title of this one for the same length in time. I caught some of their early videos recently and I won’t be rushing to play anything else I’ve heard by them… but Envasados Al Vacio certainly gets my vote.

Aviador Dro


01.40.47

BLACK – Fast Cars Soundtrack (Peel session: 25.6.83) – ?

The late Colin Vearncombe with a stormer of a track from a JP session in 1983. Should have been officially released years ago.

Black


01.43.54

PORTION CONTROL – Under The Skin – Step Forward, LP – Illuminated Records – 1984

Dean Piavani’s vocals were/are right out of punk and I was mighty proud to have got them to play Winkles in 1984. A month or two later they were supporting on a major Depeche Mode UK tour. Also saw them at the short-lived (as a venue) but wonderful Diorama in London … and Milton Keynes around the same time. Quite rightly, they’re still highly regarded, and still out there doing it.

Portion Control - Under The Skin

Having promoted this gig, here’s the ticket/poster from Winkles, Bedford in 1984.

Portion Control Ticket


01.47.52

MERZ – Many Weathers Apart (State of Bengal Screamers Incorporated Remix) – 12″ – Epic – 1999

On 27 September 2013 Merz, along with musicians Shahzad Ismaily and Julian Sartorius performed a show in London consisting of only one song: “Many Weathers Apart”. Variations and improvisations on elements of the original song and its ten different remixes were incorporated into a forty-minute set. It marked 15 years since the original release of the song.‘ Wikipedia. I’d have fancied that… and I’ll be searching out the albums he’s made since the track originally surfaced.

Merz - Many Weathers Apart


01.54.22

CULOE DE SONG – Ambush – 12″ – Mule Musiq – 2010

Going out… by going deep. No words needed.

Culoe De Song - Ambush

Show 9 (May 29) will include another hour to link with the ‘Winkles in 1981’ special broadcast in show 6. There might even be a Part 3 further on… we’ll see. And at least an hour from each of  1982, 1983 and 1984 will certainly be upcoming at some point; an aural snapshot to at least show what was being spun on a Wednesday, in a small club and in a small corner of the UK back in the day.


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Dec

2 thoughts on “Episode Eight – 15.5.16

  1. Wow Dec another cracking episode,they just keep getting better , great first 15 minutes , totally rockin’

    1. Cheers, Adrian. Last time out, it was a few days before I realised I hadn’t uploaded the playlist. This time round, I publish/upload the bloody thing before I’ve finished it. Retrieving it temporarily at 3AM… oh how I laughed.

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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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