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Episode 21 – 13.11.16

41 Rooms, 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.‘ Nothing earthshattering, just a simple observation of a time in life.  

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


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

Episode #1 for info.


NEW ORDER – Death Rattle/Chosen Time – Movement one-sided acetate – Townhouse – 1981

Earlier this year, when he was putting together his just published New Order book, I had a call from Hooky. He was using my From Heaven to Heaven as a bit of added research material and he’d gotten to the piece I’d written on this acetate – bought by me on a Portobello Road (London) market stall, very coincidentally just before I and some of the Bedford crew headed to a New Order gig in Tolworth, South London in March ’83. Hooky reckons the acetate was originally Martin Hannett’s, the late producer having cut it for himself during some wrangling over the production of the album.

New Order Truth


JOSEFIN ÖHRN AND THE LIBERATION – Lucid Sapphire – Repetitions, 12″ EP – Rocket Recordings – 2016

Sweden calling, with some intesity.



ALLEZ ALLEZ – She’s Stirring Up (An Optimo {Espacio} Drum Attack Mix) – The Best Of, CD only – Eskimo Recordings – 2008

This Belgian post punk funk getting a remix two and a half decades after it first surfaced.



DEEP PURPLE – I’m Alone – 7″ b-side – Harvest – 1971

It’s a big generalisation, but if you were a male of a certain age in Britain in the early 70s, the chances are you were into a bit of ‘rock’. Joy Division/New Order and the rest of the punk and new wave had had Led Zep and Deep Purple phases, as did I, but this was always a track that stood apart in what I had heard from Richie Blackmore’s set-up. I gave long time Bedford mate and Deep Purple expert and biographer, Jerry Bloom ten guesses to nail the Deep Purple track I was about to drop into my 41 Rooms world. With a couple of clues he got it on the tenth.

He added the following: ‘Purple at that time was modern jazz in my mind. Especially live. Only two people who have been on Desert Island Discs picked a Purple track, one was a Dame who picked Smoke (On The Water) and (comedian) Tim Minchin picked the b-side of Strange Kind Of Woman (I’m Alone)‘. Jerry went on to mention the riff had already been used for an out-take from In Rock and from an all star session Blackmore did with Jim Sullivan and others.



GRAMMATICS – Rosa Flood – Grammatics, 2LP – Dance To The Radio – 2009

Department M’s Owen Brinley in a former guise. 21st century prog rock condensed into a punk rush 2 mins 50 secs.



BABE – Oft – Volery Flighty, LP – Moshi Moshi – 2014

Volery Flighty sounds like something Stanley Unwin might have uttered… errr… about forty years ago. If there isn’t a Cocteau Twins album in Babe‘s/Gerard Black’s collection of sounds I’ll be very surprised, and although his vocals are impressive, those female bv’s are the swooning WOW.



COCTEAU TWINS – Road, River and Rail – Heaven Or Las Vegas, LP – 4AD – 1990

Personal events meant 1990 was a lost year for me. The ‘4AD three’ and their final album for the label didn’t cross my radar at the time – but then nothing did. I came to Heaven Or Las Vegas a bit down the line and although it’s seen by many as the band’s pinnacle I’d go for Head Over Heels. It’s likely an age thing, but this track is up there with their best for me.



THE MILLENNIUM – Karmic Dream Sequence No. 1 (edit) – Begin, LP – Columbia – 1968

A handy link to all you might ever need to know about this particular Curt Boettcher grouping is right here.



TALKING HEADS – Memories Can’t Wait – Fear Of Music, LP – Sire – 1979

The band of stature least likely to reform – seeing as main man, David Byrne stated to a UK paper in 2009, “I’m not keen (on a reunion) and it’s unlikely to happen. I don’t need the money badly enough“. So! You won’t be hearing this or any of the rest of their wonderful catalogue performed by the original foursome live anytime soon.



LENKY & FRENCHIE – Space Invaders – Now Thing, v/a comp 2LP – Mo Wax – 2001

Mad… but fab sound.



THE HUMAN LEAGUE – Being Boiled – 7″ – Fast Product – 1978

If you look after your seminal sounds they’ll stay looking like this…


and if you don’t… 🙂



KATE WAX – Scream and Shout * – Reflections Of The Dark Heat, CD only – Mental Groove Records – 2005

She’s been a bit quiet for the last five or so years. Most probably still sorting out her leads and connections here.

Kate Wax, Bodies In Grace, 41 Rooms


APPARAT – Contradiction (L’usine Remix) – Duplex (Remixes), 12″ EP – Shitkatapult – 2004

German musician, composer, electronic music producer and label boss, Sascha Ring… getting remixed.



ANNA DOMINO – Trust In Love – East And West, 12″ EP – Les Disques Du Crépuscule




SPACEK – Time – Vintage Hi-Tech, 2LP – Studio !K7 – 2003

Steve Spacek’s leftfield electronic soul gets my vote.


And back to the years of our Bedford alternative club, Winkles. This time it’s the second hour of sounds that dropped in 1982…


WEEKEND – Drumbeat For Baby – 12″ – Rough Trade

‘Whilst Young Marble Giants have rightly been lauded for their magnificent LP Colossal Youth (and if you are unfamiliar with that meisterwerk then the Lebanese militias are coming for you), the bands that formed in their wake have been unjustly overlooked. The Moxham brothers went on to form The Gist (and their music, a clear progression from YMG,  is well worth checking out), but lead singer Alison Statton changed tack completely and formed a lush, technically accomplished, almost Carpenterish band, though one which leant more towards jazz than easy listening thanks to the vigorous tenor sax playing of Larry Stebbins.

The cover reflects the bucolic, relaxed nature of the band – a primitive, childlike watercolour of a lake with a man in a rowing boat while a girl and her dog are on the bank. The impression of tranquillity and space the cover conjures up is replicated in the music as well. The name of their debut LP was La Variete which we are told on the back sleeve is “the French term for popular radio, everything that’s not heavy rock; music drawing on diversity and depth.” So if you are seeking the vicarious thrills of Turbonegro, you are probably best advised to go elsewhere. However, if you are in the mood for a wallow in nostalgic bossanova, you have come to the right place.

Drumbeat For Baby starts with the sort of minimal guitar riff that could lead you to think you are listening to Colossal Youth but after ten seconds a real drummer kicks in followed by tenor sax. These are not the pencil thin doodlings of  three Young Marble Giants but the colourful brushstrokes of a full, technically accomplished band. The music is reminiscent of jazz on a lazy Sunday afternoon, not the mad, free jazz of Albert Ayler or the desolate beauty of Jan Garbarek  but the cool, sophistication of Stan Getz at his melodic best. To be honest, Alison seems a little overawed to be singing in such company and her voice and lyrics can get lost in the instrumentation (in other words I haven’t a clue what she is singing about as I can only make out the occasional phrase). The best thing to do is to wait for a hot, sunny day,  pour yourself a vodka martini, drag your deckchair into the back garden and succomb to the relaxed and relaxing music this band provide.

They weren’t called Weekend for nothing although we should always remember that the weekend has to end and the rough drawings of masters are  often superior to the fully finished paintings of others’ – 

Belatedly analysed in April, 2012 by The Arty Assassin. More of his/her/their ‘dissection of alternative music’ here.



MALARIA! – Kaltes Klares Wasser – 12″ – Les Disques Du Crépuscule

German girls doin’ it for themselves.



THE SISTERS OF MERCY – Alice – 7″ – Merciful Release

A big favourite with those dressed in black in our club.



(DIE) KRUPPS – Wahre Arbeit, Wahrer Lohn – 12″ – Zickzack

Industrial strength vibes… or a turbocharged xylophone? Dunno. Pulverising, either way. Actually crept in very late in ’81, to be honest.



CABARET VOLTAIRE – Protection – 2×45, 12″EP – Rough Trade

Kirk and Mallinder on top form.



ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – The Back Of Love – 7″ – Korova

Their only release in 1982 but McCulloch’s crew were truly flying by then.



THE ASSOCIATES – Party Fears Two – 7″ – Associates

Billy swooning, like only Billy could.



THE VIRGIN PRUNES – Baby Turns Blue – 7″ – Rough Trade

The Prunes seemed to me to have constructed for themselves a neat corner of art/shock tactics in which they safely operate and feel significant – but without making much of an impression on the sensibilities or outlooks of the public at large. Their new single however, as their office champion points out to me, is an extremely important one for them, since it could introduce the band to a wider and less indulgent audience by virtue of its catchy suitability for radio play – and now something slightly off the wall to remind you punters out there in radioland that dance music needn’t be restricted to the morons among you huh huh. It sounds both austere and danceable, and some of the effects leave me gasping. The song even manages to include a Prune parody of a sugar sweet soul whispered chorus at one point!‘ – Keith Alcorn, The Masterbag #18, Autumn ’82.


Ticket #1, Bedford Boys Club: 14.12.85



AKIKO YANO – 女たちよ 男たちよ – ただいま。, LP – Japan Record

Ms Yano returns, this time with Japan’s (the band… not the country) rhythm section, Steve Jansen and Mick Karn helping out. I played this off a cassette at the club. Can only assume I heard it on John Peel… whatever it translates to!



JAPAN – Ain’t That Peculiar – 7″ b-side – Virgin – 1982

Another band who released just one single in 1982. I’m a big Motown fan and you play with their catalogue at your peril, but Sylvian’s take on this gem is a lesson in the art of parties a great cover.



FAD GADGET – For Whom The Bell Tolls – 12″ – Mute

One of a few Frank Tovey tracks that got played at Winkles, but his death from a heart attack in 2002 somehow passed me by until… just… now. 🙁



GNAG OF FOUR – I Love A Man In Uniform – 7″ – EMI

The GO4 go funky, well… funkier. Apparently banned by the BBC during the Falklands War but I could have sworn they performed the track on the (Old Grey) Whistle Test. And if I could remember who the most notable of the backing singers helping them out on the show was, I’d be sleeping better tonight.



MODERN ENGLISH – Life In The Gladhouse (Remix) – 12″ b-side – 4AD

‘Swindles Of The Week’ To put Modern English in perspective: this record conveys an almost wilful lack of understanding of the POP single that the band claim to be making. Just another small-minded record with pretensions towards significance and pop-appeal; the digital bass and flash production drive along a mere riff that is reminiscent of Syd Barrett or something similar, but without his fun and intelligence. Horrendously progressive’Keith Alcorn, Masterbag #11, 10-23.6.82

Well, it worked in our club.



COCTEAU TWINS – Wax and Wane – Garlands, LP – 4AD

My first sighting of the Cocteaux was late ’82 on a UK TV series called Whatever You Want. Filmed at a Brixton, London gig supporting Killing Joke, they performed Wax and Wane, along with Alas Dies Laughing. A mesmerising revelation.

Liz! Get yer arse out of that Bristol door and start singing again… in public, that is! Best wishes, Dec.


Masterbag #16, 8-9.82



SOFT CELL – Where The Heart Is – 7″ – Some Bizarre

Not the most played Soft Cell track at Winkles – by a long way – but a quiet beauty, nonetheless.


See you at show #22, hopefully.


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