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Episode 66 – 7.4.19

PLAYLIST 66 

Uploaded April 7, 2019

Playlist 66 is… 77% vinyl friendly! Not bad…

Fisher-Price turntable 66 - 41 Rooms - show 66


Any track marked * has been given either a tiny or a slightly larger 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc.


A Word Of Warning. Certainly one track in this show is ‘very sonically challenged’.

Lyric of Playlist 66

If you gave me a pound for the moments I missed. And I got dancing lessons for all the lips I shoulda kissed. I’d be a millionaire. I’d be a Fred Astaire.

There’s deeper thinking elsewhere here but I’ll go with Mr Fry’s playfulness.


00.00

(Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info.


00.41

NEW ORDER – Sabotage – 60 Miles An Hour, CD single – London – 2001

Originally titled Run This River Dry and intended for the band’s 2001 album, Get Ready, it finally snuck out as one of the two additional tracks on the 60 Miles An Hour CD single.

New Order - Sabotage - 41 Rooms - show 66

05.12

PAUL BANKS – Young Again – Banks, LP – Matador – 2012

The Interpol front man in solo mode.


Paul Banks - Young Again - 41 Rooms - show 66

8.38

SEX CELLS – Hell Is Where The Heart Is – 7″ b-side – Pretty Ugly Records – 2019

Over to the ever industrious John Robb @ Louder Than War for the lowdown on SC duo, Matt Kilda and Willow Vincent.

Sex Cells - Hell Is Where The Heart Is - 41 Rooms - show 66

12.35

MADMADMAD – Gwarn (live session, KEXP, Trans Musicales 2018) – 2018

A builder of a track, check out this session in full and others on the ever interesting station, KEXP.


17.05

SHRIEKBACK – In: Amongst – Care, LP – Y Records – 1983

With a sound or two not unlike slowed down samples from their All Lined Up monster track, this was Shriekback in a more reflective vein.

Shriekback - In: Amongst - 41 Rooms - show 66

20.15

AKUFEN – Even White Horizons – My Way, 3LP – Force Inc. Music Works – 2002

Akufen is a phonetic spelling of acouphène, the French word for tinnitus‘, so says the Discogs profile for Akufen’s Marc Leclair. Even White Horizons is a calmer case of sound splicing than some of his other work on My Way, though he seems to have moved away from this style in more recent years.

Akufen - Even White Horizons - 41 Rooms - show 66

25.25

ABC – Valentine’s Day – The Lexicon Of Love, LP – Neutron Records – 1982

Usually if I’ve got the option of highlighting either an album or a single as the source for tracks on 41 Rooms then as it’s the purist, less-cluttered-with-other-‘less-worthy’-tracks representation, I’d go for the 7″… but ABC’s debut album (which includes Valentine’s Day) is such a masterclass in pop, we’ll go with the full package here.


ABC - Tears Are Not Enough

29.02

SHIPS – Two Hearts * – ????? – 2017-2018

This track was on online a good while back but seems to have gone AWOL since. More’s the pity, as I found this Dublin duo’s ** debut album, Precession gut wrenchingly disappointing – in as much as it sounds like the safer (more settled?), maybe ‘treading water’ set of tracks a band makes three albums into their career, rather than the burst of exuberance and bravado it should have been… a la a couple of their earlier songs. Too talented to not make some more great sounds going forward, though.

** That lad on the left has since jumped Ship…s.


Ships - You're Gonna Feel It (Live) - 41 Rooms

32.55

PRISCILLA – Don’t You Realise – Download only – 2018

New’ish Perth, Australia duo, Priscilla Gardner and Luke Minness with some bright, breezy, pop fuelled electronica; Don’t You Realise bringing a smile as wide as a very wide something or other. Stylistically, not unlike Ships, and only marginally easier to Google search… seeing as there’s a bunch of bands called Priscilla and with more than one of them getting a 41 Rooms look in alone. This one however, has as much reason as any and you’ll find one of the download routes to their tunes here.


Priscilla - Don't You Realise - 41 Rooms - show 66

36.40

THE LOTUS EATERS – It Hurts – 7″ – Sylvan Records – 1985

I seem to remember that one single and a radio session was about my lot with this (third in a row here) duo back in their heyday, so I either missed this or I’ve warmed to it through both the passage of time and a good few other, less quantifiable, dynamics.

The Lotus Eaters - It Hurts - 41 Rooms - show 66

Bedford TT (Teachers’ Training College) – 28.9.84

Lotus Eaters - Bedford, 28.9.84 - 41 Rooms - show 66
Lotus Eaters, Peter Kelly and Jerry Coyle, Bedford, 28.9.84 - 41 Rooms - show 66

Photo credits/copyright – Dec Hickey


39.32

ROYAL FAMILY AND THE POOR – I Love You (Restrained In A Moment) – The Project Phase 1 – The Temple Of The 13th Tribe, LP – Factory – 1984

As they were on Factory Records I very likely gave them a listen (however short) back at the time, but if so I was never grabbed by anything. See ‘the passage of time’ bit on the Lotus Eaters above.

Royal Family & The Poor - I Love You (Restrained In A Moment) - 41 Rooms - show 66

43.54

FAMILY FODDER – Don’t Make Me Need You (Easy Listening) – All Styles, 2LP – Jungle Records – 1983

Not sure if the vocalist here is Lynne Alice or Dominique Levillain (both were present on the album) but if it’s the latter then the band’s longevity – albeit with a multitude of line-up changes along the way – has seen both Dominique and her daughter, Darlini on vocals for the band.

Family Fodder - Don't Make Me Need You (Easy Listening) - 41 Rooms - show 66

48.23

LOW / PIANO MAGIC / TRANSIENT WAVES – Sleep At The Bottom – 7″ – Rocket Girl – 1998

Lo and behold, it’s low tempo from Low.


52.49

‘STEVENS, BERGIN & BROWN’ – Horse With No Name (edit) – ‘Demo tape’, Unreleased – 1990

Allow for the slight indulgence here.

Like a million others – a loose, unplanned, unintended… sketch, with mates goofing around. Gary, in 2015: ‘Just listened to that tape of me, Robin and Karl (RIP), from September 1990. Have to admit our version of America’s ‘Horse With No Name ‘ brought a tear to my eye. Hearing Karl singing on it, albeit pissed, as he was. Can’t listen any further, and probably haven’t listened to the tape for over 20 years. It is totally bonkers, a total one off. It has some cringeworthy bits… some bits where Karl sings in tune wonderfully… Robin’s inevitable dry wit… and my trying to be serious operating a ghetto blaster record button. We didn’t have a mixer, as you can probably tell. We did have a Boss, small guitar effects board, with a Chorus digital delay when digital was so new… and I think it had a compressor and distortion on it, not used here… a tiny, foot long, Casio keyboard, a crap microphone and my Ibanez guitar… and all through a Peavey valve guitar amp. I remember Karl’s mic stand was a walking stick stuck out of the cushions of my parent’s sofa. The night before Karl had drunk nearly a whole bottle of Whiskey, so this was the day after. He was drinking again but not as blotto as the previous night. Not fantastic musicianship by any of us but there are hints of some talent. .L.O.L. I don’t think we had copies of any of the lyrics or were totally sure of the chords to most of the songs (on the tape) but I loved America and Horse With No Name, so I kind of new some of them… but put my own rhythm to it… and Karl did a good job. Reckon with hindsight the three of us could have done a brilliant take of that song… but alas… Karl could have done so much, but as in life he lead it to the full maybe too full at times… but I’m glad I found the tape at long last and you now have a copy. It certainly was BONKERS’.

Stevens, Bergin and Brown - Horse With No Name - 41 Rooms - show 66

And appropriately, here it’s Robin taking a time out for tea time.

59.06

Viv's 41 Rooms mug

RUDY DE ANDA – The Mirror – Karma Chief Records – 7″ – 2019

Definitely from the more summery sounding side of this Long Beach, Californian resident’s catalogue. He does darker, too. ‘Spangle’ green vinyl, you think? One for those of a certain age… the Spangle thing, not the song… that’s for any age.

Rudy De Anda - The Mirror - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.02.04

LALI PUNA – Left Handed – 12″ – Morr Music – 2003

Less out and out electronic than her previous outing on 41 Rooms.

Lali Puna - Left Handed - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.05.31

EYELESS IN GAZA – No Perfect Stranger – Rust Red September, LP – Cherry Red – 1983

Not that it’s really dipped any in the last thirty five years, I was most probably at the height of my Eyeless In Gaza/Marty Bates adoration around the time of the Rust Red September album… £4.79 in HMV, Bedford.

Eyeless In Gaza - No Perfect Stranger - 41 Rooms - show 66

Original, one off ‘template’ used to photo copy a short run of posters to promote EIG’s 11.12.82 Bedford Boys Club gig. A photo taken off the TV from a Picasso documentary, most probably blown to roughly 18″x12″ size in a high street chemist… and then painstakingly drawn on by me.

Eyeless In Gaza, Bedford Boys Club, 11.12.82 original poster - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.10.13

THE SMITHS – Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before – 7″ – Sire/Rough Trade – 1987

I seem to have a problem slotting in Smiths tunes to these podcasts. Strange, as I was a fan.

The Smiths - Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before - 41 Rooms - show 66

A photo I took just after interviewing Morrissey, pre gig: Westfield College, Hampstead, London, 17.11.83.

Photo credit/copyright – Dec Hickey


01.13.39

COCTEAU TWINS – Because Of Whirl-Jack– 12″ b-side – 4AD – 1983

Liz, Robin and Simon (or still Will Heggie?) racing, tempo-wise, like they rarely did. I miss hearing this girl sing and I reeeeeaaallly miss her singing with (in?) this register. It’s very likely wrapped up with ‘those times’ but there are few things more beautiful than Ms Fraser singing.

Cocteau Twins - Because Of Whirl-Jack - 41 Rooms - show 66

From the Pleasantly Surprised label’s first release – An Hour Of Eloquent Sounds v/a cassette booklet, 1982

Cocteau Twins, Pleasantly Surprised's An Hour Of Eloquent Sounds v/a cassette booklet, 1982 - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.16.50

PENETRATION – Never Never (Demo Version) – Race Against Time, LP – Clifdayn – 1979

Better than the shortened to ‘NEVERr’ version that b-sided their Firing Squad 7″. By coincidence, at upload time I was also digitising one line a day diaries I kept for a decade from 1977 and I passed a 1979 entry that says I saw these Newcastle kids on Nov 3 in London… somewhere. ‘Great’ says the diary, but one prominent Penetration gigography I’ve seen has no hint of a gig on this date and another suggests they were in Peterborough on this date. No so, as a search for something else (and somewhere else) in ‘the archives’ here just happened to throw up a photo copy of my long sold ticket. The Electric Ballroom in Camden was the place to be.

Penetration - Never Never (Demo Vertsion) - 41 Rooms - show 66

Photocopy of my long ago sold ticket stub for a cracking 1979 gig.

Penetration Electric Ballroom 3.11.79 ticket photocopy - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.19.19

THE FLATMATES – Life Of Crime – 12″ – The Subway Organization – 1987

I took a liking to this when most of the C86 set I’d bag this in with (rightly or wrongly), wasn’t really my ‘thing’.

The Flatmates - Life Of Crime - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.21.16

LEFT HAND DRIVE – I Know Where I Am – 7″ b-side – Bancrupt Records – 1978

Who else would have spun this Post punk(er) on the limited radio we had in the UK in ’78 but John Peel? Whether he played the ‘A’ side or not I don’t know but I think I had this on a tape from his show well before I purchased it in the bargain bins of the Portobello Road, London Rough Trade shop for 10p. Having though seen a copy sell for £60 in January this year, it makes the water damage my copy suffered in storage a bit of a blow… but very punk!

Left Hand Drive - I Know Where I Am - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.23.26

LES THUGS – Femme Fatale – 7″ b-side – Gougnaf Mouvement – 1985

It seems we’re on yet another b-sides trip. Blistering.

Les Thugs - Femme Fatale - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.26.17

MANFRED MANN – A ‘B’ Side – 7″… b-side! – Fontana – 1969

Yet again, for those of a certain age, not to be confused with the Cadbury’s Flake adverts of the 1970s. This was used for a Manikin Cigars ad.

Manfred Mann - A 'B' Side - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.31.25

CASS ELLIOT and THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL – Didn’t Want To Have To Do It (Version 1) – ???? – 1965

I don’t know the story of how this came about. Written by the Spoonful’s John Sebastian and subsequently covered by others but this particular Missy Elliot trounced them all (including Sebastian’s own) by a mile. Never officially released, I’m assuming this is from just pre her becoming Mama and as you might have gathered there is more than one version to be sought out.

Cass Elliot & The Lovin' Spoonful - Didn't Want To Have To Do It - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.35.06 –

EMMELINE ARMITAGE – The Drought (feat Honey Birch) – Soundcloud.com only

And at your leisure, also head either to Resonance FM (their performance pictured here) or Youtube to catch the live version Emmeline and Honey performed for the station in Sept, 2018.

Emmeline Armitage - The Drought (feat Honey Birch) - 41 Rooms - show 66

01.38.13

INSTANT MUSIC – My Boy *– Instant Music, 10″ LP – Instant Records – 1981

Out of Germany, and sounding here like a funky Young Marble Giants… with a bit of The Gist thrown in.

Instant Music - My Boy - 41 Rooms - show 66


01.41.44

FRONT 242 – Funkahdafi * – Politics Of Pressure, 12″ – 1985 O

Over in Belgium on Click Click business back in the late 80s, I once had dinner with Front 242’s Richard 23 at Play It Again Sam label boss, Kenny Gates’ flat. Nothing to do with this tune being a stormer… just sayin’.

Front 242 - Funkahdafi - 41 Rooms - show 66


01.45.01

LIQUID LIQUID – Cavern – Optimo, 12″ – 99 Records – 1983

I bought the first two Liquid Liquid 12″s when they came out (in 1981) so I’m not sure why the Optimo EP didn’t follow them on to my shelf a couple of years later. It then transpired I had the following Grandmaster Flash, White Lines 12″ before I ever heard Cavern. Arse about face, sort of.

Liquid Liquid - Cavern - 41 Rooms - show 66


01.50.06

GRANDMASTER FLASH and MELLE MEL – White Lines – 12″ – Sugar Hill Records – 1983

Even though our 1981-86 club nights at Winkles were ‘alternative’ and predominantly what’s now seen as post punk, this 12″ felt a natural fit.

Grandmaster & Melle Mel - White Lines - 41 Rooms - show 66

as was this…


01.54.24

DR JOHN – Jet Set * – 12″ – Beggars Banquet – 1984

Dr John steps into 1984 with an electro-funk rap recorded for the Streetwise label with Duke Bootee. From the old  ‘street music’ to the new, this man can do no wrong‘. – Steve Connell, The Catalogue #14, April ’84.

And at £2.29 in Bedford’s HMV in 1984 he didn’t do wrong.

Dr John - Jet Set - 41 Rooms - show 66

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