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Episode 81 – 5.7.20

PLAYLIST 81 uploaded July 5, 2020

and is 86% vinyl friendly. Impressive.

Crosley ‘Messenger’ Portable Record Player - 41 Rooms - show 81

Roughly £80 to buy, so think how little it cost to make… and the quality of the parts involved?!? In other words, you’d be mad to grab one of these for anything other than slightly thrashed vinyl, a kids intro to the world of the medium… or more likely, out and about crate digging… but maybe only in the ‘Less than a Pound’-type racks. Cute looking, an over-the-shoulder (strap) number, it’s a ‘Messenger’ Portable Record Player, from Crosley


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


Lyric of Playlist 81…

is actually an album title.

The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things. Very probably true.


00.00

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


00.40

NEW ORDER – Angel Dust – Brotherhood, LP – Factory – 1986

In their live set for a while (around the time of Brotherhood’s release, understandably) but a bit of a lost gem since.

New Order - Angel Dust - 41 Rooms - show 81

04.12

NADINE SHAH – Fool – 12″ – Apollo – 2015

Heart-shaped vinyl that would have been on our Winkles club night turntables if it had existed thirty plus years previous.

Nadine Shah - Fool - 41 Rooms - show 81

08.13

MASSEY Vs SIR HORATIO (A CERTAIN RATIO) – Music Control (Original Mix) * – 12″ – Sprechen – 2020

This just smacks you between the ears, in a very good way. A limited edition of 300 numbered, white label, 33 ⅓ RPM, hand-stamped copies to be had. Manchester On It!

Massey Vs Sir Horatio (A Certain Ratio) - Music Control - 41 Rooms - show 81

12.45

DAFT PUNK – Face To Face (Original Version) – Promo only ‘Rare Remixes’ 12″ – Virgin – 2003

The sort of vocal cut ups use I loved a decade earlier in the house arena, with MK/Mark Kinchen being maybe the finest exponent. Sometimes, gobbledygook can just do the job better.

Daft Punk - Face To Face (Original Version) - 41 Rooms - show 81

16.17

THOMAS LEER – Choices – Contradictions, 2×12″ LP – Cherry Red – 1982

All the above tracks would have been spun in my time of DJ’ing, if they’d existed but this definitely was. Leer at his classy best. Inching closer to the (full on?) commercial leanings of his Scale Of Ten album, Contradictions was a notable move on from his days with Robert Rental. My only Leer anecdote is that sometime in the early 90s I walked past him at a Westbourne Grove (London) petrol station, as he was filling up an old Rover – or a car something like it. It was the sort of moment you just want to cooly turn back and quietly catch his ear with a ‘Cheers for some fabulous music‘ and then walk on… but I didn’t.

Thomas Leer - Choices - 41 Rooms - show 81

22.07

GLOBO – Autosleeper 2 – 12″ b-side – Hydrogen Dukebox – 1994

Sounding like Scanner gone electro. It’s all out there in the ether… you just have to know where to grab it. Is our ‘guest vocalist’ drunk, on medication or… ? We’ll never know. Did he even know, and more relevant to here, did he ever get to know he was floating under/over these beats? I’m guessing not.

Globo - Autosleeper 2 - 41 Rooms - show 81

26.38

WIRE – Advantage In Height – Snakedrill 12″ EP – Mute – 1986

It took me until 2010 to see Wire live – the Lexington, in London and then it was only because Lonelady were supporting. The ‘angular’ thing a bit less in your face than with the Gang Of Four… but still very sharp? Wire were.

Wire - Advantage In Height - 41 Rooms - show 81

Underground (mag) #2, May ’87

Wire (1) - Underground #2, May 87 - 41 Rooms - show 81
Wire (2) - Underground #2, May 87 - 41 rooms - show 81

29.23

THE CUTLER – Burn The Bankers – The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things, CD only – Steel Tiger – 2012

Sounding more wistful than the title would suggest, if you know former Fila Brazillia man, Steve Cobby, the title here will have been infused with more genuine venom than most of the others he’s had to dream up. By the way, a photo of a CD is rare in these parts, but as it’s Steve…

The Cutler - Burn The Bankers - 41 Rooms - show 81

32.56

AU PAIRS – No More Secret Lives (Demo) – Stepping Out Of Line: The Anthology, 2CD only – Castle Music – 2006

Labelled as a demo here (and I say as much on the show) but this could be one and the same NMSL performance as a Janice Long radio session track that then appeared on the band’s expanded Sense & Sensuality CD re-release from 1993. I don’t have the latter, so something to check out at another time.

Au Pairs - No More secret Lives (Demo) - 41 Rooms - show 81

38.09

THE TWINKLE BROTHERS – Don’t Jump The Fence – The Original Mix, The Twinkle Brothers And Friends, LP – Twinkle Music – 1992

Roots reggae gold!

The Twinkle Brothers - Don't Jump The Fence - 41 Rooms - show 81

42.22

RÓISÍN MURPHY – Scarlet Ribbons – Overpowered, LP – EMI – 2007

Lyrically, an ode to a father I reckon, and from a good bit down the road of life. There was also a fifties standard called Scarlet Ribbons that I remember hearing in the Hickey household in the sixties – maybe Harry Belafonte’s or possibly Val Doonican’s version. I think my mum loved it and I could see the Murphy household of the time falling for it, as well. The Irish love a lilt, so maybe another reason for Róisín to be sounding a bit reflective?

Judging by the price an original vinyl copy of this album now commands – ‘Pink or orange, madam?‘ – there were less copies pressed than were initially needed. Hence a 2012 re press was in order.

Róisín Murphy - Scarlet Ribbons - 41 Rooms - show 81

47.46

STAC – Only If We Go Somewhere – Soundcloud only? – 2019

Beloved of the Wah Wah 45’s boys early on, even allowing for the vagaries of the music biz I’m not sure why this gal hasn’t made more music. Here, floated out on Soundcloud she’s off on a ‘wonky electro funk’ sort of vibe and here you can find other, more available sounds from her.

Stac - Only If We Go Somewhere - 41 Rooms - show 81

52.07

THE FLIRTATIONS – Nothing But A Heartache – 7″ – Deram – 1968

Still sounding forceful, this got a lot of spins on the ‘music centre’ in my bedroom when I was a teenager.

The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache - 41 Rooms - show 81

54.40

LUSCIOUS JACKSON – CitySong (N.Y. State Of The World) – 12″ – Grand Royal – 1997

The NY girls get extra sassy on orange vinyl.

Luscious Jackson - CitySong - 41 Rooms - show 81

58.21

FELA (ANIKULAPO) KUTI – Army Arrangement * – LP/12″ – Celluloid – 1985

Fela? I think I went down the ‘Feela’ route on the show, but hey. Seeing as Kuti spent the late seventies married simultaneously to twenty eight women (later scaled back to just the twelve) it’s unsurprising his take here on Nigeria’s push to free itself of the military rule it was under at the time had to wait a few years to get released.

Fela Kuti - Army Arrangement (edit) - 41 Rooms - show 81

A half time tea in the Irish countryside.

Dec's mug - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.07.16

BRIAN ENO – DAVID BYRNE – The Jezebel Spirit – 12″ – Sire – 1981

Also on the My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts album… but sort of purer here.

Brian Eno and David Byrne - The Jezebel Spirit - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.12.00

MANICURED NOISE – Long March – Northern Stories 1978/80, LP – Caroline True Records – 2006

Not unlike Metronome, the tune they’re possibly best known for, this is one of a batch the band didn’t get to release way back but were all grouped together on the above compilation. Their only album, the vinyl version is cheap and readily available. 🙂

Manicured Noise - Long March - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.15.05

EYELESS IN GAZA – Out From The Day-To-Day – Caught In Flux/The Eyes Of Beautiful Losers – 12″ EP, promo only – Cherry Red – 1981

Somewhere out there (not that I’ve ever seen a copy) there’s a 12″ test pressing of the five track ‘Eyes Of Beautiful Losers’ sides of this double package that would be cool to own one day. This track? Storming punk funk!

Eyeless In Gaza - Out-From-The-Day-To-Day - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.17.59

THE WOODENTOPS – Why Why Why (Live) – Live Hypnobeat Live, LP – Rough Trade – 1986

I’ve said it before elsewhere but this band always sounded like they were a bit late on needing to be somewhere else. Chill out chaps.

The Woodentops - Why, Why, Why (Live) - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.22.50

JAPAN – Adolescent Sex (Re-recorded version) – 7″ – Hansa International – 1978

I can thank one Brenda Rollo for introducing me to Japan – just in time to still catch them live in their New York Dolls-looking phase on a couple of gigs. Joined the fan club (member #057)… had the t-shirt – an Obscure Alternatives (album) one, I think… and paid a good few quid for Japanese Music Life mags they were (maybe unsurprisingly) featured in, though it took a while to work out why the mags looked so weird… as the back is actually the front… which didn’t really matter too much as I can’t read Japanese.

Japan - Adolescent Sex - 41 Rooms - show 81

And it sort of makes sense to own Japanese Japan.

Japan - Adolescent Sex - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.26.58

NUYORICAN SOUL (feat JOCELYN BROWN) – It’s Alright, I Feel It (MAW 12″ Mix) – Talkin Loud – 1997

Like ‘Bouncing Jazz Gospel’ but minus any religion angle in the lyrics, and a joyous counter to the lightning speed, Roni Size mix spun on a previous 41 Rooms show.

Nuyorican Soul - It's Alright, I Feel It - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.31.52

THE B-52’s – Hot Pants Explosion – Good Stuff, LP – Reprise – 1992

It’s arguable which is the more instantly recognisable vocal; Fred Schneider’s lead or Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson’s harmonies.

The B-52's - Hot Pants Explosion - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.36.39

BIM – Factory – 12″ – Swerve Records – 1982

Definitely one of those records that sounds ‘safer’/more mainstream now than it did at the time, not that it was anything anarchic back then. A band that, it seems, nearly had as many producers-to-be as it did members.

Bim - Factory - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.41.00

INSPIRAL CARPETS – Bitches Brew – Promo only 7″ – Mute – 1992

He may have gone a bit quiet of late but Tom Hingley’s vocal always reminds me of Pete Wylie – they’ve both got that confidence in their instrument – and besides a Spanish promo 7″ I think this is the only other way to get this fab tune into a 7″ box!

Inspiral Carpets - Bitches Brew - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.44.27

KUTIMAN – This Is How I Feel – Youtube only – 2014

If you want to feel good about the day just head over (not right now!) to Youtube for this tune and read the comments… or indeed those on any Kutiman track that has his signature ‘bunch of peeps plucked from the net’ vibe going on.

Kutiman - This Is How I Feel - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.47.26

RAE & CHRISTIAN – 1975 – Mercury Rising, 2LP – Night Time Tales, LateNightStories – 2013

The goddess-like vocal presence of Veba may be conspicuous by its absence here but R&C are still able to knock out some great tunes.

Rae & Christian - 1975 - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.53.11

VIRGIN PRUNES Red Nettle – An Extended Play, 12″ EP – The Grey Area / Mute – 2004…

or in reality for me, first spotted here, on the first in a series of free v/artists cassettes included with the NME in the early eighties.

Virgin Prunes - Red Nettle - 41 Rooms - show 81

Ticket #1, Bedford Boys Club, Dec 14, 1985

Virgin Prunes - Bedford Boys Club ticket #001 - 41 Rooms - show 81

And one does need an appropriate foil when ending a show with the following….


01.55.14

JOY DIVISION – Dead Souls – Licht Und Blindheit 7″ – Sordide Sentimental – 1980

I’ve probably spent the last eighty 41 Rooms’ shows quietly trying not to play Dead Souls. It’s often come into the frame a lot when I’ve been piecing shows together (a couple of the most recent ones, as it happens) but then been sidelined, usually because I couldn’t find anything in the vaults I felt right playing in to or out of the track with it. It’s that powerful a sound with me. Hearing it for the first time on John Peel… then seeing the super 8 cine film Richard Boon shot of Joy Division performing the song in their Buzzcocks tour support slot at Manchester Apollo… the lengthy, teasing rise and fall intro… and Ian Curtis.

Below: Extract from From Heaven to Heaven, New Order Live, The Early Years (1981-1984) at Close Quarters.

I’m not exactly sure when John Peel first played the Joy Division, Sordide Sentimental 7″ but it’s very likely it would have been sometime around the single’s March ‘80 release. I do, though, remember him making a reference to the limited pressing of 1578 having some significant historical date connection. He then added that the single was pretty much sold out. Both ‘Dead Souls’ and ‘Atmosphere’ blew me away, so I was desperate to get a copy. A printers’ strike in late May/early June ‘80 meant that certain magazines weren’t on the news stands for a few weeks. With no other obvious route to
try and get hold of the single, that might account for why it took until the June 21 edition of the NME before I managed to get something in the Records Wanted section of its personal ads. At 20p a word, Joy Division: “Atmosphere” (Sordid {sic} label), along with my name, address and phone number, was short and to the point. And on a warm evening, further along, I got a phone call. It was Yves Von Bontee of Sordide Sentimental. He’d seen the NME and sensing I might be a fan of some determination to have gone to the trouble of paying for an ad in the music press, he was offering me the last copy of the single they had in the office! Apart from having noted the efforts involved in his generosity, I weighed up that the call from France had likely cost him more than the single had been retailing for! I gushed thanks and had my money in the post the next day. Whatever happened it didn’t reach him first time around but got returned to me weeks later, at which point I must have panicked and maybe even possibly called the label, as I then
received a letter from Yves. It included the calming words, “Don’t worry as I told you on the phone there is one Joy Division aside for you even if it’s now sold out” and he finished by saying, “Thanks for enjoying our productions. I hope you buy it just for the music and inside work and not for the rarities and collection…” The second time of asking, my money did reach him and although personal tragedy had, in the meantime, struck the Sordide Sentimental camp and laid the label low, when that very precious single did eventually arrive Yves still felt obliged to apologise for its delay.

Like a lot of folk I have a habit of changing my profile photo(s) on Facebook every so often. Usually out of boredom and with no great connection to the moment or day, I currently rotate between three, I think. Recently, it just happened to be the turn of the Dead Souls’ label side of the Sordide Sentimental 7″ to hold court there. I’d forgotten that switching these things can create new Fb dialogue traffic (it’s the way they like it), so I then lost a couple of hours in chat, one strain of which centred on the debate had at various times down the years in the JD/NO online community over pitchshifting/varispeed/autotune and the likes and the possibility that the released versions of a handful of Joy Division tracks (including Dead Souls) hadn’t been quite, errr… ‘right’. A couple of the most knowledgeable and respected heads in the conversation came up with suggestions as to why but I thought I’d ask a man who would have a near definitive answer.

So, I emailed Steve Morris… and next morning, back came his reply:

Dead Souls re-pitching is a curious one. I appreciate that while it’s great that people will take the time to correct our mistakes, saves us a job I suppose, with Dead Souls I’m not certain there was one. A mistake that is.

It’s a long time ago now and memories on some things are not what they were but….Varispeed was occasionally used by us and others to increase (and very rarely decrease) the tempo of a song. To fix the errors of a flagging or over enthusiastic drummer perhaps. The side effect being that the tuning of the whole track alters slightly in the process. These days time stretching sorts this without the pitch anomalies. Hooray!!

What I guess would have happened is that Martin would have either Varisped the multi when mixing OR more likely done the mix then made a varisped production master.

Either way Dead Souls and Atmosphere (and Ice Age done at the same session) were possibly the two (or three) production jobs that we were happiest with. I can’t recall anyone moaning about how crap they sounded at the time and they were certainly done quickly for Martin.

I think we quite liked the varisped version. Who’s idea was it then? Good question. I would suspect that it was 50/50 for if it had been a totally Hannett idea there would have been objections which would have surfaced long before now?

Joy Division - Dead Souls (Sordide Sentimental, #000309) - 41 Rooms - show 81

Above and below: My original copy – #000309 – signed on the cover, top left (in the ‘scrawny’ pen of the day, a biro!) by Barney, Hooky and Steve, backstage at New Order’s Bedford Boys Club gig, March 21, 1981 – a gig I promoted, as some here will know.

Joy Division - Dead Souls

I went to dig out the above, to retake a photo and would you believe, I can’t find it! 😱😱😱😱😱 ‘Don’t panic, Mr Mainwearing!” More annoyance than panic, it’s here somewhere.


Show 82 will be with you on August 2.

Dec x

4 thoughts on “Episode 81 – 5.7.20

  1. Sooooooo
    This is your best one yet (though I probably think that every time)
    Old and new , fantastic

    Trout xxx

  2. Hi Dec,
    Good to hear the inside info on Dead Souls , alwAys sounds great whenever I hear it however it was produced …. These two tracks are probably my most favourite ….. The first time I heard Atmosphere on the John Peel show ….sent shivers down my spine ..it still gives me a tingle even now… Hope you find your copy …
    Still looking for one myself but it’s a bit pricey These Days….AHH

    Ade

    1. Hi Adrian. Hooky’s flippant comment about giving away their two best tracks and then the label only presses 1578 always makes me smile. It’s certainly top of the ‘7″s with two blinding sides’ list for me and I know my copy is definitely here somewhere… so safe even I can’t find it. Dec

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Episode 57 – 1.7.18

Uploaded July 1, 2018    It’s for real… the needle-free ‘Wheel’! 41 Rooms’ Playlist 57 is 91% vinyl friendly. Near perfect. Any track marked * has been given either a tiny or a slightly larger 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc. Worth noting, a couple of tracks or so are a bit sonically challenged. Lyric of Playlist 57 […]

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Episode 56 – 3.6.18

Uploaded June 3, 2018 41 Rooms’ Playlist 56 is 86% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Any track marked * has been given either a tiny or a slightly larger 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc. Lyric of Playlist 56:  Do you work at a job you despise? Do you live with cockroaches? Have you been mugged lately? Did your favourite […]

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Episode 55 – 6.5.18

41 Rooms, Playlist 55  Uploaded May 6, 2018 41 Rooms’ Playlist 55 is 85% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Any track marked * has been given either a tiny or a slightly larger 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc. Lyric of Playlist 55:  The soulful ‘The way we feel it should be… has the right to emerge‘ or… the just […]

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Episode 54 – 1.4.18

41 Rooms, Playlist 54  Uploaded April 1, 2018 41 Rooms’ Playlist 54 is 88% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Any track marked * has been given either a tiny or a slightly larger 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc. One track is certainly sonically challenged. Apologies. Lyric of Playlist 54:  Even as a strident non-believer I can at least like […]

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Episode 53 – 4.3.18

41 Rooms, Playlist 53  Uploaded Mar 4, 2018 41 Rooms’ Playlist 53 is 83% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Any track marked * has been given either a tiny or a slightly larger 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc. Lyric of Playlist 53:  ‘Listen’… and in two different languages, but it could have gone to a couple more that are […]

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Episode 52 – 4.2.18

41 Rooms, Playlist 52  Uploaded Feb 4, 2018 41 Rooms’ Playlist 52 is 91% vinyl friendly. Near perfect The tracks marked * have been given either a tiny or a slightly larger 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc. Lyric of Playlist 52:  ‘Getting Up Is Not As Easy As Getting Down                […]

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Episode 51 – 7.1.18

41 Rooms, Playlist 51 41 Rooms’ Playlist 51 is 85% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Have a cuppa! The tracks marked * have been given either a tiny or a slightly larger 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc and one track certainly is very sonically challenged. Lyric of Playlist 51:  Mudriczki and Mackenzie tie. ‘You know I’ve been blinded out […]

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Episode 50 – 24.12.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 50 41 Rooms’ Playlist 50 is 85% vinyl friendly. Impressive. This show, just the one track (marked *) has been given a tiny 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc. Lyric of Playlist 50:  Has to be Gil. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.41 NEW […]

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Episode 49 – 10.12.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 49 41 Rooms’ Playlist 49 is 89% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Any track marked * has been given a tiny 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc… Lyric of Playlist 49:  Sometimes you’ve just got to keep it simple, real and heartfelt. Come on down, Daniel V. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo […]

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Episode 48 – 26.11.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 48 41 Rooms’ Playlist 48 is 92% vinyl friendly. Near perfect. Track marked * has been given a tiny 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc… and a couple of tracks certainly suffer from some sonic misgivings. Apologies. Lyric of Playlist 48:  ‘The miserable Scottish hotel resembled a Genesis or Marillion, 1973 LP cover… ‘ Care of […]

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Episode 47 – 12.11.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 47 41 Rooms’ Playlist 47 is 85% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc… Lyric of Playlist 47:  ‘A knife and a fork, a bottle and a cork. That’s the way to spell New York.’ Of course it is. 00.00 (Intro) […]

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Episode 46 – 29.10.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 46 41 Rooms, Playlist 46 is 88% vinyl friendly. Impressive. The Hurricane Ophelia Set! A day after I uploaded show 45 I experienced my first hurricane. Mostly, it wasn’t what some experience in other parts of the world but with no internet my time was best spent getting show 46 under way […]

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Episode 45 – 15.10.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 45 41 Rooms, Playlist 45 is 90% vinyl friendly. Near perfect.  Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc… Lyric of Playlist 45:  Their styles and the worlds they’ve written in feel lifetimes apart but it’s a dead heat between Hal David and Alex Turner. […]

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Episode 44 – 1.10.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 44 41 Rooms, Playlist 44 is 83% vinyl friendly. Impressive.  Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/etc… and a few sound a bit sonically challenged. Lyric of Playlist 44:  It goes to the late JL… and that’s without feeling particularly spiritual myself. 00.00 (Intro) […]

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Episode 43 – 17.9.17

PLAYLIST 43 41 Rooms’ Playlist 43 is 79% vinyl friendly. Not bad. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever… Lyric of Playlist 43:  Belongs to the late Ian Kevin Curtis. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.39 […]

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Episode 42 – 3.9.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 42  41 Rooms, Playlist 42 is 83% vinyl friendly. Impressive Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever, and… For differing reasons, a couple of tracks have slight sonic misgivings. Lyric of Playlist 42:  From times more innocent  than now, The Flowers: ‘…put on my casual […]

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Episode 41 – 20.8.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 41  41 Rooms, Playlist 41!… is 72% vinyl friendly. Not bad. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever, and… NB: One track here is slightly sonically challenged. Lyric of Playlist 41:  With a handful of worthy contenders in between, for the sake of a little […]

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Episode 40 – 6.8.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 40  41 Rooms, Playlist 40 is 96% vinyl friendly. Sooooo close! Tracks marked * have been given a 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever…   Lyric of Playlist 40:  A slight cop out but a bit of consciousness from the the brothers  gets it. and a cursory nod to the ‘Title of Playlist’ 40 – ‘Overdose […]

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Episode 39 – 23.7.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 39  41 Rooms, Playlist 39 is 94% vinyl friendly. Near perfect. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever… and  Please Note: This edition certainly has one track with a few profanities. If you’re of a certain disposition, be aware.  Lyric of Playlist 39:  G-SH’s, here […]

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Episode 38 – 9.7.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 38  41 Rooms, Playlist 38 is 87% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever… Lyric of Playlist 38:  ‘Do you work at a job you despise? Do you live with cockroaches? Have you been mugged lately? Did your favorite jeans shrink in […]

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Episode 37 – 25.6.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 37   41 Rooms, Playlist 37 is 93% vinyl friendly. Near perfect. We might get there one day. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever… and a couple of tracks are slightly sonically challenged. Lyric of Playlist 37:  For the sheer cockiness – ‘Leeds… […]

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Episode 36 – 11.6.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 36 41 Rooms, Playlist 36 is 83% vinyl friendly. Impressive. A bit of a warning. One or two tracks are slightly sonically challenged. Lyric of Playlist 36:  The Speeka boys may be speaking best here… 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.41 NEW […]

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Episode 35 – 28.5.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 35 41 Rooms, Playlist 35 is 97% vinyl friendly. Soooooo close. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever. Lyric of Playlist 35:  It’s a rap… RG-style – ‘Things getting stranger, they’re stranger every year. Fear come to hunt, feedin’ off the land. Well it might […]

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Episode 34 – 14.5.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 34 My niece’s growing love of vinyl meant acquiring her first means of playing the stuff – so, for this edition it’s one of these! 41 Rooms, Playlist 34 is 76% vinyl friendly. Not bad. A Word Of Warning: A couple of tracks in this show are slightly ‘sonically challenged’. Tracks marked * […]

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Episode 33 – 30.4.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 33 41 Rooms, Playlist 33 is 88% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever. Lyric of Playlist 33:  ‘No more Red Wedge in the pub or ZTT stuff… ‘ – That Mark E. a sniping. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) […]

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Episode 32 – 16.4.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 32  Album looks a bit samey… 41 Rooms, Playlist 32 is 79% vinyl friendly. Not bad. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever. Lyric of Playlist 32:  ‘It’s a good job you didn’t, what with all this unemployment going on… ‘ More an aside, it’s a […]

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Episode 31 – 2.4.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 31 41 Rooms, Playlist 31 is 77% vinyl friendly. Not bad. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop/whatever. Lyric of Playlist 31:  Gil Scott-Heron’s recount – and likely fully explained somewhere at the time of release. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased […]

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Episode 30 – 19.3.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 30 41 Rooms, Playlist 30 is 86% vinyl friendly. Impressive Lyric of Playlist 30:  A bow to the late Scott Hardkiss. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.41 NEW ORDER – We All Stand (Tokyo, 1985) – Pumped Full Of Drugs, DVD – […]

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Episode 29 – 5.3.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 29 41 Rooms, Playlist 29 is 79% vinyl friendly. Not bad. NB: One of the tracks is a bit sonically challenged, though it seems like it was just recorded that way… and the show nearly got abandoned when I lost the whole audio on Thursday afternoon and had to start from scratch again… […]

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Episode 28 – 19.2.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 28 41 Rooms, Playlist 28 is 86% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 28:  Assuming it was with someone in particular in mind, it might have to go with Marv. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.41 NEW ORDER – The Perfect Kiss […]

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Episode 27 – 5.2.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 27 41 Rooms, Playlist 27 is 81% vinyl friendly. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 27:  Could be going to Tracey T. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.41 NEW ORDER – Primitive Notion – Get Ready, LP – London Records – 2001  As the […]

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Episode 26 – 22.1.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 26 41 Rooms, Playlist 26 is 83% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive Lyric of Playlist 26:  With either Arthur or Jon. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/whatever. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 for info. 00.39 NEW […]

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Episode 25 – 8.1.17

41 Rooms, Playlist 25 41 Rooms, Playlist 25 is 93% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near perfect. OK, ears! One track is sonically challenged with some bad language and another is… well, just sonically challenged. ‘Lyric’ of Playlist 25:  It could have been the hip hop dons cutting and pasting George Bush Sr to great effect, or indeed […]

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Episode 24 – 25.12.16

41 Rooms, Playlist 24 41 Rooms, Playlist 24 is 80% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 24:  ‘It’s alright ’cause the historical pattern has shown, how the economical cycle tends to revolve… ‘ Catchy! You’re in a different space when you layer a cheery tune with this level of observation on recession. 00.00 (Intro) THE […]

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Episode 23 – 11.12.16

41 Rooms, Playlist 23 41 Rooms, Playlist 23 is 87% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 23:  Mr Curtis gets it again. One tune here, certainly, is a bit sonically challenged and those marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/whatever. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – […]

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Episode 22 – 27.11.16

41 Rooms, Playlist 22 41 Rooms, Playlist 22 is 89% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near Perfect. Lyric of Playlist 22:  Even with a fair amount of competition 2Bo4 shade it. Conscious stuff… A couple of the tunes here are a bit sonically challenged and, separately, those marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) […]

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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 […]

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Episode 20 – 30.10.16

41 Rooms, Playlist 20 41 Rooms, Playlist 20 is 81% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. Lyric of Playlist 20: ‘Crack may seem cool, it may seem good, it’s the quickest way to kill a neighbo(u)rhood‘. Different era, different means, but no doubt some equivalent result going on somewhere right now. Tracks marked * have been given a […]

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Episode 19 – 16.10.16

41 Rooms, Playlist 19 41 Rooms, Playlist 19 is 90% VINYL FRIENDLY. More than excellent. Lyric of Playlist 19: Combined with the performance – it’s with Mr Curtis. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/whatever 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 […]

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Episode 18 – 2.10.16

41 Rooms, Playlist 18 41 Rooms, Playlist 18 is 72% VINYL FRIENDLY. Not bad. A few cassettes crop up, hence a bit vinyl poor. Lyric of Playlist 18: ‘Pioneers and traders bring gifts; Smallpox, Seagrams and rice krispies… ‘  a history lesson in a poem. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – […]

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Episode 17 – 18.9.16

41 Rooms, Playlist 17 41 Rooms’ Playlist 17 is 93% VINYL FRIENDLY. Near Perfect! Lyric of Playlist 17: Ms JM’s contribution, from start to finish. Tracks marked * have been given a tiny (or sometimes, slightly bigger) 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/ whatever. 00.00 (Intro) THE FLAMINGOS – Stars (Edit) – Unreleased demo – 1983 Episode #1 […]

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Episode 16 – 4.9.16

41 Rooms, Playlist 16 41 Rooms’ Playlist 16 is 82% VINYL FRIENDLY. Impressive. There’s a bit of a croaky voice and fuzzy head thing going on with this show. Apologies, I had to record it at 6.30am when I woke and felt a cold and my voice wavering a bit. It was either that or […]

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Episode 15 – 21.8.16 (inc Winkles 1981, Pt 4. Big Guns +)

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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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)

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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Episode 11 – 26.6.16

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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Episode 10 – 12.6.16

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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Episode 9 (inc Winkles 1981: Pt 2) – 29.5.16

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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Episode 8 – 15.5.16

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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Episode 7 – 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 6 (inc Winkles 1981: Pt 1) – 17.4.16

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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Episode 5 – 3.4.16

41 Rooms, 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, […]

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Episode 4 – 20.3.16

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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Episode 3 – 6.3.16

41 Rooms, 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. 41 Rooms, Playlist 3 Lyric of Playlist 3: Maybe unsurprisingly – as it’s a poem – the words to ‘Autumn Rose’. Incorporated […]

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Episode 2 – 21.2.16

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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Episode 1 – 7.2.16.

41 Rooms, 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 […]

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