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Episode 91 – 2.5.21

PLAYLIST 91 uploaded May 2, 2021

and is 71% vinyl friendly! Not bad.

Sony HMK-80B music centre - 41 Rooms - show 91

A Sony HMK-80B set up, from 1979. Nothing sonically gobsmacking here, but if my experience with the slightly earlier National Panasonic equivalent (the 41 Rooms homepage) is anything to go by, the ‘all in one’ nature of these music centres was very cool back then.


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


Lyric of Playlist 91…

There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole…

It brought a smile, mainly for the childhood memories of the song it’s lifted from – Harry Belafonte’s There’s A Hole In My Bucket – but also for the message/lyrics in total. Cancel Your Hopes, indeed. There are people my age who have great grandchildren and boy are the latter going to be dealing with some crap as they grow to try and balance ‘life’.


00.00

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


00.41

NEW ORDER – Let’s Go (Nothing For Me) – (The Best of) New Order, CD, US promo only – Qwest/Warner Brothers – 1995

Originally from 1985, a very cool vocal version was demo’ed but then got dropped. That may or may not have been something to do with part of the melody sounding akin that of Sooner Than You Think… depending on which came first. Let’s Go was an instrumental the band occasionally performed live through to ’87 and it then made it to the Salvation! film soundtrack album and this Nothing For Me vocal version was later spotted when it promo’d on a one track only CD and subsequently led off the US only (The Best of) New Order 1995 compilation album.

New Order - Let's Go (Nothing For Me) - 41 Rooms - show 91 (2)

04.31

THE FALL – Mr. Pharmacist – 7″ – Beggars Banquet – 1986

Mark E on someone’s regular visits to the chemist.

The Fall - Mr. Pharmacist - 41 Rooms - Show 91

06.48

THE CHAINS – Nervous Breakdown – On Top Of Things, LP – Get Hip Recordings – 2002

The sixties garage sound morphing in Australia in the new millennium.

The Chains - Nervous Breakdown - 41 Rooms - show 91

09.50

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – Do It Clean – 7″ b-side – Korova – 1980

Were any early Bunnymen tracks ever really b-sides?

Echo and the Bunnymen - Do It Clean - 41 Rooms - show 91

12.28

KATY CARR – Berliner Ring – Coquette, CD only – Deluce Recordings – 2009

Katy was a student on a Commercial Music course I was working at in the late nineties and my office had an open door policy for any advice I could offer. Whilst a lot of the students were understandably aligning themselves with the genres that were creating the biggest waves Katy was travelling a different path. One chat I had with her involved a discussion on Kate Bush and her eyes lit up. Now six albums deep, she’s still very much travelling her own path. 🙂

Katy Carr - Berliner Ring - 41 Rooms - show 91

16.05

SQUAREPUSHER – Cooper’s World – Hand Normal Daddy, 2LP – Warp – 1997

Jazzy d&b and sounding like incidental music for an episode of Kojak or Streets of San Francisco.

Squarepusher - Cooper's World - 41 Rooms - show 91

21.12

STRETCHER – Mousehold – Unreleased – 2002’ish

Quirky and twitchy electronic bizniz from my mate, Spud… and there might be more info here if and when he remembers to wing it my way. 🙂

Tumbleweed - 41 Rooms - show 83

24.55

THE SOFT PINK TRUTH – Coat Check – The Soft Pink Truth 12″ EP – Soundslike – 2001

A style of cut and paste sound manipulation that a previous 41 Room attendee, Akufen has used. In small doses only, I reckon.

The Soft Pink Truth - Coat Check - 41 Rooms - show 91

29.08

TRACEY THORN – Why Does The Wind – Love and Its Opposite, LP – Strange Feeling – 2010

I tried numerous times to get the fab TT on to a 41 Rooms show but she’s then been sidelined. I must try harder.

Tracey Thorn - Why Does The Wind - 41 Rooms - show 91

32.39

THE LOUNGE SOCIETY – Burn The Heather – Silk For The Starving, 12″ EP – Speedy Wunderground – 2021

Hebden Bridge in the house, and a band that features the son of a friend of mine from his early days in Bedford, novelist, Stephen May. Having Speedy Wunderground as your label home is also worth noting, so things are looking bright for this band. Coincidentally – and on a lighter note – I’ve just burnt a whole load of heather. Overgrown garden stuff…

The Lounge Society - Burn The Heather - 41 Rooms - show 91

35.43

PENFRIEND – Cancel Your Hopes – Penfriend, 5-track CD sampler – Self released – 2020

The sampler was ‘Sent with initial orders of the Disarm 10th Anniversary Demos & Rarities set, released by She Makes War‘, one Laura Kidd under what might now be a previous alias.

Penfriend - Cancel Your Hopes - 41 Rooms - show 91

38.52

GRAMMATICS – New Franchise – One track promo CD, only – Dance To The Radio – 2008

Owen Brinley is another peep here under a former guise, and seemingly with a track that promo’d nothing other than itself, as it appeared then on neither an official single nor an album.

Grammatics - New Franchise - 41 Rooms - show 91

43.20

CREAM – Strange Brew – 7″ – Reaction – 1967

Even within the changing landscape of music in the mid sixties this would have been a more menacing sound than the average 7″ blaring out of the radio of the times. A few months prior to the birth of BBC Radio One, though.

Cream - Strange Brew - 41 Rooms - show 91

45.58

STEVIE WONDER – Superstition – 7″ – Tamla Motown – 1972

Actually spinning the very slightly extended album version on the show, but this was another of those rare ‘Wow!’ moments, when the song jumped out of the radio as a new release. That funky clavinet was like nothing this 15-year old lad had heard to that point.

Stevie Wonder - Superstition - 41 Rooms - show 91

My UK 7″ acetate! Whether the seller had a turntable or not to check what exactly this was I don’t know but without listing it as being Stevie Wonder it slid under the radar. I took a £25 Buy Now punt – and Stevie it was! Feeling oh so slightly like a sparcer version of the fully released single version I will give it a spin on a future show.

Stevie Wonder - Superstition (UK acetate) - 41 Rooms - show 91

50.24

MARCELL –Sesuka Hatimu – Download only – VMC Music – 2020

Someone posted a cool world map of radio stations on Facebook recently, so I randomly hit one in Indonesia… and this was the tune that jumped out at me from Station Unknown and it had me smiling big time when I ‘Shazam’d it. Now, jump back in time a few decades and try explaining all that to someone of the day. 🙂

Marcell - Sesuka Hatimu - 41 Rooms - show 91

54.11

SOUL II SOUL – Joy (Album Mix) – 7″ b-side – Ten Records – 1992

‘... this lurching jiggly title track from their upcoming album is throatily wailed by Richie Stephens through gospel-style girls hypnotically chorusing “joy, it’s a new sensation, new vibration, rocking’ the nation”, in a  shuffling 100.9bpm Brand New Heavies remix plus producer Jazzie B’s much starker joltingly tapped 0-100.7-0bpm Club, chunkier bright 100.5bpm Radio and vibes rippled sparsely percussive Instrumental Dub Mixes’.James Hamilton, Record Mirror (Music Week), 12.9.92

Caron Wheeler is the vocalist most associated with Jazzy B’s crew but the lads could put in a neat turn as well.

Soul II Soul - Joy - 41 Rooms - show 91

In the hands of Robin, Viv’s mug is back.

Viv's 41 Rooms mug 2

58.17

SHARA NELSON – Pain Revisited – What Silence Knows, LP – Cooltempo – 1993

Forever the Massive (Attack) Unfinished Sympathy vocalist of that iconic ‘long walk in LA’ for the single’s video, Pain Revisited is from the first of the two only solo albums Nelson has made since.

Shara Nelson - Pain Revisited - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.02.32

TOWER OF POWER – It Really Doesn’t Matter * – Rhythm & Business, CD only – Epic – 1997

If you like the sound of a horn section then TofP’s fifty plus year career perfecting the art could easily fill your boots, but it’s this vocal and melody that does it for me here. Nothing earth shatteringly original but big time feelgood and a bit reminiscent of the fat and funky 90s swing as nailed by Artz & Kraftz, Force One Network and others.

Tower Of Power - It Really Doesn't Matter - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.06.55

A RACE OF ANGELS – Days On Earth * – Youtube only – 2013

The lesser spotted voice of Yeofi Andoh and whichever co-conspirators are to hand when he does release material. Conscious sounds for the 21st century.

A Race of Angels is the primary outlet for Yeofi Andoh, a somewhat enigmatic synthesist of soul, jazz, and folk. Originally from rural England, the multi-instrumentalist learned guitar first and played in local punk bands. During the early ’90s, he moved to the U.S., originally to New York, and then to California. He was signed as a solo artist to major label Atlantic, but some executive-level upheaval led to the shelving of his Necessary Madness — for which he was identified as simply Yeofi — prior to its intended 1996 release date. Andoh worked as a fashion photographer, went on to collaborate with the likes of Dorado act Outside and vocalist Lizz Fields, and eventually made his first moves as a Race of Angels. Broadcast No. 1 (2005) began a sporadic series of short-form releases and compilation appearances highlighted by the yearning soul-jazz ballad “Just Begin,” included on From L.A. with Love (2007). After a lengthy period of silence, a three-track EP titled Before the First Goodbye (2016) surfaced as a teaser for proper debut album Pointless, prepared for release on the Fresh Selects label‘. – Andy Kellman, music.apple.com

41 Rooms' Playlist 16 - A Race Of Angels - Present Love

01.11.15

CURT BOETTCHER – Misty Mirage – Misty Mirage, LP – Archives – 2001

I should do it more but when buying on eBay from Japan and other far flung, heavy rate p&p countries I rarely halt at the check out and search the sellers other items to (sort of 🙂 ) lessen the ‘hit’. One time I did and this album was quietly and cheaply sitting in the inventory, and as I was after a couple of tunes on it it was a bit of a result. Curt? An intriguing figure, and if you have a thing about the sound of the sixties his sadly short life and career are worth checking out.

Curt Boettcher - Misty Mirage - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.14.56

ELECTRONIC – Get The Message – 12″ – Factory – 1991

The blending of Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr, two iconic Mancs more associated with their iconic other selves but here successfully looking for inspiration elsewhere. A wind/come down tune in the days of rave?

‘… whispering’ Bernard (New Order) Sumner and jiggling’ Johnny (Smiths) Metterarr’s pop hit now gets the D.N.A. treatment with a rumbling funky drum chinked and piano plonked 106.2bpm Groove Mix, losing the rumble to become a more tightly tapping episodic Sin Mix on the flip‘. – James Hamilton, Record Mirror (Music Week), 4.5.91

Electronic - Get The Message - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.19.29

BRILLIANT – Love Is War – 12″ – Food – 1986

If I think of bass player, Youth it’s Killing Joke and his lurching, nonchalant 1982 appearance on Top Of The Pops, performing Empire Song, that springs to mind but here he is just four years later, as one third of Brilliant and this Stock Aitken Waterman big production – possibly the first and last time the latter will be heard on 41 Rooms.

Brilliant - Love Is War - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.25.07

JOSÉE – Modern Life * – Lost Souls Dancing, CD only – Inertia Records – 2004

Shining bright firstly as the vocalist for the short lived but sumptuous Hefner, Lost Souls Dancing has been Josée Hurlock’s only album to date and along with her work with Japanese producer, Kuniyuki Takahashi, maybe the only other venture to capture her talent at its best. She has guested on a bunch of other artists’ (mostly house) tracks but for all her efforts, for me she’s never sounded quite ‘right’ on most of them. Positive vibes, she’ll come good again. 🙂

Josee - Modern Life - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.27.22

MJ COLE – I See * – 7″ – Talkin’ Loud – 1999

Downtempo here, Cole is maybe best known as a producer of garage tracks, the nineties UK dance variety, not the sixties US guitar-led style. What is it with niche music styles managing to have names that have previously signposted completely different sounding genres? Garage… drum and bass… r&b… swing (keep going…) It’s not that language is short of words.

MJ Cole - I See - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.31.45

ANJALI – Lazy Lagoon * – 12″ – Wiiija Records – 2000

If I was to use the term ‘whispy sound’ on 41 Rooms it would be here. So, I have… and it is.

Anjali - Lazy Lagoon - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.35.08

THE BLUE NILE – Seven A.M. * – Hats, LP – Linn Records – 1989

Paul Buchanan’s lot are a revered enigma. Just five albums in nearly forty years – the last being in 2004 – I’ll wager he’s not since changed tack and gotten a ‘proper’ job.

The Blue Nile - Seven A.M. - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.39.46

PETULA CLARK – You’d Better Come Home * – 7″ – Pye – 1965

Not one of the girl’s biggest hits at her charting heights in the sixties but a very cool tune all the same. As an aside, at a weekend market stall I once happened on a handful of PT cassettes that were, in effect, 80s/90s ‘work in progress’ rehearsal recordings – one involved music she was bouncing back and forth with Michel Legrand! Thinking they’d be of greater interest to a hardcore PC fan I eBayed them and within hours, someone claiming to be from PC’s inner camp who was suggesting they’d mislaid the tapes contacted me and the recordings returned to their spiritual home. 🙂

Petula Clark - You'd Better Come Home - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.42.43

SUZI CHUNK (with GROOVY UNCLE) – Got My Eye On The Prize * – Girl From The Neck Down, LP – State Records – 2012

I’ve said it before, as with other Chunk sung tunes, if they’d been recorded by Dusty Springfield in the sixties they’d now be worshipped.

Suzi Chunk (with Groovy Uncle) - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.45.55

JAPAN – Taking Islands In Africa – Gentlemen Take Polaroids, LP – Virgin – 1980

The shift from Chunk to Japan and David Sylvian will look more glaring than it actually sounds. 🙂

Japan - Taking Islands In Africa - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.50.25

MATHILDE SANTING – It May Not Always Be So * – Water Under The Bridge, LP – WEA – 1985

Sharp haircut, suited and seemingly from out of nowhere to us Brits, this Dutch lady cut a striking presence on UK TV show, The Tube in 1984.

Mathilde Santing - It May Not Always Be So - 41 Rooms - show 91

01.53.36

ANNA DOMINO – This Time – This Time, LP – Les Disques Du Crépuscule – 1987

From the outside, an American who seemed to fit seamlessly into the expansive ‘bag’ of this European label but if you’re not currently listening to the show whilst reading this then head here for one of a couple of short and slightly poignant recent Youtube look backs from Anna. I’ve seen it from both sides but pieces of music are often treated with no more respect and worth than that of individual grains of sand but from the aspect of those producing that music there’s always way more involved. Always.

Anna Domino - This Time - 41 Rooms - show 91

Show 92 will hopefully be here June 6.

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