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Episode 93 – 4.7.21

PLAYLIST 93 uploaded July 4, 2021

and is 82% vinyl friendly! Impressive.

41 Rooms - show 93 - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo turntable

A Project Debut Carbon Evo turntable. A few friends have Projects of slightly older marks than this lad and they regularly score highly in reviews of turntables around the £400-£500 mark – and let’s face it, if all you want to be interested in is these bits of kit doing the one and only job the exist for (playing a record – and at the right speed) then this ‘plain Jane’ might be the ticket. I’m not sure when in recent times Project decided to have a speed change switch on the outside but sanity has finally prevailed. Assuming a vinyl collection is filled with 45s and albums, who in their right freakin’ mind would ever think that having to take the platter off every time you change the format (and therefore the speed) of the record you want to spin is OK. It is not.


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


Lyric of Playlist 93…

A whole bunch of storytelling intrigue this month but it’s hard to compete when Gil is in town.


00.00

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


00.41

NEW ORDER – In A Lonely Place (BBC Riverside Studios, London: 4.1.82) – Movement, Definitive Edition box set, LP – Warner Music – 2019

I wanted to get along to this recording but changing shifts at work must have proved beyond me. It’s a wonder I didn’t just take a sicky but I got home early enough to catch birthday lad, Barney (it was his 26th) and the band outro’ing the programme with Temptation and, as the credits rolled, a truncated Death Rattle/Chosen Time. The studio audience were then treated to Procession, Cramp/Hurt (shortened inst), Senses, Little Dead/Denial and this glorious version of In A Lonely Place. Just months away from his Touch label’s initial release – the v/artists cassette and mag Future Mist, featuring the epic 22 minute version of New Order’s Video 586 – John Wozencroft did make it along to Riverside and soon after very kindly sent me a tape of the extra tracks. It would be another thirty years before I’d realise that video footage had not only existed of the extra tracks but a sneak preview in 2011 proved it was still in the vaults. And come 2019, voila!

New Order - Cries and Whispers (Cargo Demo) - 41 Rooms - show 67

06.06

SUDDEN SWAY – sINg sONg (d-o-8-5-s-i-n-g) – 7″ – Blanco y Negro – 1986

Pay attention at the back of the class.

There were 8 versions of this song. Each version was independently recorded, all with the same song title but with different producers. They all had the same picture covers but unique labels. The song title ‘Sing Song’ was written differently for each version with a variety of combinations of capitals and lower case fonts. They were sent randomly to record shops‘. – boogaloo123, Discogs 2010

The second of the above eight to make it to 41 Rooms – and it might not be the last. I have five of the 7″ers, and I think all bought 50p or less in the Music & Video Exchange store that was devoted to the ‘ultra cheap’, back when the chain had a bunch of its stores practically side by side in London’s Notting Hill in the nineties/early noughties.

Sudden Sway - Sing Song (t-i-7-t-s-i-n-g) - 41 Rooms - show 42

09.46

BENT – K.I.S.S.E.S – Music For Barbecues, 12″ EP – Sport – 2000

Bent may have beats but they’re wistful beats.

Bent - K.I.S.S.E.S. - 41 Rooms - show 93

13.47

CHEVALIER AVANT GARDE – Enemy – Heterotopias, LP – Skrot Up – 2011

Not quite the ‘bottom of a big barrel’ reverb-setting recordings of say, Honeydrum but maybe ‘one mic from across a spacious empty room’? I feel I’m wired to gravitate to the sound in small doses only.

Chevalier Avant Garde - Enemy - 41 Rooms - show 93

16.43

THE GIST – Light Aircraft – 7″ b-side – Rough Trade – 1982

The Moxham brothers joined by the spooky vocal of a Sheila Lowery.

The Gist - Light Aircraft - 41 Rooms - show 93

19.23

DEEP TAN – Shimmer – Download only – 2020

Back in the day (and way before it became a national obsession) pouting was only acceptable in cases of innocent playfulness. Now? It’s a bleeding can of worms. 🙂

Deep Tan - Shimmer - 41 Rooms - show 93

22.32

COSTUME – And You Were Beautiful – Kosmos, download only – 2020

There’s a feel of fracture in both the song’s narration and melody but it’s all the more intriguing for it, especially when riding over locked down electronics – and maybe there’s more ‘fracture’ (of sorts) hiding in amongst the lyrics of singer and ‘author of the texts’, Claudia Placanica.

Costume - I Shot Lenin - 41 Rooms - show 90

25.45

LONELADY – Not Great Men – The Problem Of Leisure – A Celebration Of Andy Gill & The Gang Of Four, v/a 2LP – Gill Music – 2021

With her own new album Former Life just surfaced on Warp Records here’s Julie Lonelady recently and triumphantly taking on the catalogue of one of her heroes.

Lonelady - Not Great Men - 41 Rooms - show 93

29.16

GNAG OF FOUR – Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time – 7″ – EMI – 1980

And lest we forget… more former times.

Gang Of Four - Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time - 41 Rooms - show 93

32.29

AU PAIRS – Pretty Boys – 7″ b-side – Human Records – 1981

Lesley Woods playing the field?

Au Pairs - Pretty Boys - 41 Rooms - show 93

36.05

BADLY DRAWN BOY – Bananas Skin Shoes – Banana Skin Shoes, 2LP – One Last Fruit – 2020

There was a noticeable gap from recording before this album appeared but Damon Gough is still sounding invigorated.

Badly Drawn Boy - ‎Banana Skin Shoes - 41 Rooms - show 93

38.33

The B-52s – The World’s Green Laughter – Good Stuff, LP – Reprise – 1992

Recognisable with the merest of vocals? 🙂

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

42.13

SALT-N-PEPA – Push It – 7″ – FFRR – 1987

Apart from the vocals (obviously), sounding like Kraftwerk plied with stimulants and down and dirty with tha’ funk…

Salt-N-Pepa - Push It - 41 Rooms - show 93

46.20

NAKED ROOMMATE – Re (P.R.O.D.U.C.E.) – Do The Duvet, LP – Trouble In Mind – 2020

Also on the Upset! The Rhythm label in the UK, and on black, red or clear(ish) ‘sun yellow’ limited edition vinyl. They’ll be back here.

Naked Roommate - Re (P.R.O.D.U.C.E.) - 41 Rooms - show 93

50.46

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK – Bunker Soldiers – Self-titled LP – Dindisc – 1980

All these years later, sounding not unlike the bastard brother of Depeche Mode’s New Life. For me, this is still the better tune, though.

OMD - Bunker Soldiers - 41 Rooms - show 93

53.36

DO NOTHING – Uber Allies – Glueland 12″ EP – Exact Truth – 2021

A sound that somehow feels from a decade or two earlier than 2021 to me, I’ll be having the ‘transparent teal’, limited to 300 copies, vinyl run exclusive to Rough Trade, if I catch it at a workable price at some point.

Do Nothing - Uber Allies - 41 Rooms - show 93

57.26

THE CURE – Screw – The Head On The Door, LP – Fiction – 1985

Funk Rocking with Robert Smith and his hair.

The Cure - Screw - 41 Rooms - show 93

Half time tea tum, tee tum, tea tum

Dec's mug - 41 Rooms - show 81

01.00.02

THE CHAMELEONS – Nathan’s Phase – The Fan And The Bellows, LP – Hybrid – 1986

A band from the halcyon years post punk – now known as ‘Post Punk’ 🙂 Still in action and unsurprisingly still commanding a level of reverence.

The Chameleons - Nathan's Phase - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.03.05

JOSE FELICIANO – Where I’m Goin’ – 7″ – RCA – 1965

First heard by me sometime around the 1970 UK re-release of A Bag Full Of Soul, Folk, Rock and Blues, the first album I ever bought, I think. I would have been 13 or 14 and already on the JF journey that in one way or another has never ended.

In my experience there’s next to no chance of seeing anywhere else the three formats of Where I’m Goin’ grouped together here, below. All pressed for the single’s US promotion and release in late September, ’65, if there were a dozen copies of the acetate (top left) manufactured I’d be surprised – and as with acetates in general, how many of those brittle babies would now still exist? More remarkably, this stock/released black label pressing is the only one I’ve ever seen! RCA were still trying (unsuccessfully) to break Jose to the mainstream at this point, so even when the reaction (or sadly lack of) to the white label promo copy mailed to a few hundred radio and media departments possibly signalled the single wasn’t going to succeed, they would still likely have pressed a few hundred copies for potential buyers.

Move over then to the UK, where a completely unknown Jose wouldn’t be getting any single released for another year, and the chances of Where I’m Goin’ having been spun off the aforementioned album in any mid sixties club would have been very remote. By the nineties though things had changed and a new generation of an old ‘gang’ began picking up on the track. Acid Jazz label boss, DJ, radio show presenter, Eddie Piller told me in 2002 that the tune went down well with the mod/northern soul crossover crew in clubs he was spinning. The white label promo does surface occasionally but if you see any Feliciano 7″ of the tune going cheapish (and it only surfaced on a single in two other countries, to my knowledge) you should grab it.

Jose Feliciano - Where I'm Goin' - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.05.07

THE CARPENTERS – All I Can Do (12 Shades’ 7″ Edit) – ?????????

Yet another 41 Rooms playlistee ‘remix’ that seems to have dropped off the radar since I first grabbed it – so, from where I know not. A tune from Richard and Karen C’s early jazz influenced era, stretched and doubled up on by 12 Shades, it’s worth heading to Youtube at some point to catch a mimed version from a US TV show and check out the commenters picking up on Karen’s drumming.

The Carpenters - All I Can Do (12 Shades' 7 Edit) - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.10.19

IN LOVE WITH A GHOST – I Was Feeling Down And Then I Found A Nice Witch And Now We’re Best Friends – Healing, LP – Parapente Music – 2017

A sixteen word title (which is sixteen more than exist in the track itself) and a light and fluffy soundtrack to a world that Paris, France-based Maël Madec seems to inhabit. Also a nifty illustrator, it’s his artwork that adorns his releases as well.

In Love With A Ghost - I Was Feeling Down... - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.13.40

JOHN TURRELL – What You Looking For – Mavis, CD only – Studio !K7 – 2010

The idea of DJ and producer, Ashley Beedle and engineer, Darren Morris, they farmed out the basics of a track to a bunch of artists (Edwyn Collins, Kurt Wagner, Sarah Cracknell, Ed Harcourt and others) who then individually took the track to wherever they fancied. Mavis? I think either Ashley told me or I read that it was in homage to Ms Staples.

John Turrell - Wrong Time - 41 Rooms - show 44

01.18.28

AARON FRAZER – Have Mercy (Live in the studio) – 2021

I have a copy of the 7″ waiting on my next trip to the UK but I playlisted Aaron’s live version from a KEXP at Home, 2021 session. They capture this sort of stuff really well.

Aaron Frazer - Have Mercy - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.22.21

LETTA MBULU – West Wind – Free Soul, LP – Capitol – 1968

Previously playlisted on 41 Rooms, there’s maybe more of a deft touch and ‘beauty’ in writer, Miriam Makeba’s original version but by a whisker I think I prefer the extra power and presence of Letta’s version. No rights or wrongs, just sayin’.

Letta Mbulu - West Wind - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.24.53

THE SLAPPED EYEBALLERS – The Fake Anti Waltz – Sloppy Future Manipulations, 12″ EP – Sonar Kollektiv – 2006

The only release from the best named band of the podcast. Fake Anti Waltz? Not quite 3/4 time? Or nowhere near 3/4 time? I do not know these things.

The Slapped Eyeballers -The Fake Anti Waltz - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.27.18

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD – Chairman Of The Board – 7″ – Invictus – 1971

Their radio spins were a part of my early seventies radio listening and subsequent record buying – this one being a bit of a tougher sound than their others.

Chairman Of The Board - Chaiorman Of The Board - 41 Rooms - show 93

A UK acetate, I thought was recently acquired by someone somewhere, and (I was convinced) on eBay. I then go looking to see what it fetched and it’s nowhere to be seen in a search of the Completed/Sold listings. Not only that, there’s nothing in my laptop’s history to tell me now where I found the visual and not only that, a Google search of the visual turns up zilch. Maybe I either dream this stuff up or occasionally drop into an alternative world. If you find the source of this, do let me know. 🙂

Chairman Of The Board acetate

01.30.47

MARMALADE – Our House Is Rockin’ – 7″ – EMI – 1973

The only single I ever owned by this ever-present-in-the-late-sixties/early seventies-charts Scottish pop rockers – this one being a bit more rock than pop… with a hit of boogie thrown in. Well, it was 1973… and I was sixteen.

Marmalade - Our House Is Rockin' - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.34.03

(THE) GOSSIP – Standing In The Way Of Control – 7″ – Back Yard Recordings – 2006

It was easy to be within earshot of the Beth Ditto fronted trio in the noughties – coz she can sure belt out a tune.

(The) Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.38.08

GROOVE CORPORATION (feat ROMILLIE) – Rain (Mother Mix) – 12″ – 6 x 6 Records – 1994

Jittery droning 0-121.9bpm progressive retrogressive electric chugger’s promoed Mother and Dob Mixes‘. – James Hamilton, Record Mirror (Music Week), 23.4.94

The ex-Electribe 101 boys in progressive house mode.

Groove Corporation - Rain (Mother Mix) - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.43.00

COPYRIGHT (feat. TASITA D’MOUR) – We Can Rise * – 12″ – Defected – 2006

Leftfield house… with a nod to vocalist, Tasita D’Mour.

Copyright - We Can Rise - 41 Rooms - show 93

01.46.56

HEALER SELECTA – Let’s Get It Started – 7″ – Freestyle Records – 2007

Thumpin’, fast paced funk and another bit of vinyl I have waiting for me back in England, courtesy of a white label test pressing I bought from Adrian Gibson, ex Jazz Cafe manager/booker and the Freestyle Records bod who released the single.

Healer Selecta - Let's Getting Started - 41 Rooms - show 93


01.49.48

GIL SCOTT-HERON – Home Is Where The Hatred Is – 7″ b-side – Flying Dutchman – 1971

A tune that’s made it to 41 Rooms before, courtesy of Esther Philips version, but here it’s the man who penned the words… and in his career he wasted less than just about anybody.

Gil Scott-Heron - Home Is Where The Hatred is - 41 Rooms - show 83

01.53.04

KENNETH WHALUM – Motive – Download only – 2017

Alternative and conscious soul from a 41 Rooms returnee.

41 Rooms' Playlist 16 - Kenneth Whalum - Ghost Town

01.56.49

TASMIN ARCHER – Sleeping Satellite * – 7″ – EMI – 1992

Even though the gal actually had five UK top 40 hits it’s this blockbusting No 1 she’ll be forever aligned with, and it’s one of very few chart toppers that I’d have in my collection.

Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite - 41 Rooms - show 93

Show 94 will be uploaded on August 1.

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