Two hours of post punk and other newer/older beats and nonsense, uploaded first Sunday of every month

Episode 108 – Original Upload 2.10.22

This playlist is 81% vinyl friendly. Not bad.

Turntable 108 - Soundwagon Record Runner - 41 Rooms - show 108

Fancy taking the car for a spin? Nothing more than a goddam novelty I’m surprised I haven’t included this Stokyo Record Runner (hijacking a Volkawagon van) here before. I think they missed a trick though, as it’s the fully windowed ‘hippy’ fave version of the van that maybe would have appealed to more folk… if at all. Only running at 33 1/3rpm I’m guessing it was burning through the petrol too much at 45rpm 🙂 but either way, you’re surely not going to be letting this thing loose on any valuable vinyl.


Any track marked * has been given either a tiny or a slightly larger 41 Rooms ‘tweak’/edit/chop and the occasional tune sonically might not sound quite how it originally did. On top of that, the switch to different decades and production values doesn’t help. 🙂


Lyric of Playlist 108…

The presentation may be snappy and blunt, so maybe… it’s Ms Whack!


00.00

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


00.41

NEW ORDER – Thieves Like Us (New York Demo #1) – Power, Corruption and Lies, LP (Definitive Edition, box set) – Warner Music – 2020

A few will have been privy to early workings on some of New Order’s earlier tracks before the Definitive Edition boxsets started to chronologically appear in 2019 and judging by the name this one would might have been worked on around the time the track was getting its initial live run outs during the band’s 1983 Spring/Summer US tour dates.

New Order - Thieves Like Us (New York Demo #1) - 41 Rooms - show 108

Thieves Like Us, TV South recording, Southampton: 30.11.83.

New Order - TV South (2) - 41 Rooms - show 79

Photo credit/copyright – Dec Hickey


06.23

LONELADY – (There Is) No Logic (The Other Two Remix) – 12″ – Warp? – 2022

A transparent orange 12″ vinyl, available for pre order through Bandcamp for shipping around Oct 21. Mr and Mrs Morris (Gillian Gilbert and Steve Morris) with their take on a track from Julie’s Former Things album.

Lonelady - No Logic (THe Other Two Remix) - 41 Rooms - show 108

16.06

TIERRA WHACK – Stand Up (Extended Mix) * – Download only – 2021

The gal also has a great name and the tune simple but full of character!

Tierra Whack - Stand Up - 41 Rooms - show 108

that then blends with…


20.13

ANNA LIANI – Mamma Son Tanto Felice (a cappella, then an unknown mix) – Youtube only – Early 2010s

Sounds vaguely familiar? You’ve probably heard it this way

And then again, you probably haven’t. A rough and not quite ready use of an a cappella I came across about a decade ago. I’d never heard of Liani or (more pertinent to here) anything of the song’s previous history, and given the decade it originally sprung from I won’t be racing there to listen, either. Here, Liani’s vocal runs over Ms Whack’s beats, then it’s an unknown mix from the same time period. The latter though seems to have since disappeared from the net.

Anna Liani - Mamma Son Tanto Felice - 41 Rooms - show 108

24.08

THE TIVOLI vs CABARET VOLTAIRE – My Town * – National Service Rewind, CD only – Shiva Records – 2010

In action 2008-2011, The Tivoli were a rock band – of the ‘traditional’ sort, it seems – with their Sheffield base the likely route to the Cabs connection.

The Tivoli vs Cabaret Voltaire - My Town - 41 Rooms - show 108

27.46

D*NOTE – Waiting Hopefully (Radio Version) – 12″ – VC Recordings – 1997

The ’90s was mainly beats (all styles and tempos) for me and I was a big fan of Matt Winn (Wienevski)’s D*Note. Great vocalists (P.Y. Anderson guesting here) and class lyrics and tunes, here there’s an edgy and cinematic feel.

D*Note - Waiting Hopefully - 41 Rooms - show 108

30.08

CATH COFFEY – Say What You Say – 12″ – 4th & Broadway – 1997

And much of the above for here, too.

Cath Coffey - Say What You Say - 41 Rooms - show 108

33.57

JOEY MERCEDES, BRANDON MARKELL HOLMES and ROBERT PM – It Goes On – Download only – 2022

It’s most probably a generational thing but I reckon anyone who lived and breathed house music in its first decade (mid ’80s onwards?) has these days to do a lot more searching to find something… ‘interesting’.

Joey Mercedes, Brandon Markell Holmes, Robert PM - It Goes On - 41 Rooms - show 108

38.28

N’DINGA GABA (feat. SAHFFI) – Summer Breeze (Raw Artistic Soul Mix) * – 12″ – Foliage – 2011

Nowt to do with the Seals & Crofts written and Isley Brothers propelled tune, someone buy a drink for whoever came up with that vibes-type bridge!

N'Dinga Gaba (feat. Sahffi) – Summer Breeze (Raw Artistic Soul Remix) - 41 Rooms - show 108

43.21

THE SEATBELTS – Cats On Mars (DMX Krew Remix) – Promo only 12″ – Victor – 1999

Seemingly a late ’90s Japanese one-off album involving a collective of dozens and a track reworked by a Krew… of one, Londoner, Ed Upton.

The Seatbelts - Cats On Mars (DMX Krew Remix) - 41 Rooms - show 108

48.26

EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL – Frost and Fire – Eden, LP – Blanco Y Negro – 1984

Saw them just the once back in the day – at Ronnie Scott’s in 1983, with Weekend also on the bill and Paul Weller at the bar, I seem to remember. Not many vocalists as ‘understated’ as Tracey Thorn make the impact she does on a tune.

Everything But THe Girl - Frost and Fire - 41 Rooms - show 108

Masterbag #11, 10-23.6.82

Everything But The Girl article, Masterbag #11, 10-23.6.82 - 41 Rooms - show 108

53.04

ROY DAVIS JR. – Gabrielle (The Scroll Mix) – 12″ – Large – 1996

The vocal delivery and production here is what makes it for me, and a suitably named label, to boot.

Roy Davis Jr - Gabrielle - 41 Rooms - show 108

57.52

DELTA 5 – Try – 7″ – Rough Trade – 1980

Most probably the only time over the ether (or indeed anywhere?) Roy Davis Jr has glided into Delta 5. I think the Leeds lads and lassies got away with it.

Delta 5 - Try - 41 Rooms - show 108

It’s half time. Mugs R Us!

41 Rooms white mug (girl holding)

01.01.55

ESSENTIAL LOGIC – Eugene – 7″ – Rough Trade – 1980

Vocalist, Lora Logic made it on to the first ever 41 Rooms playlist. Eugene? It’s hard to know.

I’ve long had a weakness for their 3rd single, the jittery saxophone blast of Eugene. Logic had a remarkable voice which led her lyrics to become utterly indecipherable. She’s certainly mentioning fossil fuels somewhere in there, but beyond that I’m thoroughly, if pleasantly, lost’. – Thoughts of cyberinsekt @ livejournal.com

Essential Logic - Eugene - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.08.49

LENE LOVICH – Lucky Number – 7″ – Stiff – 1978

The unforgiving side of me would have been hoping that no version of a modern day Lene (she’s 73) would be out there now performing with the same sort of accentuated kookiness she utilised back in the late ’70s… but there is and she does!.. and to be fair, maybe hardcore gig going fans do want and expect a version (vision!) akin to their first sightings back in the day – an acceptable one, anyway.

Lene Lovich - Lucky Number - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.12.18

JANE AIRE and THE BELVEDERES – Driving – Self-titled, LP – Virgin – 1979

Out of Akron, Ohio and covering Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. If your first visual exposure to Jane Aire was, like mine, her appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test (performing this song, as it happens) in late ’79, then her entrance on stage involved more wacky moves. Thankfully, she ironed most of it out pretty quickly. I liked the guttural tone of her voice so much us Got-Ta-Scatta boys used a randomly chopped sample of her vocal from another song as a starting point idea for a track. On that front… her and… Glen Campbell(!) You needed to be there. 🙂

Jane Aire and the Belvederes - Driving - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.14.27

THE PRETTY THINGS – Rosalyn – 7″ – Fontana – 1964

That other form of r&b, I was a hairs breath away from signposting this as a Them tune on the show. Close call… but you maybe see the connection.

The Pretty Things - Rosalyn - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.17.17

THE YARDBIRDS – I’m Not Talking – Five Yardbirds EP, 7″ – Columbia – 1965

The track featured as a b-side on a few oddball Yardbirds 7″ releases around the world but ya just gotta love those UK EP sleeves of the day.

The Yardbirds - I'm Not Talking - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.21.05

THE DICKIES – Communication Breakdown – Stukas Over Disneyland, LP – PVC Records – 1983

I’ve never been wired to get off on a band playing (because they can) at a thousand miles an hour but throw in a bit of humour and you just might get me… and with this Led Zep cover, the Dickies did. The sometimes near-jibberish lyrics and the ‘Stop!’ in the middle make me chuckle every time.

The Dickies - Communication Breakdown - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.24.32

OUTSIDE – Resist – Suspicious, promo only 12″ EP – Dorado – 1998

From a label I always had my eye on back in the day, with vocalist here, Karime Kendra delivering something heartfelt and moody.

Outside - Resist - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.27.42

SYLVIE VARTAN – I Made My Choice – 7″ – RCA – 1965

There were a few female vocalists of the time that could have stamped more of a mark on this than Vartan (and I’ve not been convinced by anything else of hers I’ve bumped into over the years) but there’s a vulnerability in the vocal delivery here – maybe added to by her multi cultural upbringing – that works… for me anyway. And beyond that, a salute certainly to the lady, as she’s been constantly releasing music for sixty years!. Not many have done that.

Sylvie Vartan - I Made My Choice - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.30.58

BIG BLOOD – Sweet Talker – Do You Wanna Have A Skeletal Dream? LP – Feeding Tube Records – 2020

41 Rooms faves and regulars!

Big Blood - Heaven Or South Portland - 41 Rooms - Show 96

01.33.42

TODD RUNDGREN – I Saw The Light * – 7″ – Bearsville – 1972

The things you do when you’re a teenager. Sometime after this single was released I spent the whole of one evening in my bedroom alternating between playing this 7″ and Brenton Wood’s Gimme Little Sign… and for some reason I thought I’d chalk each play off… on the wallpaper(!), in that way prisoners used to do in old films, when counting down their days left in clink. Weird. There could have been 15+ spins for each.

Todd Rundgren - I Saw The Light - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.38.49

ROXY MUSIC – All I Want Is You – 7″ – Island – 1974

‘Mid period’ Roxy but still good enough for me to occasionally spin in our club in the early ’80s.

Roxy Music - All I Want Is You - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.43.29

SIMPLE MINDS – Celebrate – 7″ – Arista – 1981

This also did make it to my decks in Winkles but there were other ‘Mindies’ tunes I played more.

Simple Minds - Celebrate - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.48.35

THE CHAMELEONS – In Shreds (Previously unreleased version) – Script Of The Bridge (25th Anniversary Edition), 2CD only – Blue Apple Music – 2008

And more ‘Winkles back in the day’ tunes, albeit it would then have been with the official single version. A monster tune, this take obviously didn’t quite make it at the time.

The Chameleons - In Shreds (Previously unreleased version) - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.51.42

THE TEARDROP EXPLODES – (Read It In) Books (7″ b-side version) – Zoo – 1980

Grittier version of the Julian Cope and Ian McCullough tune than on the Teardrop’s debut album.

The Teardrop Explodes - Read It In Books - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.54.43

ALPINES – Drive – Night Drive, 10″ – Polydor – 2011

The debut single from a duo who to date have managed four albums.

Alpines - Drive - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.54.43

KEITH LE BLANC – You Drummers Listen Good – Major Malfunction, LP – World Records – 1986

Thumpin’! With Adrian Sherwood, Skip McDonald and Doug Wimbish all involved, this has the Tackhead production and sound all over it.

Keith Le Blanc - Get This - 41 Rooms - show 86

01.54.43

SUPER A. D. – Check The Subject – Detonation, The New Breed – The Best New Undiscovered Dance Artists, v/a, promo CD only – ?? – 1999

From the ‘big beats’ era and one of four tracks that these two Scandinavian brothers had on this Nuneaton, UK sourced comp, all of which sank into oblivion – in total contrast to the show ender.

Super A.D. - Check The Subject - 41 Rooms - show 108

01.54.43

JOY DIVISION – Love Will Tear Us Apart – 7″ – Factory – 1980

If there’d only ever been ten 41 Rooms shows this might have been in there, but for no particular reason it finally appears here, finishing show 108. As iconic a song as it gets, I would have signed off here with it in my normal fashion until I realised – nearly too late – that one (June 10, 1980) of the two requests that I put in for on John Peel’s radio show in the early ’80s (it was a done thing back then) just happened to fall in sync with the release of this single. So, as a one off, it’s over to Peely… and out.

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart - 41 Rooms - show 108

Show 109 will be out and about Nov 6.

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