January 2011 Vinyls & Rarities
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Sweet Thunder - Everybody Singing Love Songs

This is a reply to Maurice buy, Delerium (a great track), from Zero 6. I bought that one and a few others from Zero’s record stall. It was quite unusual for a club to do this. I know the Northeners used to have them at their Soul clubs, but down South, rare. The stall used to be at be the end of a corridor, just past the toilets. I can also recall getting Black is the Colour by Wilbert Longmire from here as well. They used to have a lot of American imports on sale. Zero 6 was a good club and I thought I would have a look on the web to see if was still open and I found a website which stated that dress code was NO HATS, NO HOODIES, NO ATTITUDE. That did make me chuckle.

Anyway here’s a chance to groove along to a great 70’s slice of music and remember those frantic rushes at the end of the night, to get a smooch of a girl who you had been ignoring all night. Why did they always say no?? From Sweet Thunder a track which I still treasure today.

Duncan, January 2011.

4ft Pimp - Worst Crime known

I am trying to think of a song for our glorious victory over the aussies in the ashes. The best I could come up with was one to celebrate our antipodean’s cousins past, and how they started their lives in the outback by committing the worst known crimes. This is a song that was sent to us from Southend group 4ft Pimp, I never sadly got to see them but I know I would have enjoyed them very much. I still play the tracks that they sent us and have been looking for an excuse to put them on, in the record of the month.

I am a new convert to cricket and only took any notice of it after my son Charlie, started playing about 6 years ago. I am now an avid fan and watch all the matches on sky sports. I even love test matches. The best sporting occasion that I ever went to was the last day of the final test at the Oval in 2005, when we beat Australia to win the Ashes for the first time in years. It was a fantastic day out and far surpassed all the finals, that I have seen Arsenal in (I have only missed one since 1978). So well done Strausie and the boys and remember Shane Warne, Dame Edna, Skippy, Rolf Harris, everyone in Ramsey St and John Harrison. Your boys took one hell of a beating.

Duncan , January 11

The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus: IV

This is one of my favourite all time albums realised in April 1977 and the track Hanging Around comes to mind when I look at my photo recently published in the Edge magazine. We are going to see the band in March at the Hammersmith Apollo and I look forward to the evening that undoubtedly will include the consumption of some fine ales on the way. The Stranglers have played Chelmsford twice, first time at Chelmsford Prison September 1977 then again in 2008 at the V festival.

Maurice Hyde January 2011

Larry Wallis - Police Car

With tickets now on sale for the Lee Brilleaux Memorial to be held at the Oyster Fleet Hotel in Canvey Island on the 6th May 2011, all money from sales going to Fairhavens Hospice. It reminded me of a past show when one of the artist was Larry Wallis who performed the track “Police Car” live at the show, that I thought was one of the best performances of the evening. Also coincidently today the track randomly played on my I Pod and having not heard it for sometime I thought what a quality single this was. Realised in 1977 on Stiff records also available on The Stiff Singles Volume 1.

Maurice Hyde January 2011