December 2010 Vinyls & Rarities
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Eddie Floyd - Raise Your Hand

This track has been picked for the first gig of December, the fantastic Junior Jump and the Bottom Line. I have seen these a few times and they never disappoint. They are a band who have quite a few in their number. There is a full horn section, backing singers and normal band, guitars, drums etc and a lead singer. They play mainly 60’s soul covers and a few pop songs. They normally do a great cover of “Tin Soldier” and always do a Temptations medlee. I have picked the Eddie Floyd track because it’s an unusual one that is not often covered, they do. It’s also the first ever record to be released on the Stax blue label in this country. The one with the pile of records. I can remember getting the Otis Redding and Carla Thomas song “Lovie Dovie” on this label when I was about 13 and when I was a little bit older I managed to collect all of blue label discs. Great artists on these, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Ruby Johnson, Booker T, Mabel John and a host of others.

The band are playing the Club Riga at Southend on the 3rd & 4th of December, so for anyone local it will be a gig well worth going to.

So remember “If there’s something you need, just raise your hand”

Duncan, December 2010

Donnie Elbert - Get Ready

Going through my record collection I found this track that I had forgotten about. As we are going to see Junior Jump this Saturday, they always cover this Temptations classic. So from one cover to another here is a superb one from the late, great Donnie Elbert.

Duncan Decemer 2010

Blondie - Contact In Red Square

Those bloody Russians, next time we get a chance of a world cup I might be dead. It’s not fair and it just shows you that all those bloody foreigners hate us. I really think that we should say up yours FIFA and not bother to enter anymore world cups, we never do any good anyway. To celebrate our once again dismal failure I have picked this track from Blondie and sex goddess Debbie Harry. I always remember this one on the Juke box at the Hayloft, it was the b-side of Denis and was always worth a play as there were 2 songs on this side, the other track on there “Kung Fu Girls was just as good. It’s one of Blondie’s better tracks and is probably why that prat Sept Bladder picked the Russians instead of us. He has probably got a contact in Red Square.

Duncan, December 2010

Simon & Garfunkel - Hazy Shade of Winter.

Not very original I know, but a great song. I must admit I do prefer the Bangles, probably mean I will get some beardy upset with me, but here is the original. I dedicate this one to some people at work who can’t get their vans the 4 miles into work, while others of us manage to get to work driving 30 odd miles. Still we can’t all be heroes.

Duncan, December 2010

Francine Mcgee Delirium

Her is one of my favourite 12” singles bought in 1978 at the record store within the Zero 6 night club in Southend On Sea close to the airport. Its is the B side to the vocal “Feeling Good” that is the instrumental version best described as hard core and obscure funk. (click on image to play) We also had bad winters back in 1978 and were nearly snowed in one evening at the Zero 6 where we frequently went as all we had in Chelmsford at the time was Dee Jays disco. Not that Dee Jays was that bad but in fact there was an excellent soul night on a Friday with top soul DJ “Bob Jones” I don't remember the DJ on Saturdays but he always played Dr Feelgood's “Back In The Night” . Admittance include a basket of scampi and chips and you had to get in early as a queue would form from about 9pm., dress code no jeans trainers or tee shirts.

Maurice Hyde December 2010

Stiff Little Fingers - White Christmas

As a White Christmas looks on the cards I have selected the following vinyl from the Irish punk band (still touring) “White Christmas” it the B side to the 7” single “At The Edge” that also has a version of “Running Bear” included. I must admit I am not a great lover of Christmas records but at least this one only last for 2 minutes and it was covered by Junior Jump at there recent Christmas gig.

Maurice Hyde December 2010

The Osmonds - Crazy Horses

I don’t if anyone was shocked like me to see the Police chasing the students the other week on horseback. It reminded me of a scene from an old B movie western. I know there are a lot of serial rioters involved, but there are a lot of school children who have been told by their teachers to go. If my kids went I would be quite proud of them, standing up against an unjust system of education. But what I would not want is for the old Bill to start riding rough shod over them. It’s quite hypocritical as well, when I am at work and I hear chaps my age saying that the students are a disgrace, should be whipped and get a proper job. This is from people who were on the periphery of football violence in the 80’s. one minute they will be saying how this didn’t happen in their day and the next they second they will be reminiscing about being toe to toe with Millwall at Kings Cross. Still back to the track, I was going to pick Alex Harvey’s cover from Penthouse tapes, or I could have had the Peter Pan of rock, John Otway’s version. Instead I chose the original from 70’s heavy rock band? The Osmonds. You have to admit this is a good track from one of the first ever boy bands.

Duncan, December 2010  (All those teeth)