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Ian Dury & The Blockheads - 'Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll'

To coincide with the realise of the film a biography of Ian Dury s life it's my first vinyl for the month and also the title of movie Sex Drugs And Rock N Roll. We saw the Blockheads last month at the Electric Ball Room with the Andy Serkis who's has the leading role in the film playing Ian Dury, he made his appearance at the end of the show taking over vocals from Chaz Jankal.   Maurice Jan 2010








The Knack - Let Me Out

My rock record for this month is by the Knack, it comes from the album “Get The Knack.” I actually bought this one off of ebay, for the princely sum of £3, including postage. The LP has the riff laden “My Sharona,” and also “Good girls don’t.” I already have another album by this group “What the little girl understands” this one is in the same vein. It’s a slice of late 70’s pop rock. Half way between punk and pop. It’s a young lads record, dripping in acne and teenage agnst with three of the songs having girls names in the title and the rest with titles like “Frustation,” “She’s so selfish,” and “That’s what little girls do.” The track I have chosen is “Let me out,” this is the first track of the album and lasts just over 2 minutes. I am sorry there are a few hisses and crackles, but this makes it more authentic and is the glory of vinyl. It is a fast guitar driven tune and would probably be best described as powerpop.

I like it and hope you do too.                Duncan Jan 2010





Galaxy - War

This track came into my mind to be my soul/funk track of the month, when we were in the aptly named Library pub, Upper Street, Islington before the Arsenal, Villa game last week, talking about all the old clubs and discos that we used to frequent. Obviously the Zero Six by Southend airport came up. I am not sure if this is still there, but we remiminissed about how we reckoned the place was full of lesbians as when we could be bothered to talk to them, when they put the smoochies on at the end of the night, they always refused to dance. There were a lot of songs from this era that I enjoyed “Hotshot,” by Karen Young, “Shame,” Evylyn (Champagne) King and a host of others. One that stood out was “Galaxy,” by War. This was a great slice of Funk that got the foot tapping and has one of those lyrics in it that I always sing wrong “and the man in the moon was Simon Bates.” Why Simon Bates would be in the moon instead of doing Our tune on radio 1, I will never know. War had some bigger and probably better songs than this “Me and Baby Brother” and “Low Rider”as well as doing a couple of albums with chirpy, geordie, frontman of the Aniamals Eric Burdon, but Galaxy is my favourite.

So get out your white leather sandals and have a groove to this one.

Duncan Jan 2010


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