July 2010 Vinyl & Rarities
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Kraftwork - “Tour De France”. Click on image to play.

What a perfect record to start the month after our disgraceful performances in the world Cup, perhaps we can get some stage victories and coloured jerseys in this years Tour De France. With team Sky a new British team and a total of 8 riders representing GB I feel we are sure to gain some pride in this years race that starts on Saturday 3rd July. The track I have chosen is from German Band Kraftwerk suitably titled Tour De France” an electronic band who I first heard on Radio Caroline sometime in the early 70s when they often played there most popular hit “Autobahn”

Maurice Hyde July 2010

Sound Apparatus - "Travel Agent Man" Click on image to paly.
Yes that’s right I have a week away in Egypt this month. Can’t wait as I am absolutely knackered, making to many mistakes. Only today I filled my work van up with petrol instead of Diesel. That is so annoying, the bloke from the AA breakdown service said I was the 3rd one today. Anyway I am looking forward to a week of all inclusive and doing nothing apart from drinking, eating, swimming and listening to my ipod next to a pool.

The song I have picked is off a CD I have just bought and is a typical American, 60’s, garage, psych track. The tune is typical of American Psych of the time, a bit more harder and weirder than our British stuff, which was a bit more whimsical.

This song is for travel agent man, Matt who sorted out my holiday.

Duncan July 2010

Mary Love - "You Turned My BITTER Into Sweet" . Click on image to play.
It’s one of my fave events of the year coming up later this month. The Chelmsford Beer Festival. Who could not enjoy sitting in a park, with a beer tent next to you, a nice sunny evening, good company and the only thing that you have to do is go and buy another beer of the 100’s that are available. If you are lucky they might have a cask of Thornbridge Jaipur IPA on and you can enjoy an original 19th century recipe at about 6%. There are loads of good local brewers on show, with some of my favourites being Brentwood Brewery and Woodfordes, I do enjoy a pint of Wherry.

So as Mary Love says her Bitter turned sweet, I am sure that mine will taste just as sweet.

Duncan, July 2010

Brain Box - "Amsterdam, the First days" . Click on image to play.

To celebrate the mighty Orange getting into the World Cup Final, I have picked Dutch 60’s rock band, Brainbox. A good band with guitarist Jan Akkerman who later found fame with prog rock band Focus. Even now you can hear one of Focus’s tracks “Hocus pocus” in a Nike advert which is doing the rounds at the moment. They also had the 1972 hit instrumental “Sylvia” which was massive. Anyway the one here is a lot less complicated and a lot more rockier. So I am hoping for a Dutch win against either Spain or Germany for our only Arsenal boy left in the tournament, Robin Van Persie. I don’t count Fabregas anymore, he’s gone.

 Duncan, July 2010

Kim Fowley - "The Trip" . click on image to play.
After some thought I will dedicate this one to Mo’s broken foot. The song has no mention of broken bones in it, but must have been written for someone falling of a kerb. I don’t know if Maurice had those giants shoes on from his youth (a private joke about smoking substances), but it can’t be much fun sitting in the garden with your feet up.


Anyway get better and I hope the plaster is of soon as there is a beer fest at the Oddfellows at the end of the month with a bluesband included.


Duncan July 2010

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - "Sirocco". Click on image to play.
I have just come back from a restful break in Egypt and as everyone knows a Sirocco is a warm desert wind. So as I was lying on a sun bed by the Red Sea I was pleased when this one came on my ipod. Especially as there was a strong warm wind that made the 40 degree heat bearable. I couldn’t get this tune out of my head and hummed it to myself all of the Holiday. It was nagging at me all the time, but most of all late at the pool bar while in a Gin fuelled nirvana. The song is hypnotic and comes from the underrated SAHB stories, I think this was the last studio album they done as a group as Hugh Mckenna never played on Rock Drill(I probably am wrong). There are a few good tracks on this LP such as the heavy metal masterpiece “dogs of war” “dance to your daddy” but Sirocco was always my favourite.


Duncan July 2010