October 2010 Vinyls & Rarities
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Cassandra Wilson - Death Letter

On Friday the first of October we are going to the 100 club to see old blues boys, The Blues Band. I first saw the Blues Band at the Shrimpers Club at Southend in about 79/80. Off their first album “The official bootleg album” they had a Son House song called Death Letter. I was going to put the original on here (it’s probably not the original, but it’s the only one I know), until going through Youtube, I found this hauntingly beautiful version by Cassandra Wilson. I think that this is spot on and the best version of this song of I have heard. The other meaning of this song is that I have sadly heard that the 100 club has received a letter from Westmister Council putting up their business rates and the club might sadly have to close at Christmas. A bloody shame when you think of all the great groups who have played in this fantastic venue. I just hope this was not their Death Letter. Anyway looking forward to next Friday,

Duncan 2010

The Dead Kenedies - Kill The Poor

I have always loved the name of this band, a true punk name, designed to shock in their native America. This song comes from the album Fresh Fruit for rotting vegetables and has the excellent “Holidays in Cambodia” on it. When I have my IPOD on in the car through the speakers and that one comes on (and I am on my own, the wife hates it), it’s one of those that has go to be played full blast. But anyway I have picked “Kill the poor” for the up and coming Conservative Party Conference as I think it would make a great theme tune for them.


The Meteors Live - Manic Rockers From Hell
This band are a Psychobily band that is a cross between punk rock and rockabilly that I managed to add to my collection after buying a job lot of vinyls from a private sell. Recorded live in 1983 at 'Nite Moves' in Glasgow. I only recently talked to a Rockabilly fan about the different types of music from “Teddy Boy Rock n Roll” to variations including Psychobily and this LP is a good example of that. The band had a large cult following also known as “The Crazies or the “Zorhmen”and they claim they are the only pure Psychobily band around, they have there own dance style called “going mental”.

The track I have selected is “Rockers From Hell” , click on image to play you tube track were you can see The Crazies doing there going mental dance.

Maurice Oct 2010

Jackie Wilson - Haunted House

What would October be without Halloween and I must say it’s probably one of the easiest subjects to find records on. I have picked a not heard of often ballad from the great Jackie Wilson, all about how your woman leaves you and the ghost of her fills all the rooms. A great track full, of soul and angst. Strangely enough I have never heard any one sing this one on X factor. Any way enjoy it and listen to Soul how it should be sung.

Duncan 2010

The Revillos - She's fallen in love with a monster man.

Another track to celebrate Halloween with. A great cover of Screaming Lord Sutch’s classic by Scottish fun punk band the Revillos. They were a great band who I first remember as the Rezillos. They were not a punk band really, they just had a great image, a 60’s concoction of rock and roll, science fiction and glam rock. They looked as though they had just come out of a comic book. I have a couple of their albums and can highly recommend them. They are just great track after great track and well worth tracking down on vinyl. Anyway enjoy this one,

Duncan 2010

The Dead Elvi - The creature stole my surfboard

The last Halloween track that I will do this month. A track from a little known, at least in England, called the Dead Elvi. I should think using that name will have Boundy and all his Rockerbilly mates up in arms. Anyway I heard this one of a CD a mate at work lent me Halloween Hootenanny. An album of various tracks with a trick or treat theme. I could have picked many a track of this CD with bands I have never heard of before. Who wouldn’t like a band called the Swinging Neckbreakers or the Born Losers doing a tune called “Werewolves on wheels” They are all rock and roll, surf, garage punk songs. The one I have picked is from the Dead Elvi who apparently according to their website come from Gravelands. The song is a warning to all you surfers out there, watch out for that monster that wants to take that final ride. Good song enjoy,

Duncan 2010