October 2009 Vinyl's
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Generation X Debut LP
Generation X Debut LP Chrysalis CR1 1169 1978. Bought on e bay for £1.00 (+£3.00 p&p) an LP I never got round to buying in 1978 despite seeing them twice at the Chancellor Hall. The Generation X gigs at the Chancellor were among the best I had seen there, and I did buy the first single Your Generation. So after 31 years I now can listen to the whole LP and the track I have selected to play on vinyl is Youth Youth Youth an early favourite among punks at the time 


SPARKS This town ainít big enough for the both of us

SPARKS This town ain’t big enough for the both of us My piece of old viynl for October is one back from the 70’s glam period. I must admit that I didn’t just buy it, but after a discussion with Mo at City’s ill fated attempt at getting into the first round proper of the FA cup, it seemed like a good idea to buy a second hand LP or single once a month and pick a track of it for your pleasure. Therefore I didnt have time to get to a boot sale (which I won’t till the weather gets better) or buy anything of ebay or a charity shop, so I cheated and looked in one of my boxes of old singles. The track in question is “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us,” by Sparks. It’s not a rare or cool track but when you listen to it again, it’s still pretty good. What I like is that it’s 35 years old and still sounds fresh. It starts with a piano fading in and then gets all rocky with lyrics that you can’t understand, from an effeminate man who sounds like a girl and finnishes with the immortal words “I aint going to leave.” But it works.


This takes me back to my schooldays, watching Steve Hadlow pretending to be Ron Mael, the Hitler lookie likie. A lot of the songs from the Glam times were good and are overlooked by us as we get older. But listen to Slade rocking with “Get down and with it,” probably off one of the best live albums ever, or Geordies “All because of you,” there is a wealth of music to listen to. Just don’t admit to liking Gary Glitter.


It must be a cool song as Siouxsie and the Banshees done a cover of it as well as many other artists. So with a “heartbeat, increasing heart beat,” have a listen.



Bethnal Dangerous Times

Bethnal Dangerous Times LP Vertigo 1978 

I was very happy to win this LP on ebay as I just bided 90p for it, the only bid.. Bethnal had been around since about 1972 but we first saw them at the Chancellor Hall in 1978 . With Punk rock now firmly on the scene Bethnal somehow just about fell into the category covering such songs as the Who's 'Baba O'Reilly' and The Animals 'we've gotta get out of this place'.a rock song written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. I thought they were brilliant at the Chancellor and I loved the electric violin played by lead singer George Csapo. Again it's taken me 31 years to buy the LP but money was tight in the 70s and to buy an album at the time took a fare bit of your weekly wage that was already under pressure with motoring, beer, girls,gigs and more. The track I have selected to play is called Bartok about driving round town looking for a girl then ending up in a bar getting drunk finding a girl then thinking 'going to make it tonight' This track features electric violin in the second half of the song.  I understand they had two Lps the other called Crsahed Landing that I will now try and find and add to my collection.


Little Bob Story, Action, Come See Me

Little Bob Story, Action, Come And See Me

Little Bob Story are a band that I’ve always wanted to own music by and now I think I have 4 albums. The track that I have picked is “action” off the album Come see me. I have always liked this group since hearing them on John Peel in the 70’s. The main reason I have picked this LP is probably because of the cover, a bit of 1970’s smut. Action is typical of them, a high tempo punk song. A lot of their early stuff had a Dr Feelgood feel to it and they are probably the only French band that I like (or know). They used to record on the legendary Chiswick label (this one is on RCA and a french pressing), with stable mates such as the Radiators from Space, Radio Stars, Dr Feelgood, The Damned, the magnificent Count Bishops and other such groups in the same genre. Apart from that I don’t know much about them, only that the one album that I know about that I havn’t got, is that I had a bid for £7 on ebay and lost it.

One day it will mine Duncan


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