Dec 8th: Thanks to everyone who came along
to the Canterbury on Saturday. Another great night. That's the
last one in Brixton now for a good while - I may do one in April,
but I'll think about that sometime next year. The pub looked
even more fabulous than last time with the addition of the wall
of lights behind the decks. Just like DJ-ing in Vegas I'm sure!
Great set from Comrade Dubversion (check out the P.R.O.D. website
at http://www.peoplesrepublicofdis.co.uk/) who stepped in at
the last minute when Fruitbat came down with the flu. My highlights
* "Meat Is Murder"
early on, just to get the party started!
* "Build Me Up Buttercup" - I've always resisted playing
this for some reason, but the response was astonishing
* "Completely And Utterly" - a little nod to Davey,
* "I'm Coming Home In The Morning" - the driving northern
one after "French Disko", just sounded great!
* "Mr Tambourine Man" - wonderful!
* "Breathe On It" - everyone bouncing (literally) around
for the second to last song
Thanks again to everyone for such a great night and see you on
the 19th for the Christmas party.
Nov 23rd: Two posts
in one day. Something must be afoot. And it is.
We're doing an extra HDIF
for December. As Brixton went so well, I want to do another one
at the Canterbury just to establish it as a night there. This
means the club will be fortnightly in December and then back
to monthly in January. I'm off to India at the end of January
for three weeks so it will be monthly for at least the first
three months of 2004.
Just to make sure the
night changes a little depending on the venue it's in, we're
going to do something slightly different for the extra one in
December. The guest DJ is fellow Brixton resident Fruitbat, who
you may know from his groups Abdoujaparov and Carter USM. I've
asked Fruity to spin a one off melodic punk set for us. So, between
half ten and twelve on Dec 6th, the no punk rule will be lifted
and the Canterbury will be rocking to the likes of Buzzcocks,
New York Dolls, Undertones, Wire, Ramones, Magazine, etc, etc.
I guess the idea is to play the kind of music that inspired people
like Morrissey to actually be in a band in the first place. The
more tuneful, romantic end of punk perhaps. Sure you know what
I mean. Then it'll be back to me with my indie pop and northern
The details then:
Saturday December 6th
8 Canterbury Crescent, Brixton
Guest DJ Fruitbat (Abdoujaparov/Carter
Nov 23rd: Thanks to everyone who came along
on Friday. Another great night. Roughly 100 people in, which
seems like the right amount to me. I like it better when there's
some room to dance. My highlights:
* Playing the northern stuff that, ultimately, only I really
want to hear - "I Like Everything About You" and "I'm
Coming Home" were especially great
* The Swedish guys who were overjoyed to find a club playing
old school jangle pop
* "War" followed by "William It Was Really Nothing"
- my little stab at topicality (couldn't find a song with George
in the title)
* "Good Vibrations"
* "Friday On My Mind"
* That song by The Chi-Lites that was sampled for "Crazy
All in all, a fantastic night. Thanks to Dickon for his excellent
guest spot. And thanks to everyone for turning up and making
the night what it is.
Nov 20th: STOP PRESS.
HOLD THE FRONT PAGE. FOLLOW THAT CAB. Chris King from Da Doo
Ron Ron has had to pull out of his DJ-ing slot at the last moment
and Dickon of Fosca has kindly agreed to step in and take his
place. Dickon played an excellent set for us earlier in the year
and it's a pleasure to have him back. He'll be on from 10.30
until 12.00, as usual. Chris will be appearing at HDIF in February.
Nov 15th: Started
up a new bit on the site called Rupert's Records. All is explained
on the page, so go and have a look.
Nov 14th: An amazing
week for gigs. Dexys on Monday were a revelation. The songs were
slower but no less emotional. It was a true honour to be in their
presence. I was meant to be going to Beyonce on Tuesday but had
to cancel at the last minute. Wednesday was The Offspring on
HMS Plymouth, a surprisingly muted affair considering it was
a competition winners only show. "Self Esteem" still
sounds great. Thursday was The Distillers but not The Bronx,
as the drummer broke his arm the night before. If you're a punk/metal
fan, rush out and get the new EP by The Bronx right now. It's
spectacular. Bits of Black Flag, Fugazi, Motorhead, At The Drive-In.
The Distillers took a while to really get going and Brody wasn't
quite the commanding presence that I thought she would be, but
the second half was excellent. And Friday was Love. Right at
the front, leaning on the bar on the right hand side. Great view,
beer on demand. Lovely. Only spoilt by the fact that there was
no trumpet player. I'm a bit of a sucker for trumpets - in fact
I think I like pretty much anything with a trumpet in it. Herb
Alpert, "Wake Up Boo", oh it's my blindspot alright.
So no mariachi melodies to swoon over was a bit of a disaster
for me. I was extremely disappointed - but a song later I'd got
over it and was doing my best Flying Pickets impersonation, filliing
in the trumpet bits myself. A fantastic show, but gig of the
week goes to Dexys by a long long way.
Nov 9th: Well, what
a night. What an exciting, amazing night. Thanks to everyone
who showed up and made our first one in Brixton such a success.
I'd expected around sixty people. As I have to pay for the PA
at the Canterbury, I truly thought I was going to make a loss.
I spent the week leading up to it frayed with nerves. In the
end, 140 people turned up and The Canterbury was buzzing. It
was wonderful. It's actually one of the ones where I wished I
could have been out there dancing. Not that I didn't have a few
moments of my own behind the decks of course, but it's not quite
the same. I'm still smiling about it now.
My highlights, then:
* The way people rallied
round when half the PA packed up. Comrade Dubversion from the
mighty People's Republic Of Disco (Brixton's finest club night,
a real legend) and a few guys I didn't know put aside their evenings
for a moment to help me out and work out exactly what had gone
wrong. In the end, it turned out that a faulty cable caused three
of the speakers to shut down, and after a bit of jiggling it
all returned to normal. If I'd have been on my own, it would
have stayed like that all night. I didn't have a clue where to
start. So - thank you, fellas, for saving the night. It was one
of those moments that made me proud to live in Brixton. Thanks
too to Mike from Urban 75 for helping to spread the word. It's
this kind of support that makes it all worthwhile.
* Amelia's good-naturedness in the face of everthing going very
very wrong. While Comrade Dubversion and pals inspected cables
and speakers and I laughed nervously and did my best not to flap
too much, Amelia just kept on going, making sure the evening
wasn't interrupted too badly and that the tunes continued flowing.
I keep thinking of the phrase "the kindness of strangers"
- now, I'm not going to go all "Streetcar" on you here
(well no more than usual), but considering we'd only just met,
Amelia was everything you'd want from a friend when you're in
a tight spot. Great set too. Shame it was plagued by interruptions.
We'll have to get both Amelia and Rob back for a return booking
* Songs? Were there songs? "The Snake" followed by
"The Letter" was a personal highlight. "Baby Britain"
twice was another. "Cool Jerk" for the first time was
fantastic. "Wouldn't It Be Nice". "Emma's House".
Oh...it all seems so long ago.
That's it. Photos are
up now. Thanks again to everyone.
Nov 2nd: My friends Kevin and Tracey had
a joint birthday party at the Canterbury Arms on Saturday and
it was fantastic. The room is just brilliant. Great big dancefloor
(not wooden, as I said before, but still perfect), a proper bar
with draft lager and pub prices, the glitter ball and illuminated
NY skyline - oh, it's got it all. Starting to get excited about
this now. Looking forward to Amelia and Rob's set as well. The
set they played at Too Much Too Young earlier in the year was
really good - a bit punkier than the usual HDIF fare, which should
make for a cool mix. I know there are a few gigs on that night
- Von Blondies at the 100 Club for one - but please try and make
it down to the club afterwards. We won't be doing another one
in Brixton until at least next spring, so it's truly going to
be a one off. See you there!
Oct 30th: For the
first time in years (possibly ever?), we've bought a box of chocolates
to give out to kids who come trick and treating down our street
tomorrow. I don't know if that says more about us or our street.
There was a party at the end of August in our street, organised
by the residents, for the residents, council not involved. Trellis
tables, a pair of decks outside one of the houses down the way,
bouncy castle, everyone standing around chatting and being friendly
and neighbourly, all talking about that lot down the end who
were having a barbecue and not coming out and joining in. That'll
be us then. Thing is, I didn't know there was going to be a street
party when we organised our barbecue, and it was too late to
cancel when we did find out a few days before. So our friends
would have to march through the festivities in the street, going
"hello, no we're not stopping, sorry". How antisocial
are we? Well, not very really - I went out and spent a happy
three quarters of an hour shooting the breeze and all was well
in the end. I hope.
So, yes, I fully expect
to have the door chapped from four ish onwards tomorrow, all
the tiny tots of the street dressed up for their Halloween. Not
the kind of thing you really associate with Brixton, but then
that's the beauty of London sometimes. It's much more than you
think it is. And, you know, I'm looking forward to it. I hope
there are bite sized ghouls and goblins. Some post would be nice
A week to go til HDIF
hits Brixton and I'm feeling slightly nervous. Unlike the Buff
Bar, I have to actually shell out some money for this one. The
room is free, but I need to hire a PA and twin CDs and mixers
and all of that gubbins, so if no one shows it could potentially
be a bit of a disaster. Please come, then, if you can. I can't
stress how great the room is. Proper wooden dancefloor, glitterball,
illuminated New York skyline, the works. Plus, beer in pints!
At pub prices. For those who've felt that HDIF has been a little
squashed since we moved to a Friday, next week will be an opportunity
to dance with plenty of room. Even if we get 130 people, there'll
be loads of space. And I'll be happy with half that. I think
it's going to be a bit like going back a year. I'm looking forward
I've done flyers for the
night. If you're going to any indiepop gigs over the next few
days (The Lucksmiths at the Metro, for example?), it would be
fantastic if you could print off a few and hand them out. The
link for the flyers is here. And if you have friends who
live south of the river, please tell them about the night.
On Tuesday, I went to
see Nina Nastasia play at The Lyric in Hammersmith. She was wonderful
- bits of Mazzy Star, Kristen Hersh (specifically circa "Your
Ghost"), Dirty Three, all with a voice to make your heart
melt. You know, one of those voices made up of blood, regret,
heartbreak, devotion, trust, wonder, defeat. Yeah, just so. We
were sitting upstairs and had a great view of Nina's shoes. Great
big clunky numbers that made me think of the Mr Men. Precisely
the desired effect, I'm sure. My friend Phil thought her hair
made her look like Mickey Mouse. She sang a song about calling
an ambulance for a girl and how she hated the girl all the while.
Something along those lines anyway. I'll take notes next time.
I was lost in the voice. And the shoes.
Oct 22nd: RIP Elliott Smith. Terrible, terrible
Oct 20th: Well, what a night. I had a bit
of a stressful time between midnight and one am, so apologies
if I was distracted when you came up to ask for a request or
appeared at all grouchy. Basically, a minute into the first tune
of my set - Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman - someone dancing
by the DJ booth decided they didn't want to wear their jumper
top thing anymore and just threw it right onto my CD piles, knocking
over a bottle of beer and soaking all of the CDs in the process.
As you can imagine, I wasn't very pleased about that and spent
the next twenty minutes or so trying to mop up the beer and dry
the CDs while keeping everything going. That first twenty minutes
is quite crucial in a way - it's when you set the pace, get the
mood up to a level where you can ease off from playing bigger
tunes and play newer stuff without interrupting the flow. Alas
I didn't have an opportunity to do that and stayed in a pretty
poor mood as a result. So, again, apologies if I was at all short
with you. I shouldn't let these things get to me. But they do.
Anyway, I started to have
fun about 1am, when we played Almost Prayed in the live link
up with The Winchester Club. It was great to see people cheering
and shouting "hello Glasgow" just like it was a real
live link up. The other highlight of the night was doing an impromptu
themed megamix. "Breathe On It" by The Hidden Cameras,
"Oblivious" by Aztec Camera, and "Let Me Go Home"
by Camera Obscura. Ho ho. Tiny things and all that. We ended
on a wedding theme - "Reel Around The Fountain" for
a guy who came up and said he'd just got engaged and could I
play it in honour of he and his wife to be, and "Wouldn't
It Be Nice", which was one of the first songs played at
my friends Rob and Theo's wedding recently. Aw, bless.
That's it. Thanks to The
Actionettes for their fabulous dance set and for a great DJ set.
And thanks to everyone that came along and danced. See you in
Brixton on the 7th!
Oct 8th: Been a good run for gigs recently.
I went to see Suede at the ICA do their first album in order.
It was a bizarre experience - like drowning, seeing your life,
or images from one part of it at least, flashing before your
eyes. I used to see Suede all the time back then and even remember
them with Justine as their guitarist. It's been easy to forget
how amazing those songs really are, but they brought it all back.
Until the encore when they played the new single and Trash and
so on, bursting the bubble completely. Luckily they had To The
Birds to bring the night back on track again.
The night after that I went to see my favourite band when I was
15 - Hanoi Rocks. They had an album launch at the Finnish Ambassador's
residence just off Hyde Park which was hilarious. All these very
prim and proper looking suits being vaguely perturbed when a
horde of rock fans came in to drink their free booze and smoke
fags on the back verandah bit. The ambassador - no ferrero rocher,
alas, by the way - gave a speech about Hanoi to TV cameras while
Mike and Andy staggered around next to him. I know this all probably
means very little to the indie pop fans out there, but it was
an amazing moment for me. My 15 year old self would have been
very proud of what he was going to do, ulp, twenty years later
on. My god.
The night after that,
I went to see Camera Obscura at The Water Rats. They were fantastic,
but no Number One Son (unless they played it when I nipped off
to the loo). I don't understand. It's one of the highlights of
the album for me. Good gig generally, although I do wish Traceyanne
would have a bit more fun on stage, you know smile and relax
and get into it. I've said this to her before and she's actually
much better than when I saw the group last, but still. I think
everyone would get into it more if they saw the band were enjoying
it too. They're excellent songs and the crowd did want to do
more than jiggle a little. In fact, it was all starting to kick
off when they played Let Me Go Home - as one of the last songs!
A bit of set restructuring and a bouncy castle on the rider will
sort them out.
Since then I've been lobbying
my mates unsuccesfully to go out to a northern soul night. I
want to go to a place with a proper wooden dance floor, talc
liberally applied, blokes with record boxes in the foyer, and
loads of tunes I've never heard before. I'm reading a book on
the history of Northern Soul at the moment and it's really inspiring.
It's called Too Damn Soulful. Well worth getting.
Gigs coming up that look
good to me:
Hope Of The States, ULU
Aislers Set/Lucksmiths, LSE Thursday week
And then of course it's HDIF the day after. Can't wait.
Sept 20th: A fantastic night. Thanks to everyone
for coming and thanks to David for DJing. Sorry to those who
had to queue outside. We sold out about eleven and it was a one
in one out policy for a little while. We somehow managed to get
193 people through the door during the course of the evening.
* Nothing But A Heartache
and Change My Darkness Into Light by The Flirtations
* Let's Wade In The Water and California Soul by Marlena Shaw
* Let Me Down Easy by Bettie Lavette
* Pristine Christine
* God Only Knows and Wouldn't It Be Nice
* Step Into My Office Baby, Dear Catastrophe Waitress, I'm A
Cuckoo and Lord Anthony
* In My Life by Johnny Cash
Sept 14th: HDIF is doing a one off club night
in Brixton, where I live. It's on Nov 7th. Full details in the
Club section. The Canterbury Arms is a great venue. I remember
seeing Snuff and Sink there back in the day, and went there recently
for the Too Much Too Young night put on by Sean from Fortuna
Pop, who's been a great help in setting up this night. The back
room at the Canterbury Arms is fantastic. Proper dance floor.
Mirror ball. Illuminated New York skyline by the stage. What
more could you want? Please come along to this night. Our guest
DJs are Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey from Tender Trap/Heavenly.
Looking forward to it already.
Also - I've decided to get rid of the Messageboard and replace
it with the Yahoo Group. This will stop unwanted people from
posting on the board, as has been happening in the last few months.
Sept 1st: I'm pleased to announce that Clare and Matt (formerly of Sarah records) are
returning to guest DJ in December, this time playing a non-Sarah
set. Excellent news. That's this year all sorted then. Wonder
who I can get to DJ in January? Also added another Great Lost
Single. Keep 'em coming please...
August 26th: Just
confirmed the next three guest DJs for HDIF. They are David Gedge
(Cinerama/The Wedding Present) for Sept, The Actionettes for
Oct and Chris King from Brighton's Da Do Ron Ron for November.
Getting Chris is especially exciting for me, since if it wasn't
for him HDIF wouldn't exist in the first place. It's a convoluted
story, but here goes. Chris used to do Da Do Ron Ron at the Buffalo
Bars every third Thursday of the month. He stopped when he moved
to Brighton and offered the slot to me and my friend Angus for
another club night we do. We took it on and did it monthly, but
then decided that we wanted to become bi-monthly to make it more
of an event (I think it was the country special we did, attended
by all of twelve people, that convinced us!). So we needed something
to occupy the other month. A car ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh
later, with me in the back seat, listening to the mix tape that
Gary did for Amanda who was driving, and HDIF was born. 'Beginning
To See The Light' was even on the tape, so I got the name and
everything in just under an hour. Fantastic. So, if it wasn't
for Chris (and Gary and Amanda), there would be no HDIF, so having
him in to DJ is just great.
August 16th: Oh my head. Fantastic night last
night. Thanks to everyone that made our first Friday go really
* You Set The Scene - ah, wonderful...
* Consolation Prize - apparently I made "two old men very
happy", and one young one too, good choice Myles
* California Soul - it's the sound you hear, that lingers in
* Everything Flows - it's back...!
* Homeward Bound - always a pleasure
Thanks to Shirley and Samanthi for such
a great set. Here's what they played:
Eddie Bishop Call
Bobbie Gentry Mississippi
The Hidden Cameras Ban Marriage
Stephen Duffy Kiss
Teenage Fanclub Some
People Want to Fuck With You
Can Dance Again
Girl (French Version)
BMX Bandits Little
The Shangri-Las Sophisticated
France Gall Poupee
de Cire Poupee de Son
Belle and Sebastian String
Jerry Naylor City
The Futureheads Picture
of Dorian Gray
The Pastels Something's
Wreckless Eric Whole
The Field Mice Coach
Call and Response Rollerskate
Imperial Teen You're
The Outsiders Time
Won't Let Me
Eddie and Ernie Lay
The Lemonheads If
I Could Talk I'd Tell You
Comet Gain You
Can Hide Your Love Forever
Laura Green Moonlight,
Music and You
Animals That Swim Faded
August 13th: Just started a Yahoo Group for
HDIF. Please join. The link is on the front page.
August 12th: I've
put flyers for this Friday's night right here. If you're going to any gigs in the next few days
and could hand a couple out to help spread the word, that would
be grand. Thank you!
August 11th: Well,
only a few days until the first Friday club night. I'm looking
forward to it immensely. If you have any requests, please email
me. In the meantime, I've posted some more bits and pieces in
Interviews and Writing. I was taking files off an old computer
before giving it to a friend and found a load of stuff that seemed
relevant to the site. More of this soon. See you all on Friday!
Or at Sleater-Kinney on Thursday if you're going to that. Go
early to see The Fiery Furnaces. They're on at eight. Very bizarre
psych pop from the States.
August 5th: Added
a couple of Great Lost Singles.
July 18th: Fantastic,
fantastic night last night. The best one for a while, I reckon.
I particularly enjoyed the following:
* Carwash Hair at the
start - If I'm not in a band, doesn't mean I'm square/If I am,
well then I don't care...
* Phil Wilson's set. A lovely man and fine music. A pleasure.
* The HOT 3
* I Am A Rock - singing it at the bloke who complained because
we wouldn't play any Kosheen. He was very funny. Hated everything
we played, stayed all night and danced to the lot.
Here is what roughly what
Phil played. Thanks everyone for coming along. A great last Thursday!
Article 58 - Events to
Televison Personalities - Part Time Punks
Lee Kristofferson - Night of the Werewolf
The Nectarine Number 9 - Pop's Love Thing
Kim Weston - Helpless
The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner (twice)
Joesf K - Chance Meeting
The Undertones - Thrill Me
Sandie Shaw - Hand in Glove
The Wild Swans - Revolutionary Spirit
The Chills - Rolling Moon
Martha Reeves etc - Dancing in the Street
The Smiths - William it was really Nothing
The Zombies - Care of Cell 44
Another Sunny Day - You Should all be murdered.
1000 Violins - Like one thousand violins
Big Star - September Girls
Al Green - I'm a Ram
Orange Juice - Blue Boy
The Teardrop Explodes - Reward
Primal Scream - It Happens
The Byrds - So you wanna be a rock'n'roll star
The Mekons - Where were You
Felt - Rain of Crystal Spires
The Loft - Why Does the Rain
Girls at Our Best - Politics
July 14th: This is being written almost a month after the
event, so there's bound to be holes. Big gaping holes. Entire
chasms, in fact. If you can add anything to this account please
LONDON JUNE 19TH: First night of the tour. Angela did the door
thanks Angela. The Happy Couple were our guests. Harvey
helped me out after they finished. One regular was so bladdered
he was having trouble walking in a straight line. No names, of
course. I remember having fun chatting next to the pinball machine.
It was a good night. Told you there were going to be gaps, didn't
OXFORD JUNE 20TH: In the company of my musical supervisor and
attorney Rupert, we made our way to Oxford. Drove straight past
the venue, over a bridge, under spires, slumbering or not. All
very pretty. The riverside pubs looked especially inviting. Met
up with David and his team, our promoters and hosts for the night.
Good room above the pub just one problem. No curtains.
It was bright sunlight outside and would be almost til the end
of the night, since we were on pub hours. Curtains were needed
and found. Had some food downstairs the not very healthy
vegetarian option of fried egg in a baguette and chips
then up to get things underway. Adam would be our guest for the
night and play from half eight til nine. I'd then do til closing.
First hour was nice and calm. Our first paying clubber wanted
to hear Dusty and got to sit in the venue by herself (bar me
and Rupert) to listen to her request. Got talking to Mark off
the Sinister list. Then the girls from Coventry who went to London
the night before turned up they wanted to hear more Shangri
Las. No problem. Great set from Adam, then it was my turn. My
highlights were as follows:
* Different Drum by the Lemonheads followed by "Mrs Robinson"
by Simon & Garfunkel
* 3 Is The Heavenly Option fast becoming a firm favourite
* Claire's cakes. Very nice. Even if they didn't have any OJ
in them. I had two
* Nipping off to the loo during There Is A Lightand hearing it
skip while I was mid ablution. Erk! It got caught in a loop but
David rescued it. There was a huge chod of dust on the needle
* The wobbling table. Every time a footstomper came on, the table
would wobble and the record start to jump. Not much fun, as I
had to spend half the night telling people not to dance so enthusiastically,
which is kind of defeating the point. Rupert stepped in to hold
said table at one point, but refused point blank to help any
further when I cued up Crash. He knew a lost cause when he saw
one. Needless to say, fervent bouncing ensued and we hardly made
it to the end of the track.
That's about it. A great night. I really really enjoyed it and
will definitely be back.
NOTTINGHAM JUNE 21st: After a morning's shopping in Oxford
a red top for Nottingham a quick and easy drive to Nottingham.
Found the venue straight away again. Said hello to Fosca as they
were stepping out of their taxi. Met up with Sam, our promoter
for the night. Mentioned, at one point, that I needed a copy
of Tigermilk and Sinister, and Aline (sorry, if I've spelt that
wrong!) kindly took us to her halls of residence to pick up her
copies. In return, I promised to play her countrymates Os Mutantes.
Which is the sort of deal it's always a pleasure to strike up.
Went into town. Chatted with Rachel of Fosca then went to listen
to some Christian rappers who were playing on a carpark thing
in the city centre. One rhyme was excellent "You might believe
in Allah or Krishna/And I don't wanna diss ya" Genius. Found
ourselves in a second hand record shop. As you do. Spent a happy
half hour of so sifting through vinyl, playing bits and pieces
on the old record players they had there. Bought a couple of
things to play that night. The owner wanted to shut up shop but
walked us to another second hand record shop. Or at least to
the bottom of the hill it was on. Walked up, past every Indian
and Chinese take out in town it seemed, to find it closed. My,
the excitement of touring life. Went to Selectadisc, bought the
first three REM albums on CD for 12 quid. Excellent. Played 'Superman'
that night. Walked past an all you can eat indian buffet place
and decided to get some food. Huge mistake. The worst meal I've
had for a long long time. Dreadful food, utterly tasteless or
completely not what it was meant to be. Disgusting. Makes me
feel sick thinking about it now. Back to the venue. DJ downstairs
started off with Gay Bar and followed it up with Money by Pink
Floyd. I was very excited. From there, he could have gone anywhere.
Anywhere! I wanted to stay downstairs and see what esoteric delights
would ensue, but alas it all went a bit predictable after that.
Ho hum. Blokes dressed as ladies cavorted downstairs. Upstairs
the opposite looked likely. Retired upstairs. Fosca were excellent.
I've not seen them before but they were truly great, particularly
the new songs. Then it was me. A short, almost greatest hits
set, but very enjoyable. The folk of Nottingham were clearly
up for a dance and even didn't seem too perturbed when I played
Tainted Love twice by mistake. What an idiot. Met Robin from
Sinister - sorry, if I was too busy DJ-ing to chat. All fine
in the end, though, and another great night.
What have we learnt? The following:
* Life on tour is all about food. It's the one thing that changes.
Everything else is pretty much the same.
* Life on tour is a string of events, happening in a straight
line. Reciting them turns you back into your six year old self.
"And then weand then weand then"
* Being a DJ, playing the same core songs every night, makes
you feel weird. Like you're being unadventurous. But if it's
a different crowd then it shouldn't matter. A band don't worry
after all. Did my best to make sure each night was different
and it was. But it's all in the margins. Enjoyed playing
Jonathan Richman in Oxford and Os Mutantes in Nottingham. For
those two alone, it was all worth it. Both were fantastic nights
and I'd happily return any time.
That really is it now. If you want me to come to your town, just
drop me a line.
July 2nd: Just added four singles to the
Great Lost Singles section. The account of HDIF on tour here
soon, I promise.
June 24th: A fantastic
three days. Thanks to everyone who came along and thanks to Dave
and Sam for putting on Oxford and Nottingham. More here on it
June 9th: The date in Oxford has finally
been confirmed, which means that HDIF is going on tour. Excellent
news. I'll be ordering the chrome tour bus in the morning.
It's happening on June 20th, Upstairs @ The
Folly Bridge Inn, Abingdon Road, Oxford. 7.30pm - close. £3
entry. A map for the venue can be found here
June 4th: Another brace of great gigs
over the last couple of days. First up, Tindersticks at the Royal
Court in London, right next to Sloane Square tube station. I
was a bit late and caused a mini Mexican wave of people standing
up from their theatre seats to let me squeeze into the middle
of the stalls. All mildly comical (to me)/annoying (to them,
I imagine sorry if it was you).
Anyway, the band were fantastic. They really make playing slow,
emotional, beautiful music seem very very easy, which is possibly
why they're taken for granted by some. The new songs were particularly
great and the longer they played, the easier it was to
understand what Stuart was singing. I've always had a strange
relationship with his voice, but it made sense at the Royal Court,
starting off as an extra instrument that you don't try to interpret
(think Sigur Ros) and ending up as a clear, affecting channel.
Hmm sounds a bit cosmic, but you know what I mean. Maaan.
Afterwards in the bar, the DJs played northern rarities and I
chatted with some friends I haven't seen for ages. A great night
Then on Monday, the ICA and the Hidden Cameras. They are phenomenal,
no doubt about it. A spectacle, in cabaret terms, and an experience.
They had dancers in their underpants, someone wearing one of
those foam horror masks that were popular about twenty years
ago, they even snaked through the audience to begin like Hare
Krishnas spreading the word. All very entertaining, but I couldn't
help feeling that I would have liked them even more if there
hadn't been any of the above. Maybe we've reached saturation
point with all this extra curricular malarkey. It's not like
we're spoiled for entertainment here in London we've had
25 piece epiphanies in robes thrust in our faces at the Monarch,
we've whooped with Mariachi joy with Calexico at the Barbican,
there have even been reports of giant furry ears during Easter.
I quite fancy seeing a band that were just great on their own
terms. You know no smoke, no mirrors, just heartbreak and
brilliance. That was Saturday night with the Tindersticks I guess,
so what am I on about, but still. There's a point in there somewhere.
So: The Hidden Cameras were wonderful. I didn't do the dance.
Does this make me a bad person? Did it mean I felt left out somehow?
Might they be better on record, without all of the distractions?
Um: we'll be right back after these messages. What I do know
is that I wish I could have made the solo gig that Joel did a
few months back. I was away in Iceland I think. I would have
liked to have heard the songs by themselves. But then the string
section really made it too. I can still hear the swoop of "A
Miracle" and it's gorgeous. I'm not getting very coherent
here am I? Conclusion the Hidden Cameras are an amazing,
hugely entertaining group. But I wasn't touched emotionally at
all by their performance. I think I still prefer that Scottish
On another tip saw a load of people from the pics at the
ICA on Monday. I didn't know whether to stop or say hello or
not, so please don't think I was being rude if I didn't. I figured
that while they were familiar to me from the site, I wasn't familiar
to them as they were busy dancing and who wants to look at the
DJ anyway, so they wouldn't appreciate being collared by a complete
stranger while they were out with their pals. Does that make
any sense? Not much of this does today. I think I'll stop while
PS: Just heard that the midweek chart position for "A Miracle"
is a nudge outside the top 40. So if you feel that the charts
would be bettered by having some "gay church folk"
(redundant summation, ahoy!) in them, then you know what to do!
Buy it - the single is wonderful.
May 30th: Again apologies for the lack of updates here.
I'm in the middle of moving house and it's proving very stressful
and time consuming. Seven months it's taken now.
Anyway, last night I went to see Alfie at ULU. They've always
been very easy to love but hard to like, which is an odd twist
on things. Lee the singer is totally unique a sparkling
eyed idiot savant who spends most of his time waving to people
in the crowd and clapping like he's taking part in a music therapy
session. It's impossible not to love him. He just oozes charm
- and an indefinable charm too, which is even better. The songs,
though, have been slight sketches that you sometimes find hard
to grasp hold of. And poor Lee isn't the best singer either.
Must be something in the Manc DNA line that he's part of.
However, last night they were fantastic on all counts. They've
written some new songs that are actually proper songs and Lee
was more often in tune than not. By far the best song was one
about a mole and a sparrow (I think, or some kind of bird at
least), and the love that blossoms between them. Sounds mental
isn't. I just spent the whole tune thinking "they've
cracked it". It really is a superb song and someone
should phone up Wayne Coyne immediately and get him to record
a cover. Or better still, take on Alfie as tour support.
That's it. We're moving to Fridays as of August, so the first
Friday will be the 15th. Our guest DJs that night will be Shirley
& Samanthi from Spearmint. They came to the very first HDIF
and have been back every so often since, so it was about time
we got them in to do a guest spot. Looking forward to it.
May 16th: Another great night, another terrible hangover.
At least I didn't move onto the chocolate vodka. Unlike some
I could mention.
Thanks to Tony for bringing along Luna's version of "Sweet
Child Of Mine". A truly bizarre record. And thanks to Clare
and Matt for their excellent DJ slot. They'll be back again,
but next time playing other people's records. Here's what they
played last night.
Heavenly C Is The Heavenly Option
14 Iced Bears Unhappy Days
Boyracer I've Got It & It's Not Worth Having
Even As We Speak Falling Down The Stairs
Secret Shine Temporal
The Field Mice Sensitive
The Orchids Something For The Longing
The Springfields Sunflower
The Sugargliders Ah Prahran
Another Sunny Day Horseriding
St Christopher My Fortune
The Sweetest Ache She Believes
The Hit Parade Autobiography
Tramway Technical College
Brighter Noah's Ark
Sea Urchins Pristine Chrstine
Talulah Gosh Be Your Baby
Action Painting! These Things Happen
The Wake Crush The Flowers
East River Pipe Silhouette Town
The Orchids Thaumaturgy
The Field Mice Missing The Moon
The Orchids Sadness Of Sex
Even As We Speak Drown
The Golden Dawn George Hamilton
May 11th: Here's an
interesting press release about the forthcoming Felt reissues.
Thought you might like to see it.
Cherry Red are set to
release the entire Felt catalogue over the next six
months commencing with a new compilation, titled, 'Stains On
personally selected by Lawrence, Felt's architect in chief. Of
interest to Felt fans is the June 23rd release of the DVD A Declaration.
Released on May 26th,
the 15 track 'Stains On A Decade' compilation is the
first to encompass the entire decade of Felt's existence through
when they were signed to first, Cherry Red and then Creation
Drawing from various singles and EP's, it starts with Felt's
first Cherry Red
single, 'Something Sends Me To Sleep'. The seven Cherry Red selections
include the classic singles 'Penelope Tree' and 1985's 'Primitive
the latter produced by Robin Guthrie and featuring vocals by
Lawrence and Liz
Frazer. The eight Creation tracks that follow include their first
new label, Ballad Of The Band' in 1986, through to August 1998's
The Felt lps will then
be released, two a month, through till November 2003.
Each lp will be released as a digipack in its original form.
"The lps were never properly available on CD as we wanted.
So we got them
back to the way they were - there's no demos or extras, none
of that. They
are totally minimal, just like we were".
On completion in November,
this will be the first time all the Felt lps will
be available - at present, none of the Creation lps are on catalogue
UK. Famously, Lawrence adhered to his disclosed master plan of
lps in 10 years and then splitting the band up. They will be
June 16th Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty
The Splendour Of Fear
August 18th The Strange
Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories
Ignite The Seven Cannons
September 15th Let The
Snakes Crinkle Their Heads To Death
Forever Breathes The Lonely Word
October 13th Poem Of The
Pictorial Jackson Review
November 3rd Train Above
Me And A Monkey On The Moon
Like the lps, the DVD
will come with no extras at all, just the entire
concert filmed at ULU in February 1987. There are songs from
'Poem Of The
River' and 'Forever Breathes the Lonely Word' and a cross-section
includes 'Primitive Painters' and 'Ballad Of The Band'. The concert
includes the unreleased song 'When the Dawn Starts Creeping In'
and a cover
of 'Soul Coughing' .
April 25th: I'm doing this benefit
up in Nottingham the week before Glasto. Should be great.
Do Something Pretty Fanzine & Tasty Fanzine present Nottingham
Stop the War Coalition Gig & Disco
FOSCA + THE LIBERTY SHIP + HELLFIRE SERMONS+ DJ's STUART MURDOCH
(Belle & Sebastian) + IAN WATSON (How Does It Feel)
Saturday June 21st
6 Ilkeston Rd
Tel. 0115 9116959
April 21st: Things that made me happy this
time around, in no particular order.
* The chocolate cupcake given to me by Chris and Steve. I ate
it in the cab on the way home. Thanks, also, for the homemade
badge and birthday cards. One year old - amazing really.
* Gena dancing with our doorman, Jean Claude (or Jean Paul, I
can't quite remember). Say hello to Gena on your way in next
time. You don't get many clubs where the person on the door is
dancing with the bouncer. Then again you don't get many door
people like Gena.
* "Son Of A Gun" by The Vaselines. Its first airing
and an instant classic.
* "Heatwave" by Martha Reeves And The Vandellas. The
night's most appropriate song.
April 2Oth: Here's
what Jim played the other night. A fine selection.
Jane - It's A Fine Day -
Cherry Red - 1983
Delgados - Mr Blue Sky - Mantra (B-side) - 2003
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Electricity Dindisc -1979
Dr. Kirimachu Waiting For My Man Bootleg - 2003
The Weather Prophets - Almost Prayed - Creation 1986
Mr Bloe Grooving With Mr Bloe DJM - 1970
Pixies Here Comes Your Man 4AD - 1989
Special Unit (I Can't) Shake The Feeling Eye - 2003
Barbara Randolph - I Got a Feeling - Tamla Motown - 1967
Marianne Faithfull - Summer Nights Decca - 1965
France Gall - Attends Ou Va-T,En - Philips 1966
Teenage Fanclub - Sparky,s Dream - Creation - 1995
Misspent Youth - 17 Forever - Sequel 1979
June Brides - Every Conversation (although it was my request)
The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way - CBS - 1983
Lennon/Ono - Instant Karma - Apple - 1970
The Four Seasons - The Night - Mowest - 1972
Shocking Blue - Love Buzz - Penny Farthing - 1969
Ride Like a Daydream Creation 1990
The Factory - Try A Little Sunshine - CBS - 1967
The Smiths London Rough Trade - 1987
Dexy,s Midnight Runners There There My Dear EMI - 1980
Azrec Camera - Oblivious - Rough Trade - 1983
The Smiths - This Charming Man - Rough Trade 1983
Furniture - Love Your Shoes - Stiff - 1986
The Stone Poneys - Different Drum - Capitol - 1967
Freda Payne - Band Of Gold - Invictus - 1970
April18th: What a
night! I still have "Son Of A Gun" going round in my
head. Thanks for everyone who showed up. Thanks to whoever invented
bank holidays. Thanks to Jim and Mark for DJ-ing. The photos
are up now. A fuller account of the night later on. Then again,
I always say that and never get round to writing anything. But
I will this time. Promise.
April 15th: Well just
two days to go until the first birthday party. I still can't
believe we've made it this far. I thought we'd be lucky to get
to the end of the first one, let alone do any more, let alone
have Stuart and Traceyanne DJ-ing for our Christmas special,
let alone go over to the Isle Of Man to do the club there. Most
unexpected and welcome of all, though, have been the new friendships
that have been formed simply because we decided to spin a few
obscure indie and northern tunes every month. Thanks to everyone
who's been a part of the last year. It's been emotional. Of course.
And quite drunken too, in places.
Anyway, enough of my blubbering. There's a flyer for Thursday
night here - if you can do anything to spread
the word, it would be greatly appreciated. If, for example, you're
thinking of going to see any gigs on Thursday night (Malkmus,
isn't it? Someone else as well, I can't remember), it would be
grand if you could leave a few flyers lying around. I'm really
looking forward to Thursday - not least because it's good Friday
the next day and so there's no work to worry about. Hurrah for
that. See you all in a few days.
April 7th: Not long
to go til the first birthday party now. Looking forward to it.
Just added a new interview to the site. It's Tony Wilson, talking
about The Smiths and Morrissey.
There wasn't any Spanish class in the end, by the way. It had
been cancelled. So I still don't know anything about the past
tense en Espagnol. Shame.
March 26th: Another
great night. Pretty empty, then very full. The photos are up
now. Sorry I haven't written something detailed and webloggy
about it, but it's been one of those weeks. Or two of those weeks.
Thanks to Dickon and to everyone for turning up. Apologies to
the nice American girls who kept making requests. Hope I didn't
seem unappreciative. All good ideas, but just not right for what
the club is about. Right, I'm off to my Spanish class. This week
we learn the past tense, apparently. At last.
March 16th: A full
account on here later on, but just want to say thank you to everyone
who made How Does It Feel on the Isle Of Man such a fantastic
night. I particularly enjoyed the first couple of hours before
anyone really turned up, as I got to play:
* all of Marquee Moon (the song, not the album)
* both sides of the Plush single - Found A Little Baby and Three
Quarters Blind Eyes (or whatever it's called)
* Lonely Planet Boy by The Pastels
* Yesterday by Marvin Gaye
Shame we had to end at half one instead of two as I'd wanted
to finish on Sunday morning (do you see?) but French Disco was
still a great last song. Thanks again to everyone. See you Thursday!
March 3rd: Sorry for
the lack of updates. Been rather busy lately with gigs and housebuilding
and the like. May I recommend Devendra Banhart, who's playing
at Shepherd's Bush Empire next Tuesday. He's like a vaguely mystic
version of Jeff Buckley. Might turn out to be a little self indulgent
and annoying live (as I said, like Jeff Buckley), but his album
contains some startling songs.
A few of you may know this already, but to confirm How
Does It Feel To Be Loved? is next happening on March 15th on
the Isle Of Man, with the London date on the following Thursday
20th. If anyone fancies a weekend away, the details are as follows:
Saturday 15th March, The Mannin Hotel aka La Bodega, Douglas,
Isle Of Man, 8pm-2am, £4 in. Night also includes a guest
DJ spot from Kris of legendary IoM club night Agent Orange, spinning
60's psych and soul. I'm very excited about this, as you might
imagine. Email me if you are thinking of coming and we can sort
out advance tickets.
In other news, the new Four Tet album is very good.
Feb 22nd: I had a grand idea. To save
me carting crates of records every time, I was going to burn
a load of stuff onto CD. I spent two nights busy with the technology,
adding in some great Otis Redding stuff, a load of good northern
and tons of songs by Microdisney and Band Of Holy Joy, as promised.
Only thing is, I recorded them all too quiet, so come the night
you couldn't hear a damn thing from the CDs. Which is why I didn't
play a lot of the tunes I usually play. No House Of Love. No
Pastels. No Plush. Just me telling people, "sorry, it's
on the CD. I can't play it."
But still. Another good one, despite my idiocy. I enjoyed the
* Playing the original of "Crash" and filling
* Playing "Party Fears 2" and pretty much
emptying the floor
* Love proving difficult to dance to but not impossible
* "Sloop John B"
* Beer in a bucket, tres bling!
* Flavoured vodka.
* All of "The Concept". Some things just
have to be done.
Thanks to Dave for a fine DJ set and his excellent company. Nearly
got the April guest sorted, so I'll let you know when it's confirmed.
Feb19th: One day to go! Added another Great
Lost Single. Thanks Rupert!
Feb 15th: Low really
are the most wonderful band ever, aren't they? Great gigs by
The Polyphonic Spree, Sigur Ros and Low, all in the space of
a week. Next stop: the Fannies on Wednesday and then, at last,
the next club night! Any more requests?
Feb 13th: Just back
from Sigur Ros. It was magnificent, of course, even if it did
take me a while to slow down to their pace. I went to my Spanish
evening class as usual (this week: things you do at the weekend.
One of them was ski-ing!), and it took an hour to get from Elephant
& Castle to Hammersmith. Hence the band were just starting
as I found my seat. Very annoying. But anyway: the new songs
were fantastic. They seem to be rediscovering melody again after
the funerial ambience of "()". I do love following
this band as they evolve. Tonight was the fourth best I've seen
them. But then I have seen them...erm...let me count...thirteen
times?? That doesn't seem right. Must be more than that. Reykjavik,
Astoria, Camber Sands, Chelmsford, Union Chapel, Newport, Oxford,
Brighton, Shepherd's Bush, Barbican, Reykjavik, Festival Hall,
Hammersmith. What have I missed out? Oh yes, V2002. Fourteen
times. I think.
Feb 12th: Got a great email from Sergio
and Juan Carlos, who run the Spanish equivalent of How Does It
Feel To Be Loved? It's called Stop In The Name Of Love and their
diana ross & the supremes +
martha reeves & the vandellas + the beach boys + petula clark
+ marvin gaye & tammi terrel + the lovin' spoonful + jr walker
& the all stars + smokey robinson & the miracles + francoise
hardy + france gall + the turtles + the hermans hermits + girlfrendo
+ belle and sebastian + ivy + pulp + mono + heavenly + pizzicato
five + divine comedy + velocette
+ saint etienne + rialto + club 8 + cinerama + adventures in
stereo + serge gainsbourg + future bible heroes + la buena vida
+ family ...
Sounds fantastico, no? The next
one is this Saturday. It's free to get in and it's at
EL TORNILLO [c/ Campoamor, 42. Valencia].
Please go if you live nearby. Support your local indie Motown
Feb 7th: My local
pub has "Sally Cinnamon" on its jukebox. It feels like
a sign almost. An omen. The first time we went there, we could
hear the strains of ELO being played as we walked up the street.
The last, the jukebox played seven Queen songs of its own accord.
It's always doing that, playing Queen. You can spend a couple
of quid sticking on the entire Motown selection and a certain
early Stone Roses track and you'll still get some Queen numbers
thrown in for good measure. Maybe people buy more beer when Queen
are playing. Perhaps it's all a grand ruse designed to part us
with our cash.
"Fat Bottomed Girls" is a bizarre song, isn't it? I
know almost all of the words. The sign of a misspent youth. I
also know most of the words to the hits of The Eagles. That probably
explains why I quite enjoyed seeing John Squire last night. He
didn't play "Sally Cinnamon" but managed "Made
Of Stone", "She Bangs The Drums", "Fools
Gold", "Waterfall"- oh, just typing the titles
makes me feel all funny. He can't sing, but he's no Ian Brown,
so the songs remain kind of intact, left to the crowd to handle.
It was like watching a cover band, really, until the instrumental
parts. Then you could close your eyes and imagine yourself fifteen
years back in time.
Other bands that have been good this week:
The Raveonettes: pretty much a Jesus And Mary Chain tribute band,
but fantastic nonetheless.
Hope Of The States: these get better and better. If you haven't
seen them already, then do. Trust me. They're amazing. I turned
round to find that Colin Greenwood was standing right behind
me. He seemed to be enjoying himself. Must have been a bit like
Jim Reid watching the Raveonettes. Or Ian Brown watching John
Feb 6th: Added another Great Lost Single.
More of these please!! I'll make the page look better when I
have a bit more time.
Jan 30th: I've done some brand new flyers for the February How Does It
Feel To Be Loved? - if anyone can name our flyer star for this
month, then...well, have a go at naming her and we'll see what
happens. Shouldn't be too hard to work out really. If you can
give any out to spread the word, that would be fantastic. Thank
Jan 20th: I spent
the weekend stripping wallpaper and listening to these three
Iron And Wine - great album coming out early Feb. Sounds like
bits of Simon & Garfunkel and Elliot Smith. Very basic, very
beautiful, very rustic even. Fantastic.
Sister Flo - a five track EP. They're from southern Finland apparently.
Sound a bit like Teenage Fanclub circa "Songs From Northern
Britain". But, well, better than that. Also great.
The Hidden Cameras oh yes. The "gay church folk"
band from Canada. There's fifteen of them or something and that
includes dancers who wear balaclavas and shorts. The album veers
from slightly too self conscious Belle & Sebastian "Arab
Strap" style clapalongs to excellent Magnetic Fields type
dry pop songs. Possibly the least immediately engaging or satisfying
of the three but - as you can tell from the amount I've written
on each - easily the most intriguing. Pop's a strange beast sometimes.
Talking of which...added another Great Lost Single. Keep 'em
Jan 18th: The first track Harvey played
sounded great: a late Beatles-esque mix of perfect pop, delicious
harmonies and arrangements to make you melt. So was the second.
And the third. And the fourth.
Me: "Harvey, who's this song by?"
Harvey: "The Bee Gees. They've all been by the Bee Gees
Me: "Really? Wow. So what's next?"
Harvey: "The Bee Gees."
It was one of those nights again. I played nearly all of the
Hidden Cameras album to start off with. Harvey had his tribute
to the late Maurice Gibb. I played "Beach Baby" followed
by "Since Yesterday", thinking I was being clever.
No one said a word. They were too busy dancing.
There was even a first - in the thirteen or so years that I've
been DJ-ing, I've never been offered "a line of coke"
in exchange for playing a song. But tonight my class A/requests
cherry was popped. A handful of soap powder (probably) in return
for spinning "Shop Around". I turned him down, alas,
as I'm now far too old for any such tomfoolery (and anyway, my
nose goes berserk and daahl starts streaming from my nostrils
if anything powdery goes the wrong way), but still it was a momentous,
erm, moment. More of this please. I accept all requests, as long
as they come with a decent, and preferably illegal/immoral/imaginative
So yes. The Bee Gees.
God knows how many of their songs Harvey played. Me and Mark
went on a flyering run to the Garage after the first five or
so. He might have played them for another half hour for all we
knew. He might still be playing them now. Can't really remember
much else of the evening, apart from that it was another fine
night and it was a great turn out for a cold January evening
not long after New Year. So thank you all for making the effort
to come out. You're all very...sniff...no...it's too much...I'm
And so on.
The guests for the next two have been confirmed: David Callahan
for February and Dickon for March. April is...drum roll please...our
first birthday so we should have some sort of party I imagine.
Who would you like to see as guest DJ? Pick anyone you want.
I can only ask. It worked last time.
Jan 17th: Oh my head. Another fantastic
night. A full account up here when I've put myself back together.
Photos have been added. Respect to the guy with the winebucket!
Jan 12th: Got an email
from my friend John today. It went like this: "Have you
heard The Hidden Cameras yet? They are yr favourite new band
of 2003". I said no, asking what they sound like. He said:
"The Hidden Cameras sound like an exact cross between Belle
And Seb and The Polyphonic Spree, only Canadian and gay. Told
you!" He's right: they do sound like my ideal band. Sigh.
I'm sooo predictable.
Jan 11th: Added photos
today. Over 30 of them! Or is it 30? Loads anyway. Looking forward
to Thursday. Oh, and confirmed guest DJ for Feb...it's the grand
return of David Callahan, formerly of The Wolfhounds. A gentleman
and a man of taste. Just waiting for a certain someone to email
me back with final confirmation and I'll be able to announce
Jan 6th: Done a poster and flyers for the 16th. If you can spread
the word in any way or hand them out at any gigs you're going
to, that would be grand. Isn't "grand" a great word?
A New Yorker used it in conversation a year and a bit ago and
I'm still a fan. It's quite the word. Oh and: new musical thing
to like...Ty Cobb. On the label set up by the Black Rebel Motorcycle
Gang and just leagues better than the tired third hand dirges
they offer. More on them another time I suspect.
Jan 5th: Spent the
last week listening to compilations made for me by Steve and
Chris (the Isle Of Man massive). Steve even did a special How
Does It Feel style cover for his. Very impressive. They were
both excellent and have helped me to understand the following:
Ballboy are really very good indeed (and not, as previously thought,
Blueboy - that's something else entirely); Beach Baby by First
Class is also superb (and nothing to do with First Rate, the
George Dawes lookalike who was a member of the Scratch Perverts
and still remains one of the finest technical DJs I've ever gaped
at in awe); the best way to get your favourite song played at
the club is to burn it onto CD and give it to me, it seems. I
always wanted this club to be a musical education and it's turning
out better than I could have hoped. Thanks fellas.
2002's weblog is right