Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
Queen’s Head pub, Mold
Now here’s a fantastic idea: take along any vinyl records of your choice, and you get a fifteen minute slot to play whatever you like. There’s a regular such evening at the end of every month at the Queen’s Head pub in Mold, North Wales. It’s a great night’s entertainment combining music and, of course, beer.
I spent a little time raiding my vinyl collection and putting a playlist together. Then my buddies and me travelled up to Mold. The Queen’s Head is a pub like any other, but on these Bring Your Own Vinyl nights there’s a set up in the corner with two turntables, mixers etc, and people take turns to spin their wax. No CDs, cassettes or any other funny business – just beautiful vinyl.
The variety of music to be heard is reassuringly eclectic, with examples from across various genres and ages. It’s great fun, whether you take a turn on the decks or not – and you’re guaranteed to hear some old favourites or (even better) some new aural treats to research.
I’ve never used DJ equipment before, but no need to worry – the guys were very helpful in using the tech. It’s quite fun, selecting your track and fading between decks, though I could do with more practice…
Here are the tunes I selected for my turn on the decks:
Ramones – I Just Want to Have Something to do
The lead track of the Ramones’ fourth album, Road to Ruin, this song features a great riff and lyrics of teenage boredom. Though not considered their best record, I have a real soft spot for Road to Ruin and this song was a no-brainer.
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
An obvious Cash song to choose, but there was no way I wasn’t going to play something by this guy and Ring of Fire is always a popular choice. The song that made me a fan of Johnny Cash. This is off a random Best Of album that I picked up from a charity shop, and has a wild cover.
The Damned – Stranger on the Town
More punk rock, not that you’d know it – this song from their Strawberries album is some kind of 60’s psychedelic homage complete with brass section. Possibly my favourite Damned song, the version I played was from The Light at the End of the Tunnel compilation (because it’s the first song on side 2, and easy to find…).
Beastie Boys – Sabrosa
I wanted some more variety for the last track, so went for this jazz funk masterpiece from the Hip Hop masters. This funky instrumental is off Ill Communication, which I am very glad I have on vinyl!
Despite a few shaky moments with my DJ skills, the set seemed to go well and I really enjoyed it!
Dig out those vinyl albums kids – vinyl is back big time. The Bring Your Own Vinyl night is an excellent concept – where can you go wrong with classic tunes and some beer?
The next night is on Friday 27th February 2015.
The Halcyon Dreams blog is here, where you can find listed (very helpfully) all the songs played on the night.
The Halcyon Dreams Facebook page is here.