Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
Queen’s Head, Mold
Friday 29th May 2015
OK, you know the drill – it’s Bring Your Own Vinyl Night at the Queen’s Head pub in Mold. It’s the same great deal as last time – everyone gets a fifteen minute slot to play whatever they want, as long as it’s vinyl. Old or new, obvious or strange – any genre you like, bring along those wax platters and give them a spin.
As previous, it was a welcoming atmosphere in the pub, and it was great to hear the music played. There’s always some old favourites, as well as a few that make you scratch your head, then go away determined to explore that sound more.
We missed the last Vinyl Night, the gang and me, but this time we came fully stocked and prepared. So after a few beers, here’s what my set-list looked like:
Nirvana – Do You Love Me
This is a cover by the Seattle Grunge mega lords of a KISS tune, found on the Hard to Believe tribute album. This record featured several then-underground, independent punk rock groups covering KISS songs. Also on this disc you’ll hear such bands as the Melvins, All and the Hard-Ons (I love ’em all) – but it’s Kurt Cobain’s crew that are the novelty factor here. Pre-dating Nevermind, this isn’t the best Nirvana song (not by a long way) but it’s kinda cool to hear them cover some classic glam rock. I picked this up fairly recently at a Manchester jumble sale; I played it ‘cos it’s rare (apparently) and unexpected (very).
Butthole Surfers – The Wooden Song
No, I didn’t play this song because of the shock/comedy nature of the band’s name. I played because the album Independent Worm Saloon, which birthed this tune, is a work of under-appreciated genius. The album roams from full-on punk noise; to psychedelic eruptions; to folky, melodious charm. The Wooden Song fits in the last category, with a nice added dose of weird.
Jimi Hendrix Experience – The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam’s Dice
Taken from the Smash Hits album which I picked up on reissue around 1990. This song was always a favourite, I chose to play it as it’s a different (and better) mix than the one found on the South Saturn Delta CD. I love how the song’s funky little riff rolls on, as Jimi’s voice and a wall of guitar noise threaten to throw the whole thing overboard. Beautiful chaos.
Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan
This is one of my late at night, chill-out jams. You can find this track on Paranoid. I chose it to showcase just how great Black Sabbath were, the variety and depth of composition going far beyond what the trendy elite give them credit for. A mellow jazz trip into outer space, this song elegantly portrays the grandeur of the mighty Sabbath. ALL HAIL SABBATH.
So that was it from me. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, hope others liked it too. I was more confident this time with the turntables and felt that the whole experience was a step up from my previous effort.
Next up was Adam, with some gems from his ever expanding vinyl collection. It was Adam’s first tenure on the decks, he mastered it like a pro:
- Guns’n’Roses – Bad Obsession
- Prodigy – Poison
- Beach Boys – God Only Knows
The final member of our crew was Ben the Swede, who travelled from far off Chester with his lady Janice to play some vinyl. Ben went for a Ritchie Blackmore theme with his choices, and damn fine they were:
- Rainbow – Jealous Lover
- Glen Hughes and Chad Smith – Maybe I’m a Leo
- Deep Purple – You Can’t Do It Right By The One You Love
Thank you and good night – till the next Bring Your Own Vinyl Night!
The Halcyon Dreams blog is here, where you can find listed (very helpfully) all the songs played on the night.
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