Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
Queen’s Head, Mold
Friday 21st August 2015
And we’re back spinning wax in the Queen’s Head pub in Mold. The crew and I made the trip, armed with stacks of vinyl, for our fifteen minutes of fame playing records. The premise is simple:
- Two turntables and all the equipment to spin your discs, plus PA
- A 15 minute slot to play whatever you like, so long as it’s vinyl
Plus there’s a bar for drinkies, which helps if you need a bit of dutch courage to get up and get your DJ on.
The crew and I – Adam, Greeny and Ben the Swede – made sure we got there early this time. Good job we did, as the throng of vinyl faithful had grown and the list of would be DJs was growing. Nice to see this event gaining popularity – the cult of vinyl grows ever stronger.
Here’s my set:
Killing Joke – Pandemonium
The title track from Killing Joke’s classic 1994 disc of the same name, this tune boasts a devastating bass and rhythmic rumble. “Pandemonium” erupted from the speakers and announced the start of my set in crushing style!
The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog
This slice of messed up Detroit proto punk is a Stooges classic. Ron Ashetons wah-wah guitar and Iggy’s snarl show just how great this band were. I first investigated the Stooges as other bands I was a fan off (Sex Pistols, The Damned) had covered their songs – so I picked up this compilation to learn more. I was instantly smitten by this dirty racket and never looked back.
Descendents – Clean Sheets
I first heard the Descendents on an old Vision skateboarding video, soundtracking a fantastic Gonz section. This was the late 80’s, and with no Soundhound I had to work out from the credits what I thought the song was. I figured it was “Coolidge” by the Descendents. A while later I found some Descendents albums in a Manchester record store, and took a punt on the “All” album as it contained the aforementioned track. Luckily, I was right. For this occassion though, I decided to play another piece of US pop punk genius from the same album, “Clean Sheets”.
Temple of the Dog – All Night Thing
To finish off the set, I brought the pace down with a mellow number from this Seatlle grunge super group. Featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, this LP really takes me back to the early 90’s. A must have for any fan of alt rock from the period, you can read up online how this recording came to be. Chris Cornell’s vocals are sublime here, showing to great effect how he would become the best vocalist of his generation.
Greeny hadn’t organised any vinyl (again), so it was Adam up next with another varied and entertaining set. His was unfortunately cut short, due to the number of people who’d turned up necessitating a reduction in playing time.
- Natalie Prass – Violently
- David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
- Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock of theBay
I have to say, I’d forgotten how good that Bowie tune was.
Finally Ben the Swede took to the decks and span his tunes, with a “guess the odd one out” theme. He played:
- Jimi Hendrix Experience – Wait Till Tomorrow
- Fleetwood Mac – Isn’t It Midnight
- AC/DC – Girls Got Rhythm
I believe the last song Ben intended to play was A rainbow song, with Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Can you guess the odd one out? Answer below…
So another superb night of music at the Queen’s Head. We heard some great music, made some new friends and went away to scout for more quality tunes. Here’s to next time!
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.