Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
Queen’s Head, Mold
Friday 22nd January 2016
The first Bring Your Own Vinyl Night of 2016 brought out fantastic tunes old and new. Regardless of genre, all were welcome to spin their records for the enjoyment of the gathered vinyl enthusiasts.
Held in the Queen’s Head pub in Mold, North Wales, the idea is simple. Each participant gets a fifteen minute slot to play whatever they like, so long as it’s on vinyl. No other format permitted.
Again my selection for this evening had a theme, though a sad one. Inspired by the loss of many musical heroes recently, my songs were selected as a tribute to some of those musicians who had passed away.
My old mucker Adam was first up from our gang. He’d got to the pub early and had some food, which I’m told was very good. Here’s his set:
- Aerosmith – Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
- The Backbeat Band – Money
- David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
- Neil – Hole in My Shoe
- Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines
Five great songs, awesome set. Some of the other punters had a go, then it was my turn on the wheels of steel.
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
Taken from the first Stone Temple Pilots record, “Core”, this song is my favourite track on the album. “Plush” is a big, epic song that always reminded me of Led Zeppelin. A great track to start the set off, though as it’s over five minutes long it meant that my set would be three songs rather than the usual four. No problem. Played in memory of STP singer Scott Weiland who died in December 2015.
Motorhead – Killed by Death
At the last Bring Your Own Vinyl Night, I played “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead as drummer Phil Taylor had passed away. Sadly Lemmy, Motorhead main man and all round rock legend, was to follow on 28th December 2015. After “Ace of Spades”, the next best Motorhead tune is “Killed By Death”, so I gave this classic a spin. Taken from the best of compilation “No Remorse”, which I bought when I was 16 as it had both of the aforementioned tracks on it. Every home should have one!
David Bowie – Heroes
And finally a Bowie song, to remember this great artist. I chose “Heroes” as it’s my favourite Bowie song, grand and optimistic with a tinge of melancholy. Truly magnificent. The track I played was the single edit, taken from the “Best of Bowie” album, which I picked up a couple of years ago in a charity shop. There were several songs I could have picked from several albums I own, all brilliant tunes.
After three songs I was running out of time for my fifteen minute slot and decided to call it quits. I had the Eagles “Take It Easy” in reserve, to commemorate the passing of Glen Frey, but I was running out of time. Plus Bowie’s “Heroes” was a perfect track to end on.
So Ben the Swede took to the stage after me, armed with just three records. He’s moving house, you see ( a real house, not a cardboard box) – and most of his stuff is in storage at the moment. Despite limited resources, Ben dropped a set of bangers.
- Megadeth – Tornado of Souls
- Elton John – Grey Seal
- Deep Purple – Never Before
A nice mix there, from Megadeth to Elton John!
There you have it – another night of great tunes and good company at the Queen’s Head. I even had a few requests for songs from the audience, though couldn’t oblige as that’s not what vinyl night is all about! Thanks to everyone concerned.
Hope to see you there next time!
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