Bring Your Own Vinyl Day
Civic Hall, Connah’s Quay
Saturday 24th September 2016
It’s been a while since I wrote about a Bring Your Own Vinyl Night. What with holidays and other commitments, the Mold event has been a no go for me recently. Not to worry though – the fine people at VOD Music ecord fairs would come to the rescue!
The record fair organised in Connah’s Quay Civic Hall also hosted Halcyon Dreams, organisers of the very fine Bring Your Own Vinyl events. And this time, what with the timing of the record fair, this would be a day time event.
As I was at a record fair, I didn’t bring along any vinyl from my collection at home to play. Instead I decided to wing it and just spin a few discs that I bought on the day. This could be risky as I wouldn’t necessarily be familiar with the tracks.
I spent a long time perusing the various record stalls and making several purchases. Whilst this was going on, the Halcyon Dreams decks were spinning all manner of wondrous delights.
Eventually I took my place at the turn tables, and made a few quick decisions on what to play.
Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere
My first problem was following a 12″ of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Propellerheads. An absolute killer track. I went for “Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads, from their “Little Creatures” LP. I’d been after some Talking Heads for a while, and this only cost me £3 for a nice copy. Great song – and I think I got away with the mix! The vocals at the start were a nice contrast, and soon one or two people seemed to be enjoying it.
Next there was a brief gap in my set, as one of the dealers asked us to play one of his singles for a potential buyer. I think it was a group called The Jackson Sisters; early 70’s rare soul. The cost? £85. But I can attest to the fact that it was DAMN fine track: funky, danceable groove – if only I had the money myself!
Eddie Cochran – C’mon Everybody
I followed up the 85 quid 7″ single with one that cost me 50p. It was a re-issue from 1988 of the rockabilly classic, “C’mon Everybody” by Eddie Cochran. I thought this would add some variety to my planned set, in style and age. I remember becoming familiar with this song from the Sid Vicious cover, however Eddie’s version is superior. It’s a stone cold classic. I do love these 1980’s jean commercial promotional tie-ins, don’t you? Classic song for next to nowt.
Stormtroopers of Death – Kill Yourself
And so, how should I conclude the set? With a bit of egging on, I knew it had to be S.O.D. I’d just picked this up for a nice price – most expensive purchase of the day, but worth it – as it was on my vinyl wish list. Nasty thrash metal/hardcore with horrid lyrics (that I understand are a joke) – this Anthrax off shoot rounded off the set in scuzzy style. It was a bit of a shock, anyway.
So there you have it – a great day’s record buying and some awesome tracks. I’m already looking forward to the next Bring Your Own Vinyl Night!
You can check out the Halcyon Days blogspot here.
The Halcyon Dreams mixcloud page is here.
The Halcyon Dreams Facebook page is here.
The VOD Music website is here.