Chester Vinyl Night
The Lock Keeper, Chester
Friday 7th October 2016
So the two Bens – Ben the Swede and Coben – decided to stage a vinyl night in Chester. Not to detract from the great night in Mold – but living in Chester they were keen to see how it would go. There had been plenty of feedback from Chester locals who would love to try out the concept and play a few of their own records whilst having a few beers.
After some research, the Lock Keeper pub near the canal, just down Frodsham Street, was selected as the ideal venue. The upstairs function room was ideal, with loads of space and a DJ area at the back. The pub itself offered some fine beers at reasonable prices, so it was all set.
The idea was the same, borrowed from Halcyon Dreams and VOD: bring along a few records, have a 15 minute set to play whatever you like – vinyl only.
I volunteered to do my set early on, whilst waiting for the punters to arrive. Thus following on from The Swede’s opening repertoire, it was my turn. Playing to an audience of six people.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
I’d planned on playing the superior, and slightly less well known, “Born on the Bayou” by CCR as my first song. However I mixed up Side 1 track 2 with side 2 track 2, and we got this evergreen classic instead. No major mishap, “Bad Moon Rising” is a fantastic song anyway. Always reminds me of “An American Werewolf in London”.
The Stupids – Mega Zombie
This is from one of the first records I ever owned, the “Frankfurter – Eat EP” by UK hardcore punk band The Stupids. They were at the forefront of late eighties skate rock, and sound tracked many a days skateboarding in my youth. This sublime song is just over one minute in length, with the words “Mega Zombie” repeated 27 times. Very fast and a true challenge to prepare the next track in time!
The Ohio Players – Fopp
Luckily I just made it, and dropped the needle on this magnificent chunk of seventies funk. The song first came to my attention via the Soundgarden cover, eventually I picked up a CD “Best of” compilation (also featuring “Love Rollercoaster”, as covered by RHCP). Not long ago I added the Ohio Players album “Honey” to my vinyl collection – which both songs are taken from. This is a solid piece of funk rock with a cool groove.
Tone Loc – Loc’ed After Dark
I wanted to play some tunes to show case some variety, and felt that a bit of old school hip hop would be nice. “Loc’ed After Dark” is the B-side from the “Wild Thing” 12 inch single. I chose it as again, there’s a nice funky beat. Got me strutting my stuff in the DJ booth, anyway.
So alas, my set was over – with still only six people in the audience. Never mind, the evening picked up and soon the function room was full. I even got to play a couple of tracks again at the end of the night to a fuller crowd!
The Chester Vinyl Night was a great success, with a room full of people enjoying the music and drinks. There was a picture quiz which proved popular, and a wide range of tunes spanning several genres – from dub to hip hop to classic rock. There was even a Phil Collins tribute section…
There will be more Vinyl Nights at the Lock Keeper soon. Well done to Ben and Ben for organising the evening – looking forward to more of the same soon!
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