The Lock Keeper, Chester
Friday 18th November 2016
And lo, for the second Vinyl Night in Chester, a name was bestowed upon the event: Vinylicious.
The Lock Keeper pub graciously invited the gang back for a second round of Bring Your Own Vinyl Night, held again in their upstairs function room. The concept remained unchanged: bring along some records; play a 15 minute set; have a few drinkies. As always, it was VINYL ONLY.
This time my set ran like this:
Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia
Just like last time, I messed up my first song. I’d intended to play “California Uber Alles”, but neglected to check the running order on the sleeve. Preferring to go from memory, I cued up “Holiday in Cambodia” by mistake. As previous, this was no major catastrophe – both songs are brilliant (I just felt my original choice fitted better with my loose theme). This fantastic piece of US punk can be found on the essential “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables” album, and if you don’t own it – you should.
Rage Against the Machine – Know Your Enemy
It wasn’t easy to pick just one song from the classic first RATM album. I chose “Know Your Enemy” as it both fit the theme and rocks like a bastard. I love all of the Rage Against the Machine albums, but the first one is legendary. This song has a full fat riff; pounding rhythm; and aggressive lyrics. Perfect. Some mad guitar effects from Tom Morello too.
Public Enemy – Prophets of Rage
A nice link from RATM to PE: Prophets of Rage is the name of the new group featuring members of both (along with B-Real from Cypress Hill). Plus this track, taken from the total master piece that is “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back”, is a total monster. Chuck D rhymes with cool style over a hard beat, creating a song that is infectious and immediate. Indispensable hip hop.
Corrosion of Conformity – Shallow Ground/Vote with a Bullet
Yes, I was a bit cheeky and played two songs! I figured, what the hell. Both tracks are from the fantastic “Blind” album, that announced the steady rise of COC to the top of the 90’s metal scene. “Shallow Ground” is a really nice mellow number, quite uncharacteristic and providing contrast to the other album tracks. It lulls the listener into a false sense of security… The next track, “Vote with a Bullet”, is one of the greatest heavy riffs of all time. It’s incessant and pounding, sounding like Thor’s hammer smashing a mountain to pieces. Absolutely love it!
Did you guess the “loose” theme? Well, with the shock result of the US presidential election, I couldn’t resist some aggressive politically driven tunes. Nothing direct, but still to the point.
How did the night go? Well there were plenty of punters who turned up to spin their records, about the same as last time. However overall numbers were down, a huge disappointment considering the extensive promotion that was utilised.
The guys will regroup in the New Year and look at how to build this event bigger and better. Vinylicious was still a great night though, some classic tunes were played. Till next time, vinyl lovers!
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