Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
The Queen’s Head, Mold
Friday 29th September 2017
It’s Vinyl Night! Once again, Halcyon Dreams hosted the Bring Your Own Vinyl Night at the Queen’s Head in Mold, North Wales. An evening of beer, good company and – of course – spinning tunes!
You know the drill by now, so I’ll fast forward straight to my set.
There was a theme this time, which I stumbled on whilst playing these records over the previous months. I decided to play songs that weren’t performed in the English language, which produced a few interesting ideas. Here are the ones that made the cut:
Anhrefn – Molly Melys/Rhedeg I Paris
As I was in Mold, how could I not kick things off with something Welsh? Anhrefn were a superb Welsh language punk band that I saw several times back in the early 90s. I had a cassette of their album “Dragon’s Revenge” from those days, and successfully tracked down a vinyl copy not long ago. This is actually two tracks – sorry, a bit sneaky: “Molly Melys” is a traditional folk song evoking Celtic tradition. It’s a short, mellow introduction before it suddenly erupts into “Rhedeg I Paris”, a fast paced, energetic, melodic rocker in the vein of the Clash. Fantastic!
Cypress Hill – Loco En El Coco
This is, of course, the Cypress Hill track “Insane in the Brain” but performed with Spanish lyrics. Taken from “Los Grandes Exitos en Espanol” – their Greatest Hits in Spanish – and for some reason these versions just sound even funkier in Spanish. I love the whole album for that reason. Check it out, I recommend it.
Faith No More – Evidence (Italian Version)
This isn’t the “funk metal” Faith No More you may know. Rather, this is a kind of smooth jazz-funk hybrid from the album “King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime”, here performed in Italian. Apparently singer Mike Patton is multi lingual and there are versions of this track in several other languages too. It’s a great song, showing FNM stretching out and writing something across musical boundaries: and it really works.
Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi
And finally, I went with this French language pop punk/faux punk/new wave confection. It’s a fun little treat that bounces along with a life of it’s own. Loads of fun to end the set.
That was it, set over. All songs in different languages. I could have chosen a few others (I have a record by Kvelertak in Norwegian) but I figured that would do.
A great night again – thanks all! Who knows if there’ll be a theme next time. I’m just looking forward to another Vinyl Night!
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