Boo-ya! It’s the thirtieth instalment of the ever popular Singles Night, where yours truly plays through a big ol’ stack of 45 rpm singles. It’s all vinyl, all the time folks, as I dig into the never ending pile of 7 inch wax.
Let’s take a look at he latest batch:
The Four Horsemen – “Nobody Said It Was Easy” / “Homesick Blues”
Van Halen – “When It’s Love” / “A Apolitical Blues”
Ramones – “Baby, I Love You” / “High Risk Insurance”
Chesney Hawkes – “The One and Only” / “It’s Gonna Be Tough”
Brenda Lee – “Break It To Me Gently” / “So Deep” / “Tragedy” / “Will you Love Me Tomorrow”
Bobby Goldsboro – “A Butterfly for Bucky” / “Another Night Alone”
Phil Collins – “If Leaving Me is Easy” / “Drawingboard”
Phil Collins – “Another Day in Paradise” / “Heat on the Street”
Hawkwind – “Angels of Death” / “Trans-Dimensional Man”
Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil” / “D.O.A.”
Perry Como – “My Days of Loving You” / “Happiness Comes, Happiness Goes”
Alice Cooper – “Elected” / “Luney Tune”
Judge Dread – “Big Seven” / “Dread”
Golden Earring – “Radar Love” / “The Song is Over”
Herb Alpert – “This Guy’s in Love With You” / “A Quiet Tear (Lagrima Quieta)”
Shakin’ Stevens – “A Love Worth Waiting For” / “As Long As”
Well that box of singles I got for £5 is still stinking up the list a bit, hence the double Phil Collinson offer this time. At least double Van Halen more than compensates for that. Incidentally, I owned the “When It’s Love” single when I was a kid, bought it from Woolwroths in Shotton when it was released. This copy is a replacement, as my original was swopped a long time ago.
The Batman theme is quite possibly the best TV theme of all time, so glad I have that in the collection. Also, some genuine classics from Ramones, Hawkwind, Alice Cooper and Golden Earring made this one of the best sessions yet. And The Four Horsemen are great, though long forgotten band.
As I mentioned, the pile of 7 inch records never seems to dwindle, so there’ll be another Singles Night at the Virtual Hot Tub soon. Make sure you don’t miss it!
Python Lee Jackson – “In a Broken Dream” / “Boogie Woogie Joe”
Boom! What a great collection. My favourite Who song, Thin Lizzy’s best (?), BTO and Free. That Knack song is, of course, a classic – as is the Cheap Trick track. All were from a record fair (remember those?) if I recall correctly.
That Faith No More song is their very worst, by an otherwise spectacular band. I’m no Phil Collins fan really, but that track is pretty good, admit it. Throw in Flying Lizards and The Beach Boys and you’ve got a helluva playlist. And if you don’t love “Camouflage” there must be something wrong with you.
The Chris Cornell was a Record Store Day special which I picked up from VOD records in Mold. Great shop who also organised the record fair I mentioned above. Check them out here.
A great deal of my blog is related to music (as if you hadn’t guessed by now). I’m obsessed with it. Always looking for artists – and genres – that I’m not familiar with, always looking to expand my musical horizons. As well, of course, as re-visiting favourites or establishing relationships with bands I’ve only dabbled with.
This particular article relates to Father’s Day (which is today). I’ve decided to publish one of my iPod playlists, which is inspired by my Dad.
Many of you may have a pre-conceived idea of what my musical preferences are. And I admit that there’s a lot of rock, metal and punk in the melting pot. There’s other stuff too – a great deal of which, I think, comes from my Dad’s influence. If rock’n’roll provides the foundation of my musical knowledge, these artists provide the light, shade and colour.
So this playlist is dedicated to David Owen Jones, with fond memories of Sunday night taping sessions and endless hours of driving listening to the results.
The Beach Boys – “Sloop John B”
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrel – “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”
Diana Ross & The Supremes – “You Keep Me Hanging On”
The Isley Brothers – “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)”
The Real Thing – “You to Me Are Everything”
The Stylistics – “You Make Me Feel Brand New”
Tavares – “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel”
Chic – “Le Freak”
Village People – “YMCA”
Hot Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing”
Elton John & Kiki Dee – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
The Gap Band – “Oops Upside Your Head”
Roxy Music – “Same Old Scene”
Madonna – “Holiday”
Phil Collins – “Easy Lover”
Rockwell – “Somebody’s Watching Me”
The Pogues – “Dirty Old Town”
Big Country – “Fields of Fire”
From classic pop, Motown, through to disco and beyond.
Dad, if I’ve missed any favourites out – please let me know.
I’m a Dad too now. I hope my daughter finds as much to love in my music.