Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
The Queen’s Head, Mold
Friday 22nd June 2018
The mixed grill on my plate was a massive meal, and I tucked in with ravenous glee. For I knew that I would need my strength tonight; this would be Vinyl Night unlike any previous. Tonight, I would test the mettle of all of us in attendance.
Otherwise, it was business as usual for Bring Your Own Vinyl Night at the Queen’s Head in Mold. Beers, goods company and the opportunity to play whatever you liked during a fifteen minute set. Vinyl only, mind!
Although I don’t always run with a theme, this evening I had a definite plan. Ever since I’ve first attended one of these events, put on by the brilliant Halcyon Dreams and VOD Music, there was one song n my collection I really wanted to play. It would inform the rest of my set and provide a connection between all the songs. I decided to leave that track till last, and put together a collection of songs to accompany it.
The question was: How would my star track be received by the audience?
The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
To start the set, a classic Beatles song written by George Harrison and needing no introduction. Of course it’s from “Abbey Road”, and I love it as it instantly makes me think of summer days, sitting in the sun on the beach. It’s a perfect song; beautifully written and with such an uplifting feel.
Nancy Sinatra + Lee Hazlewood – Summer Wine
Next up was this gem; a duet between Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood. I have the album with this track on it, however this version was a 45rpm single that my friend Colin lent to me for the event. “Summer Wine” reminds me in some ways of a Bond theme, it has a little of that drama, but somewhat more relaxed. A wonderful song that brings back memories of holidays abroad and cocktails.
Black Sabbath – Laguna Sunrise
A brief interlude on side 2 of the absolutely essential “Volume 4 album”, here’s yet another tune that demonstrates just how versatile Black Sabbath were. A beautiful relaxing instrumental that effortlessly conjures up an appropriate image, this shows perfectly the genius of Tony Iommi. As good as any song you’ve ever heard.
The Cult – Sun King
After that, the tempo was raised with a full on turbo charge rocker from my old faves, The Cult. This was the 7″ single version, edited down from the album track. One of my preferred songs on the massively successful “Sonic Temple” album from 1989. With a title referencing French King Louis XIV, this is a great fun fists-in-the air macho rocker that reeks of burning up desert highways in a hot rod.
Johnny Griggs/Simon May – When You Go Away (Eldorado Theme – Instrumental)
Could you tell what the theme was, reader? All leading up to this final cut, I wanted to play songs related to summer and sunny days. I used to be a huge fan of hyper naff BBC soap Eldorado when I was a student – so bad it was good, and the Spanish setting used to cheer me up on dreary wet days. Sadly that amazing programme was canned, but I found the single in a Woolworths bargain bin (for 29p, I think) back in the day. Along with my VHS cassette of “The Best of Eldorado”, that’s all the merch from this class show that I have. I played the instrumental B-side here, but cocked up by playing it on 33rpm at the very start. Years of planning, bollocksed.
So there you have it – my summer sun themed set. Although I was ridiculed for the Eldorado song – and quite rightly too – I loved playing it. I managed to ruin my cool reputation with one song, though.
Never mind – as she was leaving, one old dear told me she enjoyed my set very much. I’ll take that as a win.
She must have been an Eldorado fan as well.
Nice one Halcyon Dreams and VOD Music, yet another great Vinyl Night – more soon please.
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