Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
The Queen’s Head, Mold
Friday 29th November 2019
Finally, months later, I made it to another Bring Your Own Vinyl Night. It’s been far too long, but it was great to be back. A few beers, some great food, and awesome music always makes for an entertaining evening.
Hosted by Halcyon Dreams in the Queen’s Head pub in Mold, North Wales, Bring Your Own Vinyl Night is an opportunity to be a DJ for a night. Each person has a 15 minute slot to play whatever they like, vinyl only.
It’s never an easy task, narrowing down my collection to just a handful of songs to play. I didn’t go for a theme this time, just a few tracks that I thought worthy of sharing.
Here’s what I unleashed:
Betty Davis – If I’m in Luck I Might Get Picked Up
I decided to start the set with this funk-rock hybrid from cult soul singer and one time Mrs Miles Davis: the amazing Betty Davis. I’d heard about Betty’s work on the grapevine; after checking this album out online I knew I had to track a vinyl copy down. “If I’m in Luck…” is a raunchy number powered by hard rock guitar riffs and a phenomenally funky beat. Highly recommended!
Iggy and the Stooges – Gimme Danger
My favourite track on the third Stooges record, “Gimme Danger” is a timeless classic. The “Raw Power” album that housed it apparently fared badly on initial release, but blossomed with a cult following in later years. Every home should have a copy of this fantastic record. “Gimme Danger” lures the listener into a false sense of security with an unusually melodic guitar part, yet still weaves a web of debauchery and chaos.
The Cult – Lucifer
The Cult have been one of my favourite bands over the years, going right back to my teens with the “Love” and “Electric” albums. They’re still delivering quality music, with the album “Choice of Weapon” (from which “Lucifer” is taken) being a highlight. There’s a huge, epic riff driving this song – one of those tracks that I usually have to have on repeat, ‘cos just one play ain’t enough.
The Donnas – Who Invited You
In 2002, The Donnas released one of the best rock’n’nroll albums in years with “Spend the Night”, an energetic blend of AC/DC style hard rock and Ramones punk. Sadly it was released in the CD age, so I don’t own a vinyl copy. But I did hunt down the 7″ single of “Who Invited You” so that I can enjoy at least one magnificent song from the album on vinyl. Re-issue, somebody, please!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was that – for me at least. There were plenty of other great songs played throughout the evening which you can check out via the Halcyon Dreams links below.
In all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening – sharing the wonder of music and vinyl in a great pub. I mustn’t leave it so long till my next Vinyl Night visit.
With thanks to Halcyon Dreams and VOD Music – well done guys!
The Halcyon Dreams blogspot is here.
The Halcyon Dreams mixcloud page is here.
The Halcyon Dreams Facebook page is here.
The VOD music website is here.