2018 Meetings

Tuesday 2nd January.

Theme: Best Dressed - A song relating to clothes or fashion.
  1. Put Your Cat Clothes On performed by Brian Setzer.................................................................Tim's choice
  2. Baby I Got News For You by Miller...............................................................................................Alan's choice
  3. In These Shoes by Kirsty MacColl...........................................................................................Cordelia's choice
  4. Poor Howard (pretty little girl with the red dress on) performed by Robert Plant...............Jackie's choice
  5. Hole In My Shoe by Traffic..............................................................................................................Jean's choice
  6. Nice New Outfit by Fugazi..............................................................................................................Nina's choice
  7. Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top...............................................................................................Norman's choice
  8. High Fashion Queen by Flying Burrito Brothers..........................................................................Piers' choice
  9. Girls In Their Summer Clothes by Bruce Springsteen...............................................................John's choice
 10. Sweet Gene Vincent performed by Robbie Williams..............................................................Jayne's choice
 11. Zoot Suit by The Who................................................................................................................Morra's choice
 12. Suited & Booted by My Life Story..................................................................................................Sal's choice

Mystery Album: Fish Heads and Tails by Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie selected by Nina.

Guest Biscuit: Malted Milk.


Tuesday 6th February.

Played in memory of ~ Ray Thomas 1941 - 2018: Nights In White Satin by The Moody Blues
                                         Dolores O'Riordan 1971 - 2018: Will You Remember by The Cranberries.

Theme: Starting With a Bang - Songs with great intros.
   1. Shotgun Wedding by Roy C.........................................................................................................Morra's intro.
   2. Summertime performed by Ricky Nelson....................................................................................Alan's intro.
   3. Brown Eyed Girl performed by Everclear.....................................................................................John's intro.
   4. Like A Hurricane by Neil Young..............................................................................................Suzanne's intro.
   5. Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty.......................................................................................................Jean's intro.
   6. Flowers In The Rain by The Move...........................................................................................Cordelia's intro.
   7. She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult....................................................................................................Nina's intro.
   8. In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett.....................................................................................Jackie's intro.
   9. Lucky Penny by JD McPherson.....................................................................................................Philip's intro.
  10. Why Get Up performed by Robert Palmer...................................................................................Pier's intro.
  11. You Get What You Give by New Radicals.......................................................................................Sal's intro.
  12. Theme From Sparta F.C. by The Fall (also in memory of Mark E Smith 1957 - 2018)...........Jayne's intro.
  13. Reelin' In The Years by Steely Dan........................................................................................Norman's intro.
  14. Am I Evil by Diamond Head............................................................................................................Tim's intro.

Mystery Album: Greatest Hits 1972 - 1978 by 10cc chosen by Jean.

Released in 1979 this album was a stop-gap as Band member Eric Stewart was recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident. It reached No 5 in the UK charts. The original members of 10cc were Graham Gouldham; Eric Stewart; Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. They all had a hand in writing  the songs on the album but Gouldham was the most prolific. He had never been in a Band but had written songs from his teen years. At age 18 he had written ‘For Your Love’ which became a huge hit for The Yardbirds and then their next 2 hits ‘Heart Full of Soul’ and ‘Evil Hearted You’. Other groups who had hits with his songs were The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits and Wayne Fontana. In 1972 he decided to get together with his old friends Godley and Creme and ex Mindbenders member Stewart. They called themselves Hotlegs; recorded ‘Neanderthal man’ and had a hit straight away. Realising their musical potential could be much better they renamed themselves 10cc and wrote and recorded the single ‘Donna’. This was their first big seller reaching No 2 in the charts and staying in the top 3 for 4 weeks. The following year they reached No 1 with ‘Rubber bullets’. During the years until 1979 they continued writing and recording and had another 10 singles hits including ‘Life is a minestrone’ and I’m not in love’ together with numerous successful albums. After 1979 the band went their own ways. To date Gouldham continues to write, sing and play and is often seen as a guest on other artist’s tours. He travels extensively. 10cc was a great Band of it’s era. Their music covered every genre from RockPop to ballads and even parodies of songs from previous decades. Their lyrics  were often strange but every song was memorable and different. Most of all I think 10cc were saying ‘Just enjoy the fun in our music as we do’.

  Jean


Guest Biscuit: Rich Tea.


Tuesday 6th March

Theme: It's A Grower! - Wasn't too keen at first, in fact I hated them, but now I think they're great.
   1. The Right Time by The Corrs ........................................................................................................Tim's choice
   2. Give Me Shelter by The Rolling Stones........................................................................................Jean's choice
   3. Chains performed by The Cookies........................................................................................Norman's choice
   4. Old and Wise by The Alan Parsons Project..........................................................................Suzanne's choice
   5. I Got a Woman performed by Elvis Presley..............................................................................Jackie's choice
   6. Black Planet by Sisters of Mercy................................................................................................John's choice
   7. People Are Strange by The Doors.................................................................................................Piers' choice
   8. Intimate Secretary by The Raconteurs...........................................................................................Sal's choice
   9. Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel.....................................................................................................Philip's choice
 10. Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan.................................................................................................Jayne's choice

Mystery Album: There Are Other People In This World Not Just You by The Rails selected by Tim.

On paper, Other People promises potentially great things; The Rails being the core duo of Kami Thompson (Richard and Linda Thompson’s daughter) and James Walbourne (guitarist with the Pretenders), their first album, Fair Warning, being voted 2014 folk album of the year by Mojo magazine and the pair being presented with the Horizon Award for best newcomers at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. So, does it deliver? In my opinion; certainly! That’s why it topped my list of fave albums of 2017, of course. It’s a succinct (35 minutes long) contemporary slab of electric folk/country/roots tinged rock which is over far too soon. Other People builds upon the work started on Fair Warning which, although an above average debut and a very enjoyable listen, isn’t as cohesive or has such a strong band identity as achieved on Other People. There are no acoustic-guitar-only songs and no reworkings of traditional songs (William Taylor is a cracker, btw) as we had on Fair Warning or their follow up EP Australia. The injection of some voltage to the 10 original songs really pays off this time around and for me gives the impression that this is the Rails sound that Kami and James truly envisaged all along. The album was recorded mostly live in the studio with a deadline of 7 days and it’s possibly this that lends immediacy and life to each performance. The album, although recorded in Nashville, has the feel of the London streets running through it. Songs such as The Cally, inspired by the Caledonian Road and Bricks and Mortar, aghast at the new development around Denmark Street, mourn the loss of an old, vibey metropolis and reflect upon a city undergoing rapid change and gentrification. There are also songs about the ups and downs of domesticity, of stormy relationships and the darker side life, themes that are no stranger to the Thompson side of the song-writing family in fact. Fair Warning was a deliberate effort to write a 70s type folk rock album, even being released on a revived pink Island Records label. Other People takes the genre by the scruff of the neck and drags it into the 21st Century. Folkrocktastic.

  Tim


Guest Biscuit: Duo Chocolate



Tuesday 10th April.

Theme: Better Late Than Never. Songs about being late, not on time.........or open to your own interpretation, of course.
  1. I Can't Make It On Time by the Ramones..................................................................................Tim's selection
  2. You Keep Me Hanging On by Vanilla Fudge.............................................................................Piers' selection
  3. I Should Get Up by Teddy Thompson.....................................................................................Jayne's selection
  4. Hold On, I'm Coming performed by BB King and Eric Clapton..............................................Jean's selection
  5. Tired of Waiting For You by The Kinks...............................................................................Cordelia's selection
  6. The Lonely Man Theme by The Cliff Adams Orchestra..........................................................Alan's selection
  7. If selectionI Could Turn Back Time performed by Cher..................................................Norman's selection
  8. Overdue by Muse..........................................................................................................................Sal's selection
  9. Late November by Fotheringay................................................................................................John's selection

Mystery Album: Wandering Heart by Brooke Sharkey selected by Piers

Guest Biscuit: Chocolate Creams


Tuesday 1st May

Theme: Mayday! A song celebrating the coming of Summer.......or possibly an impending disaster, even?
   1. Hal-an-Tow performed by Oysterband.........................................................................................Tim's choice
   2. Dizzy by Tommy Roe...............................................................................................................Cordelia's choice
   3. Rescue Me by The Reynettes.......................................................................................................Alan's choice
   4. Fire Brigade by The Move............................................................................................................Jean's choice
   5. May You Always by Ian McNabb.................................................................................................John's choice
   6. Throughout the Dark Months of April and May by Cocteau Twins...........................................Sal's choice
   7. Mayhem by Imelda May..............................................................................................................Jackie's choice
   8. Down In The Flood performed by the Derek Trucks Band.....................................................Philip's choice

Mystery Album: Cousteau by Cousteau chosen by Sal.

Guest Biscuit: Choc Chip Hobnobs


Tuesday 5th June

RPM goes on holiday this month to the Albatros, Wells-next-the-sea- Quay.
Theme: Some Like It Hot - Two songs choices this month which relate to the theme in an as obvious or tenuous way as you wish.
Part 1.
   1. Hot Lips performed by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.........................................Tim's choice
   2. Hotter Than That performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.........................................Piers' choice
   3. Six Wave Hold Down by Hot Snakes............................................................................................Rory's choice
   4. Fire by Jimi Hendrix......................................................................................................................Ralph's choice
   5. Trees On Fire by Binker and Moses.............................................................................................Louis' choice
   6. Hot Chicken by Dom Flemons....................................................................................................Jayne's choice
   7. I'm On Fire by Bruce Springsteen..............................................................................................Jackie's choice
   8. Higher Ground by Red Hot Chili Peppers...................................................................................Nina's choice
Part 2.
   1. Burnin' by Denise Belfon.............................................................................................................Jayne's choice
   2. Earth by Mount Eerie....................................................................................................................Rory's choice
   3. Burnin' Hell by John Lee Hooker...................................................................................................Piers' choice
   4. And She Was by Talking Heads...................................................................................................Jackie's choice
   5. Heat by R. L. Burnside.................................................................................................Nina's (mystery) choice 
                                                                                ( she was going to have Jimi as well, so borrowed from Piers)
   6. Flying Teapot by Gong...................................................................................................................Louis' choice
   7. Fire Woman by The Cult.................................................................................................................Tim's choice


Tuesday 3rd July.

Theme: Creating Musical Fusion - A blending of musical styles to make something great.
   1. Whirl-y-Reel 2 by The Afro Celt Sound System....................................................Tim's fusion of styles
   2. Serengeti by Spyro Gyra.........................................................................................Piers' fusion of styles
   3. Mr Bobby by Manu Chao and the Radio Remba Sound System........................Jayne's fusion of styles
   4. Why? by The Byrds.................................................................................................Alan's fusion of styles
   5. Smooth by Santana................................................................................................Jean's fusion of styles
   6. Lloraba La Nina by Paco Ibanez...........................................................................Nina's fusion of styles

Mystery Album: Lloyd Cole and The Commotions 1984 - 1989 chosen by Nina.

Guest Biscuit: Caramel Wafers


Tuesday 7th August.

Theme: Music Of The Spheres - A song referencing a heavenly body.
  1. Venus by UFO..................................................................................................................................Tim's choice
  2. Underneath The Stars by Kate Rusby........................................................................................Jayne's choice
  3. Invisible Sun by The Police.....................................................................................................Norman's choice
  4. Bright Morning Star performed by The Melrose Quartet.........................................................Piers' choice
  5. Mayo Moon by The Biblecode Sundays...................................................................................Morra's choice
  6. Purple People Eater Meets The Witchdoctor by The Big Bopper.............................................Chris' choice
  7. Life On Venus by The Tornados...................................................................................................Alan's choice
  8. Stars On The Water by Rodney Crowell....................................................................................Philip's choice
  9. Moon River performed by Andy Williams...................................................................................Jean's choice
 10. The Moon And Me by Tom Baxter.................................................................................................Sal's choice
 11. Blue Moon Revisited (Song For Elvis) by The Cowboy Junkies................................................John's choice

Mystery Album: Tour De Force, Live In London by Joe Bonamassa selected by Jean.

This concert was the last in a series played in London in 2013 which show-cased Joe’s long career. He is a singer/ song-writer and musician who plays acoustic and electric guitar. He excels in music from the Folk, Country, Blues, Rock and even Heavy Metal genres.

The concept dreamed up by his Manager and Producer was to play 4 different shows, at 4 different venues, and with 4 different sets of musicians. This gave Joe a chance to play old favourites as well as old recordings that he had never played live before.

The schedule was as follows:-

The Borderline – a 3 piece band featured music from Joe’s early years.

The Shepherd’s Bush Empire – a ‘Blues’ theme which included a horn section to create the big blues-band feel.

Hammersmith Apollo – ‘rock inspired’ with a short acoustic set.

Royal Albert Hall – Half acoustic/ half electric, based on Joe’s most popular and well-known songs.

Only 3 musicians played at 3 of the venues. They were Carmine Rojas on bass, Tal Bergman on drums and Arlan Schierbaum on keyboards.

Joe said that London was chosen as he considered it his second home. He wanted to give his loyal fans a rare presentation that would most probably never happen again. (Getting the musicians he wanted at the same time and place, as well as rehearsals, had been a logistic nightmare).

All 4 concerts are available on DVD and CD and were released in October 2013. A special collector’s edition was packaged in a box designed to look like a Marshall amplifier.

    Jean

Here's a track from the album.

Guest Biscuit: Nice


Tuesday 4th September.

Played in memory of Aretha Franklin 1942 - 2018: Ain't No Way (B side to (Sweet, Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone).

Theme: Whatever The Weather - Come rain or shine, there's a song in there somewhere.
  1. Thunder and Lightning by Thin Lizzy...........................................................................................Tim's choice
  2. It's Raining performed by Irma Thomas....................................................................................Pier's choice
  3. Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage........................................................................................Sal's choice
  4. Purple Rain performed by The Waterboys.............................................................................Jackie's choice
  5. Crying In The Rain performed by A-Ha.................................................................................Norman's choice
  6. Clouds by The Jayhawks...............................................................................................................John's choice
  7. When Will The Rain Come? by The Troggs.................................................................................Jean's choice
  8. Catch The Wind by Donovan..................................................................................................Cordelia's choice
  9. Rain and Snow performed by Obray Ramsey..........................................................................Jayne's choice
 10. Pink Frost by The Chills.............................................................................................................Alan's choice
 11. Blame It On The Sun by Stevie Wonder.................................................................................Morra's choice
 12. Tear Drops Fall Like Rain by The Crickets................................................................................Chris's choice
 13. Blue Sunshine by The Meteors..................................................................................................Nina's choice

Mystery Album: All About Chemistry by Semisonic selected by Norman.

Guest Biscuit: Lemon Viennese Creams 


Tuesday 2nd October.

Theme: Questions Within Questions. A song with an enquiring nature. 
   1. Questions by Mike Scott.................................................................................................................Tim's choice
   2. What'cha Gonna Do About It? by The Small Faces.....................................................................John's choice
   3. Roly by Raymond Froggatt...........................................................................................................Chris's choice
   4. Who's Been Sleeping In My Head? by Electrafixion......................................................................Sal's choice
   5. What's The Matter Now? by Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen.........................Alan's choice
   6. Smoked Ham and Peaches by Shemekia Copeland................................................................Philip's choice
       (sorry, no video)
   7. What I'd Say performed by Bobby Darin.....................................................................................Jean's choice
   8. (Do I Still Figure) In Your Life? by The Honeybus.................................................................Norman's choice
   9. Down In The River To Pray performed by Alison Krauss...........................................................Piers' choice
  10. Who Is She And What Is She To You by Soul Children............................................................Jayne's choice
  11. Are You Experienced? by Jimi Hendrix.....................................................................................Jackie's choice
  12. Where's Me Jumper? by Sultans of Ping F.C. .........................................................................Morra's choice

Mystery Album: True Love Stories by Jilted John chosen by Morra.

Guest Biscuit: Chocolate Gingers


Tuesday 6th November.

Theme: Back In The UK. A song including a British place name in the title.
   1. Rumble In Brighton by The Stray Cats....................................................................................selected by Tim
   2. Birmingham Blues by Electric Light Orchestra.....................................................................selected by Jean
   3. I Wish I Were Back In Liverpool performed by The Dubliners........................................selected by Morra
   4. The Royal Mile by Gerry Rafferty.....................................................................................selected by Norman
   5. Chelsea Kids by Heavy Metal Kids........................................................................................selected by Chris
   6. Indian Queens by Nick Lowe................................................................................................selected by Philip

Mystery Album: The Navigator by Hurray For The Riff Raff chosen by Philip.

Guest Biscuit: Choc Dipped Viennese Fingers. 


Tuesday 4th December.

Theme: Review of the Year. A favourite track released during the past 12 months or something older which caught your ear.
   1. Lost on the Road to Eternity by Magnum....................................................................................Tim's choice
   2. Mjóddin  by Moses Hightower......................................................................................................Piers' choice
   3. Baby Cakes performed by Maxine Brown..................................................................................Alan's choice
   4. Squalliday Inn by Heavy Metal Kids............................................................................................Chris's choice
   5. 21st Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson..............................................................................John's choice
   6. Out of Our Heads by Take That.............................................................................................Cordelia's choice
   7. Count Your Blessings by Mattiel.....................................................................................................Sal's choice
   8. Last Man to Fall by LongShoreDrift..........................................................................................Morra's choice
   9. All I Wanna Do by The War and Treaty......................................................................................Philip's choice
 10. Anaerobic Prelude performed by Richard Durrant.................................................................Jackie's choice
 11. Another Man Done Gone by Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest of Glass....................................Jayne's choice

Mystery Album: Malpractice by Dr Feelgood selected by Jackie
Here's a taster track 

Guest Biscuit: Lebkuchen