2019 Meetings

Tuesday 8th January.

Theme: The Poster on my Teenage Bedroom Wall. Pretty self explanatory.......but a lot of RPMers had pretty strict parents, it seems.........read on.

  1. Market Square Heroes by Marillion............................................................................Tim's 5' x 3' poster
  2. Come Together by The Beatles.........................Jean's poster, had she been allowed to put them on her bedroom wall by her parents.
  3. Porta De Lanca Africano by Jorge Ben..................Philip's would have been a football poster, had he been allowed to put them up and here's what he considers the best football song ever.
Note from Philip:  In answer to a query raised last night, this was recorded in 1976. Jorge Ben is a supporter of Brazil's richest football club, Flamengo of Rio De Janiero, and has written several football-related songs. I would imagine that this number was a tribute to his favourite centre-forward at the time, but I do not know who that was. The translation of the title is "African spear-head. "
There was a time when whenever the BBC showed a clip of the Brazilian national team, they used this song as background music. That is no doubt how I first heard it.
  4. Blind Man by Curved Air.........................................................................................................John's poster
  5. Only Friends by Francoise Hardy....................................Alan's poster, if they had existed back then!
  6. Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix................................................................................................Jackie's poster
  7. Boston Tea Party by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band...........Jayne's "poster" were pieces of a stage set wall as she wasn't allowed posters on her bedroom wall.
  8. Mr Soul performed by Nils Lofgren......................................................................Suzanne's poster
  9. Then He Kissed Me performed by The Crystals.......Piers' poster, had he been allowed to put them up.
10. No Feelings by Sex Pistols...............................................................................................Morra's poster

Mystery Album: Love In Wartime by Birds of Chicago chosen by Jayne.
Here's a track from the album. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkwMFpTcKow&index=7&list=PLfFDMmTjh4DBp_SWNz3Ec4MIlCu2INGiz

Guest Biscuit: Sugared Rings.


Tuesday 5th February.

Theme: London A-Z. A song referencing a London street or landmark.

   1. Portobello Belle by Dire Straits...............................................................................................Tim's selection
   2. Warwick Avenue by Duffy.......................................................................................................Jean's selection
   3. London Town performed by Bellowhead............................................................................Jayne's selection
   4. Waterloo Sunset performed by Ben Harper..........................................................................Nina's selection
       
   5. Anne Has A Party by Eddie Cochran....................................................................................Chris's selection
   6. Youth of Eglington by Black Uhuru.....................................................................................Philip's selection
   7. Chelsea Hotel No2 by Leonard Cohen................................................................................Jackie's selection
   8. Soho by Al Stewart...................................................................................................................John's selection
   9. King of the Road by Roger Miller.....................................................................................Cordelia's selection
  10. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais by The Clash................................................................Sal's selection
  11. Conumdrum by Hak Baker......................................................................................................Piers' selection
  12. Strange Town by The Jam....................................................................................................Morra's selection

Mystery Album: Live! At The Lyceum by Bob Marley and the Wailers chosen by John.

In the summer of 1967, I would sometimes spend my tea-break in a café frequented by taxi drivers, bus conductors and the occasional tourist. As with most cafes in the sixties it had a wonderful jukebox. One day, I bumped into my next door neighbour who had just finished his shift on the buses. He tossed me a shilling to feed the jukebox; my choice. I scanned down all the 'Summer of Love' titles and, in amongst them, was 'Al Capone' by Prince Buster. Amazing, so different from all the songs about 'Flowers' or 'San Francisco' (or both). This was probably my first experience of Reggae - although it wasn't called Reggae in 1967. It was known as Blue Beat or Ska back then.

 

Within a couple of years, Skinheads had adopted this genre of music and it was considered by 'serious' music fans (who at this time were listening to the likes of King Crimson, Curved Air, Blodwyn Pig etc) as being inferior. But I remember the guilty pleasure of going to the Samson & Hercules Ballroom (without my mates knowing) and enjoying a whole evening when the DJ played nothing but Reggae (the term now in popular use). I assumed the DJ had a limited number of records because the likes of 'Guns of Navarone' and 'Return of Django' were played numerous times throughout the evening.

 

As the seventies progressed, largely with the help of Chris Blackwell of Island Records, Reggae was beginning to be accepted as a more serious form of music, moving away from its Ska origins to a more rootsy feel. At the forefront of this style were The Wailers; fronted by the charismatic Bob Marley and his sidekicks Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. They produced music under Blackwell's direction which incorporated studio techniques far removed from the basic Kingston, Jamaica studios of Joe Gibbs, Lee Perry etc. This, I think, was part of the reason for the rise in popularity of Reggae. The other reasons, in the time-frame of the late seventies, being its affiliation with the punk movement... but that's another discussion for another day... 

 

Bob Marley and the Wailers (as they became - Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer having left in 1974) were at the top of the tree and the album I've chosen (Live! At The Lyceum) is, in my opinion, the epitome of what a moving, almost spiritual, performance this band were capable of delivering. Apart from 'Stir It Up', all the well-known songs up to this point in their career are present - everyone a gem and each one cranked up a few notches compared to their original studio versions.

 

I attend as many Reggae gigs as I can and over the years have seen (and felt) such legendary acts as Culture, Misty in Roots, Toots & the Maytals and many others. Unfortunately, I have only seen The Wailers since the sad passing of Bob. This album is testament to what I missed...

 

Further listening: If you enjoyed my mystery album, may I suggest you check out the following albums:

 

Aswad - Live and Direct

Culture - Two Sevens Clash

Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus

Talisman - Don't Play With Fyah

Peter Tosh - Bush Doctor

The Wailers - Catch A Fire

 

Also, the 'Peel Sessions' 12" EP by Culture is certainly worth a listen - just for the wonderful version of Lion Rock. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5giyUKZBSJw

John

From the album, here's Get Up, Stand Up.


Guest Biscuit: Arrowroot Thins. 


Tuesday 5th March.

Theme: It's Elemental! A song which includes a chemical element from the Periodic Table which is 150 years old this year.

   1. Chromium Plating by The Pink Fairies.................................................................Tim's chemical choice
   2. Radium Girl by Idlewild.........................................................................................John's chemical choice
   3. Good as Gold by Sarah Shook and the Disarmers..........................................Philip's chemical choice
   4. Copperhead Road by Steve Earle......................................................................Jackie's chemical choice
   5. Elemental Child by Tyrannosaurus Rex...........................................................Morra's chemical choice
   6. Black and gold by Sam Sparro.......................................................................Norman's chemical choice
   7. Tin Soldier by The Small Faces..............................................................................Piers' chemical choice
   8. Peggy Sue Got Married performed by Rikki Henderson..................................Chris's chemical choice
   9. Magneto and Titanium Man by Wings.................................................................Jean's chemical choice
  10. Think Zinc by T-Rex........................................................................................Suzanne's chemical choice
  11. Silver by Echo and the Bunnymen........................................................................Sal's chemical choice
  12. The Elements by Tom Lehrer.............................................................................Jayne's chemical choice

Mystery Album: X In Search of Space by Hawkwind selected by Tim.

Last October saw the inaugural National Album Day which encouraged us to play our favourite album from beginning to end. It made me think which album I’d consider to be my favourite one and I came to the conclusion it must be X In Search of Space. Hawkwind have been my favourite band since about 1981, so the question was simple; which of the band’s albums did I play the most and that, by elimination, would show itself to be my favourite. Simple.

It actually didn’t take much thinking about. X In Search of Space is the album I always seem to go back to the most. Released in October 1971, this was the bands second release. For me, it’s the album that pulls together most successfully all the various diverse elements that attracted me so much to Hawkwind’s music in the first place; repetitive bass riffs underpinned by the driving insistent “motorik” drum beat (purportedly invented by German experimentalists Can and taken up by their fellow Germans Neu); improvised melody lines woven together on wah wah-ed guitar and heavily effects laden saxophone; a bit of acoustic hippy folk guitar harking back to Dave Brock’s (guitar, vocals and Captain of the ship) busking days, not fully over when this was recorded; the weird electronic swooping and swooshing audio generator sounds; the themes of resisting the constraints laid down by society and commenting on a world heading for self-destruction and, of course, the first signs of the musical genre which they were to make their own, “space rock”.

I see the album as having two sides to it musically……as well as obviously quite literally, if you’re playing the vinyl LP that is. Side one carries on in a similar vein to much of their debut and consists of just two tracks, the type of long improvised material they were performing live at various festivals around the country or on home turf underneath the Westway flyover in Portobello Road, West London. The 15 minute “You Shouldn’t Do That” takes off gently at first with ascending electronic tones before the chugging drum and bass rhythm lock the groove of the track for everything that is to follow. When one analyses this track, nothing actually happens in the sense of a conventional song. There’s no verse, chorus, verse, chorus structure, just minimal lyrics and that hypnotic “motorik” drum beat over which everything else weaves to create a state which I would describe as being aurally meditative. And before you know it, 15 minutes has flown by. “You Know You’re Only Dreaming” rounds off side one with an initial Dave Brock lyric which morphs into some weird improvisation ending in a locked groove of white noise.

Side two I see as a little more conventional in the sense that there are songs with more recognisable verses but still not a chorus in sight. “Master of the Universe” is the bands first song that could be termed as “space rock” in theme; a great throbbing bass riff and a lyric delivered by saxophonist Nik Turner to produce an enduring Hawkwind classic which they have frequently revisited and reinterpreted live over the years. A faded-in, finger picked acoustic guitar heralds track two, “We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago”, a Dave Brock busking type song with a heavier band work-out middle section and one of my favourite Hawkwind numbers. Next up is “Adjust Me”, the band using an android-going-wrong theme as an excuse for some more improvised weirdness before the album rounds off with “Children of the Sun”, a slice of acoustic guitar hippy mysticism with a Nik Turner vocal and a last chance for our Nik to break out the flute for a breathy lead solo. And that’s it, clocking in at a total time of about 42 minutes, it’s the perfect album length.

Of course, the vinyl album back in the day was seen as an artistic statement not only musically, but visually as well and X In Search Of Space is a brilliant example of this. Designed by Barney Bubbles who later went on to design for New Wave artists such as Elvis Costello and Ian Dury, it was the first of a number of sleeves he produced for Hawkwind. Comprising of three folding out panels covered in spacey art work and photos of the band, it presented a very striking and inventive package. But it didn’t end there. Together with space poet Robert Calvert, the concept of the Hawkwind Logbook came to fruition and was as integral to the whole X In Search Of Space concept, in my opinion, as was the music. Presented in A5 size and having the feel of an underground comic, it charted the bands journey through time and space using Calvert’s words and Bubbles’s psychedelic and somewhat esoteric graphics and was the birth of the idea which eventually evolved into the 1972 Space Ritual stage show and magnificent double live album of 1973.

I must admit, it was a bit daunting to bring along my favourite album, an LP that I have become so attached to after listening to it for 37 years. I think only one other RPMer has brought their favourite album along for their Mystery Album choice….and I can see why. One feels protective towards the music and fears it being criticised or derided; it’s my FAVOURITE ALBUM for goodness sake….how can you not like it?! But that really doesn’t matter. Bringing my favourite album along to play at RPM has actually caused me to re-listen, re-consider and ultimately re-confirm my reaction and thoughts towards the music contained within that 42-minute time capsule that is X In Search Of Space; it draws me in and is bloody great!

From the album, here's my 2 fave tracks.
We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju6c53y8rl0
    
Guest Biscuit: Seriously Chocolatey Rounds



Tuesday 2nd April.

Theme: Cat Person or Dog Person? Your pet preference in song, please.

   1. Hell Hounds by Ferocious Dog...........................................................................Tim's choice.
   2. I Love My Dog by Cat Stevens..........................................................................Jackie's choice.
   3. The Ballad of Chasey Lain by the Bloodhound Gang...............................Norman's choice.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jljfh4blZpk
   4. Leave My Kitten Alone by Little Willie John......................................................Tony's choice.
   5. Large Dog by BBC Sound FX
       Walkin' My Cat Named Dog by Norma Tanega.................................................Piers' choice.
   6. Ready Teddy performed by Cliff Richard and the Shadows............................Chris' choice.
   7. The Dog by Otis Redding.....................................................................................Jean's choice.
   8. Hell Hound on my Trail performed by Cassandra Wilson.............................Jayne's choice.
   9. Donimo by Cocteau Twins.................................................................................John's choice.
  10. All Cats Are Grey by The Cure..............................................................................Sal's choice.
  11. Puttin' on the Dog by Mandy Barnett............................................................Philip's choice.

Mystery Album: I'll Eat It Here by Lowell George selected by Jayne.
From the album, here's Honest Man

Guest Biscuit: 
   
                               

                     Peanut Butter Choc Rounds



Tuesday 7th May.

Theme: Living In The Past. A song referencing a person from history.

   1. Genghis Khan by Iron Maiden.................................................................................Tim's choice
   2. Ben McCulloch by Steve Earle..............................................................................Philip's choice
   3. Kray Twims by Mo-Dettes....................................................................................Morra's choice
   4. Mercy Bay by Fairport Convention.........................................................................Piers' choice
   5. Endless Art by A House...........................................................................................Nina's choice
   6. We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel.................................................................Norman's choice
   7. That Was A Long Time Ago by Nero and the Gladiators.....................................Tony's choice
   8. Cloudbusting by Kate Bush....................................................................................Jayne's choice
   9. Michelangelo by 23rd Turn Off.............................................................................John's choice
  10. Rasputin performed by Turisas.........................................................................Jackie's choice
  11. Wrote A Song For Everyone by Creedence Clearwater Revival........................Chris' choice
  12. Alfred The Great by Cherry Ghost...........................................................................Sal's choice
  13. Roy Rogers by Elton John..........................................................................................Jean's choice

Mystery Album: Family Dinner Volume Two by Snarky Puppy chosen by Piers.
From the album, here's I Asked

Guest Biscuit: 
                           
                                  Speculoos 




Tuesday 4th June.

Theme: RPM on Holiday - Your Holiday Essentials. What you just couldn't do without on your hols.

On board the Albatros, Wells-next-the-sea Quay, Norfolk. No Mystery Album. Two song choices each.

       First Half.
   1. Cheap Sunglasses by ZZ Top........................................................................Tim's holiday essential
   2. Sailin' Shoes by Little Feet.............................................................................Piers' holiday essential
   3. Footprints in the Sand by Leona Lewis........................................................Jean's holiday essential
   4. Uisex Chipshop (Tribute to Billy Bragg) by Bill Bailey................................Jayne's holiday essential
   5. Heat Wave by Martha and the Vandellas....................................................John's holiday essential
   6. Girls, Girls, Girls by Sailor...............................................................................Tony's holiday essential
   7. If I Had A Million Dollars by Bare Naked Ladies..........................................Nina's holiday essential
   8. Yellow Sun by The Raconteurs........................................................................Sal's holiday essential


      Second Half
    1. Big Bad Handsome Man performed by Carol..........................................Carol's holiday essential
    2. A Little Bit of Soap by the Jarmels..............................................................Tony's holiday essential
   3. Lip Gloss by Pulp...........................................................................................Nina's holiday essential
   4. Peaceful, Easy Feeling by The Eagles...........................................................Jean's holiday essential
   5. If I Had A Boat by Lyle Lovette........................................................................Piers' holiday essential
   6. Pulling Muscles (From The Shell) by Squeeze..............................................John's holiday essential
   7. Enjoy Yourself by The Dandy Warhols.............................................................Sal's holiday essential
   8. Wade Into The Water by Alabama 3............................................................Jayne's holiday essential
   9. Leavin' Trunk performed by The Black Keys................................................Tim's holiday essential



Tuesday 2nd July.

Theme: Beware of the Flowers ('cause I'm sure they're going to get you, yeah). A song with a plant link.

    1. Plant Music by Ozric Tentacles..................................................................................................Tim's choice
    2. Poison Ivy performed by Willie Mabon..................................................................................Tony's choice
    3. Dandelion by the Rolling Stones........................................................................................Norman's choice
    4. Egg and Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bones)
                                                                     by John Prine from Tree of Forgiveness......................Philip's choice
    5. I Recall a Gypsy Woman (Yellow Clover) by Don Williams....................................................Chris's choice
    6. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush by Traffic.................................................................Jean's choice
    7. Wildflowers by Tom Petty........................................................................................................Jackie's choice
    8. Where The Wild Roses Grow performed by Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave.............................Jayne's choice
    9. Rosegarden Funeral of Sores by Bauhaus.............................................................................Morra's choice
  10. Poppies in the Field by The Teardrop Explodes..........................................................................Sal's choice
  11. A Rose For Emily by The Zombies..............................................................................................John's choice
  12. Crowned With Flowers and Lilies performed by Sophie Yates and Concordia....................Piers' choice


7th Birthday Quiz.  Winner: John.

Guest Biscuit: Birthday Muffins.

                          


Tuesday 6th August

Theme: West Coast. A song performed by or influenced by a band from the west coast of the USA.

   1. Hit the Lights by Metallica....................................................................................................selected by Tim
   2.Come As You Are by Nirvana.............................................................................................selected by Jackie
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLsx7QFQ0G0
   3. California Girls by The Beach Boys.....................................................................................selected by Jean
   4. Memory of a Cut Off Head by Thee Oh Sees....................................................................selected by Dave
   5. The Big Flo (Adios) by Baskery...........................................................................................selected by Jayne
   6. Hollywood Nights by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.....................................selected by Norman
   7. Baby You're So Free by The Cosmic Rough Riders............................................................selected by John
   8. Pastures of Plenty by Woody Guthrie.................................................................................selected by Piers
       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH2DJvgNlMA
   9. Time Don't Wait by Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives...................................selected by Philip
  10. China Grove by The Doobie Brothers...............................................................................selected by Tony
  11. Surfing Bird (live) by The Ramones....................................................................................selected by Chris

Mystery Album: Dire Straits by Dire Straits chosen by Jackie.
From the album here's Wild West End.

Guest Biscuit: 

                                
                                  Baked Apple and Custard



Tuesday 3rd September.

Theme: One Small Step For Man. A song to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon.
   1. The Intergalactic Laxative by Donovan....................................................................................Morra's choice.
   2. Sing To Me by Luther Dickinson and the Sisters of the Strawberry Moon..........................Philip's choice.
   3. Moonland by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.................................................................................Sal's choice.
   4. Moonlight Mile by The Rolling Stones........................................................................................John's choice.
   5. Big Eyed Beans from Venus performed by Magoo.................................................................Dave's choice.
   6. Ticket To The Moon by Electric Light Orchestra........................................................................Jean's choice.
   7. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival...............................................................Jackie's choice.
   8. Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins by The Byrds...............................................................................Piers' choice.
   9. Whitey On the Moon by Gil Scott-Heron..................................................................................Jayne's choice.
  10. Moondreams by Buddy Holly..................................................................................................Chris's choice.
  11. Moondance by Van Morrison..............................................................................................Suzanne's choice.
  12. Point Me At The Sky by Pink Floyd............................................................................................Tim's choice.

Mystery Album: Searching For The Young Soul Rebels by Dexys Midnight Runners selected by John.
From the album, here's Seven Days Too Long.

Guest Biscuit: 
                              
                       Strawberries and Cream