Friday, 16 October 2009


We had a major tantrum from my 9-year old yesterday because he was banned from his favourite web site, Club Penguin, for 24 hours for breaking the rules. He was doing particularly well at Card-Jitsu in the Dojo (don’t ask) and meant to write “I can’t be beaten” but actually typed “I cunt be beaten”. The poor kid was instantly booted off with a great sense of injustice.

He’s now counting the minutes til he’s allowed back on….

Pet Shop Boys & Dusty – What Have I Done To Deserve This

Paul Jones – I’ve Been A Bad, Bad Boy

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Charity shop rummage...

I’ve been doing a fair bit of rummaging in charity shops since early summer and I’ve picked up a few interesting records and CDs which I will share over the coming months. How’s this for starters, especially since I promised more quality after yesterdays post: the 12-inch version of E=MC2 for 99p.

mp3: Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2 (Extended Remix) (1985)

I loved this song on it’s initial release and was very pleased with myself because I understood most of the Nic Roeg references. At the time I would tell anyone who was interested (which was almost nobody) that he was my favourite director, although I had yet to see Performance so didn’t recognise any of the samples taken from that film. In fact, for years I thought it was James Fox’s voice was Michael Caine.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009


Come on admit it, you’ve all got some records that you look at and wonder “what the hell was I thinking?” Well I’ve decided it’s about time I shared some of mine with you. I bought this some 28 years ago and, the eighties being the eighties, I’m not sure if Yuka is a boy or a girl. Some elementary Googling tells me that Yuka is a female Japanese name but on the picture sleeve (which is inconclusive) he/she doesn’t look particularly look Japanese

It sounds to me a bit like Mika. Let that be a warning to you!!

Yuka – Who Would Believe A Young Man (1981)

A bit more quality tomorrow I promise but be warned - there are more of these in the vinyl archive.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Let's swing...

Three days, three posts! And they said it couldn’t be done – not by me anyway.

This swinging dance gem was produced by August Darnell which won’t surprise you if you remember the video - all zoot suits and Cotton Club. The brass and drums are great and the lovely yearning vocal by Stephanie Fuller is the icing on the cake.

Elbow Bones & The Racketeers – A Night In New York (Extended Version)* (1983)

*Mixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez

Thursday, 1 October 2009

We're climbing Jacobs ladder..

What better way to follow yesterdays post than this piece of pure pop magic from The Monochrome Set? All upbeat with sing-a-long verses and a faux gospel part – brilliant! Their best single and a nice picture sleeve too.

This more polished version is not the same mix as found on Compedium 75-95, The Good Life, Fin and Westminster Affair and as far as I know it’s not on any currently available CD.

The Monochrome Set – Jacobs Ladder (1984)