Club member Till Wolff is trying to educate me in the joys of 70s East German prog bands, as my knowledge is pretty (ie woefully) limited; today, I am mostly listening to Stern-Combo Meißen and Electra
"A GOOD WALK SPOILED"
...as someone once said; lovely morning, a gentle stroll into town to stock up on Poundland jiffy-bags (rock'n'roll,eh?) turns into an assault course as I have to sidestep mobile addicts with their faces stuck in their phones, oblivious to all around them, while avoiding being mowed down by cyclists who, having reclaimed the roads, now have their eyes and wheels set on the pavements. I could go onto moan about the Chelsea tractor-sized mobility scooters, parked outside the supermarket while drivers walk round doing their shopping, but I'd be getting into decidedly un-PC territory, so I'd better not
TOR RECORDS VINYL NIGHT
Chris McGranaghan, who runs TOR Records in Rugeley, is also involved in running an occasional vinyl night in a local pub; ever one to try to maintain some Midlands links, I've sent Chris a supply of thinly-disguised singles from the Fruits de Mer cellar to give out on a first-come-first-served basis to fellow vinyl obsessives
Not quite the pun I was looking for, but Tyrone Mings has joined Aston Villa on-loan until the end of the season as we continue our fight for mid-table mediocrity and, as uninteresting as this might be to 99.9% of readers, I couldn't resist trying for a puerile pun
MATT BERRY REVISITED
Matt Berry's 'Music For Insomniacs' has been reissued on vinyl and I'm going to see whether I can warm to it (or fall asleep to it) more than I could with last year's 'TV Themes' LP, which was very progressionally put together but just felt a bit cold and calculated to me
UTRECHT, HERE WE COME (PROBABLY)
Steve Hallam and I are planning a trip to the November Utrecht record fair - if anyone else is going, let us know! (We'll be buying exorbitant three-day tickets so we can get in on the Friday trade day while everyone is setting up, it gets pretty mad on the Saturday and all the big kids push to the front)
ALL YOU NEED FOR A ROMANTIC EVENING AT HOME
FdM's resident designer Dale Simpson was obviously planning to impress when he recycled four bottles of Mantle best bitter to create this heartwarming display.
FINGER LICKIN' GOOD
Sainsburys deliver again - usually it's a well-judged or misjudged vinyl release, but this was down a different aisle altogether ("...this was down a different aisle...").
OK, so it's been posted on social media many times in the past, but I couldn't resist it for 80p - it made me laugh almost as much as when Liz tripped over on our way home from a curry the other night!
A PORKY PRIME CUT
Great to see that George 'Porky' Peckham is getting his autobiography published. George lives just down the road from me and I used to see him in the pub occasionally (although I understand he's not been well for a while); he gave me a draft to read and there are some laugh-out-loud moments from his early days which i hope made it beyond the censors into the printed edition!
THE FIRST PURCHASES OF 2019
Here we go again (as I start my 50th year of buying albums!) with what look suspiciously like suspicious releases - Kraftwerk live in 1975, including a sidelong version of 'Autobahn', and Spirit live in 1971
But they're both listed by Juno, so maybe they're OK?
A FAVOURITE MOAN RETURNS...
Liz and I sneaked off to Spain for a few days after Christmas - five grandkids running riot round FdM Towers was bloody exhausting! I managed to track down one secondhand record shop after a long and tortuous wander round the back streets of Fuengirola - Liz was not wholly convinced by my 'walking tour'.
The shop was probably OK but the crates were rammed so tight with vinyl it was impossible to sort through the albums and that's once you removed the stacks of vinyl piled on top of the crates. I soon gave up - it's just not what crate-digging is supposed to be about, in my book anyway.
Liz bought me a 'make your own synth' for Christmas! she even bought me a soldering iron so i can put it together - so simple, an 8-year old could do it.
Shame none of the grandkids are eight years old.
LONG LIVE KRAUTROCK
As we were heading off on holiday, I picked up the latest issue of Long Live Vinyl as I don't feel I've given it a proper chance to get on my monthly reading list.
I've got to admit I'm still not won over - it seems to be more about owning the physical objects than the music/bands, and the cardboard covers put me off - I guess its the equivalent of 200gm vinyl?
BUT...there's a cracking feature by Gary Tipp on 40 krautrock albums you should listen to/own; nothing too surprising in there (although FdM club member Till Wolff will be appalled to hear I don't have the Roadelius LP that's suggested by Gary), but a really good introduction to krautrock, in my opinion
Well, not quite but Sainsbury's (I'm not on commission, it's just that it's the only shop in walking distance of home that stocks vinyl these days) are doing a '2 for £25' deal on all their albums at the moment. If you haven't got the Bob Stanley-curated 'Meet On The Ledge' double, that's a good place to start, although there wasn't a lot else in Walton - and offering the 'Best Of Cream' LP as part of the deal didn't quite work as it's only £12 in the shop to start with.
When I was a kid, US TV shows seemed to consist of not a lot, with the occasional ray of sunshine in the form of a silent film or a Tom & Jerry cartoon; that said, it's only 50-odd years later that I'm starting to appreciate quite what a genius of comic-timing Harry Langdon was (I enjoyed the more slapstick stuff), but it was heart-warming to see a couple of our grandkids settling down to watch classic Tom & Jerry cartoons on one of the myriad kids TV channels over Christmas - PROPER Tom & Jerry cartoons, not the cheap and nasty ones that were churned out from the 60s onwards.
Here are our ramblings from 2018....
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